Will to Murder event at Glensheen

Wednesday, June 24 the publisher and authors of Will to Murder will launch the fourth edition of their book at Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate.

Two seatings are being offered at the following times:

First seating      6 – 7:30 p.m.

Second seating  8 – 9:30 p.m.

Each seating is $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door.  Friends of Glensheen are offered a discounted rate of $15.

Please call (218) 726-8910 for tickets


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Guys and Dolls Jr. at the Duluth Playhouse


The Duluth Playhouse presents “Guys and Dolls Jr.,” an evening of song, dance and fun for families! You remember the song “Luck Be a Lady,” right? Well, this is that show! It’s presented by the children’s theater summer intensive camp on the playhouse’s main stage, and the cast is all kids.

Thursday & Friday, June 25-26 at 7 p.m.;

Saturday, June 27 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.;

Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: call 218-733-7555 or visit www.duluthplayhouse.org.

Students: $7 Adults: $9

Only five shows!

Father’s Day

animal dads

Some father’s day notes …

I read this great book (above) to my daughter at the dentist’s office yesterday. Working with fathers for my “real” job, I notice these things like how medical offices are decorated and set up, many are very friendly to mothers (great), but some are a little daunting for dads (too bad). It’s wonderful that in addition to providing great quality and accessible health care, the Lake Superior Community Health Center also makes an extra little effort like this to make dads feel comfortable and welcome at their kids’ appointments.

I read a lot of books for kids and adults about dads, this book was really great I had never seen it before. I think it would make a good father’s day gift for a dad of school age kids, or one who appreciates crafty art like Steve Jenkins’ paper cut images in the book ….

Did Marilyn Manson rip off Bone Appetit?

Bone Appetit photo by Barrett Chase

People are speculating that “Running to the End of the World,” a song off Marilyn Manson’s latest album “The High End of Low,” bears an uncanny resemblance to our beloved hometown heroes’ seminal ballad, “Drive Away.” Stick with this story: Controversy (and hilarity) are bound to ensue.

Duluth Art Institute presents Smithsonian Institution’s Beyond: Visions of Planetary Landscapes

Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 18th from 5-7pm
Free and open to the public
Grab a friend and come to the Depot (506 W Michigan St. Duluth) for a rarely seen and mesmerizing portrait of our solar system’s diverse worlds and their moons.


Bain News Service photo c. 1913

Bain News Service photo c. 1913

Pretty sporty.  Reminiscent of Soviet combat snowmobiles in basic concept.

Duluth Party on Madeline Island


Isolate the hole, people. Isolate the hole.

coming august 09

website will be up soon but if interested in staying on top of what is coming up at the new twin cinema, become a fan of the zinema 2 facepage.

Outlaw gardener


Park Point tunnels?

I don’t know if this has been addressed here before because I just discovered the site. I’ve heard the urban legend about a tunnel under Park Point that was used during prohibition to smuggle Canadian spirits into the Twin Ports, avoiding the usual protocol involved in bringing them in through the Superior or Duluth entries. Does anyone know if there is any truth to this?

My proposal: Superior-to-Skyline Run

It’s Grandma’s Marathon week, so runners will be flooding into town for the long, rolling race along the shore of Lake Superior. It’s an iconic setting and an iconic race.

I’ve wondered a few times since moving here, though, if there should be another iconic running race in Duluth, one that celebrates another facet of Duluth like Grandma’s celebrates the lake. My proposal: A run from the shore of Lake Superior to the top of the hill. Call it the “Superior-to-Skyline Run.” Short, simple and steep. Let’s start crowning Duluth’s Kings (and Queens) of the Hill.

RIAA In Duluth


Ars Technica coverage of the trail can be found here.

Free Chamber Music Concert

Sacred Heart Music Center will play host to part of the Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival with a free concert on Tuesday June 16 at 7:30 pm.

I have had the pleasure of recording all of the concerts during this festival and have been very impressed by the quality of the participants. Some world class players are involved and hearing them play in the acoustical space of Sacred Heart should be a treat. Even if you aren’t normally a classical music fan you owe it to yourself to check out this show.

Postcard from First Street

1st st crop

This is one of the ways I see the city I love. I saw the shoes hanging from the wire, the clock tower, and that brilliant blue sky and I needed a picture.