THE LIST: Shooting Star shows...'Blessing' DVD release...Jeff Coffin

Shooting Star shows Coming to Mahnomen, Minn.: 38 Special, a Jacksonville, Fla., rock band formed in 1975 with hits including "Rockin' Into the Night," will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen. The show has sold out, accord...

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Shooting Star shows

Coming to Mahnomen, Minn.: 38 Special, a Jacksonville, Fla., rock band formed in 1975 with hits including "Rockin' Into the Night," will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen. The show has sold out, according to the Shooting Star website. Other entertainers coming to the casino are Three Dog Night and Gretchen Wilson. Feb. 4: Three Dog Night, a rock band with dozens of hits from 1968 to 1975, will perform at 8 p.m. This show is sold out, according to the Shooting Star website. Feb. 18: Gretchen Wilson, Grammy-winning country music artist whose hits include "Here for the Party" and "Redneck Woman," will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 18. Tickets: $25, $35, $45 and $55. Info: (800) 313-7469.

More shows

More casino events at Mahnomen, Minn.: Also coming soon to Shooting Star Casino at Mahnomen are a dinner theater and shows by Gary Allan, REO Speedwagon, Cinderella and Montgomery Gentry. Feb. 26: Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre will present "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" dinner theater with social hour at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. Feb. 26. Tickets will be $25. Call (800) 313-SHOW. March 4: REO Speedwagon, with hits such as "I Can't Fight this Feeling Anymore," will perform at 8 p.m. March 4. Tickets ($55, $45, $35, $25) go on sale Feb. 7. March 24: Rockin' country singer Gary Allan, whose hits include "Get Off on the Pain," will perform at 8 p.m. March 24. Tickets ($25, $35, $45, $55) go on sale Feb. 21. April 15: Hard rock icons Cinderella will perform at 8 p.m. April 15. Formed in 1982, Cinderella has sold more than 18 million albums and its hits include "Don't Know What You Got ('til it's Gone)," "Coming Home" and "Gypsy Road." Tickets ($10, $15, $25, $35) go on sale March 14. April 22: The country duo Montgomery Gentry will be in concert at 8 p.m. April 22. Now in their 11th year, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry have an impressive list of hits, including "My Town" and "Gone." Tickets ($35, $45, $55, $65) will go on sale March 21. Tickets: (800) 313-7469.

'Blessing' DVD


"Bound for Blessing": The 2010 Drayton, N.D., stage production of "Bound for Blessing," an adaptation of author Lauraine Snelling's Red River of the North novels, will be available starting Thursday at KodaBank in Drayton. Ordered by mail, the DVDs are $30 ($24.95 plus taxes, shipping and handling) with additional copies $27. To order: Write to Ox Cart Trails Historical Society, c/o Earlene Lasch, Treasurer; Box 213; Drayton, ND 58225-0213; or e-mail .

Jeff Coffin

Friday in Bismarck: Jeff Coffin, the three-time Grammy winning member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and the Dave Mathews Band, will perform at the 38th annual University of Mary Jazz Festival concert at 8 p.m. Friday in the Bismarck Civic Center. Joining Coffin will be vocalists Vijay Singh and Michele Weir, drummer Tom Giampietro, pianist Vladen Milenkovic, the U-Mary Jazz Ensemble and the U-Mary Vocal Jazz Group. Student musicians include: Taylor Abler, Mayville, N.D.; Theresa Mack, Rugby, N.D. Tickets: $10; (701) 355-8301.

'Groovy' fundraiser

Feb. 19 for Grand Cities Children's Choir: "Groovy Kind of Love" is the theme for this year's Grand Cities Children's Choir trivia night fundraiser set for Feb. 19 at Sharon Lutheran Church, Grand Forks. Gather your team of eight participants to compete against other teams in eight rounds of trivia. Cash prizes totaling more than $700 will be awarded to the top three teams. The concession stand and a silent auction will be open at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 with trivia competition beginning at 6:30 p.m. Food available for purchase: Rhombus Guys Pizza, tacos-in-a-bag, barbecues, baked goods, popcorn, pop. Door prizes: For the team with costumes best representing the theme "Groovy Kind of Love." Entry fee: Adults, $20; students 12 and younger, $10. Child care for children 10 or younger available upon request. To register: Call (701) 746-2205, ext. 107, or e-mail .

Formal wear sale

Feb. 25-26 at UND: The third annual Formal wear sale sponsored by the UND Nonprofit Leadership Student Association will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at UND Hughes Fine Arts Center, Grand Forks. The event has developed a following as a premiere place for area high school students to buy affordable, gently used prom attire. Dresses will be priced from $10 to $75 with a boutique of higher-end dresses priced at $150 or less. Proceeds benefit NLSA and St. Vincent of Grand Forks.

Feast of Nations


Feb. 26 at the Alerus Center: Tickets are on sale now for the 49th annual Feast of Nations beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 26, at the Alerus Center and sponsored by the UND International Organization. The Feast of Nations has become a popular and widely recognized festival of diversity in Grand Forks, showcasing world cultures through performances and a full course ethnic meal. Performers: Fubuki Daiko, a Japanese drum and flute ensemble; Folklore de Mi Tierra, a Columbian dance group; Walking Wolf dancers and singers; Paradize, a band with Caribbean influences; plus UND student performers. Dinner menu: Middle Eastern appetizer hummus and pita; Norwegian cucumber salad; curried Indian vegetable soup; Hungarian chicken paprikash with couscous (vegetarian option available); and Brazilian brigadeiros for dessert. Attire: Formal/semi formal. Tickets: $15, students and children; $20, nonstudents; table of 10, $250; available at the UND Memorial Union student services desk, call (701) 777-3622; e-mail . Info: .

'She Speaks'

March 5 at Fire Hall Theatre: The North Dakota Playwrights Co-op, in conjunction with the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre and the International Center for Women Playwrights, will host new play readings March 5 at Fire Hall Theatre, Grand Forks, in honor of International Women's Day, "She Speaks -- North Dakota" will feature staged readings of five plays, with two other plays "Skyped" into the theater while being read live in Australia and Canada followed by a post show discussion. If you'd like to submit a play: The plays must be no longer than 10 minutes (typically 10 typed pages in standard play format), on any theme, written by a woman. Preference will be given to playwrights who can attend the readings. Please send scripts as a PDF to Kathy Coudle-King at . Include a cover letter, brief bio and any history of the play. Please acknowledge availability to attend the readings. Interested in being a director? Send a letter of interest and resume to . Submission deadline: Feb. 8.

Night's Mystery

Feb. 4 in Moorhead: Minnesota State University, Moorhead, faculty and students will explore the night at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in Glasrud Auditorium in Weld Hall. The Night's Mystery program will weave readings of poetry with dramatic presentations, music performances and a star show, featuring images from the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories operated by NASA and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Admission: Free; open to the public. Info: Jenny Dufault, (218) 477-4607; .

Gospel Choir

Feb. 17 in Moorhead: The Harlem Gospel Choir will bring its joyous foot-stomping, hand-clapping brand of music to Minnesota State University Moorhead's Hansen Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17. The choir has sung for Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, and with Bono, Lyle Lovett, The Chieftains, Diana Ross and many others. Founded in 1986, the choir's singers and musicians are from Harlem's black churches and the New York/Tri-State area. The choir sings gospel and folk music, raises funds for children's charities and works to improve understanding of the African-American culture and gospel music. Tickets: Available online at; at MSUM Box Office, (218) 477-2271.

-- Herald staff reports

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