Art Posts

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.

Bohemia Arts Call for Artists


Bohemia Arts is near death but not dead. Help me send it out with a bang, and some good, warm fuzzy feelings!! For the final art show, I am looking for artwork inspired by themes of compassion and love. Send some good vibes this way and submit your work for consideration. This is a juried exhibit, so please submit an image file to [email protected] with your contact info. Deadline for consideration is April 30th. The show will run from May 4-29th. Fabulous reception is tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 8th. (Musicians. Let’s talk.) For more info, contact Bohemia Arts  22 N 1st Ave W Downtown Duluth, 722.2919.


Ice Pack


Resonance: The Odyssey of the Bells from 7-9PM on April 29th

You are invited to attend a screening of the documentary film
Resonance: The Odyssey of the Bells from 7-9PM on April 29th hosted by the Alworth Institute.
Please mark your calendars and forward this invitation to others. This screening is
part of the Alworth’s “International Lecture” series.   Resonance shows Duluth in a positive light as it highlights
the city’s efforts after WWII to mend the scars of the war and re-humanize a former enemy through the return of a centuries-old Buddhist temple bell considered sacred to the Japanese.  Discussions will revolve around how a historical documentary like Resonance acts as a reminder of how citizen action plays a crucial role in restoring positive relations with former enemies in the wake of war.

A 30-minute version of Resonance will be screened and followed by director Q/A.

Where: UMD Montague Hall 80 Directions
When: 7-9 PM  4/29 A reception will follow the event.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Alworth Institute

Resonance: The Odyssey of the Bells
Resonance tells the forgotten stories of two sacred Buddhist temple bells that survived the scrap metal drives of WWII only to be taken by the US Navy as war trophies and given to the cities of Duluth, Minnesota and Topeka, Kansas.  In the decades following the war the difficult process required to return these bells reconnected two nations that had been torn apart by war.  For Duluth, the return of this bell forged the connection with Japan that later inspired the prosperous Duluth/Isumi Sister City relationship and Peace Bell in Enger Park.

Project History – Project Goals
The documentary film Resonance is built on research conducted in America, Japan and Great Britain.  After learning of over five bells brought to the United States after WWII, a story emerged that focuses on the Duluth and
contrasting Topeka bell story.
In the fall of 2007, a 10-minute excerpt of the film was aired on Twin Cities Public TV in conjuction with Ken Burns’ “The War.” The 30-minute version of the film is an official selection at the 2009 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, April 15-28th.
Resonance will be entered in national and international film festivals and seek broadcast on both American and Japanese public television.

Support Resonance
Building on the success we’ve had in Minnesota, the next steps for this project are distribution in North America and finishing funds to make edits/hire narration for Japanese public television.  Tax-deductible donations can be processed at the screening on April 29th, or click here to donate online.

Visit for further information.


Paul Creager

Congratulations, Beaner’s Central

beanerssnowman348957 You’ve still got that winter spirit.

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