Art Posts

Sacred Heart Experimental Tuesday

Sacred Heart Music Center

* 7 p.m. – Tim Kaiser

* 8 p.m. – Rivulets

* 9 p.m. – Sight Like December


Poetry Month Finales

Today, Saturday, April 25th: 3-5pm Reading and Reception for Duluth-Area High School Poets! Listen to emerging voices, help yourself to some free refreshments and chat about poetry! Mitchel Hall Auditorium, free and open to the public. One of Jim Johnson’s Duluth Poet Laureate initiatives!

Spirit Lake Poetry Series 7:30pm Anishinaabe poet, Al Hunter, will read from his two books of poetry (and maybe more!) Spirit Horses and Recklessness of Love. Reading is at Somers Lounge at St. Scholastica – free and open to the public, refreshments to follow!

Monday, April 27th, as part of the Arts Night in the Homegrown Music Festival, Devin McKinnon will be hosting a poetry showcase with the Cosmic Pit Orchestra serving as house band. A really great lineup of tremendous talent – you won’t want to miss! 8pm at Teatro Zuccone!

And since there were people unable to make the contemporary poetry discussion with Ryan Vine, I wrote up a summary of the talk: Poetry Talk at Norlight Lit Life

Happy Last Days of Poetry Month!


We here at the Renegade Comedy Theatre like putting on shows. They’re fun. And, we think you like seeing them too. So, how bout we join forces to make sure those shows we both like so much can keep happening?

How, you ask? Good question! And if you’d shut up for two seconds we’ll tell you…sheeesh.

If Renegade receives $250 in donations between now and Thursday, April 30th at 5pm, members of DINK TANK will head down to the Duluth 10 theatre and camp out overnight to be first in line to buy tickets to the latest Matthew McConaughey opus, “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.”

Check it out!

Check It Out!

Check It Out!

Punk show at HCIS this Tuesday!

HCIS Punk Show-4/21/09
yet another show put on by harbor city’s own Michigan Street Productions team;
featuring something for everyone of all ages
6 PM
.Arrowhead stage.HCIS.4th Floor.
Check it Out!

Spring Sustainability Fair

Energy, Campus, and Communitygood-tree

April 21 at the UMD Kirby Student Center

10 am-4 pm

Call: 722-SAVE for bus schedules

Informational booths, demonstrations and panel discussions on many topics, with a focus on energy.

Call 722-SAVE for Bus Schedules.

*Panels and Presenters* (Kirby Lounge)
11:00 a.m. Wind Power! Community wind projects in NE Minnesota, and results from wind resource research on the UMD campus: Mike Mageau, UMD Geography and Center for Sustainable Community Development

12:00 p.m. Campus Energy Research – Malosky Solar Array: Andrew Bentley, Brandon Eberle, and Scott Norr, UMD Electrical and Computer Engineering

12:30 p.m. Campus Energy Research – Multiple-Energy Source Integration: Jeron Smith, Tom Soldner, Drew Jensen, David Buszmann, and Paul Weber, UMD Electrical and Computer Engineering

1:00 p.m. Energy: Choices, Issues, and UMD’s Role: Tom Ferguson, 3M McKnight Professor, UMD Elect & Comp Engr

2:00 p.m. Go lean before going green: The role of energy conservation and why it should always come first: Dean Talbott, Residential Program Specialist, Minnesota Power

3:00 p.m. Twin Ports Campus Sustainability Panel: How are Twin Ports universities and colleges addressing sustainability? (UMD, CSS, LSC, UWS)

4:00 p.m. Hartley Nature Center’s Electron-Search for Smart Energy (Near UMD Bus Stop)

*Booths and Presentations*

David Syring’s Anthropology Seminar Class Sustainability Projects
NE Minnesota CERTs
Conservation Technologies
UMD Office of Sustainability
UMD Office of Civic Engagement
True North AmeriCorps
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District
Minnesota Power
Jes Durfee Glass Blowing
Outdoor EdVentures
Duluth Community Supported Herbalism
Sustainable Twin Ports
UMD Sustainability Coalition
Cut Loose Creations


Poetry Discussion at Northern Lights Books

Tomorrow, Thursday, April 16th, 7PM, Ryan Vine and I will be hosting a reading/discussion on contemporary poetry. Our rules for the evening: Non-famous, Non-local & Non-dead. Bring in a poem by your favorite poet who meets the criteria above – we’ll have a sharing of poems read aloud. And also bring in your questions. We’ll be speaking of where we go for information on new poets and poetry, reviews, magazines, websites, etc. We’ll also speak to our impressions on some current trends in poetry. Any other contemporary poetry concerns you want to bring up will be very welcome!
See you there (if you’re not at the DECC)!
7pm, Thursday, April 16th, Northern Lights Books & Gifts 307 Canal Park Drive
(if you sign up for our newsletter at by noon, Thursday, you can print off a poetry coupon Thursday evening)

Homegrown Banners

Hey kids, we know you’ve got ’em, and we want to see ’em. Turn your best Homegrown photos into PDD banners. We’ll try to rotate Homegrown-specific banners during the Homegrown Festival. Same rules apply, the image must be 960 pixels wide by 167 pixels high. Don’t stretch or squish the image to make it fit, that always looks bad. The Perfect Duluth Day logo will be added by PDD’s art department. Or, if you’d like, you can add it. 

E-mail if you want the Photoshop template with the logo

E-mail your banners to [email protected], and we’ll start organizing them.

Also, a reminder, the banners go up on Flickr eventually. If anybody wants to add info about their shots in the Flickr comments, that would be cool.

Your Turn to Serve!

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is Seeking New Board Members

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is currently accepting applications from individuals wishing to serve on its Board. The following four Board positions will be open as of July 1, 2009: the Student Ad Hoc position, the Lake County position, and two At-large Board positions. The ARAC serves individual artists and non-profit arts organizations who reside in the seven counties which make up the Arrowhead Region: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis.

lots of shots from around here

We\’re Here, We\’re There, We\’re Anywhere

Live Improv Comedy – TONIGHT

Renegade Comedy Night at Peasantworks Porch above Hell’s Kitchen in Canal Park. 8pm. $5. That is all.

“This play takes your guts out.” – NY Times

Sarah Zastrow, Jody Kujawa and Ellie Martin in Renegade Comedy Theatre's production of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" by Martin McDonagh (photo by Ken Koolodge)

Sarah Zastrow, Jody Kujawa and Ellie Martin in Renegade Comedy Theatre's production of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" (photo by Ken Koolodge).


In the mountains of Connemara, Ireland, lives Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old spinster. Her sisters have long escaped into marriage and Maureen is stuck caring for Mag, her aging, manipulative mother. When a man shows up on their doorstep offering Maureen a last chance at happiness, Mag interferes, setting in motion a chain of events leading to a shocking, terrifying conclusion.

Hot Toddy Hits Basic Cable

Hot Toddy and Laura Jo Dewitt

Hot Toddy and Laura Jo Dewitt

Got this interesting message from my friend who moved to LA to make it big about a year ago. He’s a Duluth native singer/songwriter/babe magnet, Hot Toddy Eckart, and I thought some of you PDDers might be interested in the update on his career:

Lake Superior Brewing T-shirt design contest

are you good with design? would you like to see your design on a brewery t-shirt? well here is your chance. open call for lake superior brewing t-shirt designs. grand prize is two cases of the beer of your choice and the accolades and appreciation of an adoring public. (if we find a winner). we want to integrate the duluth/north shore scene into our shirts. use your imagination and get a couple of cases of beer for your trouble! cheers! 2187234000 / [email protected]


Bellydance Classes

Learn the beautiful Vintage Orientale style of bellydance from Brea Morgiane.

Classes start April 29th at Elite Dance Productions. $50 for a six week session. Classes held Wednesdays at 7 PM.

Call 218-723-1337 to sign up. Male and female students accepted.

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