Friday, March 21, 2008

This Week's Shameless Budgeteer Plug: An abbreviated review of 'Leatherheads,' Number One Common, Manheat, Words to a Film Score and Boulder Lake

It was a big week for Duluth.

The NCAA women's hockey Frozen Four is being held at the DECC (in which the UMD Bulldogs have advanced to Saturday's national championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers -- congrats, ladies!); select community members* were given a sneak peek at George Clooney and Renee Zellwegger's latest film, "Leatherheads," which is based in Duluth; and it was announced that both Clooney and Zellwegger will make an appearance at the Depot Monday to drum up publicity for the film. I should be there, so I'll try to get some shots of it for this here blog.

In other news, here's what I was working on this week:

"An Offer You Can't Refuse" :: Local hard rockers Number One Common (now with electrolytes!) offer up new album, "Secrets, Lies and Alibis," as free download. I speak with Cory Jezierski, the group's lead singer/growler, about this and Number One Common's Brawndo sponsorship deal.

"Discover Duluth: Boulder Lake"
:: Though it’s not more than 30 minutes outside of downtown Duluth, Boulder Lake Management Area feels like it belongs on a different planet altogether. A companion piece to Matt Suoja's feature on the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, "Beauty and Recreation Go Hand in Hand."

"The Recorded Sounds of Words to a Film Score and Manheat" :: Reviewed this week: Words to a Film Score's "Hope for the Best ~ Prepare for the Worst" and Manheat's "When Dreams Become Memories."

*I was one of them -- thanks Visit Duluth! -- and here are my initial thoughts on the film, which also stars John Krasinski (Jim Halpert on NBC's "The Office"): Perfectly average in every way. (I don't want to ruin anything, because next weekend's edition of the Budgeteer is to feature a full review-type-thing....)

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