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FARGO—The Fargo Theatre hosts an evening with actor Sean Astin on Sept. 13. The actor will discuss his 30-year career, including roles in blockbuster hits like "The Goonies," "Rudy" and the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. He is slated to appear in the next season of "Stranger Things," set to be released Oct. 27 on Netflix. Tickets are $25 and $40, with VIP packages, including a meet-and-greet, for $250 for two. Tickets are available at the Tickets300 box office, tickets300.com, or (866) 300-8300.
FARGO—While some may have given Justin Timberlake the title The King of Pop after Michael Jackson died, others have insisted Bruno Mars is the rightful heir. It's a valid argument, but one that cuts Mars short and doesn't consider the full scope of his musical gifts. He cashed in his 24K Magic World Tour with a stop at the Fargodome Friday night and made it rain pop, R&B, funk and rock hits.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn—While potential rain threatened to dampen the spirits of WE Fest, concert-goers weren't going to let questionable weather cloud their day. "This is awesome," said Jen Middleton. "Look at the rainbow." Indeed, a rainbow shone east of the campgrounds around 6 p.m., and clear skies followed on the first day of the three-day country festival.
FARGO—Last week The Forum asked area music fans how they were making the decision over which big Friday night show to attend; the second night of WE Fest featuring Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band and others, or Bruno Mars at the Fargodome. While readers overwhelming said they would go to Mars, not everyone agreed. "I'll take WE Fest over Bruno Mars anytime, whoever the heck he is," wrote Don Asheim.
The region's biggest musical weekend of the year kicks off Thursday when WE Fest opens in Detroit Lakes, Minn. The annual three-day event, which draws about 50,000, always starts the first Thursday in August. This year there's a little competition on the concert calendar as pop singer/songwriter Bruno Mars will play Friday at the Fargodome, the same night Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band and more play the Soo Pass Ranch.
HAZEN, N.D.—Singing sisters Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh—better known as the country duo Tigirlily—are trading in the Peace Garden State for Music City. The Hazen, N.D.,-based act recently announced they are moving to Nashville, Tenn., in mid-August to pursue their careers in music.
FARGO—"What's cool about cooking is that it has a military structure but is completely driven by creativity. It attracts a certain kind of people," says Amy Thielen. She should know. She is one of those people. "Cooks are like this wild tribe of people who would rather be in the back of the house than up front," she says. "Big-hearted misfits who feed on stress and most are ADHD, and I would say that I am."
FARGO — For years stainless steel has been the shining star in appliance finishes, but lately, buyers have been looking for something, well, duller. Matte finishes like slate and black stainless steel are heating up the market for kitchen equipment. "A lot of people are migrating that way," says Jim Flem in sales at Karl's TV, Appliance & Furniture Store in Fargo, which carries GE's slate products, the LG Black Diamond line and KitchenAid black stainless steel pieces.
FARGO -- Bobby Vee, the Fargol boy who stepped into the spotlight the day after the music died, died early Monday, Oct. 24, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to the St. Cloud Times. On Feb. 4, 1959, Bobby Vee and his band The Shadows headlined a show the Moorhead Armory after Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper died in a plane crash en route to the show.
FARGO—If animals could talk, some cows at North Dakota State University might toast a pair of beer and spirit makers. Drekker Brewing Company and Proof Artisan Distillers have been sending their spent grains to the animal sciences program to feed heifers. "We're using grains designed by NDSU, and donate those grains back to the university. It's fun when you come full circle," said Mark Bjornstad, co-founder and president of Drekker, adding that most of the grain Drekker uses is from the region.