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A life size replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit allows visitors to experience “hyper-drive” in “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination,” at the Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose, California, Tuesday, October 15, 2013. The pop culture extravaganza brings the George Lucas mythos back home to the Bay Area where it all began. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

“Star Wars” fans will gather to groan over the super embarrassing “Star Wars Holiday Special,” which plays today at Teatro Zuccone as a toy-raiser for Toys For Tots. Here’s a story ’bout it.

Best Bets include: Sarah Krueger’s CD release show, “Rudolph,” Haley Bonar, Rose Ensemble, “Star Wars Holiday Special.”

Tony Bennett reviewed the new Fever Dream.

Celtic Thunder is coming back to Duluth.

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Molly Josefson (left) and Nicholas Sunsdahl spent about three months in the summer of 2013 writing “The One Who Watches.” The film gets its first screening today at Zinema 2. It’s sold out. Photo courtesy of Sunsdahl

This week’s A&E section has a story about a movie by local filmmakers Molly Josefson and Nicholas Sunsdahl. It’s a sort of Lynch-ian musical set in Northern Minnesota. The premiere is sold out (although there are more on the horizon). Go here to download or stream.

Here’s the trailer:

Longtime super filthy comedian Gilbert Gottfried performs at Clyde Iron Works on Sunday. This interview ranked as one of my faves ever with someone in the biz. Here’s the Q&A.

This week’s Best Bets include “Nutcracker,” a holiday revue, the aforementioned comedian, a pre-beer beer fest, an elf movie and meal and a sort of twisted up classical-ish band.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett considered the sad, sad state of Smashing Pumpkins. 

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Surrounded by images he selected, Earl Oman stands in the doorway of his Duluth home. “It’s kind of like a painting,” Oman said of his house. Clint Austin /

Alright, alright, alright. Here’s the A&E-ish things that appeared in the DNT this past weekend.

We started a new series in Saturday’s Home section: Artists Spaces features the places where artists live and work. This week was Earl Oman, whose home is a four-dimensional piece of art.

I reviewed Wise Fool Shakespeare’s visually stunning production of “A Christmas Carol.”

Lawrance Bernabo reviewed the DSSO’s pops concert.

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Here’s the story behind the story of “Christmas City Express,” which runs from Fitger’s to the Depot and back again and includes the telling of a homemade holiday tale.

Here’s a review of the Duluth Playhouse’s production of “White Christmas.”

Here’s a review of the University of Minnesota Duluth’s production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.”

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Jody Kujawa (from left), Brian Matuszak, Ali Finstrom, Shad Olsen, Sam Neale and Emily Reed are among the performers involved in different holiday-themed productions on local stages. (Steve Kuchera /

This week’s A&E section includes a roundup of some of the Christmas-themed shows that will be playing on local stages, including “Nutcracker,” “White Christmas,” “A Christmas Carol” and Rubber Chicken Theater’s annual holiday revue.

Best Bets include: “White Christmas,” “A Christmas Carol,” a DSSO concert, “Legally Blonde,” Chris Monroe’s art show and a group sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah.”

Music reviewer Tony Bennett checks out AC/DC’s “Rock or Bust.”

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Sarah Krueger performed as part of a live recording of “A Prairie Home Companion” earlier this month at Symphony Hall. Clint Austin/

This week’s A&E section includes:

A story about Sarah Krueger’s new album “Lustrous,” which will be released Tuesday.

Bonus: here’s the video for her first single:


Tony Bennett reviewed Wino, Wi.

Best Bets include Disney Live, an old bluesman, Goody Night, comedy and Bliss. (There was also one about a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, but that was on Thursday.)

I got so mad about being called “ma’am.”

Meanwhile, there were some A&E-ish stuff in today’s paper too. Readers contributed to a list of favorite holiday songs.

Lawrance Bernabo reviewed Cirque du Soleil’s “Dralion.”

Features editor Melinda Lavine gives “Fading Gigolo” a Meh in her IndieWatch review.


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Phillip Phillips performs Sunday at Symphony Hall.

This week’s A&E section includes mostly stories about people you probably don’t personally know.

Phillip Phillips, who plays Sunday at Symphony Hall, talked about his experience on “American Idol” and his new album. And if I’m being honest, the video from his win makes me cry like an episode of “Parenthood.”

Watch it. Weep.

David Huntsberger, a podcast famous comedian from “Professor Blastoff,” performs Friday at Teatro Zuccone. Here’s a little bit about him and his successful Kickstarter campaign.

Tony Bennett is really not feeling the new Foo Fighters album (and says so in all sorts of colorful ways).

Best Bets include parades, Cirque, comedy, Bentleyville, movies and more.

Features editor Melinda Lavine finds “Rosewater” lacking.

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Here are a few things of an A&E-ish nature that you can read:

Professionals and civilians both contributed to this list of Young Adult books to add to your TBR pile.

Music reviewer Tony Bennett was at Sun Kil Moon and Low on Thursday night at an unlikely venue.

Trampled By Turtles will headline an annual brewfest in February at Grand Casino Hinckley.

Features editor Melinda Lavine totally dug “Snowpiercer,” according to her IndieWatch column.

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Gabriel Preisser (right) as Escamillo sings with the chorus in the Lyric Opera of the North and Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra production of “Carmen.” (Clint Austin /

Here is a story about “Carmen,” a collaboration between the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of the North.

The Duluth Art Institute’s Biennial includes a mix of textures and tone.

Tony Bennett reviewed Breanne Marie’s album “The Timothy John EP.”

I wrote a column about being addicted to “Serial.”

Best Bets include: Sun Kil Moon, “Carmen,” live radio theater, the biennial show at the art institute, Little River Band, jazz and a production of “Medea.”


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Maddy Siiter performs at Beaner’s Central in Duluth. The 15-year-old musician spent the summer in Nashville, Tenn., recording her latest album. The CD release party for “Runaway” is Friday at Amazing Grace Bakery and Cafe in Duluth. (Clint Austin /

This week’s A&E section includes a story about a 15-year-old Proctor High School student who spent part of her summer recording her second album in Nashville. Maddy Siiter plays an album release show Friday at Amazing Grace.

Best Bets include: “A Prairie Home Companion” returns to Duluth, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” plays at Teatro, Hot Buttered Rum show at The Rex, Newsboys play Symphony Hall, “Kirov By Night” returns Friday and Zinema hosts a silent film with a live score.

Tony Bennett reviewed Toby Thomas Churchill’s album “Rumspringa Darling.”