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THE LIST: 'Dearly Departed' ... 'The Shadow Box' ... Clarinets and Friends

Elaine McKenzie Memorial Lecture and Book Signing

  • Friday 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.

 ‘Dearly Departed’

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

 ‘The Shadow Box’

  • Friday, 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.

North Country Fiddle and Dance

  • Saturday at Eagles Club: North Country Fiddle and Dance will host a dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the East Grand Forks Eagles Club, 227 10th St. N.W. North American folk and barn dances, longway reels, circles and simple squares will all be taught to live string band music provided by the O’Neils with guest caller Robin Nelson. Cost: Donation at the door. Info:

Toughest Monster Truck Tour

  • Saturday at Alerus: The Toughest Monster Truck Tour is coming to the Alerus Center at 7:30 p.m. with six of the nation’s toughest monster trucks, including Bigfoot and Toxic. This year’s event is expected to be even bigger and more exciting than last year. Tickets are available online or at the Alerus Center Box Office. Cost: $10 children two to 12 and $29 adult advance tickets, $12 children two to 12 and $31 adult at the door. Info: (773) 338-0335.

Wedding Extravaganza

  • Sunday at Shooting Star: Shooting Star Casino is hosting “Wedding Extravaganza 2014” from noon to 4 p.m. with special guest Lori Allen from TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.” Brides-to-be and their fiancés will have the opportunity to meet regionally based wedding professionals and enter for a chance to win a $12,000 wedding package. Cost: Free. Info: (218) 936-6716.

Writers Conference 101

  • Sunday at Ferguson: 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. at the 32nd Ave. Ferguson Book Store in a discussion of “The Rest of Us” by Jessica Lott led by Meghan Hurley. Additional dates: Colson Whitehead March 16. Cost: Free. Info:

Clarinets and Friends

  • Sunday at Hughes: The UND Department of Music is holding a faculty solo and chamber music recital at 2 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall in the Hughes Fine Arts Center, 3350 Campus Road. Soprano Anne Christopherson, clarinetists Michelle Lucia-Ingle and Elizabeth Rheude and pianist Sharon Pugh will perform clarinet solos, duos and trios featuring music by Mendelssohn, Kovacs, Rossini, Cooke, Zugger and Russell. Cost: Free. Info: (701) 777-2823.

‘Northern Exposures’ Photography Exhibit

  • Monday through April 5 at EGF Campbell Library: The East Grand Forks Campbell Library will host “Northern Exposures,” a juried photography exhibit featuring artists from the region, through April 5. Awards will be presented at the exhibit opening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. Cost: Free. Info: (218) 773-9121.

Local Harvest Gallery

  • Through Wednesday 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.

Jazz Series

  • Thursday at ‘l Bistro: Jazz on Tap will be performing Thursday at ‘l Bistro as part of an ongoing Jazz series on Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. Additional shows: Downtown Jazz March 13, Matt Strand Group March 20, Sneaky Wild Oats March 27. Info: (701) 792-1960.

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.

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.

Student Art Showcase

  • Through March 23 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. Cost: Free. Info: (218) 745-9111.

 ‘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.