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December 6, 2004 // UPDATED 4:49 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

Bette!

Saucy actress, comedian and songstress Bette Midler is once again coming to town. Along with the hits and comedic bits that have made her famous, the lovely Ms. Divine will perform material from her newest release, "Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook."

Clooney is perhaps most known for starring alongside Bing Crosby in "White Christmas," but she was certainly a star in her own right. In fact, Clooney received the Grammy "Lifetime Achievement Award" shortly before she passed away in 2002.

On Midler's homage album, she is joined by her original piano player and musical director -- Barry Manilow. However, there's no word yet on whether Mr. Manilow is expected to join her on stage. But we know who is the real star here (this is the "Kiss My Brass!" tour, after all), so just about anyone could sit behind the piano and make due.

Sunday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N. $49.50-$219.50. (651) 989-5151.

Bad girl?

Believe it or not, dark-pop sensation Avril Lavigne got her start in a church choir and county festivals near her small Ontario hometown.

The middle child began to steal the limelight in her teens, with her own tunes and guitar strumming.

In 2002, at the age of just 17, Lavigne was a mini-diva (albeit one with dark, bruise-mimicking eyeshadow) with her debut hit "Complicated." This was immediately followed by her played-to-death girl skatepunk anthem "Sk8er Boi."

Now 19, Lavigne has a second album out, "Under My Skin." The pop punk princess also landed the theme to the new SpongeBob SquarePants movie.

Saturday, Dec. 11, 5 p.m. Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N. $25-$35. 673-0900.