Auditions: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

Auditions: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Empire Theatre Company will be holding open auditions for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Seeking men and women, and one actor who can play a 15-16 year old boy. This play requires double and sometimes triple casting, so actors should be versatile and interested in creating multiple characters. All roles are paid. This production will be directed by Kathleen Coudle-King. Click below for more information.

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Auditions: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

Auditions: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Empire Theatre Company will be holding open auditions for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Seeking men and women, and one actor who can play a 15-16 year old boy. This play requires double and sometimes triple casting, so actors should be versatile and interested in creating multiple characters. All roles are paid. This production will be directed by Kathleen Coudle-King. Click below for more information.

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Why? Radio 10th Birthday live recording "The Logic of Jazz"
Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

Why? Radio 10th Birthday live recording "The Logic of Jazz"

Why? Radio is 10 years old and they are having a birthday party!

“The Logic of Jazz” with guest Mark Weinstein

Award winning Jazz flutist plays World Jazz and Straight-Ahead with world-class musicians rooted in the music of Cuba, Brazil, Africa, Argentina and his Jewish heritage. A Latin Jazz innovator, Mark was among the first jazz musicians to record with traditional Cuban rhythm sections in an epic making album, Cuban Roots, released in 1967 with Chick Corea on piano. He also has a Ph.D. in philosophy and is a professor of Education at Montclair State University, in New Jersey. His music is the soundtrack to Why? Radio.

Stay after the recording for a live concert, as Mark joins the Balkansi Klezmer Band for a jazz-infused exploration of the classic Jewish folk music, Klezmer. Balkansi is an ensemble based in Grand Forks that specializes in traditional music from one of the richest and most diverse musical regions in the world. The members of the band include Tamara Auer on violin, Haley Ellis on clarinet, Edward Morris on guitar, Zephaniah Pearlstein on cello, Michael Ferrick on bass, Rachel Agan Muniz on percussion.

And then stay even longer for an informal Q&A with Why? Radio host, Jack Russell Weinstein.

Tickets: Free

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Greater Grand Forks Writes
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Greater Grand Forks Writes

In collaboration with UND’s Department of English and the UND Writers Conference, Greater Grand Forks Reads invites you to a night where local writers can share their work with local readers.

Are you a local writer who would like to share your work with the Greater Grand Forks Community? Click below to sign up and for more information.

Tickets: Free

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ND Ballet Academy presents The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Ballet
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

ND Ballet Academy presents The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Ballet

The ND Ballet Academy Apprentice Dancers will debut The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Ballet on Friday, March 29 at 7:00 PM at the Empire Arts Center.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ballet is based on the classic tale written by L. Frank Baum and brought to life through dance by NDBC Ballet Director Lauren Paulson.

Join Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion on their journey down the yellow brick road!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the City of Grand Forks through the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Region. This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. We are grateful for the continued support from the Myra Foundation Hugo's Family Marketplace, Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau, US Bank along with our other generous supporters.

Tickets: Adults - $16 | Students - $13

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North Dakota Ballet Company presents Wanderlust
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

North Dakota Ballet Company presents Wanderlust

The North Dakota Ballet Company pre-professional company will take you on an adventure as they journey around the world exploring the excitement of music and dance. They discover that it is not the destination but the experiences along the way which always lead back to home!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the City of Grand Forks through the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Region.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

We are grateful for the continued support from the Myra Foundation Hugo's Family Marketplace, Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau, US Bank along with our other generous supporters.

Tickets: Adult - $16 | Student - $13

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Special Olympics North Dakota presents Dancing for Special Stars
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Special Olympics North Dakota presents Dancing for Special Stars

Join us for the 10th Annual "Dancing for Special Stars" event in Grand Forks! "Dancing for Special Stars" is a dance contest patterned after the hit television program "Dancing with the Stars." This event is a fundraiser for Special Olympics North Dakota featuring area celebrities paired with local dance instructors.

Tickets: $30 | Available March 2019 | Call 701-745-0331

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Apr
17
7:30 PM19:30

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.

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Next to Normal
Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

Next to Normal

Next to Normal has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century due to its brutally honest exploration of its dark, complex subject matter and its powerhouse contemporary rock score by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt.

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Next to Normal
Feb
15
7:30 PM19:30

Next to Normal

Next to Normal has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century due to its brutally honest exploration of its dark, complex subject matter and its powerhouse contemporary rock score by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt.

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Next to Normal
Feb
14
7:30 PM19:30

Next to Normal

Next to Normal has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century due to its brutally honest exploration of its dark, complex subject matter and its powerhouse contemporary rock score by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt.

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Giving Hearts Day
Feb
14
12:00 AM00:00

Giving Hearts Day

This year, the Empire Arts Center is celebrating 100 years since first opening as Grand Forks' finest movie house in 1919. A century later, we are still flourishing as the center of arts and culture in Grand Forks. With over 30,000 annual visitors and a building that is in use 300+ nights per year, the Empire has remained a staple of our community.

As we continually strive to be the best possible facility for our artists and audiences, we face many ongoing challenges that come alongside the maintenance of a one-hundred-year-old building. In an effort to keep costs as low as possible for the many local community groups that use our theater, we rely on donors like you to help us subsidize the costs of much-needed maintenance. This year, projects like replacing our wireless microphones (recently rendered illegal due to FCC frequency changes) and updating our frayed, 21-year-old carpet top our list.

Gifts of $10 or more are matched 1:1 on Giving Hearts Day. Double your impact and help the Empire continue on into the next century!

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Next to Normal
Feb
13
7:30 PM19:30

Next to Normal

Next to Normal has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century due to its brutally honest exploration of its dark, complex subject matter and its powerhouse contemporary rock score by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt.

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Next to Normal
Feb
12
7:30 PM19:30

Next to Normal

Next to Normal has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century due to its brutally honest exploration of its dark, complex subject matter and its powerhouse contemporary rock score by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt.

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Next to Normal
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

Next to Normal

Next to Normal has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century due to its brutally honest exploration of its dark, complex subject matter and its powerhouse contemporary rock score by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt.

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Next to Normal
Feb
8
7:30 PM19:30

Next to Normal

Next to Normal has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century due to its brutally honest exploration of its dark, complex subject matter and its powerhouse contemporary rock score by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt.

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Next to Normal
Feb
7
7:30 PM19:30

Next to Normal

Next to Normal has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century due to its brutally honest exploration of its dark, complex subject matter and its powerhouse contemporary rock score by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt.

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Next to Normal
Feb
6
7:30 PM19:30

Next to Normal

Next to Normal has been called one of the best musicals of the 21st century due to its brutally honest exploration of its dark, complex subject matter and its powerhouse contemporary rock score by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt.

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Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Jan
23
6:30 PM18:30

Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Koo Koo Kanga Roo is the dance-a-long comedy show from Bryan and Neil, two friends who set out to experiment with live music and make it more fun. Armed with nothing more than an iPod, two mics, one giant rainbow and some gold sneakers, Koo Koo Kanga Roo puts on an all-ages dance party that invites everyone to join in. Whether you know them from "brain break" videos in your classroom, the Warped Tour or a late night bar show, you’ve probably gotten sweaty dancing to their jams at some point.

Their latest album, Fast Casual is a love letter to Panera Bread. It’s nine songs about bread bowls, book clubs and salad. For years, Panera Bread has provided the touring band with a healthy place to eat lunch, drink coffee and use the Wi-Fi. Fast Casual pays homage to everything Bryan and Neil enjoy about their favorite restaurant chain. All Ages and Family Friendly

Tickets: $15 | VIP Meet and Greet $40 (Includes ticket and much more)

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UND Art Collections Opening Reception
Jan
22
4:30 PM16:30

UND Art Collections Opening Reception

Join us for an opening reception and special preview of the newest exhibit, Fables, Insults, and Reverence: The Animals of UND Art Collections. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

This exhibition gives viewers the opportunity to enjoy a selection of animal-centric works of art. From the chicken-people of Francisco Goya to the horses of Walter Piehl, a variety of insects, birds, fish, and mammals have come together to tell a tale of how they have each been employed by artists across the centuries to illustrate stories, create allegory, and demonstrate their relationships with humankind.

Exhibition dates: January 22-March 31, 2019

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Brick & Barley presents Chad Daniels
Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Brick & Barley presents Chad Daniels

Chad Daniels is a writer, performer and comedian from Fergus Falls, MN. He is one of only 13 comedians to have appeared on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Additionally, he has been featured on Live at Gotham, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilbourn and Craig Ferguson and CONAN on TBS. Most recently he appeared in the documentary ‘I Need You to Kill’ with Tom Segura and Pete Lee, which was released December 2017.

Chad has received numerous awards for his standup including City Pages ‘Artist of the Year’, Aspen Comedy Festival’s ‘Comics Comic’ award and was named the winner of the Gilda’s Laughfest Competition in 2012. He released his first half hour special on Comedy Central in 2010, which he followed with the release of his hour special ‘As Is’ in 2012. He debuted his fifth comedy album ‘Footprints on the Moon’ in February 2017 which was one of the top streamed comedy albums on Pandora that same year.

Chad was a New Face at the JFL Montreal festival in 2004 and was then invited back to be a part of ‘The Masters’ showcase in 2012. He tours comedy clubs, colleges and festivals all over the world and has performed at such festivals as JFL Montreal, Aspen Comedy Festival, Gilda’s Laughfest, Wild West Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival and Moontower in Austin, TX.

Tickets: $24 in advance, $29 day of show

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The Human Family presents Home: The Homelessness Crisis in North Dakota
Jan
9
6:00 PM18:00

The Human Family presents Home: The Homelessness Crisis in North Dakota

Join us for the area premiere of “Home. The Homelessness Crisis in North Dakota”.

Focusing on the homelessness crisis in North Dakota, the series examines the myths, the individuals impacted, the causes and the state-wide community response to the epidemic. “Home.” is a documentary limited-series and will have multiple episodes released in 2019 with the goal of increasing community involvement in preventing and eliminating long term homelessness throughout the state. The series will be aired on local television stations, and will be made available for viewing online free-of-charge.

The premiere of the first episode will be followed by a panel discussion featuring area experts about the epidemic.

This screening of “Home” was funded in part by Humanities North Dakota, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities North Dakota or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The event is free and open to the public. Reserve your seat online.

Tickets: Free

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The Backstage Project with Therese Kulas
Jan
5
7:30 PM19:30

The Backstage Project with Therese Kulas

Join Therese Kulas and Keith Teepen at the Backstage Project for a night of musical theatre, featuring Bernstein, Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, and behind the music stories.

About Therese Kulas
Celebrated for her captivating stage presence and artistry, Soprano Therese Kulas won first place in her division at North Dakota’s National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, and was awarded the Encouragement Award from the North Dakota-Manitoba chapter of the Metropolitan Opera National Council. A native of East Grand Forks, MN, Ms. Kulas is a proud alumna of the Summer Performing Arts program in Grand Forks where she took the stage in Children of Eden (Yonah) and Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts). Other selected regional credits include Into the Woods (Cinderella), Hairspray (Penny), and the world premiere of In Case of Emergency (Maria). Ms. Kulas’s passion for music began at a young age. She studied voice from the age of 10 with renowned educator Maria Williams-Kennedy. This passion led her to the University of Mary where she studied with Katherine Henjum and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. While studying, she was in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Mother) and Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel). Ms Kulas currently resides in Bismarck where she assists Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park and teaches voice through her private studio.

Tickets: $10 at the door

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Kat Perkins: Rock the Holidays
Dec
16
3:00 PM15:00

Kat Perkins: Rock the Holidays

Rock the Holidays with Kat Perkins is an incredible blend of traditional Christmas songs with Kat's modern spin and show-stopping original holiday music. Her storytelling is heartwarming and has stolen the hearts of sold out audiences across the midwest for the past three years. She incorporates her audience with crowd participation and even features up and coming talent at each venue. It's visually, musically, and emotionally stunning - an event for the entire family!

Tickets: $26

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Scrooge in Rouge
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Scrooge in Rouge

A troupe of 23 players are about to embark on a musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol when 20 of them come down with food poisoning, leaving only three to put on the entire show! This bawdy, raucous musical is a holiday treat for the whole family!

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