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It was one of the more quixotic endeavors in Duluth’s history, which really says something: the founders of the Park Point Art Fair founded the event in hopes of selling art to smelters. Half a century later, art is ahead of the smell, with more than 10,000 people expected to cross the air bridge on Saturday and Sunday for a jury selection of works by artists, photographers, sculptors, ceramics and more. Live music, food trucks and family activities will also be available at the event.

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The cast of “Footloose” is ready to raise some dust in the NorShor Theater.

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It was not until December that the Duluth City Council formally repealed a ban-era law requiring places to apply for a dance license if they also serve alcohol. Councilor Rose Randorf called it the “Footloose Ordinance” and now a musical based on this 1984 hit film is coming to the NorShor Theater, which runs from Friday to July 17. The musical, which received four Tony nominations when it debuted on Broadway in 1998, turned the soundtrack of the film, which topped the charts, into a book of songs and “rehearsals were a fun, non-stop party,” according to artistic director Duluth Playhouse. Philip Fazio. If the spirit prompts you to take off your own Sunday shoes, go ahead: NorShor doesn’t even need a license.

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The Free Breeding Film Festival in 2022 will be held on Friday and Saturday.

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You have to give it to the organizers of the Free Range Film Festival: they know what makes their event stand out. – We show movies in the barn. What is a barn? “It’s super beautiful,” says the festival’s website. Some screenings take place even in a hayloft. The Wrenshall event, which is now celebrating its 18th anniversary, is held two nights – Friday and Saturday – with several short films preceding the film each night. “How can you tell the whole story of the bees in one minute?” asks the description of the 60-second movie “Hive Mind”.

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AICHO Food and Art Markets

At a grocery store, a woman takes payment from a man who carries a whole handful of sunflowers.  In the foreground are boxes of carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes, among other freshly grown foods.

Freshly grown food and flowers are available in this food and art market at AICHO in 2021.

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There is something to take to the Food and Arts Market of the Native American Housing Organization, which will be held every two weeks until October 1, starting on Saturday. Each market includes 20-25 “established and emerging Native American producers and artists and BIPOCs,” according to organizers, with products ranging from wild rice to maple syrup to beads. Saturday’s market, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the 12-roof parking lot at 12 E. Fourth St., will include a season-opening drum group and book signing by Sam Zimmerman, Ojibwe’s Direct Portage Band and author of “Following My Spirit at Home.”

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Bronze sculpture in the open air, with a stylized image of two bears leaning over a tulip.  In the background is a vertical sculpture with shiny golden metal.

The public sculptures at Gichi-Ode ‘Akiing in Duluth (Lake Place Park), where the Trans Joy Fest will take place, include the Green Bear and, in the background, Water and Friendship.

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Trans Northland co-founder Sean Hayes was thinking about “how difficult things the trans community had to go through” recently, he told the News Tribune. “We really need to have a little joy here, just to lift people’s spirits to remind people that there is a community of people who love and care for each other and care for each other.” This led to the planning of Duluth’s first Trans Joy Festival, which takes place in Gichi-Ode ‘Akiing (Lake Place Park) on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free event will include 25 vendors, as well as music, poetry, yoga, art activities, a playground and a raffle. “All these things will be led by transgender and gender-neutral people and people with two spirits,” Hayes explained. There will also be opportunities for education and training; the festival welcomes “everyone who has goodness in their heart”.

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An imprint made from a rhubarb leaf dried on a clothesline during the 2019 Rhubarb Festival.

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“COVID has put a shock absorber on almost everything,” Beatrice Oyakangas wrote in her latest column in the News Tribune. “Except rhubarb.” As Ojakangas noted, the returning Rhubarb Festival is not just a way to use all these stems – it is a fundraiser for the Churches of Duluth, united in the ministry, an organization that serves the needy. Founder Steve O’Neill “likened the abundance of rhubarb to the abundance of people in need,” said Ojakangas, who acknowledged that this year’s event has been slightly reduced. Instead of 500 pies, this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stella Maris Academy on the Holy Rosary campus there will be “only” 250

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