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Forget the forecast, here's what you can look forward to this weekend (April 12, 2018)

Dan Jones' oil painting "Art Opening I" captures the spirit of the new Ecce Gallery. Special to The Forum1 / 3
Concordia students in one of the six comedies in "All in the Timing". Special to The Forum2 / 3
Girls ages 4 to 12 can bring their male role model to the annual Butterfly Ball on Saturday. Forum file photo3 / 3

Spring presents lots of options for happenings and even if this feels more like late February, there’s plenty happening this weekend.

1. Art openings

Today

A trio of art openings today showcase the vibrancy of galleries outside of the regular museum shows. Ecce Gallery celebrates its new space, 208 Roberts Alley, with some familiar faces for the group show "Look Both Ways" featuring Dan Jones, Warren Kessler, Mike Marth and others. The reception runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Just around the corner, Gallery 4, 114 Broadway, hosts its own group show, with 12 artists interpreting quotations visually. A reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Last, but certainly not least, the Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists open its annual BIG Art Show, at the Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave., N., Moorhead, proving that size matters, at least for this exhibit. The show opens today, but a reception will be held from 5 to 8 on Tuesday.

2. 'All in the Timing'

Tonight - Sunday

Concordia College's theater closes out the year with a laugh. A lot of them. Six student directors are each taking on one of the six short comedies in David Ives' "All in the Timing". Each of the stories plays with language and communication, a fitting end for the school year. The laughs start nightly at 8 and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and non-Concordia students and free for Cobbers. tinyurl.com/CCTiming

3. Butterfly Ball

Friday & Saturday

It may be prom season, but Friday and Saturday night's Butterfly Ball takes the dance out of high school. The event is for girls from ages 4 to 12 who bring as their date their father figure or male role model for a night of dressing up, dancing, professional portraits, fun and more. The family fun starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Avalon Events Center, 2525 9th Ave. S., Fargo. Tickets are $25. www.fargoparks.com, (701) 499-6060.

4. Mark Jesinoski

Saturday

If you aren't registered for Friday's Red River Psychology Conference, you can still see and hear keynote speaker, and Minnesota State University Moorhead alumnus Mark Jesinoski. The 2002 graduate will speak on the healing power of art at the conference, and stay with an aesthetic theme Saturday when he discusses "Speaking in Tongues: Transcending Barriers Through Art" at the Rourke Art Gallery + Museum, 521 Main Ave., Moorhead. Saturday's talk starts at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. www.therourke.org, (218) 236-8861.

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