September 5, 2008

NFL Season Starts With Free Concert

Singer-songwriter Chuck Suchy of Mandan will mark the release of his new CD with "An Evening With Chuck Suchy and Peter Ostroushko In Concert."

The CD is "Unraveling Heart."

Suchy will hold concerts at:

* 8 p.m. Sept. 24, Fargo, Askanase Auditorium, NorthDakota State University. $15 general admission ticket at the door or Zanbroz Variety, Fargo.

* 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Minot, Alshire Theater, Hartnett Hall, Minot State University. $15 general admission tickets at the door or Jacobsen Music and Northwest Music, Minot.

* 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Bismarck, Belle Mehus Auditorium. $15 general admission at the door or Eckroth Music and Stringbean Music (Bismarck) and LaVon's Hallmark (Mandan).

This is Suchy's sixth CD.

The Bismarck Civic Center, and Art Fegan Entertainment, will present two performances by the Golden Dragon Acrobats at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

Tickets are on sale at the Bismarck Civic Center, online at, charge by phone at 222-2121, or at any Ticketmaster outlet.

Tickets for each performance are $37 for adults and $22 for children 2 to 12 years. Discounts are available for groups of more than 10 by calling the Civic Center at 701-355-1384.

More information on the Golden Dragon Acrobats is available at

North Dakota State University Associate Professor of Music, Robert Jones, baritone, will present a faculty recital on Sept. 25 in Beckwith Recital Hall. The recital is free and open to the public.

Titled "Animal Stories," the recital will feature a variety of German, British, French and American songs about animals.

Jones also will present the recital on Sept. 23 at Dickinson State University and Oct. 2 at Valley City State University.

For additional information, contact the Division of Fine Arts at 231-7969.

Dakota Stage presents its first "Living Masterpieces" at the High Prairie Arts and Science Complex from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13.

Twenty famous works of art will be brought to life in three dimensions with the help of local actors, background artists, costumers and make-up artists.

All proceeds will benefit Dakota Stage Ltd and Shade Tree Players.

A "sneak peek" with eight of the 20 artists will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 13. It's $10 per person, $5 students and kids, $20 for families

The event at 7 p.m. is $35 per person, discounts for groups of eight or more (limited availability).

Call Dakota Stage at 258-4998 for tickets and information.

Marketplace for Entrepreneurs has set audition dates for the third annual Marketplace Talent Search. The finals of the musical competition will be held in Bismarck on Jan. 13, 2009, in conjunction with Marketplace for Entrepreneurs.

The talent search is open to all vocal soloists.

Entrants are invited to participate in the following regional auditions:

* Minot, Sept. 15, Minot State University, Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

* Fargo, Sept. 22, Fargo North High School Theatre.

* Dickinson, Sept. 29, Dickinson State University, Dorothy Stickney Auditorium.

* Bismarck, Oct. 14, Belle Mehus Auditorium

* Grand Forks, Oct. 20, Empire Arts Center.

Preregistration is required for the auditions. Applications are available online at www.MarketplaceFor or by calling 888-384-8410.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kathy Griffin, who shook up an Emmy ceremony last year with her rowdy acceptance speech, is bringing her act to this year's prime-time awards show.

Griffin and Don Rickles, a comedian who's legendary for his combative style, will team up as presenters at the Sept. 21 ceremony airing on ABC, the TV academy says.

"As we near the telecast, there will be more sets of presenters that will surprise almost everyone," executive producer Ken Ehrlich said in a statement

Kristin Chenoweth and Neil Patrick Harris, who helped announce the Emmy nominations in July, will join again to present an award, the academy said Thursday.

Conan O'Brien of NBC's "Late Night," Christian Slater (NBC's upcoming "My Own Worst Enemy") and Kate Walsh (ABC's "Private Practice") also were included in the third set of presenters selected for the ceremony.

NEW YORK (AP) - Usher, Keith Urban and Natasha Bedingfield are kicking off the NFL season with a free concert that's expected to draw thousands to Manhattan's Columbus Circle.

They are scheduled to perform Thursday afternoon. A video about the Super Bowl champion New York Giants will be shown before the NFL Kickoff show.

Traffic at the busy intersection at the foot of Central Park is expected to come to a virtual stop as fans and speakers - including Mayor Michael Bloomberg - turn out for the event.

The NFL will air portions of the concert live on its network prior to Thursday night's game between the Giants and the Washington Redskins at Giants Stadium.

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