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THE LIST: ‘Dearly Departed’ ... A Passport to Choral Music Concert ... Family Day at NDMOA

‘Dearly Departed’

  • Today, Saturday at Fire Hall Theatre: The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre presents “Dearly Departed,” a play about how some of the funniest stories come out of the darkest moments at 7:30 p.m. Additional 7:30 p.m. showings: Feb. 27-March 1. 2 p.m. showings: Sunday. Cost: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, students and military with I.D. Info: (701) 777-4090.

A Passport to Choral Music Concert

  •  Today at St. Michael’s: This concert by the Greater Grand Forks Master Chorale will feature beautiful music from around the world starting at 8 p.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 524 Fifth Ave. N. Cost: $15 adult, $10 senior, $5 student. Info: (701) 732-0091.

Family Day at NDMOA

  •  Saturday at Museum of Art: Children of all ages and adults come together to work on projects that help us understand the museum exhibit or learn about techniques and materials. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon, with free parking available through the museum. Cost: Free. Info: (701) 777-4195.

Lantern New Year Celebration

  •  Saturday at UMC: UMC will celebrate the lantern new year with a full day of events. Workshops are available for all ages in the afternoon in the Bede Ballroom, starting with paper cutting and lantern making at 2 p.m., a history of the new year at 3 p.m. and a Chinese language and writing workshop at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. in the Brown Dining Room followed by a dance performance by the CAAM Chinese Dance Theater with area students. Cost: $15 adults, $10 students. Info: (218) 281-8339.

Jay Owenhouse

  •  Saturday at Chester Fritz: Owenhouse’s new show is a theatrical event where audiences not only witness the magic, they experience it! You’ll see audience members get sawed in half, disappear, and predict the future. The show also features new Bengal tigers Shekinah, a royal white tiger, and her sister Sheena, a beautiful orange Bengal. Come see why critics call this the “greatest touring family show on earth” at 3 p.m. Cost: $31/$44/$59. Info: (701) 777-4090.

Student Art Showcase Reception

  •  Saturday at NWMAC: The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is holding a Student Art Showcase featuring works of various mediums and subject matter by students in grades nine through 12 in the Riverwalk Theater Mall, East Grand Forks. Local students Erin Nelson of East Grand Forks Senior High and Jessica Genett of Sacred Heart High School will be included in the display. An opening reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. Cost: Free. Info: (218) 745-9111. Gallery open through March 23

Midwinter Icelandic Feast

  • Saturday at Mountain Community Center: The Icelandic Communities Association is hosting a midwinter feast starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Mountain (N.D.) Community Center, 286 Second Ave. S. The menu will feature a variety of traditional Icelandic Cuisine, including rotten shark with brennevin, hard fiskur, rullupylsa and more. The event will also feature door prizes, entertainment, a silent and live auction and a raffle drawing for a trip for two to Iceland. Cost: $25 adult, $10 children twelve and under. Info: (701) 993-8116.

Mozart, Wine and Cheese

  •  Saturday at Muiderman Theater: The UND Student String Quartet will perform a special showcase concert at 8 p.m. at the Muiderman Theater, 1410 Elm Coulee Dr., Thompson, N.D. Pieces featured in the concert will be selected from a CD that will be recorded at the Muiderman Theater in March. This is the final year that this configuration of the quartet will be playing together as next year the quartet will have new members. Cost: Free. RSVP:

Writers Conference 101

  • Sunday at UND Bookstore: The 45th annual UND Writers Conference is fast approaching, and now’s your chance to get to know the works of this year’s authors (if you haven’t read them already)! Join members of the UND and Grand Forks community from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in a discussion of short stories by Brian Maxwell led by Liz Harris. Handouts will be provided at the discussion. Additional dates: Jessica Lott March 2, Colson Whitehead March 16. Cost: Free. Info:

Global Visions Film Series

  •  Tuesday at Memorial Union: The Global Visions Film Series returns to UND this spring on select Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the UND Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The next screening will be “The Artist and the Model,” a film about a famous sculptor in occupied France who finds a desire to return to work with the arrival of a young Spanish woman who has escaped from a refugee camp. Additional screenings: “Terraferma” April 15, “A Hijacking” April 22, “Starbuck” May 6. Cost: $1 suggested donation. Info: (701) 777-3008.

‘The Shadow Box’

  •  Tuesday through Saturday at Burtness: Join the UND Department of Theatre Arts at 7:30 p.m. in the Burtness Theater for their performance of the award-winning play. “The Shadow Box” is a timeless journey about three families as they deal with an impending death due to illness told with humor and heartache that will make you want to rush home to hug the people you love a little more tightly. The production contains strong language. Cost: $10 adults, $5 students. Info: (701) 777-2587.

Moulin Rouge: The Ballet

  •  Wednesday at Chester Fritz: The Canadian Royal Winnipeg Ballet will perform Moulin Rough: The Ballet at 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Through the artistry of the dancers, celebrated choreographer Jorden Morris takes audiences into an alluring recreation of the Pigalle district in turn of the century Paris. Cost: $23.50/$39. Info: (701) 777-4090.

Jazz Series

  •  Thursday at ‘l Bistro: Sneaky Wild Oats will be performing Thursday at ‘l Bistro as part of an ongoing Jazz series on Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. Additional shows: Jazz on Tap March 6, Downtown Jazz March 13, Matt Strand Group March 20. Info: (701) 792-1960.

Elaine McKenzie Memorial Lecture and Book Signing

  •  Feb. 28 at Museum of Art: Karen Hansen, a professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies at Brandeis University, will speak at the Museum as part of the Elaine McKenzie Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. A book signing for Hansen’s latest book, “Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930,” will follow the lecture. Cost: Free. Info: (701) 777-4195.

Mother Goose Storybook Theatre

  •  March 7 at Fire Hall: The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre invites pre-schoolers to participate in its “Mother Goose Storybook Theatre.” Children ages four to six will gather at the Fire Hall Theatre once a week at 10 a.m. where instructors will read one of Aesop’s fables to the group. Participants will then enter the world of the story through guided play, costume pieces, stage make-up and props. Parents must register their children by March 1. Cost: $25. Info: (701) 746-0847.

Local Harvest Gallery

  •  Through March 5 at Amazing Grains: Amazing Grains is featuring Earlyn Mattson as February’s artist for the month. The exhibit combines two styles and approaches of taking photos. Cost: Free. Info: (701) 775-4542.

UND Art Collection Exhibition

  •  Through March 8 at Empire: The UND Art Collection at the Empire Arts Center is opening a new exhibition featuring works with agricultural themes, titled “The Farmers’ Choice.” The exhibition features 28 pieces including paintings, prints, ceramic objects and cultural artifacts. Cost: Free. Info: (701) 777-2258.

Museum of Art Exhibitions

  •  Through March 16 at Museum of Art: Current exhibitions at the North Dakota Museum of Art include “Arnold Saper: Face to Face” and “Songs for Spirit Lake.” Cost: $5 suggested donation. Info: (701) 777-4195.

‘Blending – New Beginnings’ Art Exhibit

  •  Through March 29 at Muddy Waters: Muddy Waters Clay Center is hosting an exhibit by Don Miller, one of the founding members of the center, featuring clay work expressing the North Dakota landscape. Cost: Free. Info: (701) 772-1998.