This week’s Wave

Dan Hanger of Fox 21 and Suzie Baer of the Minnesota Ballet rehearse for the Celebrity Dance Challenge. Bob King/rking@duluthnews.com

This week’s Wave includes:

A huge photograph of Fox 21 news anchor Dan Hanger prepping with partner Suzie Baer for the Minnesota Ballet’s Celebrity Dance Challenge. While his 3 minutes on stage will be significantly toned down from his grand vision, it still promises to be a spectacle. Story here.

Artists have gathered in Grand Marais for the Winter Arts Festival and are capturing the winter landscape.

Best Bets include: Dave Grohl’s directorial debut (one screening only), Retribution’s album release show, get your Hughes art history fix on Saturday mornings, Bigfoot Winter Shakedown is an all-day, all-night music festival, Claudia Schmidt plays two local gigs, We Are The Willow is part of three-band bill at Tycoons.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett says of Retribution Gospel Choir’s “3″: “’3′ is the kind of album that sounds like humans creating music together. Exploring, communicating, taking risks in the moment and not worrying about commercialism or accessibility. In this era it’s nice to sit back, put ’3′ on the turntable and be transported.”

Also on the internet:

Classical MPR highlights “The Highwayman,” music composed by a late nun from St. Scholastica that was highlighted in Time magazine when it debuted. The college featured it in a recent concert as part of its centennial celebration. Stream here.

Patty Andrews, the last of the Andrews Sisters, died Wednesday.

Maria Bamford was on Craig Fergoson’s late-night talk show on Tuesday. (I wrote about it and linked to a video here).

Zenith City revisits that very special Buddy Holly concert at the Duluth Armory.

Are you following the progress of the “Duluth is Horrible” project? The San Francisco filmmaker is blogging his experiences here.

In light of John Patrick Shanley’s recent visit: Here is a roundup of the reviews of the opera “Doubt,” which recently debuted in the Twin Cities.

Snobarn has easily met its Kickstarter goal to raise $3,200 to make a new album. So they’re reaching a little higher. They have less than a week to crank up the tally.

Speaking of Kickstarter, musician Preston Gunderson — you might remember him from his role in flood fundraising this past summer — just kicked off his campaign.

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