August 2011 Posts

Friday: Games. Saturday: Poet, Blogger, and Comic book author.

Friday: Come play games at Collector’s Connection, milling about starts at 5:30, action starts by 6pm. The game this week is “Nuts,” led by William Belcher. Will is a good teacher for the first time gamer.

Saturday, come meet Alex Ness 2-4
Poet, Blogger, and Comic book author.

Come chat with the man himself and get some cool stuff signed at DragonPort Games and Comics.

Baby cottontail rabbits at Wildwoods

Baby Bunnies at Wildwoods

Baby Bunnies at Wildwoods

We got seven baby cottontails from two different places in Proctor today.

Duluth, Kansas

Most people who live in Duluth, Minnesota know about Duluth, Georgia. Just today, however, I discovered that there is a third Duluth — Duluth, Kansas. I had no idea.

First Witness Annual Fall Splash

First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center is gearing up for its annual Splash fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 23. This year’s event will be at the Greysolon Ballroom with stationed dining by Black Woods.

The Western Ridge, Zoo Animal at Beaner’s Central Friday 9/2

Two great bands from the Twin Cities and one from Duluth will be playing at Beaner’s Central on Friday, Sept. 2. Show begins at 8 p.m.; tickets are $5. I’m excited to travel up to see them and hope some Duluth peeps will come out as well. You won’t be disappointed!

Zoo Amimal | The Western Ridge

“On the Archeology of Lake Superior”

Duluth Does the Bumpers? Thrift Store Adventures

Last week I saw this album at a thrift store in Hinckley for 50 cents and I didn’t want to have to explain to Mrs. Goose why I bought it so I ended up walking away, despite the bargain. But given Duluth’s various brushes with rubber ball fame (or infamy) I figured maybe someone else might want to stop by and grab it.

I would also like to put this one in the hat for the next Duluth Does album. I would just love to hear Sarah Softich, the Boomchucks and even that Danecdote kid take a swing at some of these tracks. Here’s the title cut:

The Bumpers – Bump Ball Dance

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Grants

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council recently approved grant applications totaling $43,440 to be awarded in ARAC Art Project Grants.

Tribute Fest 2011

Tribute Fest 2011My wife and I had an opportunity to attend the Tribute Fest this year.  It is a concert to raise money for homeless Minnesota Veterans. The organization it helps is called the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. It is the first year it was held at Bayfront Park. We had a lot of fun attending, got very sunburnt and gained a few pounds eating vendor food. This is the end result. A handful of 360 images, 20 or so still photos and a 7-minute video clip of the artists. Please consider attending this event next year as all the proceeds go to a great cause. It’s because of the veterans we live in the great country we have.

Al Sparhawk and Mary Bue at Lake Ave Cafe

Al Sparhawk and Mary Bue will both be playing at Lake Ave Cafe this Friday, Sept. 2, at 10 p.m. $5. Mary will open around 10 or 10:30 and Al playing around 11:30 come on down for great drinks and food being served late…deck will be open weather permitting! Come on down and make this a perfect Duluth night (last chance for summer romance).

Too Much Fun @ Lake Avenue Cafe Patio

J. Peach and Purestrain Entertainment present Too Much Fun.
An Adventure in Disco, Funk, and House Music
Saturday 9.10.11 @ Lake Avenue Cafe (Patio Party!)
$5 Cover 21+ 10pm-2am
Facebook event here

Lester Park XC Ski Trails

While walking my dog I noticed pink marker tags on trees marking a route through the woods between the various trails in the Lester XC Ski area. They have been there since May. Does anyone know what they are for? SHT spur? A new ski trail? A snowshoe trail?

Cloud Cult – Unexplainable Stories

Animation by Jon Thompson of Minneapolis-based Bolster Creative

Previous Cloud Cult video here.

Duluth Minnesnowta Rapper

D-Town! My name’s Alex Knight — aka Good Knight — and I’m a local hip-hop artist originally from West Duluth.  Check out my music at

I’m just trying to promote my songs more.  You can buy both of my CDs at Electric Fetus, Disc-Go-Round and online.  For booking info, contact:  NorthernExposureMGMT @

I’m doing a show at Grandma’s Sports Garden this Friday (Sept. 2) so be sure to check it out!

Exploratory 5k – 9/10/11

Come check out the Exploratory 5k down in Canal Park! We have not only the 5k but also a 1-mile walk and a free kids run as well.

Portions of the proceeds go toward the Duluth Children’s Museum and there will lots of fun free activities for all the youngins! This event will be a zero waste event, meaning all trash will be compostable, biodegradable, or recyclable. This event is also working together with Harvest Fest, Kiwanis Kite Fly, and the Lakewalk Festival to make it one super cool day to be a kid in the Twin Ports area. Lots of free stuff all day for the kids. Check out our website for more details on the Exploratory 5k and all the other great events.