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Pioneer Previews for September 22: Week brings events on stage, on screen

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BEMIDJI — There is lots to do this coming week in and around Bemidji: Art Leap in Park Rapids will be in full swing, opera is coming back to Bemidji, at the movies, and theater buffs can enjoy "The Games Afoot" at Bangsberg and Dave Matthews Band trumpeter Rashawn Ross closes out the week with two events Sept. 29.

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Monday

Bemidji State University’s Homecoming week kicks off with comedian Josh Rabinowitz, 7 p.m at Hagg-Sauer 100 at Bemidji State.

Tuesday

- The fall series for Adventures in Lifelong Learning continues from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Dr. NW with "Religion and Violence." Professor Thomas Alderink will examine recent claims that religion is and has been a stimulus to violence. Lectures are free and open to the public; coffee and bars and served before the programs and a freewill offering is accepted. ALL is self-supporting and depends upon the generosity of "academy members." Please see membership forms at each presentation.

- Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning lectures series meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with Brad Livingston and his program "Training Service Dogs" and how he trains dogs for service for people with specific needs. A freewill offering will be accepted to offset expenses and membership forms will be available with basic membership donations at consumer friendly levels. HCLL meets in the Northwoods Bank Community Room, U.S. Highway 34 in Park Rapids.

Wednesday

- Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning continues its fall lecture series with Virgil Benoit, professor of French at the University of North Dakota, who will speak on "Complexities of a Heritage Too Often Called French." Board members of NELL will welcome cultural history buffs starting at 9 a.m. with coffee and bars at Good Shepherd Church in Clearbrook. The lecture series is free and open to the public, but a freewill offering will be accepted to offset hospitality costs. To become a member of NELL, stop by the registration desk.

Friday

- Park Rapids Art Leap is a chance to visit working artists and musicians with brochures online at prlaac.org.

- Bemidji Community Theater fall production of "The Games Afoot," the latest comedy by Ken Ludwig, opens at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. The play is the story of a theater troupe that spends a weekend at the manorial home of the actor who has been playing Sherlock Holmes for quite awhile. One person is killed at the annual Christmas party, and the cast is committed to finding the murderer. Directed by Vicki Stenerson, this comedy is a perfect foil for the likes of DeeJay Arens and Steve Saari, who last stole the show in "Moon Over Buffalo," by the same author. Tickets available now at Iverson’s Corner Drugs and Shannon’s Art and Soul in downtown Bemidji; Ken K. Thompson in the mall and at the box office one hour before the show, which also will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday

- Park Rapids Art Leap a chance to visit working artists and musicians with brochures online at prlaac.org.

- ‘Aida’ as filmed at La Scala Operahouse will begin at 2 p.m. at the Bemidji Theater, U.S. Highway 2, five miles west of Bemidji. ‘Aida,’ an opera in four acts by Giuseppi Verdi, was written in 1871. It is the story of a royal Ethiopian princess, Aida, who was held as a slave in Egypt, serving the King’s daughter, Amneris. The two women are in love with the King’s supreme commander Radames. He has won a decisive battle in Ethiopia and unwittingly captures the Ethiopian King Amonasro (Aida’s father). Because of the military victory, the King declares that Radames and Amneris will marry and he will become successor to the throne. But, Radames loves Aida and is prepared to defend her and her father to the end. The audience will decide which woman is triumphant in the end. Fulton Gallagher will give a short talk about the production at 1:30 p.m. preceding the movie start. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

- "Happy Days Are Here Again," a performance by Rhonda Laurie and Jazz Trio at 5 p.m. at the Bemidji Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. It is funded in part through the Legacy Program, a statewide fund approved by voters that is dedicated to preserving Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.

- "The Games Afoot" at 7:30 p.m. in Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. See above for more information.

Sunday

- Park Rapids Art Leap is a chance to visit working artists and musicians with brochures online at prlaac.org.

- "The Games Afoot" at 2 p.m. in Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. See above for more information.

- The Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert will feature a guest soloist, Rashawn Ross, trumpet player for the Dave Matthews Band, at 3 p.m. in Thompson Hall, Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. The concert will also feature performances by BSU’s major performing ensembles and student performances by this year’s winners of the Thompson scholarships. The Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers will also perform. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, students are free.

- Jazz Jam with Rashawn Ross of the Dave Matthews Band will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Sanford Center. Ross will perform with a backup band of local musicians and audience members are encouraged to bring an instrument for an open jam session. This event starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

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