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"Triskelion GV" is among the sculptural and digital print artworks by Gregory Vettel, Sr., on display at the ArtWise Gallery and Creation Space in the Columbia Mall center court. The exhibit, which opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, will continue through April 22.
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Bogart film series to feature ‘Key Largo,’ adapted from play by North Dakota playwright Maxwell Anderson

GRAND FORKS — The Humphrey Bogart film series continues Sunday, March 13, with the showing of “Key Largo” at 2 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks.

The 1948 American film noir crime drama is adapted by Richard Brooks and John Huston from Maxwell Anderson’s 1939 play of the same name.

Anderson, a 1911 UND graduate and Pulitzer Prize winner in drama, worked for the Grand Forks Herald and daily newspapers in San Francisco and New York City before his career as a dramatist blossomed. He is widely known for his last play, “The Bad Seed,” about an evil child, which ran on Broadway for 334 performances and was featured in LIFE magazine.

Maxwell Anderson, 1911 UND alumnus and Pulitzer Prize winner in Drama, wrote the play, "Key Largo," which was adapted for film by Richard Brooks and John Huston. "Key Largo," starring Humphrey Bogart, will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at the Empire Arts Center.

“Key Largo” also stars Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson, Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor — Trevor won the 1948 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of alcoholic former nightclub singer Gaye Dawn. The film tells the story of a World War II veteran who visits his late war buddy’s family at their Florida Keys hotel and finds a gangster is running things. As a hurricane approaches, the two end up confronting each other.


The film series concludes Sunday, March 20, with the film, “The African Queen,” which features Bogart co-starring with Katharine Hepburn.

At each film screening, Katherine Erickson, a film enthusiast from Warren, Minnesota, introduces the film and leads discussion with audience members before and after the show.

Tickets are $8 per person. The concession stand is open.

The Empire Arts Center is located at 415 DeMers Ave.

‘Motomechanicals’ exhibit opens Thursday at ArtWise Gallery

An art exhibit, titled “Retrospective of Motomechanicals,” by Gregory Vettel, Sr., opens Thursday, March 10, at the ArtWise Gallery and Creation Space in the Columbia Mall center court.

A reception is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The exhibition, which runs through April 22, is open 1-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and noon-4 p.m., Saturday.

Vettel’s art is influenced by his love of motorcycles and mechanisms and his experience as an internal combustion technician, he said. He uses parts from new and vintage motorcycles to construct statues, which represent “imaginary machines or devices that apparently perform some unknown task.”

“Many pieces of the statues move under the exploring hands of the viewers who enjoy the texture, form and fit of the machine parts,” he said.


In his sculptures and prints, he explores “the inner workings of mechanized, mobile machines by utilizing worn out steel machine parts that are normally enclosed, hidden, and ignored by the vast majority of the public who never consider, much less care about, how machines work.”

Vettel’s digital print series “evolved from directly scanning individual steel gears on the glass and using image-processing programs to manipulate colors and textures and then layering to achieve depth and abstraction,” he said.

Vettel, who served as exhibition coordinator and registrar at the North Dakota Museum of Art for 25 years before retiring in 2019, has received certificates from the Smithsonian’s Collections Studies program and the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s Photographic Preservation workshop series.

Gregory Vettel, Sr., of rural Thompson, N.D., uses motorcycle parts to create artwork with sharp, angular geometric forms and shapes with high contrast features and textures. An exhibit of his work is on display at the ArtWise Gallery and Creation Space in the Columbia Mall center court through April 22.

Fritz Auditorium to present ‘Blippi The Musical’

The Chester Fritz Auditorium is presenting “Blippi The Musical” at 6 p.m. March 17.

The show brings the energetic and lovable character Blippi off the screen and onto the stage with a world-class production, audience engagement and amazing music, promoters say.

Children from the ages of 2 to 7 years old around the world have quickly taken a liking to Blippi’s charismatic personality and innovative teaching lessons. In the live show, kids will continue to learn about the world around them while singing and dancing along with this one-of-a-kind production.

Tickets, ranging from $28 to $68, may be purchased in person at the Fritz Auditorium box office or online at , or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For additional information, go to or call the box office at (701) 777-4090 or 800-375-4068.


For more information about the show, visit .

The auditorium is located at 3475 University Ave.

‘Blues Night’ set for Saturday at Empire Arts Center

The Empire Arts Center is presenting “The Music Box: Blues Night” from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 12 in the auditorium.

Performances by local musicians Caleb Shelton, The Heetseekers and Lip Service will be followed by an open jam session.

Admission is $10 per person at the door. The Empire Arts Center is located at 415 DeMers Ave.

For more information, contact the arts center at (701) 746-5500 or .

Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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