Brett Lysne

Thursday, Oct. 17

Brett Lysne's "The Lower Forty-Eight (A House with Two Doors)" is featured in his solo show at The Spirit Room. Special to The Forum
Brett Lysne's "The Lower Forty-Eight (A House with Two Doors)" is featured in his solo show at The Spirit Room. Special to The Forum


Brett Lysne has an eye for details, so it’s no surprise to learn that the Minnesota State University Moorhead drawing and print professor has a love of maps. He inks out all corners of America’s current sociopolitical landscape in his new show, “The Lower Forty-Eight,” which just opened at the Spirit Room, 111 Broadway, N., Fargo. The artist will offer something of a guided tour at a free opening reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.; 701-237-0230.

‘Fun Home’

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Thursday, Oct. 17, through Saturday, Oct. 19

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel opened up about her life in her 2006 graphic novel, “Fun Home,” and the story was so compelling, it was adapted for the stage as a musical of the same name. Alison narrates over three periods in her life, around the age of 10, her freshman year of college and as an adult, at each point coming to a better understanding of who she is and the relationship she had with her father. As Alison discovers she is a lesbian, she struggles with her father’s personality as he struggles with his sexual identity. The winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the show opens at North Dakota State University’s Walsh Studio Theatre in Askanase Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and again Oct. 23-26. This production contains adult content including sexuality and self-harm. Tickets range from $5 to $20; 701-231-7969.

Delfeayo Marsalis

Thursday, Oct. 17

Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis brings his band to Minnesota State University Moorhead on Thursday night. Special to The Forum
Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis brings his band to Minnesota State University Moorhead on Thursday night. Special to The Forum


Perhaps not as well-known as his older brothers Branford and Wynton, Delfeayo Marsalis has made a name for himself not only as an accomplished trombonist but also as a producer. He steps into the spotlight on Thursday, bringing his big band, the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, to the Hansen Theatre in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts, Minnesota State University Moorhead. Expect Marsalis to swing from his generations-deep New Orleans roots to his tongue-in-cheek 2016 disc, “Make America Great Again,” with a number of stops along the way. Tickets range from $12 to $28; 218-477-2271.

ValleyCon

Friday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 20

Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster in "The Munsters," is one of the featured guests at this weekend's ValleyCon. Special to The Forum
Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster in "The Munsters," is one of the featured guests at this weekend's ValleyCon. Special to The Forum


Life is a fantasy this weekend at ValleyCon, the celebration of all things sci-fi, comics, horror and more. The three-day event features stars from the screen, stage and page offering insights into classic pieces of pop culture. Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster, will reveal what it was like on the set of “The Munsters,” while author Victoria Price will recall life with her late father, horror icon Vincent Price. Other guests include cartoonists, special effects artists, authors and dozens of vendors selling all kinds of other worldly paraphernalia. The fun runs from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. until late Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Ramada Fargo, 3333 13th Ave. S. Tickets range from $4 to $25 per day, or $45 for a weekend pass.

‘Sweeney Todd’

Friday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 20

The cast of Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." John Lamb / The Forum
The cast of Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." John Lamb / The Forum


The Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre creeps into this spooky season with the blood-pumping song-and-slash hit “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” After a barber loses his family to a corrupt judge, he swears revenge on the offending official even if it means carving up all of London. The Tony Award-winning macabre musical bleeds out at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and again the next two weekends, at The Stage at Island Park, 333 Fourth St. S. Tickets for this mature-audience show range from $15 to $25; 701-235-6778.

Fargo Record Fair

Saturday, Oct. 19

Whether you’re looking to fill out your collection or you're a recent convert to vinyl, give the Fargo Record Fair a spin. The 10th annual event brings in collectors from all over the Midwest to show and sell from their own stashes. Whether you’re looking for classic rock gods, jazz masters, indie darlings, country legends, blues inspirations or rap icons, the Fargo Record Fair will be music to your ears with dozens of vendors selling vinyl, CDs, cassette tapes, videos, posters and more. The show goes on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at TAK Music Venue, 1710 Center Ave. W., Dilworth. Admission is $3.

Silent Movie Night

Saturday, Oct. 19

Harold Lloyd (far left) stars in "For Heaven's Sake!" screened Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Fargo Theatre's Silent Movie Night. Special to The Forum
Harold Lloyd (far left) stars in "For Heaven's Sake!" screened Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Fargo Theatre's Silent Movie Night. Special to The Forum


Silent Movie Night rolls again at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., this Saturday. For its 45th anniversary show, the Red River Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society presents a live score to a Harold Lloyd classic, “For Heaven’s Sake.” The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with the Fargo Theatre Big Band All-Stars playing a separate set. Tickets for this all-ages event range from $10 to $17; 701-239-8385.