Kelley Hunt returns to Bemidji for a solo performance at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Sept. 24, at the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. Hunt's solo performance of blues, gospel and roots music is a benefit for the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. This promises to be an intimate evening featuring songs from Kelley's catalog all stripped down to their original singer/songwriter format performed on keyboard, acoustic and electric guitar. She will also premier some new material and her newest release "Mercy" for her faithful and new fans. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 door and are available now at Overbeek's, Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Wild Hare Bistro. All proceeds of the show go to support the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in the off-season. CDs will be available for sale at the show.
Lance Benson and his drummer Mark Bauer will appear at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. Singer/songwriter/musician Benson will showcase some new work and favorites from previous albums with acoustical jams, intricate guitar slaps and taps along with simply picking out a melody. Look at his Web site lancebenson.com for more information about his work. Tickets are $8 in advance at KRKB Music, Overbeeks and KD Floral and $10 at the door, which will open at 7:30 p.m.
Oak Hills Christian College will host singer/songwriter Amy Shreve at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept 25. Shreve and her husband, Gary Wixtrom, will perform a Celtic influenced pop sound as well as selections from her latest CD, "The God of All Comfort," accompanied by mandolin, guitars and percussion. The duo will perform free, and the concert is open to the public. A free will offering will be accepted to aid in the ministry of their music. Refreshments will be provided. The concert will be held at the Schreiber Activity Center on the campus of Oak Hills Christian College, 1600 Oak Hills Road S.W.
A Night of Chamber Music with Minnesota Orchestra soloists will open the Bemidji 2009 Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, in Bemidji State University Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast. The concert will feature a string quartet of violin, viola and cello; and a brass sextet of trumpet, trombone, French horn and tuba. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door.
A World of Music with Todd Green, an instrumentalist who plays more than 30 string, wind and percussion instruments, will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at Bagley High School. Green's custom-built electronics system enables him to layer instrument sounds of Middle Eastern, Asian, South American and African music. You may preview his work at toddgreen.com. Tickets at the door are $4 for adults and $2 for seniors. Children are admitted for free with a paid adult. This concert is sponsored by Bagley Community Education and Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning.
Powwows: History, Culture and Symbolism will be the subject of a lecture at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Center for Research and Innovation, 3801 Bemidji Avenue N. The opening lecture for the 2009 Academy of Lifelong Learning fall series is by BSU Assistant Professor of Languages and Ethnic Studies Henry Flocken. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Auditions for "Seussical the Musical" are planned for students in grades three through college age. Actors need to have a memorized song and one memorized poem or reading that will show talent. Students may sign up for a 10-minute audition by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 243-2685. A production of the Mask and Rose Theater, the play will be directed by Cate Belleveau and will be presented in early December. Audition times and dates are as follows: 7-8:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, and 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive N.
Tickets for the 41st Annual Madrigal Dinners at BSU are now available at the Madrigal Dinner Office in room 223 of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Performances of this Yuletide tradition of northern Minnesota will be held Friday-Sunday, Dec. 4-6, and Friday-Saturday, Dec. 11-12, in the Beaux Arts Ballroom of the Hobson Memorial Union. This year the Sunday, Dec. 6 performance will be a matinee beginning at 5 p.m. All other shows begin at 7 p.m.
"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 Cemetery Walk will begin at 5:30 p.m., today, Sept. 24. Local residents will portray their 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 Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-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.
- Desserts by Design, a fund raiser for the Bemidji Symphony Guild will be held Friday, Sept. 25, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. 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 will be held. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased now at Lueken's North. All proceeds go to support the BSO.
- "Out of the Hat" a presentation by Paul Bunyan Playhouse and KG Entertainment will be on the stage at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at the historic Chief Theatre 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.
- 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 Oct. 6-20.
- 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 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and is located in Room 212, BSU Education Arts Building, Birchmont Drive.
- Lorie Line and her 20th Year Anniversary Show is coming to Bemidji 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12. "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 .
- 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 and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.
- 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 but Sunday and Monday and is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.
- Bemidji Public Library 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, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., 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, basket maker, and Jeanine Brook, painter. Author of the month is Wendy Potratz and her book, "Agnes Play Soccer," a story for children who play organized sports.
- Glazed and Amused, a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, has a front window display featuring ceramic pieces painted by customers. Walk-in painters are always welcome. It is open Wednesday-Sunday and hours are posted on the door at 311 Third Street N.W.
- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee host Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Another Take," for September-November. Her work is for sale and a price list will be at the reception desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW.
- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has an ongoing display of new art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby Pat Shough, Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin 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:
- Man on a Mission: the Search for Dru Sjodin, 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, Lengby City Hall.
- "My Name is Rachel Corey," a one-woman show by Mikaela Karstens, 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4, Mask and Rose Theater. Tickets at Brigid's Irish Cross Pub and at the door. $8/adults and $4/students.
- Lecture by William Andrus on his painting technique, 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.
- First City of the Arts Studio Cruise '09, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16-18.
- J.S. Bach Multiharpsichord Fest, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, Bangsberg Recital Hall.
- Gothenburg Combo, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, Thompson Recital Hall.
- Street musicians 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday night, downtown Bemidji.
- Pelican Railroad 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ, 119 Third St. N.W.
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 email@example.com