Bemidji Concert Series premiere event of this year will be the onstage performance of the Bemidji State University Jazz Band, the Bemidji High School Jazz Band and world-renowned horn player Kiku Collins.
A stellar series which continues to bring the world's attention to the BSU music department and the north woods of Minnesota, this year's events will spotlight Collins in November and Michael Turre on the trombone playing with some of the participants from the BSU JazzFest International in January.
Funding cuts brought about the lower number of events but the quality of the individual concerts does not suffer.
Kiku (Chrysanthemum in Japanese) Collins name is legend in all aspects of music making from playing on stage with Michael Bolton and Beyonce to acting in two off-Broadway plays to her music production company which records commercials for any big-name company one could name. She has been named the 21st Century Miles Davis by "Jazz Journal International" and the consummate horn player by many of her peers.
Collins will conduct master classes with the high school and college jazz bands in preparation for the concert at 3 p.m. Saturday in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of BSU, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students and free for BSU students with a valid ID. Advance sale now at the Music Department on the second floor of Bangsberg. This concert series is sponsored by SAFAC, the Bemidji Pioneer and Villa Calma Bed and Breakfast.
- "Murder at the Howard Johnson's" by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick will open this week. A Saaren's production with resident company actors, the play is a romantic comedy and farcical look at murder and marital 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.
Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday. The final performance will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and may be purchased in advance by calling 556-1777 or at the door on performance days.
- "Proof" by David Auburn will have its final performances this week: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday on the main stage of Bangsberg's Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State, 14th St. and Birchmont Drive.
The winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this production features theater professor Patrick Carriere as Robert, the dead father of the struggling math genius, and daughter Catherine as played by Liz McGregor. Bob Boland plays a former math student of Robert and Catherine's confused boyfriend. Carissa Reis plays the impatient and overbearing sister, a lawyer who just wants to get the estate settled before going back to her busy practice. The family's struggle shows how they can overcome the tragedy of their parent's death with compassion, loyalty and support of the fragile Catherine, who fears that she has inherited her father's long term mental illness.
The play is directed by theater student Jesse Villerreal. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $6 for students and seniors and free for BSU students with a valid ID.
- "Timberline with Kari Munson, John Essig and Dave Sand will be performing from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. today at the newly re-opened Classic Hard Times in downtown Bemidji.
- Aaron Tank's new CD, "Dancing with No Music," release party starts at 9 p.m., Saturday at Jammers Nightclub. Several local guest musicians will be appearing with Aaron on stage.
- International folk jazz trio Chasing Clarence will be appearing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cabin Coffee House and Café. This event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be available for purchase.
- Tickets for "A Christmas Carol" by Chris Blackwood and Piers Robinson based on the novel by Charles Dickens are on sale now. 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 Drive NE #16, Bemidji, MN 56601) and include $2 for postage and handling.
Libraries on display
"Free to All-Libraries' the newest book of photography by Doug Ohman will be the topic of his talk starting at 7 p.m., Monday in the Bemidji Public Library. Ohman will show slides and talk about his newest book with commentaries by Minnesota authors. Will Weaver's essay sets the premise of the book by showing the vitality of the library system in Minnesota in towns - large and small - and in all cultural groups. This event is free and open to the public at no charge.
- The WoodPicks in concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 27 at the historic Chief Theater, $10 tickets at the door.
- "Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz" will be topic of a book reading by its author Coyne Steven Sanders from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2.
- Traditional Blue Grass, Gospel and country music concert by the Roggenkamps from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Free and open to the public of all ages.
- "Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier will be the next reading for the book discussions at noon on Dec. 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Extra copies of the book are available at the Bemidji Public Library.