Sure, it may have snowed, but it's still too early to hibernate at home for the winter. There are plenty of fun activities happening around town to take in over the weekend.
Thursday, Oct. 11
The Hotel Donaldson, 101 Broadway N., Fargo, has always been a welcoming alternative gallery space to a variety of artists, and this month's featured exhibition is another hidden gem. The annual "Exposure" is a pop-up group show with one simple rule: All works must be photography in nature. This year's lineup includes many established artists (Dan Koeck, Meg Spielman Peldo and Dan Francis, among others) alongside emerging ones. The show also includes Fargo native Zachariah Kobrinsky, who has shot for National Geographic, and filmmaker Micah Dahl showing his documentary on the Ralph's Corner music scene, "The Red River Runs Through It." The display is up for the month, but a reception from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday allows an opportunity to meet some of the 40 artists. All proceeds from art sales go to the artists.
The Big One
Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13
We're not to Halloween yet, but some people can't help but look ahead to the holidays. The Fargodome, 1800 N. University Drive, will be beginning to look a lot like Christmas this weekend when it hosts the 30th annual Fargo Fall Big One Art & Craft Fair. Better known simply as The Big One, the event is a bazaar for more than 200 crafters from the Upper Midwest, including artists, bakers and household good makers. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $3 or free for children under 12; https://www.thebigone.biz/.
A very unique classical music outfit sets up this week as Project Trio returns with a mix of musical tricks and treats. The ensemble - flute, cello and bass - shakes up the traditional notion of chamber music by mixing Tchaikovsky with Thelonious Monk and Jethro Tull. Hear for yourself when the group plays 7:30 p.m. Friday in Christiansen Recital Hall, Hvidsten Hall of Music, Concordia College. Tickets range from $10 to $20 for adult general admission and $10 for students under 18; https://www.concordiacollege.edu or 218-299-4366.
As Deuces Wild, Dave Eichholz and Ted Manderfeld aim to tickle your funny bone as much as tickle the ivories. The two piano men will whip through a whirlwind show based as much on their comedy chops as their playing chops. The dynamic duo bring their high-energy set to the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., on Friday night. The fun starts at 8 p.m. with special guest Michael Shynes. Tickets are $29.50 and $32; https://jadepresents.com or 866-300-8300.
JCI Music Fest
The beats just keep coming Saturday at Big Reeno's third JCI Music Festival. Sean Kingston headlines the day with hits "Beautiful Girls," "Fire Burning" and "Take You There" with Smokepurpp ("Audi," "Nephew" and "123") and Blocboy JB ("Look Alive" and "Rover"). Roddy Banks, DJ Rash, DJ Yanni, Yung Cuse, Nolan Allen, Alekstherapper and Violation Gang round out the bill with the music starting at 5 p.m. at the Fargo Civic Center, 207 Fourth St. N. Tickets for this all-ages show are $38.99; www.jcimusicfestival.com or 800-745-3000.
Sunday, Oct. 14
It may be October, but it might as well be Valentine's Day as Jim Brickman asks fans to "Share the Love." Brickman brings his romantic music to the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., on Sunday night. Best known for his easy listening compositions and collaborations with artists as diverse as Lady Antebellum, Johnny Mathis, Michael W. Smith, Martina McBride and Donny Osmond, Brickman will sit down at the piano to showcase his own tunes. The songs start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $32.50 and $45; https://jadepresents.com or 866-300-8300.