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TV PICKS: ‘Desperate Housewives’ ends 8-year run

May 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The week is stuffed with season finales, so many that we couldn’t squeeze them all in. But we weren’t about to ignore the swan song of a milestone show, “Desperate Housewives,” which is ending its eight-year run tonight. Continue Reading

THE LIST: ‘Winds of Spring’ … READ dogs … Martina McBride

May 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

May 19 at the Empire: The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orcestra will present “The Winds of Spring,” its final concert of the season, at 7:30 p.m. May 19 at Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks. Program: Haydn: Trumpet concerto with principal trumpet Mark Nelson; Russell Platt: Concerto for Bassoon and Strings with New York concert artist Peter Kolkay; Harold Meltzer: Full Faith and Credit, Concerto for Bassoons and Strings, with Peter Kolkay and Michael Wittgraf; Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D, Haffner. Tickets: Students, $10; adults, $15; available in advance at GGFSO.org. Info: GGFSO.org. Continue Reading

‘United Stats of America’: From toilet seats to snakes

May 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Gotta love a television show that includes an expert who says, “It’s actually safer to eat a sandwich off the toilet seat than your desk.”
The show is “The United Stats of America,” and in it the Sklar brothers, Jason and Randy, are on a mission to kill the common perception that statistics are boring Continue Reading

THE LIST: Tom Christensen … ‘Laramie Project’ … ‘Called to Love’

May 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

May 16 at Grand Forks City Hall: An artist reception for photographer Deborah Hanson, the Mayor’s Choice Artist, will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. May 16 at Grand Forks City Hall, 244 N. Fourth St. Hanson’s art will be displayed at City Hall for about two months. Refreshments will be provided by Mama Maria’s. Admission: Free, public welcome. Continue Reading

John C. Reilly and musical friends, including Grand Forks native Tom Brosseau, to perform at Empire in June

May 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

John C. Reilly may be known best as an actor in movies such as “We Need to Talk about Kevin” opposite Tilda Swenson and “Step Brothers,” co-starring Will Ferrell. But fans will remember, too, his singing role in “Chicago,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar. Now Reilly, as the musician John C. Reilly & Friends, is coming to Grand Forks to perform with Becky Stark and Grand Forks’ own Tom Brosseau. The show will be June 16 at the Empire Arts Center, and tickets will go on sale May 11, available through www.Tickets300.com. Prices are $22 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Continue Reading

THE LIST: ‘Lasting Impressions’ … Wide Awake … Bluegrass jams

May 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Tonight at Third Street Gallery: An opening reception for “Lasting Impressions,” a mother/son exhibit of prints, intaglio, relief and photography by Jeanne Griffin O’Neil and Alan Skamser-O’Neil, will be from 7 to 9 tonight at Third Street Gallery, 310 Kittson Ave., Grand Forks. Continue Reading

THE LIST: ‘Transamerica’ … ‘Night Shadow’ … ‘Solomon’

May 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Friday and Saturday in East Grand Forks: Riverside Christian School will present its second annual dinner theater, the musical play “Solomon,” at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school gym, 610 Second Ave. N.E., East Grand Forks. Cast: Nick Boe, Hannah Capouch, Tessa Chandler, Olivia Charette, Brooke Chine, Noah Chine, Alexandria Corsar, Mikaila Corum, Grace Dahlen, Ella Dostal, Maiecia Dukes, Olivia Dukes, Riley Folson, Jonah Hale, Caitlin Hennessy, Michael Hjeldness, Alex Hoeger, Seth Hurda, Chris Johnsen, Tim Johnson, Jacob Klug, Kaleb Koho, Amy Landsdown, LaRae LeTexier, Luanna Liang, Emily Reynolds, Faith Ritchie, Brayden Rygg, Karly Rygg, Joe Schindler, Mary Waldeck, Miranda Weiss, Brian Williamson. Musical director: Krisha Fuller. Tickets: Available now; $25; call (218) 773-1770 Monday through Friday. Continue Reading

Jessica Simpson gives birth to baby girl

May 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The Jessica Simpson baby watch is finally over. Simpson gave birth to a daughter named Maxwell Drew Johnson in Los Angeles on Tuesday, said publicist Lauren Auslander. Maxwell weighed 9 lbs. 13 ounces. Continue Reading

TV PICKS: 1936 Olympic star Jesse Owens Tuesday on PBS

April 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

“Jesse Owens: American Experience” is a fascinating new documentary about the legendary track and field athlete who thwarted Adolph Hitler’s goal of using the 1936 Berlin Olympics to showcase the superiority of Aryan athletes. Continue Reading

Author Jesmyn Ward has lived all over but keeps returning to DeLisle, Miss

April 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Jesmyn Ward was struggling. Despite two master’s degrees and five years of work experience, her job situation was difficult: She commuted an hour each way to a low-paying college teaching job. In her writing career, things were even worse. She sent out stories and got back rejection letters. Her agent tried and failed, and tried again, to sell her book. On Nov. 16, 2011, the not-quite nursing student’s “Salvage the Bones,” a novel about a poor African-American family whose rural Mississippi home stands in the path of Hurricane Katrina, won the National Book Award for fiction. Because of the award’s prominence, her publisher Bloomsbury ordered an additional 50,000 copies the very next day, tripling its print run. Continue Reading