January 2013 Posts

This week: a parade, a long kayak trip and a journey down a rabbit hole


Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and a parade is happening this morning downtown. Stay warm, paraders!

Lucas Will will talk about his 97 day kayaking trip around Lake Superior at Duluth Pack on Tuesday.

The Duluth Playhouse Children’s Theatre opens Alice in Wonderland at the Marshall School Auditorium on Thursday and it runs through Sunday.

There’s a variety show for the benefit of local theater legend Liz Larson in Lincoln Park on Saturday.

The Fusion Belly Dance Show on Saturday at Teatro Zuccone features a variety of styles – steampunk, Bollywood, gothic, tribal, and more.

Playwright John Patrick Shanely will be speaking at St. Scholastica on Sunday.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know!

R.I.P. Steve Kramer

Steve Kramer of Wallets fame dead at 59.

Berserkon is back!

Berserkon failed to make it’s initial Kickstarter goal of $42K, but it gained a lot of attention, a major grant from Visit Duluth, and learned a thing or two about what people are looking for from a major gaming convention. It’s back with a much more manageable $9,950 basic goal and stretch goals that will add to the fun.

If you pledged the first time, that’s erased. To support this project, roll again!

The Subjectivity Spill

The UMD Anomalies Dept. dispatched two Morphogenetic Field Technicians to Professor Marrow’s hillside home, surveying the contamination from a novel form of radiation.

Awesome Fest and Bad Fashion Party call for volunteers, etc.

Awesome Fest and the sixth annual Bad Fashion Ski Party at Mont du Lac are coming up Feb. 1-3, hosted by the KinkHos Telemark Ski Gang. The music and Bad Fashion Party are free; discounted three-day lift tickets are available for skiers. There will be telemark, alpine and snowboard events all weekend. Ten bands are playing. We’re looking for sponsors, volunteers, participants and a decent PA system. “It’s your turn to be awesome,” and “you have to be awesome.”

Wisconsin Point in Winter

Call for participants and UMD Creative Writers: Story Telling Project

In conjunction with local organizations (such as United Cerebral Palsy Duluth) and group homes, the Storytelling Project will match UMD writing students with people in the community who have mental and/or physical disabilities from Cerebral Palsy.

A good place to have snow tires put on?

I know I’m late — tires are off the wheels, so need mounting/balancing … thanks!

Found dog

Found this dog running loose on Sixth Street and 11th Avenue East at about 1pm today. Male, no collar. We caught him, called the cops and he got hauled away to the animal shelter. Sorry, Mr. Husky! I hope someone picks him up soon. Super handsome dog, mouthy and full of energy. We would’ve kept him for the weekend but he was too big a handful.

Tiffany Tarrolly and Pageant Police

Former Northland’s NewsCenter reporter Tiffany Tarrolly’s new project is called “Pageant Police.” Apparently the concept is to say mean things about the physical appearance of women who are in pageants.

So now there is something more annoying than women who are in pageants: women who say mean things about women who are in pageants.

The only thing more annoying would be me, for posting this, but I’ll soon be eclipsed in the annoying rankings by everyone who watches this video and then comments on it.

But maybe we need this to get the seasonal affective disorder out of our systems.

(Hopefully this video isn’t a parody of something and I was too dim to pick up on it.)

Wicked North Shore icicles

Former Duluthian here, now a couple of hours further up the shore. My coworker (at the Cook County Visitors Bureau) snapped this photo in the Grand Marais harbor earlier this week. Too awesome to not share.

Photo from Grand Marais, MN on Facebook

Cookie delivery

With four colleges in this town, this seems a viable business idea.

Trampled by Turtles on Conan

TBT on Conan

Trampled by Turtles performed “Midnight on the Interstate” on Conan. Team Coco’s video embedding is pretty hit or miss depending on your internetting configuration. At one time the TBT clip was available on PDD, but the video appears to no longer exist on teamcoco.com or anywhere else on the internet.

“Duluth Is Horrible” Casting Call

Everyone’s upcoming least favorite film is having auditions Jan. 30 & Jan. 31. Here is the notice with all the info about the film & characters. If interested, please send me an email with any acting experience you have, a pic, and what roles you prefer. Acting experience isn’t necessary. Just be willing to work and have fun with it. Thanks and I look forward to meeting with you.


FEMA Trailers by Two Harbors

Does anyone know anything about the FEMA trailers supposedly hanging out back in the woods a couple miles before you hit Two Harbors?