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Drums, dance and culture celebrate bond between North Dakota and Japan, plus more to do this weekend

Check out "Rhythm of Japan in ND" and four other things in the Fargo-Moorhead area to get out and do this weekend.

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Tsukasa Taiko performs at Saturday's "Rhythm of Japan in ND."
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‘Keely and Du’

Thursday to Sunday

Nearly 30 years after it was first staged, the drama “Keely and Du” is seeing new life after the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. In the play, opening Thursday at Theatre B, Keely is a pregnant rape victim seeking an abortion who has been kidnapped by anti-abortion activist Du. In conversations, the two explore ideas of individual freedoms and religious activism, among other issues. Can open dialogue help people diametrically opposed begin to understand each other?

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Actors Lori Horvik, standing, and Maryn Jystad-Spar during rehearsal of Theatre B's production of "Keely and Du" on Sept. 19.
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Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 8. Tickets range from $10 to $25.

Rhythm of Japan in ND

Saturday

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When people think of North Dakota’s relationship to other countries, they may think of ancestral homelands in Germany or Scandinavia.

Saturday sees a different kinship with Rhythm of Japan in ND: Celebrating the Friendship of North Dakota and Japan, held from 2 to 4 p.m. in North Dakota State University’s Festival Concert Hall. The event, hosted by the Japanese America Society Minnesota, opens with a drum performance by Tsukasa Taiko, as well as remarks by N.D. Gov. Doug Burgum, Consul General of Japan in Chicago, Hiroshi Tajima and Bob Sinner, president of SB&B Foods. The concert is free, though online registration is required.

Lunch Aid

Saturday

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Members of the local band Hiahli, an eclectic band rooted in hip-hop, are (from left) Bhairav Gupta, Ryan Tetzloff, Jason Boynton and Matt Johnson.
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Rock out for a great cause this Saturday with Lunch Aid North Dakota . In its fourth year, this fundraiser to combat food insecurities combines heart and beats with sets from some of the best regional acts, like The Quarterly, Hiahli (pictured), Heatbox, The Jensen Sister, The Knotties and DJ AP.

This all-ages show starts at 5 p.m. at The Hall at Fargo Brewing Company. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Billy Prine

Sunday

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Billy Prine
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The 2020 death of John Prine hit Fargo-Moorhead music fans hard as the folksinger had a strong following here. His brother, Billy Prine , is trying to ease the pain by playing the late, great singer/guitarist's songs and showing more than one member of that family knows how to tell a story.

Backed by the Prine Time Band, Billy plays some of his brother's best known songs and tells the story behind them starting at 7 p.m., Sunday at Sanctuary Events Center. Tickets are $29.50 and $44.50 .

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The Big Wu

Sunday

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The Big Wu.
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Once regulars in town, it seems like it’s been a while since The Big Wu have been through.

The Twin Cities jam band is back on the road celebrating its 30th anniversary, so it’s only natural the five-piece would return. Things and places have changed, so the Wu brings its mix of harmonies and improvisation to The Hall at Fargo Brewing Company at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 for this ID-only show .

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