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A local artist with a background in large-scale public impermanent pieces will, in a partnership with Zeitgeist, paint four crosswalks at intersections in the Hillside neighborhoods. Moira Villiard's paintings are meant to highlight neighborhood culture, according to a news release, and to bring attention to crosswalks and pedestrians. The first creative crosswalk will be installed at Eighth Ave. East and Tenth Street, near Myers-Wilkins Elementary School. Neighbors are encouraged to help paint the design.
In Kirstin Cronn-Mills new young adult novel, an avid runner with deep roots in Grandma's Marathon is diagnosed with ALS and his teenage daughter, a deft navigator of Park Point dunes and not-so star employee of a tourist destination in Canal Park, feels the feels associated with his final months. How to deal: rip heart from chest, row miles from the shore of Lake Superior, pitch organ into the water and let it become a piece of frozen debris on the silty bottom.
Nine days of Dylan
Bob Dylan's worst song, according to at least one fan, is a plot-heavy pick from the mid-1970s that opens with harmonica, spins a tale starring two women and a man who resembles a face card, and ends more than 8 minutes later. Cathy Podeszwa, who counts some of the Duluth-born artist's songs among her favorite — especially "Shelter from the Storm" — described "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts" as "an endless, boring drone."
Alan Sparhawk is among the featured musicians who will perform as part of the Music Resource Center's spring fundraiser. The event, which includes participating students, is at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Music Center. There will be a tour of the resource center's programs, snacks and a raffle. Tickets are $15 in advance at eventbrite.com and $20 at the door.
A first-time event will be a celebration of a specific food — tacos. Dia Del Taco Fest gets two go-rounds: noon-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. on July 20 at Bent Paddle, 1832 W. Michigan St., according to Jade Presents. Tickets are $15 in advance at diadeltaco.com/duluth/ and $20 at the door. The event features local vendors' take on tacos and taco adjacent dishes. There will also be a tequila tasting event.
A longtime Minnesota-based hip-hop artist known for his deep introspection and socially conscious art returns to the area for a show in July. Brother Ali plays at 7 p.m. July 27 at Earth Rider Brewery Fest Grounds in Superior. Tickets are $19 in advance and go on sale at 10 a.m. May 17 at jadepresents.com, etix.com or at Cedar Lounge. They are $23 at the door. Brother Ali's most recent release is "All the Beauty in This Whole Life," which was produced by Atmosphere's Ant and released about a year ago.
More than 30 books are in contention during the 31st annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards, an event that recognizes the best of the books written about this part of the state in 2018. The ceremony is May 23 at Northland Country Club. Details are available at lib.d.umn.edu/about/nemba. Margi Preus is the guest speaker for UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library and Friends of the Duluth Public Library event that started in 1988. Winners get a $200 prize. Nominees
Kelsea Ballerini brings first headlining tour to Amsoil Kelsea Ballerini, who recently became the youngest current member of the Grand Ole Opry, brings her first headlining tour, Miss Me More, to Amsoil Arena today. The southern-raised musician has strong pop vibes. Her tour's title track, from her 2017 release "Unapologetically," is a list of all the things — red lipstick, high heels, her friends — she gave up to be with the ex, an unnamed lipstick loathing shorty. "I thought I'd miss you," she sings, then delivers the punch: "But I miss me more."
Mark Mallman first feels a contender for his happiness playlist in his body — a technique he uses in mixing his own music in addition to, recently, deciding that Lizzo's "Good As Hell" is a good song to listen to over and over and over again. "They speak to my body before they speak to my mind," Mallman said in a phone interview from Minneapolis, where he had taken a break from composing music. It's in his back and shoulders, he said. If it loosens up, he knows.