It finally feels like spring is near. You can feel it in the air and hear it on the wind in birds chirping and a lot of events going on this weekend.
1. 'We Are a Horse Nation'
If you've seen the current show at the Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave., N., Fargo, "The Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ," you'll want to check out the movie that inspired the exhibit, "We Are a Horse Nation" playing tonight. If you haven't seen the show, tonight's screening offers a great foundation for the vibrant and engaging display of art and artifacts that illustrate the importance of horses among some American Indian tribes. Film director and exhibit curator Keith Braveheart discusses the movie and the show. Tonight's event, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. plainsart.org/, (701) 551-6100.
2. The Gaither Vocal Band
Christian recording giants, The Gaither Vocal Band, brings its style of Southern gospel to First Assembly, 3401 25th St S., Fargo, tonight. For 35 years singer/songwriter Bill Gaither has been the driving voice behind the genre, earning eight Grammy nominations and two wins. He brings a new lineup of entertainers to town, touring behind last year's album, "We Have This Moment". Music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $23 to $35. firstassembly.fm/, (855) 484-1991.
3. 'Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!'
Friday & Saturday
With spring finally here, Christmas seems so far away. Theatre NDSU makes merry this weekend with a holly, jolly production of "Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!" The family-friendly play follows the adventures of the first grader who simply can't wait for her classroom gift exchange, only to receive a gift she never saw coming. Show times are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday with additional dates next weekend, all at Askanase Hall, NDSU. Tickets are $8 for students and children, $12 for seniors and $15 for adults. https://ndsu.showare.com, (701) 231-7969.
4. Great Plains Harmony
Friday and Saturday
Great Plains Harmony is lifting its voices this weekend for a higher calling. The local male vocal group presents Men Singing Gospel at two local churches. The group gets some support from younger voices in the Diamond Choir of the Fargo-Moorhead Youth Choir. Show times are 7:30 p.m., Friday, at Bethel Free Church, 2702 30th Ave., S., Fargo and 4 p.m., Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 210 7th St., Moorhead. Ticket are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
5. Phoebe Bridgers
The hype behind Phoebe Bridgers seems too good to be true. Featured in an iPhone commercial as a teenager, discovered by Ryan Adams, who produced her debut, and lauded by other artists, the hype would be too good to be true if it wasn't all fueled by her sharp, yet sensitive writing and a voice that's both vulnerable and wise beyond her years. Last year's pop/folk disc "Stranger in the Alps" made it to a number of year-end lists, led by the mesmerizing single, "Motion Sickness". She makes her local debut Saturday at The Aquarium, 226 Broadway, Fargo. Music starts at 9 p.m. Tickets for the ID-only show are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. https://www.ticketweb.com.
6. Gear Daddies
The Minnesota country/rock legends Gear Daddies haven't released an album of new material in nearly 30 years, but their fans don't mind. Gear-heads want to hear those old chestnuts from the first two discs and sing along to "Stupid Boy," tip one back to "Drank so Much (Just Feel Stupid)" and maybe cry along to "Statue of Jesus". The group brings those, and of course, "(I Wanna Drive the) Zamboni" when they play The Windbreak, 3150 39th St., S., Fargo. Matt Aakre opens the show at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. www.thewindbreak.com, (701) 282-5507.