Chelsey Engelhard Ewen, The Arts Partnership
Gooseberry Park Players is reeling in a whopper of a production for its summer musical this year. From July 17-22 at MSUM's Hansen Theatre, more than 85 actors and technicians in the youth theater program present "Big Fish" written by John August and composed by Andrew Lippa. Many people are familiar with the 2003 film "Big Fish" by Tim Burton. But the stage adaptation is based on the original 1998 novel "Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions" by Daniel Wallace and debuted on Broadway in 2013.
FARGO — Roller skates. Greek gods. Disco balls. Cheeky jokes. Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre rolls out all of this and more in "Xanadu," which opens Wednesday, July 11, and continues through Sunday, July 15, at The Stage at Island Park in Fargo. Although the play is based on the cult-classic movie from 1980 starring Olivia Newton-John, the stage adaptation is "not quite the same thing," says FMCT Artistic Director Adam Pankow with a smirk.
MOORHEAD — This year marks 150 years since Randolph Probstfield and his family made history as the first white settlers in Clay County. Upon their arrival, Probstfield — who emigrated from Germany in the 1850s — immediately started searching his new homeland for sturdy logs to build a farmhouse for his wife, Catherine, and their children. The house was built on land that later became Oakport Township, Minn., and sheltered generations of the Probstfield family until the 1980s.
FARGO — "Everyone is creative. Everyone is welcome." That's the mantra of CreativeMornings, a volunteer-run lecture series for innovative communities that began in 2008 in New York City.
FARGO — Most people go to the Red River Zoo to get their dose of adorable wildlife, but for local artist Britt Dalice, it's a place for artistic inspiration. With her camera in tow, the Moorhead-based artist explores zoo exhibits, taking photos of critters to capture in her colorful oil paintings later on. Now, through a grant from The Arts Partnership, Dalice is going to expand her artistic abilities by painting animals on-site as an Artist-in-Residence at Red River Zoo.
FARGO — Starting today, Monday, June 4, Eric Johnson is the first printmaker in the Artist-in-Residence program at West Acres, and it's all due to one tiny notification from eBay.
FARGO — Poetry is more than an act of self-expression for writer Emily Vieweg. It's what empowers her to make sense of her world and find inspiration in what she calls the "beauty of the mundane."
For more than 40 years, the Fargo-Moorhead Kicks Band has provided local musicians the opportunity to get together and bond over their love for America's original art form: jazz.
Historian Markus Krueger remembers the day he learned about Felix Battles. Eight years ago, Krueger, programming director at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, was researching the Civil War through U.S. Census records from the late 1800s. For a self-proclaimed "Civil War nerd," this wasn't uncommon. He came across a different name, Luther Osborn, a white officer from Glyndon who fought with the United States Colored Troops (USCT) during the Civil War.
Since 2001, Choice Financial has valued putting "people first" and improving communities where its customers live in a variety of ways. This includes supporting the arts. To show its support for local art, Choice Financial recently announced an initiative to feature local artwork on three limited edition debit cards starting Saturday. With this new program, customers get to choose a debit card featuring work by North Dakota artists Dan Francis, Cris Fulton or Ashley Kunz and make a $5 suggested donation to one of seven arts councils across the state.