January is often a slow time for the arts and entertainment scene in Fargo-Moorhead, but many ongoing events are readily available. From film to art to food, there is much to see and do this weekend, with free offerings found in a few places.
Thursday: Fargo Theatre film showings
The historic Fargo Theatre is nearing 90 years old and continues to show a wide range of film and live entertainment in its venue. This Friday, three films run throughout the day, each distinctly different. You can take in the much talked about “The Interview,” starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, at 4:30 p.m. or 7 p.m., or the rugged “The Homesman” with Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank at 4:45 p.m. Later than both of these is “Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” starring Michael Keaton (famous for his Warner Bros.’ “Batman” role), running at 7:15 p.m. All shows before 6 p.m. are $6.25; otherwise, tickets are $8 for students.
Friday: Plains Art Museum exhibitions
A plenitude of art shows are running currently at downtown Fargo’s Plains Art Museum. From the striking “VIVID” collaboration in the Starion Financial Gallery to Stephen Alexander Wischer’s “In Crypt: On New World’s Re-Ordered” installation, the Plains has much to see and interpret in visual art. While two exhibitions ended this month, one more is being welcomed on Jan. 29 that is a collection of artists’ interpretation of the state’s energy rush of the last decade: “Bakken Boom!” Art showings are free for students with a college I.D., and museum hours are available online.
Saturday: Downtown eateries
Food has a definite spot in downtown Fargo, and gourmands of all types are right at home here. From The Boiler Room in the Loretta Building to Romo’s in the Black Building to Monte’s Downtown wedged between Atomic Coffee and ecce gallery, taste buds get a tour with Fargo’s downtown eateries. Whatever the occasion, there’s a place and plate for it, from desserts at Nichole’s Fine Pastry to drinks at the D’Vine wine bar to coffee and treats at Josie’s Corner. Find a friend and some forks, and hit the eatery scene that’s downtown, baby.
Sunday: Fargo Public Library’s World War II film series
A four-week film series, “World War II Films: Across the Theatres,” by the Fargo Public Library sees its third installment this Sunday. 1945’s unrated “They Were Expendable” stays with the series’s theme of classic World War II films, and this showing is free with popcorn provided. Local film buffs Tony McRae (a Concordia College film professor) and Matt Olien (a local film critic) will head a brief discussion following the film. The showing starts at 2 p.m. at the downtown Main Library, and anyone with questions can contact library staff at 701-241-1492.