August 2009 Posts

Extreme Makeover Twin Ports edition

The house they’re fixin’ up is on Swamp Road.
I feel sorry for the family already and I don’t even know their story.

End of Stagecoaches in Duluth

On August 1, 1870, the St. Paul and Lake Superior Stagecoaches ceremoniously quit service with the opening of the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad. On this day, the first train arrived in Duluth from St. Paul, a roughly 150-mile trip that took 16 hours.

–Susan Marks, Historic Photos of Minnesota
Turner Publishing Company, 2009

What about the Current in Duluth??!!

The MPR website recently announced a new expansion of the Current station to St. Peter. Not that I don’t love some of the stations we have around here, but it really makes me feel even further from the cultural scene to not have access to all three MPR stations. As a yearly supporter of MPR it doesn’t seem fair. If there’s anyone out there who agrees, please join me in writing to MPR to let them know how we feel.

Fundraiser for Patrick McKinnon

Please join us for a fundraising and book release event for Patrick
McKinnon on Sunday, August 16, 7:00 pm at Teatro Zuccone, 222 E.
Superior St. in Duluth. Patrick, cofounder of Poetry Harbor and Poetry Motel, recently had a large non-cancerous brain tumor removed and needs help with expenses.

Readings by Jim Northrup, Al Hunter, Denise Sweet, Kyle Elden, Devin McKinnon, Bob Monahan, Ellie Schoenfeld, Deb Cooper, Cal Benson, Liz Minette, and Sheila Packa. Music by The Cherry Ferris Wheels, Andy & Vincent, Kathy McTavish, and Jim Hall.

$10 – $ 10,000 suggested donation. If cash is short and good wishes are what you’ve got, that’ll get you in the door, too. Also, Pat has a new book which will be released the night of this fundraiser – The Save My Butt Book: Poetry by Patrick McKinnon.

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Looking for Randy Lee – or equivalent

Clean.  recovery - for life.

I’m looking for somebody to provide about 60 minutes of “background” music for an event being held at St. Scholastica on September 17th [I’ll post more on that later]. Need to find a group who can set the vibe. T-57 is busy. Randy Lee was suggested – anybody know how I can get a hold of him or similar alternative? You can email me directly: recovery at

Tommy, can you hear me?

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the release of The Who’s iconic rock opera Tommy, a group of UW-Superior faculty will be performing the LP.  The performance will be the evening of September 3rd on the UW-Superior campus.  Singers are still needed.  This is your opportunity for fame and fortune on the other side of the Bridge! If you are interested in helping out by singing a few songs, contact Joel Sipress at [email protected]  Do not let this opportunity to give us your best Roger Daltrey impression pass you by. You may not have another opportunity to sing “Pinball Wizard” in public for another decade.

Got A Motorcycle, Part Deux

Bring it out and ride!

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Thursday through Saturday, August 6 through 22, 2009 – 7:30pm

Tickets: $15 available at the door beginning at 6:00pm

Or purchase advance tickets online starting July 23, 2009

Sweeney’s waiting. I want you bleeders.


Who’s that woman with Al Franken?

He stole some of her thunder, but Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is willing to share the spotlight with Sen. Al Franken Sunday night as they keynote and kick off the Commonweal Institute’s 2009 Progressive Roundtable at 7 p.m. in the Moorish Room at Greysolon Plaza, 321 E. Superior St. It’s free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is strongly encouraged. Call (218) 726-5430.

Earthwood Stock

On August 29th, there will be a free, one-day music festival at the Earthwood Inn on Hwy 61, 1 mile S of Two Harbors. The festival starts at noon, goes until 1 am and includes an open jam from noon-3 pm and six bands starting at 3 pm. The lineup is as follows:

MacInnes Kitchen – Irish Music   3 pm
Black Bear Combo – Balkan Mountain Music  4:30pm
Triple J – Blues Trio  6pm
Uprising – Reggae  7:45pm
Blues Alligations – Blues/Rock  9:30pm
Stubborn Country – Country 11:15

Food (Burgers, Brats and Jerk Chicken) and Beverages (Alcoholic and Non) will be served at this outdoor festival, under the big tent at the Earthwood Inn. This is also the official Slivovitz Festival for 2009. For information, call 218-834-3847. Paul Belsito, proprietor.

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