What’s Happening in Arts & Entertainment 5-1-14

Gaither Homecoming artist Lynda Randle from Kansas City, Mo., will present a concert Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Holwell Auditorium at Bottineau High School, in Bottineau. There is no admission charge but a free will offering will be received.

The Voices of Note women’s chorus will perform a Spring Concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Vincent United Methodist Church, 1024-2nd St. SE, Minot. Directors for the choir are Roberta Johnson, Sharon Strube and Nadine Holmly. Accompanist is Lucas Brown. Refreshments will be served following the concert and a free will offering will be taken. Everyone is welcome.

Erik Anderson, associate professor of music, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major” Tuesday in the atrium of the Gordon B. Olson Library at noon. In addition to performing, Anderson will informally discuss the suites, Bach and the movements. Bring your sack lunch and enjoy the music. The library sponsors the lyrical lunches. They are free and open to the public.

The Minot State University Jazz Ensemble will perform Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. The program features senior saxophonist Daniel Johnson and vocalists Rachel Olson and Alex King. Devin Otto, assistant professor of music, directs the group. The concert is free and open to the public, and parking is unrestricted.

Samantha Christman, Minot State University criminal justice major and mathematics minor, will present “Creating a Markov Chain Model to Discover Real-World Probabilities of Criminal Tendencies” at this month’s Math Talk on Thursday, May 8, at 5 p.m. in Model Hall 330. The talk is free and open to the public, and parking is unrestricted.

The public is invited to attend a free documentary film showing of “The Dust Bowl” on Saturday, May 10, and Saturday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in the Fort Totten Little Theater, Fort Totten State Historic Site. “The Dust Bowl” is a four-hour, two-episode documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns. The first half of the film will be shown on May 10 and the second half of the film will be shown on May 17. This is the first of two features in the 2014 Movie Series sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. For more information, contact Nick Gronseth at 766-4441.

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.

The International Peace Garden will host a Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event offers free gate admission, plants for mothers, entertainment and a Mother’s Day Buffet. Robert Ventura will entertain on the clarinet accompanied by the Moen Family Singers with string bass, violin, guitar and mandolin. The conservatory’s new addition will be open for viewing. Discounted season passes may be purchased. U.S. citizens do not need a passport to visit the garden.

The Viking Women of Vidda Lodge, Sons of Norway, will present two skits on Monday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Crosby High School. The skits will be about Viking women between 800 and 1200 A.D., showing the duties and cultural ways in their everyday life during the period. Coffee, lemonade and goodies will be served during intermission. The event is open to the public. A free will donation will be accepted to help defray the cost of an invitational performance at a convention in Fargo in June.

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.