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Latest ‘Dancing’ contestants announced

gl_19-Amber-Sngl_2270.rcCelebrities (and that word comes with finger quotes) for season 17 of “Dancing With the Stars” were announced this morning and the lineup includes the usual mix of TV personalities, athletes and people who should never try dancing.

This year’s battles will be a little different as the reality competition series is set to air only once during the week. That means competitions and eliminations will be in the same Monday night show. The action starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 16 on KFSN (Channel 30.1)

Here are the early odds:

“Glee” star Amber Riley and Derek Hough. 2-1

“High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff. 3-1

Singer/actress Christina Milian and Mark Ballas. 5-1

“Pretty Little Liars” actor Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd. 7-1

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BANDGEEK!: Junior Brown, Marina V and a Resident Alien Invasion

942177_10151217999999364_1065120176_nBetween re-watching all six seasons of “The Sopranos” and posting videos to Instagram, you’re gonna need something to do this weekend. What do you know? I have just the thing — another installment of your weekend music guide. Yup, it’s another BANDGEEEEEK!!!


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Pairings announced for next ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Kellie PicklerThe pairings have been announced for the next edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” This lineup stretches the definition of celebrity to the breaking point.

The competition is scheduled to start with a two-hour season opener at 8 p.m. March 18.

Here are the 11 pairings and their early odds.

  • Singer Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough (2-1).
  • Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy (3-1).
  • Baltimore Ravens Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff (7-1).
  • Comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke (10-1).
  • American gymnast Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas (10-1).

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To-Do Tonight: Do you swing?


Because I can’t just suggest random bands every day, and because some of the other options tonight are straight up ugly — y’all should go swinging tonight.

Ewww, no, not that kind of swinging. I’m talking about dancing.

So if you wanna dance, then know there’s a place where you can learn swing dancing every Wednesday night — with Fresno Swing Dance at Studio 65. You don’t need experience or even a partner to attend.

(More info on the poster; click to enlarge)

To make things even sweeter tonight, there will be live music from hot jazz/swing band Scats on the Sly. So bring your dancin’ shoes, Daddy-O. You might be up to speed in time for the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy concert in November.

A victory for dancing in Fresno

People can finally dance at North Fresno nightspot Twist, this coming from a decision yesterday by the city that takes makes us a look a little less Footloose-ish.

twisttweet2.JPGPer this morning’s Bee:

The most significant of those conditions calls for the nightclub permit — which is required for customer dancing — to expire after one year unless Twist’s operators successfully petition the city to remove that limitation.

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To-Do Tonight: Remember the Time

Tonight is the screening of “Fresno: A City Reborn,” the 1960s documentary we told you about a while back. The guided tour of the Fulton Mall starts at 6 p.m., followed by the film screening at Milano — *tear* — at 7 p.m.


See the trailer for the film over here. And forge some of your final Milano memories before it closes.

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