December 2011 Posts

A Recent Gathering

Good Luck to Paul and Steph!

Dancing @ Norway Hall, Duluth, MN – 30 Dec 2011

More similar photos here.

Beaner’s Central New Year’s Eve Bash

Twenty-four original bands starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. See the schedule on the PDD Calendar or at the Beaner’s Central website.

A Duluth Riddle

Winter thunder needs no rain.
A harbor view shows its maker plain.

Snow cover?

Doe anyone got deets on snow cover outside Finland? I’m heading into the woods for the day on Sunday. Yak Trax, snowshoes or both?

PDD Sightings

This summer I took the folks out west to visit family and began what I hope may become a growing gallery on PDD. Shots of the PDD sticker/logo and where it has traveled (or been spotted).

The Mount Rushmore shots turned out ok ….

Perfect Duluth Day sighting at Mount Rushmore

Perfect Duluth Day sighting at Mount Rushmore

But it’s the accidental pictures with the roaming, wild asses that turned out to be even more of a treat for me.

Wild Ass PDD Sighting, South Dakota

Wild Ass PDD Sighting, South Dakota

Now, who’s got some more?

R.I.P. Mike Colalillo

Minnesota’s only living Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Duluth’s Mike Colalillo, died last night.

Clawfoot tub refinishing

My wife and I have been throwing around the idea of a bathroom remodel. I’ve been on the hunt for a clawfoot tub that won’t break the bank and I think I’ve found one. Of course, I’ll need to inspect it personally with my “keen” sense of quality, but if all goes well, I may very well buy it. The photo and description indicate a need for refinishing. I’m wondering if anyone around Duluth has tackled this on their own and has some advice on a budget friendly solution or if anyone has had a local company refinish one for them (prices?). Any other advice or warnings would be great as well. Thanks!

Winter Fiasco + Art

Greetings from the Homegrown Music Festival steering committee! The Winter Fiasco kicks off 2012’s Homegrown: The Apocalypse band registration, which runs Jan. 15 to Feb. 15. Band registration is online only (unless you’re Jim Hall). Also, Prøve Gallery is hosting a Duluth / Superior rawk poster art show during the Fiasco. If you have art you would like to display, please contact Richard Hansen: richard [at] soundunseen [dot] com. Spanks!

Share a Little of Your (Secret) Duluth?

January in Duluth is fast approaching (a refresher on what that project will be)! As always, twenty-four short hours at a time. During the month, I’ll be posting on PDD regularly to ask for suggestions/recommendations/answers, as this seems like the exact right place for Duluth-related ideas. In fact, I’d like to start the project with your input.

I’ll be driving to Duluth on Jan. 1 and 1/2/12 will be my first full day in town. So, rather than begin with an obvious orientation hitting the most major landmarks/places/people, on that day, I’m hoping to start the project a little backward — with experiences that are hidden/concealed/secret/obscured. Experiences you recommend.

Whatever your favorite Duluth-minutia happens to be, I want in (whatever you’re willing to share, of course). Whether it be a quiet conversation with a person that represents Duluth perfectly or a favorite car dealership jingle or a quiet, tucked away street with familiar houses or a hilarious joke scratched in a restaurant’s bathroom stall. Be an expert of your own trivia. I just have one request — I don’t mind climbing fences, chatting my way into a back room, or any of that, but I’d prefer that I can reach your suggestion without trespassing (too blatantly).

I’ll do my best to try out as many suggestions as possible on 1/2/12 and record the results. Thanks in advance!

(You can also just e-mail me anytime at <januaryinduluth @> with any suggestions on anything else I should be checking out while I’m around. The website will be coming very shortly too!)

Explorations Abroad: China

This looks like fun. Some friends of mine are going. Deadline is on the horizon! –db

Drunk in the Midwest

From the Star Tribune: “Why are we more boozy?

“Many residents in the Upper Midwest are descendants of northern Europeans, and that’s an area of heavy alcohol consumption,” said Peter Nathan, a professor at the University of Iowa who has been studying alcohol use patterns and effects for more than 40 years. “The long, cold winters keep people inside more than in other parts of the country, so that contributes, as well.”

Tycoons Alehouse open Dec. 31 … and other restaurant notes

  • The sign is up at Tycoons Alehouse and Eatery and a New Year’s Eve opening is planned with Cry on Cue playing.
  • The Zeitgeist Arts Café is opening for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Jan. 1. Signature drinks including bloody Marys made with bacon-infused vodka will be available. In step with the brunch at the café is a new series of Saturday morning family movies at Zinema 2. The first one is 1979’s The Muppet Movie on Jan. 7 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Ledge Rock Grille in Larsmont has a new Carribean menu on Thursday nights.
  • The old Italian Village in West Duluth is now Gannucci’s Italian Market. It has expanded into the neighboring space and now includes a pizzeria. (See below.)

Ear Worms in the Northland

I woke up this morning with a jingle in my head from a certain collision center on Haines Road. Infectiously annoying, toe-tappingly fun to sing along in the car or shower type of song… So can anyone with musical inclinations or a better understanding of the animal nature of the brain tell me why the Arrowhead Autobody song is so ear wormy?

“Don’t just call anybody!”

Homegrown Photos Wanted

The Homegrown Music Festival seeks 2011 festival photos for the 2012 Field Guide. For more information and where to send CDs, email: adam [at] transistormag [dot] com. No watermarks, please. Thank you!

Electronic Dance Music in Duluth

The electronic dance music scene in Duluth has been growing for years. There are many local organizations that are aiming to bring electronic dance music to the masses, and work with the city to provide unique nightlife entertainment. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact DS @, or “Friend” us on Facebook at DS Frequency.