Christmas is coming to town (Dec. 7, 2017)
Christmas is coming and with it so is a weekend full of entertainment options.
1. Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash: A Million Dollar Christmas
The actual happenstance jam session between Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash on Dec. 4, 1956, in Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tenn., didn't produce a hit, but it created a blockbuster stage show, "Million Dollar Quartet". The same setting is used in a holiday twist on the events for "Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash: A Million Dollar Christmas," playing tonight at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway. The show mixes the stars' biggest hits with their takes on holiday standards. The rock 'n roll starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $38. https://jadepresents.com, (866) 300-8300.
2. Writer Wonderland
Looking for a local book (or two or three or four) for the reader on your Christmas list? Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway, Fargo, has a way to personalize that gift. The boutique's Writer Wonderland tonight features nine regional authors selling and signing their books in one spot. Stop in for one or an armload of great reads and have the writer offer a special inscription for the recipient. The authors are Amy Thielen, "The New Midwestern Cookbook" and "Give A Girl A Knife"; Alicia Underlee Nelson, "North Dakota Beer-A Heady History"; Danielle Teigen, "Hidden History of Fargo"; Tory Christie, "Curious McCarthy Series"; Troy Larson, "Fargo Moorhead Lost & Found"; Steven Bolduc and Amy Phillips, "The Prairie Post Office"; Tracy Briggs, "In Their Honor — WDAY Honor Flight 2007-2017"; Marc Decelle, "How Fargo of You"; Jeff Kolpack, "Horns Up". The event is free—books are extra—and runs from 5 to 8 p.m. (701) 239-4729.
3. Christmas with the Master Chorale
Tonight - Sunday
Concordia College's annual Christmas concert may have passed, but there is still lots of quality holiday music on the Moorhead campus. A community singing group spreads some seasonal cheer this weekend with Christmas with Master Chorale tonight through Sunday afternoon. Conductor Aaron Zinter leads the vocal group through a concert of holiday tunes at Knutson Campus Center, Concordia College. Tickets for Friday and Saturday's dinner concerts are gone, but you can still hear the music at 7 p.m., Thursday and 2 p.m., Sunday. Tickets range from $8 to $15, available at the show.
While North Dakota State University Bison fans will be sporting green and yellow for Saturday's game, expect to see more red and white in downtown Fargo. SantaCon, the Christmas-themed pub crawl, rolls up and down Broadway, spreading cheer and collecting funds and goods for the Gladys Ray Shelter. The merriment starts at the VFW at 1 p.m., followed by a group photo at the US Bank Plaza at 2, followed by a drink at 2:15 at Rooters. Santas, elves, toy soldiers and other revelers will then move to a new bar every 45 minutes, starting with the Hotel Donaldson at 3, followed by Rosey's, Dempsey's, Empire and Sidestreet. The event winds up at 7 p.m. at Pickled Parrot, with prizes handed out at 7:30 p.m.
5. Lorie Line
It wouldn't be Christmas without a visit from Lorie Line. The piano queen has been thrilling fans for years with her sparkly take on Christmas classics, but also cutting loose on audience requests. Her "King of Kings" tour features her pop chamber orchestra and a guest vocalist. Oh, and Santa Claus for the kids, who will be invited onstage for "The Twelve Days of Christmas". The music starts at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Fargo Theatre. Tickets are $56.50, plus fees. https://tickets300.com, (866) 300-8300.