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Patt Rall Arts Column for Oct. 8: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra opens season Sunday

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra opens its 2009-10 season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in the main theater of Bemidji High School with Spanish Triumph.

Maestro Beverly Everett has selected challenging pieces for the orchestra and soloists: Petar Jankovic, faculty member and coordinator for the department of guitar at Indiana University, will play composer Rodrigo's best work, "Concierto de Aranjuez"; the BSO cello section and soprano Ashley Bremseth, a vocal music major at BSU will perform "Bachianas Brasileiras No.5" by Brazilian composer Hector Villa-Lobos; and the final selection is by composer Manuel de Falla, "El Amor Brujo Suite," a romantic ballet.

Tickets will be sold at the door and are $10 for seniors and students, $15 for regular admission.

For more information about the concert, consult the BSO Web site at

Patsy Cline

Local talent Julie Kaiser, Matthew Goinz, Lee Foster and Chris Konecne will bring audiences along on "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10 and 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. This is a Long Lake Theater production. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $9 for children. Call the Paul Bunyan Theater at 751-7270 for details.

Jazz performance

Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club will perform at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant Saturday, Oct. 10.

This seasoned group of professional performers of jazz (standing bass, guitar, saxophone, rhythm guitar) will play through the dining hours and beyond.

Diners will be seated until 9 p.m. and the show itself is free.

Cowboy band

The Cowboy Christian Band will perform at the Bagley American Legion on Saturday, Oct. 17, for the Prime Rib Dinner Fundraiser to support Meals on Wheels and the Bagley Senior Center.

Kent Dudley, chaplain at Havenwood Nursing Home, plays guitar and sings; his son Ryan plays drums; and Kelly Julin plays guitar and sings in the cowboy band, which is scheduled to play for the entire evening during seatings at 5, 6:15 and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12.50 and may be purchased now at the Bagley Senior Center or call Marilyn at 657-2364

Annelee Woodstrom

Annelee Woodstrom will be the speaker at Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Cornerstone Assisted Living Facility on U.S. Highway 2 West in Bagley.

Woodstrom's awarding winning book, "War Child," describes growing up in Hitler's Germany; from his rise through the end of World War II through the eyes of youth.

Her most recent book, "Empty Chairs," tells the story of her 60 years in America after having come here to be the bride of a young soldier who befriended her family during the war.

The program is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

Talley Gallery

Talley Gallery of Bemidji State University will welcome sculptor Judith Shea and master potter Richard Bresnahan and their exhibit, "The Nature of Process," from Tuesday, Oct. 13, through Friday, Oct. 30.

The show is being held in conjunction with the Community College Fine Arts Conference co-hosted by BSU and Hibbing Community College from Oct. 12-14.

Shea will give the keynote presentation for the conference at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, in the Beaux Arts Ballroom of Hobson Memorial Union.

Bresnahan is the keynote speaker and demonstrator for the "It's Only Clay" conference at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Beaux Arts Ballroom of Hobson Memorial Union.

He will also give two lectures: "Sustainability: New 21st Century Environmental Platforms" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Room 100 of Hagg-Sauer and "Ancient Fires for a Humane Future" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 13, in the Beaux Arts Ballroom of Hobson Memorial Union.

All three lectures are free and open to the public.

An opening reception for the show will be from 8-9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, at Talley Gallery, Room 212 of the Education Arts Building on the campus of BSU.

The Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. The gallery is barrier-free and open to the public at no charge.

'Seussical' audition

An additional audition time and date has been added for "Seussical the Musical" for third-graders through college-age students.

Actors need to have a memorized song and one memorized poem or reading that will show talent.

Students may sign up for a 10-minute audition by e-mailing or by calling 243-2685.

A production of the Mask and Rose Theater, the play will be directed by Cate Belleveau and will be presented in early December.

The audition will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Wild Rose Theater, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive N.

Playhouse auditions

Paul Bunyan Playhouse has set auditions for the 2010 summer season.

Zach Curtis will conduct auditions on a first-come, first-seen basis 6-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, and Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

The plays and dates are as follows:

- "Biloxi Blues," by Neil Simon, is a play about a group of young recruits in boot camp during WWII; it will run June 9-19.

- "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," by Steve Martin depicts an imaginary meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein; it will run June 23 to July 3.

- "Dracula," a play written by Stephen Dietz based upon the Bram Stoker original story about the eternal struggle between good and evil; it will run July 7-17.

- "Boys Next Door," by Tom Griffin is a dramatic comedy about four developmentally disabled men who live together in a group home; it will run July 21-31.

- "Gypsy," by Stephen Sondheim tells the story of Gypsy Rose Lee and how she became a burlesque star. The audition will require some singing and movement on stage; it will run August 4-14.

Direct questions to any board member or call Becky Lueben at 333-3785.

'Catch a Butterfly'

"Catch a Butterfly," a watercolor class, will be offered by Gallery North at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24.

Each participant will paint a 16-inch-by-20-inch watercolor painting of an abstract butterfly.

For more information or to register, call Gallery North at 444-9813.

Shaker collection

Ruth Pearson is 93 years old and has collected salt and pepper sets since she was 12. Her impressive collection of more than 150 shaker sets in silver, crystal, glass and plastic are on display at the Blackduck History Center throughout the month of October.

A reception in her honor will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10.

The center is located in downtown Blackduck.

Madrigal Dinner

Tickets are on sale now for BSU's 41st annual Madrigal Dinner at 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12 and at 5 p.m. Dec. 6.

Founded by Paul Branvik, professor emeritus of vocal music, this traditional holiday fete is now celebrated by many groups across the country.

Branvik created the idea of madrigal dinners and wrote the book on how to produce them.

The Beau Arts Ballroom of Hobson Memorial Hall will be transformed into a Renaissance feast at an English castle.

The King and Queen will host a five-course dinner for the royal court while minstrels, trouveres, cellar keepers, beggars and members of the royal kingdom perform.

The concert by the Royal Court will usher in the yuletide season.

Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance by mail or in person at the Madrigal Dinner box office beginning Oct. 5. For box office hours, call 755-3406.

Mail orders may be sent to Madrigal Dinner Tickets, Department of Music, 1500 Birchmont Drive N.E., No. 16, Bemidji, MN 56601.

Vegetarian meals are also available and need to be pre-ordered.

Lorie Line

Lorie Line and her 20th Year Anniversary Show is coming to Bemidji at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at Bemidji High School.

"An Intimate Christmas with Lori Line" with her Fab Five (five of her favorite musicians) is a return to her roots with old favorites and memorable traditions from her earlier years.

Cameras are a must as children 4 years old and up will be able to have a moment on stage with Santa.

Tickets are on sale now at

Dee Liet

Dee Liet and the Clean Starts will be tapping out a few tunes 8-12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Backyard Barbeque, 119 Third St. N.W.

Band members include Mike Chase, John Henningsgaard, Don Leet, Diane Sauer, and Jeffrey Sawyer. Join them for a mix of covers and originals, mixing blues, country, folk and rock.

Other events

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents, "School Days." The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts at 315 Irvine Ave. NW is showing the work of photographer Michael Thomas Sunnarborg with selected photographs from his recent book, "Inspirations from the World" and a limited set of framed and unframed matter prints, greeting cards and sets.

- Bemidji Community Art Center October exhibit is "Unique Vision," landscape photos from Utah, Wyoming and Minnesota by Jon Heller. While at the center, don't forget to check out the new inventory at Shop 426, all proceeds benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. BCAC is free and open to the public every day but Sunday and Monday and is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

- Bemidji Public Library welcomes painter Kay Schuver who uses oil on canvas with knife and paint brush for her nature and wildlife pieces. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday through Saturday.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café welcomes the public to see the work of artist Paula Lawler who is known for her work in glazing with acrylics and many layers of thin paint technique, her favorite subjects are buildings with an old world feel. Located at 214 Third St. N.W., the Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee welcomes artist Mary Lingen for the months of October and November. Lingen works with basic shapes and their relationships to each other in vibrant colors and layers. Also on display and available for purchase are Levandowski Pottery and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson. Open seven days a week, visit them at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive. S.

- Gallery North welcomes Tammy Kubiak and her lamp work glass beads made from recycled glass as their Showcase Artist of the month. Member featured artists of the month jewelry maker, Kerri Dinkel who works in a variety of mediums including glass beads and twisted wire and oil painter Jeannine Brooks, known for her whimsical Northern Minnesota scenes. Author of the month is Art Lee. Gallery North is located at 502 Third St. NW.

- Glazed and Amused, a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio where walk-in painters are always welcome. They are open Wednesday through Sunday and hours are posted on the door, 311 Third St.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House opening reception is from 3 to 5 p.m. for featured artist Terry Honstead who works in oils, acrylics and watercolor for her landscapes, portraits, animals and abstracts. After the Art Walk, the monthly First Friday Wine Bar featuring a new menu every month with libations to compliment will be from 5 to 9 p.m., 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W. in downtown Bemidji.

- Wild Rose Theater welcomes Suzi Ross Rhae to the Fleur De Lis Gallery. Rhae's exhibition is of her new sculptural works.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee are pleased to host Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Another Take," a collection of watercolor, acrylic and collage work which reflect her impression of life and other happenings around her life here in Bemidji, for the months of September through November. Her work is for sale and a price list will be at the reception desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has an ongoing display of new art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby Pat Shough, Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays and is closed on Sundays.

- 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

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- First City of the Arts Studio Cruise '09, Oct. 16-18.

- J.S. Bach Multiharpsichord Fest, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, Bangsberg Recital Hall.

- The Crucible," by Arthur Miller a production of Bemidji State University, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, 24, 30, 31, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. Tickets available after Oct 12 at Bangberg Hall Box Office, $13 for adults, $6 students, senior citizens. This play is intended for high school

ages and older.

- "My Name is Rachel Corey," a one-woman show by Mikaela Karstens, 7 p.m. Oct. 23, 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, Mask and Rose Theater, Tickets go on sale Oct. 10, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at the door, $8 for adults and $4 for students.

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

- "Pirates of Penzance," by Gilbert and Sullivan, Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-21 and 2 p.m. Nov.22.

- Eighth annual Tinsel and Lace Showcase and Artisan Boutique, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School Commons.

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

- Pelican Railroad 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