Carol Kapaun Ratchenski

Thursday, Dec. 5

Carol Kapaun Ratchenski. Special to The Forum
Carol Kapaun Ratchenski. Special to The Forum


Last year, Carol Kapaun Ratchenski's “A Beautiful Hell” made its way to the stage, but the original text is a collection of poems on the death of her young son. She returns with a new publication of verses, “A Certain Kind of Forgiveness.” While she’s a lifelong North Dakotan, the poet chooses to look far and wide to find simple pleasures from a beer in Germany or a bowl of rice at a monastery. She will read from and discuss her work at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway, Fargo. This event is free and open to the public.

‘A Christmas Carol’

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Friday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 8

Unless this is your first Christmas, you know the story of miserly Scrooge, whose Christmas Eve visits from three ghosts show him the joy in letting his cold heart warm to friends, family and charity. So why do we still need "A Christmas Carol?" Because Charles Dickens’ message about compassion and good will to all needs repeating, now more than ever. See the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre’s classic take at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, or 2 p.m. Sunday, at The Stage at Island Park, 333 Fourth St. S., Fargo. Tickets range from $13 to $23.

Handel's ‘Messiah’

Friday, Dec. 6, & Saturday, Dec. 7

North Dakota State University presents Handel's "Messiah" at First Lutheran Church, Fargo. Special to The Forum
North Dakota State University presents Handel's "Messiah" at First Lutheran Church, Fargo. Special to The Forum


North Dakota State University’s most recent holiday tradition doesn’t take place on campus. Student musicians will feel right at home at First Lutheran Church, 619 Broadway N., Fargo, this weekend as choral director Jo Ann Miller leads them through George Frideric Handel’s "Messiah." The epic piece covers the life of Jesus Christ and is famous for the joyous “Hallelujah” chorus. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church. Tickets range from $10 to $20.

Holiday Brass

Sunday, Dec. 8

Holiday Brass performs at First Presbyterian Church. Special to The Forum
Holiday Brass performs at First Presbyterian Church. Special to The Forum


The brass section of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra toots its own horn this weekend with Holiday Brass. Principal trombonist Nat Dickey leads the players through rounds of holiday tunes with the addition of percussionists and organist, Scott Mehlhaff. The music starts at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 650 Second Ave. N., Fargo. Tickets range from $8 to $14.

The Boys of December ’63 Christmas Show

Sunday, Dec. 8

The Boys of December ’63 bring the Christmas show to the Fargo Theatre. Special to The Forum
The Boys of December ’63 bring the Christmas show to the Fargo Theatre. Special to The Forum


The holidays are a nostalgic time, something that The Boys of December ’63 drive home in its Christmas show. Taking a page from the songbook of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and folding in a healthy helping of holiday tunes, the vocal group delivers the cheer. Music starts at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway N., Fargo. Tickets are $35.