Each salon will have a different theme and feature one live speaker, one TED Talk and an opportunity for discussion about the Grand Forks community. The salons, which began on Sept. 25, continue Oct. 16 at the Fire Hall Theatre with a salon on entertainment, Nov. 6 with a salon on design at Daktyl Tattoo Gallery and the TEDxGrandForks Open Mic Night on Nov. 20 at the Empire Arts Center.
The salons are limited to 50 people and the event suggests a $4 donation to cover venue costs. Open Mic Night, however, has no attendance cap and is free for all who attend.
Grandstrand, who organizes TEDxGrandForks, said the salons are unique gatherings designed to promote discussion and ideas around a general topic, giving members of the community an opportunity to connect with others in a setting that encourages innovative and intellectual thinking.
“There are a number of athletic, social and artistic events that keep our citizens busy and engaged,” Grandstrand said. “TEDxGrandForks provides a new outlet for residents to come together, to discuss ideas worth spreading and to envision how we can impact our community’s future.”
Thursday’s salon will feature Leah Paige, an actor and director who recently moved to Grand Forks from New York City.
TEDxGrandForks is an independently-organized event that is meant to bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
IF YOU GO
What: TEDxGrandForks salon on entertainment
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Fire Hall Theatre
Cost: Suggested donation of $4
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