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Tracy Turnblad wants to be famous, and she wants to get there by appearing as a dancer on "The Corny Collins Show," a sort of reimagined "American Bandstand." Luckily, the show is holding auditions because one of the regular dancers is preggers. The Duluth Playhouse Children's Theatre takes audiences to Baltimore in the early 1960s with a production of the musical "Hairspray," which was born of the movie by John Waters. Tracy lands a spot on the show, no thanks to her mother, and ends up a spokesperson who is working for integration on the show, no thanks to Velma the racist producer.
Beware the Ides of March. According to legend, it's a day when local bands channel other bands for the night. (And something, something Julius Caesar, but whatever. This is about rock 'n' roll). This year's concert series runs two weekends and at multiple venues. It starts with Songs of Shipwreck playing the music of Frank Turner, Preparation H playing Ben Folds and Meliante & Friends playing Joni Mitchell. The all-ages show starts at 6:30 p.m.
It's arguably one of the cutest puns out there: DuLutsen. It's a made up word that means a lot of Duluth bands will be playing at Lutsen Mountains as part of a North of North Music and Ski Festival. The six day fest features 11 bands and four mountains and starts with bluesy folkster Charlie Parr at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Other bands include: DJ Beaustar with Marc Gartman's Fever Dream, Clearwater Hot Club, Big Wave Dave & The Ripples, Brothers Burn Mountain, Black River Revue, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Black-Eyed Snakes, Tin Can Gin and Southwire.
It's an event where you might be rewarded more for groans than for cheers. Pundamonium is a slam-style pun contest. Contestants make puns based on prompts like "A day at the beach" and are judged by select members of the audience. The players go two rounds before the top four face off in the final pun-off. Pundamonium events have been held in Madison and Minneapolis, where founder Art Allen paired with the Loft Literary Center for the event. Go see it What: Pundamonium When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Dubh Linn Irish Pub, 109 W. Superior St. Tickets: $6 at the door
Tim and Peggy White and Change of Pace Productions have been a staple of local entertainment for the past 20 years. This production of "I Do, I Do" marks the finale for the duo. Incidentally --it's the same show they opened with all those years ago. The musical follows Michael and Agnes from wedding to children, careers and aging.
Know who isn't into green beer and sloppy Kiss-Me-I'm-Irish affection? The people behind the St. Patrick's Day celebration on Monday at Clyde Iron Works. This event eschews the day's party-hardy personae in favor of something less Irish-gone-Wild. This one is considered family-friendly, even. St. Patrick's Day-Duluth is billed as a grand celebration of culture and includes music by the Celtic band Ninety to the Dozen and bagpipe player Fred Dudderar. There will be a grand parade, although not too grand. Organizers are hoping to set a world record for shortest parade route. Wear green.
A YouTube video helped Minneapolis musician and nanny Kat Perkins land a spot on "The Voice." Last year, a video was posted on YouTube of Perkins singing Adele's "Someone Like You" at an Amsterdam airport, where she was on a layover during a trip to perform for the troops in the Middle East. Producers from the NBC show saw the clip and liked it so much they invited her to try out for the TV singing competition. Perkins made the cut and filmed her blind audition in October.
Zinema 2 and the Duluth Art Institute are again teaming up to present a series of free art films at the theater on Saturday mornings. The eight-week series starts at 11 a.m. Saturday with "F is For Fake," an almost-documentary about a professional art forger.
A fractured farm family is at the root of Sam Shepard's play "Buried Child," a post-modern Pulitzer Prize winner that opens today at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The patriarch, Dodge, is logging serious couch time and his wife Halie harbors a few horizontally-born secrets herself. The boys, Tilden and Bradley, are struggling with irregular burdens. Then comes Vince, Tilden's son, and he's an unrecognizable presence. His girlfriend, though?