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J. Shane Mercer, Published July 16 2009

Weekend Watch: ‘Swing!’

Tonight and Friday

If you want to know what cool was before it became customary to follow it with the word “dude,” take a trip back to the era of swing music. Guys like Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman took this American jazz sound to audiences in the 1930s and ’40s. The Straw Hat Players offer a song-and-dance celebration of the music and its vibe in “Swing!” at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Friday at the Minnesota State University Moorhead Center for the Arts. Call (218) 477-2271 for more information.