Monday, February 18, 2008

This Week's (Belated) Shameless Budgeteer Plug: Mining Ely, Erik Sommer, Barbershop quartets, the Alrights, Tepetricy and the Raveonettes

So sorry this is coming in so late, but I was down in the Cities Friday running into Ant outside Fifth Element and enjoying the sounds of Kill-Me Kare Bare, Harp and Finial, Best Friends Forever and a reunited Nothing Jive About Jupiter at the Hexagon Bar ... too much excitement for one weekend!

"Deposits are Found, Mines are Made" -- If all goes according to plan, Duluth Metals could be mining near Ely for a long, long time. I spoke with the Canadian company's president and CEO, Rick Sandri.

"Erik Sommer: '... And I'm a Romantic'" -- The Duluth-born artist on living the dream in Harlem and his Castle Band days.

"Coming Down in Four-Part Harmony" -- This weekend's front page photo, featuring barbershop singer Jack LeVasseur handing a Valentine's Day card to Kathy Davey at AT&T's call center in the Tech Village. To celebrate the holiday, members of Davey's customer service team hired his quartet, the Pick-up Four, to serenade her.

"Discover Duluth: Michigan Street" -- For whatever reason, the downtown stretch of Michigan Street sometimes seems like the forgotten part of the city. (A photo essay.)

"CD Reviews: New Ones from the Alrights, Tepetricy and the Raveonettes"
-- Reviewed this week: The Alrights' “Meeting of the St. Louis County League of Volunteer Astronauts: Excerpts from the Keynote Address," Tepetricy's “Shaking the Rust Internally” and the Raveonettes' "Lust Lust Lust."

Finally, it's your last chance to enter the Budgeteer's "Where in the Northland is Matt Perrine?" contest. Since the prizes are really sweet, and I'd like to see one of my blog visitors win something, a bonus clue: It ranks right up there with the maritime museum on my personal nostalgia and fun scale.

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