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Pioneer Previews: MPR to hold open house event in Bemidji

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"MPR Connects!" with the public as the station invites listeners, members and advocates to join Cathy Wurzer, Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition news host, and listen to how she prepares for and presents her daily, early morning broadcasts.

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Jon McTaggart, the new President and CEO of MPR will also be at the gathering to discuss the future of radio/American public media. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 1019 Paul Bunyan Drive S. This event is free and open to the public but a reservation is requested through mpr.org/Bemidji. Refreshments will be served.

BSO concert

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will perform "American Jazz" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Guest pianist Jacob Adams will play Gershwin's "Concerto in F" to be followed by "Afro-American Symphony" by William Grant Still with its jazz and blues inspired melodies and Libby Larsen's "Overture for the End of a Century." Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for college students with valid ID and free to students in grades K-12. Tickets are available now at Leuken's Village Foods North and Brigid's Cross Irish Pub in downtown Bemidji. Tickets may also be purchased on-line at brownpapertickets.com. This is the second concert of this year's series and season tickets are still available. There will be a table set up in the entry to the auditorium.

Mark Twain

"Mark Twain," as portrayed by Richard Garey of Hannibal, Mo., will be performed at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Bemidji High School. The show authentically recreates the famous Mark Twain shows of 100 years ago as it combines comedy, biting satire, and drama by a respected humorist and philosopher. The show is suitable for all ages and tickets are $15 and on sale now in the main office just inside the front door of BHS. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TV series

On the season premiere of Common Ground viewers will meet Norma Jansen, a watercolor artist from Longville who finds drawing to be the key component to a good painting. Paula Swenson of Bemidji uses vibrant color and bold forms in a style that's all her own. Gabe Leon of Brainerd uses resin to create beautiful and functional art. Finally, poet Anthony Swann of Bemidji shares his creative works. The show airs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct.13, and is repeated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15; 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16; and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. Common Ground is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Judy Garland

"Judy Why Can't I," an original musical set in Hollywood, offers a glimpse into the life of Judy Garland and features some of Garland's memorable songs. The show is at Minnesota Folklore Theater, 6 Broadway St. Akeley. The play covers three stages in Garland's life beginning with her youth in Grand Rapids, Minn., as portrayed by Akeley youngster Shannon McGrath. Deb Rogers of Park Rapids takes Garland through her Hollywood days and Jan Nash of Pine River plays the older Garland and her reflections on the abuse of alcohol and drugs and subsequent premature death at age 47. Some of Garland's memorable songs are recreated: "The Trolley Song," "The Man That Got Away" and "Over the Rainbow." This show is not appropriate for small children. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today, Sept. 28, and Thursday, 29; Oct. 1 and 2. Matinees are at 3 p.m., Sept. 28 and Oct. 2. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets may be reserved by calling the box office at 218-652-2666.

Christmas concert

Gracias Christmas Cantata will be performed at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Red Lake Nation College, 23750 state Highway 1E in Red Lake. The concert will be performed by the musicians and singers of the Gracias School of Music. The program will include traditional English and German carols and classical music by Georg Friedrich Handel and is free and open to the public.

Book signing

John Eggers will read and sign with his newest publication, "More Than Just Words," from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 Third St. N.W.

Poetry reading

"A Woman's Heart," with poet Laura Hanson and memoir writer and poet Penelope Swan, is the second of three programs sponsored by Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids. This series is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

Book discussion

Book discussion of "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand will begin at noon Monday, Oct 3, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W. The bestseller is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body and spirit as told by an American lieutenant during World War II who is stranded on a tiny raft in thousands of miles open ocean after his plane is shot down.

Art exhibit

"Forays into Abstraction" by artist Dick Roberts is at the Talley Gallery of Bemidji State University, Education Arts Building, Birchmont Drive Northeast. The installation will be up until Oct. 14 in Room 212, which is barrier free and open at no charge to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

Grant deadlines

Region 2 Arts Council grant deadlines:

- The Individual Artist Grant, which is open to artists in all disciplines, offers funding up to $1,000 for costs associated with exhibitions, performances or a production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment; educational opportunities; mentorships and proposals for career enhancing projects or opportunities. The applicant must be a resident of Beltrami, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods and Clearwater counties.

- Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant is open to individual American Indian artists in all disciplines living within Region 2 and also Roseau, Itasca, Cass and Becker Counties. Applicants may apply for funding up to $1,000 for costs associated with exhibitions, performances or a production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment; educational opportunities; mentorships and proposals for career enhancing projects or opportunities.

Interested individuals may contact the council at 751-5447, 800-275-5447 or staff@r2arts.org.

Musical events

- Timberline with John Essig, Kari Munson, John Kingsbury and David Sand will perform from 8-midnight, Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Eagles, 1270 Neilson Ave. S.E.

- Timberline with Kari Munson and John Essig at Trail's End from 6-10 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2 in Trail.

Workshops

For a complete listing of upcoming workshops, please see Pioneer Previews for Sunday, Sept. 25.

Upcoming events

- Spoken Word Event with Susan Hauser at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at Bemidji Community Art Center. Hauser will read from "My Kind of River Journey: Seeking Passage on the Mississippi." Event is free and open to the public.

- Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9 in Bangsberg.

- "The Clean House" by Sarah Ruhl and produced by The Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 13 to 15 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

- "Bell, Book and Candle" by John Van Druten at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-15, 20-22, 27-19 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23, Fire Hall Theater, Grand Forks, ND. www.GGFCT. Com.

- "Controlled Chaos Tour" with Jeff Dunham at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Sanford Center Bemidji. All seats are reserved, tickets are $45.50. Ticket office 441-4032

- BSU Harpsichord Recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in Bangsberg Recital Hall. Tickets: adults $10, seniors $5 and students free. More information to follow.

- Bemidji First City of the Arts Studio Cruise: Friday to Sunday, Oct. 21-23.

- Emily Dickinson - The Woman behind "The Belle of Amherst" with Rhoda Jackson, from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning.

- Talun on Tour with Garry Jones and Laura MacKenzie at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Tickets in advance $10, at the door $15.

- "The Belle of Amherst" with Rhoda Jackson at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Long Lake Theater.

- "Murder at the Howard Johnson's" by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick by Saaren's Productions, Nov. 10-13 at the Wild Rose Theater.

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 news@bemidjipioneer.com

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