Chelsey Engelhard Ewen, The Arts Partnership
MOORHEAD — Of all the different types of music local bassist Max Johnk has played in his life, jazz continues to be the primary genre shaping his artistic path.
FARGO — "There's a place where you are seen. Let us show it to you." That's the motto of the Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival screening Wednesday, Sept. 12, through Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Fargo Theatre that seeks "to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lived experience" through innovative films.
When you think of the word "explorer," certain characteristics like curiosity, creativity, resilience and focus come to mind. Fargo-based musician Brian Carmona, who goes by the moniker XPLOR, has all of these characteristics, but he isn't a traditional explorer with maps, compasses and other survival gear. He's what you could call a "creative explorer" whose curiosity is his map, talent his fuel and ambition his compass.
MOORHEAD — When Dr. Earnest Lamb started playing cello in the sixth grade, he didn't know how much it would impact his future career — or that it would help bring him to Minnesota State University Moorhead. At the time, the honest reason the Little Rock, Ark., native joined orchestra was so he could "get to lunch on time" with his middle school friends, he admits with a smile. Soon, however, his passion for music started to blossom.
While podcasts are easy to start, they also take time, commitment and creativity to organically grow an audience base. That's what local podcasters J.J. Gordon and Tucker Lucas took into account before starting their comedic podcast "JJ Meets World" earlier this year.
FARGO — Since Vinyl Taco opened in 2013, the local restaurant in downtown Fargo has had wall-to-wall, music-themed art that creates a fun atmosphere for customers to enjoy tasty Mexican food while vinyl records play in the background. But now, the ceiling of Vinyl Taco has some art hanging from it, too.
FARGO — Local filmmaker Oscar De Leon vividly remembers the moment he was inspired to create his first psychological thriller more than two years ago.
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.