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Fall concerts continue to keep center busy [UPDATED]

Published 10:37am Thursday, October 17, 2013 Updated 12:39pm Thursday, October 17, 2013

If you are reading this today, then I hope you have tickets or are planning to head to the theater tonight for Neil Jacobs. We are having this world-class 12-string guitar master on our stage here at the Center tonight at 7:30 p.m. This is one of the shows where the audience is seated on the stage with the artist and there are only 70 seats total. It will be an intimate experience, and a chance to really see Neil’s fingers fly across the strings. I am excited to be an audience member myself this time.

Speaking of intimate experiences, last weekend when the Juno award-winning Canadian duo Dala was here, they did a free songwriting workshop for the public before their evening concert. We had five young songwriters attend the workshop where they learned all about how to choose lyrics, finding inspiration, keeping yourself motivated, and the discipline of writing songs.

I was lucky enough to sit in on the workshop and listen. I was already excited about the Dala show. I had done my research by reading up on the group, visiting their website, and watching tons of YouTube videos. I was impressed with their songwriting skills and their incredibly beautiful voices and harmonies. I couldn’t wait to see them perform here.

Then I heard them sing in-person. I was blown away. Their voices are often described as angelic, and I can understand why. What a great opportunity for the five young people who sat up on stage in a circle of chairs not five feet away from Dala and got to listen to them sing from the heart. It is moments like those that dramatically show me why I do what I do. If you missed the show last Saturday night, I must say you missed a good one. But don’t worry, there are more great shows coming up.

If you haven’t heard, we are showing the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show here on the big screen on Halloween night at 10 p.m.

All tickets will be $8, general seating, and can be purchased now or at the door. Audience participation is encouraged and people are welcome to bring their own props. We will have a limited number of pre-made kits with everything you need for sale in the lobby.

We do want to make sure that everyone has a great time, but remains safe and respectful as well. On our website, in the event listing, as well as on our Facebook page, we have posted the acceptable props for the night as well as proper Rocky Horror etiquette. If props are brought in that are not on the list, we will confiscate them. Also, a reminder that the film is rated R, so you must be 17 years old or accompanied by an adult to see it.

Today, also happens to be the deadline to RSVP for our fall fundraiser and annual meeting event, F.A.M.E., on Oct. 26. If you haven’t made reservations yet, don’t miss your chance. It’s going to be a fun evening with music by REDJazz, fun photos in the Limelite Photo Booth, awesome silent auction items, and the game show “Name That Tune.” If you haven’t heard, our live auction items include a week stay for up to six in Italy and a week stay for two in Mexico.

As you can see, October continues to be a busy month here at A Center for the Arts. The fall season is in full swing and we are enjoying bringing you quality arts programming. We hope you’re taking advantage of all the arts opportunities in Fergus, whether it’s a show at the Center, or art reception at the Kaddatz Gallery or art classes for kids, or a reception at Lake Region Arts Council, or any one of the myriad of options at The Spot, Otter Tail County Historical Society, the library, etc. The arts are happening here in Fergus Falls.


Kristin Fonriest is the executive assistant at A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls.

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