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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.

'Love Letters' for Valentine’s Day in Lead

The Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead invites the public to attend a special Valentine’s Day two-person play titled “Love Letters” performed in cooperation with The Bukit Lizt Players community theater. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15 in a new black box theater setting accessible via the back entrance of the HHOH building at 308 Julius St.

“Love Letters” is a two-act comedy play by A. R. Gurney and is directed by Joe Saracco, starring Pam Wegner of Spearfish and Wilbur Newland of Belle Fourche.

The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and centers on two lifelong friends, Melissa and Andrew, who sit side by side and reminisce 50 years of friendship and memories in their notes and letters.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for HHOH members, $5 for students 17 and younger. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged.

Each attendee will receive a rose and a chocolate truffle. Wine, beer, soda and water is available for purchase. Seating is first come, first served.

To purchase tickets by credit card, call the box office at 605-584-2067, or at HHOH office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; or buy online at HomestakeOperaHouse.org.

Let out your inner dancing queen

ARRIVAL from Sweden: The Music of ABBA will perform at 8 p.m. tonight 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 concertgoers will ever get to see ABBA," according to a release from the venue.

Tickets are $25 to $45, depending on seats, and can be purchased by calling 877-907-GRAND or visiting ticketmaster.com.

Time for a cook-off

The sixth annual Polar Bear Chili Cook-off and Minnow Races will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on 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.

Sturgis Chamber Mixer

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The Sturgis Chamber of Commerce mixer is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight at Sturgis Chiropractic, 824 First St. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served in the Sturgis Chiropractic’s recently renovated building.

Leadership Sturgis

The 2018 class of Leadership Sturgis is being formed, with sessions beginning at the end of February. Topics include City, County & State Government, Economic Development, Nonprofit, Volunteering, Chamber Work, and Personal/Professional Development. Cost is $100 per participant. There are four sessions held from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the Chamber Office. Each session includes at least four speakers from the community. One additional session (Day of Excellence) on April 25 will be in Rapid City. It is an all day class. For questions or to register, email Assistant@SturgisAreaChamber.com or call 605-347-2556.

Burger Battle anyone?

The Sturgis motorcycle rally’s inaugural Sturgis Burger Battle has been named a Preferred Qualifier for the World Food Championships.

The Sturgis Burger Battle will be held during the 78th Sturgis motorcycle rally in August, pitting chef against chef in a 12-team burger cook-off at the Harley-Davidson Stage in downtown Sturgis.

The winner of the Sturgis Burger Battle will be able to advance to the 2018 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Ala., according to Jerry W. Cole, Sturgis motorcycle rally director.

The Burger Battle’s Preferred Qualifier status means that its winner’s registration fees are paid and other assistance is provided to compete in Orange Beach.

The Burger Battle features a total purse of $10,000 in cash and prizes, with the winner having a chance for a $100,000 grand prize purse at the World Food Championships, Cole said. Competitors will prepare food on site in timed events that include preparation speed, specialty recipes, presentation and the ultimate test of taste.

For more information or to register for the event, visit sturgismotorcyclerally.com/burger-battle/.

— 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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