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A&E notes: Dance-a-thon, FinnFest nod

Dance all night

Superior Ballroom Dance Studio is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a 24-hour teach-a-thon and a dance party.

From 7 p.m. Sept. 22 until 7 p.m. Sept. 23, the studio's teachers will offer classes to students who are signed up. The dance studio, on the second floor of Norway Hall at 21 N. Lake Ave., will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, with 20-minute group classes offered throughout the day. It will culminate with a dance party from 7-9 p.m. featuring music from Lake City Smoking Section.

There will be drawings for private and group lessons.

Everything is free.

Finnish play set in Duluth gets FinnFest nod

An original play set in Duluth will get two performances — once in Finnish, once in English — during FinnFest USA 2017 next week in Minneapolis.

"The Reading Room" is a one-act play based on a short story by Ann J. Toumi about a teenaged girl who works in the Reading Room of the Duluth City Library in the late 1960s. She comes to know the two homeless Finnish men who spend their days in the library. The play will be performed by Theatre Fiasko, a more than 30-year-old troupe that was founded in Finland.

"The Reading Room" plays at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 and 11 a.m. Sept. 23 in the Orchestra Hall Atrium in Minneapolis.

Also: Two Harbors-based artist Michael Tonder, of Blue Skies Glassworks, was commissioned to present a gift to Sauli Niinisto, the president of the Republic of Finland, who will be at FinnFest.

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