With Labor Day weekend upon us, the next few days hold several entertainment options for those choosing to stay in town or bookend their weekend with an event or two. The event calendar is a big one, and here are my selections for Labor Day weekend.
Thursday, August 28: Theatre Open House and BBQ
North Dakota State Performing Arts’ theater department is hosting a free, informational meal event at 4:00 p.m. at Askanase Hall. Whatever a student’s major, any Bison is welcome to learn more about the 2014-2015 season of shows from Theatre NDSU as well as how to audition, meet faculty and fellow students or just learning more about campus theater arts. The event is open to all NDSU students, so stop on by for a meal and meet-and-greet.
Friday, August 29: Miranda Sings
Actress/comedienne Miranda Sings makes a stop at 7 p.m. Friday night in the Fargo Theatre, bringing her bad singing, messy lipstick and other quirks to the stage for all her “Mirfandas.” With over 170 million YouTube views since her 2008 debut, Colleen Ballinger’s comedic character has racked up a major following the past six years, doing everything from “magic tricks” to “voice lessons” to reading hate letters onstage. Her off-the-wall musings and antics are sure to please, so grab some tickets for a night of laughter.
Saturday, August 30: Souls of Silver
One of the first forms of photography gets the spotlight in Shane Balkowitsch’s exhibition “Souls of Silver.” Using the wet plate collodion process with silver and glass to photograph subjects, this late-1840s photography method calls for speed and an immediate darkroom to develop negatives. With sponsorship from the North Dakota Art Gallery and North Dakota Council on the Arts, this exhibition is available to view from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday in the Memorial Union Gallery.
Sunday, August 31: Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry
On the heels of their 2013 album “Magnetic,” the Goo Goo Dolls are bringing their rock sound to the Bluestem Amphitheater in Moorhead. Teaming up with fellow rockers Daughtry for the 7 p.m. show, the Goo Goo Dolls are just another headliner in the Bluestem’s summer concert series. Tickets are available on the Jade Presents website, with options of bench and lawn seating. The rain-or-shine show is the penultimate concert in the Bluestem series, with the Roots on the Red festival ending it all the first weekend in September.