February 2014 Posts

Position Announcement: ARAC Grants Manager

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Duluth Band Profile: Lion or Gazelle

Duluth’s Lion or Gazelle redefines itself with its newest material. Songs like “Gloria” and “The Harder it Rains” add a lyrical tension to otherwise cheerful pop melodies. The three-piece is made up of Matt Mobley, Sophie Turk and Brian Ring. The band released the EP There’s Blood in Fire in 2013 and is finishing its latest full-lengthen record.

Click the image above to hear an exclusive interview with Lion or Gazelle’s Sophie Turk and Brian Ring as they describe their music’s content.

Transistor tran bashing?

I can’t help but bring up the Transistor‘s latest cartoon that has spurred a lot of commentary in the Facebook world.

The cartoon has a male figure with the words “She had a dick” in a speech bubble above his head. The bottom of the cartoon makes the statement, “Best reason to break up.”

Is this really the best humor Duluth’s got to offer on the front of its premier arts/culture zine? It is hurtful and tasteless. For posing as such an open-minded literary mag, this cartoon is discriminatory toward our transgender community.

Recommendations for Ice Dam Removal

We have a huge, nasty ice dam on our roof. Has anyone used a removal team that was good or that ruined your roof?

Yoshikas Sauna Revisited

On the Bumper to Bumper show on KFAN Radio, broadcast out of the Twin Cities and on the air in Duluth on KQDS AM 1490, host Dan Barreiro and his crew took on the subject of a new “cuddle business” opening near Sacramento, Calif. The subject turned to a “health club” called Yoshiko’s Sauna in Minneapolis that was in business during the 1990s. Later in the show they discovered an old post about Duluth’s Yoshikas Sauna on Perfect Duluth Day and … well … that’s the clip above.

Tour Guides Wanted

We’re looking for responsible, reliable, friendly, and outgoing men and women – from students to retirees – to join our staff of tour guides at Superior Public Museums. We offer ~ part-time and limited term, from 4 to 40 hrs/wk, flexible schedules and daytime hours.  Great summer job for all-area students and snowbirds.

R.I.P. Charlie Bell

bellEyewitness News: Duluth businessman Charlie Bell dies

Northland’s NewsCenter: Well-known Duluth business leader Charlie Bell dies

Duluth News Tribune: Duluth businessman, former mayoral candidate Charlie Bell dead at 64

Duluth Band Profile: Vivielle

Duluth’s Vivielle blends two-part vocal harmony with the lo-fi approach of Sebadoh. The four-piece is made up of brothers Lino and Joe Rauzi, Rosalie Uggla and primary songwriter Nat Harvie. The band just released the single “Time Falls Apart.”

Click the image above to hear an exclusive interview with Vivielle’s Nate Harvie as he describes performing in Duluth.

Where in the Twin Ports?

New Seed Math album “Four Three Five”


Ten years back, I put out four albums of electronic-type stuff as “Seed Math,” and, today, I’m releasing the fifth album by that project. It’s available as a pay-what-you-want deal over at Bandcamp. Click the link to acquire!

Seed Math – Four Three Five

Perfect Play or Musical of 2013: Duluth Playhouse Children’s Theatre’s Cats

It was a big year for Duluth theater in 2013, with eight productions receiving a significant number of votes for the honor of best play or musical. In the end, the Duluth Playhouse Children’s Theatre production of Cats emerged as the favorite.

Whole Foods Co-op in West Duluth, a/k/a WFC – Denfeld

Here’s how the Whole Foods Co-op broke the news about its new store on Feb. 24:



The future location of Duluth’s second Whole Foods Co-op will be 4426 Grand Ave. It will be a 7,000-square-foot store.


Duluth reference in Best Man Down

The majority of the 2013 film Best Man Down is set in Lutsen, though none of it was shot north of Forest Lake. In this scene, Duluth is referenced briefly in the dialogue while the Northland’s NewsCenter’s Michelle Lee is on the television in the background.

This week: hockey, sailing and poetry


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

Dug out yet?

Everything’s going to be shiny at Zinema 2 tonight with the launch of Browncoat Mondays. See all of Joss Whedon’s Firefly for free with related presentations by local scholars and enthusiasts.

Duluth Pack continues its Outdoor Adventure Series on Tuesday with Katya and Mark Gordon talking about sailing with their small daughters for months at a time on the ocean.

It’s championship high school hockey time with Hermantown vs. Marshall on Wednesday and Duluth East vs. Elk River on Thursday at Amsoil Arena.

Nerd Nite is back after months in mothballs with a return to its original venue, Teatro Zuccone, on Wednesday with nerdy presentations on 007, Sherlock Holmes and Star Wars collectibles.

Need to get away from winter in Duluth? Go celebrate winter in Bayfield! The Bayfield Winter Festival runs Friday through Sunday.

Spirit Lake Poetry presents its annual St. David’s Day Open Reading at The Underground this Saturday.

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

Duluth Mystery Photo #6: Snowdrift Family

This image seems timely considering recent weather in Duluth, but it’s actually from 1935. It’s an “Illustrated Current News” poster, published by the Marlin Co. The website bonanza.com is selling it for twenty bucks under the headline “1935 news poster: Duluth Minnesota snowstorm; Farnam family ice home.”

The caption on the poster reads something like: “The family of Clinton Farnam was completely isolated during a recent snowstorm … (then it gets hard to read) … they had to dig a tunnel from the doorway to the roadway, which (blurry again) … Photo shows family with friends just after they had evacuated themselves.”

So, this week’s mystery is less of a mystery than usual, but can anyone fill in the blurry parts of the caption and tell us more about Clinton Farnam, his family, and the snowstorm of 1935?

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