Useful Jenkins

Thursday, Jan. 16

Useful Jenkins plays The Aquarium on Thursday night. Photo courtesy of Tim McG / Special to The Forum
Useful Jenkins plays The Aquarium on Thursday night. Photo courtesy of Tim McG / Special to The Forum


It may be cold, but it’s never too cold for a hootenanny. Useful Jenkins supplies the tunes on Thursday night when the string band takes the stage at The Aquarium, 226 Broadway N., Fargo. The Mankato, Minn.-based group blends its bluegrass roots with folk, funk, rock, and hip-hop, to create a musical party. The jamboree starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for this ID-only show are $12 in advance or $15 day-of-show, plus fees.

Championship pinball

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Saturday, Jan. 18

Tim Fiechtner, seen here at Fargo Pinball, was the 2019 North Dakota pinball champion. Forum file photo
Tim Fiechtner, seen here at Fargo Pinball, was the 2019 North Dakota pinball champion. Forum file photo


There are some big games coming up this weekend, and we’re not talking about the NFL playoffs. Regional pinheads will flex their supple wrists on Saturday at the International Flipper Pinball Association State Championship. The top 16 players in North Dakota, including the state’s first female finalist, will flip out, trying to take the title and move on to nationals in Denver. The action starts at 11 a.m. at Fargo Pinball, 1133 Harwood Dr., S., Fargo.

'PAW Patrol Live'

Saturday, Jan. 18, & Sunday, Jan. 19

Cartoon heroes come to life at the Gate City Bank Theatre at the Fargodome, 1800 N. University Drive, this weekend when "PAW Patrol Live" takes the stage. Ryder and his first responder puppies Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest spring and sing into action in "Race to the Rescue." The show shows how teamwork, problem-solving and developing social skills help save the day. Shows are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and noon and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $21 to $115.

Fyre Fest

Friday, Jan. 17, & Saturday, Jan. 18

Minneapolis band Holler House plays Fyre Fest at the Red Raven Espresso Parlor. Special to The Forum
Minneapolis band Holler House plays Fyre Fest at the Red Raven Espresso Parlor. Special to The Forum


Fyre Festival may have been a total clusterfest, but the fallout about the botched event in The Bahamas is what really left a mark. The Red Raven Espresso Parlor, 916 Main Ave., Fargo, is having a laugh with its own Fyre Fest, deliciously aping the verbiage of the original, promising, “an immersive, beach-themed music festival in a remote coffee shop garage in the Dakotas, once owned by Pablo Escobar.” Post-punk influencers with local ties like Holler House, Hard No, Lutheran Heat and Disappear Forever headline the two-day jubilee, with noise acts to follow. And of course, gourmet cheese sandwiches will be available. Music starts at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets for this all-ages event are $10 per night or $15 for two days.