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FARGO — The last time Journey played the Fargodome was 2006, opening up for Def Leppard and seemingly on its way down. The group was on its second replacement lead singer for the real voice of Journey, Steve Perry, hadn't had a hit in a decade and was 20-plus years removed from its prime. The road was coming to an end for the 1980s rockers.
FARGO — Erik Rommesmo didn't have to wait for the reviews to know he had a hit on his hands. About halfway through the world premiere of "The Hero" he knew things were going as good as possible. The film debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival where distribution companies look to pick up new films. With so many movies showing, reps won't waste time with a film they don't like and will walk out of one and move on to the next.
FARGO — As a member of the Fargo Film Festival's executive committee and a longtime participant and organizer with the event, Greg Carlson is used to suggesting nominations for the Ted M. Larson Award. So as this year's fest drew closer and closer, the Fargo filmmaker was getting a little bothered that he wasn't getting any feedback on the selections he gave to Fargo Theatre Executive Director Emily Beck.
FARGO — Journey will be inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, and quite a journey it's been. The five-piece band has experienced highs (becoming staples of radio in the 1980s and pulling in 80,000 fans to a Philadelphia show in 1983) and lows (being covered by Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 2012 movie "Rock of Ages"). Founding guitarist Neal Schon has been the only constant member since the group formed in 1973.
Spring is here, so get out and enjoy these events. National Book Awards Tonight The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks is in the middle of its Writers Conference, but there's plenty of literary buzz in Moorhead. Concordia College hosts its annual National Book Awards event tonight featuring 2016 finalists Karan Mahajan, noted for his novel "The Association of Small Bombs" and Andrés Reséndez, author of the historical "The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America."
FARGO—The Fargo Film Festival got rolling Tuesday with an evening of animation. The colorful works—and all of the other selected films—aren't child's play. "It takes a lot of love and hard work to kick off the Fargo Film Festival," said Emily Beck, during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
FARGO — The Fargo Film Festival doesn't have themes, but if it did, 2017 might be "The Year of the Woman." Out of the eight category winners this year, six were from female directors. In comparison, only two categories were won by women directors in 2016, none in 2015 and three in 2014. Overall, 38 of the 104 films screened over the five-day festival were made by women. Emily Beck, executive director of the Fargo Theatre, which hosts the annual event, is encouraged by the strong showing of women artists.
FARGO — Classic rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will play Fargo's Scheels Arena June 9. Though the group disbanded after a 1977 plane crash that killed singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines, founding guitarist Gary Rossington reformed the band a decade later with Van Zant's brother, Johnny, on lead vocals. The Southern rockers played Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen in 2012, the same year the group was named the Greatest American Rock Band by readers of The Forum. The group also played WE Fest in Detroit Lakes in 2011.
FARGO — Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra patrons may hear more challenging, thought-provoking works this season, but they won't have as much fun as they will at today's concert as Saturday night's show put the funny in the symphony. Pardon the pun, but after an evening of Peter Schickele humor, it’s hard not to keep laughing.
FARGO — If you take Peter Schickele seriously (do so at your own risk), P.D.Q. Bach is the 21st child of the great Baroque composer, Johann Sebastian Bach's 20 children, born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1742 and died in 1742. Or maybe it was 1807 and he died in 1742. In reality, P.D.Q. was born—or at least conceived—here in Fargo in 1953.