Thursday, July 17, 2014

Duluth Playhouse "Les Mis" Shouldn't be missed

“Les Mis” shouldn’t be missed...

The current Duluth Playhouse production of “Les Miserables” is an incredible show. Absolutely flawless. Everybody with a part can sing, can act, can move around smoothly, even dance, accompanied by a huge pit orchestra of symphony members and backed by an exuberant chorus.  I’ve Never seen anything like it locally and I spent nearly 10 years as the theater reviewer for the Duluth newspaper.

Honestly, you could take the whole production intact, drop it into a Broadway theater, and audiences would give standing ovations, as Duluth's audience did on opening night -- jumping to their feet at the end. Some solos sung in the middle of the show stopped the show in its tracks with the audience clapping and hooting. I’ve never seen anything like it. It might be the most thrilling night I've ever spent in a live theater.

It opened Wednesday, July 16, in Symphony Hall of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. It runs through Saturday, July 19. Go. Jim Heffernan

Click HERE for more information and ticket information.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Denfeld Hall of Fame...

Denfeld Hall of Fame to induct 12 new members...

I'm proud to be a graduate of Duluth Denfeld High School and especially proud to be inducted into the Denfeld Hall of Fame this August 2nd. I'm very privileged to be in the company of 11 distinguished alumni and a teacher also being bestowed this honor that day.

We will be inducted officially into Denfeld's Hall of Fame at a ceremony open to the public in the Denfeld High School Auditorium on Saturday August 2nd at 1pm.

The 12 inductees include me ('57) and the following outstanding Denfeld graduates and teacher: Bob Lund ('38), Major General Wayne Gatlin ('42), Howard Sivertson ('47), Professor Ted Litman ('50), Professor James Banovetz ('55), Jack Puglisi ('60), Betty Suliin ('62), Dave Hicks ('63), Fred Friedman ('65), Janee Harteau ('82), Jean Endrizi (Denfeld teacher).

Check out Howie Blog HERE for  more information about the inductees. More information to come.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Swedish immigrant roots: A Duluth West End Story

Anna & Charles Carlson with four of their six daughters.
Ruth Carlson Heffernan is on the left behind her mother.
Photo taken around 1910~Jim Heffernan photo

Saga beginning in Sweden ends tragically for one family...

Some of you readers of my blog also follow me on Zenith City Online (an online site filled with engaging highlights of Duluth and area history–including my monthly posts about growing up in Duluth's western environs).

Just in case you haven't yet discovered this most interesting web site, I'm linking my latest post on ZCO about my Swedish immigrant grandparents (on my mother's side). It's titled, "A West End Story" and represents just one segment of the intriguing saga of my mother's family while settling in this area. You'll find my post HERE and discover more about our area history on Zenith City Online.
Charles Carlson circa 1910
Jim Heffernan photo

Monday, July 7, 2014

Can't beat Duluth's fireworks...

We spent the Fourth in town this year and once again were not disappointed by the Duluth fireworks display to cap the day. For all you former Duluthians... and all you wannabes... I just have to share this gorgeous photo taken by my friend, Gary Kelleher, that evening. He captured a real Duluth scene from the lake side, highlighting the Aerial Lift Bridge lit up in red, white and blue while the sky lit up with fireworks. Spectacular!
Photo courtesy of Gary Kelleher

Monday, June 16, 2014

Duluth an outdoors winner...

Travis Chadwick photograph
"Congratulations, Duluthians. You live in the best outdoors town in the country. That’s the verdict after six rounds of online voting came to an end late Sunday night in Outside magazine’s annual 'best outdoors town' competition."                             Reprinted from the Duluth News Tribune , Sunday, June15  

Read this breaking news story in Duluth News Tribune HERE.

Duluth was in stiff competition with Provo Utah in the Outside magazine competition for the best outdoors town in the country. Congrats, Duluth...a true winner!