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Tap your toes to these events this weekend in Fargo-Moorhead

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

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Comedian Tom Papa will perform at Fargo Theatre on Friday, Feb. 18.
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‘The Complete History of America (Abridged)’

Wednesday, Feb. 23 - Friday, Feb. 25

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A scene from "The Complete History of America (Abridged)."
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Presidents Day. Black History Month. February seems like the prime time for Minnesota State University Moorhead to stage “The Complete History of America (Abridged).” Billed as “600 years in 6,000 seconds,” this comedic take on history crams an education into 90 minutes for a whiplash refresher on the colorful events that led to today’s America. Lessons begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday on the Gaede Stage in Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus. Tickets range from $10 to $20 at mnstate.edu/tickets , and masks are required indoors on the campus.

‘Jekyll & Hyde’

Thursday, Feb. 24 - Sunday, Feb. 27

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Seth Brandl plays the title roles in North Dakota State University's Jekyll & Hyde."
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From monster movie to musical, North Dakota State University students get their scream on in the tuneful adaptation "Jekyll & Hyde." Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella, the story follows Dr. Jekyll’s exploration of good and evil before unleashing his own inner demon, Mr. Hyde. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, in Festival Concert Hall. Tickets range from $10 to $20 at https://ndsu.showare.com , and masks are required.

Tom Papa

Friday

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It’s been a long winter and we’re still not done with February. If you need a comedic pep talk, check out Tom Papa this Friday at Sanctuary Events Center in downtown Fargo. The stand-up returns to town with more of his everyman observations . His latest book and comedy special, “You’re Doing Great!,” was an uplifting reminder not to take social media personally and to set attainable goals, like working in a bagel shop on the Jersey Shore. In winter. This ID-only show starts early, at 6:30 p.m., with tickets ranging from $24.50 to $54.50 at https://jadepresents.com or by calling 866-300-8300.

Leo Kottke

Friday

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Guitarist Leo Kottke.
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Sit back, relax and admire the expert finger-pickin’ of Leo Kottke this Friday night at the Fargo Theatre. The Minneapolis-based musician is a master of the acoustic guitar, but you don’t have to be a six-string aficionado to enjoy his knack for melody and his ability as a storyteller. This show has been rescheduled a couple of times but will be worth the wait. The music starts at 8 p.m. with Dave King. Tickets are $38.50 at https://jadepresents.com or by calling 866-300-8300.

Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, Feb. 27

You don’t have to have seen the nominees to get into the Academy Awards this Saturday night when the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra presents A Night at the Oscars . Hosted by Jordan Schroeer, Jane Linde Capistran will lead musicians through some of Hollywood’s biggest soundtracks, like “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Sound of Music,” “The Lord of the Rings” and more, including performances by guest vocalist mezzo-soprano Holly Janz . The music starts at 7:30 p.m., but come early and walk the red carpet. Tickets are $30 for the show at tickets.fmsymphony.org , or $55 for the show and the VIP after-party, featuring desserts, champagne, music by Twelve Strings and a photo op.

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