February 2010 Posts

Last Chance to see “The Sparrow”

The final three performances of The Sparrow are this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If you like cheerleaders, dodgeball, and/or pigs, you’ll love this show. If you don’t … you’ll like it anyway. We promise.

The show plays at 8 p.m. each night followed by a performance by Renegade Improv on Friday and Saturday at 10:30. Your ticket to The Sparrow will get you into both shows. Reserve your tickets at teatrozuccone.com or by calling (218) 336-1414.

Oeuvre Magazine calls it “a must see!,” and the Duluth News Tribune calls it “a dazzling theatrical experience unlike anything we have seen in town in recent years.” Come see for yourself!

Treasures of the Earth Green Art Fair – March 27

Early notice about a neat marketplace that will be setup with over 25 local artists selling their creations made out of natural materials or recycled materials. Also, Peace Puppets will share enviro tips and tunes.

The event will be held at the Unitarian Church, 835 W. College St. on the last Saturday of March, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fair is coordinated by wendyupnorth.com. Check the website for other fairs including Dulcimer Day in Duluth folk music festival May 1 – the Spirit of Music, and Woman-Made: Marvelous Things made by Northland Women – July 24 at the College of St. Scholastica.

Woman-Made is now open to local female artists. Please inquire. The jewelry and pottery categories are filled.

Trampled By Turtles

Defaced poster at Chester Creek Café.

Act 4, Scene 2 (by Berv and Dr. Thunder)

(In a small warehouse with a storage loft above, events happening in a slow-motion dream-like state)

Matt: (voiceover, thinking aloud) “As I did every afternoon, I was checking-in the days’ shipment we received from the wholesaler. I heard a rustle directly above me. I looked up into the bright fluorescent rafter lights, and a squeaky female voice cried out: ‘Hi, Matt!’ It was too late. Already in mid-air was Bonnie, my 300-pound stalker. She was falling toward me: prone, arms and legs outstretched, naked, and peeing. Splash. Darkness.”

Great Food. Bad Punctuation.

For as swanky as Black Water is you’d think management would check the signage better.

For those of you who just don’t understand the Tea Party movement

Storytelling/Poetry Open Mic Night

Monday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Teatro Zuccone

Cheryl Skafte IS Don Ness!

Cheryl Skafte as Don Ness.
John Munson as Rockin’ Johnny Rocker, Morning Drive Homicide Detective.
Christa Lawler as Christa Lawler. And music from Sara Thomsen.

That’s a lot of entertainment for just five dollars.

The Rubber Chicken Radio Hour, broadcast live on KUWS 91.3FM this Thursday at 8pm. (But all the fun is had in the live studio audience at The Shack in Superior…) Call (218) 213-2780 for tix.

“Bitch, I want some Sammy’s Pizza”

I’ve been enjoying the latest addition to the Songs with “Duluth” in the Lyrics or Title list. It’s called “Duluth Minnesnowta” by the hip hop act Good Knight (Alex Knight on vocals; Mike Ward is DJ).

Visit the group’s MySpace page to listen to the Duluth song and three other tracks.

“The medal drought is over!”

Has anyone found video online of Duluth’s Chad Salmela at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games calling the exciting finish to Sunday’s race? For the first time in 86 years, an American won an Olympic medal in Nordic combined.

There’s a transcript on SportsFeatures.com.

Duluth’s Tentative Good News

So, which are you most excited about?

* Duluth being in the running for ultra-high speed Internet access.
* Duluth being in the running for a plant making wind turbine tower tops.
* Plans to finally connect the Munger Trail and the Lakewalk.
* The recent interest by developers in creating student housing at the old Armory on London Road.

What are the odds-makers saying? Can Duluth nail down all four of these? Even one would be awesome. I’ll bet we get at least two.

MPR interview with Mayor Ness – Duluth tries to land high-speed Internet via Google

The mayor of Duluth is ready to throw his city’s hat in the ring for a new Google experiment to test ultra-high speed Internet access.

MPR’s Steven John talks to Don Ness about his city’s plan.

YMCA Camp Miller Could Win $50K Grant, 14 Days Left To Vote!

Two weeks ago, you may have seen this Pepsi Grant Link on Perfect Duluth Day.  Duluth’s Local YMCA Camp Miller is STILL in the running (Currently #11, while the top ten applicants all win) for this grant and could potentially win!  With only 14 days left to vote, every vote counts!  Please take one moment each day to click for this exceptional nonprofit whose mission is to enhance the lives of children!


Wilco (the city) = Duluth

Wilco’s fog show in Duluth was the equivalent of two young lovers waiting out a downpour in a phone booth (if the weather wasn’t so bad we’d still just be holding hands).

I loved that show – the fog, the ore boat, the Brewhouse beer, the unseasonable cold, and a band who seemed to thrive in the elements.   It was perfect because it was such an authentic Duluth experience and Wilco seemed to appreciate it every bit as much as we did.

It seems to me there something special going on between Wilco and Duluth, a sense of connection between band and city.  Duluthians recognize and appreciate the authenticity, the talent, the lack of pretense – it’s all those qualities that we see and expect from our local rock stars (Al, Mimi, Charlie, Turtles, Jerree, Tony B, etc).

So, here’s the deal, since there is nothing in the Charter that strictly prohibits me from doing so, I’m going to officially proclaim Wilco as an honorary Duluth band.  I need your help to define exactly what that means…

1)  We need to come up with some sort of “official trinket” that represents their honorary Duluth band status

2) We need to present the ground rules for being a Duluth band – with power comes responsibility

3) What are the special perks to being a Duluth band in good standing?

Obviously, they would now be eligible to play Homegrown (we’ll have to remind them that registration closes at the end of February).

Thanks for your help.

Poet Lucille Clifton Dies at Age 73

“homage to my hips”

these hips are big hips
they need space to
move around in.
they don’t fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don’t like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top!

*This is one of my favorite poems. Ms. Clifton. I have yet to develop an opinion on her last book of poetry, “Voices”. But she left many great works before her death.