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Pioneer Previews: Comedy, drama and music on stage this week

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"Murder at the Howard Johnson's" by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. A Saaren's Production, the play is a romantic comedy and farcical look at murder and mayhem. Steve Saari is the hapless husband who has no idea that his wife (Julie Quanrud) and her lover (DeeJay Arens) are trying to plan the perfect murder. Additional performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and may be purchased in advance by calling 556-1777.

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E"Proof" by David Auburn will open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University. The fall production of the Bemidji State University Theater is the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The production will feature theater professor Patrick Carriere as Robert, the father of the struggling math genius and daughter Catherine, as played by Liz McGregor. Bob Boland will play Catherine's boyfriend and former student of Robert. Carissa Reis will portray the overbearing and impatient sister, who just wants to get things settled before returning home to her law practice. The play is directed by Jessie Villereal, a theater major

Additional performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 20. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $6 for students and seniors and free for BSU students with a valid ID.

Music Events

- Bemidji Trombone Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Thompson Recital Hall. Music faculty member Sarah Paradis will play trombone solo for two pieces with the ensemble composed of music majors, community members, current music faculty and music faculty emeritus. The group meets weekly with Paradis to rehearse and performs one concert each semester.

- "Minnesota Lumberjack Songs" with Brian Miller and Randy Gosa will be on stage at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. NW. The music is from the Irish immigrants who came to this country in the 1800's, the lyrics tell of the hard life of working up north, the mosquitoes on the St. Croix River and other such adventures faced by these men. Bemidji native Miller is highly regarded as a singer and interpreter of traditional songs and the founder of the Traditional Singers Club of Minnesota. Mandolin Wiz Randy Gosa will join Miller as they sing songs from their new CD. Tickets in advance are $8 and may be reserved be emailing Andrews@paulbunyan.net, calling 444-836 and visiting Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant. Tickets at the door will be $10 with children 12 and under for $4. This event is sponsored by Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

EThe Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will feature flutist Carol Wincenc in Christopher Rouse's Flute Concerto during the "American Lessons," the second in the "Made in America" 73rd BSO season. The program will include Edward Elgars "Serenade for Strings" and Mozart's "Symphony No 31 Paris. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bemidji High School. Tickets are on sale now at Luekens Village Foods North, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and brownpapertickets.com. The cost is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for college students with ID. Students K-12 are admitted free.

- Tickets for "A Christmas Carol" by Chris Blackwood and Piers Robinson based on the novel by Charles Dickens go on sale this week. A production of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Bemidji Community Theater, this new interpretation of the classic tale will feature Charles Dickens (Mark Christensen) as the story teller. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 3, 9 and 10 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets are $6 for children and $12 for adults at Iverson Corner Drug and Ken K. Thompson Jewelry at the Mall. A non-perishable food donation for the Bemidji Food Shelf brought to the theater the day of performance will get a $1 refund on a ticket. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

- Tickets for Bemidji State University's 43rd Annual Madrigal Dinners are on sale now at the Madrigal Dinner Box Office in Bangsberg, second floor of Bangsberg. The box office hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. All tickets are $36 each and include a Renaissance feast, royal pageantry from the Royal Court, wandering mistrals, cellar keepers and beggars and Recorder players. A masque (play) will be presented by the King's Players. Performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10 and a 5 p.m. performance Dec. 4 in the Beaux Arts Ballroom in Upper Hobson Memorial Union on the campus of BSU, Birchmont Drive. Tickets are available only through advanced sale and can also be purchased by mail (Madrigal Tickets, Department of Music, 1500 Birchmont Dr.NE.#16, Bemidji, MN 56601) and include $2 for postage and handling.

Library Event

"Same Kind of Different as Me," the Bemidji Public Library book discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday, in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Common Ground

Lakeland Public TV special features program, Common Ground, captures the creative process of various artists living in our region. It delves into the history of the area and takes the audience to cultural events that put the north in North Country.

The shows are repeated at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

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