You made it through the elections. Now it's time to relax, kick back and have some fun this weekend.
Fall Exhibition Reception
Thursday, Nov. 8
The Plains Art Museum, 704 First Ave. N., Fargo, celebrates not one, or two, or even three exhibits this Thursday, but six. Things kick off with photographers Wayne Gudmundson, Stuart Klipper and Drake Hokanson talking from 6 to 7 p.m. about their show, “On Place: Three Views of the Land.” A reception follows with artists from other ongoing shows like the college print exchange, “Home: Then and Now”; a survey of work by Plains Art Museum teachers, “Creative Educators”; a display of table settings by the ceramic group Cone Pack; “Now You See Me,” portraits from the personal collection and “Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island," a group show looking at abuse and violence against Native American women on display at the Fargo Public Library. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available, with Balkan dance music by Trio Bez Ime. This event is free for members, partners and Native American artists, $5 for students and $10 for non-members; https://plainsart.org or 701-551-6100.
The Pig & The Pint
Do you like to eat pork? Do you think pork is one of the most versatile meats? And do you think pork pairs well with a beer, or two? If fine swining is your kind of thing, go hog wild for The Pig & The Pint. While the Bacon and Beer Fest in the spring specializes in one kind of swine, The Pig & The Pint gives each participating restaurant a half hog to break down and make a number of different dishes while consulting with local breweries on pairings. Participants include Luna Fargo, Chef’s Table, The VIP Room, Fargo Brewing Co., Flatland Brewery, Drekker Brewing Co., Prairie Brothers Brewing Co., Kilstone Brewing, Drumconrath Brewing Co. and more. The ID-only event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, at Sanctuary Events Center, 670 Fourth Ave. N., Fargo. Tickets are $60, plus fees; https://jadepresents.com or 866-300-8300.
Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 11
Concordia College Theatre takes a twisted turn the next two weekends with John Kander and Fred Ebb’s classic, "Cabaret." Guest director/choreographer Carol Schuberg turns the Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre stage into Berlin’s Kit Kat Klub in the early 1930s. Bawdy songs take on a darker meaning as the Nazis come to power and the fun of the nightclub gives way to fear. Showtimes for this mature audiences musical are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and again Nov. 15-17. Tickets range from $5 to $10; https://www.concordiacollege.edu.
Friday, Nov. 9
While he achieved notoriety for his work alongside Tommy Wiseau in “The Room,” it was Greg Sestero's account of working with the iconic actor and the screen adaptation of the book, “The Disaster Artist,” that made him infamous. The two worked together again on “Best F(r)iends: Volume 1” and “Best F(r)iends: Volume 2,” and both films will be shown Friday at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., with Sestero talking about his eclectic collaborator after the screenings. Movie times are 5:15 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for both films and the Q&A, and $15 for the second movie and Q&A; 701-239-8385.
Saturday, Nov. 10
We endured the elections, so if some people want to start getting excited for Christmas, well, that’s all right by us. Elise Parsley is in the seasonal spirit with her new children’s book, “If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, Don’t.” The Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate returns to town for a Saturday morning reading at Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway N., Fargo. The family-friendly fun starts at 10 a.m.; 701-239-4729.
Saturday & Sunday
The harp really doesn’t get its due in symphonies. Associated with mostly dreamy, romantic passages, these strings can come across as a novelty. Not in the hands of Yolanda Kondonassis, who literally wrote the book on the instrument. She lets her fingers do the talking this weekend when she plays with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra at its next Masterworks concerts. She’s featured with Debora Harris on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Concerto for Flute & Harp” and again on a new commission from Jennifer Higdon, “Harp Concerto.” The music starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at NDSU Festival Concert Hall, Fargo. Tickets range from $14 to $38; 701-478-3676 or www.fmsymphony.org.