-- Tonight in the Empire: The Art & Democracy Film Series will present the 1989 Spike Lee film "Do the Right Thing" at 7 tonight in Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks. The film, starring Danny Aiello and Spike Lee, is about a street in Brooklyn where hate and bigotry smolder and build until they explode into violence. It is two hours. The Art & Democracy Film Series features free films followed by audience discussion hosted by Jack Weinstein, UND professor of philosophy and director of the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life at UND.
-- Tonight at UND: The UND Wind Ensemble and the University of Manitoba Wind Ensemble, will be in concert at 8 tonight in UND's Chester Fritz Auditorium. The ensembles will perform separately and then combine to present a contemporary work by Canadian composer Paul Suchan, as well as the national march of the United States, John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever." Admission: adults, $6; students/senior citizens, $3; family of four, $12.
Grand Cities Idol
-- Thursday in the Fritz: Grand Cities Idol, a singing competition for students from Grand Forks Central and Red River high schools and East Grand Forks Senior High School, will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in UND's Chester Fritz Auditorium. They'll sing everything from original works, a cappella and show tunes to covers of Lady Gaga, The Fray, Tenacious D and Carrie Underwood. Prizes: The winner will receive $100, second place $75 and third place $50, plus trophies and recording sessions during Summer Performing Art's School of Rock. The winning school will receive a traveling trophy. Judges: Audience members will vote for the winners, so bring a pencil to mark your ballot. Tickets: Adults, $10; students, $5; available at the door. Proceeds go to the SPA scholarship fund and mentoring program. Sponsors: Popplers, Kenny's Music, Scott's Music, Chester Fritz Auditorium.
-- Thursday in UND Bookstore: Vernon Keel, author of "The Murdered Family," will be signing books at 5 p.m. Thursday in the UND Bookstore, Grand Forks. The book is based on the murders of eight members of the Jakob and Beata Wolf family on a farm near Turtle Lake, N.D., in 1920. Info: (701) 777-6260.
-- Thursday through Sunday in Warroad, Minn.: Warroad Summer Theatre will present the comedy "Squabbles" as a dinner theater Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and as a show only Sunday, in the American Legion Club, Warroad. Thursday through Saturday: Seating, 6 p.m.; serving, 6:30 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m. Dinner choices will be prime rib Thursday; ribs, shrimp or ribs/shrimp combo Friday; and prime rib Saturday. Sunday: 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets: For dinner and show, $30 for adults; $28 for age 60 and older and 12 and younger. For show only, $10 for adults; $8 for ages 60 and older and 12 and younger. Reservations: (218) 386-3435.
-- Friday and Saturday: Friends of East Grand Forks Campbell Library will have its Book & Treasure Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Friends Gift Shop will be open with a clearance sale. Info: (218) 773-9121.
-- Sunday in Crookston: University of Minnesota-Crookston Music and Theater Department will present a spring concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Kiehle Auditorium. Featured will be the UMC choir, band and special ensembles. A light supper will be served after. Admission: Freewill offering. Info: (218) 281-8266.
-- Sunday in Grand Forks: The Allens from Tennessee will present a free gospel concert at 10:15 a.m. Sunday with a luncheon following in First Church of God, Grand Forks. Info: (701) 772-0953.