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MOLLY MCLAIN | PHOTO COURTESY  "Bakken Boom!" opens at the Plains Art Museum on Thursday night with a reception from 7-9 p.m.
MOLLY MCLAIN | PHOTO COURTESY
“Bakken Boom!” opens at the Plains Art Museum on Thursday night with a reception from 7-9 p.m.

January, the month of cold monotony, is almost dead, and its last weekend brings a whirlwind of entertainment options to Fargo.

Numerous events are kicking off this weekend, including the 30-day BeethovenFest, a community-wide arts collaboration around composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Step out to the symphony or scream your lungs out at Monster Jam, but check out what the dying January has to offer in its last weekend of life.

Thursday: “Bakken Boom!” opening reception
Two dozen artists from state, regional and national levels are united in the Plains Art Museum’s latest exhibition “Bakken Boom!,” a collection of artful interpretations of each artists’ view on North Dakota’s Bakken region. From fine art photography to site-specific installations to paintings, this exhibition is a must-see for any North Dakota dweller. Running through mid-August, “Bakken Boom!” is free for students, but its 7-9 p.m. opening reception with light refreshments and cash bar is $5 for students. Call 701-551-6100 with any questions.

Friday: Monster Jam at Fargodome
All sides of the Fargodome are up for grabs for seating when Monster Jam rolls into town for its two-day rampage. This annual truck throwdown ranges in price from $21 to $46, ticket costs well worth the expense to see if the infamous Grave Digger is still part of the action. The engines start up at 7:30 p.m. with doors open one hour beforehand. Call 701-241-9100 with any questions.

Saturday: F-M Symphony’s “All-Beethoven”
The community-wide BeethovenFest kicks off Saturday with events including the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony’s “All-Beethoven” concert. Starting at 7:30 p.m. in Festival Concert Hall, students can get in on the student rush discount in the minutes before the concert, which features Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5.” and its famous first four notes. Christopher Zimmerman conducts the masterpiece concert, which even sidelines the symphony pros alongside high school student musicians for one piece, uniting over 160 players onstage. Call 701-478-3676 for more information.

Sunday: “Immortal Beloved” at Fargo Public Library
Settle in for a free film and popcorn at the Main branch of the Fargo Public Library as “Immortal Beloved” is screened at 2 p.m. Starring Gary Oldman. This ’90s film follows Beethoven’s first biographer as the man tries to identify the “immortal beloved” referenced in the composer’s personal papers. For more BeethovenFest events, check out winterartsfest.org.

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