• Dan Fagan

Between the Lines: In an era of instantly streaming entertainment, don't forget your local artis


With the advent of digitally streaming entertainment, viewers have access to a seemingly unlimited selection of movies, television shows, music, and various other forms of content.

My Netflix watch list is longer than it’s ever been, and I keep adding to it. The sad part is my Amazon Prime watch list is even longer. I’ll be the first to admit that I love having so much high quality entertainment at my disposal, but it’s easy to forget that there is no substitute for seeing art performed live.

When I moved to Minot almost two years ago, I was surprised to find a small but mighty arts community. Minot State University offers plenty of opportunities for someone looking for a night out.

Last month, the MSU Theatre Program presented the Tony Award winning play, “God of Carnage.” .

This week it will open “Dinner Theatre,” written and directed by Conrad Davidson, professor of theatre and communication arts. The theatre program will present at least three other additional shows this school year.

The MSU Music Division is loaded with talented individuals who perform often.

On Friday, Nov. 4, the symphonic band, concert choir, and various ensembles will perform in the Northwest Festival Showcase Concert in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at 3:30 p.m.

For many students, the chance to see these artistic outings requires a short walk from the dorms. Students should take full advantage of the opportunity to see a play, attend the opera, or listen to the Minot Symphony. These are opportunities to experience new forms of art and perhaps discover a new interest. On top of that, almost all performances are free to students with a current MSU I.D.

There are three art galleries on campus, the Gordon B. Olson Gallery in the library, the Hartnett Gallery in Hartnett Hall, and the FlatTail Press Gallery in the Student Center. They display impressive works year around.

There are many artists who showcase their talents off campus as well. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the art galleries, live theater, and live music venues in Minot.

While artists derive much of their joy and passion from an inherit desire to practice their craft and to create, it always helps to have an audience. The coming together of artist and audience is not just a chance for the audience to be entertained, but for the artist to grow and react to the audience.

The next time you’re looking for a night out, consider spending it with local artists rather than your streaming service of choice.

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