FARGO — A new year tends to bring about plenty of looks back at the previous 365 days, but 2020 has lots to look forward to in Fargo-Moorhead — especially in the arts and entertainment circles.
While there will be more events announced throughout the year, some potential highlights have already caught our eyes.
After a big year that featured shows by Pink, Celine Dion and Miranda Lambert, the Fargodome is already kicking up its heels at this year’s slate of concerts. Country superstar Jason Aldean will pack the arena on Feb. 8, followed by other superstar gigs like MercyMe on April 5, Cher on April 11, Elton John on June 13 and Maroon 5 on Aug. 8.
A few more high-profile shows and 2020 could become one of the top five years for concerts at the venue.
Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre
The 2019-20 season was shaping up to be a big year for the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre — at least until Dec. 14 when it all threatened to come crashing down. Literally. The roof structure above the troupe's home at The Stage at Island Park, 333 Fourth St. S., Fargo, was found to be compromised, the venue was closed and the final shows of the year were moved to another space.
Adam Pankow, FMCT’s artistic director, remains upbeat, stressing that no one was hurt and all planned performances will go on in a different location, like the local talent show, Fargo Famous, on Friday, Jan. 10, being moved to the Radisson. The organization has to wait to hear the engineer’s report, as soon as this week, to determine what’s next for the 53-year-old structure, though Pankow is sure they will be out until at least early summer. “I know, ultimately, we’ll emerge from this stronger. We’ll be able to pull a facility together and have some conversations with other groups about what we’re missing in Fargo,” he says. “I think it will open up some doors and conversations to benefit not only us but the community.”
Plains Art Museum
Things are getting trippy at the Plains Art Museum in downtown Fargo. North Dakota’s biggest art museum has landed the state’s first major exhibition by famed surrealist Salvador Dali. “Stairway to Heaven” includes more than 140 pieces, including a number of illustrations from “The Divine Comedy.”
The show is already open, but will be kicked off in grand fashion at the Winter Party on Jan. 16. The show has inspired a number of other events at the Plains, including a discussion on film and surrealism on Jan. 23 and other events during the show’s run through May 20.
Fargo Film Festival
The selections have been announced for the Fargo Film Festival, but what else will surround the 20th anniversary is still unannounced. Given the titles, there is potential for great events during the five-day cinematic celebration, starting March 17. Winners include “17 Blocks,” a documentary about a Washington, D.C., family that lives behind the U.S. Capitol Building and includes an aspiring cop and her drug-dealing brother, made by storyteller Davy Rothbart.
Narrative feature winner “Hearts and Bones” stars Hugo Weaving as a combat photojournalist who befriends a refugee. One potential star visit could be Mark Patton, subject of “Scream Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street,” which explores the homoerotic subtext of the second Freddy Krueger slasher and the impact on the young gay star’s career.
Trollwood Performing Arts School
After taking a chance with “Freaky Friday,” a lesser-known musical in 2019, Trollwood Performing Arts School in Moorhead is going for a classic with “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.” The Broadway adaptation of the fairy tale includes tunes like “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago.” The magic starts on July 16.