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FARGO — By his own account — and to his wife's chagrin — Rob Ashe already had a wide variety of guitars, mandolins and violins in his home studio. But when the couple was recently in Hawaii, he found something he just had to have — a ukulele. Ashe picks guitar in the Fargo-based Americana act Boots and cut his teeth thrashing on electric axes in heavy metal bands. But the ukulele spoke to him. "It's always been a mystery to me," he says, referring to what he calls the instrument's "island vibe."
The weather is not the only thing heating up around here. This weekend's calendar is packed full of music and an interesting art show that will keep your head spinning. Eli Young Band Friday A lesson in perseverance, the Eli Young Band had been around for a decade before finally striking gold in Nashville. It wasn't until 2012 and the quartet's fourth album that they broke out with a one-two punch of chart-toppers, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" and "Crazy Girl," with the latter winning Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — Following up on the success of her 2013 cookbook "The New Midwestern Table," Park Rapids-area chef Amy Thielen is releasing a memoir on May 16. "Give a Girl a Knife" follows her upbringing in Park Rapids to her move to New York, where she spent nine years working in various kitchens. In 2008, she, husband Aaron Spangler and their son moved back near Park Rapids to a house Spangler built.
FARGO, ND — Theatre B is taking part in a national show of "inclusion, participation and compassion" Thursday night. The project, called "Ghostlight," stems from a tradition of keeping one light on in the theater following a performance for any guests or the resident theater ghost.
FARGO --WDAY+ remained the most-watched evening and nightly news in the Red River Valley, but chief rival KVLY closed the gap in the most recent ratings period. According to the November Nielsen Ratings, KVLY gained ground with the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts while WDAY+ slipped during those times. WDAY+ is the shared broadcasts of WDAY in Fargo and WDAZ in Grand Forks. WDAY and WDAZ are owned by Forum Communications Co., which also owns The Forum.
FARGO — Muhammad Ali. John Glenn. David Bowie. Prince. Nancy Reagan. Merle Haggard. Leonard Cohen. Bobby Vee. Arnold Palmer. Gordie Howe. George Michael. Carrie Fisher. Debbie Reynolds. It seemed as if countless newsmakers died last year. Well, countless to some, 161 to Matt Olien.
FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead area is in a deep freeze now, but help is on the way with a full weekend of events to warm your heart. Coffee & Cocoa Crawl Today
FARGO—For such a popular guy, Jeff Dunham sure does keep some strange company. For the last decade the comic ventriloquist has been on the road with a cast of characters that include a grumpy old man, a beer-swilling redneck, a talking jalapeno, a dead terrorist and an assortment of other animated characters. Sure, they may be dummies, but his puppet pals have some smart aleck remarks. Dunham and his collection colorful characters perform at Scheels Arena tonight on his "Perfectly Unbalanced" tour.
Luna goes Greek FARGO — If the cold weather has you longing to be on a Mediterranean island, Luna, 1545 S. University Drive, offers a serving of hope with a Greek wine dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Seven Greek wines will accompany the five-course meal, which features halloumi, octopus, lamb belly, pork tenderloin and a dessert duo with two wine offerings. The event starts with a 6 p.m. social, with dinner following at 6:30. Tickets are $80, plus tax and tip, and available at the Fargo restaurant or by calling (701) 293-8818.
FARGO — Chicago band Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials returns to headline the 17th Annual Fargo Winter Blues Festival on Feb. 11 at the Baymont Inn & Suites. Fronted by singer/guitarist Ed Williams, the four-piece is touring behind last year's disc, "The Big Sound of Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials." Fellow Windy City artists Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys also return to town with featured harmonica player Westside Andy. New York-based Tas Cru & His Band of Tortured Souls helps round out the lineup with The Blues Band starting things off at 4 p.m.