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Louie Anderson

Louie Anderson

Thursday, May 26 | 7:30pm
Reif Center, Wilcox Theater
All tickets: $40

Minnesota's favorite comic son, Louie Anderson, returns to the Reif Center for a one-night stand, May 26. The man Comedy Central calls "One of the greatest Stand-Up Comedians of all time," is riding a new wave of popularity after a smashing first season of his new FX show "Baskets," also starring Zach Galifianakis.

Underwritten by: Swanson Law Office

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Reif Dance Spring Show

Reif Dance Spring Show

Friday-Saturday, June 10-11 | 7:00pm
Sunday, June 12 | 2:00pm
Reif Center, Wilcox Theater
Tickets: Adults $16, Seniors $14, Students $8

Reif Dance celebrates the end of another successful class year with their annual Spring Show. Ballet, jazz, tap and modern students, young and old, come together for this story-themed  production. With past performance titles such as "Alice in Wonderland," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Little Red Riding Hood and the Storybook Mysteries," you can understand why Reif Dance's family-friendly productions are a delight to audiences. Always a mix of fabulous costumes, great music and exceptional talent.

Underwritten by: Itasca Surgical Clinic Woodland Bank Grand Rapids Jaycees

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Great Northern Radio Show a project of KAXE/KBXE

Great Northern Radio Show

Saturday, June 18 | 4:30pm
Reif Center, Wilcox Theater
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 KAXE Members, Students FREE

The Great Northern Radio Show is returning to the Reif Center!  Now in its 5th Season, the Great Northern Radio show celebrates modern life off the beaten path with music, comedy and stories about your hometown.  Produced by Northern Community Radio – 91.7 KAXE/90.5 KBXE in collaboration with award-winning Minnesota author, KAXE/KBXE commentator and host Aaron J. Brown.  The evening features the Great Northern Radio Show Players, Sam Miltich and Charmin Michelle, Charlie Parr, and Sonny Knight and the Lakers!

 

Underwritten by: Kristina Gaalaas, Edward Jones Computer Enterprises

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Indie Film: Secrets of War

Secrets of War

Tuesday, June 28 | 7:30pm
Reif Center, Ives Studio Theater
No admission

Tuur and Lambert are best friends in a Nazi-occupied Dutch village who pass their days playing soldiers and exploring local caves, mimicking a war that seems far removed from their everyday life. When Maartje joins their class, the young girl immediately stands out as different from her classmates. Yet the boys embrace their new friend, forming a unique bond based on shared adventures, secrets and mischief. Ultimately, the realities of war find even them - Lambert's father, a Nazi sympathizer, is named mayor of their town and Tuur discovers his own father and brother have joined the resistance, instantly putting the two boys at odds. Meanwhile, Maartje is hiding a secret of her own, one that not only threatens to tear the new friends apart, but could lead to devastating consequences for anyone involved in keeping it. Secrets Of War puts both the danger and the humanity of wartime friendships squarely on the shoulders of three children who must face extraordinary circumstances with a maturity far beyond their years.

Underwritten by: Grand Dental Center

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Indie Film: The Dark Valley

The Dark Valley

Tuesday, July 5| 7:30pm
Reif Center, Ives Studio Theater
No admission

Somewhere high in the Alps, a lone rider makes his way along a hidden path and reaches a small village, tucked away between the steep mountains. This stranger goes by the name of Greider; nobody knows where he's from and, met with blatant distrust, nobody wants him in the village. The sons of Old Brenner, the village patriarch who holds the entire community under his threatening, violent ways, would have chased him away if Greider hadn't given them a fistful of gold coins. Greider introduces himself as a photographer, and Brenner's sons provide him with shelter for the winter at the house of widow Gader and her young daughter, Luzi. Soon to be married to her sweetheart, Lukas, Luzi is full of trepidation as the big day draws near because, in this valley, a wedding comes with a terrible tradition. And whoever opposes this tradition will be subjected to a merciless punishment.

In the depths of winter, the village cut off by snowfall and barely a ray of sunlight reaching the valley, a tragic accident leads to the death of one of Brenner's beloved sons. When another son is mysteriously killed, it's clear this is not a coincidence: the time has come for Brenner's family to pay, and Greider plans to settle a score long forgotten by everyone but him.

Underwritten by: Grand Dental Center

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Indie Film: Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

Tuesday, July 12 | 7:30pm
Reif Center, Ives Studio Theater
No admission

Told in fourteen fixed-angle, single shot, individual tableaus that parallel Christ's journey to his own crucifixion, STATIONS OF THE CROSS is both an indictment of fundamentalist faith and the articulation of an impressionable teen's struggle to find her own path in life. Though from the outside Maria lives in the modern world, her family and her heart are faithful to a Catholic radicalism that requires sacrifice and devotion at every turn. As she struggles to balance her own desires with the dictates of her family's faith, she makes ever more perilous sacrifices, attempting to please a God she worships unquestioningly in the pious hopes of curing the autistic younger brother she adores.

Underwritten by: Grand Dental Center

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Indie Film: Traitors

Traitors

Tuesday, July 19 | 7:30pm
Reif Center, Ives Studio Theater
No admission

Malika, leader of Traitors, an all-female punk rock band, has a strong vision of the world, her hometown of Tangier, and her place in it. When she needs money to save her family from eviction and to realize her dreams for the band, Malika agrees to a fast cash proposition: a smuggling run over the mountains for a dangerous drug dealer. But her companion on the road is Amal, a burnt-out young drug mule who Malika decides to free from her enslavement to the dangerous drug dealers. The challenge will put Malika's rebel ethos to the test, and to survive she will have to call on all her instincts and nerve.

Underwritten by: Grand Dental Center

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Indie Film: Salvo

Salvo

Tuesday, July 26 | 7:30pm
Reif Center, Ives Studio Theater
No admission

A hitman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house on an assignment, he discovers Rita, an innocent young blind girl who must stand by powerlessly while her brother is assassinated. What follows is an intense exchange fueled by adrenaline and fear between the killer and his witness, one that changes their two lives in an instant. The darkness is lifted from Rita's eyes just as Salvo decides, against his murderous instincts, to spare her life. From then on, both haunted by their brief encounter, these two damaged souls will attempt to navigate their dangerous next steps side by side.

Underwritten by: Grand Dental Center

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Indie Film: The Auction

The Auction

Tuesday, August 2 | 7:30pm
Reif Center, Ives Studio Theater
No admission

A man of few words, Gaby manages his family's farm - Buchard & Sons - on his own, despite his advancing age. With no actual sons to speak of and his two grown daughters living far away in the big city, he spends his days tending to the animals and land that surround him, eschewing modern technology and most social interactions. When his eldest daughter, Marie, appears at the family homestead to share news that she's finally getting divorced and in desperate need of money in order to keep the home where she and her children live, Gaby's quiet life begins to unravel. In an effort to tend to his children much the way he steadfastly tends to his farm, he'll be forced to make sacrifices he never intended for the sake of those closest to him.

Underwritten by: Grand Dental Center

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Indie Film: God's Slave

God's Slave

Tuesday, August 9| 7:30pm
Reif Center, Ives Studio Theater
No admission

Based on the actual events of a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires still making headlines today, GOD'S SLAVE follows Ahmed, trained since childhood as an Islamic terrorist now assigned to execute a suicide bombing at a synagogue, and David, the cold-blooded Israeli special agent who will stop at nothing to prevent the attack. But neither man is defined solely by their extremist views. Ahmed, posing as a doctor, lives happily with his wife and young son; though David's marriage is on the rocks, he remains devoted to his wife and daughter. With time running out before the attack, David zeros in on Ahmed as a suspect, his investigation culminating in violent, if unexpected, consequences.

Underwritten by: Grand Dental Center

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Indie Film: Tanta Agua

Tanta Agua

Tuesday, August 16 | 7:30pm
Reif Center, Ives Studio Theater
No admission

What could be worse than being 14 and on vacation with your father, stuck indoors during a seemingly endless rainstorm? Alberto and his two children, Lucia and Federico, set off to a hot springs resort for a short vacation. Alberto, who doesn't see his kids much since the divorce, refuses to allow anything to ruin his plans. But the springs are closed until further notice due to heavy rains, and Lucia's adolescent rebellion clashes against her father's enthusiastic efforts for family quality time. When she meets friends her age, equally bored at the rained-out resort, Lucia's vacation starts looking up. But flings can be fleeting, and it's her father's reliable insistence they spend time together that proves to be the most meaningful part of their unexpectedly enjoyable getaway.

Underwritten by: Grand Dental Center

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