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DULUTH — Eric Huie’s double-win at the Minnesota Ballet’s Celebrity Dance Challenge lasted more than a night, more than a year, it maybe even lasted five years. In 2010, the stylist from A Touch of Plasch paired with then-company member Suzanne Kritzberg for “A Touch of Bollywood” — quick-paced hip shaking and arm waving that incorporated feats ranging from the Roger Rabbit to a cartwheel. The duo took both people’s choice, as voted on by the audience at Fregeau Auditorium, and judges’ choice.
DULUTH -- About this time 60 years ago, the up-and-comers on the Winter Dance Party Tour had finished a concert at the Duluth Armory and were en route to Green Bay, Wis. Most of the musicians were warm-weather bred, and it was cold. The bus was rickety; the heaters didn’t work; the drummer ended up hospitalized. Buddy Holly fan Dan Heikkinen of Cloquet calls the scene “the final straw.” “That bus breaking down and Carl Bunch getting frostbite was pivotal in why (Buddy Holly) chartered that plane,” Heikkinen said.
DULUTH, Minn. — A funny thing happened when De'Lon Grant went to his seventh callback for "Hamilton." The Duluth-bred actor landed his first role on Broadway — but in a different Tony Award-winning musical.
DULUTH, Minn. — Dalton Knapp was 10 years old when he faced an obstacle far bigger than anything the producers at "American Ninja Warrior" could possibly put in his path. Knapp, now a senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia when he was in elementary school. It was a battle that lasted more than a year and left him weak and underweight at 56 pounds.
"Lady Dynamite" opens with a frolic montage set to a 1970s commercial soundtrack that repeats, in a sing-song voice, "sassafrass lady." Maria Bamford spins, skips down a Los Angeles sidewalk. She tosses flowers from a bridge. She shares a slurp of spaghetti with the wheel of a bicycle, then performs a series of back handsprings. "I just had my tubes tied," she says in a rich, confessional voice, peeking from behind fashionable sunglasses. "At my age, it's not safe to have children."