4 area arts and entertainment events to check out this week – Grand Forks Herald

The fire station will present “Murder on the Orient Express”

GRAND FORKS — The Greater Grand Forks Community Theater Company presents Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” at 7 p.m., March 24-26; March 31-April 2; and April 7-9 and 2 p.m. March 27 and April 3 at the Fire Hall Theater in downtown Grand Forks.

Directed by Kirsten and David Dauphinais, “Murder on the Orient Express” opens as a luxury train is stopped, just after midnight, by a snowdrift on the tracks. In the morning, the passengers discover an American tycoon who has been stabbed to death in his compartment. They rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murder, in case he decides to strike again.

Christie’s novel was adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig. The cast includes Chris Gust, Isaac Engles, Leslie Lekatz, Brooke Pesch, Lucas Rieder, Tina Wilkening, Andrew Huovinen, Mare Thompson Hepper, Ruth Pederson, Ben Schille, Aaron Dunn and Alena Kolodka.

David Dauphinais designed and built the set.

That show was supposed to open in March 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 shutdown, said Amy Driscoll, who was recently named the theater’s executive director. “We are very happy to finally present it now.”

Tickets are $20 for adults; and $17 for seniors (65+), students with ID, and military. For tickets, visit www.ggfct.com, call (701) 746-0847, or stop by the theater box office which opens one hour before showtime.

The Greater Grand Forks Community Theater presents “Murder on the Orient Express”, based on a popular mystery novel by Agatha Christie. Production has been postponed since 2020 due to COVID-19 closures.

Image courtesy of Amy Driscoll

Greater Grand Forks Symphony to Host ‘Tango’ Fundraising Event

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra invites the public to “Tango,” a concert and fundraising event on April 2 at the Masonic Center in downtown Grand Forks.

The event begins with a concert at 4:30 p.m., followed by a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner and a silent auction at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets, $100 per person, can be purchased individually or for tables of six, for $600, by visiting www.GGFSO.org. The deadline to register is Sunday, March 20. Meal choices are rosemary chicken, sirloin tips, or vegetable lasagna.

The special concert will feature Alejandro Drago, the symphony’s musical director, on violin, accompanied by the Griffon String Quartet and several other special guests. Drago, who grew up in the tango culture of Buenos Aires, will introduce audiences to the mysterious and fascinating world of tango, a fusion of Afro-Spanish rhythms and European styles that originated in Argentina in the 1800s. raised in the tango culture of Buenos Aires, will introduce audiences to the mysterious and fascinating world of tango, a fusion of Afro-Spanish rhythms and European styles originating in Argentina in the 1800s.

Tango selections will include “Taquito Militar”, by Mariano Mores; “La Cumparsita”, by Gerardo Matos Rodrigues; and “A Parade of Milongas”, arranged by Drago.

After the concert, the musicians will join guests and the event’s emcee, Terry Dullum, for the social hour with a cash bar.

Silent auction items include a UND hockey jersey, signed by members of the 2021-22 men’s hockey team; a necklace and earring set from River City Jewelers; a Rydell gift basket; certificates for free rounds of golf; a certificate for dinner at Harry’s Steakhouse; and other items.

The Masonic Center is located at 423 Bruce Ave.

The annual fundraising event for the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra is themed “Tango” and will be held April 2 at the Grand Forks Masonic Center.

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Empire presents the latest film in the Humphrey Bogart series

The Empire Arts Center will present the latest in its series of Humphrey Bogart films, “The African Queen,” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 20.

In this film, Bogart co-stars with Katharine Hepburn. Set in World War I Africa, this is the story of a Canadian riverboat captain who is persuaded by a strait-featured English missionary to embark on a journey down a dangerous river and use his boat to attack a German gunship.

A discussion about the film will be moderated by Katherine Erickson, a movie buff from Warren, Minnesota.

Tickets are $8 per person.

The Empire Arts Center is located at 415 DeMers Ave.

Annual Northwest Minnesota Art Show Opens at Thief River Falls

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council‘s annual art exhibit is on display at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls through April 27.

Artists who reside in the council’s seven-county service area displayed 60 works of art, including photographs, sculptures, drawings and paintings. The artwork is in competition for a total of $2,300 in cash prizes. Expo attendees can vote for the People’s Choice.

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Works of art, including photographs, sculptures, paintings, and drawings, are on display at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. The art was created by artists who live in the council’s seven county service area.


The winners of the exhibition cash prizes will be chosen when the exhibition is presented by a qualified juror, said Mara Hanel, director of the council.

Student art will be added to the exhibit on April 11; this art will also be eligible for cash prizes, Hanel said.

The exhibit at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at NCTC is open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at other times when events are held at the college. Visitors must enter through Gate A; visitor parking is free in the large end lot.

A reception and program of artists is scheduled for April 27 at the gallery.

The reception “is a great time to celebrate our honorees and the talented residents of our region,” said Hanel. “Many works of art are for sale and the public is encouraged to shop.”

The event will also include an art-making workshop from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The pieces created will remain at the gallery and will be part of the council’s next showcase, Hanel said. To register for the workshop, email [email protected]

For more information, visit www.NWArtsCouncil.org.

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