Maestro Magnus Martensson will bring his North American tour to Bemidji at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Chief Theater 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. Martensson is music director of the Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra of New York. The Swedish-born conductor's show is reminiscent of Victor Borge's comedic piano performances. Martensson is hailed by critics as "hilarious, clever and an outstanding pianist," and he will play the music of Grieg, Peterson-Berger and other composers. Tickets may be purchased by calling 917-405-6254 and are $20 for general public and $10 for students. Access his Web site at maestromartensson.com for more information and a teaser of the upcoming concert.
Kelley Hunt returns to the Paul Bunyan Playhouse for a benefit concert tonight, 7:30 p.m. , Sept. 24 at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Her special solo concert promises to be an intimate evening of gospel, blues and roots music. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and are available online at paulbunyanplayhouse.org and at the following outlets: Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Overbeek's and the Wild Hare Bistro. For a preview of her newest CD, "Mercy," listen for an interview the wee k of the show on KAXE-FM in Grand Rapids.
All proceeds from this show go to support the activities of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.
Desserts by Design, a fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Guild, will be held Friday, Sept. 25, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The doors will open at 7 p.m. for a preview of 12 designed and decorated tables and their unique desserts. Seating will begin at 7:30 p.m. with musical entertainment by members of the orchestra. Conductor Beverly Everett will speak about the upcoming season and a silent auction of donated desserts. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased now at Lueken's North. All proceeds go to support the BSO.
"Voices of the Past," historical glimpses into the life and times of area residents, will be offered as part of the fall fundraising efforts of the Beltrami County Historical Society. The Greenwood Cemetery Walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Local residents will portray characters and come "alive" to talk about life in Bemidji a century ago. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and may be purchased in advance at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday or at 5 p.m. prior to the tour. Participants will meet at 5:30 p.m. outside the Greenwood Cemetery office, Paul Bunyan Drive and 22nd Street.
"Out of the Hat" a presentation by Paul Bunyan Playhouse and KG Entertainment will be on stage at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Local playwrights, directors, actors, scene designers, costumers and light and sound technicians will treat the public to productions of six separate 15-minute comedies, written and rehearsed for the previous 24 hours. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at the Wild Hare Bistro, Harmony Foods and Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, all in downtown Bemidji.
Experimental painter William M. Andrus and his exhibition "Colorful" are on display now at the Talley Gallery now through Thursday, Oct. 8. Andrus uses the "power of color to elicit a meditative dialogue" between himself and the viewer of his non-representative paintings which seek to evoke an emotional response to color and color placement. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and located in Room 212, Bemidji State University Education Arts Building.
Northern Artists Association will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. S.E. The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
"Finding Our Way by the Stories We Tell," will be the first offering by Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Grace Free Lutheran Church, Bagley, when Anne M. Dunn, a mixed-blood Anishinabe-Ojibwe grandmother and storyteller will tell traditional tales. Dunn has published four collections of poems, myths and short stories: "When the Beaver Was Very Great," "Grandmother's Gift," "Winter Thunder" and "Uncombed Hair." The NELL program is free of charge.
Open stage and a celebration of half-way to St. Patrick's Day will be held at 9 p.m. tonight, Sept. 17, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.. There will be prizes for performers.
Tapestry will appear at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Cabin Coffee House, 214 Third St. N.W. The concert is free and open to the public.
Skate Park Fundraiser with performers of rock, punk, funk and indie will be held at 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub. The suggested donation is $5, and there will be a raffle and door prizes. The event is open to those 21 and older.
- "Forever Wild," an award-winning, multi-media celebration of nature, will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W. Folk singer and photographer Walkin' Jim Stoltz combines his original folk-style songs with a 27,000-mile trek through our country's last wild places for a concert of pictures, stories and songs. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and $12 at the door.
- Region 2 Arts Council is calling for representatives from local government, arts organizations, non-profits and interested individuals who would like to attend a listening session at 5 p.m. today, Sept. 17, by the Beltrami County Board Members, Kathy Gustufson and Patt Rall in the Public Library Conference Room, 210 First Street, W. They will lead a discussion on how Region 2 can meet the needs of the arts in Beltrami County. There is no charge for this meeting and please register in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 751-5447 or 800-275-5447.
- The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has announced a new theater program for students ages 7-12. Under the direction of Bridget Stromberg, the classes will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays and started on Sept. 3. For more information, call 444-5605.
- The Region 2 Arts Council and North Dakota Museum of Art collaborate on an exhibit of "Snow County Prison: Interned in North Dakota." Sixty years ago, the Department of Justice set up an internment camp at the Snow County Prison. The exhibit features historic photos and murals of the camp, floor to ceiling cloth banners imprinted with images of people interned there and wall text taken from the Haiku poems of Japanese internees, Itaru Ina. From Sept. 1-25, the exhibit will be at the North Country Museum, 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids. Call 218-237-5900 for hours and directions. This exhibit moves to the White Earth Veterans Memorial Building, Mahnomen for the month of Oct., 6-20.
- Lorie Line and her 20th Year Anniversary Show will come to Bemidji 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. "An Intimate Christmas with Lori Line" with her Fab Five (five of her favorite musicians) is a return to her roots with old favorites and memorable traditions from her earlier years. Cameras are a must as children four and up will be able to have a moment on stage with Santa and don't forget the bells from former years. Tickets are on sale now at www.lorieline.com http://www.lorieline.com/.
- Gallery North will hold a class on wet-on-wet painting class with Grace Garland and Marion Caroline Reil featuring a Northwood's landscape, "Fall Birches." from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22. Pre-registration with pre-payment is $40; on class day registration is $45. For more information call 444-9813 or email them at email@example.com.
- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gift Shop, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W. features the work of Bagley potter Malotte Backer.
- Beltrami County Historical Society in conjunction with Gallery North presents "School Days." The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday.
- Bemidji Community Art Center September exhibit is "Unique Vision," landscape photos from Utah, Wyoming and Minnesota by Jon Heller. Don't forget to check out the new inventory at Shop 426; all proceeds benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. BCAC is free and open to the public every day except Sunday and Monday and is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.
- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., has an exhibit of the new macro work by photographer Kathy Jo McKeown on the Art Wall. The work reflects the intimate beauty found in nature and other up-close subjects. This exhibit was made possible in part by Region 2 Arts Council.
- Dunn Bros Coffee has "Local and Global: Photographs that Make You Wonder," by John Eggers. Also on display and available for purchase are Levandowski Pottery and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson. Visit them at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive. S.
- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., welcomes Steve Herriot and his acrylic landscape painting as their Showcase Artist of the month. Member featured artists of the month are Monie Martin, a well known basket maker whose work ranges from the functional to fine art and Jeanine Brooks who is known for her whimsical oil paintings. Author of the month is Wendy Potratz and her book, "Agnes Play Soccer," a story for children who play organized sports.
- Glazed and Amused, 311 Third St. N.W., a paint-your-own pottery studio, has a front window display featuring ceramic pieces painted by customers. Walk-in painters are always welcome. The store is open Wednesday-Sunday and hours are posted on the door.
- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., and the North Country Health Services Art Committee are pleased to host Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Another Take," a collection of watercolor, acrylic and collage work, for the months of September-November. Her work is for sale and a price list will be at the reception desk.
- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has an ongoing display of new art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby Pat Shough, MaryBeth Vaudrin and Michael Thomas Sunnarborg for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday
- 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.
Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:
- A Night of Chamber Music with Minnesota Orchestra musicians, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27, BSU Thompson Recital Hall.
- Powwows: History, Culture and Symbolism with Henry Flocken, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, Academy of Lifelong Learning, Center for Research and Innovation, 3801 Bemidji Ave. N, Suite 4.
- First City of the Arts Studio Cruise '09, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 16-18.
- J.S. Bach Multiharpsichord Fest, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, BSU Bangsberg Recital Hall.
- Gothenburg Combo, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, Thompson Recital Hall.
- Street musicians 5-8 p.m. every Thursday nights, downtown Bemidji.
- Pelican Railroad 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ in downtown Bemidji.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org