September 2011 Posts

New Skyline Parkway signs

This Week: Country Comedy, Roller Dames, One Week Live

Starting today, Beaner’s kicks off One Week Live which lasts the whole week and includes 20 groups and a singer/songwriter competition. The event showcases local acts and is a celebration of Beaner’s 10-year anniversary.

Thursday, Sept.22
Composer Linda Tutas Haugen and librettist Joan Vail Thorne tell the story of the legendary Native American princess Pocahontas in Pocahontas: A Woman of Two Worlds.

Friday, Sept. 23
Rodney Carrington brings his blend of comedy and music to the DECC.

Saturday, Sept. 24
The Harbor City Roller Dames kick off their season going up against the Delta Delta Di-North Star Roller Girls from Minneapolis.

Check out the calendar for more events going on this week and in the future.

Local Music

I’m new to Perfect Duluth Day and my roommate told me he got some good discussions when he brought up his electronic music endeavors). I’ve been messing around with a few production programs for a while now and I’m always looking for people interested to talk shop with.  Any critiques or general comments would be awesome, but opportunities to swap techniques and explore possible collaborations are always on my radar as well.  If any of my songs are up your alley, get after me and let’s pump out some tunes together!

Take a listen, and I hope you enjoy it!



I also DJ with a collective called the Crunchy Bunch.  We’ll be playing at the Rex Bar in Fitger’s this Wednesday, and on Friday, Oct. 7.   We play all kinds of music, so if you like to dance to loud stuff come check us out!

Tom Russell – “Mesabi”

Have you ever seen Duluth
when the Great Lake waves were pounding?
There must be some way out of there
You might end up lost or drowning

And the polkas at the Polish dance halls
And the carnivals of Spring
Rock and roll on that upright piano
And the kids make the high school rafters ring

CD “jewel cases” — whaddayadowidem?

Does anybody know how to get rid of old plastic CD cases “in a good way”?

Let the pelican rock your world.

An American White Pelican has been cruising off of Park Point the last day or two, between the Lift Bridge and the S-Curve. This bird is HUGE. And so beautiful. Read here about my close encounter with this fine creature this morning.

Come visit PDD at FallFest

Stop by the Perfect Duluth Day tent at Fallfest at Chester Bowl today and pick up a free sticker, 50 cent pop, candles, and other goodies. We’re the first booth on the right as you enter the park, conveniently located next to the biffies.
Saturday, 10-4


I happily attended Oktoberfest this weekend.


It’s a vast improvement over last year. Last year, tents were huddled behind orange fencing, penning the whole event into a tiny space as if to say: it’s too cold to enjoy the outdoors. This year, the whole event is more spacious, with a central walkway between a food tent, a beer tent, a kettle corn tent, a tent for the MPR Current (can we get that up here yet?), an area for bean bag games and feats of strength and, of course, the dance tent.

Found Cat Near UMD

Hairless cat found near University of Minnesota Duluth campus on Friday, Sept. 16, around 7 a.m. Brought to Duluth Animal Control later on Friday.

Bike to Work!

Employees of Epicurean and Loll will bike or walk to work all week to help raise money to build bike trails in Duluth!

Ryan Van Slooten – “Rise or Fall”

CD release show at Amazing Grace on Saturday, Sept. 17. No cover.

The Overhead Low is available at all online retailers, locally at the Electric Fetus, and on

Please check out the video for the first track, “Rise or Fall.” Hope to see you at the show, thanks for all your support!

Speech Contest

A speech contest for high-school age students is being sponsored by a local charity. Title: I Am My Brother’s Keeper.

Speeches should be 5 to 7-1/2 minutes long; contestants will be disqualified if less or more in length. Members of Toastmasters will judge.

When: 9/24/11
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: First United Methodist (“Copper Top”) Church, Duluth

Interested participates should e-mail sdiazmeyer @ ASAP for details and use “Speech Contest” as the subject line of the e-mail.

Hope CD Available At Super One Grocery Stores and Duluth Grill

The Hope CD, a fund-raising album, is available at Super One Grocery Stores in Duluth, Superior, Two Harbors and Cloquet at the service counters, and also at Duluth Grill.

The singers/musicians on the album are James Moors, Andy Elwell, Sara Thomsen, Kim Storm, Rachael Kilgour, Jane Aas, Bill and Kate Isles, Josh Revak, and Peter Provost.

The beautiful photos throughout the CD case are donated by Dennis O’Hara. All proceeds benefit Circle of Hope for breast cancer treatment bills for patients of any gender or age in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Lower Chester Fundraiser

Lower Chester will be up and running this winter with ice!  We have gotten approval at Monday’s city council meeting for a lease by Neighbors of Lower Chester Park. We had our second annual picnic/play day Sept. 10 and are now having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Chester Park United Methodist Church from 4-6 p.m. on October 8. Please come and support the youth of Duluth so there can be year-round activities in this park again. Tickets can be obtained ahead of time by calling 724-7667. If you would like to be on our e-mail list for information about upcoming events please leave a clear message at the same number with your name, phone number and e-mail address.

See you on the ice!!!
Mabel Galvin/co-chair NOLCP

Duluth – Onigamiinsing

[This post originally included an embedded video that no longer exists at its source.]

I’ve since moved away, but I love coming back to visit my hometown of Duluth. I made this little video one evening this summer at Leif Erikson Park, I thought some of you might enjoy.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!