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Jay Gabler

Arts and Entertainment Reporter

Jay Gabler joined the Duluth News Tribune in February 2022. His previous experience includes eight years as a digital producer at The Current (Minnesota Public Radio), four years as theater critic at Minneapolis alt-weekly City Pages, and six years as arts editor at the Twin Cities Daily Planet. He's a co-founder of pop culture and creative writing blog The Tangential; an alumnus of the National Critics Institute; and a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Gabler grew up in St. Paul and Duluth before heading east to attend college at Boston University and graduate school at Harvard University, where he earned a Ph.D. in sociology in 2007. After 15 years in Minneapolis, he's excited to return to the Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas. Readers can reach Gabler at 218-279-5536 or jgabler@duluthnews.com.

The Tom and Jerry was invented in London, but 200 years later, it's Wisconsin and Minnesota that carry the torch for this sweet and rich drink. The hot-batter cocktail remains a regional obsession.
Due to a distinctive clause in the city code, Wisconsin's port city has the state's only Super One with a bar, alongside longstanding liquor store bars that have become community institutions.
The recent University of Wisconsin-Superior graduate creates work embracing both joy and melancholy. Her upcoming Kruk Gallery show will include eye-popping portraits, a multimedia cake and a pillow fort.
Over the past three decades, Halloween has become a starring season for the William A. Irvin. Last year's Haunted Ship returned from hiatus to hordes of fright seekers, and it's been almost completely transformed for what may be the attraction's scariest year yet.
Documentarians Stephen Sadis and Kyle Kegley take four hours to examine "Empire Builder" James J. Hill's transformative career. Hill's Great Northern Railway is well-represented in the Lake Superior Railroad Museum's collection.
From haunted houses to scary movies to family-friendly frights, there are dozens of ways to get into the spirit of the season.
"One of the things that I love about Duluth is that we're such an open and loving city," said one artist involved with this year's events. "Kids do feel safe being who they are."
The giant bird, in protective wrap, made the road trip early Thursday morning. It will be on display in the Eco Experience building to raise awareness of the dangers of lead pollution.
Jamey Penney-Ritter has designed "the biggest collection of northern Wisconsin travel posters in the history of the world." She's made plenty for Minnesota, too.
Centered on Labor Day weekend, this year's festivities include a festival, a block party, a parade and more.