Summer heats up with classic rockers and strip teasers
This summer is already shaping up to be a hot one, and with some classic Southern rockers, a cheeky burlesque show, and a rodeo coming to the area, things are about to get a lot hotter this weekend.
Thursday, June 8
Brittany Anderson's work may focus on looming clouds and gloomy weather, but if the young artist's first solo show is any indication, her future is bright. Temporary Voids, the young painter's exhibit at Ecce Gallery, 216 Broadway, Fargo, explores her emotional relationship with landscapes. A Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate, Anderson is now working toward her MFA at the University of North Carolina. The reception from 5 to 9 p.m. is free and open to the public. ecce216.com, (701) 298-3223
Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10
Saddle up! Summer is here and so is the Hawley Rodeo. The 58th annual cowboy showcase starts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Hawley Rodeo Grounds, but there are activities around town leading up to the main event. On Saturday a street fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. offers something for everyone, and the Kiddie Parade at 3 p.m. and the Rodeo Fest Parade at 4 p.m. lead into the day's final ride. For a full list of activities go to https://tinyurl.com/y8o2htsj.
In the 1970s Lynyrd Skynyrd helped shape rock 'n' roll with its three guitar attack. While a 1977 plane crash that killed singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines, Steve's older sister, signaled the end of the group, it reformed 10 years later. The sole remaining original member, guitarist Gary Rossington, leads the way and Van Zant's younger brother Johnny sings lead. The new lineup brings hits like "Sweet Home Alabama," "Free Bird," "Simple Man" and more to Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., Fargo, Friday night. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. with Mickey Thomas, lead singer for Jefferson Starship. Tickets range from $34 to $84, plus fees. https://tinyurl.com/y9596n83.
The Suicide Girls
The burlesque boom keeps echoing across the country as Friday's appearance by the touring Suicide Girls suggests. The troupe's show, Blackheart Burlesque, is a strip tease with pop culture themes like nods to "Star Wars," "A Clockwork Orange," "Orange is the New Black" and more. This ID-only show starts at 8 p.m. at Sanctuary Event Center, 67- 4th Ave., N., Fargo. Tickets from $25 to $110, plus fees. jadepresents.com, (866) 300-8300.
Luna & Friends Block Party
Sunday, June 11
Luna, 1545 S. University Drive, is stepping out. The south Fargo restaurant is hosting a block party Sunday behind its building. The kitchen will be serving up special dishes and some locally brewed beverages, with performances by The Cropdusters, DeepDish Improv and more. Produce from Becky's Plants and Flowers, Scattered Acres Farms and Doubting Thomas Farms will be available for purchase. The all-ages event runs from noon to 8 p.m., with a $10 wristband and free to kids 12 and under. More at https://tinyurl.com/yabw5wne.