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Thursday Music Club Thursday in Grand Forks: Central High School students from the cast of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" directed by Paul Barta will perform at 1 p.m Thursday at Trinity Free Lutheran Church, 3426 Chestnut St., Grand Forks. The publi...

Shadows Buddy Tribute
G A musical tribute to rock 'n' roll legends Buddy Holly (with Jeff Boxell as Holly, above) and Roy Orbison will be Friday night at the Empire in Grand Forks.

Thursday Music Club

Thursday in Grand Forks: Central High School students from the cast of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" directed by Paul Barta will perform at 1 p.m Thursday at Trinity Free Lutheran Church, 3426 Chestnut St., Grand Forks. The public is welcome.

Holly and Orbison

Friday at the Empire: "The Night the Music Died," a musical tribute to rock 'n' roll legends Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Empire Arts Center Grand Forks. The shows will be presented by the Shadows Band and its founders, Bob Korum and Dick Dunkirk. The Shadows Band performed Feb. 3, 1959, in Moorhead filling in for rockers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, who were killed that day in a plane crash in Iowa. The Shadows toured with Bobby Vee, broke up in 1965 and were revived in 2005 after being elected to the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame. Their tributes to Holly and Orbison have sold out shows for more than two years, a news release said. Tickets: $23 in advance, call (701) 777-4090; $25 at the door.



Opening on Saturday: "Hardanger Part I," an exhibit of Norwegian folk art embroidery showcasing old world techniques by Else Hjelmstad of Bergen, Norway, will be at Velkommen in downtown Grand Forks from Saturday through March 15. Coming up: Rosemaling styles, study and design by Gayle Oram and Ethel Kvalheim. Info: (701) 772-8482.

Book clubs

Beginning on Tuesday: Here's a schedule of February book clubs at the Grand Forks Public Library. Tuesday: 7 p.m., This & That Book Club, "Crocodile On The Sandbank," Elizabeth Peters. Feb. 15: 7 p.m., Great Reads Book Club, "The Glass Castle," Jeanette Walls. Feb. 16: Noon, Leaders Read Book Club, "Switch," Dean Heath and Chip Heath. Feb. 22: 7 p.m., Current Affairs Book Club, "Hubbert's Peak," Kenneth S. Deffeyes. Feb 23: 7 p.m., Classic Re-Reads Book Club, "Jane Eyre," Charlotte Bronte. Info: (701) 772-8116.


Feb. 12 in East Grand Forks: North Country Fiddle and Dance will present a hoedown featuring live fiddle and banjo music from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Whitey's Cafe banquet room (downstairs), East Grand Forks. This event is for singles, couples and families, featuring reels, squares, circle mixers and more. Admission: Donations at the door.


Deadlines approaching: Deadlines are coming up to enter the Campbell Poetry Contest, Northern Exposures photography contest and Optimist Club Essay Contest at East Grand Forks Campbell Library. Essays: The Optimist Club and East Grand Forks Campbell Library will receive entries for the Optimist Club Essay Contest through Feb. 9. Photography: The Northern Exposures photography contest is accepting entries through Feb. 10. Poetry: Entries for the Campbell Poetry Contest are being accepted through Feb. 19. For contest guidelines/info: call (218) 773-9121.

Valentine Concert


Feb. 14 at UND: The UND Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with Buffalo Commons Chamber Music Society will present the Valentine Concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 featuring guest pianist Marta Lledo. Works by Brahms, Dvorak, Ravel, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and more will be performed. Tickets: (701) 777-2644.

Symphony performance

Feb. 15 in Bemidji: The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra directed by Beverly Everett will present its sixth annual Valentine's Concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Bemidji High School Auditorium. The theme will be "A Night at the Movies" and will feature such music as "Raiders March," "Star Wars Theme," "Moon River," "My Funny Valentine" and more. Featured musician: Gretchen Rusch on oboe in "Gabriel's Oboe." Guest conductor on Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings": Matthew Goinz, recent graduate of BSU. Tickets: Adults, $5; available in advance at Lueken's North and Brigid's Cross; children through grade 12, free.

'Veronica Cory'

Feb. 19-20 in Pekin, N.D.: The Nelson County Arts Council's first community theater production, "Veronica Cory," will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and 3 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Pekin Auditorium. Directed by Gene Gunhus of Pekin, the comedy-mystery's Veronica (Emily Altendorf) is a social worker dead set on housing the homeless in her zany rock-chic way. Darlene Kelly plays a bag lady and savant fortune-teller, and Jay Breckheimer is an FBI agent determined to use Veronica to capture the ringleader of a terrorist network. Additional cast members: Jamie Bjorlie, Sandy Davis, Tony Davis, Dana Haugen, John Kelly, Amy Ohnstad. Tickets: Adults, $10; age 12 and younger, $5; available at the door. Refreshments will be sold during intermission.

'Prairie Home'

Feb. 19 at Morris, Minn.: The University of Minnesota, Morris, Concert Choir, will perform on "A Prairie Home Companion" when Garrison Keillor hosts the radio show from the Morris campus from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 19. Members of the choir include Eric Gandrud, Grand Forks, and Mary Preus, Mayville, N.D. To purchase tickets: Visit, call (612) 624-2345; e-mail . General admission tickets, $35 (MPR members, $34), UMM students, $10.

'Spoon River'


Feb. 22-26 at UND: The UND Department of Theatre's next production will be "Spoon River Anthology" to be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-26 at UND Burtness Lab Theatre, Grand Forks. Edgar Lee Masters published "Spoon River Anthology," 244 free-verse poems that tore through the semblance of small-town civility, in 1915 to great acclaim and controversy. Adapted for the stage by Charles Aidman, the monologues are delivered by the dead who speak frankly of crushed dreams and concealed pleasures from their days on earth. Burtness Theatre Box Office: (701) 777-2587.

Dinner theater

March 3 in Grand Forks: "Slay It Again, Sam," an interactive murder mystery dinner theater and celebrity silent auction, will begin at 5:30 p.m. March 3 at Hilton Garden Inn. Sponsored by The Arc, Upper Valley, the event will feature a prime rib dinner and theater performance. More than 80 auction items, including a guitar autographed by The Rolling Stones and a boxing glove autographed by Sylvester Stallone, will be sold. Tickets: $50. List of celebrity donors/auction items:; call (701) 772-3148.

Cowboy singer

Feb. 13 in Bismarck: Cowboy singer/songwriter, storyteller and humorist T.J. Casey will perform at 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck as part of the Sensational Second Sundays series sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. All programs are free and open to the public, followed by refreshments. Here's a bit about future programs. March 13: Fred Schneider, professor emeritus of anthropology at UND, will discuss traditional gardening and Oscar and George Will's contributions to gardening. April 10: Mark Varien, research and education chair, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colo., "The Origins of Pueblo Society and Development of the Mesa Verde World." May 8: Mother's Day featuring area American Indian women discussing gender roles in traditional cultures. May 22: Judy Cook, folksinger and historical balladeer, Laurel, Md. Info: (701) 328-2792, .

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