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Bad Landlords in Duluth

Brent Tweet was evicted by JAS Duluth for complaining about a bad leak in his ceiling that JAS failed to repair for three months (see News-Tribune story). Now he’s homeless. And today he got a letter from JAS declining to return his damage deposit (money he needs to find another place) and charging him an additional $1,251.92 … for getting kicked out.

Duluth had an active tenants union some decades back that became the Housing Access Center. HAC closed in 2009 because of federal funding cuts. Have you dealt with a bad landlord recently? Did you know who to call for help? Would Duluth benefit from a new tenants union?

Northern Roots Food Documentary Glimpse

Do you know who grows your food?

Here’s a quick glimpse of the film the UMD Ethnobots (anthropology students in last fall’s Ethnobotany course) will be premiering at the Zinema next Wednesday, at 7 p.m. Thanks to Charlie Parr for the use of his song, “Jubilee.”

Duluth Band Profile: Christoph Bruhn

Christoph Bruhn plays American primitive fingerstyle guitar. He mentions how this type of music is meant for listening. His debut album Weekends on the Frontier is set for reissue on Grass Tops Recording.  Click on the image above to hear the interview.

The three TV anchors

I’d like to know some comments or questions to lay on Fox 21′s Dan Hanger, WDIO’s Darren Danielson, and KBJR’s Kevin Jacobsen for “Final Edition” tomorrow. Even though it airs at 6 p.m. on KUWS (91.3FM), we record the program at 12:30, so we’ll need your suggestions before then. Serious or not so serious, let’s have at it. Thanks.

Writing Nature at UMD

For the annual Writing Nature event, Atina Diffley read and spoke at UMD. Diffley’s visit to Duluth focused on writing creative nonfiction, organic farming, sustainability and the relationship we all have to the land. It was sponsored by the UMD College of Liberal Arts as well as the departments of English and Writing Studies, and some brief clips give you a sense of her flavor as a speaker and a writer.



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Slow down for Snow Covered Roads

Part PSA, part self promotion, a new song from the Formal Age.

What’s more American than PDD?

I don’t recognize any of the PDD community in this trailer. Were we all out of town when this guy rolled his Airstream through Duluth?

Michael Fedo read at UMD

Michael Fedo read at UMD, and at LSC. I gained a genuine appreciation of him as a humorist.



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Where in Duluth?

Lunar Eclipse

In case you missed the lunar eclipse, here’s an abbreviated version with music.

Looking for wedding officiant and photographer

My fiancé and I are planning a small informal wedding Saturday July 12th of this year in Duluth. Any recommendations on a great photographer I can check our or wedding officiant? What was your experience?

This week in LakeVoice

This week at LakeVoice we look at the Lake Superior Zoo, healthy foods, and a virtual, zombie-infested Duluth. We also feature a story written by a Duluthian.

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Help the Camp Miller Crafts Room

The Arts and Crafts room at YMCA Camp Miller gets a small budget every year but we’re looking to expand that to include a more comprehensive and skill based artistic experience! This year I’m the Arts Specialist and I’m looking for donations so I might be able to teach fiber arts, ceramics, paper making and wood working. Friendship bracelets are great, but if campers could leave camp with a new hobby like knitting or pottery, they’d be able to explore a craft with a greater artistic potential.

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Duluth Band Profile: American Rebels

Americans Rebels mixes feedback and smooth rock on The EP. Kyle Maclean and Scott Millis talk about the band’s forthcoming album. Click on the image above to hear the interview.

Soundcloud Accumulator for Duluth Music

If I left this thread open for a few days, and promised to alphabetize into a master list the SoundCloud pages of musicians who posted their SoundCloud links here, would anyone do that? Would it be interested?

I ask because I was posting about Tim Kaiser on FB, and noted that there were two Tim Kaisers on SoundCloud, and I wondered: what if there were a master list?

The Sound of Breaking Ice

Pushing my camera through the ice at Stoney Point a few days ago.

Instrument Repair

Where can I get a flute repaired?

Preferably not Schmitt. Please let there be another option.

This week: Dessa and the Marx Brothers

  

Here’s a sampling of what you have to look forward to this week on the PDD Calendar.

Tonight at UMD, Rachel Lloyd, author of “Girls Like Us,” talks about sex trafficking in America. This was rescheduled from an earlier date due to weather. Imagine that.

Live radio broadcasts are becoming quite the thing lately. Have you noticed? Take it With You premiers locally with a live show at The Underground on Tuesday.

Do you have junk in your trunk? Get it appraised at The Depot on Wednesday.

Trivia Mafia on Thursdays at Pizza Lucé joins the throng of live trivia games around the area, including Geeks Who Drink on Wednesdays at Red Star, Battle of the Sexes Trivia (also on Wednesdays) at Dubh Linn and the Pub Quiz at Carmody on Sundays.

Dessa graces the stage at the Rex on Friday.

Rubber Chicken continues its periodic series of live reads of movie scripts with a Live Read of A Night at the Opera featuring LOON‘s Sarah Lawrence and Cal Metts at The Underground on Saturday.

So what are you doing this week? Can we tag along? Any upcoming events that you want to promote? Let us know.

Advice on Places to Elope in Duluth

My fiance and I are from Southern Minnesota and are planning on eloping on May 30 in the Duluth area. Our immediate family is coming as well. We were thinking we would either want to be married on a beach or on an overlook on Superior Hiking Trail. I really like the idea of an overlook but I don’t want all of us to have to hike two hours to reach it. Do any of you have any ideas of which beaches would be best and where some of the best overlooks in Duluth are (preferably with a view of the water) within a reasonable walking distance? We also are looking for a plan B if it rains. Somewhere outside but with a gazebo or a nice looking building etc. Both of us want to get married outside and don’t want the rain to ruin our plans! Suggestions?

Duluth has a lot to answer for

I do not sit comfortably with publicly rebuking the City of Duluth whether or not I am half a continent and an ocean away. I tried discretion to no avail. While I accept that nobody owes me answers, there is somehow justification in demanding them.

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