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Gene Kelly's iconic dance scene in "Singin' in the Rain"
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Athena LaTocha is artist-in-residence at the Plains Art Museum. Special to The Forum

Athena LaTocha

Thursday, May 16

Alaska may seem like a long way away from North Dakota, but Athena LaTocha could draw a pretty straight line between the two places. The new artist-in-residence at the Plains Art Museum, 704 First Ave. N., Fargo, discusses her work and her main influences, the land and the gas and oil industries that mine it for resources, during a talk at the museum on Thursday. LaTocha’s residency ends in an exhibit of her work that will be on display at the Plains through September, and visitors can see her at work the next three Fridays. Her talk starts at 6 p.m.; or 701-552-6100.


Athena LaTocha's "Ozark (Shelter in Place)" as seen at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Ark. Edward C. Robison III / Special to The Forum

‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Thursday, May 16

It’s hard to believe “Singin’ in the Rain” was only a modest hit when it came out in 1952. Over the next six decades, the musical has become a classic not only because of Gene Kelly’s signature tune and dance, but also co-star Donald O’Connor’s memorable antics in “Make ‘em Laugh” and their song-and-dance “Good Morning” with co-star Debbie Reynolds. The film gets the right treatment on Thursday as part of the Classic Film Series at the Fargo Theatre , 314 Broadway. The songs and dances start at 7:30 p.m., with a $5 ticket; 701-239-8385.

Lars and Joe Pony Show kick off the West Fargo Summer Concert Series on Thursday. Special to The Forum


Lars and Joe Pony Show

Thursday, May 16

West Fargo is letting the good times rock and roll. Every Thursday, except for July 4, bands will play at the POW/MIA Plaza, 400 Sheyenne St. The fun kicks off this Thursday, May 16, with Lars and Joe Pony Show playing at 8 p.m. These concerts are for people of all ages; .

Willie Waldman returns to the Hotel Donaldson. Special to The Forum

Willie Waldman Project

Thursday, May 16

The horns have it Thursday at the Hotel Donaldson, 101 Broadway N., Fargo, when the Willie Waldman Project returns. The trumpeter is best-known in jam band circles, where he’s played everything from jazz to alt rock with acts like Banyan featuring Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Nels Cline (Wilco) and Mike Watt (Minutemen). Waldman will be back Thursday for another evening of lively music. The ID-only show starts at 8 p.m. with no cover; or 701-478-1000.

The Kicks Band of Fargo Moorhead has performed a range of jazz music around the community for more than 40 years. F-M Kicks Band / Special to The Forum


Kicks Band of Fargo Moorhead

Friday, May 17

Spring swings on Friday when the Kicks Band of Fargo Moorhead plays its seasonal show at TAK Music Venue , 1710 Center Ave. W., Dilworth. The all-ages show will include music by Stan Kenton, Queen, Count Basie, Pat Metheny and others. Music starts at 7:30 p.m., with tickets from $8 to $15 and free for ages 10 and younger; or 701-261-2525.

For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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