THE LIST: Willy Porter ... 'The Odd Couple' ... Zombie Music Fest ... more
- Friday at the Empire: Guitar great Willy Porter will play a concert at 7:30 tonight at Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks, as part of the Masters of Guitar series. Porter spent his musically formative years in Madison, Wis., after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a psychology degree in 1989. Since then, Porter has traveled and performed in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe, releasing multiple albums, and building skills and a reputation that led to tours with rock stars such as Paul Simon, Sting, Jeff Beck and Jethro Tull, as well as Rickie Lee Jones, Tori Amos and the Cranberries. His last appearance at the Empire was in 2008. Tickets: $18, $15 for Empire members, and available in advance by calling (701) 777-4090.
- On stage at Fire Hall Theatre: Pat DeMars is Oscar and Dave Paukert is Felix in Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre's production of "The Odd Couple," on stage at 7:30 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Fire Hall Theatre. Other show dates: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 9, Oct. 14-16; 2 p.m. Oct. 10. Director: Jared Kinney. Supporting cast: Mare Thompson, Jenny Morris, Joel Braxton, Jared Fladeland, Patrick Pearson. Tickets: Adults, $15; children, students and military, $12; Available at the Chester Fritz box office, (701) 777-4090.
- Saturday in Town Square: The Zombie Music Fest from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Grand Forks Town Square will feature rock music, Halloween fun, free french fries, an xBox 360 "Left for Dead 2" tournament, zombie face-painting, a photo booth and a beer garden, all sponsored by North Valley Arts Council. A first in Grand Forks, the Zombie Music Fest will be headlined by an Ozzy Osbourne tribute band, Aultimate Ozzy, at 8:30 p.m. Other bands: TIM the band, If I Ran the Zoo, The Neckties and Dirty Phoenix. Come dressed as a zombie and enter the Zombie Costume Contest. Admission: $5. Info: (701) 772-3710.
- Oct. 9 at Grand Forks Public Library: The Reading Education Assistance Dog will be in the Grand Forks Public Library children's section at 10 a.m. Oct. 9. READ is a program in which children who are reluctant readers choose storybooks to read to specially trained therapy dogs. For an appointment, call the library at (701) 772-8116.
- Thursday at Chester Fritz: The UND Wind Ensemble and University Band conducted by James Popejoy will present its first concert of the season at 8 p.m. Thursday in UND's Chester Fritz Auditorium, Grand Forks. Wind Ensemble program: Karl King's popular circus dance, "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite"; William Schuman's classic setting of the American Revolutionary War hymn, "Chester"; Percy Grainger's "Children's March: Over the Hills and Far Away"; the award-winning "Symphonic Suite" by Clifton Williams; Robert Sheldon's "Metroplex: Three Postcards from Manhattan." University Band program: Karl L. King's "The University of North Dakota March," to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the march composed in 1935 for Professor John Howard and UND; a new work by Jack Stamp, "Miniature Overture"; two new compositions for band, "Earthdance" by Michael Sweeney, and Richard Saucedo's "Confluence"; a new arrangement by James Curnow of Gordan Jacob's "An Original Suite," composed in 1928. Tickets: Adults, $6; students/senior citizens, $3; $12, family of four. Info: (701) 777-2815.
- Oct. 8 and 9 at Walker, Minn.: Country singer Wynonna Judd will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 at the Northern Lights Casino in Walker. Before going solo, Judd was half of The Judds, singing with her mother, Naomi Judd, in one of country music's most popular and acclaimed duos. Wynonna Judd's seventh studio album, "Sing: Chapter 1," celebrated 25 years of her journey with 11 country, rock, blues and soul-baring standards originated by legendary artists. Judd has received plenty of accolades and awards of her own. Rolling Stone magazine once referred to her as "the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline." Tickets: (877) LIGHTS-9.
- Oct. 9 at Mahnomen, Minn.: Country singer Neal McCoy will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen. In the 20 years since he released his first single, McCoy has become a consummate live performer with hits such as "No Doubt About It" and "That's Life." His latest compilation features a song, "Rednecktified," which has become a crowd favorite, a news release said. Tickets: $25, $20, $15, $10. Another upcoming show: Oct. 29, Maroon 5. Info: (800) 313-7469.
- Dec. 7 at the Empire: The quartet Tonic Sol-fa has announced a holiday performance for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks. Tickets will be $25, $22 for Empire members. They'll be available through ticketmaster.com or by calling (701) 777-4090.