The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council will host the 2011 Art Leap, a driving tour of artists' studios and other cultural destinations Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 24.
The Art Leap includes studio visits, live performances, theater arts tour and museum displays, a visit to Forestedge Winery and Gallery, Itasca State Park and Native Harvest and Minwanjige Café. Artists who will welcome visitors to their studios will include Marsha and Gary Wolff, Paula Jensen, Judy and Jerry Wegenast and Sandra Fynboh of Blue Sky Beads. For complete information on all the activities and maps, please see the website www.prlaac.org or Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, The Chamber of Commerce and the Community Education Office. Funding for Art Leap is provided, in part, by Itasca-Mantrap's Operation Round Up and a Region 2 Arts Council grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund supported by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.
"Judy Why Can't I," an original musical set in Hollywood which offers a glimpse into the life of Judy Garland and features some of Garland's memorable songs opens with a 3 p.m. matinee, today, Sept. 21, 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. Sept. 21-24, 28 and 29, October 1 and 2. Matinees are at 3 p.m. Sept. 21, 24, 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.
"Deer Camp the Musical," a lighthearted comedy about four friends and their escapades at a deer camp in northern Minnesota, will be presented at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Bemidji High School Auditorium, 2500 Division St. N.W. The original cast of Michael Johnson, Randy Soltis, Brad Busse and Mike Harens, with John Theis as understudy, will appear in Bemidji as part of a year-long Minnesota tour sponsored by Great North Show Providers. Written by Gene Jurek of St. Cloud and Doug Spartz of Pine River, the original songs include "We're Mighty Hunters" and "She's Playing Bingo," all sung by a merry band of losers who have never brought home a deer in 30 years. Advance tickets of $23 may be purchased locally at Marketplace Foods and both Lueken's Village Foods locations. Tickets at the door will be $26.
"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.
The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Board will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Lueken's North conference room. All musicians and season ticket holders are encouraged to attend. The agenda includes election of new BSO board members and a review of the past season.
"Real Men Do Write Poetry," with Marsh Muirhead and John Thornberg will be the first of three programs sponsored by Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning. Muirhead, this year's winner of the Great American Think Off, is an award-winning poet, dentist and flight instructor who lives on the banks of the Mississippi River in Bemidji. He will be joined by "From My Window" poet John Thornberg for a program from 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 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.
- The Black Lantern Fall Festival will feature two Bemidji groups. Timberline with Kari Munson, John Essig, John Kingsbury and Dave Sand will perform from 1-5 p.m. and Pelican Railroad will perform from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Pelican Railroad will return on the next day from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The fall festival is being held at the Black Lantern Resort and is family friendly with games for children and entertainment for adults. Black Lantern is located 15 miles west of Bemidji: Take U.S. Highway 2 to Clearwater County Road 2 in Shevlin for four miles and then left onto 320 Street South. For more information see www.fallfestivalmn.com.
- The Bemidji Jazz Quartet will perform innovative, contemporary instrumental music ranging from bop to fusion at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The group features Kevin Daley on guitar, Steve Konecne on woodwinds, Pat Riley on bass and Greg Gaston on drums.
- Singer, song writer and guitarist Lance Benson will perform his original songs and music beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant.
- A CD cast recording of "Playing the Bill" by Steve Saari is for sale at Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave. The CD features Saari's original music with performances from the original cast including Chuck Deeter, DeeJay Arens, Vicki Stenerson, Vicki Wangberg, Kevin Cease, Joel Ward, Jackie Davis and Karen Bradley. The cost of the CD is $10 at the gallery and will soon be available on CDBaby.com.
- Bemidji Area Arts Endowment will hold its Eighth Annual Oom Pah for the Arts from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Hungry Bear Banquet & Conference Center, 2300 24th St. N.W. Tickets are $50 ($35 tax deductible donation) and include wine and beer tasting, a German dinner and music provided by Dennis Doeden, "Tuba" Jim Thompson and friends. BAAE is a component fund of Northwest Minnesota Foundation dedicated to the support of the arts in the Bemidji area, and this is their major fundraiser to support the grants and scholarships given yearly in support of string students, arts events and artists. Please contact Chairman Mike Tangen, at 444-8310 or any board member for tickets.
For a complete listing of upcoming workshops, please see Pioneer Previews for Sunday, Sept. 18.
- American Jazz with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, Bemidji High School.
- Book discussion at Bemidji Public Library: "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand at noon, Monday, Oct 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.
- "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, N.D. www.GGFCT. Com.
- 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.