David Beard Posts

Hmong New Year in Duluth

The Duluth/Twin Ports Hmong New Year is free and open to the public. It features celebrations with programs showcasing Hmong traditions. On Saturday, Dec. 4, at the First United Methodist Church (“The Coppertop Church”), 230 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth, doors open at 9 am, a program starts at 11 am, and will be followed by lunch at 12:30 pm.

You got your Zombies in my Movie Theatre

The season Finale of the Walking Dead is Sunday. Standing room only has been a problem for some of the weeks. Get there early (it’s free!), buy a beer and bring a little extra scratch to Dragonport Games, where you can buy more than 1000 pages of Walking Dead comics, books, and more.

Lady of the Lake Warhammer Tournament

I don’t play, but I know an opportunity for cool pictures when I see it. The Lady of the Lake Warhammer Tournament was held at Dragon Port Games and Comics Saturday.

Metal figurines, hand-painted.

Warhammer is a tabletop wargame using dozens of hand-painted metal figurines. Instead of using a board, the game uses artfully created dioramas; distance is measured using tape measures.

Gamers in Battle!

Thanksgiving 2010

What is open in Duluth on Thanksgiving? We used to travel to the TC to go to Dunn Bros. for coffee (they were open until noon), reading the Black Friday ads, then down to a casino for a magnificent dinner buffet.

Where can I snag some coffee and dinner in Duluth on this most Thankful of Days?

Day of Truth and Reconciliation

The Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial folks and the various offices and commissions on diversity at UMD co-sponsored a day on “truth and reconciliation” on Nov. 4. The Griggs Center (a large multimedia-capable meet space seating 200, I’d guess) was filled with students, faculty and staff. Julia and Dick of CJMM walked the audience through the history of the lynching, the history of the memorial, and through some basic reflections on racism as personally experienced and as structurally defined.

The day included showing videos and a reading by Michael Fedo, as well as a tour of the Memorial.

https://events.d.umn.edu/008814

I’m grateful that this resource was available to the UMD community. The day was a success.

Zombies again

The Zombies were out in force last week. They will be out in force again this weekend, and every weekend until Zinema 2 gives notice!

Watch Walking Dead, again, at Zinema, free at 9pm Sunday. Support the local cinema and support Dragon Port comics and games, its partner.

Zinema 2

Walking Dead at Zinema2

Dragon Port Games and Comics will host the premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead on Oct. 31, Halloween night, at the Zinema2 movie theater in Downtown Duluth.

Robert Kirman’s award-winning comic series focuses on the human condition in a post-apocalyptic world, making for a fantastic adventure into the popular genre of zombies and drama. Follow Rick Grimes in his adventures as he awakens, alone and confused, trying to make his way home to his wife, Lori and son, Carl — all the while meeting new folks along the way and trying to survive.

The pilot introduces us to several main characters directed by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile) that will come across as both dramatic and emotional.

Tickets are available at Dragon Port Games and Comics with the purchase of any Walking Dead-related item.

3 S. Fourth Ave. W., Duluth
Open 11am-9pm M-Sat 12am-7pm Sun.
Call 218-260-2646 | sirjeff @ dragonportgames.com

In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to begin living.

Duluth artist reports from abroad

Kalk Bay, South Africa

Duluth artist Kenneth Marunowski reports from his painting trip abroad.

Where do I buy celestial binoculars in Duluth?

Please don’t say Wal-Mart.

Lotta sirens on London Road

All day, maybe once an hour, sirens racing down London Road behind our apartment. Tourists with heat stroke or something else I should know about?

Panna Cotta

Where can I buy it in Duluth?  Bought some awesome frozen ones at Trader Joe’s in Mpls.

Free Comic Book Day 2010

What is Free Comic Book Day?

Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free* to anyone who comes into their stores. *Check with your local shop for its participation and rules.

Dragon Port Games & Comics
3 South Fourth Ave. W., Duluth | (218) 260-2646

Collector’s Connection
Village Mall; 2322 Mountain Shadow Drive, Duluth

Fun and Games in the Greater Ashland Area
212 West Main, Ashland

I hope that the stores involved will post descriptions of the activities for the day — special sales, special games, special events.

–David Beard

Recent Landscapes – Kenneth Marunowski

oil on paper (16" x 20"), 2009

Kenneth Marunowski
Recent Landscapes

Chester Creek Books & Antiques
(14th Ave E. & Superior St. in back of church across from Alakef)
Opening: 7-9 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2010
Contact Ken at: kmarunow @ kent.edu
http://www.mnartists.org/artistHome.do?rid=231462

Annual Food Queries: Throwback; Paczki

I’m looking for two seasonal foods:

1. Any stores with Mountain Dew Throwback still in stock … a gas station, a grocer — anything. This is number 1 priority.

2. Pepsi Throwback. Same deal. The no-HFCs is attractive to me.

Shopping Advice…

I have developed a slight Mountain Dew Throwback problem — a love for a soda that I grew up on, with NO HFCs.  I avoid HFCs where possible.

But where can I find this tasty soda in Duluth?  Do you know of a gas station or corner shop that still has some?