Jasmine Maki is a features reporter for Accent. Her main beats are arts and entertainment and life and style. She also occasionally covers health, family and TV.
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When “Wonder of the World” opens, Cass Harris is on her bedroom floor packing her belongings into a single suitcase. She appears to be full of wonder, until a call from her husband, Kip, sends her into an instant panic. Cass is leaving him, and he’s about to find out. But, the reason why will remain a mystery until the end of Act 1.
Last month, $500,000 worth of African artwork arrived at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus in the back of a 17-foot U-Haul. Museum Director Laurel Reuter and Associate Director Matthew Wallace had driven the truck across the country and through a snowstorm to bring back the gift from an art-dealer friend of the museum. The museum's entire staff was waiting to help unload the truck. "It was like Christmas," Reuter said.
As an exercise science senior at UND, Amanda Johnson, of Bismarck, said many of her classes are active and revolve around exercise. She never knows what she'll be doing in class, so she always needs to be wearing something comfortable that allows her to move around easily. And, that mindset is shown in her every day style, which is very athletic-inspired. For an afternoon at the mall, Johnson wore black leggings, a black camisole and an oversized sweater. She finished the look with earrings, a big tote and boots.
Breanna Egeland, 17, may look graceful gliding in-sync with her teammates across the rink, but the sound of her skates cutting through the ice reveals her strength. The senior at Sacred Heart High School is just one of 16 figure skaters on the Metallites synchronized skating team, a part of the Northern Lights Figure Skating Club in East Grand Forks. Egeland competes with the team and individually in skating competitions across the region. She started skating when she was in third grade. "I was in dance at the time," she said. "I ended up liking this a lot better, so ...
Downtown Fashion Night is back. After a sold out fashion show in January 2013, the women of the Good Girls Club are preparing for another night of fashion and fun Jan. 28 in downtown Grand Forks. Last year, the event raised nearly $9,000 for Altru's Infant Bereavement Program.
Five out of five stars. Love taking photos, but need some motivation? OKDOTHIS, a free app for iOS, provides an endless supply of inspiration for photographers. The app is an idea community for photographers, novice and veteran. It provides lists of "DOs," which are ideas or scenarios to photograph. DOs are phrases that include everything from "road trip" to "keys in a lock," to "take a photo of your feet while standing on a diving board." Under each of the DOs, users can post their own photos.
Finley, N.D., native Dillan Ostrom is one of 20 hopefuls who put his luck and love on the line for MTV's new reality show, "Are You the One?" While Ostrom is back to his own reality in Fargo, keeping the results of the show a secret, he's about to watch as his story unfolds for his friends, family and fans across the world. "It's definitely going to be a wild ride," he said. The show, which premieres at 10 p.m. Tuesday on MTV, will feature 10 women and 10 men, who have gone through a rigorous matchmaking process to be paired with their perfect mate.
With goals to build their resumes, learn from professionals and audition for professional roles, 28 UND theater students will head to Nebraska for a week Sunday. The students will participate in the weeklong Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Last year, 35 students from UND were invited to perform their original production, "My Generation," during the festival.
• Artist: Guillermo Guardia. • Hometown: Lima, Peru. • Studio: Muddy Waters Clay Center, Grand Forks. • Medium: Clay. • Info: www.moguya.com . A couple of months ago, I interviewed ceramic sculptor Guillermo Guardia about his artwork. I was so inspired by his story and how he overcame the challenges of sculpting a perfect human body by sculpting bodies made of puzzle pieces. The new subject was symbolic of his journey.
Cronuts, gluten-free foods and tacos took over the food scene in 2013. Some big-name chefs even said 2013 was "the year of the taco." And it seems those favorites won't be disappearing anytime soon. John Ferguson, head pastry chef at Dakota Harvest Bakers said he's getting ready to roll out some more of his popular cronuts, or croissant donuts, in February. The last batch he made was in October. He stopped making them because he said they're very time-consuming to make.