‘Into the Woods’ & ‘Women of Troy’
Thursday, Feb. 27, through Sunday, March 1
At both North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead this week, students are taking the spotlight. NDSU’s Festival Concert Hall is turned into a faraway magical land for Stephen Sondheim’s fairy tale musical, “Into the Woods.” Using classic tales, this twist gives storybook characters very real dilemmas that can be more scary than a big, bad wolf. The music starts nightly at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets range from $10 to $20. Across the river, MSUM students go even further back in time, to the Trojan War, for a take on Euripides' look at the effect war has on those on the losing side. Director Patrick Carriere’s production of "Women of Troy" uses the story to shine a light on the current refugee crisis. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets range from $10 to $20.
Friday, Feb. 28, & Saturday, Feb. 29
Area comedy fans will see a familiar face this weekend when former Fargoan Adam Quesnell headlines two nights at The Cellar at Front Street Taproom, 614 Main Ave., Fargo. Quesnell’s old fat Thor joke recently proved prescient, but fans have always adored his appreciation of nerd culture and social awkwardness. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with Trevor Anderson and Drew Hehir opening. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door, for this ID-only show.
Friday, Feb. 28
At 61, Tanya Tucker is having one of the biggest years of her career. Considering her career started when she was 13, that’s saying something. The singer’s latest album, “While I’m Livin’,” her first collection of new material in 17 years, earned her four Grammy nominations, the most of any country artist this year. Tucker brings the new tunes and classics like “Delta Dawn,” “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane” and “Blood Red and Goin’ Down” on Friday night at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway. Music starts at 8 p.m. with Brandy Clark. Tickets range from $45 to $65.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Saturday, Feb. 29
Founder Joseph Shabalala died earlier this month, but Ladysmith Black Mambazo lives on in the voices, dances and actions of its current members. The South African vocal group came to worldwide popularity backing up Paul Simon’s 1986 hits “Diamond on the Soles of Her Shoes” and “Homeless” and would go on to become ambassadors of African music. The group’s current mission of goodwill is helping to celebrate Black History Month with a show Saturday at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway. Music starts at 8 p.m., with tickets selling for $37.50, plus fees.
Broadway on Broadway
Saturday, Feb. 29
First Lutheran Church, 619 Broadway, Fargo, is showing off its new Worship and Performing Arts Center with the pizzazz worthy of its address. Broadway on Broadway has Jane Linde Capistran directing the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra through a night of show tunes from musicals like “Kiss Me, Kate,” “The Music Man,” “West Side Story” and Disney titles, featuring soloists violinist Sonja Bosca-Harasim and saxophonist Russell Peterson. Music starts at 7:30 p.m., with tickets selling for $10 and $15.
Sunday, March 1
As winter makes way for spring, minds turn to road trips. Jim Puppe has had a number, crisscrossing North Dakota to visit people in every town in the state. His collected conversations are published in “Dakota Attitudes: Interviews from Every Town in North Dakota.” The author and his editor, Chandice Johnson, will discuss the book at 2 p.m. Sunday at Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway, Fargo. The event is free and open to the public.