What’s Happening in Arts & Entertainment 8-21-14

The Minot Chamber Chorale is seeking singers for the upcoming season. Rehearsals will start in early September. The chorale, founded more than 40 years ago, is the only mixed community choir in Minot. Singers make a commitment to perform in the four concerts each season including a Fall Pops Concert, Renaissance Christmas Feast, Classical Works Concert and Spring Sampler Concert & Ice Cream Social. To schedule an audition contact conductor Bob Demke at 721-4548 or

The annual Festival on Main will be held this year on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Downtown Minot. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Business and Professional Association of Minot and Visit Minot and is free to the public. Daytime activities include the Northern Outlaw Wrestling wrestlers, sponsored in part by Coors Light, carnival and inflatable games, Dakota Cruisers car show, bingo, food and craft vendors, and Dizzy the Clown. There will be two historic Minot slide shows at the Taube Museum of Art along with children’s activities, Minot Air Force Base K-9 dog demonstration, FunTyme Karaoke, dance and band performances, in-store events and sidewalk sales, and more. The Downtown Shuttle service will be available during the day. Booth spaces for vendors are still available and an application can be downloaded at

( Call 839-8928 for more information. The evening fun follows with a street dance starting at 7 p.m. with local bands Guy & a Girl, followed by Soul Shine from 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. You must be 21 and older to attend, and the cost is $10. The IllumNight 5K Run starts in Downtown Minot that same evening at 9:14 p.m.

The Sibyl Center in Stanley will present “Take Time for Tea,” a program on the health benefits of tea, on Saturday, Aug. 23, at noon. The program aims to increase awareness of tea as a healthy beverage choice, helping attendees gain knowledge of tea varieties and learn which teas are considered helpful in treating different illnesses. Sharon Smith, Mountrail County Extension agent, will present the program designed by the North Dakota State University Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. Teas from around the world will be tasted and lunch will be served, pairing foods with teas. Suggested donation is $8. Reservations are required for the event by calling 628-2670. Tables are available for groups of seven.

Mouse River Players Community Theatre will hold auditions for “Plain Hearts,” a musical directed by Carlen Gilseth, on Tuesday, Aug. 26, and Thursday, Aug. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Arlene Theater, 115-1st St. SE. The script calls for six females with musical ability. Anyone interested but unable to make an audition time, please call 858-3178. Show dates are Oct. 17-19 and Oct. 24-26.

Narayan Thapa, Minot State University assistant professor of mathematics, will present “Inverse Problems, their Applications, and Undergraduate Training in STEM” at this month’s MSU Math Talk on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. in Model Hall 330. The talk is free and open to the public, and parking is unrestricted.

Todd Melby, lead producer of “Black Gold Boom,” a public media project documenting North Dakota’s oil boom, and New Town rancher Marty Young Bear, an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, will be featured speakers at Prairie Talks presentations at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, at Prairie Village Museum, Rugby, and on Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Aleshire Theater, Minot State University. The events are free and open to the public. At Rugby, treats and coffee will be served by the Friends of the Museum following the talk. Free will donations are accepted to help defray costs. Attendees also may tour the museum throughout the afternoon at no cost. Gates open at noon and close at 5 p.m. For more information about Prairie Talks: Oil Boom, visit at ( or call the museum at 776-6414, email or visit ( At Minot, an informal reception will follow the program. Parking in campus lots is unrestricted after 5 p.m.

The Minot Coin Club second annual Coin and Collectible show will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sleep Inn and Suites Hotel. Coin dealers from a large area that will be set up to buy and sell coins, currency, tokens, medals and supplies. The event will feature a large daily silent auction, daily door prizes, free gifts for kids 17 and under, a kids only silent auction, free Minot Coin Club Memberships, and an educational slide show that will run all day long. For more information and updates, go to (