1. Elise Korenne
If the idea of a big city girl unexpectedly falling in love with rural, outdoorsy guy sounds like the plot of a chick flick, then Elise Korenne's life is a movie. Or actually a song. She left New York for a month to be a singer-songwriter-in-residence in New York Mills, Minn. Though she returned to the East Coast, her heart remained in the Midwest and eventually she moved there to live happily ever after. She tells the story in her book, "Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story," which she reads from at 6:30 tonight at Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway, Fargo.
2. Shannon Curfman
While she'd spent most of the last decade in Kid Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker Band, Fargo native Shannon Curfman has been able to unwind with her own music from time to time. The singer-guitarist gets to sing her own songs tonight when her band plugs in at Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen, Minn. Tickets are $15. Music starts at 7 p.m. www.starcasino.com/
In indie music circles The Melvins are well-known for influencing Nirvana as well as countless other grunge bands and sludge metal acts. Locals have a different in with the power trio as the group backed former Fargoan, godheadSilo bassist-singer Mike Kunka on "Mike and the Melvins." The group returns to town without Kunka, but with its trademark loud, low and slow sound for a show at the Aquarium, 226 Broadway, Fargo, Friday. Music starts at 10 p.m. with opener Spotlights. Tickets are $18. https://tinyurl.com/yaydlj9m
4. David Vincent reception
David Vincent's first canvases were TV and computer screens. The California native studied video game design and then film and television before moving to North Dakota last year. Now the artist's tools are paint and canvas with images that are more abstract than representative. He celebrates his show, "The Language of Color," at the Spirit Room, 111 Broadway, with a reception at 6 p.m., Saturday. This event is free and open to the public. www.spiritroom.net/
5. Art of Anarchy
Have you ever wondered what happened to Scott Stapp, the enigmatic former singer of Creed? The voice is back and fronting the heavy metal supergroup Art of Anarchy. Stapp fronts the quintet, which also features guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns 'n Roses) and bassist John Moyer (Disturbed). The act's first album with Stapp, "The Madness," was released earlier this year to many positive reviews. The group takes the stage at Sanctuary Events Center, 670 4th Ave., N., Fargo. Tickets are $20. jadepresents.com. (866) 300-8300.