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Meet a year-round Grinch during the Empire Theatre Company’s production of The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

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Everyone has a Scrooge in their life, but count your blessings you don’t have a Darlene. Darlene is basically the year-round Grinch for Armadillo Acres, North Florida’s premier mobile living community. Armadillo Acres during Christmas time would put Disney to shame as being the “happiest place on earth” if it wasn’t for Darlene. Day after day, she puts a damper on her neighbor’s happy-go-lucky-and-belly-full-of-beer life.   Until she acquires a case of amnesia, that is. The Scrooge is no longer so Scrooge-like. Darlene’s neighbors: Lin, Betty, and Pickles are faced with dilemma after dilemma that will keep you laughing and questioning how your mama raised you even after the musical ends.   The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical is more than a mouth full, it’s a good time. So leave the kids at home, for this one is a bit out of their league. The stereotypcial trailer park characters are not so politically correct with some mouths that should be washed out with soap. Join us at the Empire Arts Center for some belly aching laughs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

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We have spirit…yes we do!

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Feeling a little blue?  I know what will put the jingle in your bells and jolly in your holly!  If you’re looking for activities to create a festive frame of mind, Greater Grand Forks is definitely the place.  We have seasonal celebrations, concerts and everything in between.  In addition to offering great holiday bargains, our malls and specialty shops will be sparkling with beautiful decorations.    Following is a list of holiday happenings that are sure to get you feeling very merry.  More information on these and other events may be found at www.visitgrandforks.com.   Thru Dec. 7: 21st Annual Festival of Trees @ Columbia Mall Sears Wing Thru Dec. 31: Christmas in the Park Holiday Lights Tour @ Lincoln Drive Park Dec. 4-6: “Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical” @ Empire Arts Center Dec. 6: Winter wUNDerland Concert @ Chester Fritz Auditorium Dec. 6-7: Historical Society Holiday Open House @ Myra Museum Dec. 7:  91st Annual Christmas Musicale @ United Lutheran Church Dec. 7: Annual Family Christmas Party @ Heritage Village Dec. 11-14: “Best Christmas Pageant Ever” @ Red River HS Auditorium Dec. 11-15 & 18-21: Santa Village 2014 @ Lincoln Park Club House Dec. 13: A Family Christmas …

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Applause and curtain calls

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If you’re a fan of all things musical like me, listen up!  Since 1972, the Chester Fritz Auditorium stage has hosted numerous legendary performances and with upcoming events ranging from Broadway to Beethoven and Christmas bells to steel drums, The Fritz’s 2014-15 schedule is sure to please a wide variety of tastes.      At just over 2,300 seats, Chester Fritz is the perfect size to host musical theater and intimate concerts.  Its top notch sound system, renowned acoustics and auditorium layout are such that it makes you feel at one with the production.     Experience a little of the auditorium’s great history by strolling down the halls lined with autographed pictures of past performers, just some of whom include Kenny Rogers, Wayne Newton, Cliff Richard, Jewel, Bette Midler and Manhattan Transfer.  When you’re in the lobby, make sure to look up and enjoy the iconic beauty of the Starcher Chandelier.  Custom made in Italy, it is lighted by approximately 30 lamps and blends 5,550 lead crystal beads, prisms and tear drops.     Whether it’s a family outing or date night out, Chester Fritz Auditorium has been the place to go for over 40 years.  And no matter what show (or …

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Symphony Orchestra brings the music of our German ancestors to the stage this season

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Todays blog is from Michaela Schell, Grand Forks blogger and business woman.   Grand Forks is extremely lucky to have a symphony orchestra in our community. Not many communities our size showcase such amazing musical talent and performances. If you are looking for an evening celebrating the arts, attending a Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra concert is an excellent pick.   GGFSO is a community orchestra that began in 1908. With the mission to improve lives in Grand Forks and its region, it continues to feature local and regional musicians in performances of classical and modern symphonic music.   This year the GGFSO announced a four-year goal to explore the heritage of our region through the music of composers who came from the same areas where our grandparents and great-grand parents came from. During the 2013-14 season, the group is featuring the German heritage we share. Upcoming years will highlight our Russian, Norwegian and American heritage.   This season the Symphony presents popular favorites showcasing UND stars Alexander Platt as Conductor with guest soloists Nariaki Sugiura on Piano and Ronnie Ingle on Trumpet. Their upcoming show on November 2nd features pops selections plus Artunian – Trumpet Concerto and Rachmaninov – …

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Halloween fun in Greater Grand Forks

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Today’s blog is brought to you from local blogger and business person Michaela Schell.   The Halloween fun in Greater Grand Forks doesn’t just happen on October 31st. Events are happening all week long before the actual holiday begins. Whether you want to be tricked or treated, there is something for everyone!   The Rocky Horror Picture Show… …returns to the Empire Arts Center for its 11th year. The show isn’t just a screening of the cult classic movie, it incorporates live characters and even the audience. Costumes are encouraged and audience participation is a must.   October 25, 26 and 31 at 12 midnight Tickets: $10 at the door and through Ticketmaster More information can be found online This show is for adults 18 and over only   Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom… …performed by the Empire Theatre Company (ETC) is sent in a suburban subdivision with identical houses where parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game setting? A subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between virtual and reality, both parents and players realize that fear …

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Something for everyone…kids, adults and fans of the 70s

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Today’s blog is brought to you from local writer and buisness person, Michaela Schell.   Usually Mondays can be pretty boring and likely the least favorite of the week, but on Monday, October 21, Grand Forks has something to do for everyone.   For the kids…   Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure. It all starts with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. They will lead your kids on an adventure through their favorite Disney shows with their favorite Disney characters: Doc McStuffins, Jake the Pirate, Princess Sofia and even Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.   When I think about how much kis love these characters on TV, I can only imagine the excitement that will fill the Ralaph when these fun friends come to life. There will probably be more energy in the arena than when it is full of UND Hockey fans!   Details: Monday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. Ralph Engelstad Arena Ticket prices: $20/$30/$50 To order call or log on to Ticketmaseter   For the adults…   MYTHOLOGY, a new show by Celtic Thunder. This world-renowned group performs folk, traditional Irish, adult contemporary, rock and classical crossovers. It’s a modern twist on the old Celtic storytelling …

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Trendy, new music venue opens Downtown

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Today’s blog is written by Michaela Schell, a local writer and business professional.   A new music venue has come to Downtown Grand Forks! You probably haven’t seen any big outdoor sign marking its location, actually you can’t even see the venue from the street. That’s because it is tucked away in one of Downtown’s already prominent landmarks… The Empire Arts Center. What used to be a staging area behind the theater has be recreated into a trendy little social area the Empire is calling “The Backstage Project.”  The Empire’s website describes it as a place “designed to utilize creative, urban spaces for live music performances by local and regional artists.” I call it “pretty cool.” Grand Forks is lucky to have the large scale concert venues such as the Alerus Center and Ralph Engelstad Arena and mid-size venues like the Empire’s and the Chester Fritz Auditorium’s stages for fairly large performances, but we have always been missing that small, intimate space where local artists can perform to an up-close and personal crowd. Until now. The Backstage Project kicked off its first show of the series on April 5th with music from local jazz band favorite, Jazz On Tap. Jazz …

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Jason Aldean brings his chart toppers to the Alerus Center March 23

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Today’s blog is written by Michaela Schell, a local writer and business professional. Fresh off its biggest concert in the arena’s history, the Alerus Center brings yet another big name in country music to Grand Forks. Jason Aldean will fill the Alerus with chart topping tunes on March 23rd at 7:00 PM. He brings with him country star Jake Owen and new-comer Thomas Rhett.   Now, I’ll be honest, I like country music and have definitely heard of Jason Aldean, but if you asked me to name a song he sang, I couldn’t.  So, I googled him.   As I went down my google search list of Aldean’s songs, I quickly realized found myself saying “Oh, I love that song! I didn’t know Jason Aldean sang that!” Here are just a few of his many hits that you’ve likely heard and probably had stuck in your head a time or two. (Click the link to hear the song)   Hicktown Amarillo Sky Big Green Tractor Tattoos on This Town Fly Over States Take a Little Ride with Me Nine of Aldean’s singles have reached number one on the country charts and 16 have made it to the top 10. Aldean …

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