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TubaChristmas - Dec. 10 at Columbia Mall: The fifth annual Grand Forks TubaChristmas will take place at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 in the old Target wing of Grand Forks Columbia Mall. All euphonium/baritone tuba players are welcome to participate in the conc...

UND music instructor Joel Pugh and other participants from TubaChristmas in Bemidji in December 2010. From left are Jeff Sands, Emily Wirkus, Pugh and T.J. Chapman. A TubaChristmas concert will be Dec. 10 in the Grand Forks Columbia Mall.


- Dec. 10 at Columbia Mall: The fifth annual Grand Forks TubaChristmas will take place at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 in the old Target wing of Grand Forks Columbia Mall. All euphonium/baritone tuba players are welcome to participate in the concert conducted by Joel Pugh, instructor of low brass at UND, and by Don Langlie of Poppler's Music. There will be a rehearsal at the UND Hughes Fine Arts Center at 11 a.m. Dec. 10. Questions can be directed to Pugh, (701) 777-2718. Concert admission: Free; public welcome. About TubaChristmas: This international event is celebrating its 38th year in 250 cities. Last year, 30 musicians participated in Grand Forks' TubaChristmas, from middle school students to senior citizens.

Moscow Ballet

- Tonight at the Fritz: Moscow Ballet will present the "Great Russian Nutcracker" at 7:30 tonight at Chester Fritz Auditorium, Grand Forks, featuring 40 professional Russian dancers and dozens of young local dancers. Tickets: $29.50 to $68 are on sale at the Chester Fritz box office, and are available through Ticketmaster outlets, and can be charged by phone at (800) 745-3000. Groups of 10 or more: (701) 777-4090.



- This evening at Grand Forks Air Force Base: GFAFB Holiday Marketplace will be from 4 to 8 today at JR Rockers of Grand Forks Air Force Base with crafters and vendors and free shopping bags. Admission: Free. Info: Facebook, GFAFB Holiday Marketplace.

Musicale performers

- Sunday at United Lutheran: The Thursday Music Club has announced the performers for its 88th annual Christmas Musicale at 4 p.m. Sunday at United Lutheran Church, Grand Forks. They are: Thursday Music Chorus, Devera Warcup, director, Joan Karner accompanist; Strings from Northern Valley Youth Orchestra, Naomi Welsh, director; soprano soloist Anne Christopherson; trumpet soloist Einar Einarson; vocal soloist Will Beaton; East Grand Forks Senior High School singers; piano prelude by Kathryn Chaney and Anna Young; Charlene Berg, organist. Christmas message: Rev. Terry Olson, Trinity Lutheran Free Church. Admission: Freewill offering for music scholarships.

Holiday Concert

- Sunday at Crookston: A concert of the holiday's best music performed by the University of Minnesota Crookston choir will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Hafslo Chapel on the grounds of the Polk County Museum. The Hafslo chapel, built in 1888 and closed in 1978, was a Norwegian country church moved in 1983 to the Crookston campus and then, almost twenty years later, to the Polk County Museum grounds, 719 E. Robert St.. Admisson: Free.

Second Wind Christmas

- Monday at Poppler's Music: The annual Christmas Gala of the Second Wind Band will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the lobby of Popplers Music, 4924 Highway 2 West, Grand Forks. A pre-concert recital by students of Don Craig will begin at 6 p.m. The students are Lauren Craig, Rachel Craig, Sophie Glessner, Sarah Hanson and Lucas Moen. The Second Wind concert will feature about 35 minutes of band numbers and Christmas favorites culminating in a sing-along. Refreshments will follow. Admission: Free.

Senior High band concert


- Monday at East Grand Forks PAC: The East Grand Forks Senior High band concert will be at 7:30 p. m. Monday at the East Grand Forks Performing Arts Center featuring the Jazz Band, Drum Line, Varsity Band (ninth grade) and Concert Band. The finale will be a mass band and audience sing-along. Director: Stacey Juntunen Searle. Admission: Non-perishable food item or donation for the East Grand Forks food shelf.

Writer's Group

- Wednesday and Dec. 21 at Grand Forks Public Library: Writers Group @ Grand Forks Public Library is open to anyone 18 or older and will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 21. Join Fancee Long-Gorski in discussing the writing process including characterization, dialogue, point of view, and pacing. Bring your own writing tools, (pen, paper, laptop) and be prepared to share and discuss. Please pre-register at the library reference desk, although walk-ins are welcome. Info: (701) 772-8116.

Birthday Bash

- Friday in Fargo: North Dakota's own hip-hop star Big Reeno will celebrate his birthday on Friday at The Venue @ The Hub in Fargo with an all ages concert featuring R&B star Iyaz, performing platinum hits such as "Replay," "Solo," "So Big" and "Pretty Girls." Supporting Iyaz will be DJ Unk & Huey. This year Big Reeno toured with Nelly, 3oh!3, Tech N9ne, Cali Swag District, Jeremih and more, and recently released a mixtape "My Words, Their Beats," which can be downloaded for free on his website . Tickets:; .

Guthrie's 'Cat'

- Opening Jan. 20 at Guthrie Theater: Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis has completed casting for Tennessee Williams' drama "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic about a Southern family in crisis, which will run from Jan. 14 to Feb. 26 on the Guthrie's Wurtele Thrust Stage. Lisa Peterson will direct. Former Guthrie Experience participant and television actress Emily Swallow will lead the cast as Maggie the Cat with Twin Cities actor Peter Christian Hansen playing her indifferent, alcoholic husband Brick. Additional cast includes: David Anthony Brinkley, Chris Carlson, Melissa Hart, Michelle O'Neill. Tickets: Single tickets start at $24 and are now on sale through the Guthrie Box Office, (612) 377-2224; (888) 447-8243; group sales, (612) 225-6244; or .

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