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An indoor all-walled trampoline park business in Plymouth should get a nice "bounce" this weekend when "Undercover Boss" airs an episode from its premises.
Sky Zone CEO Jeff Platt, who oversees 55 of these parks across the US and Canada, went undercover as a low-level worker to learn about how he could make his operations stronger.
The episode airs at 7 p.m. Friday on WCCO, Ch. 4.
Want to sell out a classical-music concert? Just add the words "Downton Abbey" to the program. The Oratorio Society of Minnesota's Saturday performance of "The Music of Downton Abbey" at St. Mark's Cathedral has sold out, leaving artistic director Matthew Mehaffey concerned about the usual "150 to 200" walk-up ticket buyers who will have to be turned away.
A second St. Marks concert has been added at 7:30 p.m. on March 15.
The program features some compositions by John Lunn, an Emmy winner for the soundtrack of the popular drama about the high- and low-born residents of an estate in post-Edwardian England, as well as other pieces of the time that have been woven into a sort of musical narrative feauturing a long-lost relative of the Granthams. Some selections are intended to evoke memorable scenes from the series, such as Elgar's "The Snow" (the title of which any self-respecting Downton fan will instantly tie to the moment Matthew proposed to Lady Mary). The audience is invited to sing along on three well-known hymns, including -- of course -- Arne's "Rule, Britannia!."
For tickets to the added concert and more info, go to oratorio.org or call 612-432-7398.
Prince, we hardly knew ya. At least not like this.
The Purple One answered questions from fans and Arsenio Hall — and even played advice guru.
Prince has never seemed so normal, so comfortable and so un-self-conscious on television as he was Wednesday night on “The Arsenio Hall Show.” Yep, that Arsenio who had Prince as a guest back in the early ‘90s.
Except for Hall’s opening monologue, Wednesday’s hour-long program was devoted to Prince. With the New Power Generation and 3rdEyeGirl, he played two new songs (“FunknRoll,” “Mutiny”) and one old one (“She’s Always in My Hair”), and Liv Warfield, one of his former backup singers, offered a tune from her new album.
In conversation with Arsenio and the studio audience, Prince – wearing a series of turtlenecks and fur- or fringe-trimmed vests -- was quick, funny and short but to the point.
Here are some things Prince revealed:
Photo: Arsenio Hall Show/ CBS Television Distribution
Jon Hamm smiles at hosts Sam and Sylvia Kaplan at a fundraiser they held for Sen. Al Franken. Sonny Boy the lab appears to be the only one in the room not enthralled, but he wound up getting some laying on of Hamm hands anyway. Photos by Susan Lenfestey.
Last Friday's snowstorm couldn't keep Jon Hamm from charming the Ugg boots off everyone he met at Sam and Sylvia Kaplan's spacious riverfront home. The occasion, dubbed "FrankenHamm," was a fundraiser for Sen. Al Franken's re-election campaign. Was Hamm, who effortlessly melts hearts even when playing tortured cad Don Draper on "Mad Men," as amiable and preternaturally handsome in real life as you might expect? Yep. By all accounts he patiently posed for photos with attendees who donated between $1,000 and $5,200 (more modest amounts still got you into the reception), and never stopped smiling even when cell phones had been pushed into that famously appealing mug for two hours.
"He's just terrific," said Sam Kaplan, one of the state's top DFL fundraisers and former ambassador to Morocco during President Obama's first term. "He really won our hearts when he sat on the steps to play with our dog Sonny Boy. When he finally stopped petting him, Sonny Boy lifted a paw to indicate he should continue. And he did."
Hamm, who volunteered his time, even stayed for dinner with his hosts. But affable as he was, no one could loosen his lips about the seventh and last season of "Mad Men" beginning in April. Kaplan, a self-described "addict" of the show, tried to wheedle a few hints. How many did he get? "Zero."
Sen. Amy Klobuchar gets a laugh out of Hamm and her fellow senator and other guest of honor, Al Franken, at the fundraiser.
Eric Perkins/courtesy of KARE
The last episode of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" featured cameos from Jack Black, Carol Burnett, Oprah Winfrey and...Eric Perkins?
The KARE-11 sports director/reporter made an unexpected appearance in Leno's final monologue last Thursday night when Leno's producers set up a joke by running footage from a story on backyard luges in Minnesota.
"A lot of it is just me screaming," said Perkins who was caught unaware that "Tonight" would be using his story, not to mention the image of him rolling downhill with a bunch of kids.
So will Perkins try to come up with something fresh for the Feb. 17 debut of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon?"
"I can't disappoint," he said. "For Leno, I could get away with family theatre. For Fallon I'll have to come up with something a little more cutting edge and raw."
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