The Empire Theatre Company explores what a nightmare high school can be when "Heathers: The Musical" opens Tuesday at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks.

Described as "hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal," the tale is set at a school ruled by three girls-all named Heather-the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But a misfit, Veronica, rejects their regime in favor of a new boyfriend, a dark stranger who plots to put the evil trio in its place-six feet under.

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The show runs from Tuesday through Saturday next week and Aug. 15-19 at the arts center at 415 DeMers. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Because of mature content, the show may not be appropriate for children.

For tickets, $22 for adults or $17 for students and military, call (701) 746-5500 weekdays or go to

Singer-songwriter Chastity Brown blends of soul, folk and rhythm-and-blues at the next Concert in the Garden on Tuesday at the North Dakota Museum of Art at UND.

Brown's debut album, "Silhouette of Sirens," has been selected by National Public Radio as a "First Listen." She has performed on tour with folk musician and activist Ani Difranco.

The opening act, Moon Shines Red, begins at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Admission is $10; free for children 12 and younger.

For more information, call (701) 77-4195 or visit

This weekend is your last chance to catch the musical comedy "Smoke on the Mountain," presented by Frost Fire Theatre, at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Celebrating its 33rd year in operation, the outdoor amphitheatre is located seven miles northwest of Walhalla.

"Smoke on the Mountain" is the story of the Sanders Family Singers who perform at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in 1938 in the heart of North Carolina. You'll hear more than 30 beloved gospel songs of that era, including "Church in the Wildwood," "I'll Fly Away" and "Whispering Hope."

Admission is $30 for adults and $12 for children younger than 10.

Tickets for an old-fashioned, church-style buffet dinner, served before the show, are $13 for adults and $9 for children.

After the Sunday matinee, stick around for pie and coffee.

For more information, call (701) 549-3602 or visit

Looking for an adventure the whole family will enjoy? Pack up everybody and head about 80 miles north to Lake Bronson, Minn., for a weekend celebration that promises plenty of fun for the young and the young-at-heart.

Cruise-See-'Em at the Museum features a car show and picnic supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Kittson County Historical Museum.

On Saturday, you'll find a silent auction from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum, and many other events around town-flea markets, pie social, bike-decorating contest, bingo, a nickel scramble, a chili cook-off and basketball tourney-taking place as part of the annual Bronson Fest.

Take in the parade, toe-tapping old-time music, and a pork loin dinner. The finale is a street dance from 9 p.m. to midnight.