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Superior Siren – “Last Christmas”

Duluth’s Superior Siren perform “Last Christmas” by Wham. Video by Michelle Bennett

Kip Praslowicz: “Photo Walk to Work”

Photographer Kip Praslowicz documents his adventures walking to work on the Monday after the Thanksgiving weekend blizzard. When someone from out of town asks you “What was it like?” this just about covers it.

His photos are also on display at the UWS Kruk gallery until Dec. 18.

The Latelys – “Hoping for the Sun” (PDD’s 2019 Holiday Video)

The days are short, the nights are long. It must be time for the annual Perfect Duluth Day Holiday Video. This year, enjoy the sounds of the Latelys, and a song from the Fall 2019 release Waiting for You, available on thelatelys.com and Bandcamp.

Reminder for other local musicians: Band registration for Homegrown is now open; the 22nd annual festival will happen April 26 to May 3, 2020. Homegrown music mixes are available all year long through Bandcamp at duluthhomegrown.bandcamp.com. The Homegrown Winter Fiasco will be happening Friday, Jan. 10 at locations across Downtown Duluth.

Filmed in Duluth: Christmas Break-In

Filmed in Duluth in April 2018, Christmas Break-In is now on Netflix and Youtube Movies. Shot at Marshall School and other locations around town, it features Danny Glover, Denise Richards and Cameron Seely.

Trampled by Turtles Cover-song Explosion: “Ooh La La,” “Keep Me in Your Heart” and “Pocahontas”

Duluth-formed band Trampled by Turtles released an EP of cover songs today titled Sigourney Fever. It features five tracks — “Our Town” and “Fake Plastic Trees” have appeared previously on Perfect Duluth Day. The other three tracks were released today.

Above is “Ohh La La,” originally performed by Faces in 1973 and written by Ronnie Lane and Ronnie Wood.

Selective Focus: Michelle Truax

Michelle Truax has worked at TV stations, for the Duluth News Tribune as a videographer and journalist, and is now on her own doing advertising and documentary work for her own clients. Her videos are filled with gorgeous camera work. This week in Selective Focus Michelle talks about how she started and how she got to where she is in her career.

MT: I’d consider myself a visual storyteller with an emphasis on video. Most recently, I’ve been producing promotional video content for clients in the Twin Ports area.

I really love working in a short documentary style. As a kid, Thanksgivings were spent following my mom around the kitchen with a big Sony camcorder. She wasn’t particularly fond of this tradition, but I figured the drama made for better TV. I’ve always loved capturing all the little, human moments.

Micro Adventures

Let’s get small. Explore the microscopic world through the scanning electron microscope in the UMD Research Instrumentation Lab.

The Slice: Duluth Performing Arts Mural

“The History of Duluth’s Performing Arts” mural was unveiled Nov. 1. It’s on the wall of the Duluth Skywalk outside the third floor of the NorShor Theatre. Susan Prentice Martinsen is the artist.

In its series The Slice, WDSE-TV presents short “slices of life” that capture the events and experiences that bring people together and speak to what it means to live up north.

Snow Removal Teamwork

Videographer Paul Scinocca speeds up a half hour of community shoveling into two minutes, showing a team of Duluthians clearing a side road.

Antics from Duluth’s Thanksgiving Weekend Snowout of 2019

Some video fun while you wait for the plows to clear the streets. Here’s a montage of snowy silliness.

Steve’s Overpopulated One-Man Band – “Iron Ore”

Steve Solkela of Aurora shares the musical story of his great-great grandfather’s journey from Finland to Minnesota in search of a better life. “It was backbreaking work down in those Minnesotan mines,” Sorkela writes on the YouTube description. “Many were injured, and many died; but of course, many were successful in feeding their families countless times and watching them grow to live beautiful lives.”

The video was shot over the summer at various locations across northern Minnesota, and edited using a free iPhone app.

Climate>Duluth: Bret Pence

Climate>Duluth host Tone Lanzillo interviews Bret Pence from Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light. Recorded in the PACT-TV Studio, Duluth City Hall.

Aerial photographer captures Duluth scenery

If Duluth’s views are breathtaking from ground level, wait until you see them from up high. Refresh you eyes with an unfamiliar perspective of familiar things.

Five Years of Selective Focus

Five years ago, on Nov. 21, 2014, Selective Focus was launched on Perfect Duluth Day as a weekly photo-submission series. Tim White coordinated and curated the series, announcing a word or theme, then he posted submitted photos related to the theme. The first post was sparked by the word “Randomness.”

Below are some other highlights from the first iteration of Selective Focus.

Moments and Truth: Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank

Joshua Priestley’s 2009 documentary Moments And Truths follows the Duluth band Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank on a nationwide tour and into Brooklyn, N.Y. for the Traveling Show recording sessions.

Featuring Teague Alexy, Ian Alexy, Paul Grill and Marco Benevento.