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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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Summer fun for families

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Today’s blog is written by Michaela Schell, a local writer and business professional.   As the years pass, I find myself looking more and more for kid friendly events that cater to our growing family. The more I search for things to do with my toddler, the more I find. The Grand Cities are extremely family friendly and offer lots of things to do with kids. The best part is a majority of them are free! As a stay-at-home mom, any kid event, whether it be a simple library story time or a big circus, that get us out of the house is a welcome occurrence.   So, here are just a few of the upcoming kid and family events happening in the Grand Cities this summer.   Movies in the Park (begins June 12) – The Grand Forks Park District hosts movies on an outdoor big screen at various parks around town. The kid-firendly shows are free and begin at sundown (around 9 p.m.). June 12 – The Muppets at University Park June 26 – Madagascar 2 at University Park July 16 – Harry Potter at Lincoln Park July 30 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at Lincoln …

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Blues on the Red encore performances set

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The City of Grand Forks, Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau and Rhombus Guys Pizza are thrilled to announce that the Blues on the Red Summer Music Fest made its year five successful debut on June 23. Hundreds of attendees filled Town Square for great music and food!   If you couldn’t make it out; don’t worry. Dates, along with scheduled artists, for the remaining Blues events are as follows:   Saturday, July 28 Headliner – Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys Opener – The Sky Blues Band   Saturday, August 25 special “Ladies Sing the Blues” night until 12 midnight Headliner – Sena Ehrhardt Openers – Kelly Richey and Dee Miller   The music begins at 6 p.m. both nights. On July 28, the show will conclude at 10 p.m. However, a special “Ladies Sing the Blues” night will take place on August 25, with the show going until 12 midnight.   There is always a beer garden and food vending area provided by Rhombus Guys. Admission is free and people are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside to the Empire Arts Center.   …

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It’s a party in the garden

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Nothing beats listening to talented musicians, outside, on a beautiful summer evening. If you agree, we’ve got some great news from you – the popular North Dakota Museum of Art Concerts in the Garden series is back again this summer! Dates, along with scheduled artists, are as follows:   Dessa with the Sob Sisters (hip hop/rap) – June 19 @ 7 p.m. William Elliott Whitmore (banjo-driven blues/folk) – July 17 @ 7 p.m. The Pines with June Panic (indie rock/Americana/country) – July 24 @ 7 p.m. The David Wax Museum (indie rock/Mexican folk/Americana) – August 7 @ 7 p.m. She Keeps Bees (indie rock/soul) – August 21 @ 7 p.m. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket plus several of your friends. All the fun takes place in the Museum’s sculpture garden, on the University of North Dakota campus, located at 261 Centennial Drive. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and free for those 12 and younger. There will also be food and beverages available for purchase. More information may be found on the Museum of Art website.

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Red Marauder shares her stories of being a Forx Roller Derby girl

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Today we feature a guest blogger, Red Marauder, the newest addition to the Sugar Beaters-Forx Roller Derby, reflects on her experience joining the league…   You can’t fight who you are.  Or at least you shouldn’t – in my opinion anyway.  Sometimes it takes a while to figure out exactly who that is, but once you do and then start to spot things around you that fit you…well, then you need to employ a little carpe diem mentality, grab hold with both hands, hold on and enjoy the ride.   Roller Derby is one of those things for me – it just makes sense.  I heard about it a few years ago along with most of Grand Forks but was a little hesitant even though I knew I would absolutely love it.  I just wasn’t confident enough to do it.  Then a year later, I ran into a few of the derby girls at another event – still, I was hesitant.  It’s silly – I just wasn’t sure if my corporate-groomed, seemingly straight-laced self could do something like roller derby.  Finally – this winter I ran into them again, and the time was right. To put it simply, in the …

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