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FARGO—Ken Andersen worked in photography since high school, and for the past 50 years, creating furniture. "If you're not willing to fail, you're not going to get any better," he says. "I have lots of mistakes." He began shooting on the camera his dad, also a photographer, bought him in high school. Eventually, he made the investment in a digital camera, but didn't care for the medium. It was too quick.
MOORHEAD—Area dance academies and studios put competition aside and just dance at the annual Momentum Dance Convention. "We wanted to create an opportunity to bring dance studios in the area together," says Haylee Thompson, program director at Red River Dance & Performing Company and Momentum coordinator. "We aren't in competition with each other at convention. We are there to learn dance and love dance together."
MOORHEAD—Access to the arts means more than just ramps at arts and cultural institutions. For art patrons, two new exhibits at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County may be their first hands-on art experience. "Child In A Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired" is on display at the museum through October. The traveling exhibit focuses on education, exploring math, geography, science and reading using Helen Keller's educational journey as an observational lens. The second exhibit is the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists' Constraint Show.
FARGO — The streets will be alive with the sound of music this summer. Sprawling across Fargo-Moorhead's downtown, Streets Alive will host events this July, August and September. Inviting the metro to play together, events this season boast more arts than in previous years.
MOORHEAD—Authored by punk rock band Green Day and based on the album of the same name, "American Idiot" follows three friends as they grapple challenges in a post-9/11 world. Next month local social justice theater company Act Up will stage the rock opera, exploring themes of heroin addiction, military veterans and teen pregnancy. "The show fits well with Act Up's mission to start difficult conversations," says Pennie Fike, producer of "Green Day's American Idiot." Director Rebecca Meyer-Larson says the show is overdue in the community.
MOORHEAD — Summer stock theater gleans its name from a summer theater company staging multiple shows with stock scenery and costumes. The Straw Hat Company, housed at Minnesota State University Moorhead, will stage four productions in as many weeks this month, but its players rarely reuse sets. The dedicated cast is also the crew, costume department and set designers.
FARGO — Ryan Hardy is currently rehearsing Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." His hands and feet glide across the Mighty Wurlitzer at the Fargo Theatre. A senior at Fargo South High School, Hardy is preparing for his senior recital. While his peers are sleeping in on Saturdays, Hardy arrives at the Fargo Theatre by 7 a.m. for his organ lesson. He mounts an iPad on the console to communicate with his instructor, who lives in Pennsylvania. Not your average senior recital
FARGO—Watercolor, or watermedia, as some artists prefer, is often a child's first painting experience. This familiarity summons warm recognition for artists and the audience, says Janet Flom, local art maker and arts advocate. "Just about everyone has experience using watermedia at some point," she says. Flom is one of the founding members of the Red River Watercolor Society. Including more than 180 watermedia artists, the group hosts a national juried exhibition and workshop each spring.
FARGO—"Cornet Charlie" Pinkney has missed only three band practices in nine years. Nurturing musicians to return to their bygone instruments, the FM Golden Notes New Horizons Band welcomes all skill levels to jam twice each month. Currently, the band is preparing for its annual spring concert this Wednesday, May 11. Charles Pinkney became involved with the Golden Notes when one of the founding members, Jim Kinlaw, invited him to pick up his cornet again.
MOORHEAD – After 15 years of teaching the script, Dawn Gunderson seamlessly quotes "Julius Caesar" amid modern language. With 28 years of teaching experience at Moorhead High School, she knows the time is right to stage it.