September’s super culture

September in Minot can, this year, be best described as “super.” As a starter, there will be a fundraiser at our Roosevelt Park Zoo on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., called Wild About Wines. So, if you are 21 or over, just get yourself ready for a super fun evening. Wherever you land at that time in the Roosevelt Park Zoo, you will run into wine and a vast array of delicious foods. The Sweet & Flour Patisserie will have spent hours putting together extraordinary goodies, according to those in charge of the eatables. And – as a bonus for wine sipping and pastry nibbling – you and the animals can chit-chat. Adding to the wildness of the evening will be real, live music. If you hold a membership in the Zoological Society, it will cost you $25, while non-members can enjoy the wildness for $35. Everyone will be contributing to the zoo, which took quite a thrashing during the 2011 flood. Mark your cultural calendar right now on the fifth of September for a Super event in Roosevelt Park Zoo’s premiere fundraiser.

From Sept. 10 through 14, Minot’s cultural calendar will be billed as “Notstock – Bursting at the Seams.” This super time will feature music, poetry composition and reading of poetry, print making on almost anything, ceramics, bead-making and an opportunity to perform in the MSU Black Box Theater in an improv situation (no talent needed – just a chance to use the imagination, minus fear). The first event scheduled will take place at the Magic City Campus Arvel Graving Theater on Sept. 10. You will hear a cello concert performed by Portland Cello Project, beginning at 7 p.m. with a charge of $10 for adults and $5 for students. This concert will feature music like Bach and all music up to and including modern jazz. For sure, you are promised unconventional cellos. Then, over on the campus of Minot State University, the variety of things to do and see will make the September days super. On these days, Sept. 10-14, you will see events planned by Bill Harbort, MSU art professor, and Sarah Aleshire, MSU English instructor. If you would enjoy winding up the super days of super events, just be among those present Sept. 14 in the 62 Doors building for a get-together beginning at 7 p.m.

In Minot in September, opera lovers and wannabe opera lovers will be treated to an all-time favorite opera, thanks to Dr. Ken Bowles. Super aptly describes anything and everything in which Ken has been involved with or headed up through the years. When you are in MSU’s Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on Sept. 13 or 15 to enjoy the opera “The Marriage of Figaro,” remember to thank Dr. Bowles together with his talented wife, DeVera, and a host of others. You will be amazed at the talented vocalists on stage. There will be vocalists from outside Minot as well as many of our very own talented vocalists. Of course a group of super instrumentalists will perform in the orchestra. Ken says you need not look for opera glasses when

you attend the Friday performance at 7:30 p.m., or the Sunday performance at 3 p.m. For tickets, call 858-3185. As in other operatic years in Minot, there will be, according to Ken, a Fall Gala, a super pre-opera event. If you choose to attend dressed up for Figaro’s marriage, that will help the gala be super. It is scheduled for Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Taube Museum. If not, just come for spirits and food and vocal presentations by members of the opera cast. Numbers of you might even like to join in singing “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro.” If you are over 21, want to hear super music, socialize and contribute whatever you wish to the sponsors of “The Marriage of Figaro,” the Western Plains Opera Company, that will be appreciated. The president, Dr. Ken Bowles, with his contagious smile, acknowledges.

Super describes downtown Minot on Sept. 19 from 5 to 9:30 p.m., when the Downtown Merchants and Professional Association sponsors its annual Wine Walk in downtown Minot, where everyone knows everyone’s name (especially if one wears a hat). Twenty-five business places will welcome you to sample a variety of wines and delicious goodies. The owners of the establishments will be in residence while you take a look at their wares, too. These annual events funds that are raised are used to make and keep downtown Minot super all year long. The Christmas tree, all lighted up along with many Christmas decorations, fragrant flowers in the summer and easy-to-listen-to music all cost money. So do the comfortable benches on which to rest, and snow removal is not free, according to some of the movers and shakers in downtown Minot. Mary Helen, who owns and operates Cookies For You, looks forward to seeing you for this Wine Walk. She reminds us that there will be non-alcoholic beverages in addition to the wine.

One of Minot’s movers and shakers, Dan Hansen, is once again going to have his popular fundraiser, Rock the Leaves. This event will be three days of rocking, according to Dan, beginning Sept. 21 at the Scandinavian Heritage Park, with the rocking starting at noon. Rocking continues on Sept. 22 at the same park. Winding up Dan’s rocking on Monday, Sept. 23, will be a concert in the dome on the MSU campus at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Curious about which band you will hear? Dan has rounded up a popular band which goes by the name of Switchfoot. You can get your tickets at Spicy Pickle, Jacobsen Music, Broadway Bean and Bagel, Gideon’s Trumpet and Beaver Brew Cafe. Dan says all net proceeds will go to local charity. One of the charities is the Greater Minot Youth Concert Association, a non-profit organization that they are teaming up with for the second year in a row. The GMYCA is a tax-exempt outfit so all contributions are tax deductible. The goal is to bring more family-friendly and youth-oriented concerts to the Minot area. They also will be partnering with a non-profit organization is known as the Welcome Table. This is an organization that is working on building Minot’s first unisex homeless shelter. What a super gentleman, contributing to worthwhile Minot causes.

Super surely must describe the brainchild of Taube Museum of Arts director Nancy Walter. What started out as a sort-of art experiment called “Paint the Town Red” has been a super success. Wannabe artists have gathered at the Taube, or other venues, to learn some of the fine tips of painting from super instructors using a variety of media and subjects. On Tuesday, the 14th of September, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Taube, for $35, you too, with help from Mandy Smith, can create your own masterpiece to take home, admire and amaze your family and friends. Call Nancy at 838-4445 to get your spot at the Taube, and Paint the Town Red. You will create, Mandy says, a sunflowers landscape-style painting. Starting Sept. 17, Nancy invites you to take a look in the main gallery at Karla Nelson Exhibition of Paintings & Ceramics. Courtesy of the North Dakota Art Gallery, you can take a trip downstairs to take a look at what is called the “Ladies Room Exhibition” – creations by Tonya Stuart, Lindsay Auran, Rose Klein and Amanda Crawford. Super!

Super. If there is one word to describe Rinat Mouzafarov, Russia’s gift to Minot, it is super. Super gentleman, super master of ballet and dance, and super instructor and choreographer. He has touched the lives of hundreds of men, women and children in the art of ballet and dance. Rinat is the owner and operator of the Rinat Mouzafarov Classical Ballet Company. Through the years, many of his students have gone on to prestigious schools of dance; many have won top awards. Through the years, Rinat’s students have thrilled you with performances on stage in Minot theaters, and now he is bringing to you the super Ballet Magnificat! Yet another super production, Ballet Magnificat! is one of the premiere professional ballet companies in the world. They have performed throughout the U.S. and in 13 countries across the world. They will be in Minot to present a three-day workshop on Sept. 26, 27 and 28 for all dancers in the Minot area, ages 8 and up. The workshops will be taught by Ballet Magnificat! Alpha Company members. Classes will be taught in ballet, jazz, modern, variations and conditioning. Dancers can register for the workshop by calling 387-0239 or emailing Ballet Magnificat! will then perform “The Scarlet Cord” on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. This program is guaranteed to captivate the audience with a kaleidoscope of movement, lights and sound, and delivers a unique, life-changing performance of hope and truth that you and your family will not want to miss! Call 837-0239 for ticket information.

In September, from your opportunity to go wild with the animals at Roosevelt Park Zoo, to the Ann Nicole Nelson Hall stage for a magnificent evening, super describes September’s culture. Enjoy Super September!

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