The Beatles are coming! The Beatles are coming! Back to Met Stadium. Well, sorta. “Ladies and Gentlemen … the Beatles,” an exhibit curated by the Grammy Museum, will open a 13-week run in June at the Midwest Music Museum at Mall of America. The mall, of course, was built on the former site of Met Stadium, where the Beatles performed in 1965. The exhibit will feature original Beatles memorabilia, records, photos, tour artifacts, videos and more. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Grammy Museum will provide educational curricula to area students to explore the cultural impact of the Beatles. The exhibit will run from June 5 to Sept. 7. Tickets, which will cost $6 to $7, can be purchased at www.midwestmusicmuseum.com. The museum is part of a 25,000-square-foot entertainment complex that will open in June on the fourth floor of MOA featuring a live music room, the 400 Bar, and a restaurant run by the folks behind Merlin’s Rest Pub in south Minneapolis.
‘Tonight’ lineup: NBC announced that Will Smith will appear on the Feb. 17 debut of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” U2 will perform. Justin Timberlake will close out the week, which will also include appearances by First Lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper, Kristen Wiig and Jerry Seinfeld. Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Tim McGraw will perform during the week.
Arrested: Authorities say former “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Kattan has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his Mercedes struck a Department of Transportation vehicle on a Southern California freeway. No injuries are reported. Kattan, 43, was jailed on suspicion of DWI. Kattan was on “SNL” from 1996 to 2003 and was best known for the character Mango. He also starred alongside Will Ferrell in the 1998 film “A Night at the Roxbury.”
ZOMBIES ON THE SYLLABUS: Some Central Michigan University students are getting schooled in the undead this semester, thanks to a religion course that’s exploring apocalyptic themes in biblical texts, literature and pop culture. Philosophy and religion faculty member Kelly Murphy says she always wanted to teach a course on apocalyptic literature, and she is a fan of AMC’s TV show “The Walking Dead.” The result is Murphy’s class, which is called “From Revelation to ‘The Walking Dead.’ ” Murphy’s class will discuss biblical texts and novels and watch movie clips. Students also will discuss hypothetical ethical and theological problems that people could encounter in a post-apocalyptic world.
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