Crafts in the park, Streets Alive and 5 other events this weekend in Fargo-Moorhead
The sun is setting on summer, but there are more activities than ever to get out and enjoy this weekend.
1. Marcie Rendon
The time for beach reads may be coming to a quick end, but sitting down with a good book never goes out of season. Marcie Rendon offers up a regional tale of a mysterious homicide in her book, "Murder on the Red." The story, which centers around the dreams of a 19-year-old girl, exposes racial issues in the area. She reads from and discusses the book at 6 tonight at the Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave., N., Fargo. Free. plainsart.org, (701) 551-6100.
2. Nancy Friese
Nancy Friese may spend most of her time in Rhode Island, but her art is in a North Dakota state of mind. The artist spends parts of her summers on the land her great-grandfather, a Norwegian immigrant, homesteaded near Buxton, N.D. There she depicts the landscape in colorful paintings and sharp drawings. An exhibit of her work, "Encircling Trees and Radiant Skies," is on display at the Spirit Room, 111 Broadway, Fargo, through Sept. 1. At a reception at 6:30 p.m., Friday, will discuss her work with Sarah Bowser, of the North Dakota Museum of the Arts, which hosts the show. Free. www.spiritroom.net, (701) 237-0230.
3. Har Mar Superstar
He's made out with Kate Moss and brought Macauley Culkin (whom he has also kissed) home to his parents' house for a Christmas in Owatonna, Minn., but Har Mar Superstar is still best known for his sweaty, near-naked dance party concerts. The Minneapolis song and dance man brings the grooves from his new ep, "Personal Boy," to Sanctuary Events Center, 670 4th Ave. N., Fargo, Friday for an evening of sultry pop and R&B jams. The grinding starts at 8 p.m. with SuperCruiser and Night Moves. Maybe Har Mar will reveal why he was scouting Fargo-Moorhead bars in July. Tickets are $15, jadepresents.com, (866) 300-8300.
4. Island Park Show
Saturday and Sunday
While it's been years since it was called Christmas Bazaar, the Island Park Show remains a great opportunity to find gifts for others, or buy a little something for yourself. The two-day festival features 160 vendors selling a variety of crafty goods from handmade baskets, pottery, clothing and more under the shade of the old oak trees in Island Park, 302 7th St., S., Fargo. The fun runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.fargoparks.com.
5. Elise Parsley
Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate Elise Parsley returns to Fargo-Moorhead with a new tale to tell. The latest of her children's books, "If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to a Library, Don't," follows the rambunctious exploits of Magnolia, previously seen in "If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!" and "If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't!" Parsley will read from and discuss the works at a family-friendly 1 p.m., Saturday, reading at Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway, Fargo. Free. (701) 239-4729.
6. The Bazillions
Looking to rock out in a family-friendly way? The Bazillions will turn up the fun when they play the Heritage Garden and Amphitheater at Woodlawn Park, First Street and Sixth Avenue South, Moorhead. A fun, educational spin-off of the Minneapolis-based indie group, The Humbugs, this teacher-led act gives a back beat to English lessons. The group plays sets between noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. There will also be opportunities to make music, and arts activities from host Plains Art Museum.
7. Streets Alive!
Take a gas-free roll or stroll around downtown Fargo Sunday as part of Streets Alive! The summer event attracts more than 4,000 people who celebrate cycling, skating, walking and other healthy modes of getting around. The fun is set up on a loop in downtown with happenings on Broadway, from Second to Fourth Avenues North. Activity Alley will be set up on 10th Avenue North between Broadway and Second Street, while Participation Parkway makes up the southern part of the route along NP Avenue between Broadway and Second Street. The fun runs from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. www.greatridesfargo.org/streetsalive.