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1 'The Nutcracker' Friday - Sunday
FARGO—When Sarah Morrau and Bekka DeVries perform today for the Plains Art Museum's holiday concert series, it will be the 17th time in the program's 18 years they've played the gig. The only show they missed was when Morrau had the flu. It's the favorite show of the year for the duo, Morrau the singer and DeVries the pianist. "For Bekka and me, it's become a tradition," Morrau says. "We look forward to seeing the same people every year. It gets us in the Christmas spirit, whatever that is."
FARGO—The Blenders officially kicked off their annual holiday tour in Minneapolis last weekend and bring the set to Fargo tonight for eight shows over the next six days. The quartet offered a preview when it played the Bell Bank Christmas party earlier this month, opening up for legendary country music act Alabama. While the vocal group was grateful to give back to Bell Bank (which sponsors the Blenders holiday tour), playing with Alabama gave at least one member a new perspective on what he and his bandmates do.
FARGO—Wynonna Judd has always had a strong voice. From the 1984 debut with her mother Naomi as The Judds, to her solo career, which started in 1992, the singer has sung her way to the top of the charts 20 times and five Grammy wins. Wynonna (she's earned first-name-only-artist status) brings her new band, The Big Noise to Scheels Arena Wednesday night for her Christmas show. The singer agreed to a conference call interview in late November with a handful of journalists around the country each getting to ask one question.
FARGO—"Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go." Over the next month, people will be hitting the road to spend the holidays with family and friends. As there's not always room at the inn, or Grandma's new condo, more and more people are looking to alternative short-term housing options like Airbnb. While rental owners try to make their guests feel at home, some also try to strike a balance when it comes to holiday decor.
FARGO—Christmas came a little early for comedy writers this year. After former Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI on Dec. 1 as part of a plea agreement to cooperate with Special Council Robert Mueller, joke writers for Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert spun the news into Christmas tunes. They weren't the only ones. In Chicago, former North Dakota State University student Jason Lord and singer Matt Griffo got in the spirit and released their own political carol, "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Collusion".
1 Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash: A Million Dollar Christmas Tonight
FARGO—The holiday plays at The Stage at Island Park are some of the biggest of the year for the theater. So patrons may have been surprised when the resident troupe, Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, announced that for its December run, the company would produce the little-known "The 1940's Radio Hour". While the name may not ring a bell—the play premiered in 1980—the songs that inspire this jukebox musical will be familiar.
FARGO—First Assembly Church is producing a very familiar title for this year's holiday show, but this staging of "A Christmas Carol" is unlike anything you've ever seen. Matthew Dunham adapted and directs this musical update of Charles Dickens' classic, taking the action from the streets of Victorian London to contemporary St. Paul, Minn. He says he was inspired in part by First Assembly's popular production of "The Gospel According to Scrooge" about 20 years ago.
Trollwood Performing Arts School hopes it’s made a match for the 2018 mainstage musical. The arts program announced Monday morning that it would stage a production of “Hello, Dolly!” to run July 12 through 14, 18 through 21 and 24 through 28 at Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead.