January 29, 2009

Who the Hell is the Rat Root River Band?

If you've never been to the Blue Crab(1909 W Superior St.)- or even if you have- I highly suggest you go check it out on Friday night @ 10. The Rat Root River Band will be playing, along with a surprise guest. It's The RRRB's first gig(!), which is always fun and anxiety-ridden. What does RRRB taste like? Sort of a roasted Haus Meeting with a side of psychedelic relish and three-part-harmony gravy (with giblets). It's art rock, butt without the rock art. Let's show The 'Crab who the REAL experimental venue is in town!

January 24, 2009

In addition to or place of weight-loss challenges

why not try a Brain-Gain challenge for 2009? As a lover of books and bookstores, I was quite inspired by this Independent Bookstore Readers Challenge. (They also have other great reading challenges to peruse.)

In addition to holding myself to that challenge, I'm also going to challenge myself to attend at least two more literary/educational/art/music/theatre events than I did in 2008, and, more importantly, to make a greater effort to discuss the experiences. I forget the importance of reflection - it'd be nice to share more of those experiences so we can all be a little more informed and inspired for the next event!

January 07, 2009

rama llama mama drama with trauma in bahama with obama diorama-rama 4

What's the word? Will there be one? A friend of mine wants to know. Please post info.

Edit: Fixed for more ama-y goodness.

December 15, 2008

Winter Solstice

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Music/Arts - Listening Party
Friday, December 19, 2008
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duluth Art Institute, Lincoln site
2229 West Second Street

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December 11, 2008

Chris Monroe Holiday Party. This Saturday.

December 09, 2008



*excludes art and consignment items
UP TO 50% OFF!!
ALSO, all artwork by proprietress/owner Maria Sippola
is priced to MOOOOVE!
while supplies last!
22 N 1st Ave W. - 722.2919

Pinewood Racing at Carmody.


Overall winner Anthony and his Beer Truck.
Fastest car-Chad
Best in show-Starfire and his Pirate Ship car/boat.
Best paint-Carolyn and her Partridge Family Bus.
Peoples choice-Steve and the Black Cloud.
Most offensive-Dick and his Bloodstool.

More pics after the jump.

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December 05, 2008

Two Tremendous Twin Ports Readings

Prolific Prose Poet, Louis Jenkins, reads from his newest collection of prose and poetry, European Shoes this Sunday, December 7th, 3:30pm at the Quaker Meeting House 1802 E.1st. Always entertaining - make sure to come out to hear him read and to pick up a copy of his book!

For more information on Jenkins or European Shoes, clik on to Norlight Lit Life

Savvy Short Story Master, Anthony Bukoski, will be reading from his revised and expanded collection of short stories Twelve Below Zeroon Thursday, December 11th, 7pm, in the Multicultural Center at UW-Superior, Old Main building room 232.
(a review of his work to be up on Norlight Lit Life in the not too distant future!)

Hoping you can support local literature as you enjoy local music, theatre, food, crafts, etc. etc.!

Get it Local!

December 04, 2008

Trouble in PotteryVille...

I woke up this morning with THAT feeling! I had solved my Holiday gift giving dilemma - the obvious answer - CREATE MY OWN GIFTS! (duh), I made the call to Duluth Pottery where I have spent many hours creating tiles and bowls, hoping to be accepted with open arms and WILD encouragement to be creative...surprisingly, I was DENIED!!!! I mean, I looked at my calendar and saw it was ONLY December 4th...and yet, I was told that there was NO WAY I could stop in and throw a few mugs..."we don't do that here" she said...WHAT THE? To be fair, I was offered the opportunity to buy some clay and put my pieces in a special firing on friday...BUT...and I quote..."THEY MIGHT BLOW UP!" Can anyone help me? I simply need to throw 4 mugs and get them glazed and fired in the next three weeks?

December 02, 2008



Local art & handmade goods sale


This Saturday, the Eco Home will feature a variety of goods from local artists and businesses including jewelry, handmade soaps, glasswork, painting, photography, Thai imports, and more. Eat, drink, shop, tour the Eco Home and support small, local businesses and artisans. Admission: FREE!

When: Sat. Dec 6th
Time: 2 - 5 pm
Where: 2809 Snowy Owl Circle
Directions: Take Superior Street east. Turn left on 52nd Ave East. Turn right on Broadwing Drive. Turn right on Snowy Owl Circle and proceed one block to Eco-Home on right.

For more information call 940-4965 or email [email protected]. There is still room for more vendors so if you're interested call/write ASAP.

twin cities twin ports

December 01, 2008

DINK TANK sets their sights on Santa!

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The sketch comedy troupe the Duluth News Tribune called "Devastatingly Funny" is back for an evening of holly jolly hilarity! Dink Tank proudly presents their annual holiday comedy revue, continuing the grand tradition Renegade has carried for nearly two decades. Styled after "Kids in the Hall", "Monty Python," and "Mr. Show," Dink Tank skewers politics, takes pot shots at pop culture, and creates hysterical, memorable characters from their own warped imaginations.

Dink Tank contains adult content. Seriously, don't bring the kids.

Thursdays-Saturdays, Dec 4-6, 11-13 and 18-20 at 8pm
at the Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St in Downtown Duluth

Call 218-336-1414 for tickets or visit

November 14, 2008

We hope you will join us for the debut event of the Arrowhead Alliance of Artists With Disabilities

To give you an idea of who we are and what we're up to, we recently created a video at PACT studios in Duluth, and asked local band Tangier 57 to make us a soundtrack.

Click on the following link to find out more about AAAWD and our upcoming event:

Announcing AAAWD's multi-media debut at the Play Ground!

Friday & Saturday, November 21-22, 2008
"An AAAWD Evening"
The Play Ground
Technology Village (main level)
11 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN
6:30 pm | Artists' Reception featuring Harpist, Christina Cotruvo
7:30 pm | Part I: AAAWD Little Films
8:30 pm | Part II: CHOICE Dancers & BOLD-Choice Theater Company
Tickets $5 (general admission at the door)
Box Office: 218-733-7555

Wheelchair seating, Audio Description and ASL Interpreter services will be available for both performances.
Complimentary refreshments will also be provided.

(posted for Bridget Riversmith)

White Man's World - Opens Tonight

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White Man’s World turns independent filmmaking on its head. Director Jason Page is sure he's a visionary genius. So why isn't he famous yet? Could it be the color of his skin? Follow him and his comrades onto the reservation in this outrageous look at low-budget, high-concept filmmaking.

See the film tonight & tomorrow night at Teatro Zuccone (222 E. Superior St) - 7 & 9pm each night. Tickets are $10 at the door or by calling 218-336-1414.

No Authors?

While I love the Duluth Scensters section of the Tribune's website to promote local artists and musicians, I noticed there were no local writers in there. We have a lot of local authors who I am sure could be considerd scensters about town. Anyone know any of them?

November 06, 2008

2 Worlds - Art Show

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In conjunction with our feature film WHITE MAN'S WORLD (premiering next week!) we are happy to be working with a couple of fantastic local artists.

2 Worlds features the black & white photography of our own Erin McConnell. Erin's documentary style photographs were taken during production of WHITE MAN'S WORLD. This is a candid behind-the-scenes look at what happens on a 4 Track film set.

The show also includes local artist Kurt Buffalo, who brings to the show his beautiful & original Anishinabeg beadwork designs.

The opening night reception will include music by Lyz Jaakola & the Oshkii Giizhik Singers. This reception is on Friday, November 7th from 6-9pm.

Closing reception will feature a reading by renowned local author Jim Northrup. This reception is on Friday, November 21st also from 6-9pm.

The exhibition hours regularly are Saturdays & Sundays from 1-5pm. The show runs from November 7 to the 23rd.

Join us at the Washington Galleries - 315 N. Lake Ave for this fine exhibition of art & culture.

And the best part? It's all FREE!!

October 31, 2008


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In all the hubbub about the election, don't forget to send your short films to Cinema Lounge!

IFP MN’s film curator is currently seeking submissions for the December 5 Duluth Cinema Lounge extravaganza. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS NOVEMBER 14.

Submissions are free and do not guarantee that your films will be screened. If you have a short you'd like to screen with us, call Paul at (651) 644-1912, or download a submission form from the IFP MN website at and send it in with your work (20 min or less) on DVD to:

IFP MN’s Cinema Lounge Duluth
Attn: Paul Clark
2446 University Ave. West
St. Paul, MN 55114


6:00pm- “How to Apply” workshop for the McKnight Fellowship for a $25,000 grant
7:00pm- Special Cinema Lounge featuring local original short films and Filmmaker Q&A
9:00 pm- AFTER PARTY at the Sheraton Duluth, sponsored by Zeitgeist Arts


For more information: (651) 644-1912, or [email protected], or go to

October 30, 2008

"Breathtaking...Superbly Done." - Duluth News Tribune

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Come see the show the Duluth News Tribune hailed as "innovatively shocking" and "like a kick to the stomach."

A writer is interrogated about the gruesome content of his unpublished stories, and their similarities to a series of recent murders. The result is a powerful work of theatrical dynamite that is both darkly funny and utterly terrifying, culminating in a shocking twist ending that reaffirms the very nature and purpose of art.

This show features adult language and themes... Seriously.

Thurs-Sat, Oct 30th -Nov 8th at 8pm
At the Teatro Zuccone, 222 East Superior St in Downtown Duluth
Call 336-1414 for tickets or visit

October 22, 2008

Fortunate Wilderness

Filmmaker George Desort will premiere his movie, Fortunate Wilderness at the Marshall Performing Arts Center (UMD) on Nov. 6 at 7 :00 pm (The film premiere is free!). George is a thoughtful artist and delivers a beautiful look at the wolf-moose research of Isle Royale. The human relationship with the natural world is at the heart of the movie.

The movie should provide an added draw to Duluthians, as the band Low has contributed original music to support the images. George has shared that he feels a connection between Low's music and his own work.

Watch for posters advertising other great events scheduled for Nov 5-7. Duluth will be celebrating the 50 years of wolf moose research in a way that honors special wild places.

October 21, 2008

Just In Time For Halloween ...

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From Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh comes a pitch-black dark comedy that the New York Times hailed as "Unsettling and exhilarating...gripping." A writer is interrogated about the gruesome content of his unpublished stories, and their similarities to a series of recent murders. The result is a powerful work of theatrical dynamite that is both darkly funny and utterly terrifying, culminating in a series of shocking twists that reaffirms the very nature and purpose of art.


October 23-25, 30-Nov.1, 6-8 | 8:00pm
At the Teatro Zuccone: 222 E. Superior St. in Downtown Duluth

Call 336-1414 for tickets or visit

October 20, 2008

Hot Chicks!


Colder by the Lake is doing the Jack Chick Plays this weekend and next. I'm assuming these plays are based on the infamous Chick tracts which are just about the most horrible form of proselytizing ever invented. And considering the cast and the director, this promises to be hilarious. I think this is a must see.

Continue reading "Hot Chicks!" »

October 14, 2008

INDIE FILM NIGHT Calling for Entries!


October 13, 2008

The Night That Robin Died


The Night that Robin Died is the latest Semblesque production featuring music by Craig Minowa and Cloud Cult. What's more it's the first time I've ever been on stage with both my kids at the same time. And that kinda rocks for me personally.

This weekend only!

You can buy tickets here!

October 10, 2008

Election Season Movie Night

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The YWCA is sponsoring Election Season Movie Night at the Building For Women, 32 E First St., on Thursday, October 16 and Thursday, October 23 starting at 7 pm.

October 16: Iron Jawed Angels-The true story of two women who stood up for their right to vote and ended up shaping the future of America.

October 23: Chisholm '72 Unbossed and Unbought-This POV documentary follows the campaign of the first Black woman to run for President of the United States.

There is no charge for admission. Hope to see you there!

October 05, 2008

More Halloween Treats


Tangier 57
, Haus Meeting and Tim Kaiser. Friday - Halloween night at Carmody.

September 29, 2008

Renegade Announces Improv Auditions!

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Renegade Comedy Theatre proudly announces auditions for their Improv Teams! In 2009, Renegade will be offering live comedy every Friday night. We're looking for smart, funny performers who want to spend their Friday nights making people laugh - while getting PAID! That's right, we said PAID!

Auditions will be held on Friday, October 3rd at 7pm at the Peasant Works Porch above Hell's Kitchen in Canal Park, 310 Lake Ave S. Call 218-722-6775 to schedule your audition.

Our goal is to form a team that will all rehearse together so that anyone can play on any given Friday night. We'll have 3 styles - games, long form, and headlines (news & politics.) The styles will rotate every Friday, and anyone can sign up to play on any Friday night that they're available. This means that performers will not have to perform every Friday - if you have a conflict, then you dont have to sign up for that evening.

September 26, 2008

Tugboat Children's Theatre Presents...

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Written by Duluth native, Robert Kauzlaric, this long-suppressed account of the Big Bad Wolf is finally brought to light - featuring a rockabilly score!

The audience is the jury, deciding the wolf's fate at the end of the play with alternate endings. Parents and children will both delight in this exploration of who really is to blame.

Sept. 27, 28 & Oct. 4, 5. Two shows daily at 1pm & 3pm.

Call (218) 336-1414 for tickets or visit for more info.

September 08, 2008

Monkey at a Café


The original artwork from "Monkey With A Tool Belt" by Chris Monroe is hanging at Lake Ave Café and there is an opening tonight from 5-7PM. Food and wine and Chris Monroe.

Lake Avenue Café
394 Lake Avenue South

The show is hanging though October 12.

August 29, 2008

liberty parade featuring my car and retribution

If you're planning on heading to the twin cities this weekend, be sure to check out the Liberty Parade on Sunday. After the parade is a ton of free music including the Retribution Gospel Choir.

Also, my art car the Geo Chalker ( has been asked to be in the parade. Because it's an interactive art car, I would need a few people to walk along side it to help hand out chalk. If you've ever wanted to ride in a parade, here's you chance.

Continue reading "liberty parade featuring my car and retribution" »

August 23, 2008

ride in my car

on sunday, august 31st, the liberty parade will roll though minneapolis as an alternative to the protests happening that week. the geo chalker will be rolling in that parade. i would love to have a few bodies help me out by passing out chalk so people can write on the car and also on the sidewalks. i was also thinking (but not positive on this yet) as pushing the car through the parade as a way to help save the environment. it's a geo so it wouldn't be that hard. it would be really cool to find some way to attach bikes to pull it but I don't think that will happen.

if you're going to be in minneapolis and want to ride with the chalker and then enjoy the good times and music at loring park, then come along for the ride.

August 15, 2008

Renegade Announces "Pillowman" auditions

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"The Pillowman", by Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh is an extremely dark comedy about the interrogation of a writer and his brother by two detectives. They are being questioned about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. This play features amazing roles for actors.

We are seeking 5 men, 1 woman, and a young-looking girl and boy of mature age.
Please prepare 1 storytelling monologue and be prepared to do some cold readings.

Auditions are at 7:00pm on Monday, August 25th at the Teatro Zuccone's upstairs rehearsal space.

Photo Show - Carlson Bookstore

The Duluth Photographers Guild is having a photography opening TONIGHT at Dominic's Downtown Tattoo. This photography show will feature various artists work related to the now closed "Carlson Bookstore".

Where: Dominic's Downtown Tattoo
Where: 132 E Superior St, Duluth, MN

When: TONIGHT (Friday 8/15/2008)
Time: 8-10pm



August 07, 2008

Renegade Opening Night!

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A Neil Simon classic, Last of the Red Hot Lovers tells the hilarious story of Barney Cashman, a married man determined not to let the sexual revolution pass him by. Trouble is, he's awful at adultery. The laughs pile up as he makes three desperate, awkward stabs at extramarital affairs - before a sweet, smart epiphany changes everything for Barney.

Directed by: Josh Hinke
Stage Manager: Kaite Lindner
Technical Director: Bethany Reinfeld

Barney Cashman...Jake Neuman
Elaine Navazio...Ashley Kuske
Bobbie Michelle...Caitlin Losure
Jeanette Fisher...Sarah Diener

Scenic Designer...Bethany Reinfeld
Cosutme Designer...Sarah Kreuter
Lighting and Sound Designer...Noah Craft
Props Master...Bethany Reinfled

August 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 at 7:00 p.m.
call 336-1414 for reservations

August 04, 2008

Pay homage to Cloquet's one-of-a-kind gas station on Thursday, Aug. 7

August 03, 2008

Artist on the Move....

Artist on the Move
Moving Sale

• Friday Aug 8
• Saturday Aug 9

830 N Lake Ave
(Corner of Skyline and N Lake)

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August 01, 2008

Renegade Announces Auditions

Auditions for Tugboat Children's Theatre's production of
"The True Story of the Three Little Pigs"
Sunday the 3rd and Monday the 4th at 7:00
~ Callbacks on Tuesday the 5th at 7:00

At the Teatro Zuccone
222 E. Superior St.
Call 722-6775 for info

The show is a musical - so come prepared to sing!

July 31, 2008

As if there isn't enough to do.


This event starts earlier than all the others so do stop by and have a beverage won't you?

July 30, 2008

Get Your War On (NSFW)

Get Your War On, the satirical comic strip created by David Rees, will air animated shorts on 23/ in the near future. Get Your War On used to run in the RipSaw and appears regularly in Rolling Stone and alt weeklies around the country.

July 23, 2008

Renegade's Ready For Finn Fest


Come see the show the Duluth News-Tribune calls
"A thoroughly charming and slyly funny storytelling play with moments of real power."

Thursday, July 24th
Friday, July 25th
Saturday, July 26th

All performances are at 7pm
Tickets are just $15 for adults / $12 for students and seniors!

For more information or to reserve tickets, visit

July 21, 2008

are you a drama mama?

Casting Call for BIRTH: a theater for social change production

Auditions for the September '08 benefit production of Karen Brody's critically-acclaimed play "Birth", directed by Emily Parr, will be held Tuesday, July 22 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Harbor City International School, 332 West Michigan Street, suite 300.

Continue reading "are you a drama mama?" »

July 15, 2008

Real Ale

Lake Superior Brewing Firkin Night

Wednesday July 16 5pm tell it's gone.

Come enjoy a cask of LSB's limited release "Meheen's Mild"

Meet Brewer's Dale Kleinschmidt and Levi Hansen

at Hell's Kitchen, 310 Lake ave. South


Real Ale

Lake Superior Brewing Firkin Night

Wednesday July 16 5pm tell it's gone.

Come enjoy a cask of LSB's limited release "Meheen's Mild"

Meet Brewer's Dale Kleinschmidt and Levi Hansen

at Hell's Kitchen, 310 Lake ave. South


July 07, 2008

Cuddle Core Ice Cream Social




So regarding this recent discussion regarding this article, I think it's time we discuss the embarrassment to this community that is the DNT's "Talk" commenting feature.

Is this an accurate representation of our community's opinions?

June 26, 2008

God Rocks this weekend!

In case you hadn't heard, "God Rocks" had to change its name due to copyright infringement so it's now "...and on the 7th day, God Rocked." But, either way, it premiers this weekend at the theater of the zucchini.

I saw the rough draft and it was hilarious. Go see it.

June 23, 2008

Into the Woods Jr.


Appearing this week on the stage of the Duluth Playhouse: Cinderella, Jack and the beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf, Rapunzel, handsome princes, magic beans and more.

The Duluth Playhouse's Youth Repertory Theatre Co. presents "Into the Woods Jr.," which is a children's show based on the Tony-award winning Broadway production with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It's a musical, it's funny, and the kids have been working hard. It should be a fun thing to take your kids to.

Shows are Thursday and Friday, June 26 & 27 at 7 p.m.
Two shows Saturday, June 28 , at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
One show Sunday, June 29 at 2 p.m.

The Depot, 506 W. Michigan St.
Tickets: $8 for adults, $6 for ages 17 and younger.
Call 733-7555.

June 19, 2008

Fresh Duluth Documentary

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June 12, 2008

Photoshow tomorrow night

fun with chalk

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Artist Camping Safari, Introduction To Plein Air Painting

Paint The Great Outdoors!

Artist Camping Safari At Snowflake Nordic Center
(An Introduction To Plein Air Painting)
Progression Of 4 Three-Hour Workshops
Thursday Through Sunday Mornings
Select From Four Dates:

  • June 26-29, 2008
  • July 10-13, 2008
  • July 17-20, 2008
  • July 24-27, 2008

Cost: $180 for all four workshops in each set of dates. Students furnish their own materials and supplies. Click here to view list. Includes 4 night campsite stay; Wednesday - Saturday Location: Snowflake Nordic Center, 4318 Rice Lake Road, Duluth, Mn 55811

Enjoy Camping And Painting En Plein Air
Combine Your Camping Trip To Duluth, Minnesota and the scenic North Shore of Lake Superior with our art workshops. This is a beginner's course in Oil painting like no other. It combines an introduction to painting outdoors (en plein air) and comfortable camping. We offer a series of four, 3-hour classes conducted outdoors at Snowflake Nordic Skiing and Camping Center in Duluth (we move into the Chalet in case of inclement weather). Classes begin at 9:00am each morning and finish up around noon. Spend the rest of your day hiking the scenic x-country trails at Snowflake or there's plenty of time to enjoy Duluth, Canal Park or even take a day trip up the North Shore and view the many spectacular waterfalls, lighthouses and panoramic views of Lake Superior.

About The Workshops:
If you've never painted or if you've tried and failed with some of those vague "how to" books, these workshops are for you. In each workshop we will complete a 9x12 landscape painting that you can take home and hang on your wall. We will get acquainted with composition, color harmony, brushwork and perspective (linear and atmospheric). In the process, we'll also get you organized so you can paint a simple landscape "en plein air (outdoors)" in a single session (Alla Prima) with confidence and without fear. Classes are designed to start simple and get more advanced as we progress. Instruction is "hands on" with just the right amount of "serious" and "fun"...and punctuated with Champagne breaks (Korbel Brut). Registration fees include campsite accomodations (you supply the tent) from Wednesday night through Saturday night.

About Snowflake Nordic Ski Center:
Snowflake offers summer camping sites throughout its 180 acres of scenic x-country trails complete with firepits and picnic tables at each site, all within close proximity to the Chalet. Facilities at the Chalet include private bathrooms with hot showers, laundry facilities, snacks, concessions and a variety of other services. Located on the outskirts of Duluth in a forest setting, Snowflake offers quick access to Duluth, Canal Park and the scenic North Shore of Lake Superior. Click here to view their website.

Workshop Information:

Wednesday Evenings, Artist Reception At The Chalet
1. Pick up class information and campsite assignment
2. Set up your tent and enjoy the evening.

Session I Thursdays
1. Basic discussion of oil painting in general, composition, drawing, brushwork, color harmony, perspective, materials and supplies.
2. Complete a simple 9x12 painting “Alla Prima”

Session II Fridays
Don't be surprised if you wake up with visions of your next painting on your mind. Today it's time to apply new skills to your painting arsenal.
1. Review of prior discussion and more detailed discussions about the painting process
2. Complete a more complex 9x12 painting “Alla Prima”

Session III Saturdays
1. More advanced discussion of techniques. Emphasis on brushwork and form
2. Complete a 9x12 painting “Alla Prima”

Your fear of canvas and brush have left you and have been exchanged for curiousity and the desire to learn more.

Session IV Sundays
1. More about advanced techniques for composition and color harmony2. “Paint what you see” Compose and paint a 9x12 painting outdoors (mostly on your own but the instructor is available to help.)

May 28, 2008

Doing The Fishstick

Below is a video of me doing the Fishstick. For those new to this latest dance craze, here is a description:

1. Beginners should perform the Fishstick to the tune “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & the Drells. “For presentation and learning purposes, you would want [’Tighten Up’] going.” -Adam Lisagor

2. The Fishstick should be subtle. “Unless you’re really staring at someone doing the Fishstick, you wouldn’t know that they were dancing.”-Scott Simpson; “…the Fishstick is mostly happening in your head.”-Merlin Mann

3. Performances may look like minor neurological disorders. To an untrained observer, “it might look like somebody was thinking about something…maybe trying to remember something, or that they’re having a very slight palsy.” -Merlin Mann

4. While generally done as a solo dance, the Fishstick can be performed “alone, with a study partner, or while […] waiting for something to finish cooking.” -Merlin Mann

Another way of describing the Fishstick, is "facial kegels".

May 21, 2008

Enthralled Spectators

Participation in the arts was a much a part of the citizen's activities as service on the council or in the law courts, with their six thousand judges. Each spring festival brought a contest between tragic dramatists: this called for twelve new plays annually, with the participation of one hundred and eight choral singers and dancers; while each contest in comedies demanded sixteen new plays yearly and a hundred and forty-four choral singers and dancers. In the hundred years of the Empire, Ferguson tells us, two thousand plays of picked quality were written and staged in Athens, while six thousand new musical compositions were created and presented.

These esthetic activities demanded participation on an even greater scale than in the mystery pageants and miracle plays of the Middle Ages: every year something like two thousand Athenians, it has been estimated, had to memorize the words and practice the music and dance figures of a lyric or a dramatic chorus. This was an intellectual discipline as well as an esthetic experience of the highest order; and as an incidental result no small part of the audience consisted of ex-performers, expert judges and critics as well as enthralled spectators.

—Lewis Mumford, The City in History

May 15, 2008

adventure in the warehouse district!

tonight i went to a super cool gallery in mpls called and saw this.

May 10, 2008

Comic school of art courtesy of former

For those of you that can draw and like a chuckle...

PART ONE: Basic Laws of Comic Drawing

* Crooked lines are funnier than straight lines.
* Dotted lines are funnier than solid lines.
* Light colors are funnier than dark colors.
* Flat is funnier than perspective.
* Ugly is funnier than cute.
* Top-heavy objects are funnier than bottom-heavy ones.
* Really big is funnier than really small.
* Small kitchen appliances are funnier than furniture. Always include either a blender or, better yet, a toaster in every kitchen setting.

Suck School of Comic Art
Suck School of Comic Art: Graduate Course

I'm happy they archived this e-mag. Check out the old "Filler" comics if you have a bunch of free time and are feeling a little bit of angst.

May 07, 2008

May 17th @ The Venue


May 05, 2008

Homegrown Hijynx.




Chris Monroe Homegrown Comic Strip

Posted with permission from Monroe. Click on the strip for larger version.

April 28, 2008



April 03, 2008

MNTV Call for Entries


Filmmakers! Submit your short films for the chance to earn cash and air on TV! MNTV is a three-part series of short films made by Minnesota media artists and aired on Twin Cities Public Television. Guidelines and application form are available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali on the IFP Minnesota website,


Questions? Contact Lu Lippold, [email protected]
651-644-1912 x106.

March 23, 2008

Semblesque Comes Out of the Closet

Semblesque Performance Company is looking for 30 bodies/still models/dancers/actors/performers to participate in a One Evening Performance, possible May 9 or 10, or 16 or 17. Need lotsa women and a few good men.

Express interest & availability/get more info at [email protected] or call 349-9800 between hours of 6-7pm.

Sign up alone or with a group of friends! Very Minimal up front time investment necessary.

Why? Because we've heard you say you've wanted to be part of "one of those Semblesque shows!" Jill Ellen Hall has written her 4th original silent dance theatre multi-media script, but is having trouble securing funding to produce the show. This event will be a fundraiser for Semblesque Performance Company. The costume collection of the past productions will be coming Out of the Closet for a Parade of Characters and an Improvisational Performance to Remember.

Deadline for casting April 4, 2008. Sign up today!

Jill sent this to me and asked me to post it to PDD. - Ironic1

March 15, 2008

Park Point is for voters.

I had two wonderful entries for the Park Point is for lovers design contest. Please vote for your favorite. The poll will close in four days.

Park Point is for lovers 1

Park Point is for lovers 2

March 11, 2008

Park Point is for Lovers


New contest. Design a shirt in one color with the words "Park Point is for Lovers" somewhere on the shirt. Art can be hand drawn or made on one of those fancy computer boxes. Winner will get an assortment of T-shirts with their art and the love of all Duluthians. Deadline is Friday so don't delay.

Any questions drop me a line.

March 04, 2008

If dogs run free

Another dog with a fluffy butt on youtube:

March 01, 2008

Drama and intrigue in the paint aisle

My sister was in town last week to see me and the house I bought a few months ago. Since she possesses the boldness, decisiveness and sense of style that I lack, we went out to pick paint colors - my first time shopping for paint in years.

I expected to see paint color names like Biscotti and Cranberry Punch. But they went way, way beyond that. Emotions, events, sensationalism... it was as if US Weekly had set up shop in the paint store.

As I went through shades of red and tan, I started to piece together the chronology of a story using only paint color names. Here's what I came up with:

Dreamin' Romance
Touch of Cupid
Suspicious Love
Love You Lots
It's a Girl
Pink Fantasies
Happy Trails

Oh, and there also was a paint color named "Global Warming." Who knew?

February 28, 2008


Music by Leane Perius & Jessica Myshack at 8!

February 20, 2008

PBS Channel 8 wants to broadcast your films

This is off the local PBS station's website.
"Duluth public television, PBS eight, is seeking films, Smart Films. We are looking for short films from professional and aspiring filmmakers for possible inclusion in a Saturday night broadcast. ... All genres of film will be accepted for review including narrative, documentary, animation and experimental."
The deadline is May 1, and I know they're still looking for stuff. There's more info here:

February 19, 2008

A Classic, Homeric in its Dignity

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Now I want to see the Mona Lisa as interpreted by Matt Groening.

February 14, 2008

Funny, but no. Rejected Valentines Greetings

February 05, 2008


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February 04, 2008

New Dr. Thunder exhibit

Across from the Bedrock, in the Friendly West End.
Music and snacky-treats at the opening!

January 16, 2008

Amen, brother.

I love movies.

January 11, 2008

Website help

I am in need of someone who could consult with me over my web site. I have
> the domain name and am pretty savvy with photoshop, but am wanting someone to
> help jump start my site and help me learn how to maintain it. I am a Mac
> person, so that is a requirement. Of course, I am talking about paying
> someone!

My Client Could Draw That


I'm putting on an art show TONIGHT (1/11) for a couple of brilliant artists I had the privilege of working with over the past couple years. If you like art, or- ya know- art openings (free vittles), come on by. Haus Meeting & Red Mountain are going to tear the roof off around 8. BYOB (though I happened to hear that there are plans to make a super-charged party punch with energy drinks)!!
Washington Studios Gallery, 315 N Lake Ave.

January 08, 2008


i'm a die hard rem fan and am the first to admit that their last few offerings have been less than impressive (i think their last great album was new adventures in hi-fi. in fact, it was one of their best albums ever.) well they have a new one coming out on april 1st called accelerate. i'm half excited for it but i'm very impressed with their teaser site called it features a short video clip every day until the release of the album. rem and/or video buffs might want to check it out.

January 05, 2008

Free Beer at Depot Helps People with Disabilities

Adventure Film Festival at 8PM (including Hansi Johnson's Cross-country with the Snakes
$13 tickets
FREE beer from 7-9PM
Proceeds benefit Courage Duluth: Physical fitness and leisure activities are a vital part of creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Courage Duluth’s Sports and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of recreation and competitive sports programs to enhance independence, improve self-confidence, and encourage an active, healthy lifestyle for people with physical disabilities. Programs are designed to help participants develop lifelong interests and reach for their highest potential.


January 02, 2008

viva las vegas

i just got back from a way too long vacation in vegas. if you don't gamble, 5 days is way too many days to spend in that town. however, i did snap this gem of a picture. i suggest you set it as your desktop background.

happy new year pdd.

From Las Vegas

ps. for the geeks out there. i attended a penn and teller show and saw adam savage in the audience. i was hoping he would get up on stage and debunk their tricks, but p&t do that themselves anyway.

January 01, 2008

Red Rabbit at the Red Mug

Framed, signed, & numbered prints from the Red Rabbit series, etc. by Bridget Riversmith
$3 - $10 posters available at the opening reception

Opening Reception January 5, from 5 — 7 pm
Music by Christian Mcshane begins at 8 pm
Red Mug Coffeehouse
916 Hammond Avenue, Superior, WI

Show runs through January 31, 2008

For more information call (715) 392-2662
or visit Red Mug web site

December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

Make your own disco ball

December 30, 2007

Diorama-rama 3


Get out your crafting pants! The time has come for Diorama-rama 3. A collective showcase of dioramas and music. Featuring Taconite, Dance Band, David & the Goliaths and Poorus. Saturday, January 26th, 8pm. All-ages. $5 requested donation. Emerson Gym, 1030 W. 3rd St. More info: diorama3 [at] live [dot] com.

Backcountry Powder in Duluth

This weekend my friend Henry and I decided to make the best of the ample snow in the hills of Duluth. We both have a history of living in the mountains and spend a good amount of time hiking and skinning the steeps to find the best off-piste turns. Living in Duluth doesn't offer a whole lot of the steep and deep so we decided to go for a hike and do some skiing - regardless of whether it was only five or eight turns instead of the 50 or 100 we'd have gotten out West . Watch the 2:08 video we put together on YouTube.

December 22, 2007


After spending a couple holiday seasons abroad, I returned poo-pooing the extravagant, gaudy Christmas displays in America. Now that I have a child, though, I am absolutely giddy about the kitsch and events surrounding this season. I love Christmas in the Northland.

This year the little pirate and I went to "Scrooge" at the Playhouse (btw, really good production), "The Nutcracker" performed by the Minnesota Ballet and Monroe's Christmas show.
But tonight is the event I've been looking forward to for a year:


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Ive never seen Elfis, but I absolutely LOVE Bentleyville! Even if Elfis is bad, it's gonna be a good time.

WHERE: Bentleyville
WHEN:6-8 p.m.

Drop me a line if you want to meet up.

December 15, 2007

Signing books

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Thanks to everybody who stopped by the Luce Art Show Thursday. If you're still lookin' for last minute gifts, we're signing books this weekend. Both "My Favorite Places and "My Favorite Sounds
At Northern Lights Books & Gifts on Saturday, December 15, from noon to 1 p.m.
or The Bookstore at Fitger’s on Sunday, December 16, from noon to 2 p.m.

December 14, 2007

Super Secret Show UNVEILED!!

What a view! I am writing this from a certain hotel lobby, home to a certain rotating restaurant, where a certain band (okay, Haus Meeting) is rounding out the guerilla part of its 2007 Full Haus Tour, with a show in the totally radical (and cozy!) pool area at 9pm. Don't like your hair freezing? You don't have to swim to enjoy the show, but its encouraged. You don't even have to bring any cream corn, but you might regret it. It'd be super swell to see everyone there. Oh yeah... SHHHHHHHH! It's a secret. So is the fact that we have a room here (#914, if anyone asks).

December 11, 2007

Calling All Rump Runners!


December 09, 2007

Art Show at Luce


Paintings, drawings, screenprints and anything else I can finish up before Thursday.
Opening Thursday, December 13th 7-9 pm, Pizza Luce.
The extravaganza runs through January 8th.

More info?

December 07, 2007

The Red Show

Tonight at Starfire's is the Duluth Photographers Guild's Red Show. 5p to 8p. Bill Reichelt and Jerree Small will provide music, there will be food and drink and lots of cool photos.

Diorama-rama 3!!!

Hey everyone, I wanted to give you some warning of that the Diorama-rama is happening again on Jan 26th at Emerson Tenants Co-op...In case you don't know what this is, it's a collective art show of dioramas open to submissions from anyone! Just thought I'd send the date out so there's plenty of time to get out your glue guns!

December 05, 2007

chalking in l.a., nobody chalks in l.a.

that's because they chalk in the twin cities and now duluth can chalk too. the geo chalker will be in the zenith city. woops, sorry, in december it's christmas city (wonderful city). regardless, it will be in duluth on saturday for a wedding at the depot and on sunday morning having breakfast somewhere. perhaps chester creek cafe. get your chalk on and don't let it leave with an empty slate. with all of the snow, it's pretty much clean right now.

November 27, 2007

soviet retro-futurism!

I love how cool the future used to be.

November 22, 2007

The polls are closed.

Thank you all for participating in the first ever PDD Holiday T-shirt design contest. It was a very close race, so close that I have decided to print the top three designs. So without further ado the winners are (in no particular order.)

The Abominable Snowman goes shopping.



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Smoking Reindeer


The shirts will be available next week at my shop and I will have them for sale at the Buy Local gift fare at the Peace Church on December 1rst.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2007

Art:21 at the Duluth Art Institute tonight!

Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century is a ground-breaking public television series that documents the state of visual art today. If you didn’t catch the series, or if you’d like the chance to discuss what you saw, please join us at the Duluth Art Institute’s Lincoln Center for free screenings co-hosted by your local public television station! Refreshments provided courtesy of WDSE Channel 8. For more information, please call 733-7560.

Monday, 11/19, 6:30-8 pm
Duluth Art Institute--Lincoln Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
Episode One: Romance. The first hour of Season 4 of Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century features four distinctly different artists whose works pose questions about the role of emotion, regret, fantasy and nostalgia in contemporary art.

Get Yer Vote On!

Below are the most excellent entries in the 2007 PDD Holiday T-shirt Design Contest. Now it is your turn to vote. Send me an email with your favorite 3 designs. I am participating in the Get It Local gift buying event at the Peace Church on December 1rst so I may be making more than one of the designs.

Thanks to all that submitted I wish we could make em all.






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November 08, 2007

"Birch" Pottery Sale

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Actors Needed

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Morning: Get script.
Afternoon: Practice, practice, practice.
Evening: Perform.
Night: Party, party, party.

What could be better?

Out of the Hat 10 could use a few more actors on Friday (Nov. 9) and the more the merrier on Saturday (Nov. 10). Again, it's only a one day commitment and it's a lot of fun. Contact Brian Matuszak for more information.

Oh, and when you perform on Saturday you have a roughly 1 out of 8 chance of performing a script written by our new mayor. You have the same odds of performing a script that I've written, but don't think about that right now.

November 07, 2007

Thanks To All

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Saying thank you to everyone who attended the "Before The Lights" Exhibit. The complete online view is available here. Hope you'll take a look and any comments would be appreciated.

November 06, 2007

Friday, 11.09 + Cheer Up Poems


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PDD Holiday T


It's contest time again. Design a holiday themed T-shirt for PDD and you could win! The deadline for submissions is November 14th at 5pm. The voting will begin shortly after that and the shirts will be ready to purchase on Black Friday (November 23.)

Design rules after the jump.

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November 05, 2007

That New Theater place/space

thursday • 11.08.2007 • 5–8PM • free

Teatro Zuccone (the Renegade Comedy Theater space—which, incidentally, is hosting their Out of the Hat Plays #10 this weekend) will host a grand re-opening Thursday evening (11.08) at 5PM. Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior St. (726.5430). They got rid of the pole.

Light refreshments (beverages and edible items commonly served between meals, but not intended to substitute for meals—e.g., coffee, soft drinks, doughnuts, sweet rolls, fruit, & cheese) served. No word on the Lion Rouge.

Indie Film Night Update!

Calling all filmmakers, screenwriters, and movie buffs! In case you haven't already marked your calendars for this once-a-year event, here's the latest. On Friday, November 16, IFP Minnesota is bringing its famed Cinema Lounge to the Duluth Play House. In addition, you can attend a free workshop to learn how to apply for the McKnight Filmmaker and Screenwriter Fellowships. The McKnight Foundation gives out four $25,000 grants each year. One of them could be yours!!

The rundown for the evening:

November 16, 2007
Duluth Play Ground
11 Superior Street

6:00 pm - McKnight Screenwriting Fellowship workshop
7:00 pm - McKnight Filmmaking Fellowship workshop
8:00 pm - CINEMA LOUNGE films and interviews with directors
9:30 pm - Party at Pizza Luce!

The films on the roster for the evening:

12 Moons On Gichigami by Mark Ryan (6 min.)
Cross Country with the Snakes by Hansi Johnson (13 min.)
Birds At Night (Might Fall) by Bridget Riversmith (3 min.)
Jesus Loves Me by Jason Page (2 min. excerpt from the upcoming feature, "God Rocks")
Resonance by Paul Creager (10 min.)
Broc by Steve Ash (20 min.)

Don't miss this night of cinematic inspiration! See you there!

For more info, see

November 02, 2007

"Before The Lights" Art Exhibit

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I hope you'll join me for the "Before The Lights" Exhibit, November 3, 11:30am-3pm. "Before The Lights" is a pictorial essay about life on Lake Superior before the advent of the modern lighthouse system prior to 1900. We're going to raffle off some bottles of premium champagne (you must be 21 and other prizes. We'll have some snacks, coffee and other beverages, too. I'll look forward to seeing you there. You can view more details here.

November 01, 2007


Your Art Can Be Part of The Permanent Architecture of Downtown!

Tinderbox is announcing a call for submissions for the Second Avenue Revitalization Project!

Artwork will be displayed on the old concrete ballasts on the Second Ave. sidewalk. It will be part of the permanent (or, long-term, but unspecified length of time) fixture.
We are looking for four different works which should be approximately 14" wide by (up to) 48" tall. The final work must be produced on either steel or aluminum (which will be provided to the selected artist(s)).
Samples and design ideas will be accepted until 30 November. Finalists will be announced 14 December. The artwork is expected to be installed by 1 February.
Submissions will be accepted at Tinderbox, 22 N. Second Ave. E. Call Nikki at Tinderbox for more info, 7278042.

Thanks for helping to make Duluth more aesthetically pleasing. And good luck!

fine print: the final artwork will be considered a donation to the city's public arts commission and the work may not be returned to the artist(s).

October 31, 2007

Make Your Own Xmas Card And Painting

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You can make your own 18x24 painting at our November 10 Bob Ross Workshop. We'll get it "publisher-ready" and make it into a set of Xmas cards with your own custom message for the Holidays. See the details here

October 23, 2007

27th Annual PAVSA Art Auction

The Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA) will host the 27th Annual Art Auction this fall featuring all new, original artwork, fine foods, two cash bars, and live entertainment. All of the proceeds will directly help fund support services to victims of sexual assault and PAVSA’s mission to end sexual violence in the Northland.

Where: Holiday Inn Great Lakes Ballroom
When: Saturday, November 10, 2007

Doors Open at 5pm
Silent Auction 5:30-7pm
Dessert/Live Auction 7:30-8:30pm
Exquisite Gourmet Appetizers: All Evening

Live music performed by Sterling Waters

Admission Tickets: $45.00 ($22.50 tax deductible)
To Purchase Tickets: Call 218-726-1442

Visit for up to date auction items available

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October 16, 2007

Spiritus: Sic Passim


The Alibi Cooperative is at it again. 40 or so new pieces by Ben Boylan, Calvin Kessel and Sammy Macon will be on display for your pleasure this Friday from 5-8pm at Starfire Screen Printing 1131 East 4th Street.

Meet the artist(s) and bask in the wonderfulness of East 4th Street.

October 11, 2007

thanks for the input is registered and will hopefully go live tonight or tomorrow.

this weekend is the st. paul art crawl and my building is one of the stops (featuring works by dr. thunder).
I figured this would be a great time to paint the geo and see what happens.

stay tuned. this should be a fun project.

October 09, 2007

name that blog!

I need your blogging expertise for an art car project. I have a 1996 black 4door geo tracker that is starting to rust away. I'm not ready to give it up yet as I love this little car. It's gone across the country, climbed up the tallest mountain in CO, pulled numerous people out the snow, and never fails to impress me, even when I think it's going to die. It's not the prettiest thing anymore (slightly better looking than the image below) so I decided to let others make it pretty for me.

I'm going to be spraypainting Pepe with chalkboard paint and having my friend weld a metal box to the back door that will hold chalk. I'm going to encourage people to draw whatever they want on Pepe (within reason of course). I'll continue to take pictures and upload them to the blog. Additionally, I will encourage people to take a photo of them next to their completed piece and send it to me. If they took video of them chalking my car, that would be great too.

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October 07, 2007

Pottery Sale!

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Pottery Sale!
(at Lennis')
Friday, Nov. 23rd
9:00 am-5:00 pm
830 Norh Lake Ave
(corner of N. Lake and Skyline)

September 27, 2007

This Saturday!

Please show up and support your local artists and musicians and join the raffle for local treats!

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Colorful Horizons.


Just a reminder that the Chris Monroe T-Shirt show is tomorrow from 5-8PM.

Starfire Screen Printing Co.
1131 E 4th St
Duluth, MN.

In case you have not seen the Duluth News Tribune today there is a nice cover article in the Wave with C. Monroe. She talks about the new show, her children's book and her weekly strip. I for one will attest that the new work is amazing. If you are thinking about buying a Monroe original I would suggest you arrive promptly at 5 tomorrow.

There will also be T-shirts and pennants for those of you on a budget. Hope to see you all there.

September 20, 2007

Call To Artists: 4th Annual Area 61 UFO Convention

(reposted to keep on top of the pile of baseball cards)

Area 61 invites you to submit your UFO/weird science/paranormal art.

Event featuring Lectures, Movies, Art Show, Witness Forum, Live Music, Libations, Vendors, Video Games, Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, Ghost Hunters, Costume Contest, Prizes, Weirdos, Roundtrip Free Transport to/from Carmody's Pub in Duluth.

Hosted by Gonzo Science brothers Jim Richardson & Allen Richardson.

Saturday October 20th
All Day All Night only $5
Lakeview Castle, 5135 Northshore Drive, Duluth

Music (all ages): Cloud Cult, Crew Jones, The Keep Aways, More

Entries by Friday October 12 to jill at [email protected]. Please include Artist's Name & Contact Information, Brief Description of piece, Title of piece, Medium, Dimensions, & any Special needs (electricity, large space, etc.) you may have. Thanks!

September 17, 2007

The T-shirt Show!


Twin Ports Starving Artist Fundraiser

Saturday, September 29th
$5.00 cover
Andervald's Art Studio - Downtown Duluth near the casino.

Please check (and add to friends) for more details and updates.

"A $5 cover will be charged at the door to raise money for the artists presented in the show. More details will be presented soon with more information ie. which bands playing and what time everything will happen. If you are interested in donating to help out local artists in need of financial help, please contact [email protected] "

September 13, 2007

Call to Artists: 4th Annual Area 61 UFO Convention

Area 61 invites you to submit your UFO/weird science/paranormal art.

Event featuring Lectures, Movies, Art Show, Witness Forum, Live Music, Libations, Vendors, Video Games, Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, Ghost Hunters, Costume Contest, Prizes, Weirdos, Roundtrip Free Transport to/from Carmody's Pub in Duluth.

Hosted by Gonzo Science brothers Jim Richardson & Allen Richardson.

Saturday October 20th
All Day All Night only $5
Lakeview Castle, Northshore Drive, Duluth

Music (all ages): Cloud Cult, Crew Jones, The Keep Aways, More

Entries by Friday October 12 to jill at [email protected]. Please include Artist's Name & Contact Information, Brief Description of piece, Title of piece, Medium, Dimensions, & any Special needs (electricity, large space, etc.) you may have. Thanks!

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September 12, 2007

Art Attack!

Come one, come all!

Art Attack: A Subversive Art Event
Thursday, September 20, 2007
DAI Lincoln Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
5-7 pm
Art Attack is a spontaneous exhibition targeted at the underground and outsider artists of the area. Artists are invited to bring a single piece of art to install or present in or around the Lincoln Center Gallery. All visual and alternative art mediums such as fashion and performance art are encouraged. Musicians and poets are also welcome. There are no restrictions to size or content, we only ask that the property of the DAI is not damaged or defaced in any way. Creative spontaneity is the goal of this event.
A small reception will be provided by the Duluth Art Institute. Artists and event-goers are also welcome to bring potluck food to share. Bring your favorite food art!

Congratulations, Donny!

Donny Mammoths

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September 09, 2007


Hugo Awards are out.

Non reading type notables: Pan’s Labyrinth and Doctor Who.

August 30, 2007

And The Winner Is...


Thank you all for the entries and the votes. It was a very close race but #3 submitted by Katie Tobin was the winner by three votes. They will be available for purchase at my shop next Tuesday, September 4th. I will also bring them to the Wilco show.

They will be printed on Red American Apparel T's and will cost $15.

August 28, 2007

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation arts survey

I found this today and thought this might be an appropriate venue to re-post it on.

I've never heard of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, but Business North has a press release about the organization's "Art Works" survey. It's a survey to ask Twin Ports residents, artists, and business owners what the current status is of the art industry in the area, and how it can be improved by tying art into local businesses. Since many of us here fall into at least *one* of the categories--and this may be a great tool to raise awareness of the art scene in the area, I thought I'd post it. The survey is here:

Did I spell "tying" right? I doesn't look right. I need coffee.

August 25, 2007


The deadline has passed, the entries are in and now it is your chance to vote. There are six entries in the NELS CLINE GAVE ME THE CHICKEN POX T-shirt design contest. Voting will take place by email [starfire at gmail dot com]. Send me the number of your favorite design and whether or not you might actually like to buy one. There is no obligation to purchase one but I just want to get an idea of how many to print. They will be printed in Mens and Womens sizes most likely on American Apparel T's. More details will emerge when a winner is selected. I will accept votes until Wednesday August 29th at 5PM CST.

Thanks for all the entries and good voting!







P is for Perfect Duluth Day.


Beware: Shameless self-promotion ahead...
I've wanted to illustrate a book for kids for a long time. As they say, be careful what you wish for. After months of late nights, working weekends, ignoring my kids and avoiding my friends, I've finished 2 ABC books for a publisher in the cities. The first one, My Favorite Sounds from A to Z is available now, and the second, My Favorite Places from A to Z will be out later this fall. They'll be at Northern Lights Books in Canal Park, and can probably be ordered from other fine book retailers.

Also, look for a show of this and other art at Pizza Luce in December.

August 21, 2007

Duluth Art Institute Nexus Fall Preview


DAI Artist Nexus
Every First Wednesday of the Month
Lincoln Center
2229 W. 2nd St.
(Nov. 7 & 9 meet at Depot on fourth floor)
6:30 pm – 8 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 5: Artist Statement and Proposal Workshop
Wednesday, Oct. 3: Nexus Exhibition Proposals Reviewed
Wednesday, Nov. 7: Nexus Exhibition Installation
Friday, Nov. 9: Nexus Exhibition Opening in the Depot Hallway Gallery, 5-7 pm
Wednesday, Dec. 5: How to Get the Attention of Art Critics and Media with Ann Klefstad

Be a part of the DAI Nexus Artist exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute!
Here is a chance to be taken through the exhibition process with the assistance of the DAI staff. The first meeting will be an artist statement and proposal workshop. Artists are encouraged to bring statements and proposals to work on. In October, bring your finished proposal and work samples, and by the end a concept and theme will be decided by the group. November’s meeting will focus on the installation process and the following week, the DAI Nexus exhibition will open at the Depot.

Once a month, the Duluth Art institute opens its doors to artists of all ages, skill levels and mediums. It is the hope that the Artist Nexus becomes a matching point for artists, fostering the arts community. Artists are encouraged to bring current work, conceptual ideas or food to share.

Stay tuned to find out what topics will be covered in upcoming meetings. To receive notices – join the Duluth Art Institute mailing list at:


August 20, 2007

Free tickets for the kids

Hello Duluthers. I work at the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis. This week we open Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It's a musical based on the book. As a CTC employee, I get 4 tickets to use opening night. Well I'm only using two of them. If anyone would like to use two tickets, please let me know. I prefer to give them to someone with a kid.

The show is this Friday at 7:30pm and lasts about an hour and a half. nspinler at childrenstheatre dot org.

August 15, 2007

For fun ...

August 14, 2007

Duluth Photographers Guild

I just wanted to extend another invite to anyone who likes photography, from pro to casual point and shoot photographers. We have a nice group of 43 members and have room for more. So what does Duluth Photographers Guild do? We go on photo walks, share ideas on photography both pre and post production, have monthly theme contests, and meet up for a beverage from time to time. What a nice way to meet some new folks and advance your photography skills. So look us up on Flickr
It's free to sign up and it's a great photo sharing community and a great way for people to see your work visit to get started. or please contact me with any questions. moeview (at)

August 09, 2007

Audition Notice

4 Track Films is looking for Native American actors to star in a comedy called White Man’s World. There are several substantial roles available for all ages and genders. Please email [email protected] to schedule an audition time. Auditions will be held from 12-4PM on Saturday, August 18th at Washington Studios (315 N. Lake Ave). Filming will begin in late September and run through the month of October.



July 12, 2007

Choose Your Own Adventure

Sidewalk art that doubles as a 3D Choose Your Own Adventure story. I would love to do something like this in Duluth!

July 08, 2007


July 03, 2007

Sign of the Times...


"the first thing you have to do is quit your job. I don't worry much about the future. There isn't going to be one if we don't do something."

--Patrick "Randal"...former English teacher @ SDSU turned progenitor of

June 28, 2007


MNSFW (maybe not safe for work.)

June 25, 2007

One More Time!

GOD ROCKS needs extras for this weekend!!!

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June 21, 2007

Not logical.



Bad Spock Drawings

The Shatner Show

June 20, 2007

Grand opening & photo show

Friday June 22nd from 5pm to 8pm 1131 E 4th St. Duluth, MN
Please join us for Starfire Screen Printing Co grand opening with the photographic work of Aaron Molina There will be food, brew, and tunes. What a way to start your weekend.

June 19, 2007

2 Bookish Items, Several Tidbits and News of which to be aware

Item One:
For those of you not aware, Harry Potter 7 is due out very soon to the joy of many fans and the hesitancy of many booksellers. Sell at a loss to compete with the big people? Not carry the title and disappoint loyal customers? Even B&N and Borders are hesitant. Locally owned stores face even greater challenges in terms of clout with publishers, advertising, ability to discount, and places to store the tomes in question. Northern Lights Books is throwing a party as a way to establish community and reclaim the joy that should accompany as huge a publishing success as Harry Potter should be to those who love books.
In times that media seems so proud to tote the democracy in our purchasing power, it is disappointing that this has not caught more attention. I'm not calling for a Harry Potter Czar to control prices, but for people who think that they are making statements through their purchases to look above the bottom line in this circumstance in the same way they do with their organic tomatoes.

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June 13, 2007

Vote for the Hometown Team


Those crazy kids out in Wrenshall are at it again. Mr Mike Scholtz and his filmmaking crew participated in their 2nd 48 hr Film Project last weekend. It'll be screened in Minneapolis at the super-cool Riverview Theater (3800 42nd Street S., in Minneapolis) Monday, June 18. This year, they're entered under the team name Free Range Film Fest. Films from other teams are being screened all week this week.

Each night, the audience votes for the best films, which then get shown again on another date. Then films get judged on stuff like Best Directing, Best Script, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Acting, Best Use of Character, Best Use of Prop, Best Use of Line, Best Music, Best Sound Design, Best Effects.

The people's votes are necessary.

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June 05, 2007

Featured Extras Needed!

so this weekend we're in need of a few "featured extras" to be in a scene at a soup kitchen for GOD ROCKS....any takers?

Email me at carrie[at]4trackfilms[dot]com - The shoot is Saturday, June 9th 6-8pm.


May 29, 2007

If I was in "Control"

If I was in control of the movies shown at the new indie film theatre, I'd make this the first:

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May 28, 2007


Ah, when you go into production on your micro-budget film, and you cast people back, oh, I don't know..7 months ago and you THINK they have their sh*t together but then 5 days before you shoot you find out they don't and then they flake out on you when your director expresses disappointment, you can sort of feel every blood vessel in your brain shutting down.

So, here I am again.... any RAPPERS out there? The thing is this - two "old testament" rappers (the O.G.'s of the O.T.) who rap these very wordy old testament "songs." The beats are done, the rap is written and we *thought* being rehearsed. So there you go.

if anyone's interested (shooting this weekend!! short notice but I'm getting desperate) email me at carrie(at)4trackfilms(dot)com


May 17, 2007

Tonight at the Redstar


Tangier 57 has built our reputation on a promise to bring you technological gizmodigry disguised as musical entertainment. Such as the Organ-Bar, bubble machines, In-Lounge movies, and fashion-forward, cruelty-free drums.
So we're pleased to announce the latest addition to our arsenal of technological wonders, our Theremin.

While we're still working out some issues with size and bluetooth connectivity, we're excited about this beta version. Steve Jobs has been invited to tonight's show.
Can you say iTheremin?

At the Redstar, 600 East Superior
Doors open at 7
Lines around the block start forming right after you read this post.

May 11, 2007

Lip smacking goodness

April 23, 2007

Graphic Shenanigans


My friend, and favorite graphic designer is having his Senior Show Tuesday at The Tweed Museum. 4-6pm.

Cheese and Crackers will be provided.

As well as a bit of music.

April 19, 2007

the ole five and dime

Say, for those who may be interested, RedRabbitRiversmith is all new, much slicker.

April 17, 2007

A Little Light Music

April 11, 2007

art guild silent auction


April 10, 2007

Free Democracy Summit (April 13-15)

This weekend (April 13-15) is the 4th annual Free Democracy Summit - a weekend of art, education, and inspiration. It has been put on by students from the MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group) chapter of UMD for the past four years, focusing on homelessness and housing, environmental issues, trade policies, discrimination, and much more through panel discussions, music, workshops, activities, and community gathering! I posted a schedule of what will be happening during the course of the weekend. It is a really great way to connect with people on the issues that really do affect all of us. The whole weekend is free, Becky Lourey will be speaking, and we have some great Native American music and art events happening Friday night. Check it out!

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April 04, 2007


My video SUMMER STORM is included in the 2007 FLUX iPod Film Festival and if I get enough public votes I could win an iPod or maybe a cup of coffee. Go to the site, click on THE KITCHEN SINK link and on the SUMMER STORM links to view or vote. You have to register to vote, but it's easy to do so. I think you can even download all the films to your iPod if you want. Thanks!

March 29, 2007

Ray the Wolf at Beaner's Saturday night 10pm UPDATED

Ray the Wolf (late of Crew Jones) and his new Co-op Crew are playing a not-advertised-in-the-Transistor show at Beaner's Saturday night 10pm. That makes it even more underground than the aborted show at Dick's that got SDBTC*. Ray & Co. are going to have pent-up frustrations from that so this should be a wall-banger. Also check his style out at Ray's myspace page

*Shut Down By The Cops.

UPDATE: This show rocked. Ray was in full effect and he has a great band, to wit: straight outta Evelyth Jason Kokes on bass, Cool Brad who is a monster on drums, El Lobo who was crazy!!! and Nate on backup vox or whatever they call it in the rap world. Can't wait to see you guys at Homegrown.

March 12, 2007

Tangier 57 has Jetpacks

And we're not afraid to use them. We'll be riding them to the show this Thursday at the Redstar. Of course, we've had the single-user Jetpack technology for quite some time now, but only recently have we developed suffucient propulsion to transport the Organ-Bar via Jetpack. We may be unveiling some other new technologies this week as well.


March 09, 2007

March 01, 2007



February 26, 2007

Twelve Moons

Between April 2004 and April 2005, I collected something like 1500 frames off the web camera positioned at Canal Park, all from the comfort of my home in Twin Cities. I recently I put them together in this video and finally up on YouTube. Enjoy!

February 17, 2007

I Got My Goggles On.

February 14, 2007

Caption this

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January 25, 2007

Submission Party!

After all, everyone has to get it off on occasion, so why not make an occasion of it? Submitting one's writing to journals and magazines that is.
Resolved to send out your work to get published this new year? Lake Superior Writers is hosting a Send-Off party this Saturday, 1/27, from 3-7pm at the Marshall School Annex Building 1301 Rice Lake Rd.
What we'll have: a few publishing guides, a photocopier, a computer (or two), coffee, and a place for people to share their experiences in a creative and supportive envirionment.
What you'll bring: your poetry, essays and/or short stories for submission, envelopes and stamps (snacks would be a bonus). Come for just a little while or stay the whole time. Writers of all abilities are welcome

Any questions? contact mccormie at yahoo dot com

January 24, 2007

January 16, 2007

Photoblog Class

Harbor City International School is teaching a Photoblog class this winter symposium, what a great idea. Please support the future PDD'ers by visiting the following links by clicking the below (Continue reading "Photoblog Class" ») and make some comments on the great work that they are doing.

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January 15, 2007

Come out early, get to bed early.

December 18, 2006

Happy Hour v2


A couple of weeks ago I posted about a T-57 show. The date said the 14th. That was wrong. Sorry for the error, we'd all been drinking or something
Here's the new, improved date. The 21st. Oohhhhhh, solstice-ey.
It'll be the longest, loungiest night of the year.

December 06, 2006

The Red Mug

Lots going on this weekend, and much of it for a great cause. Consider this a place to warm up early Saturday night – Dr. Thunder’s Staircase mural is amazing!


p.s. Last year at this event I sold one of my hastily-crafted pieces of “art,” titled “Mustached Pistachio Man Choking on a Nut” to a local art patron named Zoey for $4,995.00. Unfortunately her check turned out to be a fake and bounced.

December 03, 2006

School Project


For the blog-a-thon, I'm posting a little pretend commercial that I worked on in a group project for school. Each group was assigned an existing company...IFC is the Independant Film Channel. The song is Deb Talen of The Weepies.

Click on the picture to watch the 1 minute promo.

(We're still learning the programs.)

December 02, 2006

For Your Reading Pleasure


I posted my scripts as I was writing for Out of the Hat this last month on my website and I decided to post others I had written as well. They are now available for your perusal.

December 01, 2006

I (heart) Muzak

I work in the Technology Center. Or the Tech Village. Or the Village. Or that building at Lake and Superior ... whatever it's called.
This time of year, the muzak has a holiday theme I love. They program music from old christmas specials, movies and other stuff.
You should stop by and take a listen. I've found that the best place to hear it is in the bathroom. While sitting there rockin' out, I've also discovered that the lights in the bathroom are controlled by a motion detector. Set for 2 minutes, if you really want to know.
It can be a little disturbing having the lights go out while you're sittin' on the crapper.

The music is always playing, however.

November 24, 2006

Washington Studios 10 year Anniversary All Coop. Show - Saturday, Dec. 2nd

November 15, 2006

Quell the Rumors - True West this weekend

True West will be showing at 7:30 p.m. at the Playground this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Any rumors of cancellation due to the Christmas City of the North parade are not correct. The show is still on. Let your friends know. And if you haven't seen it yet, come check it out. It's a rock 'em, sock 'em, piss-your-pants-laughing good time. Working Class Theater Website

November 07, 2006

Beck on SNL.

This performance has finally made it to You Tube. Beck's band plays percussion at the dinner table while he plucks away on the guitar and raps. Brilliant!

October 31, 2006

DAI Artist Nexus

DAI Artist Nexus
Every First Wednesday of the Month
Next Meeting: Wed., Nov. 1
Lincoln Center - 2229 W. 2nd St.
6:30 pm – 8 pm


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October 24, 2006

Free Range Films Roam Free

If you missed your favorite film festival in a barn this summer we're showing some selections from "The Free Range Film Festival" at Beaners TONIGHT, Tuesday, from 7-9.
Highlights include "Harvest Queens" about a small town beauty pagent in Canada and "The Worlds Most Dangerous Polka Band" about, well, just come find out.

October 09, 2006

Stripes, hats, mustaches and nautical art

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Go enjoy a “cup of joe” and Dr. Thunder's aestetically pleaseing show, "Stripes, Hats, and Mustaches" (the art matches the orange & yellow walls!) at Beaner's through Oct. 31st.

And if you’re heading up the North Shore before Oct. 12, stop in at the Coho Café in Tofte to see his nautical themed show, "Return to the Sea."

September 09, 2006


August 28, 2006

Bloody Art?

Have you ever been to the Gas Light Fine Bar and Cocktail Room in Sandstone? It is housed within a cool little ... get this ... *sandstone* building ... it used to be the old bank... and has very interesting and peculiar insides... including the patrons. On this first trip... after hiking at Banning State Park... We ran into this guy... making an entire row of Bloody Mary's... now I am not an expert on the Bloody's... however, this guy appeared to have it down to an art. Fun to watch... I wonder what they taste like? I had the Guinness on tap.


Bloody Art at the Gas Light. Sandstone, MN.

August 21, 2006


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Swill: before & after
Paintings by Sarah Brokke
at the Washington Studios Galleries
315 N. Lake Avenue

Free Opening Reception: Friday, September 8th, 6-8pm
Exhibition up through the end of September
Gallery open Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm
You can call 218-726-0341 or email [email protected]
to set up a more convenient showing time.

Hope to see you there!

August 16, 2006

DAI Artist Nexus

Duluth Art Institute
Artist Nexus
Meetings: Every first Wed. of the month
First Meeting: Wed., Sept. 6, 2006
6:30-8 pm
DAI Lincoln Center
2229 W. 2nd St.


network | collaborate | support | conceptualize

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July 23, 2006

Attention Please.


Low will be performing their critically acclaimed album Things We Lost in the Fire tonight at Washington Studios. This is in preparation for a show in London on July 26th. Special guests include Mark De Gli Antoni (formerly of Soul Coughing) and Dana Cunningham.

This is a free show which will start around 6:30. Alan says to bring your own dinner.

July 16, 2006

First Ave East & Superior Street



The quality of this job is terrific. The bottom slogan, "The Change is Forever," is original. All the other text has been pasted on.

June 03, 2006

Out of the Hat Location Changed

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Unfortunately due to a hold up in getting the zoning for the performance space changed, Out of the Hat will be performed at Paulucci Hall in the DECC. Yeah. Meh. But there it is.

May 25, 2006

K and S sitting in a tree....

Okay, now I've seen it all...well not really, theres a few more things on my list but this website is RIGHT UP THERE! I mean ...I knew about Sulu and Dr. Mcoy but...well, dont ask, dont beam up right??!! Thank God this website is "All Ages".

May 18, 2006

Art Nesting Dolls

I have a fondness for Russian matryoshka nesting dolls (I have a cat set on my desk right now that I got from my grandmother). They're charming when they're traditional, but I love new interpretations.
The Wurst Gallery in Portland has an exhibition of nesting dolls. They handed each artist a blank set to decorate; here are the results.

May 17, 2006

Bleeding Heart Liberals.

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May 14, 2006

Photoshow announcement 5/18/06


Beaners, Thursday 5/18/06. 6pm
Love to see you there

Artist statemt for those who care about such things

Go See A Midsummer Night's Dream

Today at 2pm is your last chance! It's hands down the best entertainment bargain this weekend at only $5.

I went to see A Midsummer Night's Dream last night at Harbor City High with my parents and my kids and all of us were immensely entertained. Sure, I was worried about bringing my 8 year old to a Shakespearean play, but by scene two he was bouncing up and down in his seat and roaring with laughter. What he didn't get in the language was more than made up for by the acting. And at a total running time of an hour and forty five minutes, it was just about the right length.

Now, this is a high school production and the acting is uneven, but overall I was very, very impressed. Also, this may be the only A Midsummer Night's Dream production in the history of the play that prominently features bellydancing.

Anyway, if you are just waking up and wondering what you are going to do on this rainy Sunday, do this! You won't be disappointed.

May 05, 2006

Scan Your Cash


A very entertaining video podcast, hosted by Deke McClelland, on how to scan cash. It has a good discussion of intellectual property, fair use, and counterfeiting.

May 03, 2006

It's a Brand New Hat!

Out of the Hat 7, June 9 & 10, is looking for writers, directors, and a whole lotta actors. Yes, you can be a part of the first production in the new Renegade facility (right next door to Carmody in case you needed more persuading). Contact Brian Matuszak if you are interested.

For those uninitiated to the ways of the hat, the writers get their prompts the night before the show, they have until the following morning to write a short (10 minute) work. The following morning the directors draw scripts from the hat. The plays are casted out of the hat. They have the morning and afternoon to get the work on its feet. It goes up that night. I think of it as the triathalon of sketch comedy.

The best thing is that it is only a one day commitment, though you have to be fully committed for that day. So, if you got the theatre bug, but don't have 6 weeks to devote to a full stage production, this is a pretty good fix.

HG8 | Carmody Irish Pub | If Thousands.

homegrown is 8

Here is a short video from Homegrown 8 last night at Carmody Irish Pub. I was able to film If Thousands and then the battery pretty much gave out so no Tangiers 57 footage. Below are a couple of still shots though. Man I stayed up way to late for a Tuesday but the Thunderstorm was worth it.

I used to be in a band with this guy.

Now that's what I call an organ!

May 01, 2006

Now We're Talking.


OK, finally a show I don't mind paying 28 bucks for. Wilco at the DECC, July 2nd. You can get an early shot at tickets here or just go down to the DECC on Saturday morning.

This is so sweet.

April 30, 2006

Duluth Flickr Photowalk!

Blurry makes me happy

The first Duluth Flickr Photowalk is in the bag. Four hardy souls showed up for this Skywalk photo romp. I have uploaded my pics and the others should be soon. Follow this link to see a slideshow of the fun.

We will be doing this on a monthly basis so stay tuned for the next date and location.

April 29, 2006

lego cake


April 28, 2006

Flickr Photowalk.

Lets take a Photo walk.

Chuck has a great story today at MN Stories about their last Flickr Photowalk. I think we should start our own Duluth version of this. So I declare this Sunday, April 30th at 11am to be the first Duluth Flickr Photowalk. This coincides with the monthly Metro area walk.

Now I guess we need to pick a starting point. Any ideas? Maybe we could meet at the Looch for some coffee and then walk around downtown snapping photos to our hearts content or until our memory cards fill up.

Flickr for those who have not heard of it is a photo sharing website in which you can Tag photos to make them searchable by others. So after our walk you could go home, set up an account and upload your favorite photos tagging them "Duluth Flickr Photowalk." When they are all uploaded you can watch a slideshow of everyones photos, cool huh?

This is not a digital camera only event by the way. All types of image capturing devices are welcome. Plus it looks as if the temps will be in the 40's so dress warm. Any other questions send me an email.

April 26, 2006

Don Knotts is Dubya.

April 21, 2006

Great Northern Festival of Words 4/22

Not to compete with any plans you may have for Geek Prom, Earth Day, or the Free Democracy Summit, but...
Lake Superior Writers is holding a free book fair at the Depot on Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Lots of authors and publishers, public readings, free writing/publishing workshops and the official appointment of Duluth's (and Minnesota's) first Poet Laureate (in the noon hour with some cake).
It's at the Depot, and close to a lot of other events (except, perhaps, Geek Prom).
Then to cap off the evening, Denise Sweet, Wisconsin's Poet Laureate, will be reading at Somer's Lounge in St. Scholastica. Also free.
For more info, check out

April 20, 2006

Help Wanted 2 bucks

I Found This.

I found this handmade flyer today while walking the dog. Ever since I discovered Found Magazine I have picked up more scraps of paper than I used to. Almost always they amount to nothing but every once in a while you strike gold.

This note is so sweet, I feel like applying for the job. I am submitting this to Found for sure.

p.s. Remember when Davey from Found came to town. That was the sweetest show ever.

April 05, 2006



Y'know, while perusing the 120-odd comments on the Creepy Japanese Things topic, I was suddenly struck with a thought: "We're Better Than This."

It really is narrowminded to focus our ridicule on the Japanese. Sure the Japanese are an easy target. But let's face it -- there's plenty to point out and mock in this world. From Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi pretending to hump a meter maid, to the oh-so-American, people all over this world are just begging for our hot links and tasty comments.

I believe that the best way to solve this debate is to stop arguing and pool our creative talents to improve this blog. PDD is filled with creative people who have great ideas. We need to come up with a new category name that really shines. It can't just be "Creepy Things" or anything lame like that. It needs to be witty. It needs to be good.

So let's have a contest for the renaming of the Creepy Japanese Things category. Post your ideas as comments. The winner will receive a PDD T-shirt, five PDD stickers, and a burned copy of Phil Collins' No Jacket Required album.

Finally, I'd like to say that I've been friends with Jon since we were 16 years old. I hope we will remain friends. Also I want everyone to know that Jon is indeed Asian, that I took gym class with him in high school, and that certain stereotypes, in this case at least, are true.

He'll argue otherwise, but he sucks at math.

April 04, 2006

Schlock Mercenary Book

Schlock Mercenary Book Cover

My cousin released his first book, featuring his Schlock Mercenary web comic. Pre-orders available here. To get a feel for what you are getting, here are pages 38 through 41 in pdf format. Buy'em up, they're red hot.

Eventually that pre-order page will cease to be... then you will have to go through or something like that.

March 31, 2006

Renegade Finds a Home

renegade.gifI got news this morning in my in-box that Renegade Comedy Theatre, which has been in exile for a year and a half, has finally found a home downtown at 222 East Superior Street, right across from the Greysolon Plaza, formerly the St. Louis County Health Department building. They hope to start performing there in June with Out of the Hat 7. Huzzah!

March 29, 2006

March 29, 1987 in History

Wrestlemania III-93,173 watch Hulk Hogan beat Andre the Giant
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It was billed as the biggest main event in the history of sports entertainment . Hulk Hogan Vs Andre the Giant . Hogan , in his third year as WWE Champion , was set for the biggest challenge of his life in the form of the 7-foot-4, 520 pound Andre , who betrayed his former best friend in exchange for his long-awaited shot at the championship . The Pontiac Silverdome was packed with 93,173 fans for this classic , which Andre nearly ended in about two minutes after Hogan failed at an attempted bodyslam . Eventually , Hogan would amaze the audience by slamming Andre ! One leg drop later , Hogan vanquished his greatest challenge to date and beat the previously undefeated Andre the Giant .

Geekprom Band

(The only band that could top this geekiness is They Might Be Giants.)
Ladies and Gentlemen. Allow me to introduce you to Leslie Hall and the LY's. This is a real bonafide group and an internet sensation. They may be perhaps the greatest Geekprom musical contender to ever walk the face of our mostly harmless planet. They have an actual album and occasionally tour.

I expect to see them headlining next year's Geekprom.

Hear some of their songs here. I recommend Zombie Killer. I mean come on, ZOMBIE KILLER! A ballad about zombies? I challenge you to find a greater song for the Geek Prom King and Queen to dance to.

March 25, 2006

Homegrown: Only 40 (?) Days Away


This is Hotrod Heartthrob, standing next to the lead singer of TOTO, shortly after Hotrod sang "Rosanna" with the band. It may not be the TOTO, as their Web site says they're playing SCHEIDEGG CH tonight. Wherever that is, it's not close to the Forest Lake bar where Hotrod accidentally encountered TOTO. (And yeah, the singer guy -- whatever his name is -- said Hotrod had a better falsetto than him.)

Basically, this post is a reminder that the Homegrown Music Festival exists primarily as a showcase for Bone Appetit. From winning the event to headlining it to saving it (as they did last year, when they filled in for a missing band), Bone Appetit dominates the Duluth music scene, even when they live in the cities and play only sporadically.

Low, assorted bands with the word "Black" in your name, fake punk "grrrl" bands, Northeastern Minnesota rappers: Bow before the alter of Bone Appetit

March 23, 2006

MN Stories.


Chuck has a great interview on Minnesota Stories today with Bruce Sterling. A very interesting conversation about shoes among other things.

March 16, 2006

Her boots are made to kick your Ass.

I got a new camera and maria got her picture taken

I got a new camera today. I don't even know how to use it but Maria got new boots so I took a picture.

February 22, 2006

Bushra Rehman Reading/Slam

I saw Bushra Rehman read and speak about her work on Monday up at UMD. Her poems are heartfelt, sincere and open personal experiences into expansive realms, at times, and reflective moments at others. I'm not sure how much reading she'll be doing, as she's listed as a guest speaker at the slam, but she's worth checking out. It's also worth jumping on for the slam itself.
Pizza Luce 8pm Thursday night.
More info on Bushra Rehman-

February 10, 2006

I got your hyperdense intertextuality...

... right here.

(Yes, there is some reading involved. Go on. It won't hurt a bit.)

February 01, 2006

Dr. Thunder Art Show Opening


January 25, 2006

Zombie Fun!

I just stumbled upon a website which teaches you how to turn someone into a Freakish Zombie in 11 easy steps using Photoshop. Here is my rushed attempt to turn Alan Sparhawk into a Zombie Rawk Star. First the original photo.

Pre-Zombie Al.

Now CLICK HERE to see Zombified Al.

Who else wants to be a Zombie?

January 13, 2006

All The Pretty Horses Call it Quits.


All The Pretty Horses will be playing their last show tonight in Minneapolis at the Triple Rock. You can read a letter from Venus here. I'm glad I saw their last Duluth show at the Looch.

Road trip anyone?

January 05, 2006

Passing it Along.

I'm passing this email from Donny Ness to you all in hopes that you musician types are in the know.

Dear friends of Homegrown, Things are changing with Homegrown this year and I wanted to give you a quick heads up. The festival now has non-profit status and is being run by a steering committee chaired by Alan Sparhawk and Amy Abts. Its a really good group, we've have a good plan for the year and I think we can make the festival even better than before. The top priority for the group this year is to be sure that all the bands enjoy the Homegrown experience and are paid for their set. We see Homegrown as a celebration of the local scene and a thank you to everyone who contributes to it throughout the year.

We are also looking for feedback and ideas from everyone who has a stake in Homegrown - we also want to keep in touch throughout the year and give updates on a regular basis with what's going on with the festival. We are planning to have a large gathering sometime in February or March as an opportunity for you and your band mates to share your thoughts on the 05 Homegrown and looking ahead to the 06 Homegrown. First things first, we need to get up-to-date contact information for everyone.

I need full names, e-mail, phone, and mailing addresses of everybody who plays in your band(s), including yourself. We have some contact information, but very little - we want to have a full database of local musicians so that we can send you mailings and other information as it relates to Homegrown. If you could get that to me by early next week, that would be a huge help. We want to mail a letter and survey to everyone by the middle of the month.

Also, if you know of new bands, artists in the area who have not played Homegrown before - send us their name(s) and any contact info you might have for them. Thanks for your help and you can look forward to more information from us in the near future...

Don Ness

Steering Committee Member

January 03, 2006

happy little clouds...

Bob Ross Rules So Hard!

This rules so much! Bob Ross, one of my favorite television personalities ever, passed to the other side a while back but his spirit lives on. Ace Hardware downtown is offering several painting classes this winter instructed by Bob Ross approved teachers. There are 4 paintings to choose from and they are offering each class twice. V-Nick and I are signed up for the February 11th Snowbound Cabin class. The best part is that it only costs $15.00. The classes last three hours and you walk away with your own Happy Little Clouds. All supplies are provided.

For more info go here. You can also call Ace Hardware at 218-722-4496.

Seriously, we should pack the 2/11/06 class with PDD'ers. Of course there will be some sweet Vlog action taking place.

Luce Cuts Back on Music.


This might be old news by now but not to me. Pizza Luce is cutting way back on music especially lower drawing local bands. You can read a thread aboout this topic here. So what does that leave Duluth with? The Tap Room, Brewhouse, Sir Ben's. Duluth's "scene" continues to shrink. What happened to the glory days? I have pretty much stopped contributing but where is the next generation? What is the next great age of Duluth aRt going to be?


December 09, 2005

Two Hat Weekends


This weekend you can go to St. Scholastica and see 8 reworked and staged Out of the Hat plays from previous shows directed by student directors at St. Scholastica on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon.

Next weekend you can go to St. Scholastica, again, and see 16 brand new Out of the Hat plays on Friday and Saturday.

November 29, 2005

F%#@ You Very Much FCC.

Fuck you very much FCC

click the pic.

RockNRollTV.NET is a new Vlog doing great work. Check out their video of the wonderfully funny Eric Idle ode to the FCC.

November 16, 2005

Can't wait for summer

A few times in my life (not yet in Duluth), I've looked down at the pavement and spotted art just sitting in the street. Not on the street, in the street. How did a rogue graphitti artist create this permanent art, then embed it in the pavement?!? Now I know. Come summer, I may have to branch my delinquency into new areas...

November 10, 2005

Photo Exhibit

I will be sharing an exhibit for the months of November and December at the Duluth Teacher's Credit Union. If you've never seen my photos in person come check them out!

You can view them online at :

November 02, 2005

Oh, and Toronto was fun

October 25, 2005

Sky Rats - Perfect art exhibition for Duluth

Could there possibly a better artistic representation of our city?

Picture 1
Picture 2 (I am such a morbid fuck - I laughed hysterically at this one)
Picture 3
Artist's site

"Kader Attia presents, here, an installation whose title is taken from the English expression flying rats, which refers to pigeons : the visitors find themselves face to face with a birdcage containing 150 pigeons and 45 children made from moose mixed with compacted bird grain. In what seems to be a recreation courtyard, girls and boys play with marbles or squabble while the pigeons are slowly devouring them. Throughout the exhibition, it will be the pigeons that appropriate the space provoking the evolution of the piece. With all the utilisation precautions connected with a volatile security and vigorous hygiene rules, the birdcage will therefore become a natural habitat, a microcosm in which the pigeons will make there nest and will devour the children. Beyond the cruelty of the scene, Kader Attia wishes to remind us that childhood is probably the period in the life that we see further and further behind us but still think of very nostalgically".