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Today marks the return of one of locals and tourists' favorite destination dining locations. Gordy's Hi-Hat, a Guy Fieri-approved Cloquet burger restaurant, opens at 10 a.m. according to its Facebook page. (Also: The first 30 customers get limited edition green T-shirts with "The first taste of spring" written on the back.)
If Duluth's poet laureate has his way, the Free Poetry Project will gain traction — like a variation on Little Free Libraries. Gary Boelhower is a self-described romantic, after all. "It's really a simple idea, and it doesn't cost much money," he said. "But to have free poetry available from local poets seems to be such a wonderful thing, to add to the culture of our community. So I'm thinking really big."
Listen. We might not flush green dye into Lake Superior for St. Patrick's Day — like those rowdy revellers insist upon in Chicago — but we've got a few ways to appease your inner "Riverdance"-er. Options for St. Patrick's Day weekend in the Northland range from starting early with a side of seasonal stew, to learning a Gaelic phrase or two, to shaking your leprechauns loose. Here's how to find the St. Patrick's Day event that matches your mood — whatever you want. TRADITIONAL TIMES TWO
Local bands take on not-so-local bands Local musicians will channel not-so-local musicians for a set of, for instance, No Doubt covers. Ides of March is a multi-night, multi-venue event that, this go-round, includes songs by Marcy Playground, Dead Kennedys, Against Me!, Waylon Jennings and Disney tunes. The festival starts Thursday at Spurs on First, with Adam Herman and the Psycho Killers playing the Talking Heads and ends with Room on Fire playing The Strokes. The fest continues next week, but we'll address that later. Ides of March, Week 1 schedule
Two decades-old rock bands with soon-to-be-released new material will play together this summer at Bayfront Festival Park. The 311 and Dirty Heads concert will be in the early evening on July 7 at the outdoor venue. Tickets start at $39.50 and go on sale Friday at www.jadepresents.com .
Dierks Bentley brings 'Burning Man' tour to Amsoil The last time Dierks Bentley played in Duluth, he took to the stage to the sound of helicopters and search-light strobes. Then he threw up some devil horns and, hat backward, skipped down the steps before ripping into "5-1-5-0" — which coincidentally synched up to the Duluth Police Department mounted patrol walking the perimeter of Bayfront Festival Park. At the time, 2014, it was among the biggest concerts of the season.
Dierks Bentley is a country star whose Duluth knowledge is broader than just lower levels of Amsoil Arena. For starters, the singer-slash-pilot is on a first-name basis with some of the folks at Cirrus Aircraft, whom he refers to as "great people." He owns one of their planes, purchased on a tip from Tim McGraw, and credits the company with getting back in the air after a hiatus. Bentley will perform at Amsoil Arena on Friday.
Duluth Sister Cities International has added another level to its global connections: food. The Sister City Chef Exchange, which started last year, will continue its focus on eating in the north. Lake Avenue Restaurant will host chef John Murray and his team from Red Lion Smokehouse in Thunder Bay, Ontario, for a 5-course collaborative menu. The event is at 6 p.m. Monday.
Last week, instead of a week's worth of calendar-listings and an edgy column by a local writer, the Transistor quietly marked the end of its tenure. On its website: a black page, and the epitaph "fin (2004-2019)." "It's the end of an era," said Adam Guggemos, the major figure in the local arts and entertainment scene who conceived of the publication in addition to designing it, publishing and delivering it to place like Pizza Luce and Erbert & Gerbert's.
Joel McKinnon Miller handled Fox's cancellation of his television show pretty well. He was disappointed, he said, but how many shows get a five-year run? You don't do these things forever — that's the life of an actor. "I was more practical about it," said the actor who plays Norm Scully on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." So he hosted his son for a home-cooked meal and ignored his cellphone for a few hours. When he finally checked his messages, he found that the award-winning comedy set inside a NYC police precinct would go on: NBC had picked it up.