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Some great storytelling events coming up!

Local storyteller extraordinaire Elizabeth Nordell is organizing the following exciting events. Be sure to put them on your calendar!

There’s a Thief Out There

My daughter, aged 12, loves Halloween. It’s always been her favorite holiday. Since she was a toddler, we’ve decorated our front porch and front yard for Halloween. This year, we went all out: we bought a larger-than- life-sized plastic skeleton for $40 from Target and hung it from a tree in our front yard, half a block up the hill from Chester Creek Cafe. This morning, my daughter and her father prepared to set up the coup de grace for our very cool front yard Halloween display: strobe lights.But they discovered that the skeleton had been stolen overnight. Who would be so low as to steal from a child, and destroy her Halloween display? My daughter is devastated, that someone would actually enter her yard and steal the skeleton she put up to celebrate the holiday. It was also something that would take some work to do, as it was hung from a tree pretty high up from the ground. How can such a thief live with himself or herself, knowing that they stole the skeleton they now own and are probably displaying in their dorm room or off-campus housing? This is the kind of vicious stunt perpetuated on local families that gives — rightly or wrongly — the students living in the neighborhoods near UMD a bad rap.

UPDATE: I closed the comments to this thread — and accidentally deleted an OP comment in doing so, but it was made by a troll so I’m not too bent out of shape about my inadvertent act of censorship. While many who both supported me *and* disagreed with me had intelligent and thoughtful things to say, it was obvious that the thread was being hijacked.

Lyric Opera Benefit – Saturday, Sept. 18

Please join us for a Benefit Gala Concert to be held on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica.

Lyric Opera of the North kicks off a new season — and a new era — with this festive program, which features soloists Vicki Fingalson, Kate Kulas, Sarah Lawrence, Bill Bastian, Cal Metts, Jeffrey Madison and others, along with the LOON Chorus and Orchestra, all under the baton of Keith Swanson. With close to 70 musicians participating – 100% of them local artists- this is an event you do not want to miss!

The program is sure to please: plenty of favorites and lots of variety from opera and operetta. The program will run approximately 75 minutes and will conclude with a champagne reception. More than 10 local vendors have contributed treats for this event.

Funds raised at this event will support future programming, including LOON’s upcoming production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, scheduled for December 17, 18 and 19.

Tickets are $24 and are available at the Mitchell Auditorium Box Office: 723-7000.

Laurie Hertzel book launch in Duluth on Thursday, Sept. 16

Laurie Hertzel, author of News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist, is going to be in Duluth launching her new book, Thursday evening, Sept. 16, at 7 pm, in Fitgers’ Spirit of the North theater.

News to Me tells the story of the 18 years Laurie spent working for the Duluth News Tribune, including her accompanying a group of Duluthians to what was then the Soviet Union in 1986, when they went to talk to the city officials in Petrozavodsk about setting up a sister city relationship. It’s a compelling read, and there’s some fabulous stories about what Duluth was like in the ’70s and ’80s. And to sweeten the deal, there’s going to be a cash bar, free meatballs, and I am introducing Laurie!

Fundraiser for Haiti foundation Sunday 6/6

Haiti Worthy Cause Event
Supporting the Kako Foundation
Music/storytelling/Caribbean food
Sunday, June 6, 2010 | 3 p.m.
Chester Park United Methodist Church
819 N. 18th Ave. E
218 724-4969

12 Artists/2 Weekends OPENS FRIDAY

Broc Allen, Tonya Borgeson, Jen Dietrich, Eric Dubnicka, Liz James, Jeffery “Meat” Gadbois, Adu Gindy,David Gross, Aaron McLeod, Travis Melin, Chris Monroe, Jeremy Schock.

Washington Galleries
Opening Reception: Friday, April 2, 6-9 pm
Show April 3 & 4, and 10 & 11, 1-5 pm
or by appointment, call Eric Dubnicka at 727-4434

TOMMY, Tommy, tommy. . . .


Tommy, can you hear me?

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the release of The Who’s iconic rock opera Tommy, a group of UW-Superior faculty will be performing the LP.  The performance will be the evening of September 3rd on the UW-Superior campus.  Singers are still needed.  This is your opportunity for fame and fortune on the other side of the Bridge! If you are interested in helping out by singing a few songs, contact Joel Sipress at [email protected]  Do not let this opportunity to give us your best Roger Daltrey impression pass you by. You may not have another opportunity to sing “Pinball Wizard” in public for another decade.

Lilly’s closing weekend!

Don't Let Yourself be Held Back!

Don't Let Yourself be Held Back!

ECO Store Grand Opening Wednesday

Come, Celebrate Grand Opening on Earth Day!

Check it out!

Check It Out!

Check It Out!

If You Are in the Twin Cities Tomorrow

Ms. Laurie Hertzel, the book editor of the Mlps Star Tribune, and I will talk about  books and the state of the publishing industry Tuesday evening, April 21, at the spanking-new Mlps. Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall. Our panel discussion will be moderated by Cathy Wurzer of MPR, and taped for later broadcast (I don’t know when). Event begins at 7 pm. I’m sure there’ll be a fabulous refreshments afterwards, there certainly were last time I went to a talk at the Mlps. Central Library.

Laurie Hertzel is a Duluth expat, who began her journalism career right here in D-Town, at the Duluth News Tribune. She’s also the author of several books, including Boomtown Landmarks. I write for Publishers Weekly magazine, but, unlike Laurie, have never written a book.

Progressive Action Spaghetti Dinner April 17!

Progressive Action is holding its annual Spaghetti Dinner Extravaganza! on Friday, April 17, at 6:o0 pm at Peace Church, in the downstairs hall. It’s going to be a fabulous evening of FOOD (spaghetti! meatballs and veggie options, bread too) live music (Mad About Jane!), a silent auction with some seriously great items, a kids activity area, AND a keynote speech from Minneapolis Mayor RT Ryback! How cool is that? The evening MC is City Councilor Jeff Anderson. Tickets are $15 each, children 10 and under are free. You can buy tickets in advance at the Green Merc or buy them at the door. For more information, or call the lovely and talented Barb Olsen at 349-6681. BE THERE.

Progressive Action Fundraiser April 17

Progressive Action Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser!
Great food! Live music by Mad About Jane!
Silent Auction with lots of cool stuff and experiences!
Children’s activities table!
AND keynote speech by Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak!
MC is Duluth City Councilor Jeff Anderson!

Tickets $15 each, children 10 and under free
Available at the door or in advance at Green Mercantile
For more information, see
Or call Barb Olsen at 218-349-6681

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