Thursday, May 31, 2018

No Excuses for Being Bored: DuSu Film Fest, Magnolia Salon and Pizza Farm Thursdays


When we first wrote about the Magnolia Salon at Oldenburg House in Carlton, we announced that their Thursday evening gatherings would run from Feb 1 to Memorial Day Weekend. The weekly discussions (with lite food fare and libations) have been so successful that they are continuing on into the summer. Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Their monthly Carlton Room jazz weekends, Cookin' at the O, have been packed out, and the magnetic Bruce Henry (June 8 & 9) will no doubt keep this tradition going. Head to for the full summer schedule, which includes movie nights and a bluegrass festival Looking for a wedding venue? I give Oldenburg House an A++ on that score.

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Jon Sonofmel at last week's Dylan Fest poetry event in the Playhouse.
Word on the street is that a culturally uplifting weekly event has been taking place in Hayward, Wisconsin called Pizza Farm Thursdays. Essentially it consists of spoken word performances at the Farmstead Creamery & Cafe. The word was passed along to me by John Sonofmel, whom many of you will recall from last week's Dylan Fest in which he and Phil Fitzpatrick enacted a sketch in which the late John Bushey returns from the hereafter to pay a visit to Bob Dylan. Sonofmel, with his generous smile and down home demeanor, was also part of the Singer/Songwriter Contest Friday.

The Pizza Farm mission is outlined in this manner: "To build a space for the spoken word in performance (encouraging artists of all ages), as well as facilitate audience participation in the spoken word—both poetry and prose. We’ve been exercising creativity all winter at Farmstead with a Creativity Workshop, now it’s time to put those words into performance and celebrate the writers of the Northwoods!"

Pizza Farm Thursdays will assemble from 6-8 p.m. through the end of August beginning tonight with Frank Zufall and Jen Jenson as featured performer hosts. For more information contact John at 715-699-6023 or by email, sonofmel AT gmail DOT com. Here are your Directions to the Farmstead.

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And finally, Duluth Superior Film Festival is now in high gear. Christa Lawler of the DNT summarizes the films on tap for through the weekend in today's Trib story posted this morning at 5 a.m.

Official Film Festival Website HERE

Feel blocked in? Get out of the cellar and explore a little. 
Life is a Happening. Get into it.

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