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Selfie taken by Jay Gabler sitting at cubicle in Duluth News Tribune newsroom, smiling and wearing dark blazer

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.

An Iron Range landmark, Bimbo's Octagon is one of the oldest standing veterans halls in America. For the past 55 years, it's been a bar and restaurant beloved by locals and regular visitors to the community of Side Lake.
Hot takes on pickle pizza, dessert hummus, cheese curd tacos, vegan fried chicken, a black licorice ice cream sundae and more new things you can put in your pie hole at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
Duluth's zoo now has a trio of cotton-top tamarins. Parents Mira and Deno birthed a new member of the critically endangered species.
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.
"This is the most engaged package tour group I've ever seen, in 10 years of doing this," said the North Shore Scenic Railroad station manager.
Like many holiday films, the feature was shot in the summertime. Yes, that meant making fake snow — in Duluth.
After writing four editions herself, Anne Arthur invited her daughter Signy Sherman to collaborate on the the latest.
"Girl From the North Country," incorporating 20 Dylan songs, will play at the Orpheum Theatre in fall 2023.
Early indications are that the male African lion died, in his sleep, of an autoimmune disease.
The five-day festival will feature over 80 films of various lengths, including some shot in the Northland.