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Summer brings SimplyGraNDMOA concerts

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Nothing beats listening to great live music, on a beautiful summer evening, under our simply grand skies.  If you agree, we’ve got some awesome news from you…the popular North Dakota Museum of Art (NDMOA) Concerts in the Garden series is back again this summer!   Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket plus several of your friends.  All the fun takes place in the NDMOA sculpture garden, on the University of North Dakota campus, located at 261 Centennial Drive. Tickets are $12 at the door and free for those 12 and younger. There will also be food and beverages available for purchase, including local grass-fed hamburgers, vegetable skewers, nightly specials, root beer floats, beer and wine.   Performance dates, along with scheduled artists, are as follows:   Tuesday, July 10, 6 PM ~ THE BREVET (Irvine, CA): The Brevet, comprised of Aric Chase Damm (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Jones (backing vocals, piano), David Aguiar (backing vocals, drums) and Ben Ross (bass, backing vocals), is a young American band from sunny Southern California. The band released their debut album “Battle of the Heart” in April 2013 and have been met with great success ever since.   Tuesday, July 17, …

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Spend a SimplyGrand day in the Galleries

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Founded in the mid-1970s, the North Dakota Museum of Art began as the University of North Dakota Art Galleries, a temporary exhibition space primarily for the benefit of university students.  Then in 1981, the North Dakota State Legislature designated the University Galleries as our state’s official art museum. With its expanded mission came a new name: the North Dakota Museum of Art (NDMOA).   NDMOA currently collects contemporary, international art in all media.  It is charged with both gathering and displaying the visual history of the region.  The museum is also assembling a survey collection of contemporary Native American art, starting with the early 1970s when the movement emerged.   If you’re a fan of all things far out and fabulous, you definitely need to pay a visit to NDMOA, especially to check out the Barton Lidice Benes permanent exhibit.  Ranging from a mounted giraffe and warthog to tribal masks and antiques, this eclectic collection will leave you awestruck.  Acclaimed artist Barton Benes gifted the contents of his New York apartment to the museum, which includes over $1 million in African, Egyptian and contemporary art. Through tremendous fundraising efforts, NDMOA raised the money to dismantle his apartment in New York …

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Summer breezes carry the sound of music

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Nothing beats listening to great live music, on a beautiful summer evening, under our simply grand skies! If you agree, we’ve got some awesome news from you…the popular North Dakota Museum of Art Concerts in the Garden series is back again this summer!   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, including local grass-fed hamburgers, vegetable skewers, nightly specials, root beer floats, beer and wine.   Remaining dates, along with scheduled artists, are as follows:   July 12, 2016 at 6 pm                                                                                                          Headliner: Eagle Rock Gospel Singers; Opening: June Panic Los Angeles                                                                                                                                              Will Wadsworth formed The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers in the winter of 2010. In 2014, they recorded their first album. “Heavenly Fire” is filled with electricity and provides an articulation of their sound, honed over several years, into a band that has become a rousing celebration of traditional Gospel sounds with rock foundations. …

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Art up in Greater Grand Forks

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When it comes to great works of art, our SimplyGrand cities are the place to go…or should I say, Van Gogh?! Yes, even one of the most heralded artists in history, Vincent Van Gogh, had his paintings displayed in our community. In fact, the University of North Dakota collections (featured at both the North Dakota Museum of Art and Empire Arts Center Gallery) include works by Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and countless other legends!   Probably the highest concentration of great works, with regard to both galleries and public art, occur in our Downtown District. Gallery wise, just some of the ones to check out are: The Guild (311 DeMers Ave); Third Street Gallery (310 Kittson Ave); Browning Arts (23 4th St S); World’s Smallest Gallery (324 Kittson Ave); YOU ARE HERE (25 S 4th St) and the River Walk Artists Gallery (211 DeMers Ave). Amazingly unique public displays can be found throughout downtown Grand Forks like the two colorful BIG Heads (3rd St & DeMers Ave and 4th St & Kittson Ave), Wally the Worm bike rack (4th St & 1st Ave N) and the newest one, entitled “Grand Escape”. Located on the corner of DeMers Avenue …

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Eccentric exhibit inhabits NDMOA

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If you’re a fan of all things far out and fabulous, you definitely need to pay a visit to the North Dakota Museum of Art (NDMOA) and peruse the Barton Lidice Bennes permanent exhibit. Ranging from a mounted giraffe and warthog to tribal masks and antiques, this eclectic collection will leave you awestruck.   Acclaimed artist Barton Lidice Benes gifted the contents of his New York apartment to the Museum, which includes over $1 million in African, Egyptian and contemporary art, plus much more. NDMOA staff dismantled the collection and reassembled it as the Museum’s first period room: a Twenty-First Century Artist’s Studio. Benes and NDMOA Executive Director, Laurel Reuter, were first introduced to each other, in 1987, by Harvey Hoshour. Hoshour was the architect who planned the original design for the renovation of the University of North Dakota Old Women’s Gym into what is now the current home of NDMOA. Sadly, he passed away before the renovation was complete; so, Reuter turned to other artists to complete the building. Barton Benes designed the Museum Shop and later NDMOA’s Donor Wall. The new building opened in 1989, with a survey exhibition of Benes’ art.   More exhibitions followed in 1995 and …

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Appreciating our visitors during National Tourism Week

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Grand Forks is set to kick off National Travel & Tourism Week by celebrating the importance of natural, cultural and historic wonders and how they draw visitors to cities and towns across the nation.  During May 5-13, tourism related industries will join together to highlight the valuable role tourism plays in contributing to vibrant communities as great places to visit and live.   In an effort to show our appreciation to visitors and local residents and emphasize the importance of the tourism industry, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away a prize each day during the week.  These prizes will help us illustrate the many wonderful offerings available in our Grand Cities.  All you need to do to register for the simply grand giveaways (listed below), is click on this link and complete the short form.   May 5 – One 2lb. box of Chipper’s from Grand Forks’ own Widman’s Candy Store May 6 – Greater Grand Forks gift basket May 7 – Two World of Outlaw passes sponsored by River Cities Speedway May 8 – Two North Dakota Museum of Art Summer Concerts in the Garden season passes (sponsored by ND Museum of Art) May …

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Ho, Ho, Ho…it is a happy holiday season in the Grand Cities

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While we are all busy shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping, etc. during the holidays it is important to remember all the spectacular offerings of the season, and the Grand Cities have many.  Here is a taste… November 25-December 31 – Christmas in the Park Holiday Lights at Lincoln Park December 2-3 – Winter Wonderland Concert & Feast at UND Memorial Union December 3-4 – 2011 Holiday Home Tour in various Grand Forks homes and Myra Museum December 4 – Gao Hong & Butterfly Concert at ND Museum of Art December 8-11 & 15-18 – Santa’s Village at Lincoln Golf Course Clubhouse December 13 – Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Concert at Empire Arts Center December 17 – Lorie Line Holiday Extravaganza Concert at Chester Fritz Auditorium December 18 – Greater Grand Forks Symphony 2011 Holiday Pops! featuring a performance by the ND Ballet Company at the Chester Fritz Auditorium December 31 – Celebrate the Night New Year’s Celebration at the Alerus Center For more information about these and other events, you can check the online calendar of events.  Please also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for great giveaways and regular Greater Grand Forks updates.

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Party in the Garden

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Nothing beats listening to great live music, outside on a beautiful summer evening. If you agree, make sure not to miss any of the reamining ND Museum of Art (NDMOA) Concerts in the Garden.  I know I plan to make it to at least two more! Dates and entertainment schedule are as follows:’ Tonight, August 2nd at 6 p.m. – Blind Corn Liquor Pickers (headliner) and Peat Moss Tuesday, August 9th at 6 p.m. – William Elliott Whitmore (headliner) and The Mystical Overtones Tuesday, August 30th at 6 p.m. – Hoots & Hellmouth (headliner) and Formerly Fiona Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome along with friends! All the fun takes place in NDMOA’s sculpture garden on UND campus (261 Centennial Drive). Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door (free for children 12 and younger).  Beer and food is available for purchase. Have you been to these concerts before? What are your fave bands?

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My simply grand week…

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This is going to be a great week in the Grand Cities!  I am looking forward to enjoying all that the town has to offer in the summer.  This is just a sample of my plans for the week… Tonight I have a meeting, but it won’t be without fun and great food, as it is taking place at the new restaurant, Jake’s.  Since I have only been there once, I am really excited to check out some of their food especially the Red Pepper Lavosh. On Tuesday I will grab the family and head over to the ND Museum of Art for the third installment of the 2011 Concerts in the Garden music series.  The Boston-based band and critically acclaimed, David Wax Museum, will headline while local artist, Xavier Pastrano, will open the show at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door, and there is great food including burgers and brats available in the museum’s garden.  With a weather prediction of mostly sunny and 75 degrees what more could we need? Since there is another good weather prediction for Wednesday, my husband and I plan to meet friends on the rooftop of Rhombus for …

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