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By Aly Gruchala, Contributing Writer
IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN! SHRINE, SHRINE CIRCUS
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As far as archaic (get out your pocket dictionaries, kids!) traditions go, there’s not a big difference between the circus and prom. Giant elephants dressed
in sparkly outfits shuffling around in a circle. That’s about all there is to it. However, there are a few differences between elephants and high schoolers,
though, sadly, not as many as previously thought. Personally, I’ve never witnessed a circus elephant trip over itself while wearing ridiculous high heels,
shoes that should only ever be worn by high-end fashion models (slaves of Louis Vuitton or Gucci) or women of ill repute (I’m not kidding about that
pocket dictionary!). There’s another difference. Circus elephants do not volunteer to participate in the “walk of shame.” Smart creatures. They would like to
avoid the limelight, the over-rouged cheeks, the uptight hairstyles, and the plunging necklines. Honestly, I don’t understand how Mother and Father Ele-
phant would let Baby Daughter Elephant parade around in public looking like an over-glittered version of Ke$ha. Well, not exactly Ke$ha. At least Ke$ha
only pretends to be a perpetually inebriated trollop who likes to party. It’s good for her image.
But I digress.
Boys and girls of all ages rejoice when the circus comes to town. What’s not to love? I mean, if you are hyped-up on enough cotton candy, anything seems
exciting, especially to a five-year-old.
The thought processes of a five-year-old jacked-up on pink fluffy sugar sticks:
“Ahhhh! Look at the elephants! So big! Smell so bad! Still awesome!”
“Ahhhh! Just went to the bathroom! Need to go again! Gonna complain until mommy takes me! I’m awesome!”
“Ahhhh! Just ate the last clump of cotton candy! Craving more! Daddy’ll have two more dollars in his wallet. Capitalism is awesome!”
Well, maybe this depiction of the innermost workings of a child’s brain is slightly skewed, but seriously, I must applaud the institution of capitalism. If you
are able to persuade a family with four children to buy four sticks of cotton candy at the price of $2.00 each (total price $8.00), you are a business genius.
Or a wizard. Probably a wizard. Either way, you’re awesome! You’re able to sell cotton candy for $2.00 and it takes less than a dime to make. Congratula-
tions! Teach me your ways! And introduce me to Harry Potter.
The circus isn’t merely a place children come to laugh and forget their multiplication-tables (although doing that cotton candy math was pretty darn chal-
lenging). No. The circus is a place of learning, and this learning is fun! The circus teaches and reinforces society’s cultural values. For example, anyone
wearing an Indian headdress is an excellent marksman. Cowboys are unintelligent, exponentially times stupider than the horses they attempt to ride. The
circus is also where we learn that women are objects to be looked at. The female circus performers wear sparkly outfits, skin-tight and strategically fitted
(to catch Father Elephant’s undivided attention but still let the circus maintain a rating of PG). The ladies perform thirty-feet above the ground, clutching
trapeze rings and ropes, expertly maneuvering their flexible bodies into unnatural poses. The women’s’ glitzy outfits and strange poses shout, “Look at
me! Look at me,” to which the crowd happily obliges.
There are many more gender stereotypes at play. Now, Boys and Girls, pay close attention. Women are not allowed to be funny. They aren’t funny. End of
story. The male ringmaster can be funny. The dumb cowboy can be funny. The young boy running around the ring kissing girls on the cheek can be funny.
He is also apparently immune to the repercussions of sexual harassment but that is a whole other story. But girls can’t be funny. You are much better off
focusing on becoming an object to be looked at. Go out and purchase some over-priced, sparkly, and revealing clothing from the Wizard of Capitalism,
preferably a glittery dress with a plunging neckline and five-inch Chanel stilettos. Hey, lucky you, that’s exactly what prom is for. Mama and Papa Elephant
will be so proud.
EDITORS NOTE: We apologize to any businesses that may
have been offended last issue regarding a certain dispute.
The closure of Applebee’s last August left a gaping hole in the boardwalk area of East Grand Forks.
A new restaurant, Drunken Noodle, moved into the empty space a few months ago and has begun serving up traditional Asian food dishes along with
some American favorites.
I ventured to the newest addition to the EGF dining scene with my dinner guest, Charlie Kreidelcamp (CK).
The first thing patrons will notice about the restaurant is how spacious it is. The walls aren’t cluttered with hundreds of trinkets and the furniture is mini-
mal. A stage is also included in the restaurant’s layout. Adding to the ambience is dim lighting and what I would call “chill” music.
Deciding on food was pretty simple as the menu is only two pages long. It features a number of unique Chinese, Thai, Italian and even American noodle
dishes.I selected the fried rice dish served with chicken. If you’re not a fan of white meat you can also get the dish with beef ($7). Included in the rice are
eggs, carrots, tomatoes, peas, red onion and green onion.
CK’s pick was more exotic than mine, picking pad Thai with chicken ($7.50). The dish is stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, sweet fish-based Thai sauce, bean
sprouts and green onions and garnished with lime and peanut. If you’re not feeling like Asian cuisine, Drunken Noodle also offers staples like macaroni
and cheese or spaghetti and meatballs.
I can confidently say that we spent less time waiting for our food than we did waiting for a table. Our server Ryan was very polite and prompt—the food
came out in about 10 minutes. The noodle dishes came in large portions on white ceramic plates, and tasted as good as they looked.
The inclusion of vegetables was a nice touch to the fried rice—taking normal fried rice from okay to delectable. The chicken served with the rice was very
juicy, but still thoroughly cooked.
CK was also impressed by his order. Though the dish was not listed as spicy, it did include a slight kick—which he enjoyed.
If you want some beer or wine to accompany your dinner, the restaurant also has a full service bar.
The EGF Drunken Noodle is one of two restaurants with the same namesake. The original Drunken Noodle is located in downtown Fargo.
Comparing menus, it’s easy to see the EGF location is meant to offer a more
traditional dining experience than its southern counterpart. Menu items are
cheaper in Fargo, but the Noodle there is meant to be more of a hangout loca-
tion rather than a date night destination.
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In other words, it’s the Zombie Music Fest that’s put on annually by the award-winning organization Northern Valley Arts Council. It in-
volves a big concert at town-square with several area top bands and of course, people (dead) who like to eat other people (alive).
But this year, NOVAC, under the marketing leadership of Kirsten Gunnarson, is taking a bold new step. They are opening the door for a
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May 4
The Avengers will bring to-
gether the super hero team of
Marvel Comics characters for
the first time ever, including Iron
Man, Captain America, Thor,
The Hulk and more, as they are
forced to band together to battle
the biggest foe they’ve ever
faced.
The Avengers
Rated PG-13
Starring: Robert Downey Jr.,
Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L.
Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Chris
Evans, Chris Hemsworth
May 18
Story will follow the relationships
of four interconnected couples as
they experience the thrills, terrors,
surprises, aches and pains of
preparing to embark on life’s
biggest journey, parenthood.
What to Expect
when You’re
Expeceting
Rated PG-13
Starring: Jennifer Lopez,
Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison,
Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick,
Rodrigo Santoro
May 18
Doctors in London treat
cases of hysteria, characterized
at the time by a woman's irri-
tability, anger or unexplained
tears, with a new electrical de-
vice for treatment for the ail-
ment.
Hysteria
Rated R
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhall,
Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce,
Ruert Everett, Felicity Jones,
Sheridan Smith
May 18
Samuel L. Jackson plays Foley,
a grifter trying to escape from his
past having spent 20 years in
prison. But he gets ensnared in the
plans of a young protege and it be-
comes all too clear to Foley that
some wrongs can never be made
right.
The
Samaritan
Rating Unknown
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson,
Luke Kirby, Rith Negga, Tom
Wilkinson
May 11
In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi
Collins, with young son Barnabas, set
sail from to start a new life in America.
But even an ocean was not enough to
escape the mysterious curse that has
plagued their family. Two decades pass
and Barnabas is rich, powerful and an
inveterate playboy...until he makes the
grave mistake of breaking the heart of
Angelique Bouchard. A witch, in every
sense of the word, Angelique dooms him
to a fate worse than death: turning him
into a vampire, and then burying him
alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is
inadvertently freed from his tomb and
emerges into the very changed world of
1972.
Dark Shadows
Rated Pg-13
Starring: Johnny Depp
May 16
The heroic story of a dictator
who risked his life to ensure that
democracy would never come to
the country he so lovingly op-
pressed.
The
Dictator
Rated R
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen,
Jason Mantzoukas, Anna Faris,
Ben Kinglsey, Megan Fox, John
C. Reilly
May 18
Aliens, known as The Re-
gents, arrive on Earth to build a
power source in the ocean when
they come in contact with a navy
fleet.
Battleship
Rated PG-13
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Alexan-
der Skarsgard, Rhiann, Brook-
lyn Decker, Liam Neeson
May 4
When John Fleton, a depressed
suburban family man and recently
fired realtor, offers to help a
stranger, Richie, with his car, John
is sucked into a surreal, nightmarish
murder spree that forces him to
question everything about his life,
his mode of behavior, and the very
nature of evil...
Meeting
Evil
Rated R
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson,
Luke Wilson, Leslie Bibb, Peyton
List
May 4
Kate Hudson plays a woman
who learns she has been stricken
with cancer before meeting a new
guy (Gael Garcia Bernal). Lucy
Punch will play the woman's best
friend and advertising agency co-
worker.
A Little Bit
of Heaven
Rated PG-13
Starring: Kate Hudson, Gael Gar-
cia Bernal, Whoopi Goldberg, Lucy
Punch, Kathy Bates, Peter Dinklage
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The MIB duo of Agent Jay and
Agent Kay are back in action. When
the world is threatened by an evil
alien, Agent Jay travels back in time
to 1969, where he teams up with the
younger Agent Kay to stop an evil
villain named Boris from destroying
the world in the future. Emma
Thompson will play take-charge
MIB operative Agent Oh, who is
monitoring a prison breakout.
Men In
Black III
Rated PG-13
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee
Jones
June 1
An epic chronicle of the Cris-
teros War (1926-1929), which
was touched off by a rebellion
against the Mexican govern-
ment’s attempt to secularize the
country.
For Greater
Glory
Rated R
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Eva Lon-
goria, Andy Garcia
June 1
Snow White, a princess, es-
capes her evil stepmother with
the help of a huntsman who was
supposed to kill her but instead
trains the princess to fight back.
Snow White
and the
Huntsman
Rated PG-13
Starring: Charlize Theron, Kris-
ten Stewart, Chris Hemsworth,
Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, Lily
Cole
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ND BALLET COMPANY CONCERT- A
WOMEN’S WORK- 7:30 PM, Empire Arts
Center, GF.
BOOMTOWN- Big D’s, Grand Forks.
ALMOST MAINE- 7:30 PM, Fire Hall The-
atre, GF
FOOSBALL TOURNAMENT- 8 PM,
Rhombus Guys, Downtown Grand
Forks.
32 BELOW- Big D’s, Grand Forks.
STORY TIME- 7 PM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
JAZZ NIGHT AT ‘L BISTRO WITH JAZZ
ON TAP- 7 PM, ‘L BISTRO, CanadInn,
Grand Forks.
DAKOTA POKER LEAGUE NIGHT- Down
UNDer Pub, Grand Forks.
STORY TIME- 7 PM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
JOHNNY HOLMES- Big D’s, Grand Forks.
DAKOTA POKER LEAGUE NIGHT- Down
UNDer Pub, Grand Forks.
JAZZ NIGHT AT ‘L BISTRO WITH DOWN-
TOWN HORNS- 7 PM, ‘L BISTRO,
CanadInn, Grand Forks.
FOOSBALL TOURNAMENT- 8 PM,
Rhombus Guys, Downtown Grand
Forks.
ARTSEE- 4:30 TO 8 PM, ND Museum of
Art, UND Campus, GF.
ULTIMATE DIVA EXPO- 5 TO 9 PM,
CanadInns Destination Center, GF.
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EXTREME POKER-El Roco, GrandForks
STORY TIME- 10 AM, EGF Campbell Library,
EGF.
COMEDY NIGHT-8 PM, Dreamer’s Lounge in
the Ramada, Grand Forks.
KARAOKE- 10 PM, Rhombus Guys, Downtown
Grand Forks.
STUDENT ID NIGHT- 4 - 9 PM, $6 with student
ID, Splashers of the South Seas, CanadInn,
Grand Forks.
LIVE MUSIC- 9 PM, Sanders,
Grand Forks.
BAND ANIMALS- Big D’s, Grand Forks.
\\BOYS OF SUMMER- Long Haul Saloon,
GF.
ALMOST MAINE- 7:30 PM, Fire Hall The-
atre, GF
NORTH COUNTRY FIDDLE AND DANCE
COMMUNITY DANCE- 7:30 TO 10 PM,
Eagles Club, East Grand Forks, MN.
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OPEN MIC NIGHT- 9 TO 1 AM The Hub,
Grand Forks.
READERS THEATRE- 4:30 PM, EGF
Campbell Library.
STORY TIME- 10 AM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
KARAOKE- 9 PM TO 1 AM, Long Haul
Saloon, Grand Forks.
ANTIQUE TO CHIC- 3 PM TO 5 PM, ND
Museum of Art, UND Campus, Grand
Forks.
KARAOKE- 9 PM TO 1 AM, Long Haul
Saloon, Grand Forks.
OPEN MIC NIGHT- 9 TO 1 AM , The Hub,
Grand Forks.
STORY TIME- 10 AM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
‘l BISTRO TUESDAY WINE CLUB- 5:30-
7:30 PM, CanadInns Destination Center,
Grand Forks.
KARAOKE- 10 PM, Rhombus Guys,
Downtown Grand Forks.
.EXTREME POKER-El Roco, Grand
Forks
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DAKOTA POKER LEAGUE NIGHT- Down
UNDer Pub, Grand Forks.
JAZZ NIGHT AT ‘L BISTRO WITH - 7 PM,
‘L BISTRO, CanadInn, Grand Forks.
FOOSBALL TOURNAMENT- 8 PM,
Rhombus Guys, Downtown Grand
Forks.
STORY TIME- 7 PM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
CALLED TO LOVE TOUR FEAT. Aaron
Shust, Downhere, & Jason Gray- 7 PM,
Alerus Center Ballroom, GF.
.COMEDY NIGHT-8 PM, Dreamer’s
Lounge in the Ramada, Grand Forks.
STORY TIME- 10 AM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
STUDENT ID NIGHT- 4 - 9 PM, $6 with
student ID, Splashers of the South Seas,
CanadInn, Grand Forks.
A NIGHT OF MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE-
7 PM, Fire Hall Theatre, GF
FRIDAY NIGHT RACES- 6:30 PM, River
Cities Speedway, Grand Forks.
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FILLERS- Big D’s, Grand Forks.
LIVE MUSIC- 9 PM, Sanders,
Grand Forks.
STORY TIME- 10 AM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
EXTREME POKER-El Roco, Grand Forks
KARAOKE- 10 PM, Rhombus Guys,
Downtown Grand Forks.
COMEDY NIGHT-8 PM, Dreamer’s
Lounge in the Ramada, Grand Forks.
STUDENT ID NIGHT- 4 - 9 PM, $6 with
student ID, Splashers of the South Seas,
CanadInn, Grand Forks.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STRING SOLO AND
ENSEMBLE DAY- 8 AM TO NOON,
Hughes Fine Arts Center, UND Campus,
Grand Forks.
LEADERCAST 2012- 7 AM TO 4 PM,
Hope Church, GF.
FRIENDS BOOK & TREASURE SALE-
EGF Campbell Library, EGF.
12th ANNUAL POLYSTER PARTY-6 PM,
Banquets at the Boardwalk, EGF
LIVE MUSIC- 9 PM, Sanders,
Grand Forks.
UND COMMENCEMENT- 1:30 PM, Alerus
Center, GF.
TWO-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNING
GUITARIST LAURENCE JUBER- 7:30
PM, Fire Hall Theatre, GF.
ALMOST MAINE- 7:30 PM, Fire Hall The-
atre, GF
FRIDAY NIGHT RACES- 6:30 PM, River
Cities Speedway, Grand Forks.
ROOSTERS- Big D’s, Grand Forks.
LIVE MUSIC- 9 PM, Sanders,
Grand Forks.
BOYS OF SUMMER- Long Haul Saloon,
GF.
THE EMBER- 8:30 PM, Free Music &
Free Java, Freedom Church, Grand
Forks..
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KARAOKE- 9 PM TO 1 AM, Long Haul
Saloon, Grand Forks.
OPEN MIC NIGHT- 9 TO 1 AM , The Hub,
Grand Forks.
STORY TIME- 10 AM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
‘l BISTRO TUESDAY WINE CLUB- 5:30-
7:30 PM, CanadInns Destination enter,
Grand Forks.
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KARAOKE- 10 PM, Rhombus Guys,
Downtown Grand Forks.
COMEDY NIGHT-8 PM, Dreamer’s
Lounge in the Ramada, Grand Forks.
STORY TIME- 10 AM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
STUDENT ID NIGHT- 4 - 9 PM, $6 with
student ID, Splashers of the South Seas,
CanadInn, Grand Forks.
JAZZ NIGHT AT ‘L BISTRO - 7 PM, ‘L
BISTRO, CanadInn, Grand Forks.
STORY TIME- 7 PM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
FOOSBALL TOURNAMENT- 8 PM,
Rhombus Guys, Downtown Grand
Forks.
DAKOTA POKER LEAGUE NIGHT- Down
UNDer Pub, Grand Forks.
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STORY TIME- 7 PM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
JAZZ NIGHT AT ‘L BISTRO - 7 PM, ‘L
BISTRO, CanadInn, Grand Forks.
FOOSBALL TOURNAMENT- 8 PM,
Rhombus Guys, Downtown Grand
Forks.
DAKOTA POKER LEAGUE NIGHT- Down
UNDer Pub, Grand Forks.
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STUDENT ID NIGHT- 4 - 9 PM, $6 with
student ID, Splashers of the South Seas,
CanadInn, Grand Forks.
KARAOKE- 10 PM, Rhombus Guys,
Downtown Grand Forks.
STORY TIME- 10 AM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
COMEDY NIGHT-8 PM, Dreamer’s
Lounge in the Ramada, Grand Forks.
OPEN MIC NIGHT- 9 TO 1 AM , The Hub,
Grand Forks.
STORY TIME- 10 AM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
KARAOKE- 9 PM TO 1 AM, Long Haul
Saloon, Grand Forks.
‘l BISTRO TUESDAY WINE CLUB- 5:30-
7:30 PM, CanadInns Destination Center,
Grand Forks
LIVE MUSIC- 9 PM, Sanders,
Grand Forks.
FRIDAY NIGHT RACES- 6:30 PM, River
Cities Speedway, Grand Forks.
LIVE MUSIC- 9 PM, Sanders,
Grand Forks.
FRIDAY NIGHT RACES- 6:30 PM, River
Cities Speedway, Grand Forks.
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LIVE MUSIC- 9 PM, Sanders,
Grand Forks.
LIVE MUSIC- 9 PM, Sanders,
Grand Forks.
ANYTHING GOES GARAGE SALE- 8 AM
TO 3 PM, Alerus Center, GF.
WINDS OF SPRING presented by Greater
Grand Forks Sympony Orchestra, Empire
Arts Center, GF.
IDENTITY 5- Long Haul Saloon, GF.
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LIVE MUSIC- 9 PM, Sanders,
Grand Forks.
FAMILY DAY AT THE MUSEUM- 10 AM
TO NOON, ND Museum of Art, GF.
LIVE MUSIC- 9 PM, Sanders,
Grand Forks.
THE AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR
FEAT. THE YOUNG AFRICANS IN OUR
AFRICAN DREAM-7 PM, Calvary
Lutheran Church. GF.
GIRL SCOUT MOVIE NIGHT- DISNEY
NATURE:EARTH - 6 TO 8 PM, Girl Scout
Field Office, GF.
IDENTITY 5- Long Haul Saloon, GF.
FRIDAY NIGHT RACES- 6:30 PM, River
Cities Speedway, Grand Forks.
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OPEN MIC NIGHT- 9 TO 1 AM , The Hub,
Grand Forks.
STORY TIME- 10 AM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
KARAOKE- 9 PM TO 1 AM, Long Haul
Saloon, Grand Forks.
‘l BISTRO TUESDAY WINE CLUB- 5:30-
7:30 PM, CanadInns Destination Center,
Grand Forks
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STUDENT ID NIGHT- 4 - 9 PM, $6 with
student ID, Splashers of the South Seas,
CanadInn, Grand Forks.
KARAOKE- 10 PM, Rhombus Guys,
Downtown Grand Forks.
STORY TIME- 10 AM, EGF Campbell Li-
brary, EGF.
COMEDY NIGHT-8 PM, Dreamer’s
Lounge in the Ramada, Grand Forks.
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Muddy Waters is a group of potters that have one passion in common, sculpting clay. The group met through the Grand Forks Public School
adult education program. In 2008, these artists decided they needed their own learning center. “We met at Al’s house and asked, ‘how can
we do this?’” says Muddy Waters board member, Corey Birkholz. Soon after that meeting, 15 members opened the doors of Muddy Waters
Clay Center. It’s a permanent space for members to consistently hone their skills. Now the group has grown, more classes are offered and a
studio and showroom are opened most Saturdays.
Most of the artists share that to truly clear the mind one must be willing to get dirty hands. “You just have to leave all your troubles at the
door and you don’t want to bring in a bunch of stress,” says Al Boucher, Muddy Waters board member. “It’s hard to describe it, but you get
addicted,” Boucher adds. Several members in the building chime in on the habit-forming properties of sculpting clay. “You go to bed
dreaming about it,” says one member. “You look at the world though potter’s eyes,” adds another. “It makes you happy,” says a third artist in
the studio. Members say they try not to bring work to the studio but it seems they can’t keep pottery out of their minds when they leave.
When the clay arrives at the center – it resembles a block of play-doh more than a work of art. Some say the transformation of shaping a
mud ball into a bowl, pitcher or mug can have mystical properties. “These people are magicians. They have magic hands and they make the
clay into unbelievable things,” says Betsy Hemlers, a newcomer to Muddy Waters.
Artists begin with raw clay, they can roll out the material or use the potter’s wheel. The flexible material can be carved, embellished and
made unique. After the final piece is formed, artists prepare it for the firing process. Once baked, the porous hardened clay is called
“bisqueware.” The bisqueware must be glazed and fired again. Birkholz explains that most of the glazes are prepared in-house. “90 percent
of glazes are made from scratch with minerals and sand,” he adds. The pieces are dipped in glaze and then take some heat. Kilns can reach
sweltering temperatures over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. But all the mess and prep-work is worth it for this close-knit group. “It starts off as
dull and ugly, when you open that kiln, its like Christmas,” Hemlers excitedly adds.
This crafty crew says they love to share the joy that comes with opening the kiln. “Muddy Waters is for the people and community. It’s not a
private club or anything like that,” explains Birkholz. “It’s a community resource really.” This art space offers a wide variety of adult classes.
But they have plans to introduce younger students to the trade. The artisans will be hosting a high school class in June 2012. For more in-
formation on this or any other upcoming classes visit: muddywatersclaycenter.com.
Muddy Waters may offer a variety of art outlets, but their love for sculpting and passion for sharing this hobby is clear-cut.
by Suzanne Irwin, Contributing Writer
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Roller Derby is a sport that’s taken the country by storm. It’s nothing new by any means, as a lot of folks remember the sport being given primetime slots
on national television in the past. But it’s making a comeback, and that couldn’t be more true locally as Grand Forks now has not one but two Roller
Derby teams in the Grand Forks Sugar Beaters and the Red River Syrens. On May 19th, the Sugar Beaters open their season against the Iron Range Maid-
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Roller derby itself is unlike any other sport- or rather, is more aligned with professional wrestling in terms of theatactrics and… rink names. Creativity flour-
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People have ideas on what “femininity” is, she said, but “roller derby actively redefines femininity. They’ll wear things that may be stereotypically feminine,
but they’ll also show blood and bruises. Toughness is an important part of the sport, and skaters wear their bruises like badges of honor.
She couldn’t have said it better. Now I’ve played football, wrestling and all of that but… roller derby doesn’t sound like a sport I’d like to play- most of
those girls are tougher than you and I, and boy do they know how to put on a show.
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There are also home games on June 9th (Red River Syrens vs Williston Wreckhers) and September 29th (Syrens vs Duluth Derby Divas).
Forx Roller Derby, the organization putting on the events, is always recruiting skaters and volunteers; no experience is necessary. Check them out online at
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