Check out these upcoming arts, entertainment options – Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS – The Empire Theatre Company’s production of the play “The Lifespan of a Fact” opens Jan. 26 at the Empire Arts Center.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for the Thursdays-Saturdays, Jan. 26-28 and Feb. 2-4 performances, and 2 p.m. on Sundays Jan. 29 and Feb. 5.

The ETC’s Chris Berg is directing this well timed “dramedy” about the blurred traces amongst point and fiction in today’s media.

The 75-minute perform, composed by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, is centered on a real practical experience by John D’Agata, who labored for “Vanity Fair” journal. The critically acclaimed 2018 Broadway play is loosely centered on a book with the identical title.

“The Lifespan of a Fact” is a fast-paced account of a popular writer who writes a ground-breaking essay for a prominent magazine and a rookie simple fact-checker who displays up at his door to examine some of the finer points in his piece, explained Kathleen Coudle-King, Etcetera handling creative director. The people lock horns in a truth-compared to-fiction discussion that is both of those comedic and provocative.

“We are living in an age when we are regularly bombarded by info. We really should all be seriously perfectly informed, suitable? So, how do we, as a critically contemplating audience, tease aside point from fiction?” Coudle-King claimed. “There is so a lot the viewers is heading to want to talk about immediately after this present. I can just envision persons coming to see it and walking out with extremely diverse impressions. I like that sort of theater.”

The cast incorporates familiar faces, this sort of as Nicole Quam, as the magazine editor who thinks this essay is heading to maximize product sales, and Walter Criswell, as the award-successful essayist. New to the Empire phase is Zeke Bocklage, as the novice truth-checker who is persistent in acquiring almost everything suitable.

The generation, presented in collaboration with Praxis Approach Group, will be presented in the Empire’s Studio E, or “black box” theater, so seating will be restricted, Coudle-King stated.

Reserve seats by going to

or contacting (701) 746-5500. University student and senior tickets are $19.25 and common tickets are $23.25, like fees.

The UND Office of Songs will host its 38th Yearly Honor Band, Choir and Strings Competition from Friday by Sunday, Jan. 20-22. The public is invited to go to concert performances Friday and Sunday.

Much more than 325 large university college students from all over North Dakota and Minnesota are anticipated to participate in the annual festival, explained James Popejoy, professor of new music and director of bands at UND.

They ended up chosen from more than 750 students who auditioned last drop, Popejoy said. While on campus, they will get aspect in rehearsals and master courses with UND songs faculty customers. They will also present a live performance Sunday.

The festival will aspect the free Showcase Concert, starting at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium, through which lots of of the UND music department’s ensembles will execute. The groups consist of the Live performance Choir, Varsity Bards Choir, and Enoxa Chamber Choir, all below the route of Dean Jilek the Allegro Choir and Vivo Chamber Choir, conducted by Melanie Popejoy the Chamber Orchestra, executed by Alejandro Drago and the Wind Ensemble, with conductor James Popejoy.

Just before the Showcase Live performance, the One O’Clock Jazz Ensemble, below the route of Robert Brooks, and the Steel Pan Band, performed by Brian Pfeifer, will conduct at 3:35 p.m. in the auditorium foyer.

On Sunday, the UND Honor Band, Treble Honor Choir, Mixed Honor Choir and Honor Strings Ensemble will execute in concert at 1:30 p.m. in the Fritz Auditorium. The ensembles will be carried out by Simon Barbu, Jilek, James Popejoy and Melanie Popejoy, with each group executing a large selection of exceptional literature, James Popejoy claimed. The bands, choirs and string musicians will combine to current a grand finale performance of “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

The public is invited to attend. Tickets are: $7 for older people, $3 for students and senior citizens, or $14 for family members (two grownups and two little ones). Tickets are offered at the doorway.

For far more facts on these performances, get hold of the UND songs section at (701) 777-2644.

East Grand Forks Library hosts specific gatherings

The East Grand Forks Campbell Library is hosting numerous absolutely free functions following 7 days.

The library has invited the UND Chemistry Club to host a Children’s Chemistry Day on Sunday, Jan. 22. For the duration of the celebration, which starts at 2 p.m., young children will check out the science of polymerization and develop a bowl of gelatinous worms, said Robyn Johnson Benda, general public provider librarian.

An opening reception is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, for the Emerging Artists Exhibit. The show will attribute artwork, this sort of as paintings, drawings and sculptures, by students of Carrie Sapa, an artwork teacher at Sacred Coronary heart School.

Also, a image and movie workshop, led by guest speaker Robert Benda, will start off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. Participants will study basic methods — digital camera options, lighting, image and video modifying — and how to use them to one’s work, hobbies and social media.

Benda is a videographer with the UND Advertising and Creative Expert services Section.