There's something for everyone to do this weekend, from comedy shows to readings and drumming workshops to choral concerts.
Thursday, Nov. 1
Another week, another number of literary events to take in. On Thursday, the Moorhead Public Library, 118 Fifth St. S., hosts some of the best and brightest writers from the land of 10,000 authors. The Moving Words series brings in young adult writers Shannon Gibney and Nicole Helget, memoirist Kao Kalia Yang and Wahpeton, N.D., native, poet Heid E. Erdrich to read from and discuss their own Minnesota Book Award-winning works. The literary chat starts at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided.
‘The Book of Moron’
With less than a week until the election, don’t we all really need a laugh? Robert Dubac will deliver just that with “The Book of Moron.” The comic combines a stand-up routine with a one-man show, offering more insight than insults but still working the funny bone as he and his characters explore different aspects of issues from today’s news. The show starts at 8 p.m. Thursday at Sanctuary Events Center, 670 Fourth Ave. N., Fargo. Tickets for this ID-only show are $50 for a floor seat or $200 for a tabletop for four in the balcony; https://jadepresents.com or 866-300-8300.
Over the years, Ecce Gallery, 208 Roberts Alley, Fargo, established a fun group show with Newvember, and the tradition continues in its new space. The new address may be a smaller space, but this ensemble display of more than 20 works from regional artists encourages the viewer to get up close to the art. Get an early view with an opening from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday; 701-361-7067.
Native American Festival
Saturday, Nov. 3, through Wednesday, Nov. 7
The Fargo Public Library, 102 Third St. N., kicks off Native American Heritage Month celebrations in collaboration with the Plains Art Museum, Cultural Diversity Resources, the Fargo Native American Commission and Daughters of the Earth. Things start at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Native American Festival. The free event includes the Buffalo River Singers, traditional storyteller Gabe Derosier at 11 a.m. and Native American food tasting at 12:30 p.m. On display through Nov. 25 is the art exhibit “Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island,” a group show to draw attention to the cases of murdered and missing indigenous women. A film series rolls at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, with “Wind River,” followed by a panel discussion. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, “Reel Injuns” will be screened. More events will be held next week at the Plains, like an art and poetry workshop with Denise Lajimodiere.
Day of Percussion
Follow the beat to Minnesota State University Moorhead this Saturday to have a thumping good time. The school’s Day of Percussion showcases diverse styles of drumming in different cultures around the world. The highlights are two concerts, with the first, a display of African drumming and dancing, at 3:15 p.m. at Weld Hall. At 5 p.m., hear a different take on classic rock hits with more than 60 steel pan players from around North Dakota and Minnesota. Tickets range from $5 to $7; 218-477-2271.
‘Made in Minnesota: Music from the Land of 10,000 Choirs’
Saturday & Sunday
There’s more than Bob Dylan and Prince when it comes to Minnesota songwriters. In fact, the Northstar State has produced an impressive amount of classical composers. Michael Culloton leads the Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists in a tribute to vocal composers Stephen Paulus, Jake Runestad, Timothy Takach and Jocelyn Hagen and Concordia College’s own René Clausen with two performances of “Made in Minnesota: Music from the Land of 10,000 Choirs.” The music starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 210 Seventh St. S., Moorhead. Tickets range from $5 to $15; www.fmchoralartists.org.
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