May 2018 Posts

Selective Focus: Homegrown 2018 Westside Wednesday

What the heck is that thing?

Here’s something I always wonder about when I see it, but then immediately forget: Across from the cemetery on Highland Street there is a series of roofs built on the ground in a field, enclosed by a fence.

A cursory search on PDD and Google revealed no answers about its purpose. It’s probably capping something boring like an old dump or the sewer, but I remain curious.

So, does anyone know what it is?
 

Iron Mug closing May 25

Iron Mug Coffee and Ale House in Duluth’s Morgan Park neighborhood will close May 25 according to a post made on the business’ Facebook page today:

As most of you know we have decided to make the hard decision to close our wonderful restaurant. We have enjoyed getting to know the wonderful people in Morgan Park as well as all the people that drove out to check our place out. I’m so glad that I got to witness and be part of all the new friendships that developed here because that really was what this place was all about. Again thank you for all the support these last four years.

Chris Monroe’s 2008 Homegrown Highlights

A little cartoon retrospective on the 2008 Homegrown Music Festival, drawn by Chris Monroe in 2008.

Selective Focus: Homegrown 2018 Canal Park Night

Making it Up North: Homegrown

WDSE-TV‘s series Making it Up North takes a look back at 20 years of the Homegrown Music Festival.

Sound replaces executive chef, pares back music schedule

Chef Brian Udenberg

Chef Brian Udenberg

Four months after the launch of the chef-driven eatery Sound, Patrick Scot Moore has been replaced as executive chef. Sous chef Brian “Udee” Udenberg has been promoted to fill the role.

The new restaurant and music venue will also scale back its schedule of national musical acts to one or two per month, according to Cheryl Fosdick, Sound’s primary investor. Taking a cue from Minneapolis’ Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, the focus will be on genres complementary to a fine dining experience, such as folk, acoustic blues and jazz.

“The vision Chef Patrick had for the music had become larger than could be sustained at this time,” said Dennis Kempton, who handles public relations and marketing for Sound. Kempton noted the restaurant’s management is stepping back to refocus on the food and create a better balance with music that more fully aligns with its brand.

Sound is housed on the main level of 132 E. Superior St. in Duluth’s Old City Hall building. The establishment launched on Jan. 9 with a performance by G. Love. Touring acts like Dessa and Red Molly have also performed there, along with a number of local bands. Upcoming shows for May and June will feature the Bill Frisell trio and John McCutcheon, respectively.

Postcard from Duluth Bethel

This postcard of the Duluth Bethel building was mailed 105 years ago today — May 1, 1913. It’s not easy to read, but the sender appears to be “Auntie Paul” and the recipient is Mrs. Mildred Wilkinson of Clare, Mich.

Selective Focus: Homegrown 2018 Ancillary Arts Night

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