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Pioneer Previews for Sept. 8: Fall and the arts are in the air

BEMIDJI -- Bemidji is on the cusp of another fall season of theater, concerts, opera and student productions, to name just a few of the events.

The beginning of community theater offerings will be Ken Ludwig's new comedy/mystery "The Game's Afoot," which won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe award for the best play in 2012. Bemidji Community Theater moved bag and baggage (props and costumes) into Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex this past summer for a promising tenancy on the main stage.

Ludwig's play will be the second production at Bangsberg, the first being the very successful "Arsenic and Old Lace" in August. BCT's theater season is off to a good start. Show times and dates are 7:30 p.m., Sept. 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 and tickets are user-friendly at $12 for adults and $6 for children 17 and younger. Tickets are on sale now at Iverson Corner Drug and Shannon's Art and Soul in downtown Bemidji and K.K. Thompson Jewelry at the mall. The box office will open an hour before show times.

In November, Cate Belleveau of the Women's Theater Collective will bring "Evita" to life on the main stage of Bangsberg and December will see BCT back again with "The King and I." Our local actors and singers are doing their best to bring good theater to the folks here in Bemidji.

High Definition Opera returns the last Saturday in September with "Aida" as performed at La Scala Opera House. More information to follow on the upcoming season of opera in high definition at the Bemidji Theater.


Bemidji Public Library Book group will gather at noon in the front meeting room to discuss "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Stout. This event is free and open to the public at 509 America Ave. NW.


• "The Lincoln of His Speeches and the Spielberg Lincoln" with professor emeritus David Hopper will discuss the wisdom and profundity of Abe Lincoln from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Northwoods Bank Community Room, Park Rapids. A program of Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning, the lecture is open to the public at no charge. Contributions are tax deductible and membership levels start at $15.

• Bemidji Public Library Book group will gather at 7 p.m. in the front meeting room to discuss "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Stout. This event is free and open to the public at 509 America Ave. NW.


• A flute circle will be meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave., downtown Bemidji. This group is for beginners and advanced, so all are welcome. Please call 218 444-5606 for more information.


• Art in the Swamp at Shevlin Sawdust Days will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the City Park. The event is open to all crafters and fine artists.


A watercolor painting class with Marion Reil will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at Gallery North, 502 3rd. St. NW, Bemidji. Participants will complete a rock-n-roll watercolor of a chickadee in the rushes. The fee is $45 and registrations will be taken at Gallery North.


Gallery North extends an invitation to area artists to participate in an Autumn Art Fest watercolor competition. Cash prizes of $50 will be awarded in two categories: Best in Show and People's Choice. Entries must be framed and no larger than 18 inches by 24 inches. There is a $5 fee for each entry and each piece must be submitted to the Gallery during the final week of September. Entrants must be 18-years old and older. For more information, call 444-9813.

There will an open house/reception from 1-3 p.m. on Oct. 19 and the watercolors will remain on display through October.