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Published April 12 2012

Morast: This is your chance to redo prom, without a time machine

If you go

What: Adult Prom

When: 9 tonight

Where: The Venue at The Hub, 2525 9th Ave. S., Fargo

Info: $5, free for people dressed in prom attire; for ages 21 and older

If you’re like me, you wish you had a time machine.

And not because you want to visit 13th-century Mongolia, overtake Genghis Khan’s army and become the most powerful person on the planet.

No, a more practical reason would be to use the time machine to travel into the past and redo all those awkward moments that can’t be purged from our minds.

Like the time I poured dish soap into a friend’s beer, then watched him chug it down before his body decided to expel it.

Yeah. I know. Not cool.

Fortunately, none of my regrets revolve around my high school proms.

But if they did, I wouldn’t need a time machine to re-enact them, because tonight The Venue at The Hub is hosting its third annual Adult Prom.

An overview of the event suggests this is a time for party-hearty people to dip into some active nostalgia.

Need proof?

The Hub’s servers will be dressed in tuxedos and cocktail dresses tonight. They’ll have a punch bowl – and, yes, it will be spiked. There will be a balloon arch. You can capture the moment in a photo booth. A live band, Pop Rocks, will provide the soundtrack. They’ll crown a prom king and queen.

And it will all be tied together under the theme of Purple Rain.

It’s like high school all over again. Except this time, you’re not the awkward kid trying to sneak in booze to impress a date. And you don’t have to be worried about hiding hickies the next day.

You don’t even have to be home the next day – unless, of course, you have kids.

It’s an opportunity to do prom right.

And you don’t even need a time machine to make it happen.

Celebrity parade over?

Speaking of The Hub, it sounds like the string of dance parties hosted by reality TV notables is over.

At least for the summer.

Vogel says they’ll take a break while the college crowd leaves for the summer and consider bringing back the celebs everyone likes to pretend they hate next fall.

And, for the record, word is The Unit, from “Jersey Shore,” was a pretty cool guy during his recent visit.

I’m kind of surprised by that.

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Readers can reach Forum Features Editor Robert Morast at (701) 241-5518 or rmorast@forumcomm.com