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Patt Rall Arts Column for Oct. 15: Multi-Harpsichord Chamber Recital set for Saturday

The Multi-Harpsichord Chamber Recital will begin at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17 on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University.

The recital of keyboard concertos by J. S. Bach will feature Sarah Carlson, Nicholas Good, Heidi Mayer, Helen Skuggedal Reed and Deborah Steinbar with an accompanying string quartet composed of Michelle Laliberte and Andrew Martin on violin, Coca Bochonko on viola and Patrick Riley on cello.

The program will begin with a piece for solo harpsichord in A Major by Bach, continue with a concerto for two harpsichords, then three, and finally, a four-harpsichord concerto by Bach, which is seldom played because it is unusual to have four players at the same concert.

The harpsichord is considered a part of the string family because the notes are plucked and not struck as in a piano; the sound is more intimate for the player.

Steinbar, an adjunct professor of music at BSU, has assembled this group once again, adding the string quartet, because of the strong interest in the program two years ago.

Tickets are $15 at the door and free for students. This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

Art Cruise

The First City of the Arts Studio Cruise '09 opens tomorrow Friday, Oct. 16, with events all weekend.

For tours of the individual studios: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16-17; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18.

An opening reception will be held 6-8 p.m., Friday at the Bemidji Community Arts Center, located in the Carnegie Library, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. Participating artists will be there to display samples of their work and converse with guests.

Brochures with descriptions of the work done by the various artists, maps with directions to their studios where one can watch them work and chance to purchase items are available now at the Tourist Information Center by Paul and Babe and the BCAC. A complete listing of the open studios with directions will be printed tomorrow's Bemidji Pioneer.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

Beltrami County History Center is hosting "Northern Minnesota Myths and Mysteries" from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. S.E., Bemidji.

The all-day conference will begin with a welcome by state Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji, at 8:15 a.m., to be followed by the first keynote speaker, Anton Treuer, who will speak on "Ojibwe Oral History: Fact and Fiction" from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Breakout sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 11:45 a.m.

Barry Babcock, the second keynote speaker, will talk on the life and times of George Bonga after the 11:45 a.m. catered lunch break.

The afternoon breakout sessions will be a repeat of those given in the morning by well-known and knowledgeable presenters.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the History Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

Tickets in advance are $35 for BCHS members and seniors, $35 for the general public and $40 at the door the day of the event.

For more information, call 444-3376.

Between the Wars

"Between the Wars 1918-1941," a joint venture of Lakeland Public Television and Gary Burger Video/Audio productions, will have a special screening for the public at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

The film includes interviews with senior members of this community and longtime residents of the surrounding area with still photos from the Beltrami County Historical Society and private sources. The soundtrack contains original music and standards performed by local musicians.

Advance tickets are $10 each and may be purchased by calling Lakeland Public Television at 333-3018.

Bluegrass festival

The Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival will be coming to the Clearwaters Life Center in Clearbrook on Saturday, Oct. 24.

A full day of activities is scheduled with "hands-on" workshops beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until the concerts in the afternoon. People who just want to watch and listen may audit the workshops.

An advance pass ,which includes all workshops and concerts, is $20 and may be purchased here in Bemidji at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and Overbeek Music.

Advance Dick Kimmel & Co. concert tickets are $10. This band received the coveted "Rising Legion Award" from the National Traditional Country Music Association in 2008 and has performed throughout North American and Europe for more than 30 years. It is a southern Minnesota-based traditional bluegrass band.

The Diamonds

The Diamonds are returning to Bemidji for a holiday concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium, 2900 Division St. W., Bemidji.

This legendary singing group - known for such hits as "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" "The Stroll," "Little Darlin" and "Silhouettes" - will also sing some hits of the four-part harmony vocal groups of that era: The Brothers Four, The Four Freshmen, The Four Lads, the Four Aces and The Four Seasons.

The $20 tickets for the reserved seating are on sale now at Lueken's Village Foods North and South. This is a benefit concert for Lakeland Public Television

Other events

- 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, Chaplin 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 seatings of 5, 6:15 or 7 p.m.

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

- Talley Gallery of BSU welcomes 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.

The Talley Gallery, in Room 212 of the Education Arts Building on the campus of BSU 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.

- Paul Bunyan Playhouse has set auditions for the 2010 summer season. Zach Curtis, will conduct auditions on a first-come, first-seen basis 6 to 9 p.m. on 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," 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.

- 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. The center is located in downtown Blackduck.

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

This masque this year is written by K.D. Howells. 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, which began earlier this month. For box office hours, call 755-3406. Mail orders may be sent to Madrigal Dinner Tickets, Department of Music, 1500 Birchmont Drive N.E., #16, Bemidji, MN 56601. Vegetarian meals are also available and need to be pre-ordered.

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

"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 four and up will be able to have a moment on stage with Santa and don't forget the bells from former years. Tickets are on sale now at

- The Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents, "School Days."

The History 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.

- The 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.

The BCAC is free and open to the public every day but Sunday and Monday and is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

- The 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.

- The 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. 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 are 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 Street NW.

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

- 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 5-9 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., a restaurant and art gallery has an ongoing display of new art work by Michael De Witt, Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillmundi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg 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

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

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

- "My Name is Rachel Corey," a one-woman show by Mikaela Kerstin, 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.

- "Trials and Tribulations of a Playwright" with Roy C. Booth, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, Academy of Lifelong Learning, 3801 Bemidji Ave. N.

- "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. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School Commons

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

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

- 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. Open seven days a week, visit them at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive. S.

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