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Thief River Falls Area Community Theater Opens Cabaret

Cabaret’s Emcee and 2 Kit Kat Girls Ginger Kirkeby-Stumbo, Jon Mansk, and Sherry Knott

The Thief River Falls Area Community Theater’s musical production of Cabaret opens Tuesday June 25 and runs through Saturday, June 29. Cabaret has been entertaining audiences world-wide for decades; this is the first time it has been performed in Thief River Falls.

Cabaret’s Matt Linder (Cliff Bradshaw) and Lisa Swanson (Sally Bowles)

Performances will take place at the Northland Community and Technical College Theater, with shows beginning at 7:00 p.m. each evening. Tickets can be purchased at Digikey’s East Entrance during business hours, online at www.trfact.org or at the door each evening starting at 6:00 p.m.

Performing locally in Cabaret are Jon Mansk as The Emcee; Matt Linder as Cliff Bradshaw; Lisa Swanson as Sally Bowles; Rob Conwell as Herr Schulz; Jane Anderson as Fraulein Schneider; Sherry Knott, Rene Mooney, Ginger Kirkeby-Stumbo, and Jennifer Manning as the KitKat Girls; Sydney Linder as Fraulein Kost; Steve Moeller as Ernst; and Kim Beito, Shelby Pahlen, Tiffany Barta, David Miller, David Ahlfs, and Jeffrey Willis play multiple roles in the ensemble.

Cabaret’s Jennifer Manning, Jon Mansk and Sherry Knott in “Two Ladies”

The orchestra, led by Lorrisa Skalsky, also includes Brianna Geer, Alice Conwell, Raymond Johanneck, and Aaron Fagerstrom.

Written in 1966, Cabaret is a musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Set between 1929-1930 in Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it focuses on the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub, and revolves around American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles

A sub-plot involves romance between German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the Master of Ceremonies at the Kit Kat Klub. The club serves as a metaphor for ominous political developments in late Weimar Germany

Cabaret is directed by Gretchen Weinrich, with set and light design by Philip Hoks and costumes and props by Jane Anderson.  Bruce Elseth and Carl Dahlberg will serve as sound and light operators.

For more information on the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, visit us at www.trfact.org or join us on Facebook.

Cabaret is made possible in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council with Legacy Amendment funding through the vote of Minnesotans in 2008.

Traveling Art Exhibit

Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Godel Memorial Library in Warren, MN

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council sponsors an annual Traveling Art Exhibit, which visits northwest Minnesota communities throughout the year. The exhibit includes 10 original pieces of art by regional artists, chosen from works submitted for our annual juried exhibit. The exhibit is currently in East Grand Forks at the Campbell Library until August 31.

Traveling Art Exhibit at the Campbell Library until August 31

See below for the schedule for the year.

The 2019-2020 Traveling Exhibit Schedule*:

May 10–June 28, 2019  Godel Memorial Library, WarrenJune 29–August 31, 2019  East Grand Forks Campbell LibrarySeptember 1–Nov 2, 2019  Ada Public LibraryNov 3–Jan 4, 2020  Red Lake Falls Public Library**Jan 5– March 1, 2020  Roseau Public LibraryMarch 2–May 2, 2020  Hallock Public Library

*The start and end dates at each location are approximate, depending on weather, venue hours and other circumstances that may occur to prohibit travel. For specific library hours, please contact each location before planning your visit, especially if you are planning on bringing a group.

**Tentatively scheduled

The 2019-2020 Artists and Artwork: 

Mary Magnuson, Red Lake Falls, “Twilight in the Taiga” (Painting)

Amber Lee, Hendrum, “Koi” (Watercolor)

Peggy Branden, Karlstad, “The Beast” (Wood Block Print)

Kathryn Rynning, Kennedy, “The Graduates” (Photograph)

James Blix, Thief River Falls, “Woodland Composition I” (Photograph)

Bert Foster, Thief River Falls, “At the Barn” (Photograph)

Christine Foster, Thief River Falls, “Ice House Morning” (Painting)

Jill Levene, Warren, “-42.22C,” (Mixed Media)

Ying Sriyota, Badger, “The Champion” (Painting)

Elliot Chapman, Crookston, “Grain Elevator” (Photograph)

You may contact us for more info about the Traveling Exhibit at (218) 745-9111 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.Updates can also be found on our website, www.nwartscouncil.org.

Parenthood Art Exhibit at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery in East Grand Forks

Come to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) Gallery in East Grand Forks at the Riverwalk Centre (movie theater mall) to see the new Parenthood Art Exhibit. This collection is meant to explore and celebrate parenthood and is open between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We have gathered art created by northwest Minnesota artists that is related to parenthood through its very creation (made by parents and their children), art that involves parenthood in its content, functional art that lives in the everyday of parenthood, and art that cracks open parenthood—and childhood—just a little bit more. 

Artist Therese Jacobson’s painting captures a scene with her daughter cooking with her granddaughter. Therese explained that this “is what parenting is all about. Children learn from involvement. This was a very meaningful, joyful and calm moment.”

Art Work in Parenthood Exhibit at NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks, including a painting by Therese Jacobson.

Artists featured in the exhibit include Therese Jacobson of Alvarado, Trey Everett of Crookston, Susan Neufeld of Beltrami, Loreen Hanson of Thief River Falls, Jan Osborn of Thief River Falls, Paulette Christianson of Badger, Alicia Spilde of Karlstad, Peggy Brandon of Karlstad, Jill Levene of Warren, Irene Bertils of Crookston, Nick Reitzel of Karlstad, Barb Kota of Warroad, and Kelsey Brateng of Thief River Falls.

Parenthood Exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks

The Parenthood Art Exhibit will be on display from May 5 through June 23 at the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721 (located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery.) The gallery hours are Friday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 PM. Before you make a special trip to East Grand Forks, just see this exhibit, double check that the gallery is open (email stephaniemolson@gmail.com). 

There will be an artists’ reception held on Saturday, June 1 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. This is held in conjunction with the Art and Wine Walk. Light refreshments will be served. The Art and Wine Walk is located in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Participating businesses feature an artist showcasing their work, while offering wine and appetizers. The Art and Wine Walk has a small participation cost if you want to attend the entire event. However, the public is welcome to come to our gallery to support the artists without choosing to participate in the official Art and Wine Walk. Take advantage of the opportunity to view the art on display and for sale at the Riverwalk Gallery. In addition, Riverwalk Artists is currently looking for members. Don’t miss an opportunity to join Riverwalk as an artist member right now!

Artwork in the Parenthood Exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks.

For more information about this exhibit look to our website at www.NWArtsCouncil.org, or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Stephanie Olson at (218)688-1256 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.  This exhibit is made possible with funding from The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in Minnesota to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  To view more information on the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council look to our website or Facebook page.  Please sign up for our e-newsletter on our website home page to see the latest news and grant announcements.  Email director@NWArtsCouncil.orgor call 218-745-9111 to reach our office during regular business hours.