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John Lamb, Published August 07 2013

Weekend Watch: Perfect time for Pride Week

FARGO – Fargo-Moorhead’s Pride Week couldn’t have come at a better time as the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community is still celebrating the first same-sex marriages that began last week in Minnesota.

Pride Week picks up steam with a series of events today through Sunday.

Things start rolling at 6 tonight with a bowling party at All Star Bowl,

309 17th St. N., Moorhead.

After throwing a couple of frames, wrack your brain over some LGBT trivia starting at 9 p.m. at Rhombus Guys, 606 Main Ave., Fargo.

The festivities step it up on Friday with a 5k run starting in Dike East Park, 100 2nd St. S., Fargo.

The celebration keeps bumping along with the Pride Dance Party when the beats start dropping at 9 p.m. at The Aquarium, 226 Broadway, above Dempsey’s. Some of FM’s finest DJs, including Aveey, KLMNOP, Noelle and Dee-Duhbblyoo take a spin on the dance floor, with Kelly Coxsyn emceeing. There is a $10 cover at the door for this ID-only show.

Saturday gets off to a family-friendly start with Pride in the Park, starting at noon and running until 5 p.m. in Moorhead’s Davy Park, 210 8th St. N. The event features more than 100 different booths and vendors and is free.

After that, an event for participants 15 and older, “So You Think You Can Drag?” starts at 6 p.m. at the Underground at Minnesota State University Moorhead. After a pizza party, a drag show begins at 9 p.m., followed by a dance party.

For adults, the Pride Block Party kicks off at 6 p.m. at Usher’s, 700 1st Ave., Moorhead. The party features a return visit from DJ Joyride and Minneapolis drag star Nina DiAngelo.

While the latter acts as hosts, the real guest of honor is Bebe Zahara Benet. A former star at Minneapolis’ Gay 90s Night Club, Benet gained national attention four years ago, winning America’s Next Drag Superstar on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Other performers on Saturday night include Sunny Dee-Lite and Roxy Marquis.

At 11 p.m., the party moves inside Ushers, where Joyride and Star IV continue pumping out the tunes. There is a $15 cover at the door for this ID-only event.

An interfaith service at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, starts off the final day. “Sounds Sacred (to me)” uses poetry, art and live music to deliver a reaffirming message of God’s love for all. The event is presented by the Project F-M, the F-M Unitarian Universalist Church and the First United Church of Christ of Moorhead as well as the F-M Pride Collective and Community Center.

The main event follows at 2 p.m. The Pride Parade starts near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Fifth Street North, Fargo, heading west to Broadway, then south to Second Avenue North. There, the marchers, riders and floats head east to the Fargo Civic Center lawn for a rally.

After the speeches and presentations, the adults will move over to the Sidestreet Grille, 301 3rd Ave. N., Fargo, for the post-party.

If you go

•: What: Fargo-Moorhead Pride Week

•: When: Today through Sunday

•: Where: A number of events will be held around Fargo-Moorhead

•: Info: For more information, go to www.pridecollective.com/fmpride/

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533

Jessica Christy


Best known locally for her work in the Prairie Trifecta shows, Jessica Christy steps out on her own for a brief but provocative show on Saturday. Just for the day, the North Dakota artist exhibits a new line of pop art work consisting of 15 screen prints about Native American culture in contemporary American society. Christy gives serious subjects like government food programs a light touch with homage to Andy Warhol, creating her own colorful soup can line. Other pieces include a phrenology-like chart of American Indian references in pop culture and an illustrative breakdown of a buffalo. Christy will be making free prints during the day, but pieces in the show are for sale for a reasonable $20 to $40. The art starts at noon and runs until 8 p.m. at DK Custom Framing @ Gallery 14, 14 Roberts St., Fargo. (701) 239-0063.

Bike Night


Not everyone can get to the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D., but freewheeling enthusiasts can roll on over to Bike Night at Gio’s Event Center, 123 21st St. S., Moorhead. The monthly gathering of area motorcycle riders has been growing all summer, and with tonight being the last event of the season, a high turnout is expected. That means more vintage and custom hogs to inspect and admire. The rally runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Shooter Jennings


Since he first started turning ears eight years ago with the song “4th of July,” Shooter Jennings proved he wasn’t just walking in his dad’s boots. The son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter still plays outlaw country; he just plays it much louder on albums such as “Electric Rodeo” and “The Wolf.” Jennings is touring behind his sixth album, “The Other Life” and brings the rockin’ country set tonight to the House of Rock at The Hub, 2525 9th Ave. S., Fargo. Jennings has always put on memorable shows in Fargo, whether it was with his then-girlfriend Drea DeMateo (from “The Sopranos”) at the original House of Rock or an impromptu acoustic set a few years ago at the Sidestreet. The ID-only show starts at 9 p.m. with a $20 ticket. (866) 300-8300.