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Pioneer Previews for September 29: An evening of Broadway hits

BEMIDJI — Invitations were sent this week for the Oct. 23 "An Evening on Broadway," which will feature music from the early musicals of Irving Berlin and Cole Porter to more contemporary composers such as Stephen Schwartz ("Pippin" and "Godspell") and Eric Idle ("Monty Python"). Opera Night favorites — Amanda Boring, Mark Christensen, Matt Goinz and Cory Renbarger — headline the singers who will be appearing.

The evening will start with a social hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at which time attendees will move into the Mississippi Room for a gourmet dinner by Chef Leonard of the Hampton Inn; the evening will end by 8:30 p.m.

The tickets are $60 each with proceeds going to the performers and the scholarship fund for the student singers at the annual June Opera Fest. The seating will be limited to 100 people for the event, which will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Contact Fulton Gallagher via email at or by phone at 586-2536 for more information on the menu choices, from chicken, fish to vegan.

- It’s the last chance to purchase tickets for Friday’s annual Oom Pah for the Arts, the only fundraiser for Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, which distributed $11,400 this spring for string student scholarships to major art ventures such as the Studio Cruise.

The evening begins with beer and wine tasting to be followed by a German dinner and dancing with Tuba Jim, Dennis Doeden and friends. The $50 ticket includes a $35 tax-deductable donation to BAAE Arts Endowment Fund. Tickets can be purchased at RE/MAX of Bemidji, 602 Beltrami Ave. NW. or any board member by Tuesday. Oom Pah for the Arts starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the Bemidji Town and Country Club.


- The fall lecture series of Adventures in Lifelong Learning continues with everything you have ever wanted to know about the Federal Bureau of Investigation with John Engelhoff, a retired FBI agent. Engelhoff retired from the FBI and will talk about the FBI we know from television and the real agency.

The lectures are free and open to the public; coffee and bars are served before the start of the program, which runs 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room of Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Drive NW. ALL is self-supporting and depends upon the generosity of members; please see membership forms at each presentation.

- Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with poet Elaine Goodale Eastman, as portrayed by Rhoda Jackson. A dramatic portrayal of this author and poet who worked alongside her Native American physician husband at the Wounded Knee Massacre. A free-will offering will be accepted to offset expenses and membership forms will be available at each presentation. HCLL meets in the Northwoods Bank Community Room, Highway 34 East in Park Rapids.


- Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning fall lecture series continues with a fun Finnish musician, Kip Peltoniemi, who comes from the Finnish Triangle and is one of the last button accordion music performers.

He will appear at the Gonvick Legion Cabin, 184 Elm St., Gonvick. Board members will welcome the public to this free concert/lecture starting at 9 a.m. for coffee and bars.

The lecture series is free but a free-will offering will be accepted to offset hospitality costs. To become a member of NELL, stop by the registration desk.


- The University of North Dakota Chamber Orchestra will be performing at 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, Ninth Street and Bemidji Avenue. The conductor Alejandro Drago will present ensemble works by Tchaikovsky and other folk repertoire.


- First Friday events start with a 2-5 p.m. reception with the "Autumn Art Fest Watercolor Contest" entrants and Featured Artist Carol Hoyum. Hoyum’s photographs, which have won many awards in the travel and nature genre. Her artistic endeavors cover a wide range from photos to jewelry. Meet the artists at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW.

- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall will feature "Wild About Horses" with Marion Caroline, who is best known for her equine art, which reflects the spirit, beauty, grace and emotion horses bring to our lives. Meet Caroline during the 3-5 p.m. reception.

- Headwaters Science Center will host a photography exhibit by Lainie Hiller, whose firsthand look at her native Australia provides a unique glance at the wildlife and topography of her native land. Meet Hiller during the 5-6 p.m. reception at 413 Beltrami Ave.

- The Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House will display the photography of professional Leigh Collyer and his 17 years shooting a mixture of catalog, editorial and advertising assignments. Meet Collyer during the 3-5 p.m. reception at 523 Minnesota Ave. Following the reception, the First Friday Wine Bar will open from 5-9 p.m. with the foods of the Bahamas with beers and wine to match.

- Bemidji Community Art Center (Watermark Art Center) will host a 5-7 p.m. reception for the annual Member’s Show with work in all media from BCAC member artists. Meet some of the artists at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. All of the above receptions are open to the public at no charge.

- The Beltrami County History Center features art work on display from Gallery North and their new exhibit "Trails Through Time." The topics include Ojibwe history, logging, entertainment, education and much more; 60 additional feet of exhibit cases. The center is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

- Dunn Bros. Coffee is hosting Oliver Cotting and his personal interpretation of the social psyche; how people think and make decisions. Cotting works in acrylic and graphite. Dunn Bros. is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

- Glazed and Amused (311 Third St.) will be hosting Scott Mousseau and his large collection of works in charcoal. pastels, oils, watercolor, pen and pencil using a variety of techniques.

- Neilson Place presents "Through Our Eyes" by Aynsley Kluchnik and Abby Szarkowski through October. The exhibit includes photos from Minnesota, North Dakota, Hawaii, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska and California. Framed and unframed photography and greeting cards will be available. Neilson Place is located on Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW.

- Northwoods Folk Collective open stage with signups from 6:30-7:30 p.m. when open mic begins. Host Drew Warne-Jacobsen will welcome musicians, singers, poets, writers and other performers to an attentive, appreciative inter-generational audience. Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW, Suite B.

- Druha Trava, a bluegrass band from the Czech Republic will be performing at 7 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. Tickets at the door will be $8 for adults and $5 for students. This activity is sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council and made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council.

- Honoring Our Ancestors Arts Festival with painting, beading, traditional food processing with wild rice and smoked fish, quilts, roach, hand drum and regalia making, Native American singing and hoop dancing. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Minnesota Highway 1, Red Lake (signs will be posted.). The public is invited to come and experience the rich artistry and culture of the Red Lake Nation. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, and legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.


Honoring Our Ancestors Arts Festival with painting, beading, traditional food processing with wild rice and smoked fish, quilts, roach, hand drum and regalia making, Native American singing and hoop dancing. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Highway 1, Red Lake. The public is invited to come and experience the rich artistry and culture of the Red Lake Nation.