What’s Happening in Arts & Entertainment 4-24-14

Erik Anderson, associate professor of music, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites on three consecutive Tuesdays this spring semester in the atrium of the Gordon B. Olson Library at noon. Bring your sack lunch and enjoy the music. On Tuesday, he will perform Suite No. 2 in D minor, and on May 6, Anderson will perform Suite No. 3 in C major. In addition to performing, Anderson will informally discuss the suites, Bach and the movements. The library sponsors the lyrical lunches. They are free and open to the public.

The Pangea House presents a Hip Hop concert featuring Big Zach, Kill the Vultures, Kipp G and Cold Sweat today at 6:30 p.m. The Pangea House is located at 110-1st St. SE in Minot.

The Nodakords will host the “Good Time Music Show” on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sleep Inn and Suites. Directed by Gordon Troxel, the show will also feature Dakota Dixie, the Dixieland Band; The NU Notes; and Dakota Blend. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with a “Happy Half-Hour” until 7:15. Tickets are $15, with children 12 and under free. Seating is first-come, first-served. Complimentary popcorn and beverages will be offered. Tickets are available at Sleep Inn and Suites, Nite Train Pizza, Jacobsen Music, Market Pharmacy or from any Nodakords member.

The “Full Battle Rattle” brass quintet, a group composed of members from the 188th National Guard Band out of Fargo, will present a recital, a mix of military music, marches and patriotic selections, in Williston on Saturday. The concert begins at 6 p.m. and will take place in the sanctuary of First Lutheran Church. The group will also present a clinic/master class on Friday at 6 p.m. at Williston State College in Stevens Hall, Room 216. Both the concert and classes are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted at the door and all proceeds will benefit the WSC Music Department. For more information on regarding the recital or classes, please contact Kyle Norris at 744-4572 or kyle.norris@willistonstate.edu.

The Pangea House presents live poetry and music featuring Guante, from Minneapolis, and local artists on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The Pangea House is located at 110-1st St. SE in Minot.

The Minot Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2013-14 season, “Symphonic Colors,” Saturday with a concert titled “MSO Pops: Evening at the Movies” in MSU’s Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. The concert will explore some of the greatest movie themes from the past, salute the Armed Forces, and feature the winner of the MSU senior honor competition. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $25 by age and seating choice, with season ticket prices available. For more information, call 858-4228 or visit (minotstateu.edu/symphony). Parking on campus is unrestricted for this performance.

“Minot’s Second Teen Poetry Slam” will be held on Sunday at Minot State University’s Aleshire Theater, located in Hartnett Hall, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. This is a collaborative project between MSU and Minot High School. The event will feature two-time national poetry slam champion Guante (Guante.info) as the master of ceremonies. He will also perform Friday at Magic City Campus. Several local leaders and business owners will be featured as judges, and a handful of creative students and teachers will participate in the poetry slam competition, culminating a three-day event. The MSU English Club will also hold a bake sale. Guante will also perform at Magic City Campus on Friday.

Singer and Mandan native Andra Suchy will be in concert Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Aleshire Theater at Hartnett Hall on the campus of Minot State University. Suchy, who now lives in the Twin Cities, has appeared many times on the Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and has a current recording, “Little Heart.” Also appearing will be Rick Watson, Joe Davis, Jazmine Wolff and Dani Johnson. Tickets available at Budget Music and Jacobsen Music for $10. For more information, contact J and S Productions at 839-8007.

Bradley Benton, assistant professor of history at North Dakota State University, will re-examine the conquest of Mexico at the next Northwest Art Center lecture Monday at 7 p.m. in Minot State University’s Aleshire Theater. Benton’s talk, “Indian Conquistadors: Native Peoples’ Participation in the Conquest of Mexico,” revisits commonly held views of the conquest and offers new interpretations. An informal reception will follow the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, and parking is unrestricted.

The Minot State University Symphonic Band, under the direction of Devon Otto, will perform Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. This concert kicks off to a three-day tour to Fargo and Minneapolis. The program includes two classic works of the wind band repertoire, Morton Gould’s “American Salute” and Percy Granger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry.” James Fusik, professor of woodwinds, will join the band for the regional premiere of Frank Ticheli’s new “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble,” which the MSU Symphonic Band helped commission. Student soloists and chamber groups are also featured, and the concert closes with Eric Whitacre’s evocative piece “Ghost Train.” Admission is free, and parking is unrestricted.

The Western Plains Children’s Choirs will present their Spring Tea Fundraising concert May 4 at 3 p.m. in Minot State University’s Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. Along with the concert, there will be a silent auction and concession fundraiser opening at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5; parking is unrestricted.

Reservations are now being taken for season ticket holders for the Mouse River Players Community Theatre production of “Over the River and Through the Woods,” a comedy by John DiPietro, which will be performed May 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. and May 11 at 2 p.m. in The Arlene Theater downtown, 115-1st St. SE. Reservations for the general public start today. Season tickets may be used and individual tickets will be sold for $10 each. People may make reservations by sending an email to

tickets@mouseriverplayers.com or may call 1-866-667-1977 for reservations. People should include their name, contact phone number, performance date, number of reservations required and any special needs. Mouse River Players accepts cash or checks only.

The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir performing at West Minot Church of God, 1105-16th St. NW, on Sunday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and Gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A free will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.

Minot Senior Coalition presents “A Salute to the Grand Ole Opry” on Tuesday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holiday Inn Riverside. The event will feature music, entertainment, vendor booths, door prizes, a noon meal and snacks. Tickets are $15 per person. For reservations, call 852-3398 by May 4 and leave a message.