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A flask is more than a flask. A flask is the starting point for a whole Knights-of-the-Round Table place-setting, with regal green tones. It’s donut or duck-shaped, with a decorative stopper. It’s small and metal and hangs from a chain; it’s whimsical and features a mid-century image of a man and his glass.
Joel McKinnon Miller handled Fox’s cancellation of his television show pretty well. He was disappointed, he said, but how many shows get a five-year run? You don’t do these things forever — that’s the life of an actor. “I was more practical about it,” said the actor who plays Norm Scully on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” So he hosted his son for a home-cooked meal and ignored his cellphone for a few hours. When he finally checked his messages, he found that the award-winning comedy set inside a New York City police precinct would go on: NBC had picked it up.
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."