Lavine is a features and health reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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It's the 1970s, it's Communist Poland, and gynecologist-sexologist Michalina Wisłocka is on a crusade to publish her guidebook to "marital bliss" in "The Art of Loving." The sexism is heavy with this one, but there are laughs in her retorts to those trying to control or minimize her work. "Where are you from? You're from a vagina," she says to an official. Scenes of steel-powered arguments, book advocating and the bubbling feelings that follow can get old fast. The heart of this film lies in her brilliant interactions with patients and the flashbacks to her past.
April Foss doesn't usually enter contests, but when she heard the prize was a $10,000 home makeover, she was in. "We always had hand-me-downs," she said of her family's furniture. The contest, sponsored by Boston-based online retailer Wayfair, asked participants to post seasonal pictures to social media with the hashtag #AVeryWayfairHoliday. For over a week on Instagram, Foss posted up to three photos a day of her family and home.
Serina Popoe never wears high heels. "They hurt, and I'll trip," said the South Range woman. During a walk around sunny downtown Duluth, Popoe, 42, wore flats, and Dana Bourdage wore 2-inch heels. Bourdage, 47, said she used to wear heels every day for work, but today, she's usually in flats because wearing them hurts her hips. While there are claims that heels can improve posture and balance, local experts say that's not necessarily true.
The air smelled like metal as men and women kicked their spurs toward a row of gray targets. Six stood behind a taped line, pistols in holsters, hands at the ready. At the call of an announcer, quick as they could, competitors lifted their pistols and pulled the triggers. Smoke puttered from their six-shooters as wax bullets clanged against targets.
The documentary "A Suitable Girl" charts three women's paths to keep their identities and careers amid pressure to wed in India. Dipti's been actively seeking a partner for years. She looks at personals with her parents and gets professional snapshots for her online dating profile. Amrita loves her freedom, but after earning a graduate degree, her parents said it's time to get hitched. Ritu is an accomplished financial adviser. She fears losing her career, and marriage is a difficult convo to sidestep because her mother, Seemu, is a professional matchmaker.
Briana Olson slipped into her red undergarments. She asked if anyone had spray adhesive; it helps keep thongs and pasties in place. Other go-tos are eyelash glue or double-stick tape, she said. Olson, along with other members of burlesque troupe the Duluth Dolls, prepared for a performance last week at Grandma's Sports Garden. On stage, they shimmied and stripteased as part of Homegrown Music Festival. On Saturday, they're hosting a beginner workshop from 7-9 p.m. at JEM Yoga and Massage.
You can cover your wall in roses, brick or an Andy Warhol design. The options for wallpaper are endless, and that's one of the reasons it's making a comeback, local experts say. After a 10-year lull, Maureen Olson, owner of Andren's paint company in West Duluth, started seeing an increased interest about a year and a half ago. It's a lot easier to work with and tear down than it used to be, she said.
Feelings are a death sentence in sci-fi film "Equals," and physical contact is outlawed. People don't mind because they're bred that way, but trouble's brewing as an emotions disease, S.O.S., starts to spread. Soon, Silas (Nicholas Hoult) starts to exhibit early signs of S.O.S., and his interest in his co-worker Nia (Kristen Stewart) grows. "Equals" follows Silas as his disease progresses and they fall in love.
A Pomeranian sat in its owner's arms violently trembling and panting. "He's been shaking like this for 30 minutes. ... I got in as quick as I could," said Scott Nelson. Dr. Louise Beyea asked a series of questions, as a team jumped into action. One woman held the dog, Louie, securely as another shaved his arm to insert an IV catheter. Beyea didn't think it was a seizure; his symptoms were classic for dogs who have been in a compost bin. Louie was given a small dose of Methocarbamol.
Reagan Kern was ready for an upgrade. The 10-year-old wanted a big girl theme for her bedroom, her mother recalled. "She's your typical first-born, straight arrow," Lindsay Kern said. So, she opted for a Parisian theme with Reagan's favorite color blue.