Check out these Grand Forks arts and entertainment happenings this week – Grand Forks Herald


The North Dakota Ballet Company will perform “Alice in Wonderland”

GRAND FORKS – The North Dakota Ballet Company performs “Alice in Wonderland” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 25 and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks.

The production, directed by Lauren Paulson, is steeped in fantasy and adventure as audiences join Alice on a journey down the rabbit hole, said Laura Arneson, the company’s artistic and executive director.

Ginny Hutton (left), as the Mad Hatter, and Sydney Rud, as Alice, star in a scene from ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ the North Dakota Ballet Company’s spring production.

Photo by Allie Penny, Reeves Photography

Sponsored by the Myra Foundation, the ballet will feature original choreography by Paulson and Elizabeth Gilbert. The production features beautiful costumes, great dancing and a performance the whole family will enjoy, Arneson said.

The show features Adelle Erickson, Sydney Rygg, Sydney Rud and Ginny Hutton, who tell children the story of Alice having tea with the Mad Hatter, playing croquet with the Queen of Hearts and helping the White Rabbit get to to the Queen in time.

Tickets, $18 for adults and $15 for children, are available online at

or by calling the Empire Arts Center box office at (701) 746-5500.

Adelle Erickson portrays the Queen of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland,” a North Dakota Ballet Company production, performing Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 at the Empire Arts Center.

Photo by Allie Penny, Reeves Photography

The production is supported in part by grants from the City of Grand Forks, through the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

The Empire Arts Center is located at 415 DeMers Ave.

Dedication for Anderson’s literary landmark scheduled for Thursday

The dedication ceremony for North Dakota’s first literary landmark is scheduled for Thursday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at the Burtness Theater, 261 Centennial Road, on the UND campus. The monument will honor Maxwell Anderson, a 1911 UND graduate and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, author, poet, journalist and lyricist.

The author’s grandson, Maxwell Anderson, who lives in New York, is expected to attend the ceremony to unveil a plaque.

The Literary Landmark designation was awarded by the United for Libraries organization, thanks to the efforts of Joel Vig, an alumnus of Grand Forks Central High School.

As part of this occasion, the film “The Bad Seed” by the late Maxwell Anderson will be screened at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 27 at the Empire Arts Center. A Q&A discussion will be hosted by Terry Dullum and Vig following the screening of the film.

Both events are free and open to the public.

“Church Basement Ladies” captures the nature of women’s relationships and events typical of the basement kitchens of old-world Lutheran churches in the Midwest. The play will be presented at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 27 at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.


Chester Fritz Auditorium will present ‘Church Basement Ladies’

Chester Fritz Auditorium will perform “Church Basement Ladies 20th Anniversary Tour” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 27.

The show is a hilarious look at the events that commonly unfolded in the basements of Lutheran churches. Funny and down-to-earth, it’s presented as a celebration of the church’s basement kitchen and the women who work there – told through four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food. and the problems of a rural Minnesota church.

From the elderly kitchen matriarch to the young bride-to-be learning the right order of things, the book and music evoke touching and amusing glimpses into their lives as they manage a record-breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a loved one. friend, a Hawaiian Easter fundraiser and a steamy wedding in July. They avoid potential disasters, share and debate recipes, instruct young people, and keep the pastor on schedule while having fun and being tolerant of each other.

Tickets, which range in price from $35 to $40, can be purchased at

, billed over the phone by calling 1-800-745-3000, or by calling the Fritz Auditorium Box Office, (701) 777-4090 or 800-375-4068. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

The Fritz Auditorium is located at 3475 University Ave.

For more information, visit


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Green leaves and other images of spring inspire Brenda Cole’s clay forms that are both functional and sculptural. As Mudder of the Month, an exhibition of Cole’s works is on view at the Muddy Water Clay Center through Monday, March 28. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and by appointment.


Muddy Waters Clay Center showcases Brenda Cole’s pottery

An exhibit of Brenda Cole’s pottery, which celebrates spring, is on view this month at Muddy Waters Clay Center, 2014 13th Ave. N. As Mudder of the Month, Cole will be exhibiting his work through Monday, March 28.

In the exhibit, titled “It’s a Jungle Out There”, Cole showcases a variety of clay forms, using a range of green colors and leaf prints. She uses ceramic appliques and sculpting techniques to create a variety of fun, functional and sculptural items.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays or by appointment.

Muddy Waters Clay Center is a non-profit community clay studio serving the Grand Forks area. The studio, which is run and operated by volunteers, is dedicated to the ceramic arts and offers classes and activities for adults and children, as well as gallery events and outreach opportunities.

For more information, call Muddy Waters at (701) 775-1168.

Valley Middle School to Stage Musical in Grand Forks Central

Valley Middle School students perform the musical “Seussical Jr.” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24 and Friday, March 25 at Grand Forks Central High School Auditorium, 115 N. Fourth St.

The show features seventh and eighth graders under the direction of Danielle Larson, vocal music teacher.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for school-aged children, and free for children 4 and under.


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