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Concerts, comedy and quilts highlights this weekend's cultural calendar in Fargo-Moorhead

Looking for something to do around town? Here are 6 ideas to get you out and about.

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North Dakota State University will present the satire "The Thanksgiving Play" this weekend.
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‘The Thanksgiving Play’

Thursday, April 28, through Saturday, April 30
It may seem odd for North Dakota State University to stage “The Thanksgiving Play” five months after the holiday, but Larissa FastHorse’s satire isn’t talking turkey. The play follows the earnest but comically inept attempts of a teacher, an academic and two actors, all white, as they try to create a politically correct First Thanksgiving production for schools during Native American Heritage Month. An enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, FastHorse balances humor with poignant moments. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the Walsh Studio Theatre in Askanase Hall. Tickets are $10 and $15 at ndsu.showare.com or 701-231-7969.

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'Be My Friend Tonight': Tribute to John Prine

Friday, April 29

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John Prine’s death two years ago , one of the first well-known casualties of COVID-19, hit music fans around the world hard — and Fargo-Moorhead was no exception. Local musicians will take the stage Friday night at The Hall at Fargo Brewing to play “Prime Prine” and “Diamonds in the Rough.” Acts include the Pat Lenertz Band, Moody River Band, Dank, Charlie Young and The Sardine Brothers. Music starts at 8 p.m. with tickets for $12, plus fees, at jadepresents.com or 866-300-8300.

Metro Quilting Expo

Friday & Saturday

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The Metro Quilting Expo will be held Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30.
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Fargo’s Hilton Garden Inn will be awash in colorful patterns and intricate stitchwork this weekend for the Metro Quilting Expo . More than 200 works of all sizes will be on display in the first major local quilt show in two years, presented by Fargo Moorhead Quilters, formerly known as Quilters’ Guild of North Dakota. The two-day event will also feature a variety of vendors, demonstrations and chances to win prizes. The show runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10, and free for children; www.ndquilts.com .

'I Am, He Said': A Celebration of Neil Diamond

Saturday

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Matt Vee's tribute to Neil Diamond.
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Matt Vee grew up in a musical family, so it’s no surprise that he became a performer. What may be a surprise is what he’s performing. The nephew of pop icon Bobby Vee, Matt has made a name for himself paying tribute to showman Neil Diamond. “I Am, He Said” is a celebration of Diamond’s biggest hits from “Cracklin’ Rosie” and “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” to “Sweet Caroline,” “America” and more. The show is a testament to the other great singer in Matt’s life. The show also features Bobby’s sons, Matt’s cousins, Tommy and Jeff Vee. Originally planned for February, the show was rescheduled to this Saturday at the Fargo Theatre. Tickets are $32.50 and $45, plus fees, at jadepresents.com or 866-300-8300.

MinnKota Wind Quintet

Sunday, May 1

The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series celebrates May Day on Sunday with music inspired by art, nature and social justice. The MinnKota Wind Quintet — Laura Kellogg, flute; Philip McKenzie, oboe; Cassie Keogh, clarinet; Kayla Nelson, horn; and Cody Hunter, bassoon — play music by Amy Beach, Daniel Despins, Amanda Harberg and a world premiere by Fargo composer Kyle Vanderburg. Music starts at 2 p.m. at Sanctuary Events Center, with tickets from $8 to $14 at fmsymphony.org .

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Sunday

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Blues rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
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Blues rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd returns to Fargo on Sunday for the first time in 17 years, so it’s only fitting his show will be a throwback set. Now 44, the guitarist is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, “Trouble is…,” playing it in its entirety as well as some other choice selections from his catalog. Hear his signature tune, “Blue on Black,” as well as covers of Bob Dylan — “Everything is Broken — and Jimi Hendrix — “I Don’t Live Today.” Music starts at 8 p.m. at the Fargo Theatre. Tickets range from $47.50 to $77.50, plus fees, at jadepresents.com or 866-300-8300.

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