May 2009 Posts

Good Job, Gartband


Magician Kelvin Saline brings his Magic Village to events of all kinds. Kelvin’s “magical extravaganza” features audience participation, comedy, ventriloquism, and magical illusions which he has been performing for over 30 years. Kelvin keeps to the traditional types of magic and illusions through appearing, disappearing, sawing through a live person, escapes, and several original tricks that delight young and old. Saline performs for corporate, college, school, fair, and community events including weddings!

Kako Foundation Benefit


Perhaps you saw the article in the DNT a year ago about Rudy Perrault’s 16 year old cousin, Kako, who was brutally murdered in Haiti, after being kidnapped after school on his way to his grandmother’s house. The silver lining to this heinous act, is the KAKO Foundation, a music education program that has already begun in Haiti, with plans to eventually be established in the Twin Ports. The 2nd Annual Haiti Worthy Cause Concert will celebrate this emerging Foundation with great music and food – and, will celebrate Kako, a beacon for us all.

 Sunday May 1, Chester Park United Methodist Church
3 PM, Program
4:30 PM Haitian Dinner

The oldest sidewalk in Duluth?


A couple years ago I was out for a walk and noticed this section of sidewalk at the corner of Grand View Avenue and 17th Avenue East. I liked the nice touch of stamping the street name in the sidewalk, and I was impressed at the “1926” date – meaning this concrete had survived (with a crack, but still survived) more than 80 cold winters, hot summers and annual freeze-and-thaw cycles in Duluth.

Monkey with a Tool Belt Day

cv_0822576317According to today’s Duluth Tribune, today is the second annual Monkey with a Tool Belt day (there was a first?).

Local author/artist/target of much local adoration Chris Monroe will be at Marshall Hardware today signing copies of her book. Apparently there will be hot dogs, root beer, and prizes. It’s unknown if any monkeys will be there.

Lakewalk Saturday

Don’t know if this got any publicity. All I saw was the DNT editorial today that tomorrow morning at 9 is gravel spreading time for the new path by the Ledges.

Ironic 1?

REEL Youth Film Festival

Kids can do some crazy things with cameras – see some examples at the REEL Youth Film Festival on Saturday, May 30th at 6pm in the Free Range Film Barn. Its free and open to the public and there will be organic popcorn.

Directions at

"Adventures to the Rainbow Tiara"

"Adventures to the Rainbow Tiara"

“I’ll give you a medal if you get out alive.”

“You’ll never see another town like Duluth.  It’s not a tourist destination, but it probably should be.  Depends what season you’re in there, though.  There are only two seasons:  damp and cold.  I like the way the hills tumble to the waterfront and the way the wind blows around the grain elevators. The train yards go on forever, too.  It’s old-age industrial, that’s what it is.  You’ll see it from the top of the hill for miles and miles before you get there.  You won’t believe your eyes.  I’ll give you a medal if you get out alive.”

Bob Dylan,
Rolling Stone #1078, May 14, 2009

The heart of commerce is… Superior, WI?

And to think, some of us thought it was the armpit…

Heart of Commerce

“The American Geographical Society Library has acquired an extremely rare and unusual map, The Man of Commerce, published in 1889 in Superior, Wisconsin. The highly detailed 31″ x 50″ map/chart conflates human anatomy with the American transportation system, in an apparent attempt to promote Superior as a transportation hub.”

From: Strangemaps

Oh Hell Yeah!

Park Point here I come. I think we need to have a wearable towel pub crawl this summer, order yours now!

Where is it?

Teal Doors

Benefit concert features Bill Bastian

The Northland’s tenor extraordinaire, Bill Bastian, will headline a concert to benefit two Iraqi refugees attending St. Scholastica in the fall.

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2
Where: Mitchell Auditorium on the College of St. Scholastica campus

Duluth Superior Sailing Association Open House June 6 from noon to 4

Come learn about Duluth Superior Sailing Association and its programs June 6 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Sailing season and classes for children and adults begin.

Rubber Chicken’s Humpty Dumpty: The Musical Free Preview

Come see this great show… One weekend left!

May 29-31
Friday and Saturday shows at 7pm
Saturday and Sundays matinees at 3pm

Marty McFly’s house

The real McFly house used for exterior shots in Back to the Future.

The real "McFly" house used for exterior shots in Back to the Future. Click for Google maps link.