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Award-winning singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Avenue, Grand Forks. Eaglesmith describes his performances as "Johnny Carson meets the Rolling Stones." The concert, which opens with TifGinn, is sponsored by HB Sound and Light and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Tickets are available at www.ndmoa.com . For more information, call the museum at (701) 777-4195.
If you go • What: Celtic Thunder • When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. • Where: Chester Fritz Auditorium, UND campus. • Tickets: $59, $49. MAINBAR: Celtic Thunder, a world-renowned Irish music group known for its eclectic, theatrical-style stage show, performs Wednesday in the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the UND campus.
If you go What: "An Italian Symphony," the season premiere of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra. When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Where: Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave., Grand Forks. Cost: $25 per person, $15 for students. MAIN STORY: The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra celebrates the music, art and food of Italy at its premiere concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Empire Arts Center at 415 DeMers Avenue in Grand Forks.
The music and artwork of James Culleton, along with history of a Bonanza farm family, will be celebrated Saturday at rural McCanna, N.D., and the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus. An open house is set from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday in McCanna in the former home of one of the Bonanza farm families that first settled in the Red River Valley in the 1880s. At 4 p.m., the James Culleton Band will perform songs, including his compositions, "Dear Margery" and "Vanishing Days." (McCanna is located 37 miles northwest of Grand Forks.)
As temperatures turn cooler, families will be spending more time indoors, so the look and feel of the home becomes even more important. If, when you survey your living space, it seems more blah than beautiful, take heart. You can refresh your rooms with a few small changes that are quick, easy and—for the most part—not that expensive. No matter what the design gurus are pushing as the latest and greatest in style, some pieces will pass the test of time. And a few well-chosen items can make a big impact—whether you have $100, $500 or $1,000 to spend.
MAINBAR: The Fire Hall Theatre opens its 69th season this weekend with a comedy about a TV star who loves his fans and his fiancee but hates Shakespeare. The 7:30 p.m. performances of "I Hate Hamlet" run tonight and Saturday and continue Sept. 22-24 and Sept. 29 through Oct. 1. Matinee performances at 2 p.m. are set for this Sunday and Sept. 25. The play, by Paul Rudnick, tells the story of a TV actor who, encouraged by his fiancee, retreats from Hollywood to play Hamlet on stage in Central Park in New York City.
In the back of Widman's Candy Shop on South Third Street in Grand Forks, Dan Widman stands over a large copper pot, stirring a bubbling batch of caramel with a long, hefty wooden stick. The pot sits atop a gas stove, heated to about 230 degrees. "For distributing heat evenly, copper is best," he says, churning the mixture of sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk.
As summer turns to fall, many people embrace the opportunity to make their front door say "come on in" in the rich, colorful language of the season. Floral arrangements open the door to many ways of creating a welcoming display that you can make uniquely yours. "This is the time of year when people are going to start decorating for fall," said Cindy Humble, floral designer at Michael's Arts and Crafts in Grand Forks.
Rich shades of olive green, deep burgundy, teal, indigo and burned orange will lead the parade in fashion this fall along with suede and leather, especially as an accent on...