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Published: Friday, 8/13/2010

Ohio village changing name to honor heavy-metal singer

FROM THE BLADE NEWS SERVICES

Cridersville, Ohio, a village near Lima, plans to change its name for a day in honor of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, who is visiting town to host a March of Dimes Bikers for Babies ride.

Snider, known for 1980s heavy-metal songs such as "We're Not Gonna take It" and "I Wanna Rock," also hosts the nationally syndicated radio show, House of Hair.

The ride of about seven miles from Lima to Cridersville is Aug. 21. Cridersville plans to change its name to Sniderville during the event, which raises funds to help fight premature birth. Snider is the 2010 Bikers for Babies national spokesman.

He had jokingly suggested that Cridersville change its name when a listener from the town requested a song on his radio show. He says the honor is "one of the coolest things that's ever happened" to him.

The TV season has ended for Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, but the curtain is going up on a 40-city tour.

The dance tour begins Sept. 19 in New Orleans and will feature contestants from this season and favorites from the past, including last season's winner, Russell Ferguson of Boston. Kent Boyd, Lauren Froderman, and Robert Roldan, the trio competing on lThursday night's seventh-season finale, also will be on stage.

Original routines as well as pieces seen this season will bring a "new dimension" to the show, said Jeff Thacker, co-executive producer for "So You Think You Can Dance."

The tour is scheduled to stop in Detroit (Joe Louis Arena) on Oct. 20, Pittsburgh (CONSOL Energy Center) on Oct. 22, and Columbus (Schottenstein Center) on Oct. 24.

Country singer Luke Bryan and his wife, Caroline, received an "early surprise" from their second son.

Bryan says he came off an eight-day run on the road Wednesday and met his son Tatum Christopher, who was born earlier that day, a week early. A news release from Bryan's publicists says the healthy boy was 6 pounds, 8 ounces and 21 inches long, and that mother and son will go home soon.

It's been an eventful year for Bryan. He won best new artist at the Academy of Country Music Awards and scored his first No. 1 country song.

The Bryans' first son, Bo, was born in 2008.

Christina Aguilera is doing her part to help the arts.

The Grammy-winning singer is lending her voice to a fund-raiser in support of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's latest project.

Aguilera will perform at the Sept. 25 grand opening celebration of the museum's Lynda and Stewart Resnick Pavilion, described by LACMA as "the largest purpose-built, naturally lit, open-plan museum space in the world."

The 29-year-old pop star said she's honored to help celebrate the 45,000-square-foot exhibition building, which was designed by Renzo Piano.

The gala fund-raiser is open to the public. Individual tickets are $5,000 to $10,000 and tables are available for $25,000 to $100,000.



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