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Willy Porter o Tonight in Thompson, N.D.: Folk-rock guitarist and Wisconsin native Willy Porter will debut the Master of Guitar music series tonight as it moves some of its concerts to a new location: the living room/performance space of music se...
• Tonight in Thompson, N.D.: Folk-rock guitarist and Wisconsin native Willy Porter will debut the Master of Guitar music series tonight as it moves some of its concerts to a new location: the living room/performance space of music series founder Dr. Kevin Muiderman and his wife, Amy Muiderman. The performance space in their home at 1410 Elm Coulee Drive just southwest of Thompson, N.D., will seat about 80 to 100. The event begins at 6:30 tonight with refreshments and music by UND faculty beginning at 7. Porter is expected to take the stage about 8. Info: Kevin Muiderman, www.muiderman
Ox Cart Days
• Today and Saturday in Crookston: The annual Ox Cart Days festival in Crookston wraps up today and Saturday with tons of activities, many of them at the Crookston Sports Center. Single-day admission wristbands are $5; admission is free for children 3 and younger. Today's highlights: Pancake breakfast, 6 to 10 a.m., Fire Hall; Miss Crookston pageant, 7 p.m., Crookston High School auditorium; Dance to Plowboys, 9 p.m. Saturday highlights: Classic Car Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kids parade followed by Kids Corner, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sports Center; fireworks, 10 p.m. Full schedule: www.visitcrookston.com/home.php?pg=oxcartdays
• Tonight in Mahnomen, Minn.: Brad Garrett, a comic actor who made his reputation on the TV hit "Everybody Loves Raymond," will perform at 8 tonight at Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen. Tickets: Call (800) 313-7469.
• Tonight in Warroad, Minn.: It was 25 years ago when John Anderson changed country music the first time with huge hits such as "Wild and Blue" and "Swingin'" that paved the way for the decade's neo-traditional movement. Now, the artist who hit it big with "Seminole Wind" will perform at 8 tonight at Seven Clans Casino in Warroad. Tickets: www.sevenclanscasino.com .
Art & Wine Walk
• Saturday in GF and EGF: The next Art & Wine Walk will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, featuring artists and their work (and refreshments) at various venues. To start, go to the Blue Moose in East Grand Forks or International Townhouse Guesthouse in Grand Forks and purchase a map. The walk ends at Empire Arts Center with more refreshments and door prizes. Info: www.novac.org/art-wine-walk.html .
• Auditions set for 'Bell, Book and Candle' on Monday and Tuesday: The 64th season of Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre will kick off with the 1950 love story "Bell, Book and Candle," by John van Druten. It's the story of Gillian, a witch who casts a spell on a publisher who falls madly in love with her. Gillian might love him, too, except witches aren't allowed to be in love. Nicole Quam will direct and is casting three men and two women. Auditions: 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Fire Hall Theatre, 412 N. Second Ave. Production crew needed: Costumes, stage manager, set building, light/sound operators. Inquire at email@example.com . Volunteers: Volunteers in general are needed, for building, organizing, marketing painting, techies and more. Show dates: Oct. 13-30. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org ; (701) 746-0847.
• Award presentation Sunday: "Target: Oscar Zulu," a film produced by Doug Mattis and directed by Richard Faber, won the Best Film award in the Cold War Film Contest connected with Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic State near Cooperstown, N.D. The contest required filmmakers to use the missile facility as a background for short films. Set in 1987, "Target: Oscar Zulu" explores the general fear and danger surrounding spies, double-agents, espionage and nuclear weapons, and the tense and complex interplay of military preparedness, politics, culture and social life during the Cold War. Award presentation: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Griggs County Museum, Cooperstown. The film will be screened and the director and one of the actors will answer questions. Contest support: SHSND, Friends of Oscar Zero, Griggs County Historical Society. Info: (701) 796-3691.
• Sunday at Hankinson, N.D.: Country music great Kenny Rogers will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday at Dakota Magic Casino, Hankinson, N.D. Tickets: $30 in advance, $40 the day of the show. Info: Call (701) 634-3040.
• Thursday at Roseau, Minn.: The Roseau County Historical Society and the City of Roseau are pleased to present the Woodpicks in concert at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Roseau Gazebo. The Woodpicks organized in 2005, playing venues in northwest Minnesota, and today are known for vocal harmonies and an acoustic mix of gospel, bluegrass, country and Americana music. The Thursday performance is a feature of the Roseau County Historical Society's upcoming Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit, "New Harmonies," which celebrates American roots music and opens Nov. 12. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be at the Roseau School theater.
• Aug. 26 in downtown Grand Forks: The Blues on the Red music series will continue featuring a show by Lamont Cranston from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 26. The Austin James Band will be the opening band. Admission will be free. Info: (800) 866-4566.
• Aug. 26 at Mahnomen, Minn.: As front man for the rock band Poison, Bret Michaels has sold 25 million records and scored 15 chart-busting Top 40 singles including "Talk Dirty to Me" and "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." Michaels' "Rock of Love" television series was one of the most successful in VH1 history, and he also won the television show "Celebrity Apprentice" competition in May 2010. Michaels will be at Shooting Star Casino at 8 p.m. Aug. 26. Tickets: $25 to $55. Info: Call (800) 313-7469.
• Aug. 26-28 at GF Library: Attention, book lovers. A Friends of Grand Forks Public Library will be from 9 a.m. Aug. 26-27 and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Grand Forks Public Library. Info: (701) 772-8116.
• Aug. 26-28 at Huot, Minn.: The Association of the French of the North's annual Chautauqua and French Festival will be Aug. 26-28 at Old Crossing and Treaty Park at Huot, Minn., 10 miles west of Red Lake Falls, Minn., just off of Red Lake County Road 3. The band La Bardasse and the Red River Folk Dancers will perform at 1 and 4 p.m. Aug. 27 and at 1 p.m. Aug. 28 and will play for a dance beginning at 9 p.m. Aug. 27 at The Spot in Red Lake Falls. Jerry Tweton will portray President Theodore Roosevelt and Virgil Benoit will deliver the News from Old Crossing. The event will open at 9 p.m. Aug. 26 with a bonfire, singing and storytelling. Info: Anne Healy at (218) 253-2833 or Virgil Benoit at (218) 253-2270.