John Lamb, Published April 04 2009
Lamb: Galleries, arts groups scramble during flood
Thinking about relaxing? Thinking of doing something that doesn’t require hip waders? Have at it.
But if you’re looking at sampling some of the finer arts in Fargo-Moorhead, you may come up dry.
The flood didn’t knock out any arts organizations, but it did force many groups to duck and cover.
- No group got closer to the water than the Historic & Cultural Society of Clay County, formerly known as the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center in Moorhead. While water came up to the building, no river water got in.
Still, the organization was forced to move its archives to a higher point in the complex. (No, they didn’t store things in the Viking boat.) The Women’s Perspective exhibit was cut short by a week and the organization plans to reopen April 13.
- Located just across Fourth Street from the downtown Fargo dike, the Fargo-MoorheadCommunity Theatre suspended its production of “Leading Ladies.” The troupe is considering free shows when the comedy reopens.
- Tin Roof Theatre Company’s suspenseful comedy “Deathtrap” resumes this weekend at the Avalon Events Center in Fargo with a free Sunday matinee for flood-fighters.
- It’ll be a few weeks before the fat lady sings, as the Fargo-Moorhead Opera postponed this weekend’s performance of “Carmen” until early May. (P.S. I didn’t really mean that leading lady Cynthia Lawrence, or anyone associated with the opera, is fat.)
- The Plains Art Museum reopened Thursday with a caveat – main galleries remained closed, citing the delicate nature of the work. Exhibits should reopen today.
- Both the Rourke Art Museum and Gallery in Moorhead are closed this weekend, and the Aaron Holtz opening has been postponed until later this month. Next weekend’s John Scott Postivit opening will proceed as planned.
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