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'Concerts in the Galleries' piano performance set for Sunday

Pianist Gilles Vonsattel performs in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the North Dakota Museum of Art as part of the "Myra Presents: Sunday Concerts in the Galleries" series.

Vonsattel, who won Canada's 2009 Honens Piano Competition, among other prestigious honors, recently released an album, "Shadowlands," which The New York Times called "mesmerizing."

He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras in the United States, Canada and Europe, as well as in numerous appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

Sunday's event is coupled with a 4 p.m. opening reception for a new exhibit, "This Week Only," which features noncurated art by regional artists. This is the museum's first noncurated exhibit. Visitors may vote for their favorite artwork through Feb. 12.

Admission is $25 at the door, $20 for members and $15 for students and military.

The museum is at 261 Centennial Drive on the UND campus.

Vonsattel's performance will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Mayville State University.

For more information, go to www.ndmoa.com.

Tedx Open Mic Night

A TEDx Open Mic Night begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in Archives Coffee House at UND.

At the free event, pre-registered participants present a two-minute preview of their proposed TEDx talk or performance. Audience members vote on the person they want to be a presenter at TEDxGrandForks on April 8.

This year's TEDxGrandForks, with the theme "Breaking Bread," is focused on the idea of building community.

TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design, is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. "TEDx" indicates an independently organized event.

To pre-register as a presenter at Thursday's event, go to www.tedxgrandforks.com/openmicnight.html.

The Archives Coffee House is at 3012 University Ave. in Grand Forks.

Book discussion for UND Writers Conference

The first of four book discussions leading up to the upcoming 48th annual UND Writers Conference is set for 2 p.m. Sunday in the Grand Forks Public Library.

The theme of the conference, which takes place March 22-24, is "Citizen."

On Sunday, Sheila Liming, UND associate professor of English, will lead the discussion on selected poems by Hmong writer Mai Der Vang.

For more information, go to www.und.edu/orgs/writers-conference/index.cfm.

Greenway Ski Day

Bundle up the whole family and head to Lincoln Park in Grand Forks on Saturday for all manner of outdoor fun that's meant to be enjoyed in the snow.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Activities include ski clinics, ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sledding. Horse-drawn sleigh rides, sponsored by American Federal Bank, let you take in the scenery the old-fashioned way.

Work up an appetite and then enjoy a chili feed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cardboard sled races begin at 1 p.m.

The equipment you'll need, provided by the Ski & Bike Shop in Grand Forks, is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, visit www.gfparks.org.

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