So much to do: Have a laugh, see a flick, take in the sightsThere’s a lot to laugh at, and do, in Duluth and its surrounding areas.
By: LaReesa Sandretsky, Duluth News Tribune
There’s a lot to laugh at in Duluth.
Dubh Linn Pub on Superior Street is a hot spot for stand-up comedy — it has free open-mic nights at 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and big-name acts at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Saturdays. We’ve had some household names onstage at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, too (Jim Gaffigan, most recently).
Teatro Zuccone, inside the Zeitgeist Arts building downtown, is a great place to see local funny guys and gals. You can watch stand-up free on Thursdays, or improv on Fridays and Saturdays for $5.
Finally, just a few miles out of town, there’s free comedy every Wednesday at Black Bear Casino’s Cobalt Nightclub & Cabaret in Carlton.
Silence your phones
Thanks to Marcus Theatres, you can catch most of the Hollywood box-office movies here (there are two locations: Lakes Cinema in Hermantown and Duluth 10 in Canal Park).
There are lots of big screens in the Twin Ports, though. Marcus also has the Superior Value Cinema at the Mariner Mall in Superior, where it plays movies just out of regular theaters for less than the cost of a small latte ($3, if you’re wondering).
Finally, Zinema 2, downtown in the Zeitgeist Arts building, is a local favorite. Tickets are $6.50 with a student discount, and it plays a lot of independent films that you can’t see elsewhere.
Part of the allure of this area is the beautiful vistas. If you want to make your friends that chose the University of Iowa really jealous, take a photo tour of Duluth and Superior and taunt them via Instagram.
You can get a great view of the Duluth hillside from the Harborview Park in Superior (near Barker’s Island on Highway 53). For an iconic panorama of the Twin Ports, head to Enger Tower (you can park along Skyline Parkway on the drive up for a preview). It’s awesome at night, too. Brighton Beach, on the far eastern end of London Road, is great for watching sunsets over the harbor.
For some outrageously beautiful waterfalls, check out Chester Park, which borders Kenwood Avenue in Duluth, or Pattison State Park, just 12 miles out of Superior on Highway 35. Jay Cooke State Park also has enviable views and has been fixed up immensely since last summer’s flood.
We like sports, and we don’t care who knows
Yes, we have plenty of hockey in these parts. But we’ve got some other high-violence sports in the area that are great for an unconventional night out.
The Harbor City Roller Dames bouts are intensely entertaining — the roller derby team competes at the DECC semi-regularly, and its first home match this year is Oct. 5. It’s a fun atmosphere that almost rivals a UMD hockey game, and these women don’t wear nearly as much protective gear. If you’ve never seen roller derby, the athletes roller skate around a rink while trying to knock each other over.
Duluth has a healthy fighting scene (you may have heard of “Jungle Boy,” who now runs a gym), and it’s definitely worth your time to catch a live boxing match. Watch the Grandma’s Sports Garden and Black Bear Casino schedules for live bouts (the next one is Fridayat Grandma’s). The matches are rowdy, and the fighters are surprisingly good.