Concerts, art exhibits and more: 6 things to do this weekend in Fargo-Moorhead (5-17-18)
The Fargo Marathon isn't the only event to get you moving this weekend. Get out of the house and check out some of these offerings.
Tonight & Saturday
Art is always in season, but this weekend features a trio of opening receptions and artist talks. Mackenzie Kouba dissects her colorful and thematically potent exhibit of paintings, "Civility is for the Birds," at the Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave. N., Fargo, at a gallery talk at 6 today. A couple of blocks away, Warren Kessler celebrates the first solo show at the new Ecce Art Gallery, 208 Roberts Alley, from 6 to 8 tonight. The devil is in the detailed work of his trompe l'oeil oil (fool the eye) paintings. Janet Flom's "Then & Now" has been up for a few weeks at the Spirit Room, 111 Broadway N., Fargo, but the watermedia paintings get extra attention with a 5 p.m. Saturday opening. Flom will discuss the collection and her different techniques at a 5:30 p.m. talk.
Loss and pain are common themes in The Used's music, but the post-hardcore band transitions from screamo to continued musical maturity on its latest album, "The Canyon." Inspired in part by the suicide of singer Bert McCracken's friend, the songs range from amped-up ragers like "Rise Up Lights" to the power pop of "Over and Over Again" as he explores themes of mortality. Unfortunately, life imitates art as the group split with — and recently got a restraining order against — guitarist Justin Shekoski, who threatened to hang himself at a show. The group brings the musical drama to the Sanctuary Events Center, 670 4th Ave. N., Fargo, tonight with Red Sun Rising starting the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $33.50 for this ID-only show. www.sanctuaryevents.com or 866-300-8300.
'Music & Mayhem'
Saturday - Monday
Expect the unexpected from this weekend's Silver Follies show, "Music & Mayhem," at The Stage at Island Park, 333 4th St. S., Fargo. The annual spring show for performers 50 and older promises a variety of looks and sounds, with singing, dancing and murder. That final aspect takes place in an interwoven whodunnit that should keep audiences guessing. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Monday, with a 2 p.m. Sunday, matinee. Tickets are $5 and $10. www.fmct.org or 701-235-6778.
While bro country stars get all the fame, Canadian troubadour Corb Lund has kept his brim down and his fingers busy plucking out catchy, often comical, tunes. The singer is perhaps too tongue-in-cheek for Nashville, but he found a believer in star producer Dave Cobb, who lent his touch to 2015's "Things that Can't Be Undone." Lund and his Hurtin' Albertans will turn Sanctuary Events Center, 670 4th Ave. N., Fargo, into a honky tonk Saturday night. The ID-only show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $23 the day of the show. www.sanctuaryevents.com or 866-300-8300.
PJ Masks Live!
TV comes to life when Catboy, Owlette and Gecko hit the stage of Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., Fargo, in PJ Masks Live! The popular kids show will be in full color for "Time to Be a Hero" as the caped crusaders battle Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja in a musical production. The action starts at noon and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $27 to $101. www.scheelsarena.com or 701-364-3672.
NDSU Chamber Music Festival
Sunday - May 24
The school year may be over, but the music goes on at North Dakota State University. The NDSU Chamber Music Festival kicks off Sunday with a 2 p.m. performance and follows up at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Beckwith Recital Hall. Things wrap up on May 24 with a noon concert at the Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave. N., Fargo, with the final concert at 7:30 p.m. back at Beckwith. Area classical music fans will recognize many players from the FM Symphony Orchestra and can look forward to visiting artists like violinist Elizabeth York, cellist Alice Yoo, mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski and more. All concerts are free and open to the public. See a full schedule at www.ndsu.edu.