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Patt Rall Arts Column for August 20: 'Pirates, The Musical' opens today

"Pirates, The Musical," by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson opens today with shows at 7:30 Aug. 20-21 and 2:30 Aug. 22.

A production of Mrs. Yam's Children's Theater, the story is about a little boy who longs to be a pirate. His chance comes by helping the pirates at the Big Pirate gathering in the Big Pirate Sea.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 13 and under and free for children 3 and under. They may be purchased at the Harmony Food Co-op and the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee Company.

The shows will be in the Atrium at Voyageurs Expeditionary High School, 102 First Street W., downtown Bemidji.

Trefle to perform

The Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series welcomes Trefle, a group of local musicians: Charles Kowouoto, Jenn Paquette, Jennifer Johnson and Shar Paquette.

The group plays original music, most of which is Christian-based but it also will perform some popular music during its concert as well.

The concert will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park. Please be aware that cars need a park sticker to enter.

These events are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota Legislature, as well as the collaborative effort of Lake Bemidji State Park and the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

Church musicians

The Bemidji Area Church Musicians 2009 Summer Recital Series has concerts at noon every Wednesday. The last one of the season will be on Wednesday, Aug. 26, with organist Muff Magelssen and pianist Don MacKinnon, along with the Other Mountain Remnant Band at the First Presbyterian Church, 501 Minnesota Ave. N.W.

A free-will offering will be accepted in support of music scholarships at the door.

Always well-attended, these half-hour concerts give the public an opportunity to hear area church musicians play and also enjoy a luncheon at the host church after the concert for a nominal cost.


The sixth annual OomPah for the Arts, the main fundraising event of Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, will be held on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Bemidji Town & Country Club on the shore of Lake Bemidji.

The $50 ticket price includes a Wine and Beer Tasting from 6-8 p.m., a full-course German dinner and music for your dancing and listening pleasure by Dennis Doeden, Tuba Jim and friends from 6-10 p.m.; all this and a $35 tax-deductible donation rolled into one.

BAAE is proud that approximately $.97 out of every donated dollar goes directly into the endowment and general fund and this year, $9,291 was awarded in the Bemidji community.

Please come and join us this year by buying a ticket at Tutto Bene in downtown Bemidji, from any board member, or by contacting Mike Tangen at or 444-8310.

As in the past, tables can be reserved for a group and a company wishing to be a corporate sponsor may contact Mike for information.

BAAE is a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.


"Raymond Takes A Wife," an original musical written by Beverlee Olson, will be reprised at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at Lake George Senior Citizen Center.

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for children age 6 and under and are for sale at the Lake George Café, Beagle Book Store in Park Rapids and Bad Cat Creations (next to Bemidji Woolen Mills.)

Clay ceramics

Bemidji Community Arts Center and Bemidji State University Visual Arts Department announce the seventh annual "It's Only Clay Ceramics Competition and Exhibition," which is dedicated to functional clay vessels.

The 2009 juror is artist and potter Richard Bresnahan. Works accepted by the juror will be on display at BCAC from Friday, Nov. 6, through Saturday, Dec. 19.

Prize money will be awarded for first, second and third place and additional purchase awards will be given to pieces chosen for the BSU Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection.

The submission deadline is Sept. 4 (postmarked) and the application fee for three entries is $30. For prospectus and application, see

For further information, contact BCAC at 444-7570 or e-mail

Radio Hour

- "The 1940's Radio Hour" by Walton Jones is on stage at the Fosston Library Arts Center. The station on-light goes red at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, Aug. 20-22.

The musical is set in a radio studio during December 1942 at the height of World War II.

The performance will feature a rich assortment of characters, including a rarely sober crooner, a delivery boy who longs to be behind the microphone, a women's quartet singing "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy" and an irascible doorman.

Bemidji State University students will head the production with Whitney Stuckey as director; Matthew Goinz, music director; and Mallory McKay, choreographer. They will bring to the stage a trip down memory lane with songs like "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," "I'll be Seeing You," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and many more favorites of the era, along with live commercials of familiar products like Ipana Toothpaste.

The station "on" light goes red at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19-22. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 13 and under. They're available at Generations Clothing Store (218-435-1676) or at the door if available.

This production is made possible in part by a grant from the Northwest Regional Development Commission through funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Minnesota Legislature.

Pirates musical

Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Bemidji Community Theater are pleased to announce that they will be presenting a collaborative effort, "Pirates of Penzance" a Gilbert and Sullivan musical comedy.

This will be a high-energy show with physical comedy, challenging lyrics, dancing and sword fighting.

Actors-male and female ages 15 and up are encouraged to audition and prepare 16 bars of music; an accompanist will be provided.

Director Mary Knox Johnson and musical director Karen Bradley will be holding auditions 7-9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at The Cabin Coffee House, 214 Third St. N.W., or by appointment.

For more information, contact Kelly Kirk, technical director, at 760-1066 or Mary Johnson at 333-8740.

Concert Series

Tickets for the 2009-10 Bemidji Concert Series are on sale now with a variety of ticket packages. The Department of Music at Bemidji State University is excited to present this eighth season's lineup of internationally known musicians to the stage at the main theater, Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of BSU.

A gala performance by Doc Severinsen and El Ritmo De La Vita will be on stage at the Bemidji High School auditorium in February.

For a complete listing of all the performers, dates and ticket prices, write the Department of Music, Attention Bemidji Concert Series, 1500 Birchmont Drive N.E., Bemidji 56601; or visit the Music Office on the second floor of Bangsberg Hall.

BCAC's 'Reveal'

Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. N, welcomes a unique exhibit "Reveal," with photographic portraits by John Bauer accompanied by audio recordings of their story. While using an iPod, the viewer will listen to Heidi Holton's recordings as the subjects muse about their lives, loves and joys.

Check out the objet d'art from Shop 426; all proceeds benefit programming and the local artists. BCAC is free and open to the public daily except Sunday and Monday.


- Gallery North is exhibiting nationally known wildlife artist Linda Walker as the Showcase Artist of the month.

Former Bemidji resident, Bill Kruger is the author of the month and his book of tales for children, "Mr. Euchre and other Northwood's Fables," a collection of stories about woodland animals ,is on display and for sale.

Gallery North is at 502 Third St. N.W. across the street from Bemidji Woolen Mills.

- Bad Cat Creations and Gifts is next door to Bemidji Woolen Mills. Its featured artist of the month is Pamela Lee Johnson.

Her nature and wildlife photography, framed and matted prints, will be on sale.

A boutique for contemporary accessories and fun gifts, Bad Cat is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Glazed and Amused is a paint-your-own pottery studio. Stop by and view the window display of pieces painted by their customers. And, walk-in painters are always welcome. The studio is open Wednesday through Sunday and is located at 311 Third St. N.W.

- The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has on display Brooke Knisle's "Reflections in the Landscape," a collection of her photographs of landscapes, flowers and portraits involving human's existence with nature from her work in the field of conservation, hiking, camping and outdoor adventures.

There also is an ongoing display of Audrey Merchman's work for sale.

The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W. will feature the artwork of those students who participated in the summer reading programs for kindergartners through teens.

For the month of August, the display will be sketches, yarn art, "piano hinge" books and wind chimes.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N., welcomes Erja and Mike Wiltse and a showcase of their oil and watercolor paintings, titled "Erja + Mike = Art Show."

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., is featuring Karen Bradley's "Body Ornaments" made with reusable items such as seeds, beads, shells, old jewelry, leather and sequins which are knitted or crocheted into wearable pieces.

- Dunn Bros. Coffee welcomes local artist Terry Honstead and her exhibit, "Feminine Fancy," featuring lace and flower paintings in watercolor, watercolor collage and acrylic collage for the month of August.

Also on display and available for purchase are Levandowski Pottery and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson. Visit them at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., and the North Country Health Services Art Committee welcome an exhibit by Natalia Himmirska, titled "Embrace."

Her work will be on display through August for the pleasure of the residents, families, staff and the community at large. The work is for sale and a price list is provided at the reception desk.

- Bemidji Sculpture Walk received a grant from the G. W. Nielson Foundation to fabricate and display fiberglass images that will be decorated by artists for the 2010 season.

Members of the general public are being asked to vote for an image: either a fish, beaver, turtle, deer, small canoe, Paul Bunyan or another choice.

Votes will be compiled until the end of August, at which time the winner will be announced.

To cast your vote, e-mail Two-Dimensional Artists may also access this Web site for further information and apply to participate by decorating the winning image.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has an ongoing display of new artwork by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby Pat Shough and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

- The Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. N. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has available a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Upcoming events

- A Night of Chamber Music with Minnesota Orchestra musicians at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Thompson Recital Hall.

- Gothenburg Combo will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Thompson Recital Hall.

- Street musicians will perform 5-8 p.m. every Thursday night in downtown Bemidji.

- Pelican Railroad will be 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ in downtown Bemidji.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to