Cliff Dwellers Spin/Fact Check

As an Alien Anthropologist I think it’s worth pointing out that the original “cliffdwellers” were actually really advanced, built really amazing houses, and had some fairly sophisticated technologies and social structures. The term “cliffdwellers” doesn’t really work as an insult–it’s like saying “you advanced people who know how to build really cool houses, make great pots and baskets, feed yourselves using your own knowledge, and know how to keep mice outta the corn bin.”

Here’s some info:

Attn Duluth Bloggers

…and other folks creatively using e-technologies.

The Blandin Foundation and E-Democracy.Org are bringing an “unconference” to Duluth, April 3-4, 2009.

The unconference is supported through an online discussion for people using new media technologies to build community across Greater Minnesota.

Learn more and join from

Bobby Jindal = The New Palin


Any bets on who Saturday Night Live skewers this week?

Not exactly Bigfoot prints, but …


This trail struck me a little strange.  I’m referring to the roughly 20-inch-wide path that’s been cleared in the middle. As if tracking some strange beast, I’m trying to figure out what cleared that path.


From Edward Glaeser, NYT Economix, "Revenge of the Rust Belt"

Economist Edward Glaeser recently wrote in the NYT Economix blog about the declining population of the Rust Belt. I found the accompanying graphic entertaining.

“from Duluth to Balad” Premiere March 5th

"From Duluth to Balad" Microposter

Crispy Kale Productions (aka Michael Latsch) is premiering his new documentary “from Duluth to Balad.” The video is sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 80 and the Northland Anti-War Coalition. It goes up Thursday, March 5th at the Friends Meeting House, 1802 E. 1st St at 7:30 PM. Admission is free, and the showing will be followed by Q+A with the producer.

The documentary uses historic photos and modern combat footage to tell the story of how the wing started making deployments to Iraq in 2005. It examines the costs of that deployment, asks if Duluth can find a different way to sustain its economy.

see the trailer at Questions, contact [email protected], 218-260-7047

Featured Artist for March at Bohemia Arts

print by nick brakel

print by nick brakel

Nick Brakel will be displaying Spirit Boxes and Prints of recent work for the month of March at Bohemia Arts.

There will be an artists’ reception held Saturday, March 7th from 6-9pm. Join us for refreshments and speak with Nick about his work. Music by Dan Dresser, Stephanie Dykema, and Dave Mehling.

Hope to see you there!


Bohemia Arts
Fine Art Supplies*Gifts*Gallery
22 N 1st Ave W Downtown Duluth

*Though we are clearancing the store, there are more art shows to come, through May 2009. We hope you’ll help us go out with a bang by coming out and supporting your local artists!

2009 Mother’s Day Walk/Run Registration Open

YWCA Mother's Day Walk/Run

Online registration for the 25th anniversary Mother’s Day Walk/Run is now open at

How to enter the inaugural Homegrown Music Video Festival

homegrownchickenThis year’s Homegrown Music Festival will feature a night of locally produced music videos using songs by local bands.

If you are interesting in creating a video for the festival, there are some things you should know.

Twitterpated 2009

Lakeview Castle

21+ at the Lakeview Castle ^CLICK FOR DETAILS^

Now That’s More Like It

Fred Phelps

A UK Border Agency spokesman said: “The home secretary has excluded both Fred Phelps and his daughter from the UK. Both these individuals have engaged in unacceptable behaviour by inciting hatred against a number of communities.”

Ye olde Duluth/Superior rivalrie

“At Lake Superior’s Head: The Rival Cities of Duluth and West Superior, NYT, 5 October 1891.

Among other things, we learn that “cliff-dwellers” was a term of abuse for Duluthians.

Why did the Rubber Chicken cross the bridge? To do this show!

Rubber Chicken Theater and The Shack Dinner Theatre partner up for the show “QED” by Peter Parnell.
Starring Brian Matuszak and Cheryl Skafte
Directed by Minden Anderson
March 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22 at the Shack.
Tix: 715-392-DINE
Info: 218-213-2780,

As Starfire says: “It’s only a bridge. Get over it!”

Minneapolis leaks a secret

The Alpha Centauri from Minneapolis is coming to Beaner’s on March 27 to release the long awaited second album. It’s going to be awesome. Some of you may have seen TAC at the Norshore and Luce a few years back. Check out the link to the lead singer’s otherworldly studio in Minneapolis that includes an extraordinary list of artists that he’s produced.

Glory Shine Janitorial Cleaning Company Van Hits Street Sweeper

There was no debris resulting from the accident.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!