Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Local Arts Scene-- Get It Local with Wendy Up North

This coming Saturday, December 14
at Concordia Lutheran Church 
2501 Woodland Avenue
10 a.m. till 3:00 p.m.
 A Wendy Up North Event

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Local Arts Seen: Visit AICHO for Unique Native Arts and Crafts

"Young Nanabozhoo" by Rabbett Strickland Giclee on canvas, $300.
Amazing piece by Leah Yellowbird.
Sometimes there are no more words. It feels redundant repeating how many interesting things have been happening at the American Indian Community Housing Organization facilities here in Duluth. This past Saturday there were numerous arts and crafts events here in the Twin Ports. One could hardly hope to see everything, but I did make my way to a couple places, and made sure to stop at AICHO's event in the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center at 202 West 2nd Street.

Even if you missed the event, there's a great gift shop there which is open throughout the week. I strongly recommend making time to visit. If you haven't already bought all the gifts you intended, you'll surely find something special here.
Where else will you find Native designs on iPhone cases.
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The artwork alone is worth stopping to see. Works by Karen Savage Blue, Jonathan Thunder, Rabbett Strickland and Leah Yellowbird will be collectibles one day.

Rabbett Strickland reproduction, scanned by CPL Imaging, printed on canvas.
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Detail from Leah Yellowbird painting above.
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"Elk" by Leah Yellowbird.
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Here are Saturday scenes 
from last weekend in 
Duluth's West End

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Duluth Folk School
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Alison Aune
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The Forging Community was present as well.
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Duluth Pottery
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Dave Lynas @ Duluth Pottery
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Monday, December 9, 2019

Two Days In October: PBS Documentary Points to Fall 1967 as the Vietnam War's Turning Point

“What hurts the most was for these men to die so young for a needless cause. It’s a high price to pay for something that’s wrong. As you look at it now we know it was wrong. We had no business being there.”--A Soldier's Lament

Two Days in October is a documentary that aired on American Experience, a series produced for PBS. The show, produced by Robert Kenner, was based on the book by David Maraniss titled They Marched into Sunlight.

Whereas many Vietnam War historians look at the Tet Offensive as the decisive turning point in the war, in conjunction with Walter Cronkite’s February 1968 public on-air statement that the war could not be won, Two Days in October points to a slightly earlier turning point in the war.

THE STORY goes back and forth between events in Vietnam and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In Vietnam we're taken to the Lai Khe Base Camp where 140 fresh recruits begin training with the Alpha and Delta Companies of the famous "Black Lions." As with the Ken Burns Vietnam War documentary, the story is told through interviews with the men and wives who were still alive when the documentary was produced. You are very quickly given a quick sketch of the situation, an over-confident commander who thinks "we'll just march in their and whoop 'em."

In Madison, students were aware that the war had picked up considerably. The draft was on. Body counts and body bags were constantly in the news. There was a stirring taking place as students wrestled with the proper response to what was taking place.

Antiwar protesters at the Pentagon, October 1967.
Some students believed, “If our government says we should be there then we should be there.” Others were beginning to question the narrative of "my country right or wrong."

The trigger incident that October was when Dow Chemical came to the campus to recruit students for employment. The newspaper reported that Dow would be present to conduct job interviews. This Company that made saran wrap was the same company that had been producing napalm starting in 1965. Napalm is a hideous jellied gas that burn sat 2000 degrees F. It didn’t just kill you, it burned your clothes off and tortured you. Napalm had become a symbol of the war, and the manufacturer was going to be on campus.

Students got riled up when they learned the U had invited Dow to recruit. “I didn’t want to see any more pictures of children with their clothes burned off," one student said. Chancellor William Sewell was himself opposed to on campus recruiting but gave in to teachers.

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NEARLY HALF A MILLION troops were now in Vietnam. Pressure was on to win by attrition, to just go out and kill as many of the enemy as possible.

The U.S. soldiers could here enemy movement but never see anything. “My company was getting most of the action because I would go where the enemy was," the company commander Terry Allen said.

But these 140 American troops had no clue what they were up against. 1200 Vietnamese troops were passing through to another location. They were not supposed to encounter American troops. This Vietnamese army hadn’t eaten in days and were looking for food, not a fight. If they’d found it, they would not have been there when the Americans showed up.

Photos on this page courtesy
There's also a behind the scenes matter taking place. General Hay was being told by General Westmoreland that he wasn’t being aggressive enough. So Hay put pressure on Terry Allen to go out and track down the Viet Cong. The singular purpose for being there was to make contact and beat them up.

Pressure was coming from above to the troops below. “You’re not moving fast enough.” These guys were all carrying 50 lbs. of gear. “We’re concerned about being ambushed while the generals were concerned they were going to slow," Allen said.

On October 16, Delta and Bravo were sent into an area where they thought they would make contact and they did.

Col. Allen said it would be a great day tomorrow. Delta will lead, Alpha will follow and “we’re going to follow this route.” It was a frontal attack on a fortified position. You just don’t do that.

One of the cardinal rules in tactics, especially that kind of environment, if you don’t go out the same way two times because the enemy will be waiting to ambush you. And a slaughter ensues.

THE STORY flips back to where the students protest inside the admin building. The school calls in the Madison police department to break things up. These off-campus police have no love for the students and begin busting heads. Tear gas is used and something of a riot follows.

MEANWHILE, back in the jungle, the lead company is cut to shreds. They had no idea what they were up against. 

Here were a few quotes from those who survived

"Normally there would be 20 helicopters moving us in and out. Only five were needed to move them out."

“I was kind of wandering around in a daze.”

“We were not to mention that it was an ambush.”

This was another  problem. What the soldiers experienced, they were not supposed to talk about. They were to spin it like it was part of some bigger battle that was successful. “It was a total fabrication of what really happened.” The American generals made it appear to be a victory.

This quote sums it up: "If that’s the way history is written, who the hell knows what really happened?”

BACK IN MADISON University newspapers came out with stories that the students were the problem, that they had attacked the police. “That was the beginning of a movement on campus. Students were saying, ‘If they’re doing that to us here, who were peacefully protesting, maybe the United States is doing the same thing abroad. Maybe the United States is the bully.”

Campus protests continued from that day forward which resulted in violence against the students for taking a position the school didn’t approve of. Chancellor Sewell was so shaken by the violence against the students that decades later, at age 90, he was still shaken.

After October 18 rioting became a routine thing. "We were going through $50,000 of tear gas a week," one officer said. "I think the Dow demonstration was the first violent antiwar demonstration to take place on a university campus."

For this reason, Two Days in October points to this moment as the turning point in the war. Campus protests spread, culminating in "four dead in Ohio" in the spring of 1970. From this point in time the anti-war movement couldn't be swept under the rug any more.

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The story brings to mind the manner in which two disparate battles in the Civil War — Vicksburg and Gettysburg — proved to be the beginning of the end for the South. The fall of Vicksburg closed off the South’s access to resources West of the Mississippi River, and the defeat at Gettysburg sapped the heart out of General Lee’s disruptive march North. The two battles, in different regions, occurred the same week. Though the war continued, it was essentially over at this moment in time.

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Related Links
When Walter Cronkite Pronounced the War a "Stalemate"
Two Days in October (Wikipedia)
Before Going Into Battle We Must Know WWAUA
The Decisive Battle of Dien Bien Phu: How the Viet Minh Stunned the World

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Tuck & Patti @ The West: Marvelous Virtuosity

Thursday evening I took advantage of an opportunity to see Tuck & Patti at the newly renovated West Theater on Central Avenue across from Zenith Bookstore. A healthy crowd, many of them musicians themselves, came to enjoy the jazz duo’s first performance and visit to the Northland.

From the opening you could tell the pair were consummate entertainers. A lifetime of performing has shown them what works when it comes to pleasing a crowd. Tuck’s virtuosity and Patti’s enchanting vocals and pleasing patter produced its desired effect: an audience in the palm of their hands, in awe.

Guitarist Tuck Andress was born in October 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He met Patti Cathcart at an audition in San Francisco in the late 70's, and evidently there was magic in the air that day. The two began performing together and later married.

As a young performer Andress bought a 1953 Gibson L-5 guitar because jazz sensation Wes Montgomery used that specific make and model. The manner in which Andress plays defies comprehension, combining percussive techniques with finger dexterity that seems inconceivable. After the show I asked another guitar player if “virtuoso” would be the right word. He responded by describing what Tuck does as “impossible.”

So you bring these two together and you have one impressive evening.

After helping get everyone situated Bob Boone, dressed to the nines, welcomed us and introduced the performers, who began the evening with "Learning How To Fly, " It was a song of their own composition, one which I was unfamiliar with. It set the tone for the evening because its theme is love.

Take this moment,
open up your eyes
You're learning how to fly

What was impressive is their straight up willingness to take risks. No props. No backing band. And in the second song, even Tuck accompaniment was silent as Patti told a story about her High Heel Shoes Addiction. It was no ordinary telling, as she sang in great detail about this “problem” and clearly enjoying every minute of it, with Tuck likewise just watching in rapt attention, an appreciative smile on his face. Think “Alice’s Restaurant” with scat.

The show was just getting underway as they entered into Nancy Wilson’s You Don’t Know How Glad I Am, another love song.

My love has no walls side to side
That makes my love wider than wide

At this point it was apparent that Tuck is no ordinary jazz guitarist as he goes flipping through the chord progressions. Even so, we had no ideas how extensive his flashes of brilliance were going to become as the evening unfolded.

This was followed by two more love songs, including Bless You for the Good That’s In You by Mel Torme & Peggy Lee.

They then reached out to the audience and asked if there were requests. The audience selected Little Wing, In My Life, and Time After Time. When Tuck played the opening bars of the Jimi Hendrix classic, it couldn’t have been more perfect.

Before leaving the stage for a short break Patti told a story about advice she received under a magnolia tree from a 93-year-old woman on how to make love last. She also shared how she and Tuck with different from one another in three critical ways. First, Tuck is a vegetarian, whereas Patti truly enjoys a thick, juicy steak now and then. Tuck doesn’t drink, whereas Patti is au contraire. Finally Tuck doesn’t use profanity, and she admits that some language does fly out of her mouth sometimes, whereas the strongest language she ever heard Tuck use, once, was Jeepers.

During her break Tuck played the most astounding version of the 20th century’s #1 hit song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Jaws were dropping all over the place. (Several people had to pick theirs up off the floor.) This was followed by another instrumental equally mesmerizing.

Before Patti returned for the latter portion of their performance Tuck was joined by Sam Fazio, whom Tuck & Patti had been recently producing an album for. Fazio delivered a heartfelt "Eleanor Rigby." Patti then joined and the trio did “Let’s Go” before Sam left the stage.

For their last number they did Take Care of Yourselves, another love song. This was followed by a standing ovation with much shouting and applause, and an encore.

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Related Links
Tuck & Patti
Tuck & Patti and the Mystery of Turning Keys
If you're into jazz, there really are a number of opportunities here locally in the Twin Ports. The Oldenburg House in Carlton is just a hop and a jump to our south with many great acts from Chicago, Detroit and the Twin Cities. Here are a couple blog posts about that scene.
Pippi Ardienne at the Carlton Room
Cookin’ @ the O: Oldenburg House a Jazz Hotspot
Also, Duluth Fine Pianos has been showcasing live jazz here in Duluth on many Friday nights.You can find details here at the Twin Ports Art Blog

Keep your eye on The West for more upcoming shows. Thanks, Bob,.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Beyond Pearl Harbor: Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Day of Infamy

Bombing of Pearl Harbor. Photo: U.S. Navy. Public domain.

The USS West Virginia was struck by 6 torpedoes and 2 bombs.
On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japan launched a sneak attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, as part of a plan to eliminate any potential challenge to Japanese conquests in Asia.*

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The Japanese attack force—which included six aircraft carriers and 420 planes—sailed from Hitokappu Bay in the Kurile Islands, on a 3,500 mile voyage to a staging area 230 miles off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

The attack killed 2,403 service members and wounded 1,178 more, and sank or destroyed six U.S. ships,. They also destroyed 169 U.S. Navy and Army Air Corps planes.*

More than half the fatalities were on the USS Arizona . 
THERE ARE a lot of things that happened that are seldom noted when we remember this historic event. That same day, the Japanese followed up with assaults on the Philippines, Guam, Midway Island and the Wake Islands. They also attacked the British colonies of Malaya, Singapore and Hong Kong. Soon after they invaded Thailand. Within months all of these were conquered, the Japanese flag flying over all.

Most history books describe the assault on these Southwest Pacific islands as taking place the next day. The history books state that they were bombed and attacked on December 8. This is because the International Date Line is West of Hawaii. The Japanese, according to their history books, place the attack on Pearl Harbor as having occurred on December 8.

10 Peso Note in Philippines. Colonies had U.S. notables on their money.
What I also find interesting is that in our contemporary minds, we consider the attack on Hawaii an attack on the United States when in reality Hawaii was no more a state than the Philippines, Guam or the Wake Islands. In fact, all of these island territories had been colonies of the United States at one time. Because the term "colony" was out of favor and politically incorrect, we began calling them territories.. (Hawaii became a state in 1959.) Not only did Japan attack all of these, the Japanese soon overran these others completely.

16 million Filipinos, who saluted the U.S. flag and called FDR their commander-in-chief, were no longer free. You can see whose face is on their 10-peso bill (above), reminding them who holds the cards.

Losses at Wake Island. (National Archives)
The bombing of American airfields made us unable to defend these territories and by Christmas the U.S. abandoned Manila to the Japanese with the colony easily overrun. Within a couple days of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. forces in Guam and the Wake Islands had already surrendered after their planes were destroyed while still on the ground.

President Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech to the nation downplayed the losses of the Western Pacific, and up-played the significance of Hawaii. Even though the colony was 3/4s Asian and Pacific Islanders, FDR elevated the status of Hawaii by calling it an "American island." His intent was to end our nation's isolationist stance. He could now, with the support of the people, enter the war.

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Related Links
Pearl Harbor Facts
The Infamy Speech by FDR
Some of the information in this blog post comes from the introduction to Daniel Immerwahr's How to Hide an Empire

Friday, December 6, 2019

Laura Leivick's Take On Bob Dylan's December 5 Show at the Beacon

Photo courtesy Laura Leivick
I recently learned that O. Henry, the short story writer who made twist endings famous 120 years ago, used to get ideas for stories by hanging around busy hotel lobbies and eavesdropping on conversations. I identified with this because I, too, have had a number of blog posts triggered by things I overheard.

So it is that I enjoyed the opening of lines of Laura Leivick's lively review of Dylan's show last night at the Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side. The veteran writer (NYTimes Magazine, WSJ lit critic, Rolling Stone copy editor, etc.) and lifetime Dylan fan (how many of us began with Bob's first album) shared this review of the December 5 concert.

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Tonight, after the Dylan concert at the Beacon, I heard two guys in the 20-30-something age range, who had seen the show, having a manic exchange about how amazingly Bob's work defies age. "He could be 30," exclaimed one who looked like he might be 30 himself. Oh, yeah? That kind of stagecraft--not to mention the setlist--was built over a lifetime.

It was a great concert no matter how you slice it, though it took me a while to catch on. The opener was puzzling--Bob singing "Things Have Changed," great! but playing electric guitar--why? (If it's because he can, well, I guess that's as good a reason as any.) Soon enough, however, he was building up a head of steam, and by the time he reached the final encore, he was tearing up the place. I saw a bank of scofflaws, their cameras a-blazing; people were dancing in the aisles, even the skinny spaces between rows of seats. Near the stage, a girl with blond bobbed hair bopped so joyfully I thought Bob should put her in a wheel barrow and wheel her down the street.

I got off to a slow start--I was jarred by the volume of the new drummer, Matt Chamberlain, and thought his sound lacked variety for a few songs. Or maybe the acoustic balance was off (or my hearing was, or where I was sitting was a problem—tho’ mid-orchestra should be good).

But by the time Bob was singing "Trying To Get To Heaven," accompanying himself on piano, I had recovered. Tony Garnier played the violin. If that doesn't open the door, nothing will.

Next up, the night's power-packed versions of "Pay in Blood" and "Early Roman Kings," and then the mood changed utterly and we got "Girl From the North Country" with Donnie Herron's haunting, Irish-inflected fiddle. Best version I ever heard. I held my breath.

Photo courtesy Philip Hale from previous show.
I guess I should note that the stage didn't resemble a supper club tonight, as it has during other Beacon runs, and the band wasn't dolled up in matching dinner jackets. Bob was dressed fancy for the occasion and wore no hat. The stage was set up so that when he left the piano he could easily and quickly be center stage singing and playing harp or guitar.

I was sort of embarrassed by "Not Dark Yet," which Bob sang from center stage with Herron on pedal steel. I'd call it corny--the pause between "It's not dark yet" and "but it's getting there" struck me as pure melodrama. However, the hard truth is it's Bob Dylan singing his own song about (his own?) mortality, so that's that.

The last four songs and the two encores left us all screaming. Hope we'll reconvene next Fall.

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Thanks, Laura, for contributing your insights here. Rich! What a privilege we've all had who took advantage of the opportunity to catch one or more of the shows on this fall's chapter of the NET.

Tonight (if you're reading this Friday) is the last of 10 performances in the Big Apple, with a final punctuation mark for this leg of the Never Ending Tour at The Anthem in Washington DC Sunday evening. If you can find a seat, take advantage.

Related Links
Another Review of Last NIght's Concert, by Johnny B
Dylan at the Beacon--Philip Hale Shares Why Fans Keep Coming Back for More
A Brief Glance at the Life of William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. O Henry 
Spotlight on Writer and Expecting Rain Contributor Laura Leivick
Start Spreading the News: Dylan Still at the Top of His Game in the Big Apple

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Local Arts Scene: Twin Ports Art In December--'Tis the Season

Well, Saturday's Buy Local Day turned out to be a wipeout 
due to weather, but on the positive side of the ledger 
we've all had plenty of time to dig out. 

The purpose of this blog post is to help you piece your December schedule
together. (Puzzle-piece crayons by Susie)
One friend of mine said all that snow shoveling left him feeling like he'd been hit by a car. For sure we had a chance to limber up muscles we haven't used in a while.

Fortunately, there are numerous arts and crafts events coming up the next couple weekends where you can finish off your Christmas shopping and satisfy your conscience regarding your commitment to support the local artisans and retailers.

Thanks again to Esther Piszczek for assembling all the information in her Twin Ports Art blog. Esther's blog is a gift for the entire community. Bookmark it.

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Honeybee Oneseies come in several styles a couple sizes.
Solves the problem of what to get a grandchild, niece or
newborn nephew.
The first two items on this list are events where Susie (Downhome Creator) will have Gift Bags & Boxes, Artvelopes, Specialty Crayons, Goose Feather Quill Pens and Honeybee-themed Oneseies.

December 7 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these=""> Get It Local
ultra-local art & gift fair, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Over 30 Twin Ports artist vendors and local organization
@Peace Church, 1111 No. 11th Avenue East, Duluth
Ya just gotta love that address.
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<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">December 14
@Concordia Lutheran Church
2501 Woodland Avenue

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Thursdays, December 5 & 19, 4 p.m.
Winter Farmer's Market, Duluth Folk School, 1917 Superior Street
"Community Action Duluth’s Seeds of Success program is partnering with the Duluth Folk School to host the Lincoln Park Winter Farmer’s Market. Come down on the first and third Thursday of the month, from November through March!"
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Write On with Susie's Goose Quill Feather Pens
Thursday, December 5, 4-6 p.m.

Write On!, Duluth Public Library, Gold Room, 520 W. Superior Street
"Calling all young writers! Poems! Songs! Graphic novels! Short stories! WHATEVER your genre, “Write On” is the place for you to launch your next writing piece. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">“Write On’ is a series of 4 workshops expressly designed for young writers, ages 10-18. Each workshop is a pop-up, stand-alone event. You can attend one, or all four! Your choice! You do not need to bring any completed writing to attend, but the option to share and receive feedback will be provided. There will also be brain food (pizza!) while supplies last. “Write On” is free-of-charge, but registration is required.
Event Type(s): Author/Literary Event; Age Group(s): Tweens, Teen"

Thursday, December 5, 6-8:30 p.m.
Yoga and Writing Workshop, It Takes A Village Healing Collective, 114 W. Superior Street, 2nd Floor (Above Duluth Sign and Stewart Taylor Printing)
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"This donation-based yoga practice and guided free-form writing workshop is generally held on the first Thursday of every month. It is intended to be an opportunity to slow down in order to reflect and reconnect through the use of yoga and prompted journal writing. Each month will have a different theme, with the goal of building self-awareness and appreciation.

"Materials will be provided, but attendees are asked to bring a journal (if they have one) and anything else desired for their comfort. This workshop is taught by Alyssa Johnson, RYT500. E-mail with questions." 
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<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Thursday, December 5, 7:30ff
Tuck & Patti
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Tuck & Patti @ The West
Tuck & Patti are an American jazz duo comprised of guitarist William Charles "Tuck" Andress and singer Patricia "Patti" Cathcart Andress. Four decades together and still going strong, tonight they bring their show to the West, a good excuse to see the remodeled theater if you've not yet been.
You can read the Reader Interview here: The Mystery of Turning Keys.
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Thursday-Saturday, December 5-7, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 2 p.m.
DanceWorks 2019, UMD, Marshall Performing Arts Center, 1215 Ordean Court "Rebecca Katz Harwood, Artistic Director, presents DanceWorks 2019, where variety once again takes center stage. Kick up your heels and into the holiday season by joining us for new original dances by students and faculty choreographers."

Friday, December 6, 4:30-8 p.m. Julefest 2019, Knife River Recreation Council, 199 Alger Smith Road, Knife River 
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Art on the Planet has lots to see like these stocking stuffers.
Ask to see their Lucky Charms. (Tower Avenue, Superior)
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">4:30-8 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Outdoor Market with foods and unique, hand-made gifts by local artisans 
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<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Julefest Food Experience catered by New Scenic Cafe: Serving starts at 5 p.m. in the Gnome Dome: Swedish Meatballs & gravy, potatoes, peas, rye bread, lingonberries, warm ginger bread, hot apple cider and juice boxes. * Cash bar * Featuring Castle Danger Brewery Julebiers * Music * by THUGS - Two Harbors Ukulele Group * Silent Auction of juried artisan wares will support the recreational programs of the Knife River Recreation Council.

Cost: $15 per adult (13 and up), Cover charge of $5.00 if not having dinner; FREE for 12 and under. No advance tickets this year. Purchase tickets at the door."

Friday, December 6, 6-8 p.m.
Art at Dovetail & Duluth Folk School: Snow and Ice, Duluth Folk School, 1917 W. Superior Street 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"Through painting, photographs, and other media, we will be exploring the world of snow and ice. Art by Jordan Sundberg, Michael Anderson, Alison Aune, Bryan French, LeAnn Oman, and Tara Austin."

Saturday, December 7, all day!
Small Business Saturday in Lincoln Park 2.0, Lincoln Park Craft District, 21st Avenue W. & Superior Street Area 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"Make the Lincoln Park Craft District part of your holiday happenings. Buy local and discover something new and unique to give or experience. Check back for details on what our neighborhood merchants have up their sleeves for Small Business Saturday 2.0. A bonus shopping day after the big snow! Here are a few of the artsy things happening! Check HERE for the full list of events and discounts!
10 a.m.-7 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Two Loons, Art, Gift, & Design, 2025 W. Superior Street Local artisans in-store, 40% off sale table & samples of Headwaters Roastings coffee

11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Duluth Pottery, 1924 W. Superior Street Big Pot throwing demos from 1 - 4 pm!

12-6 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Duluth MakerSpace, 3001 W. Superior Street Open House with tours, small demos and displays on upcoming projects

Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Holiday Fair and Sale, Duluth Depot, 506 Michigan Street 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"The Duluth Fiber Handcrafters' Guild hosts its annual holiday fair and sale in the Great Hall of the Depot. There will be demonstrations and activities for children and adults."

Susie's Darling Crayons @ Get it Local
Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Get It Local Art & Gift Fair, Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Avenue E. "Duluth and Superior artisans and organizations. A really local fair with cool items - and a variety of things for sale."

Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Nice Girls of the North Special Holiday Market, Lakeside Lester Park Community Center (the former Lakeside Library), 106 N. 54th Ave. East "Free coffee, cookies, and a friendly atmosphere await while you browse a collection of handcrafted clothing and bags, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, photography, personal care products, baby items and much more. One central checkout, most major credit cards accepted." Guest Artists: December 7: Stephanie Kopp, paint pour art; Anita Campbell, jewelry; Lanora Organics, natural body care products

December 8: Barb (Grannie B) Staffon, knitted items; Patti Carlson, upcycled silverware jewelry

Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Julebyen 2019, 199 Alger Smith Road, Knife River "Julebyen (pronounced YOOL-eh-BE-en) means "Christmas Village". It is a centuries-old Scandinavian and German tradition celebrated with ethnic foods, crafts, holiday decorations, and music. This December, Knife River (a fishing village of the North Shore of Lake Superior just north of Duluth) is home to an authentic, and unique Julebyen fest.

* An Outdoor Market with foods and unique, hand-made gifts by local artisans. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">* An Indoor Market full of hand-crafted decorations for your home. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">* Troll Village, across the street, with a book corner meet regional authors and illustrators and a variety of recreational exhibits and vendors. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">* The Gnome Dome Visit the performance, activities and food tent for the Scandinavian Bakeri, live performers and workshops. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">* Children's Activities including craft workshops, fun races and learning activities, outdoor recreation, animals, and more.

Full Schedule. Service animals only please. Free Admission. You can drive or take the train! Secure parking lots available ($5 suggested donation).

Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Biiboon (Winter) Bimaadizimin Holiday Market 2019, AICHO, Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 202 W. Second Street 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"The American Indian Community Housing Organization’s seventh annual holiday sale supports native and local artists and entrepreneurs.This year’s event celebrates the grand opening of the Indigenous First Art and Gift Shop expansion and holiday market.

"Indigenous vendors will be selling handmade holiday gifts, beadwork, Indigenous foods, textile goods, art prints, books, original artwork, pottery and more. There will also be family activities such has screen printing and art and craft designs. Inside the gift shop there will be new original pieces of art, black ash baskets, beads and authors signing books."

This and other Ryan Tischer photographs 75% off at 5 West Superior Street.
Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Duluth Winter Village, Glensheen Mansion & Museum, 3300 London Road 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"Duluth Loves Local presents the fourth annual Duluth Winter Village, a two-day outdoor winter market on the historic Glensheen grounds. There will be local vendors selling holiday gifts out of more than 40 wooden cabins, plus food, beer, carol singers, live animals, children’s activities, campfires by the lake, s’mores and more. All parking is off site. See Parking Information Here."

Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Sunday, December 8, 12-5 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 
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Christkindlmarket 2014
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Christkindlmarket 2019, Broadway Community Gardens, Corner of Hammond Avenue & Broadway Street, Superior, WI "Enjoy the festive atmosphere around the bonfire with cookies and apple cider. Perhaps you will find a gift from the Northland or Germany for your special someone from one fo the many vendors. Santa and his elf Niki will be there, too!"

Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, December 14 & 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Warrior Printress & Friends - Ho, HO, Holiday Pop-Up, Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior Street "Join Warrior Printress (letterpress) and these Local Artisans for a festive Holiday POPUP Sale:

Chris Monroe (books + posters); Ann Klefstead (drawings) 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Kirsten Aune (fabric); Blackbird Revolt (branding / media design) 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Liz James (ceramics); Kym Young (cookies) 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Missy Polster (Artisan Breads); Karen Savage (paintings) 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Naomi Christenson (paintings + fabric); Danelle Petersen (design) 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Halee Schlangen (jewelry); Carly Jandl (earrings + paintings)
Abby Schafer (Wrapped rock jewlery); Angie Frank (Ron for your life)
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Saturday, December 7, 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Zentangle (R) Art for Kids, Duluth Public Library, Gold Room, 520 W. Superior Street "The Duluth Public Library hosts an art event to draw intricate line patterns “one stroke at a time” using the Zentangle® method of pattern drawing. Certified Zentangle teacher Esther Piszczek teaches kids as they create beautiful art on 3.5” x 3.5” paper tiles using pen and ink. No previous drawing experience is necessary. For kids in K-5th grade. This event is free, however, registration is required."

Saturdays and Sundays, December 7-December 15, 1-5 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Pepperkakebyen Gingerbread City Events, Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Avenue 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"Hosted by the Nordic Center, the Sons of Norway Norton Lodge, and the UMD art education students. This community event is open to everyone! View the village, make crafts, and participate in a Nordic-Minnesota annual winter celebration. Suggested donation of $5.00." [Note: My husband and I both decorated ginger bread houses this year. Can you find them?]

Saturday, December 7, 2-5 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Wabi Creations Trunk Show, 240 Misquah Road, Duluth 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"Sue McClernon is hosting the 3rd Annual Trunk Show with SON Loons, Artists including Wabi Creations, Julie Zenner Pottery, Esther Piszczek Designs, and Pampered Chef. Stop by to pick up gifts, help Star of the North Maternity Home and Together for Life Northland. Enjoy friends and good food/drinks."

Saturday, December 7, 3-4 p.m. 

<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Novel Writing Wrap-Up, Duluth Public Library, Gold Room, 520 W. Superior Street "You did it! So how is that manuscript? Rough and done is better than nothing - now it's time to refine what you've written and look ahead to the next steps. Gather with other writers who took part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for a moderated but informal workshop that will include a chance to share snippets of your work. Event Type(s): Performance/Presentation; Age Group(s): Adults, Seniors" 
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<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">ATTN WRITERS: Michael Fedo will be at Zenith Bookstore from 3:00-5:00 p.m. this coming Saturday as well

Sunday, December 8, 1-3 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">SunFUNday! Art for Children of All Ages: Pepperkakebyen Prints ~ Gingerbread Greeting Cards & Wrapping Paper, The Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Avenue "Join art professor Alison Aune, her UMD art education students, and special guests. Pre-Registration is encouraged! Admission: $5 suggested donation; Contact: Alison Aune,, with questions and pre-registration information.

Sunday, December 8, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">DYI Holiday Gift Make and Take, Mocha Moose, 523 Scenic Drive, Two Harbors "Nothing shows you care like taking the time to make your holiday gifts and it’s a great way to save money. Come join Lydia Walker-Thoennes and Ashley Belanger and learn how to make essentia oil bath balls, drift wood mobiles and Christmas Trees, necklaces and bracelets that can also be oil diffusers if one chooses. There will also be holiday card making. Each activity will cost between $5-$10. Do them as many times as you want and as many as you want."

Monday, December 9, 6-8 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Christmas PhotoMeet at Glensheen, Glensheen Mansion & Museum, 3300 London Road
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"Explore 25+ Christmas trees, hundreds of feet of garland and maybe snap a picture of a hidden elf or two. The mansion will be open for you to explore and capture our 25+ Christmas Trees, hundreds of feet of garland. This is the same night as the Spirit of the Lights Sneak Peek event.

"This event is for local photographers, Glensheen members, VIPs, and volunteers of past Spirit of the Lights events. A prize for the Best Photo will be awarded! The best photo will win a Glensheen Candlelight Tour for two and a one night stay at a local hotel. To obtain an estimated number of people attending this event, we are asking that guests coming for the PhotoMeet portion RSVP by sending Marketing Manager, Jane Pederson, an email at"

Mondays, December 9 & 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing Meets Origami: Tangled and Folded with Esther Piszczek, certified z e n t a n g l e teacher, Lincoln Park Community School, 3215 West Third Street In the first class, we will draw patterns on a 3.5" square paper tile using pen, ink, and pencil shading. I will then use basic graphic design to turn your tile into a seamless repeat and print it creating your very own custom origami paper. In the second class, we will fold the paper into pretty origami flowers or stars and create lovely, unique origami ornaments. Class Limit: 10; Class Cost: $40; Supply cost: $5; Register online HERE or contact Erin Bates, Coordinator, at 218-336-8760 x 5 or email:

Esther's handiwork is in a number of locations in the Twin Ports
Mondays, December 9, 16, 23, 30, 5:30 p.m. 

<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Tangling Mondays, Mount Royal Library, 105 Mount Royal Shopping Circle
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">This group meets in the the old Yarn Harbor space, which was taken over by the library awhile back (on the left when you walk in). It is open to anyone, but primarily focused on pattern drawing. Bring your supplies and something you want to finish or start. No instruction, no fee, no organization. It's wonderful to tangle together, if schedules align, and lovely to tangle alone. If you find yourself alone, no worries, another Monday is right around the corner. Enjoy!

Tuesdays, December 10, 17, 24, 31, 12:30-3 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Open Studio at the Duluth Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">The Duluth Art Institute offers a regular Tuesday open art-studio session at the Depot. People of all abilities practicing all artistic mediums are invited to bring their own supplies and join the weekly group. Cost: $5 plus a DAI membership (first session is free).

Ryan Tischer has a 75% Off sale this month for select photos.
Tuesday, December 10, 6-8 p.m. 

<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Celtic Song Circle, Wussow's Concert Cafe, 324 N. Central Avenue 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"Musicians of all ages are invited to bring their instruments and voices to perform in a song circle, playing Celtic tunes and other classics."

Wednesday, December 11, 6:30-9:00 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Zentangle (R) & Wine with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Come experience the fun and relaxation of drawing simple, repetitive line patterns with pen and ink and pencil shading. No previous drawing experience necessary. Class Cost: $35; Supplies: $10 (or use supplies provided without additional cost). RSVP to Seats are limited. You can read about one student's experience here: Local Art Seen: First Lesson in Zentangle with Esther Piszczek, by Ed Newman, Ennyman's Territory, August 18, 2019.

Details on Facebook
Thursday, December 12, 1-2 p.m. 

<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Social Knitting Group, Mount Royal Library, Blue Room, 105 Mount Royal Shopping Circle 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"This group is open to all who love to knit or crochet. All skill levels are welcome."

Thursday, December 12, 2 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Community Felt Rug Unveiling, Duluth Public Library, West, 5830 Grand Avenue 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Come join felt artist Mary Reichert for the unveiling of a 6'x7' felted rug created by many hands and feet over several Duluth Art Institute class sessions, as well as a weekend of stomping on the rug to felt it at Duluth Folk School. There will be cookies, hot cocoa or cider, and story telling, too!

Thursday, December 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Holiday Art Show & Wine Tasting, Cedar Coffee Company, 1130 11th Street, Two Harbors
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"We are featuring four local artists this holiday season: Helen Hartley, Shelley Getten, Brad Nelson and Eric Klepinger. Each artist is creating unique items for this one-month show for the holidays (beginning Saturday November 30). Celebrate local art and the holidays with us at this special event that will also offer wine samples of the new wines we are featuring for the season from Rootstock Winery."

Friday, December 13, 5-8 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Downtown Duluth Arts Walk, Duluth Fine Pianos, 331 W. Superior Street (next to Starbucks!) My framed work on paper, glass, mirrors, and clay decorates the walls of Duluth Fine Pianos. Come out to see the art, or just say hi! Duluth Fine Pianos is participating in the Downtown Duluth Arts Collective's night of art and entertainment, featuring Downtown Duluth art galleries, eateries, bars and performance venues. Email or call 218-461-8380 for more information. Downtown Duluth Arts Walk Google Map [Note: JAZZ@DFP (& ART, too, returns Friday, January 17!]

Friday, December 13, 5-8 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Art Opening: count. map. pulse. breathe., 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Joseph Nease Gallery, 23 W. 1st Street 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"A solo exhibition of new work by Kathy McTavish. “A frayed thread”: Whether the split wires of a computer circuit board; a single line of code from a spooling cacophony of code-driven conversation; a thread of cello or wind in a digital fugue; one out of hundreds of layers of digital shapes - scrolling on monitors and through projections (grey, then black, then blue, red, yellow); a circle stitched into fabric and batting and pooled chording; the tied ends of a loom-woven shawl/covering/scroll – this is the metaphor that unites and runs through the body of Kathy McTavish’s multi-layered trans/media installations." 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Artist Talk: Saturday, January 25, 2020, 2 p.m.; On View: through February 29, 2020

See Soviet Art at the Tweed . Tschaikovsky @ Symphony Hall.
Friday & Saturday, December 13 & 14, 7 p.m. 

<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Sunday, December 15, 3 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Minnesota Ballet's The Nutcracker, DECC, Symphony Hall, 350 Harbor Drive "The Minnesota Ballet’s annual production of the holiday favorite, featuring battling soldiers, mouse warriors, whirling snowflakes, the captivating Sugar Plum Fairy, dramatic dancers from exotic lands, waltzing flowers and more. Created by Allen Fields, the production is accompanied live by the Minnesota Ballet Orchestra, with vocal accompaniment by the Lake Superior Youth Chorus. Tickets: 218-529-3742."

Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">RSI Holiday Marketplace, Residential Services, Inc., 2900 Piedmont Avenue "Hand-crafted goods including those made by people receiving services at RSI will be sold. Goods include hats, socks, coffee cups, travel mugs and artwork. Flea market items will also be sold."

Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Neighbor-Made Art & Gift Fair, Concordia Lutheran Church, 2501 Woodland Avenue
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"Local-made items make the best gifts. Jewelry, sewn items, books, soap, pottery, and more."

Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Nice Girls of the North 2nd Saturday Marketplace, Lakeside Lester Park Community Center (the former Lakeside Library), 106 N. 54th Ave. East "Free coffee, cookies, and a friendly atmosphere await while you browse a collection of handcrafted clothing and bags, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, photography, personal care products, baby items and much more. One central checkout, most major credit cards accepted." Guest Artists: Jenny Koczur of Jen of All Trades, everything upcycled; Jill Hoffman, Wood bowls and turned items

Saturday, December 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">Craft District Holiday Market, Lincoln Park, 21st Avenue W. & Superior Street 
<-- everyone="" loves="" p="" these="">"Businesses in the Lincoln Park Craft District host over 100 artists and vendors in a holiday pop-up mar
ket. Locations include Duluth Pottery, DLH Clothing, Duluth Folk School, Flora North, Liila Boutique, Hemlocks Leather Goods, Two Loons Gifts and Love Creamery."

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