Pictured from left, Chelsea Case, Joanna Mechaley, Mitchell Mechaley, J. Bruce Woodard and Colin Hanzlik rehearse "The Nerd."

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Watch out for that nerd

“The Nerd” will bring a dose of comedy to The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center community theater in Spearfish.

The show centers on the dilemma of Willum, a young architect, who is visited by Rick Steadman, a hopeless “nerd.” Rick stays and his continued presence among Willum and friends leads to one uproarious incident after another.

Show times are at 7:30 p.m. for the Thursday through Saturday shows, Feb. 8-10 and 15-17, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 11 and 18. 

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 with a subscriber discount, $5 for youth and Black Hills State University students.

Let out your inner dancing queen

ARRIVAL from Sweden: The Music of ABBA will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Deadwood Mountain Grand.

One of the world's most popular ABBA show bands, their performances include ABBA classics like "Dancing Queen," "Mamma Mia," "Fernando," and many more. From their sound to their look, the show is "the closest concert goers will ever get to see ABBA," according to a press release from the venue.

Tickets are $25 to $45, depending on seats, and are available at 877-907-GRAND or ticketmaster.com.

Time for a cookoff

The sixth annual Polar Bear Chili Cook off and Minnow Races will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 Main Street in Hill City, in the parking area across from Harney Peak Inn.

Categories for the cook-off are: Best white chili, best red chili, best green chili and best booth decor. Competitors may enter one or all categories. Entry fees are $25. All booths must be decorated for the event. 

Tasting fees are $5 per person or $20 per family. The entry fee for the minnow races is $5 per person. 

Prizes will be awarded in each chili category and for the minnow races. 

Traveling art exhibition reception

The Suzie Cappa Center will host a reception for the traveling art exhibition, "The Road Ahead" from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9 during the center's monthly Art Night.

Along with the reception, the event will feature live music by Dan Alsup.

Created to celebrate and showcase the talents of people with developmental disabilities, "The Road Ahead" features the work of 32 artists with developmental disabilities who represent arts programs in eight states. Suzie Cappa Artists participating include Nancy Weiss, Colleen Romano, Anna McDowell and Sheryl Finch.

The gallery will be at the Suzie Cappa Art Center, 722 St. Joseph in Rapid City, through March. The eighteen-month tour began in San Diego in October 2017 and will end in Bothel, Wash., in July 2019. 

A member of the Black Hills Works family, The Suzie Cappa Art Center provides a place where artists of all abilities can create, display and sell their work. 

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Feel the beat with 'Boom Tap'

The Performing Arts Center of Rapid City’s Family Series continues with Los Angeles-based Street Beat.

Street Beat will present "Boom Tap" at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Performing Arts Center historic theater, 601 Columbus St.

Described as a "kinetic, maximum energy explosion of urban rhythm and dance," Street Beat utilizes "junk," household items and other objects for drums and percussion while featuring modern street choreography.

Delivered by a drummer and two break dancers, their shows are based on educational standards and feature frequent audience interaction. 

Tickets are $8 per person or $30 for a family of four, and are available at the PAC box office at 394-1786 or at performingartsrc.org.

Calling all chocolate lovers

Rapid City's annual chocolate festival, Chocopalooza, is back for the sixth year, presented by JLanae Events at the John T. Vucurevich Event Center in the Dahl Fine Arts Center. 

From 11 a.m to 6 p.m. on Feb. 10, two rooms at the Dahl will feature more than 40 local vendors and samples of locally made chocolates, cookies, cupcakes, pies and other treats. Attendees can taste treats while shopping for handmade jewelry, home decor, art and more. 

A door prize will be raffled, with proceeds to benefit the Rapid City Homeless Coalition. There will also be activities for children. 

— This article has been corrected to add the date of the Hill City Polar Bear Chili Cook Off and minnow races. 

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