December 2009 Posts

Bohemia Arts Artist Reception Sunday Dec 6 12noon-3pm

Drawings and Paintings by Kathleen Pattison and Kathy Anscomb. Come on down to Bohemia Arts at 22 N. 1st Ave. W for some snacks and great local art.

It’s a Wonderful Life!

On Saturday, December 5th Washington Studios Artist Co-op will host their annual holiday show, featuring an entire days worth of local entertainment and a member’s exhibit in the Washington Gallery. Handmade art and crafts varying from stained glass and jewelry to crocheted hats will be for sale from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The entertainment schedule includes many of the performing artists who live at WSAC, featuring The Procrastinators, Russ Sackett and the 412 Band, and belly dancer Anna Ferguson. The show will also include co-op children’s artwork and an art raffle.

This event is a longstanding tradition for the community and fourteen-year-old artist co-op that resides in the renovated Washington School. More than 40 artists and their families live, work, and play at WSAC. Washington Studios Artist Co-op is located at 315 N. Lake Ave. in Duluth.

2nd Annual Open Studio

Duluth nature photographer Ryan Tischer is hosting his 2nd Annual Open Studio on Dec. 4,5,6 (Fri, Sat, Sun) from 10 am – 5 pm at Washington Studios Artist Co-op. 315 N. Lake Ave. – Studio # 403

Free drinks and appetizers are available for those who attend. He is featuring a scratch and ding sale, which means great deals on almost perfect art (up to 80% off). All other artwork is at least 15% off…this deal is only available if you attend the Open Studio.

Visit for more info.

Redneck Sighting in Canal Park

My wife got this in a mass forwarded email today. I’m still trying to figure out who took the picture, someone at SMDC was the first to forward it as far as I can tell. Anyone who knows anything else please post it here or contact me so I can credit the intrepid photographer. I’d really love to congratulate the intrepid ATV-or-bust-redneck who managed to strap the vehicle to his car car, (and yes, I know it was a he) but that might be asking too much. I think this image has got some real PDD banner potential.

“Precious Waters” – Minnesota’s Sulfide Mining Controversy

The short film “Precious Waters” which takes a hard look at the sulfide mining industry’s history of failed predictions and the potential impacts it will have on northeastern Minnesota will be showing in Duluth this week and next.

Thursday, December 3
Duluth League of Women Voters Forum
US EPA Conference Center
6200 Congdon Blvd, Duluth
Showing of Precious Waters at 6:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion and audience questions

Monday, December 7
Teatro Zuccone
222 E. Superior St.
Movie showing at 7 p.m., followed by a panel of local speakers

Tuesday, December 8
Teatro Zuccone
222 E. Superior St.
Movie showing at 7 p.m.

The film is also available in it’s entirety for viewing online along with more info regarding this important topic at

Holy X-Comm! Holiday Book Sale and Author Signing!

Duluth Publishers Holy Cow! Press and X-communication have teamed up for this very special sale and author signings

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2009; noon to 4 p.m.

Location: Spiritual Deli, 3 West Superior Street, Duluth


– 10% of proceeds go to the Duluth chapter of C.H.U.M.

– All prices greatly reduced-up to 66% off!

– Refreshments will be served

Special: Spend $20 on X-Comm titles and receive a free book or historic art print of the Aerial Transfer Bridge, Incline Railway, Enger Tower, or Old Central and Minnesota Point from the top of the hillside (scroll down to see examples on flyer).

(Note: We do not have credit card capability at these events, so please bring cash or checks.)

Author Signing Schedule:

Chuck Frederick – Leatherheads of the North: The Duluth Eskimos – 12 – 1 pm

Duluth Poet Laureate Jim Johnson – Dovetailed Corners – 1 – 2 pm

Denny Anderson – Good Night, Everybody…and Be Kind – 2 – 3 pm

Jim Heffernan – Cooler Near the Lake: Collected Columns – 2:30 – 4 pm

Anthony Bukoski – Twelve Below Zero – 3 – 4 pm

Jim Perlman – Beloved on the Earth – 12 – 4 pm

Tony Dierckins – Crossing the Canal: Duluth’s Aerial Bridge – 12 – 4 pm


Tis The Season of Giving


A wedding photographer I know is giving away a 2010 wedding photo package this Christmas season. If you or anyone you know is getting married in 2010 please forward this on to them.

Art Reception at Mohaupt Venue for Adam Swanson | Thursday, Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m.

Go west to Mohaupt Block at 2024 W. Superior St. for paintings by Adam Swanson. Beer, live bluegrass music and paintings of bikes, robots and various animals living the dreams of our forefathers. Thursday, Dec. 3, 5-8 p.m.

A little history

In 1998, Dick Cheney made this statement. “I cannot think of a time when we have had a region emerge as suddenly to become as significant as the Caspian. But the gas and oil there is worthless until it is moved. The only route which makes both political and economic sense is through Afghanistan”

Feb. 28, 1998. Unocal states that the Taliban government should be removed and replaced by a government acceptable to his company. He argued that the creation of a 42-inch pipeline across Afghanistan would yield a Western profit increase of 500% by 2015.

There is much more history but it certainly appears our newly elected Republican president has bought into this, otherwise we certainly would be doing a green energy revolution, the change that I voted for.

Zayre Shoppers’ City Discount Department Store in West Duluth

The West Duluth Memories page on Facebook has a bunch of old West Duluth photos, including some of Shoppers’ City, posted by Roger Nesje.

The Littlest Holidays Sale

Sale to benefit the Duluth Public Library.  Mark your calendars!  We are trying our highly successful Holiday Sale again this year.  We will be at the Main Library on the Superior Street level on Monday, Dec. 7, 12-4 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. (or until we run out of things to sell).  We will be offering Book Lover’s calendars, Holiday related books on cooking, crafts, and decorating, children’s stories and novels.  There will be Holiday music and films, and a select variety of better books that will make great gifts.