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Pioneer Previews for Nov. 17: Music and words this week in the arts

BEMIDJI —The Early Music Ensemble will perform a concert of chamber music at 3 p.m. today in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 14th St. and Birchmont Drive.

The ensemble features Michael Hanson (saxophone), Melanie Hanson (violin), Patrick Riley (cello), Natalie Roholt (flute) and Deborah Steinbar (harpsichord).

The program will include music from the French courts of Louis XIV and Louis V: Rameau, Loelliet, Couperin and Le Clair. The public is invited at no charge but children younger than 6, are encouraged not to attend.

Time is running out to sign up for this week’s Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the American Legion, 217 Minnesota Ave. NW. Poets who wish to participate may sign up through Tuesday at the Bemidji Public Library, 751-3963, or call Marsh Muirhead, series coordinator, at 556-6313.

Contestants should prepare three readings of original work in any style. Poets must be at the American Legion no later than 6:30 p.m. to be added to the stand-by list. A drawing from the stand-by list will be used to fill in for no-shows from the original list of 12 contestants. Five judges will rate the poets on content and performance. Prize money for the top three $100, $75 and $50. Musical accompaniment during the evening by pianist Stacy Truedson with pop, classical and jazz selections. The audience should be aware that the Poetry Slam will contain adult themes and language and is not suitable for young children.


"Evita" at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. The modern rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice is directed by Cate Belleveau, with musical direction by Melanie Hanson, and is a production of Mask and Rose Women’s Theater. The play features Mary Anderson as Evita, Mark Christensen as Juan Peron, a military man turned politician, and Eric Carlson as Che "everyman," the narrator who sets the scenes for Evita’s exploits and life. Tickets on sale now at Brigid’s Pub in downtown Bemidji or by emailing $14-20 in a sliding scale based on ability to pay; $8 for seniors and $5 for students k-12. Tickets will also be available at the door starting an hour before show time.


"Evita" on stage at 7:30 p.m. in Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex.

Third Thursdays in Park Rapids will welcome Bemidji author Kent Nerburn, who will talk about his latest novel, "The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo," from 5-5:30 and 6-6:30 p.m. at Beagle Books, 112 3rd. St. W. Next door at Bella Cafe, April Hodge will sing a selection of Broadway hits at the same time. The Good Life Cafe will host Eddie Kidd, who will be warming up for his America’s Got Talent audition in February from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at 220 South Main. "Unpolished," will perform an eclectic mix of Americana and Bluegrass at Necce’s, 5:30 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 7 p.m. All of the events are open to the public at no charge because they are funded in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant.

Silverback Colony will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Armory Square, corner of U.S.Highway 71 and Second Street in downtown Park Rapids. The group is noted for its interpretation of alternative country with a rock backbone. Advance tickets of $11 are available at, Smoky Hills Art in Park Rapids or Terrapin Station in Nevis. Tickets at the door will be $13.


"Evita" on stage at 7:30 p.m. in Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex.


"Evita" on stage at 7:30 p.m. in Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex.


Marion Reil will be conducting a "painting on a feather" class from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday Gallery North, 502 3rd. St.NW. Students will paint and frame a subject of their choice on a game farm feather suitable for a 7-by-14 inch oak frame. Registration will be taken at Gallery North will all materials provided in class fee of $50. Register at Gallery North.

Authors Sought

Submissions for the Bemidji Speculative Fiction Writers Anthology for the upcoming Sword and Quill Vol. I are being sought. All stories must be between 500 and 7,500 words in .doc format and emailed to with author’s name, title of the story and the word count in the subject line. Also include a short biography that explains Bemidji connection. Hard copies may be sent to Roy’s Comic & Games, 210 Third St. NW, Bemidji 56601.

Upcoming Events

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 24 in Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex.

Percussion Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 in Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex.

Madrigal Dinner tickets on sale now at the Madrigal Ticket office, room 233 in Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex.

An evening at "Downton Abbey," sponsored by Lakeland Public Television at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 in Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. Period costumes are encouraged and the screening will be the first hour of the upcoming Season 4 and a trivia contest. There will be door prizes. Seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.