Today's Sanford Center open house may be one of the final Bemidji performances by cellist Eric Haugen before he heads off to college. Eric and friends will perform from noon-3 p.m. today, July 27, at the Open House at the Sanford Center. Visual artist Jay Jones will display some of his work during the open house. This event is free and open to the public with refreshments by Dunn Bros. Coffee, gourmet cupcakes by Althea's Bakery of Bagley and beignets by one of the center's chefs. Tours of the facility including a behind-the-scenes look at Bemidji State University's hockey installation will be given on the half hour starting at 12:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Sanford Center, Dunn Bros. Coffee, Althea's Cakery and Venuworks. Visit the Sanford Center website at thesanfordcenter.net.
The Bemidji Public Library Summer Book Sale will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. today, July 27, and Thursday, July 28, at the Bemidji Guard Armory, 1430 23 St. N.W.
Don't be left out for the Loon Opera Company production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" to be sung in English, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast. Mozart's iconic opera is a romantic comedy, which begins with Figaro and Susanna preparing for their wedding night. It is considered one of Mozart's finest and funniest operas. Contact Abe Hunter at Loon Opera Company, 1007 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601 or 368-8805. Tickets are $25 for orchestra, $20 for balcony and $10 for partially obstructed view (first row of the balcony). Check out the website at www.loonoperacompany.com for more information about this production. This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.
The Mask and Rose Women's Collective will present "Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood," at 7 p.m. today, July 27, through Saturday, July 30, and 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, on the Historic Beltrami County Courthouse Outdoor Stage at the corner of Sixth Street and Beltrami Avenue Northwest. In the event of rain, the venue will be at the Mask and Rose Theater at the corner of Fifth Street and Bemidji Avenue. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $4 for K-12 and free for preschoolers. Tickets are available at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant and at the door.
'The Music Man'
Northern Light Opera Company will present "The Music Man" at 7:30 p.m. July 29, 30, 31 and Aug. 4, 5 and 6, and 3 p.m. July 31 at Park Rapids Area High School. Julie Kaiser plays Eulalie Mckeckne, the River City mayor's wife; John Peterson, BSU graduate from Erskine, is a member of the bickering school board that forms the Barbershop Quartet; Brinn Krabbenhoft, a BSU music alum, sings the role of Marian the Librarian. Bemidji area musicians in the pit orchestra include David Murphy, Lynette Murphy, Beth Holzhueter and Vicki Magnuson. A cast of 44 of all ages will make River City, Iowa, of 1912 come to life mirroring the energy that David Konshok brings to the role of Harold Hill.
These are the last four performances of "21A," a study in the human condition which showcases Zach Curtis, artistic director of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Written by humorist and radio commentator Kevin Kling and directed by Paul Reyburn, a familiar actor at the playhouse, the remaining performances of this one-man show are at 8 p.m. tonight-Saturday, July 30, at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Curtis, a masterful character actor, portrays the bus driver who welcomes such diverse passengers as Gladys an elderly woman returning from a shopping trip, Chairman Francis, Not Dave (a fellow insisting that he is indeed not Dave) and Captain Twelve Pack. All the action takes place within the same 12 minutes of time for each character; who is speaking and who is listening changes with each person. Tickets for the evening performances are $22 for adults, $15 for students and $20 for groups of 10 or more. Call box office at 751-7270 for tickets or on-line at paulbunyanplayhouse.com. This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.
Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present Glenn Seibel on euphonium and Wayne Hoff on piano at noon, Wednesday, July 27, at the United Methodist Church, Ninth and Beltrami Ave. N.W. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. A luncheon will be served following the concert for a nominal cost.
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