March’s cultural melange

If you believe in groundhog weather predictions, you will rejoice almost immediately after hearing that, down in Punxsutawney, Penn., the famous groundhog saw his shadow recently and likely stayed above ground.

Spring is surely not far off, so you will either rush into your closet for spring clothes or dash off to your favorite women’s wear store. The mission? Looking for (and likely purchasing) whatever the fashion designers predict will make you stand out in spring’s fashion parades – if, of course, you are of a feminine gender.

In Minot, in March, it could be said that melange describes the cultural world.

If one word describes spring, dance would surely take first billing. And Minot’s rather new conductor, Scott Seaton, chose that descriptive word for part of the orchestra’s theme. So, when hundreds of you get ready to fill Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on Minot State University’s campus on March 2, be sure to wear dancing shoes – at least your mental ones – for Seaton and the upbeat symphony “Dance into Spring” concert.

Cello lovers will be in for a sparkling concert on this instrument, when guest artist Madeleine Kabat appears with her favorite instrument with the orchestra’s accompaniment. Ms. Kabat began playing cello at the tender age of 11 and never looked back. She appears in Minot with countless prestigious awards and appearances with nationwide well-known orchestras to her credit. To hear our symphony orchestra and watch Seaton in action, simply be in your comfy seats in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at 7:30 p.m. Mexican and Russian dances, thanks to the talented fingers dancing over Kabat’s cello strings, will be enough to keep your toes in motion that evening and on the way home as you Dance into Spring.

If you would like to be on a Minot stage, like, for instance, that of the Mouse River Players’ Arlene Theater, simply appear at that theater March 1 between 6:30 and 8 p.m. or March 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. The cast is a large one for this musical, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” The show will be directed by Chris Stroschein. Music director is Lucas Brown, and Kena Davidson is in charge of choreography. The show dates are May 2-5.

According to Nancy Walker, executive direction of the Taube Museum of Art at 2 N. Main St. in downtown Minot, the museum will be a busy, bustling, artsy place in March. There will be myriad activities, she predicts, that will bring in scads of you through the museum doors for fun – putting into action myriad creative talents.

Nancy herself, no

stranger to artistic creations, will, on March 12 at 6:30 p.m., show you how to create your very own jewelry. If you are a Taube member, the class will cost you $16; if you are not a member the cost will be $20. It might be a good idea to become a member, because being a member will be a plus for other Taube events, too.

If you are a crafter who would like to show and sell your creations, the Taube will offer you a space to do this on March 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor booth fees are $30 plus a chance to win a door prize. Set up time will be 10 a.m., please provide your own table. For more information or to participate, please contact the Taube at 838-4445, Nancy at or Wendy, gallery manager, at A portion of all proceeds will help benefit March’s Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month! Lookers and purchasers will pay $2 to enter the Taubetastic Craft and Vendor Expo, a first-of-a-kind for the Taube. Definitely not a rummage sale, says Nancy. Featured vendor will be Tara Bednar with Scentsy.

The “Paint the Town Red Series” at the Taube in February brought together 16 women ages 21 and older to create, with the expertise of Judy Bell, their version of a colorful poppy. This creative session marked the first in a series of stress-free painting sessions featuring our very own talented and respected artists. The second in the series will take place March 21. The cost is $35 and will be taught by well-known and loved Kelly Hendershot. Whatever you create will be yours to keep, autograph and admire, Nancy says. She urges you to register soon, as “wannabe” artists are already registering.

Like lots of you, Nancy is excited about the huge building rising into the air just across the street from the Taube. On the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue, where old timers recall once stood a motel and more recently a parking lot, now rises Artspace. Artists from many parts of our planet are likely to converge on and use this prestigious addition to what makes cultural Minot so magical.

If over the years you have been in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall for the myriad, varied musical performances brought to the Minot stage under the banner of “The International Music Series,” you will, for sure, be in attendance at 3 p.m. on March 17 – especially if your favorite musical instrument is a piano. Classical pianist Yana Reznik will, with charm and elegance, showcase her musical force leaving you with lasting memories of her inspirational messages and captivating talents.

Whether a lion or a lamb arrives as March’s cultural melange takes shape, the groundhog predicts we will spring into spring – so dance into spring!

(Arlene Saugstad is a freelance writer who lives in Minot.)