Anywhere, at any time, there could be "bloomers" late, night, baby, idiotic, and as in bygone years important pieces of a lady's lingerie. If you created a bouquet with these "bloomers" it would create chaos.
In Minot, in May, there will be a veritable bevy of cultural "bloomers," and if you were to create a bouquet with them the result would be like a symphonic piece of music lyrically beautiful.
So get ready to select a "bloom" and enjoy until it is time on your cultural calendar to pick another.
Arlene Saugstad is a freelance writer who lives in Minot.
On May 1 musical members of the Minot Chamber Chorale entice you and your taste buds to create your very own close and personal ice cream sundae. They promise to provide the ingredients. There's a twist, however you and your ears will have another rare opportunity to hear a variety of music.
Directed by Bob Demke, the chorale songsters will sing "The Prayer" which is described as a powerful piece with words of Mother Teresa. Another bloom, "The Seal Lullaby," is based on the words of poet, Rudyard Kipling. Two spiritual blooms, "The Lily of the Valley" and "City Called Heaven." With her violin, Angela Carpenter will accompany the chorale as they sing "Listen To The Mockingbird." "The Blessing" brings the concert to its conclusion.
In addition to some new vocalists, you will still see and hear Brian and Connie Briggs and be amazed at the artistry of longtime accompanist, Audrey Hugelen.
The concert and the ice cream sundaes will take place in the Presbyterian Church beginning at 3 p.m. Your freewill offering will assure the continuation of this group of musical "bloomers."
In May, the Minot State University's Division of Music will offer you a variety of musical "blooms."
On May 1 at 3 p.m. in the Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, cellist Yehuda Hanani will bring you the works of Beethoven, admission for that concert is $10.
In the same hall, same day, at 7:30 p.m., for free, the Concert Choirs will sing in concert. The MSU Concert Band will present its musical blooms May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
On May 3, again for free, same place and time, you might like to pick and enjoy the MSU Percussion Ensemble's blooms.
Then on May 8 at 7 p.m. in the Ann Nicole Nelson Hall the youthful voices in the Western Plains Opera Children's Choir are bound to attract you to pick their blooms for free.
If you are in your seat in Minot's Central Campus Auditorium on May 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. or May 8 at 2 p.m., Rinat Mouzafarov promises bouquets of blooms for you. Rinat has established himself as a professional ballet instructor and his students' programs give evidence of his disciplined instructions.
This time he presents "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "Hatikva The Hope." You will see on stage five of Rinat's students who have been selected to attend some prestigious dance companies this summer for intensive training Chloe Ondracek, Laurel Collins, Brianna Berg, Macy Christianson and Alexis Schriock. Last summer, Haley and Hanna Wentz spent part of their summer attending similar dance classes so look for them, too. You could pick out their younger sister, Harper, too when you are in the audience in May. For $12 you can spend some beautiful minutes in Rinat's "garden" of ballet.
There could be some "idiotic bloomers" for you to pick May 19-22 when you are in the Mouse River Player's Arlene Theater. Conrad Davidson has been having some hilarity as he's been directing the cast for "Get Smart" and it is safe to say so have his cast members. In this ultimate of all secret agent thrillers, there is even a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty. C.J. Leigh plays the blundering Maxwell Smart. David Bradley is the Chief and Karen Anderson portrays Miss Finch. Other cast members in this comedic spoof include Sonia Polinsky, Courtney Knickerbocker, Sarah Thom, Alex Schoenberg-Carton, Brian McAteer, Anthony Anderson, John Salling, Thomas Burke, Kena Davidson, Susan Thom, Nash Smith, Brittany Knickerbocker, Claudia Nettleton, Maddie Thompson, Alex Lanti, Ari Hackett, and Jenni Filler. With his booming voice, Tim Knickerbocker actually is The Voice. Tickets are $10 without a season ticket. Reservations are suggested and open to everyone after May 2 by calling 1-866-667-1977. The May 19-21 shows are slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. and May 22 at 2 p.m. Get smart in May at the Arlene Theater.
All during the month of May, for free, you may pick beautiful "blooms" in our art galleries and libraries during regular open for picking hours. Minot State Library and Art Departments and the Public libraries are all a-bloom. The Taube Museum's walls are chock full of the creativeness and imaginations of North Dakota students ranging from Kindergarten through grade 12. Nancy Walter, executive director of the Taube, promises that you will be awed and impressed with what young people have created for this juried show, which is an annual exhibit in the Taube. You might even pick your own blooms.
In May, why not pick yourselves a bouquet of cultural blooms. Everything seems to be blooming recklessly.