FARGO — As the weather gets colder, it’s time to look for a good book to cuddle up with this winter. This weekend’s activities include a trio of literary options, as well as a hip-hop star to help keep you warm and some Halloween-themed fun for adults.
1 - P.S. Duffy
This year’s One Book, One Community reading selection goes back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean, following a sailor from Nova Scotia to the European battlefields in World War I. Angus MacGrath is more than just a sailor or a soldier. He has an uncanny knack for maps, so when his brother goes missing on the Western Front, Angus follows into the fray. Author P.S. Duffy reads from and discusses her book tonight in the Knutson Campus Center Centrum on the Campus of Concordia College. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public; https://1book1community.org/.
2 - Art Ghoullery Masquerade Reception
The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum, 521 Main Ave., Moorhead, is scaring up a good time Friday night with an Art Ghoullery Masquerade Reception. The institution celebrates the spookiest season with some frighteningly appropriate art, from the mysterious to the macabre. Celebrate the show, which runs through Nov. 4, with a costumed reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; http://www.therourke.org or 218-236-8861.
3 - ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’
While there’s never really a bad time to do “The Time Warp,” this time of year seems like the most ideal time to spend about 90 minutes with a “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania.” The Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, rolls out “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a special, interactive, late-night showing Friday night. A costume contest at 10:45 kicks things off. Props and participation are encouraged, but staff asks you to not bring rice, lighters, hot dogs and confetti. Tickets are $5; 701-239-8385 or http://fargotheatre.org.
4 - Nelly
For an artist best known for the hit “Hot in Herre,” Nelly never comes to town in the summer. The star of hip-hop hits like “Dilemma,” “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” “Grillz” and “Just a Dream” returns to Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., Fargo, Friday night, where he made his local debut in March 2011. The set is rounded out by Juvenile and Thee United Empire. Tickets range from $30 to $100; https://www.scheelsarena.com or 800-745-3000.
5 - Winona LaDuke
Activist and writer Winona LaDuke returns to town to read from her latest, “The Winona LaDuke Chronicles: Stories from the Front Lines in the Battle for Environmental Justice.” A resident of the White Earth Indian Reservation, LaDuke often tackles oil pipelines in the book, but she also pays tribute to her fellow environmental advocates. She’ll talk about the book and other timely issues at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Hotel Donaldson, 101 Broadway N., Fargo. This event is free; http://www.hoteldonaldson.com or 701-478-1000.
6 - Mary Casanova
Mary Casanova’s new work, “Hush Hush, Forest,” may be shelved with children’s books, but it’s really for all ages. To children, Casanova’s text will be a soothing look into a woody, winter’s night, and to adults, it reads like a hygge meditation. Duluth, Minn.-based woodcut artist Nick Wroblewski provides colorful illustrations to wrap up such a cozy tome. Casanova reads from and discusses her book from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway N., Fargo. The event is free and open to the public; 701-239-4729.