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Patt Rall Arts Column for Dec. 3: Busy times ahead on the entertainment scene

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Patt Rall Arts Column for Dec. 3: Busy times ahead on the entertainment scene
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

It is going to take careful planning to take in all the different activities scheduled to open this week. For some, like the theatrical presentations, there will be other opportunities next week, but for others, this week's performances and openings today through the weekend will be the only time to enjoy the offerings.


School concert

Schoolcraft Learning Community Winter Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Dec. 3 in the Bemidji High School auditorium. The public is invited to this free concert made possible in part by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Project Grants program through funds provided by the Minnesota State Legislature.

Lefse cookoff

"Lefse Festival Cook-off" will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at the Hampton Inn, 1019 Paul Bunyan Drive S., where lefse tasters get to choose the "best darn lefse maker in Northern Minnesota." This fundraiser for the Beltrami County Historical Society will feature refreshments, door prizes and local vendors as well as lefse to buy and take home. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Jazz fest

Jingle Bell Jazz, a holiday concert by Bemidji State University jazz enthusiasts, will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, in Bemidji State University Thompson Recital Hall in the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. This year they will play a Latin version of "Silver Bells" arranged by George Stone and a new arrangement of "Jingle Bells." Vocalists Hyram Price and Ashley Bremseth will sing "Baby, It's Cold Outside" accompanied by the John Konecne Jazz Quartet. Tickets are $5 adults, $3 senior citizens, free for students.

Choral concert

Bemidji Chorale's 31st Annual Christmas Concerts will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, in First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. The concert will open with Mozart's "Laudate Dominum" featuring soprano soloist Theresa Eclov and Wayne Hoff on the pipe organ. Under the direction of Pat Mason with the accompanist Hoff, the Chorale will usher in the holiday season with selections from the traditional to the whimsical. "The Snow" by Edward Elgar will feature violinists Mallory Pynn and Andrew Martin. "A Little Christmas Music" as arranged by Daryl Runswick will be a choral surprise for the audience. Join the Chorale after each concert for coffee and holiday treats in the fellowship hall of the church. There is no admission charge for the concert but a free will offering will be accepted.

Quartet benefit

The Diamonds are returning to Bemidji for a holiday concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium, 2900 Division St. W, Bemidji. This legendary singing group known for such hits as "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?," "The Stroll," "Little Darlin." The $20 tickets for the reserved seating are on sale now at Lueken's Village Foods North and South. This is a benefit concert for Lakeland Public Television.

Symphonic band

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will present their concert, "Small Town, Big City," at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7, in the main theater of BSU Bangsberg complex. Erika Svanoe, director of bands at BSU, has chosen music inspired by small towns: "Down a Country Lane" by Aaron Copeland, "Chorale and Shaker Dance" by Jouhn Zdechlik and "American Folk Rapsody No.4" by Claire Grundman for the Symphonic Band. The Wind Ensemble will play music from the big city: "George Washington Bridge" by William Schuman and "Avenue X" by New York composer Jonathan Newman. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students K-12 and senior citizens and free for BSU students with a valid I.D.

Memorial concert

The first Geoffrey Woodley Memorial Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8 in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Center of Bemidji State University, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. Woodley was a long time member of the Bemidji Chorale and an arts supporter in Bemidji. His memory will be honored in a concert by the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra where the orchestra will be joined by conductor Beverly Everett, who will play an organ concerto by Handel. As usual, members of the audience will sing selections from "The Messiah" and listen to Everett play Handel's Organ Concerto No. 4, Op. 4. The BSO welcomes the public to this holiday concert and a free will offering will be accepted.

Percussion concert

Percussion Ensemble Concert will showcase those students studying percussion in the music department of BSU and an evening showcasing intricate and various cadences of music traditional through modern. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., Wed. Dec. 9, in Thompson Recital Hall.

High tea

High Tea at Beltrami County Historical Society is a family friendly event from children to grandma and grandpa. Wear some vintage clothing, and yes, there are bowlers for the men, and enjoy holiday teas, savories (sandwiches), scones and sweets, get your souvenir picture taken and take in the current museum exhibits. The 11 a.m. seating is sold out but there is still room at the 1 p.m. seating on Saturday, Dec. 12. Call 444-3376 for reserved seating.

Christmas show

"Ole and Lena's Christmas Carol" will open tonight at the Long Lake Theater. Written by Bemidji native Shannon Geisen, a graduate of BHS and BSU, the play looks at Ole and Lena's traditional Scandinavian Christmas meal with lutefisk and a bit of tinsel thrown here and there. An original play based loosely on Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Ole is played by David Overly who recently starred as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof" and Lena, hardworking and stoic, is played by Lynne Presson. The performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 3-12; 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children (ages 4-12) and reservations may be made at 218-732-0099 or Long Lake Theater is located in Hubbard, eight miles southeast of Park Rapids.

First Friday Art

E First Friday Events will take some careful planning to take in all the sites. Beltrami County Historical Society in conjunction with Gallery North will present "School Days." Stop by for refreshments and to view the museum exhibits for free on First Friday. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

- Gallery North invites the public to the Christmas Boutique and to visit with the featured artist of the month, Nancy Eagleson at the 2-5 p.m. reception. Eagleson's porcelain pieces will be on display as well as other art work from member artists. Gallery North is located at 502 Third Street NW.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts welcomes visual artist Terry Honstead and her work in mixed media prints and collages, lamp-work glass beads, cards, and jewelry. Meet Honstead at the 4-6 p.m. reception. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique of art and fine craft with more than 35 different artists and is located at 315 Irvine Ave. NW.

- Glazed and Amused, a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio where walk-in painters are always welcome, is open Wednesday-Sunday. Hours are posted on the door at 311 Third St. N.W.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Sean McCroy and his photographs that reflect Bemidji and surrounding areas for the art wall the month of December. Visit with McCroy during the 3-5p.m. opening reception.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes the public for one last look at artist Terry Honstead's exhibit "Local Ojibwe Leaders." An opening reception for photographer Michael Sonnarborg will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. Sonnarborg's work is titled "Inspiration from the World" and will be up for December. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub invites the public to view the work of ceramic artist Nathan Bray, a fine arts student and teaching associate at BSU. Meet Bray and view his exhibit of stoneware pottery (including beer steins) during the opening reception from 4-6 p.m. The pub is open seven days a week and is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., artist of the month is a BSU graduate in fine arts, Alice Linda, known for portraits, which capture the essence of the subject with light and color, with her fingers. Her show, "The New Rules of Femininity: A Show for My Daughter," will be on display for December. Linda will be at the 3-5 p.m. opening reception. First Friday Wine Bar with a new menu every month will be serving from 5-9 p.m.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes photojournalist Joe Rossi who worked for the Pioneer Press for 24 years and is now a free lance photographer in the Bemidji area. His work has been included in "Day in the Life of Italy," "Day in the Life of California," "Day in the Life of China" and "Minnesota 24/7." Rossi will be at the 5-7 p.m. opening reception to discuss his newest photo work, "Nature's Alphabet," featured in this month's edition of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. On display and available for purchase is fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee host artist Maureen O'Brien and her exhibit, "Let Nature Nurture." Meet O'Brien at the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. with an artist's talk at 3 p.m. Her work will be on display December-February for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Her work is for sale and a price list will be at the reception desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., welcomes the public to their Second Annual Shop 426 Holiday Open House. Meet the artists, enjoy the food and listen to music by "The Two Tens" and browse the broad selection of fine art and unique handmade items for sale. All proceeds benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. The display of the winning entries for the Seventh Annual It's Only Clay National Ceramic Exhibition will be on display until Dec. 19. Many of the pieces are available for purchase. BCAC is free and open to the public every day except Sunday and Monday. All of the receptions are free and open to the public.

- Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective and the Northwood's Folk Collective invite the public to their First Friday event which will be held upstairs in the Fleur De Lis Gallery. Signup for performers will start at 6:30 p.m. with performances to begin at 7:30 p.m. On display in the gallery is Suzi Rhae Ross' exhibition of her new sculptural works. Fleur De Lis Gallery will be open from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 and 14. The gallery is located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave.

Art show

Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., has a display of the collaborative work of Bemidji artists Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson. Known for their work in wood and collage and their attempt to unify the combination of organic structures in contemporary forms, they are inspired by nature to make art that fits in the long history of American art.

Watercolor class

Winter Friends, a watercolor class is being offered at Gallery North from 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15. Participants will complete and mat a 16-by-20-inch watercolor of a winter cardinal or chickadee. All materials will be provided and the class fee is $45 with a $5 discount for prepaid registrations. For more information or to register call 759-2952 or 751-7741.

KG Entertainment

"A Christmas Carol," a collaboration of Paul Bunyan Playhouse and KG Entertainment, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4; Saturday, Dec. 5; Thursday, Dec. 10; Friday, Dec. 11; Saturday, Dec.12, and at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. This timeless Christmas story, will be staged in the 1950s, and some of the characters will be played by returning actors, such as Dave Moffett who returns as Scrooge, and Al Berkowitz as Marley's ghost. Young Tiny Tim will be played by Wyatt Yartz. Special guest appearances will be made by local actors who are not in this year's holiday performances.

Children's musical

"Seussical the Musical" is a show that presents many Dr. Seuss characters such as Horton the Elephant, Mayzie, Gertrude McFuzz, Sour Kangaroo and Cat in the Hat, in a musical romp. The show is directed by Cate Belleveau and the music is directed by Suzy Jones. Show times and dates are: 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 4, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. The following weekend, the shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets are $13 for adults and $6 for students through college and are on sale at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at the door, if available. A production of Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, all performances will be held at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. The production is underwritten by the law firm of Drahos, Kieson and Christopher, P.A.

Madrigal dinner

Bemidji State University's 41st Annual Madrigal Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, and at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Founded by Paul Brandvik, professor emeritus of vocal music, this traditional holiday fête is now celebrated by many groups across the country. Brandvik created the idea of Madrigal Dinners and wrote the book on how to produce them. The Beaux Arts Ballroom of Hobson Memorial Hall will be transformed into a Renaissance feast at an English castle. The King and Queen will host a five course dinner for the Royal Court while minstrels, trouveres, cellar keepers, beggars and members of the royal kingdom perform. This masque this year is written by K.D. Howells. The concert by the Royal Court will usher in the yuletide season. Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance by mail or in person at the Madrigal Dinner box office. For box office hours, call 755-3406. Mail orders may be sent to Madrigal Dinner Tickets, Department of Music, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, No.16, Bemidji, MN 56601. Vegetarian meals are also available and need to be pre-ordered.

Artist call

The Bemidji Skate & Bike Association has issued a call for artists. Artists are encouraged to submit projects like sculptures, skateable art, mosaics and other art works. These works will be included in the new skate park slated for construction next summer. More information can be found on the Bemidji Skate & Bike website (, by visiting the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts or by contacting Nate Dorr at All proposals are due by Thursday, Dec. 31, and will be considered as part of a Region 2 Arts Council Legacy Grant application.

Restaurant gallery

Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new art work by Michael De Witt, Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillmundi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

Sculpture walk

Stop by the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Art blog

Advance notice of arts related activities for inclusion on blog titled ArtsNews on the Bemidji Web site will be accepted by The intent of the blog is to list dates and times of future arts events to give competing arts organizations better information for scheduling their projects.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- "Holiday Christmas Cookies by the Pound," 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, Blackduck History and Art Center.

- Oak Hills Christmas Festival, "A Baby Changes Everything," by Criaig-Claar and Clydesdale, 48 voice chorus. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.

- BSU Varsity Singers Holiday Concert, 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, Thompson Recital Hall.

- Matthew Goinz senior recital, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13,. Thompson Recital Hall.

- "The Nutcracker" First City Dance Studio Christmas show, 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19; 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20., Wild Rose Theater, Tickets at door: $5, children under 5, no charge.

- Holiday Open House at Towley's Woodworking Studio and Gallery, 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19. 50088 County Road 29.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage every Thursday at 9 p.m. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- Pelican Railroad, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ 119 Third St. N.W. Dee Liet and the Clean Starts perform 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Backyard Barbeque. Diane Sauer, Jeff Sawyer, Don Leet, John Henningsgaard, and Mike Chase offer a swinging blues sound with covers and originals.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to


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