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Flicker and fade: Empire's 2015-16 season finale spotlights movie theater employees

No matter how old you are, sometimes you can't help but want for things to go back to the way they used to be, whether it's a time before smartphones, Netflix and a 24-hour news cycle or even further back, perhaps to a time before any personal el...

Leo Lakpa plays Avery and Leah Biberdorf plays Rose in the Empire Theatre Company's production of "The Flick." (Submitted photo)
Leo Lakpa plays Avery and Leah Biberdorf plays Rose in the Empire Theatre Company's production of "The Flick." (Submitted photo)

No matter how old you are, sometimes you can't help but want for things to go back to the way they used to be, whether it's a time before smartphones, Netflix and a 24-hour news cycle or even further back, perhaps to a time before any personal electronic devices found their way into our lives.

If you clamor for the days before movie theaters switched from film projection to digital projection, this play might be the thing for you.

"The Flick" follows three underpaid employees at one of the last movie theaters in the state of Massachusetts to have a 35-millimeter film projector. More drama winds up unfolding between them than the movies that flicker on the big screen at the theater.

With a run time of three hours, the Empire Theatre Company's production of Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning play opened Thursday night and continues at 7:30 tonight and Saturday night. Performances also are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1 and April 2 if you can't make it this weekend.

"The Flick" stars local actors Chris Berg, Leah Biberdorf, Darin Kerr and Leo Lakpa and is directed by Berg. This show is not for young kids, as a release states it "includes strong language and sexual situations."

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Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at (701) 746-5500 or empireartscenter.com.

• What: "The Flick."

• When: 7:30 tonight and Saturday night.

• Where: Empire Arts Center.

• Cost: $15.

• Info: empireartscenter.com.

Easter Egg Scramble

The Alerus Center is bringing back its popular Easter Egg Scramble. Free Easter egg hunts are scheduled at 8:30 a.m. (ages 2 and 3), 9:30 a.m. (ages 4 and 5) and 10:30 a.m. (ages 6 to 8) - organizers recommend showing up 15 minutes before they start.

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• What: Easter Egg Scramble.

• When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

• Where: Alerus Center.

• Cost: Free for egg hunt only; admission for other activities, including breakfast, face painting and cookie decorating, is $5.

• Info: aleruscenter.com.

'The Family Dog'

Circle of Friends Humane Society is hosting "The Family Dog," a special training seminar designed to prepare dog owners who are expecting a child and teach dog safety to families and children.

• What: "The Family Dog."

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• When: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

• Where: Circle of Friends Humane Society.

• Cost: $20 per family.

• Info: Pre-register by calling (701) 775-3732.

'Pics and Pottery'

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council's latest exhibit, "Pics and Pottery," features photography by Ron Woolever and ceramics by Kathy Comstock at the Riverwalk Artists Gallery in East Grand Forks. The exhibit runs through April 24.

• What: "Pics and Pottery."

• When: Gallery hours are from 2 to 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

• Where: Riverwalk Artists Gallery.

• Cost: Free.

• Info: northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org.

Eat brunch

Several area restaurants will be serving Easter brunch menus with special items a foodie (Christian or not) only dreams about this Sunday. If you don't feel like going out, you can always whip up something special at home, too. Find an article with at-home brunch tips at gfherald.com/accent.

Leo Lakpa plays Avery, Darin Kerr plays Sam, and Leah Biberdorf plays Rose in the Empire Theatre Company's production of "The Flick." (Submitted photo)
Leo Lakpa plays Avery, Darin Kerr plays Sam, and Leah Biberdorf plays Rose in the Empire Theatre Company's production of "The Flick." (Submitted photo)

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