Lavine is a features and health reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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Shari Johnson used to crawl inside one of her kitchen cabinets for items. While their U-shaped kitchen did the job — she and her husband, Rory Johnson, raised four children there — "We were always in each other's way," she said. They'd always dreamed about what they could do to their Proctor home built around 1960. They saved money, looked at moving into a one-level. When they decided to remodel, they knew after their first meeting at Lindquist and Co., a longtime Duluth kitchen and bath remodeling company, they were in good hands.
Walk into Studio Haiku to water scenes with mauve skylines, dreamlike canvases with teals, fuschia and yellows. And haiku, paired with digital photography. They're the works of Natalie Salminen Rude, who has been at 2311 Woodland Ave. for two years. Also among the flood of natural light and large windows are woodworks by her husband, Josh Rude — an original paddle, long and rich brown vases dotted with colorful greenery. The couple remodeled for a year before she moved in to her now part gallery, part workspace.
It's easy to take sides in a story about a gay teen whose parents pressure him into conversion therapy. What's not easy is humanizing a divisive topic. Writer/director Joel Edgerton does just that in "Boy Erased."
Steve and Kristin Regas have lived in their Duluth Heights home for 12 years. They've never had a break-in, but they wanted that peace of mind "for the different things you read about, hear about and see on social media," Kristin Regas said. So, they had Per Mar Security Services install a system with monitors on their doors along with glass-break detectors. "Not like we have tons of valuable things here," she said. "Our dog is of value to us; she's part of the family," added Steve Regas.
Standing outside the moon jellyfish tank, Sarah Erickson lifted a glass jar with a mystery material inside. When asked what it was, she redirected, "What do you think it is?" Sparking curiosity and discussion is one part of Erickson's job as the learning and engagement director at the Great Lakes Aquarium. And it's interesting to see where conversations go, she said. She recently received this year's non-formal educator award from the Minnesota Association for Environmental Education, a nonprofit that advances environmental education throughout the state.
It can't be easy playing Freddie Mercury. The legendary frontman of British rock 'n' roll band Queen was known for his booming voice, an unmatched stage presence and, well, his overbite. Actors Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw were at one time slated to fill those shoes, but it's Rami Malek who does the job and then some in "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Barbers have a long history of working with sharp objects, and they used to be in charge of lancing boils, pulling teeth, even amputating some things. Hundreds of years later with an added touch of camaraderie and some flair, Twin Ports shop owners stick to cutting hair and trimming beards while staying connected to their profession's long history. 'An institution' With shears and a tiny comb in hand, Jon Hawkinson eased around his barber chair. He snipped a straight line of gray strands from Tom Wiig's head as the two chatted.
"Suspiria" is Luca Guadagnino's version of Dario Argento's 1977 supernatural horror classic, and the director of "Call Me by Your Name," "I Am Love" lets you know right away, he's going off-roading. Susie Bannion, a fresh off-the-Ohio farm dancer, arrives in post-Holocaust West Berlin to audition for the prestigious Markos Dance Academy. Tensions are high with leftist group the Red Army Faction moving, and Patricia (Chloë Grace Moretz) begs the help of her therapist Josef (an in-drag Tilda Swinton).
The band was buzzing at the Owls Club. Dressed to the nines, horn players tapped their feet. Some hooted and hollered in between licks, and their bodies bobbed before lifting their instruments to blare tunes by Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Count Basie. There wasn't a seat free in the bar area of their namesake at 118 E, 2nd St., and the audience watched from stools and candlelit tables. Nearing its second anniversary, the Owls Club Big Band is one of the newer ensembles in the Twin Ports, an area with an arguably rich jazz scene, and an even richer history.
They might be doing the limbo, flying from a tree or bowing to Elvis. You won't know how Amanda Argurkis has arranged the skeletons in her yard until you see for yourself. There are no spoilers, and it changes daily. She calls this her 31 days of Halloween, and it's a skeleton decor idea she dreamed up this year with her older brother. Most people have them in their closet; "Mine are all out on my front yard," she said. And she's kind of winging it.