Culture

​Support your local artist: the Arts Partnership and FMVA

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 9th, 2017

Two organizations are hard at work for area artists and art lovers to spur creativity, showcase work, and promote artistic endeavors. The Arts Partnership provides funding, networking, and marketing opportunities for artists and arts organizations. The FMVA focuses on providing its member artists with opportunities to share their work and network.

Dayna del Val, Director of the Arts Partnership (TAP) since 2010, says: “We do four clear things at TAP: we communicate; we provide…

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​Telling the truth on the web

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 2nd, 2017

Sorting out the truth from lies or fiction can be quite the problem on the Internet. I can put up a web site in a matter of minutes that will convince you that M&M’s will be produced only in green next week. The company decided that green is the favorite color of all of it’s customers so from now on all M&M’s will be green. My web site will be very authoritative looking and sound very sincere.

What is a person to do? I like red M&M’s! Do I believe this web site? It looks pretty…

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​A kaleidoscopic experience at the fair

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 2nd, 2017

Fireworks are ubiquitous. Ever since these colorful testaments to man’s fascination with and control of fire were invented in China many centuries ago they have spread across the world. In the time since, pyrotechnics have evolved into a full-fledged science.

Nowadays they are synonymous with celebration, an obvious example for Americans being Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Another example that may be familiar to those in the FM area are the shows put on about every four years…

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TransNodak: a transgender photography series

by Faye Seidler | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 2nd, 2017

TransNodak is a Transgender Photograph Series put together by Beverly Poppe and features 12 transgender individuals from North Dakota. The exhibit has free admission and can be viewed from August 6, 1:30 to 3:30pm, at The Rourke Art Museum, on 521 Main Avenue, in Moorhead Minnesota.

I don’t personally have an eye for art but I am featured in this project, and will vouch for it being empowering, rather than exploitative. Our state rarely allows trans individuals to tell their own…

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​The Dark Net

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 26th, 2017

Did you know that there is a backside to the Internet? I guess we all have backsides, don’t we? The backside of the Internet has many functions, none of which you can access from Google.

Dark Net sites are just like normal web sites, it is just the getting there that is different. You must use a browser designed specifically for these sites.

The files that you send or receive over the internet are sent in “packets”. More correctly they are called TCP/IP packets, Transmission…

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Real talk: the Fargo-Moorhead Pride Center

by Faye Seidler | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 26th, 2017

A few weeks ago an individual posed a question on social media asking people how they felt about the local Pride Center. This question ignited a fierce discussion between community members, including responses from the Pride Center’s President, Ken Story.

Ultimately, this discussion resulted in creating an event for community members to engage with Pride Board members on Sunday Sept. 10th, from 3 to 5pm. The function of the event is to listen to community concerns, needs, and…

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​The people have spoken: the best of the Best of the Best

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 20th, 2017

Photos by Raul Gomez

Last Sunday we had our annual Best of the Best awards ceremony at The Plains Art Museum. we don’t mean to brag but we’re the area’s longest­-running media poll, meaning we’ve been relying on you -- our readers call the shots on the hot spots, top eats, the coolest digs, best gigs, top bands, artists and performers in Fargo Moorhead.

So we threw a party--a heckuva party in fact. I had the privilege of co-hosting the event with Erik Block. Which wasn’t too…

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​Barking up the right tree

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 19th, 2017

27th Annual Paws Walk at Rheault Farm

On Tuesday the 25th, Homeward Animal Shelter’s 27th Annual Paws Walk will take place at Rheault Farm, the 15-acre park that provided the venue last year. This family-friendly get-together allows participants to walk their dogs to raise money for shelter animals, which will go towards food, shelter, and veterinary care, including vaccinations, microchips, spaying and neutering.

“Last year we raised a little over $36,000,” says Special Events/PR…

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​Are you Selling Your Stuff?

by Chuck Solly | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 19th, 2017

Some people say that the current selling market on line favors the buyer. Maybe... But you can still do well if you spend a little extra time with your listings. I am talking about listing items for sale on Ebay and Etsy.

I wanted to give you some tips for presenting your items and taking pictures. I sell mostly smaller items on Ebay, jewelry, coins, glassware, etc. There are some small items that you can take pictures of with a cheap cell phone camera. I do not recommend this. If you…

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A look at Safe Spaces in college

by Faye Seidler | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 19th, 2017

Over the years I’ve seen a number of articles and individuals condemning Safe Spaces as the bane of intellectual rigor, the death throes of free speech, and a major contributor to political extremism. In these articles, Safe Spaces get defined as places where students are free from information they find emotionally distressing: a place where students can mingle with like-minded individuals and not be criticized or challenged in any way.

Given all of that information, it really only…

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