Check out these upcoming arts and entertainment events in and around Grand Forks

Sept. 15 – GRAND FORKS – The Muiderman Theater will host “An Evening with Pierre Bensusan” at 8 p.m. on September 23. The theater is in the home of Dr. Kevin and Amy Muiderman, 1410 Elm Coulee Dr. NE, Thompson, ND.

This concert is part of the Masters of Guitar concert series. Admission is $20 per person.

Bensusan, visiting here from France, is an internationally renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter. His style, referred to as “world music” by some, encompasses Celtic, blues, folk and African themes and rhythms.

The legendary virtuoso has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans on the global music scene today.”

“I’m beyond thrilled to announce that we’re hosting live music again,” Kevin Muiderman said. “Our small size really makes you feel like the concert is being put on just for you.”

Bensusan’s latest album, “Azwun”, released in early 2020, “remains his best in years”, according to David Mead, writing for the publication “Guitarist”. Mead described the compositions as “intense and evocative (and) delivered with a remarkable level of finesse”.

The concept for the album came from watching bees, “working in the dark as one,” Bensusan said, “and watching flocks of birds flying and dancing together as one. It was an inspiring symbolic representation of the continuum of music.”

For more information on tickets, visit

www.muidermanguitars.com

and click on “concerts”.

Wheelchair access is available upon prior request. Call (701) 599-2348.

A touring production of the Broadway musical ‘Hairspray,’ a Tony Award-winning comedy, arrives at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on Saturday, September 17. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.

“Hairspray” is the story of 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore, who sets out to dance to television’s most popular show.

It contains around 20 hit songs, including “Welcome to the ’60s”, “Good Morning, Baltimore”, and “You Can’t Stop the Beat”. The New York Times called the Broadway show “fresh, winning and with a delirious melody!”

The performance here is the result of a partnership between Chester Fritz Auditorium and Nederlander National Markets, branded “Broadway In Grand Forks.” The other show coming to the Fritz, as part of this partnership, is “Legally Blonde: The Musical” on February 13. The show follows Elle Woods’ transformation as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams.

Tickets can be purchased at

www.ticketmaster.com

by calling 800-745-3000, or stopping by the Fritz Box Office, 3475 University Ave. For more information, visit

www.cfa.und.edu

or call the box office at (701) 777-4090 or 800-375-4068.

The Blue Moose Bar and Grill in East Grand Forks celebrates Oktoberfest from 1-10 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, with free wagon rides and plenty of other outdoor activities.

Everyone is invited to get out and enjoy weiner dog races and costume contests, sack and face-painting races for the kids, and free corn-hole games, said Jordan Speare, assistant general manager. Simplot supplies the potato sacks for the kids’ sack races.

The event will also include a free beer tasting, pretzel toss, German food and a huge selection of Oktoberfest beers, Speak said.

This is the ninth such event, which has been held every year except for 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. Former employees were invited back to help with the event, Speare said. “We have a fairly close crew.”

A new activity this year, the wagon rides are scheduled from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. True North Equipment is providing tractors for the wagon rides, which will run through nearby campgrounds, Speare said. “It’s something fun for kids to do.”

The band ‘Roaming Thunder’ will be playing live music for the event which is billed as ‘the biggest beer festival in the valley’.

A food truck will be on site and beer will be sold outside.

The fifth annual Goat Yoga Day at Patch on the Point will be held Saturday, September 17 at Point Paradise Stables, 20753 440th Ave. SW, East Grand Forks.

Marissa Mihelich will be leading Goat Yoga sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Guests are asked to arrive 15 minutes before the session to check in.

The cost, $25 per person, includes all-day admission to The Patch. If the event has to be postponed, for weather or other reasons, it will be held at the same time on September 18 or, if necessary, on September 25.

Goat Yoga Day has been a feature of the Patch on the Point’s first weekend every year since it opened five years ago, owner Kristen Vetter said. “It was a great success.”

Special events are planned every Saturday this fall, she said. A magician will perform on September 23. An opportunity to adopt a pet is scheduled for October 1st.

Point Paradise Stables will also be hosting a Military Appreciation Night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on September 30. It’s free for active and inactive military with ID. The event will feature live music by Herlof Huso.

The Patch on the Point is more than a pumpkin patch, Vetter said. It has plenty of activities for families and plenty of animals for kids to encounter including calves, donkeys, lambs, emus, goats, pot-bellied pigs, alpacas, chickens, rabbits, ponies and horses.

Activities at Patch on the Point generally run Thursday through Sunday through October 23. For opening hours and calendar of events, go to

www.pointparadisestables.com/pumpkin-patch.html

or call (218) 779-9399.

To get to the Patch, follow the signs on Bygland Road or enter “Point Paradise Stables” on Google Maps.


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Jennifer R. Strohm