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‘Country Cruising to Murder’ Dinner Theatre

  • Today through Sunday in Langdon, N.D.: The Northern Lights Arts Council will hold a dinner theatre starting at 6 p.m. March 13-15 and 2 p.m. March 16 at the Langdon Research Extension Center, 9280 107th Ave. N.E. The play, a comedy murder mystery, will be accompanied by a changing meal. Chicken cordon bleu will be served Thursday, battered Icelandic cod will be served Friday, roast beef will be served Saturday, and Sunday will be a production only. Cost: $25, $10 for Sunday theatre. Info: (701) 283-5458.

Baladino Concert

  •  Today at Empire: Israeli-based Baladino is closing their weeklong visit to Grand Forks with a concert at 7 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center. With members from Berlin and Tel Aviv, Baladino is a Mediterranean folk band that offers fresh yet deeply authentic interpretations of traditional Jewish Saphardic and Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) melodies. Cost: $20, $15 with student or military ID. Info: (701) 772-3710.

Lone Star Rodeo

  •  Today, tomorrow at Alerus: The Alerus Center is hosting the Lone Star Championship Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Contest events include bareback bronc riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, cowgirls breakaway roping and more. There will also be special added attractions such as the kids gold rush and the rodeo clown of the year “Might” Mike Wentworth. Cost: $50 VIP, $30 reserved, $20 general admission, $10 children two to 12. Info: (701) 792-1420.

Comedy Show

  • Today at Ho-Sports Bar: Musical comedian Jack Willhite will perform a cross between “Weird Al Yankovic and Hairball,” combining classic rock songs with crazy lyrical changes. The show starts at 9 p.m. at the Ho-Sports Bar, 3450 Gateway Dr. Cost: $5. Info: (715) 896-0907.

Leprechaun Loop

  • Saturday in downtown Grand Forks: XL93 and downtown businesses will host the Leprechaun Loop, a St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl, beginning at noon Saturday. Participants can start at any participating location, where they’ll receive a loop card and their first stamp. Participants who receive a stamp from all locations will be entered for a chance to win the “Pot O’ Gold.” A parade will be held downtown at 3 p.m. Participating businesses: Muddy Rivers, Bonzer’s, Brick & Barley, O’Really’s, Sledsters, Rhombus Guys, The Loft, Kelly’s Bar, The Hub and Joe Blacks. Cost: Free. Info:

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 “Apex Hides the Hurt” by Colson Whitehead led by Eric Wolfe. Cost: Free. Info:

Scandinavian Accordion Music

  • Sunday at Fire Hall: Chuck Gust and Sharon Myron will perform Scandinavian accordion music at 2 p.m. in an effort to help raise funds for the Fire Hall Theatre. Cost: $10. Info: (701) 746-0847.

Jazz Series

  • Thursday at ‘l Bistro: The Matt Strand Group will be performing Thursday at ‘l Bistro as part of an ongoing Jazz series on Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. Additional shows: Sneaky Wild Oats March 27, Jazz on Tap April 3, Downtown Jazz April 10. Info: (701) 792-1960.

Friday Night Dinner

  • March 21 at Museum of Art: Enjoy an evening with friends and family while eating a special meal in the galleries prepared by Chef Justin Welsh at 5:30 p.m. Vegetarian options are available on request, and guests can feel free to bring their own bottle of wine. Cost: $40. RSVP: (701) 777-5377.

Dancing Through the Decades

  • March 22 at Civic Center: Join the Northern Lights Figure Skating Club and the East Grand Forks Parks and Recreation Department for “Dancing through the Decades” at 7 p.m. at the East Grand Forks Civic Center, 300 15th St. N.E. Additional showings: 2 p.m. Info:

CD Release Show

  • March 22 at Ember: Join the Ember for Before the Gates CD release show at 7 p.m. with special guests Busted Knuckles, One Ten Ride and Warped Authority. Cost: Free. Info: (701) 203-2877.

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.

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.

‘Northern Exposures’ Photography Exhibit

  • Through April 5 at EGF Campbell Library: The East Grand Forks Campbell Library will host “Northern Exposures,” a juried photography exhibit featuring artists throughout the region, through April 5. Awards will be presented at the exhibit opening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 3. Cost: Free. Info: (218) 773-9121.

‘This is Personal’

  • Through April 6 at Blue Door Gallery: Only five percent of the art currently on display in U.S. museums is made by women. The Blue Door Gallery, 2 N. Third St., Grand Forks, is helping to correct that with “This is Personal: A Women’s Exhibition.” Cost: Free. Info: (701) 772-3710.

Adult Art Classes

  •  April at Museum of Art: The North Dakota Museum of Art has two upcoming art classes that are open to all levels, with no previous experience necessary. The first is “Painting Through the Ages II” with instructor Pirjo Berg. The class, which costs $200, will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 7, 10, 1, 17, 21, 24, 28 and May 1. Students will practice contemporary and classic techniques and explore how they changed painting and the history of art. The other class is titled “Human Figure Drawing” with instructor Guillermo Guardia. It will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 8, 15, 22 and 29 for a fee of $100. Each session will emphasize human proportions, body structure and drawing the human body at rest and in motion. Cost: $200, $100. Info: (701) 777-4195.