The weather has warmed up and so has the calendar. This weekend features songs and stories to fill your cultural appetite.
1. The Tell
Everyone has a story to share and The Tell has been giving people the means to do it in front of a live audience. The storytelling challenge fires up the new year with this month's theme, Unstoppable. All you need to do is buy a ticket for tonight's event at Drekker Brewing Company, 630 1st Ave., N., Fargo, and enter your name in the hat. The event's founder, Laura Egland, is moving and this is her last turn as host. Warren Christensen provides tunes between tales. Tickets are from $12 to $22. The event starts at 7 p.m. https://www.brownpapertickets.com.
2 FM Choral Artists
Saturday and Sunday
In the choral world, few composers are bigger than John Rutter. The British arranger is so well regarded he was commissioned to write the anthem, "This is the Day," for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding in 2011. Still, Rutter is best known for his larger works like "Gloria," "Magnificat" and "Requiem". FM Choral Artists bring the latter to life this weekend with two performances at Trinity Lutheran Church, 210 7th St. S., Moorhead. Shows are at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and 2 p.m., Sunday, with tickets from $5 to $15. www.fmchoralartists.org
3. Laetitia Mizero Hellerud Book Reading
Immigration and refugee issues have never been a hotter topic in America, so it's worth it to hear from the perspective of those who have had to flee their home. Laetitia Mizero Hellerud bounced between countries for years before finally settling down in West Fargo. She details the chaos and confusion of having to live on the run in her memoir, "Being at Home in the World". She'll read from her book and discuss what home means to her at 2 p.m., Sunday, at the Fargo Public Library, 102 3rd St., N., Fargo. The event is free and open to the public. (701) 476-5977.