Glensheen opens virtual tours

Whether you are a total ’Sheen Head or just Congdon curious, the historic estate is offering virtual tours during this time when the home is closed to visitors.

Glensheen Mansion. (File / News Tribune)
Glensheen Mansion. (File / News Tribune)

Glensheen director Dan Hartman still has access to all the nooks, crannies and that creepy doll in the rocking chair, in addition to the third floor (sans lights) and (for some reason) blueprints of the Panama Canal.

Hartman’s tours are daily at 8 a.m. on Facebook Live. There is also a virtual 360-degree tour available at and a Glensheen tour app available — which includes the zoom-able floor plan with images and highlights from each room. Check out the Linden art glass, call button and Saturday evening girls bowl in the breakfast room.

The world wide web made local

Perfect Duluth Day, now older than some of its scrollers, probably, has long been the website for goofy news, bizarre observations and an eye toward the arts. These days, it also excels in business openings and closings, old postcards, its Saturday Essays and features on regional artists. While it’s currently obsolete, the site maintains an events calendar that is far greater than any other. It also remains a great place to click through to learn more about Duluth, its characters, its scene. This is a good time to dig deep into the internet.

Another great site for losing oneself: Zenith City Press. This site, a product of Tony Dierckins, is filled with Duluth history — whether it’s the story of the Board of Trade Building or voice actor Don LaFontaine. There is also a “This Day in History” post.

Art stroll? More like art scroll

During the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk, galleries and studios open the spaces to the browsing public. This month, it will be hosted online with images, videos and an interactive element to share your own works. The virtual tour will be online starting at 5 p.m. March 27 on the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk Facebook page.

Seyi and JayGee (submitted photo)
Seyi and JayGee (submitted photo)

Dance yourself into this music challenge

DanSan Creative has posted a video of “If This Was the End of the World” — a collaboration between Seyi Oyinloye and JayGee — with a challenge: download the audio of the catchy song and then make your own vid of yourself or your people dancing to it. Those with the #seyiNjaygeechallenge hashtag will be included in a final video to be released with the song. Or you could just listen to the song and shake your way through your living room. It’ll do that to you.

The Duluth Playhouse is offering virtual classes, including one led by dancer-choreographer-actor Amber Burns. (2019 file / News Tribune)
The Duluth Playhouse is offering virtual classes, including one led by dancer-choreographer-actor Amber Burns. (2019 file / News Tribune)

Playhouse offers dance-cardio classes

The Duluth Playhouse is offering virtual events like learning the tap sequence from “Anything Goes” or a dance party to kid-favorite tunes. Thursday’s pick: Amber’s Mixer and Burn the Floor, a class that is described as having cardio, strengthening, toning and more — all with a Latin flare.

The class, which you take from your own home space, is taught by Amber Burns, director of the family theater, in addition to acting and choreographing mainstage productions.

Amber’s Mixer and Burn the Floor is at 12:15 p.m. on the Duluth Playhouse’s Facebook page. Suggested $8 donation.

Gaelynn Lea (2018 file / News Tribune)
Gaelynn Lea (2018 file / News Tribune)

Gaelynn Lea offers music and meditation

Gaelynn Lea is offering an online meditation session with live looping violin on Saturday afternoon. Last weekend, Lea hosted two successful concerts online. This time, the winner of the 2016 Tiny Desk Contest is directing fans to donate to COVID-19 and arts resources instead.

This week's concert, billed as a chill vibe for a Sunday afternoon, is at 2 p.m .March 29 on YouTube.

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