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'Kinky Boots' delivers 'huge-hearted' Broadway musical, pumped up with sequinned swagger

The Chester Fritz Auditorium is bringing a Broadway bombshell, "Kinky Boots," to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

With songs by Grammy and Tony award-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, the production is a celebration of the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind.

Promoters call it "a joyous musical" and "a huge-hearted, high-heeled hit."

Inspired by true events, the show transports the audience from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton, England, to the glamorous catwalks of Milan, Italy.

Here's a glimpse at the story. After the death of his father, it's up to Charlie to save the family's struggling shoe factory. He meets Lola, a fabulous drag queen in need of sturdy new stilettos, and the two devise a plan to produce "kinky boots," ladies' shoes for men.

Based on a book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein, the show has netted six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. It's suitable for kids 10 and older.

Purchase tickets, ranging from $35 to $65 for adults and from $25 to $55 for students, at the Fritz box office and through Ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000.

For more information, go to www.cfa.und.edu or call the Fritz box office at (701) 777-4090 or (800) 375-4068.

Area history, Scandinavian heritage

Candace Simar, author of the award-winning "Abercrombie Trail" series, speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sons of Norway Lodge in Grand Forks.

The writer and poet from Pequot Lakes, Minn., is known for her passion for regional history and her Scandinavian heritage.

Simar places her characters in the real history of the region including Fort Abercrombie, Fort Pomme de Terre, Fort Juleson and the Wadsworth Trail.

She has written historical novels about the Norwegian immigrants during the 1862 Sioux Uprising and later grasshopper plagues.

The lodge is at 1401 Ninth Ave. S.

Amazing art

If you have never seen works by world-famous artists—we're talking Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse, Salvador Dali—you don't need to travel to the big city. You can see them right now in downtown Grand Forks.

And Friday is your last chance.

Check out UND's "Art Across the Ages: A Selection of Treasured Works" at the Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave.

You'll find an exciting historical overview of pieces from the university's permanent collections, showcasing a wide range of art objects dating from antiquity to the early 21st century.

Take your time as you peruse artworks from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, as well as Native American art.

Through its partnership with the Empire, UND is sharing its art collection with the public, encouraging viewers to explore the importance of art in human life throughout history.

This is an opportunity to see venerable art, as well as newer works, not usually on display in this region.

Stop in at the Empire anytime from noon to 4 p.m. to take a look at this extraordinary show.

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