A comic take on Shakespeare, 'Legally Blonde,' Blues Fest and more hit Fargo-West Fargo stages this weekend

Looking for something to do around town in the next few days? Here are 4 ideas to get you out and about.

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A number from Summer Art Intensive's "Something Rotten!"
Contributed / Jason Siebels / Renegade Photography
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Folkways Night Bazaar

Thursday, July 28

A scene from the Folkways Night Bazaar.
Contributed / M.Schleif Photography

Between the recent Downtown Fargo Street Fair and the Red River Market on the weekends, Broadway Square has been bumping lately. The action continues from 6-10 p.m. tonight with the return of the Folkways Night Bazaar . Take the arts and culture of the Red River Market and triple the amount of artisans and you can see the appeal. Tonight’s guests include 40 vendors and artists selling handmade goods, henna tattoos, face painting, astrology readings and more. DJ Sami Knox brings the beats as dancers, hula hoopers, stilt walkers and more provide visual thrills;

Fargo Blues Fest

Friday, July 29, & Saturday, July 30

Blues artist Tab Benoit will perform this weekend at the Fargo Blues Fest.
Contributed / Jean Frank

This year’s Fargo Blues Fest mixes the old with the new this weekend at Newman Outdoor Field. Headliners Tab Benoit — Friday — and Walter Trout — Saturday — will make their fifth and eighth appearances, respectively, at the annual concert. Even those veterans pale compared to the Deb Jenkins Band playing its 13th Blues Fest set. Newcomers this year include Chris Antonik, Toronzo Cannon, Gabe Stillman and Veronica Lewis, while The Jimmys and The Jeremiah Johnson Band make their second appearances. Music starts at 1 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, with headliners taking the stage at 9 [/,/ each night. Tickets range from $50 to $150. Post-parties will be held at Drekker Brewing from 10:30 p.m. to midnight both nights, with Stillman playing Friday and Antonik closing out Saturday;


‘Something Rotten!’

Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1

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A scene from "Something Rotten!"
Contributed / Jason Siebels / Renegade Photography

Have you ever wondered how musicals came to be? Like, where the idea for people suddenly bursting into song came from? John O’Farrell and Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick explore the origins in the outrageous comedy, “Something Rotten!” Set in the English Renaissance, two struggling brother playwrights struggle to top Shakespeare at his own craft and employ a rather bad soothsayer to find out the Bard’s next hit. Mistaking “Hamlet” for “Omlette,” the brothers launch the madcap musical and the rest is a fictitious version of history. Hear for yourself when the Summer Arts Intensive show takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Sheyenne High in West Fargo. Tickets range from $13 to $22.

‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’

Friday through Thursday, Aug. 4

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A rehearsal of Stage West's "Legally Blonde: The Musical."
Contributed / Special to The Forum

Ohmigod! Ohmigod you guys. Elle Woods is back and blonder than ever as Stage West presents “Legally Blonde: The Musical” o ver the next week. The 2007 musical follows the storyline from the 2001 film about a bubbly sorority sister who enrolls in Harvard Law School to follow her ex-boyfriend and be seen as “serious.” Her ambition carries her forward as she learns to trust herself in this fun-loving show. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday and again Tuesday through Aug. 4 at Essentia Health Plaza at The Lights in West Fargo. Tickets range from $18 to $28.

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