I’m SO excited about this–HAD TO TELL SOMEONE, EVERYONE!

Enjoy. 🙂

Party Like It’s 1234567890!

At 5:23:30 pm today (about 6 hours from now), the Unix time will be “1234567890” (Epoch Time). Geeky Sweet!

What the heck is Unix Time?
When can I raise a toast to the Unix clock?

Ani’s Coming Back

Ani Difranco

Ani DiFranco, May 1st at the DECC Auditorium. Tickets go on sale next Saturday, February 21st at 11am.

Opening act is Hamell on Trial



Good luck, Bill

Minnesota’s own Bill Pine is applying for the Best Job in the World.

By the way, ABC TV’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is casting for Minnesota families. You can nominate someone here, or e-mail castingduluth @ gmail.com. Deadline is Friday the 13th, so it’s now or never.

An Extended Conversation with Jim Northrup

Please help us celebrate the DVD release of WHITE MAN’S WORLD with this dvd extra, featuring local author Jim Northrup.

An Extended Conversation with Jim Northrup from Carrie Boberg on Vimeo.

White Man’s World – DVD Release Party
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Red Star

See ya there!

Problems for the Minnesota Moose

Global Warming?….

News headlines in December 2008 rang an alarm bell for those who love one of Minnesota’s wildlife treasures, the moose. Full Story from Conservation Minnesota

“Minnesota Without Moose? It Could Happen”

“Wildlife Experts Discuss Plight of Minnesota Moose”

“State Tries to Save? North-Woods Icon”

Full Story from Conservation Minnesota

Renegade Opens Its 2009 Season!



(Duluth, MN) – Renegade Comedy Theatre is proud to announce the kick-off of their 2009 season with a production of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s uproarious comedy smash, WONDER OF THE WORLD! This production runs Thursdays through Saturdays, February 12th through the 28th at the Teatro Zuccone in downtown Duluth. All performances are at 8pm and tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Call 218-336-1414 for tickets or purchase them online at www.teatrozuccone.com.

The play follows Cass, a young woman who finds a secret in her husband’s sweater drawer so shocking that she has no choice but to leave him and begin a frantic search for the life she missed out on. Armed with only a suitcase, some jello molded in the shape of a fish and a list of all the things she wants to do before she dies, she boards a bus bound for Niagara Falls. What follows is a hysterical adventure as Cass befriends a blithely suicidal alcoholic, finds true love with a lonely tour boat captain and tries to avoid her husband and the pair of bickering private detectives he’s hired to track her down. Will Cass find a new life or take a barrel ride over the falls?

“I rarely laugh out loud when I see plays, even less when reading them,” admits Artistic Director Katy Helbacka, who’s directing the play. “But when I read this play, I laughed out loud … a lot. This is one of those rare plays that features an abundance of strong roles for women. In theatre, there is a large disparity between the number of actresses and the number of good roles. As an actress, I can attest to how boring it can be playing the damsel-in-distress, the girlfriend or the sassy best friend. This play offers our local talented actresses the chance to take the lead in telling the story. The men are the supporting cast this time. In this show, it’s all about the ladies!”

“We felt this was the perfect show to kick-off our 2009 season, as it reminds audiences that Renegade is committed to entertaining our audiences. As it has been for the past 17 years, a large amount of that entertainment comes from making people laugh, and that won’t change. This show serves as a reminder of what we do best, but also offers a peek into the new direction we’re heading with attention paid to the technical aspects of productions as well as a desire to tell moving, fascinating and meaningful stories in a fresh, bold, new way.”

Six-Word Memoirs: Valentine Edition


On NPR yesterday there was a segment about Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak that was published in Smith Magazine. Inspired by novelist Ernest Hemingway, who, when asked to write a full story in six words, responded: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

It was a great listen and now in honor of Saint Valentine it is your turn. My submission is above, leave yours in the comments.

Bell’s Beer Dinner at Hell’s Kitchen


We will be doing a Bell’s beer dinner on March 4th at 7 pm. It will
be $45 a seat prepay only, gratuity extra. Seats can be reserved by
visiting or calling the Duluth Hell’s Kitchen. We will also be
offering buy 4 get 1 special on the seats. There will be a limit of
forty seats. Jason Gillum of Bell’s Brewing will be on hand to answer

Dinner Name: “Untamed Beer Dinner” The idea is that the wild game
and beer are both untamed.

courses as follows–
1 & 2. Winter White & Porter- cheese and meats for the pre-hour for people when they arrive

3. 1st Course: Wild Game Stew—Third Coast Old Ale

4. 2nd Course: Smoked Duck— Consecrator Doppelbock

5. 3rd Course: (Entree) Roasted Pheasant—Two Hearted (Cask)

6. 4th Course: (Intermezzo) Northwood’s Spring Rolls—Lager of the Lakes

7. 5th Course: (Desert) Chocolate Stout Cake—Expedition Stout (draft)

8. Toast: Hopslam (draft)

We will be set up to accept reservations for this after 4pm today (feb 12)

Hell’s Kitchen 310 S Lake Ave (218) 727-1620

The Blue Crab is the new Red Lobster

There’s something stirring at The Blue Crab, and it’s NOT the handful of regulars wondering what the hell that awful racket is. The band is called Total Freedom Rock (formerly The Rat Root River Band) and they want to show you what music can be, every Thursday at 10:30! Joining TFR tomorrow night is: Hydro Bliss (playing the Winter Carnival at Lakeview Castle)
If you can’t make it tomorrow, come down next Thursday for a musical experience/experiment that is sure to delight and/or freak out the most disconcerted music lover. New special guests every week! Blue Crab- 1909 W Superior St.

Duluth Economic Recovery Survey

Duluth Economic Recovery Survey – Where will the money go?

Duluth’s proposed programs and funding required from the Economic Recovery Survey from the US Conference of Mayors.

Stimulus Funding Required: $413,264,005

Jobs Created: 4,258


  • $6,000,000 – Spirit Mountain snowmaking and maintenance facility?
  • $4,500,000 – Re-skin exterior of Midtowne Manors I & II?

One Book, One Community 2009

Proud to announce that the One Book, One Community selection for this spring is Population 485 by Michael Perry. Small town life viewed through the lens of an EMT re-entering his community after being gone for 12 years. Raucous, tragic, humorous, touching and insightful – these accounts are written with a careful ear for language and a finger on the pulse of the relationships that make and sustain communities. More info at Norlight Lit Life

Serious Musicians Needed for Soul Band

I’m forming a soul band ala Sharon Jones/Amy Winehouse, for regular gigs including Homegrown. Ability to play by ear a must. Serious musicians only please. Music students are strongly encouraged.
Looking for:
2nd Guitar.

email [email protected]

From the Photo Archive | Metallica in Duluth, 1989


Metallica played its first Duluth show twenty years ago at the DECC. It was the …And Justice For All tour, and I must say it totally rocked.

Victory Garden-Duluth Style

Life has somewhat hit the skids of late for me and as I contemplate the fact that I am too rich for food stamps but not sure how long I’ll be easily feeding myself and my two kids, I’m planning for the future. Or at least as far into the future as I can see, which will be summer and fall.

I am a home gardener and I’m thinking about looking into a plot at the community gardens for an even bigger harvest. Does anyone know the contact info for the community gardens on Arrowhead Rd?

Also, I ROCK at organizing things. Would there be any interest out there for home gardeners to get together and pool our resources and have our own little “barter” group of home grown veggies/fruit/eggs/honey/wild rice/what have you?

I envision people signing up to say that they would participate and letting me know what kind of produce they could contribute. It would depend on how many people are interested and what kind of things they could contribute as to how the next step would proceed. I have ideas there as well but would welcome anyone with experience in this sort of thing.

I participated in a CSA last year but this year, I just won’t be able to afford it. I’m hoping that this idea could be a local, organic, group idea for folks like me.

Please contact me at [email protected] if you are interested in getting on a list of possible participants! Thanks!