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Something to smile about: Weekend offers comedy, concerts and more (June 14, 2018)

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Bluegrass band Monroe Crossing plays Bluestem Amphitheater tonight. Special to The Forum2 / 5
Comedian Chris Maddock performs at Bar 9 Friday night. Special to The Forum3 / 5
Christian rock band Mercy Me plays Bluestem Amphitheater Sunday night. Special to The Forum4 / 5
The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum is depicted as Camelot in Trygve Olson's print. Special to The Forum5 / 5

There are plenty of options to pick from to get out and enjoy this weekend. From old timey acoustic string music and harmonies to contemporary Christian rock, to a beer in the park or seeing a comedian in a club.

1. Monroe Crossing

Tonight

The roots of bluegrass may be set in the South, but the lively music has spread to the Northern Plains. Minnesota-based Monroe Crossing pays tribute to the roots music but gives the style a bend around the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The group's mix of bluegrass and gospel will sound right at home at Sanctuary Events Center, 640 4th Ave., N., tonight. The music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 or 30. https://jadepresents.com, (866) 300-8300.

2. Chris Maddock

Friday

Bar Nine, 1405 Prairie Pkwy, West Fargo, is getting into the funny business. The watering hole is becoming a laughing matter for all of the right reasons — by booking comedians. The stand-up series kicks off this week with Minneapolis funnyman Chris Maddock and Ryan Kahl opening the show. The laughs start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $12.95 for a single seat to $99.95 for a table for six. (701) 356-0099.

3. Under Brew Skies

Saturday

Drinking beer is a year-round activity, but summer allows suds aficionados the opportunity to do so outside in the sun, Under Brew Skies is a celebration of the regional craft brewing scene that also serves as a fundraiser for the North Dakota Brewers Guild. Sample from among 60 of the best brews in the area by raising a glass, or two, from 2 to 6 p.m.Saturday in Fargo's Island Park. Tickets are $40.99.

4. Mercy Me

Sunday

When Mercy Me released "I Can Only Imagine" in 2001, the single climbed not only the contemporary Christian charts, but the mainstream ones as well. The group is experiencing some deja vu after singer Bart Millard's biographical tune has been adapted into a wildly successful Christian film. The band brings the song and many other inspirational numbers to Bluestem Amphitheater on Sunday night. Riley Clemmons opens the show at 7 p.m., with tickets ranging from $30 to $80. https://jadepresents.com, (866) 300-8300.

5. The Midwestern

Monday

The biggest event and show of the year for The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum, 521 Main Ave., Moorhead, kicks off Monday night with the 59th Midwestern Invitational Exhibit of Fine Art. This year's theme, "Return to Camelot," inspired dozens of artists to interpret what they see as an idyllic period and place. Some refer to King Arthur's court, while others see the White House under John F. Kennedy. Others look closer to home. See for yourself when the show opens Monday. www.therourke.org, (218) 236-8861.

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