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Halloween-themed events take center stage this weekend

As Halloween approaches, Grand Forks is buzzing with activities to mark the occasion.

For example, the cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show Live, returns to downtown Grand Forks this weekend with shows begins at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Tuesday at the Empire.

The 15th annual shadowcast production features a live cast performing in front of a screen playing the 1975 film starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Meatloaf.

Tickets for the adults-only show are $15 on Ticketmaster or at the door.

Also, a Halloween event for the very young is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Forks County Historical Society, 2405 Belmont Road.

The society's "Half Pint Haunt" is an opportunity for little kids to dress in costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating and storytelling by retired teacher Bonnie Cameron.

The event will feature "friendly ghosts handing out candy," said Leah Byzewski, director of the historical society.

Admission is $3 per person or $10 per family. For more information, call (701) 775-2216.

Great live theatre is always in store when you take in a local high school production. This weekend, two Grand Forks high school theatre departments are presenting plays.

Red River High School's production of "Almost Maine" is set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the school's Performance Hall.

Grand Forks Central High School presents "Pinocchio" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the school's auditorium.

Tickets for both productions are $8 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors.

For reservations, call (701) 746-2411 or go to www.spacompany.org .

If you're a fan of live operatic music, head over to the UND Hughes Fine Arts Center on Saturday.

The annual North Dakota-Manitoba District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions begin at 11 a.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall. It's free to attend.

Three professional vocalists, with ties to The Metropolitan Opera in New York, serve as judges.

Winners advance to the Upper Midwest Regional Finals in March in the Twin Cities. Winners at that level go on to compete in New York.

For more information, visit www.facebook/pg/NDMBMetOpera .

Fifty-seven artworks will be auctioned at the annual Autumn Art Auction, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the North Dakota Museum of Art on UND's campus.

Mike Jacobs, former publisher of the Herald, will lead the bidding, said museum's director, Laurel Reuter.

Tickets are $40 for members and $50 for non-members.

For more information, call (701) 777-4195.

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