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Concerts, comedy and cuisine are entertainment options

Pamela Knudson

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra presents the classic works of acclaimed composers Wagner and Dvorak, in concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Empire Arts Center.

The concert, titled "The Forests of Central Europe," will feature guest artist, Danilo Mezzadri, who will perform Carl Reinecke's "Flute Concerto."

Mezzadri teaches flute at The University of Southern Mississippi and is principal flute with the Gulf Coast and North Mississippi Symphony Orchestras.

You can learn more about the music and the composer at a pre-concert talk by Conductor Alejandro Drago, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults or $15 for students or those with a military ID.

Contact the Empire Arts Center for tickets at (701) 746-5500.

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The UND Department of Theatre Arts presents the play "Speech and Debate," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at UND's Burtness Theatre.

Three teenagers, who discover the truth behind a sex scandal in their hometown, are set on exposing the hypocrisy of the adult world but, along the way, they come face to face with their own issues.

"It's a somewhat dark, and certainly modern, comedy," said Jeffrey Weatherly, interim chairman of the department.

For tickets, $15 for adults and $5 for students, call the theatre department at (701) 777-2587.

Diego Rodriguez, a cellist from Venezuela and UND student, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

"The music, written by North Dakotans and inspired by North Dakota, is just stunning," he said. "Each piece is so unique."

Compositions by Christopher Gable, music theory teacher at UND; Matthew Lorenz; Jonas Fisher, and Emily Custer will be presented.

Custer's work, written for harp and cello, will be performed with Callie Stadem, a local harpist.

The event is free.

Enjoy the diverse cuisine and culture of countries around the world at the annual International Dinner Series which begins Monday at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

The series continues with dinners on March 19 and 26, with a finale on April 4. All events begin at 6 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom at the Sargeant Student Center.

March events will focus on a specific culture and remarks by international students—Monday, the Hmongs; March 19, Grand Cayman Islands, and March 26, Zimbabwe.

The finale will feature booth displays as well as dance, singing and instrumental performances.

Tickets are $20 per adult for the March events and $25 for the finale dinner in April.

For tickets and more information, contact Rae French at (218) 281-8339 or

Everyone is invited to attend the annual Figure Skating Exhibition this weekend at Purpur Arena in Grand Forks

The free event, sponsored by the Grand Forks Park District and Border Blades Figure Skating Club, features skaters, ages 4 years old through high school, performing routines.

The program begins at 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call the park district office at (701) 746-2750.