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Pioneer Previews for Oct. 27: Madrigal Dinners back again at BSU

Tickets for the 45th Annual Madrigal Dinners at Bemidji State University are on sale now.

The Renaissance-style feast will be performed in a revamped Royal Manor designed by Karina Carlson and Zach Morgan, where the Royal Court, minstrels, beggars, cellar keepers, recorders and a masque presented by the King’s Players perform while the guests enjoy a five-course dinner. Performances start at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6-7, at 5 p.m. Dec. 8 and again at 7 p.m. Dec. 13-14 in the Beau Arts Ballroom. Tickets are $38 and are only available through advance sales. The ticket office is located at Room 223 of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, Birchmont Drive and 14th Street, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


- Adventures in Lifelong Learning will continue the fall lecture series with “Retirement Age Right-Sizing” with Tammy Schotzko, a certified professional organizer. Making a move at any stage can be overwhelming, the key is to make decisions about your possessions before it becomes burdensome. The presentation will begin at 10 a.m. in the Roger Spiry Community Room, Beltrami Electric Cooperation, 4111 Technology Drive NW. The talk is open to the public at no charge and a freewill offering will be accepted for the refreshments.


- The juror for the 11th Annual It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Exhibit, Andrea Denecke will be giving a talk starting at 7 p.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. The public is invited to attend the 6:30 p.m. reception at no charge.


- First Friday events can begin at the Beltrami County History Center with an exhibit by the artists of Gallery North and the new “Trails Through Time,” which showcases the county history from the glacial recession to the mid-20th century. The center will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m.

- Gallery North welcomes the member artists Diana Collison-Jones, who enjoys oil painting, copper tooling and wood burning and Patty Lovegreen, who has mastered the process of gelling and marbling paper for her tapestries. Meet the artists during the 2 to 5 p.m. reception. The annual Christmas Boutique will also open for the season at 502 Third St. NW.

- The Wild Hare Bistro welcomes Don L. Houseman and his new show “Lost Pictographs and Petroglyphs,” which explores the possibilities of lost stone images in his new acrylic paintings. Visit with the artist from 3 to 5 p.m. Enjoy the culinary artists of Wild Hare for the First Friday Wine Bar from 5 to 9 p.m. with a menu celebrating the bounty of local harvests with beer and wine to match at 523 Minnesota Ave.

- Cabin Coffee House will host multimedia artists Terry Honstead and Dee Najjar and their “Hunting Widows Special.” Meet the artists during a 4 to 6 p.m. reception at 214 Third St.

- Dunn Bros Coffee welcomes Diana Collison-Jones and her images of American big game and birds. Her copper tooling expresses the warmth and nurturing qualities of our earth. Meet her during the 5 to 7 p.m. reception at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

- Bemidji Community Arts Center will announce the winners of this year’s “It’s Only Clay” competition as chosen by juror Andrea Leila Denecke. The winning piece to become part of the Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection of functional ceramics at Bemidji State University will also be announced during the 5 to 7 p.m. reception at 426 Bemidji Ave. BCAC and Shop 426 are open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

- RailRiver Folk School presents the Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage with signup starting at 6:30 p.m. for poets, writers, musicians, singers and other performers. The folk school is located at 303 Railroad Street SW.


- The Bemidji United Methodist Church will celebrate 115 years as a congregation and the re-dedication of their Wicks organ starting at 1 p.m. Philip Brunelle, noted choral director and organist, will perform several classical works for the organ. The program includes the BUMC Chancel Choir under the direction of Linda Wagner, the Bemidji Chorale with Patricia Mason and soloist Mark Christensen. The public is invited to attend the concert and reception to follow. A freewill offering will be accepted.


- The Bemidji State University Department of Music will present the Choir Fall Festival at 3 p.m. on the main stage of Bangsberg. The groups that will perform are Musikanten, Varsity Singers, Chamber Singers and the Bemidji Choir.


A “Work of Art” workshop with Anna Metcaffe from Springboard for the Arts will be held 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Roger Spiry Community Room, Beltrami Electric Cooperation, 4111 Technology Drive NW. This free workshop will explore ways for artists to access multiple funding sources. RSVP to Region 2 Arts Council by Nov. 8 to reserve a seat by calling 751-547 or emailing


- Homecoming Celebrations! with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at Bemidji High School with Eric Haugen playing the Dvorak cello concerto.

- “Evita,” a modern rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, directed by Cate Belleveau of the Mask and Rose Women’s Theater with musical direction by Melanie Hanson. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. starting Nov. 14. Tickets on sale now at Brigid’s Pub or by emailing adults $14-20, students and seniors $8, K thru high school, $5.

- “Rigoletto” from Mantua at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Bemidji Theater. Tickets at the door, $10 for students, $20 for adults.

-McInnis’ Kitchen, a traditional Celtic group that performs Irish, Newfoundland, Scottish and Cape Breton music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the historic Chief Theater. Tickets are $20 at Brigid’s Pub, Kelsey’s Jewelry and Overbeek’s Music or by calling 209-7884.

- Early Music Ensemble will perform a concert of chamber music f at 3 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg.