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Patt Rall Arts Column for Oct. 22: Karstens to star in 'My Name is Rachel Corrie'

Mikaela Karstens is in a one-woman show based on the diary and e-mails of a young peace activist killed in Gaza.

"My Name is Rachel Corrie" will begin at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. Tickets are on sale now at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at the door on performance dates. The admission is $8 for adults and $4 for students.

Karstens, a Bemidji High School senior, will portray Rachel Corrie in the play, written to commemorate the third anniversary of Corrie's death. Corrie, an idealistic 23-year-old college student, went to Israel and Gaza to try to broker peace between two warring factions. In March of 2003, Corrie was crushed by an Israeli military bulldozer while attempting to block the razing of the home of a local doctor in the Gaza town of Rafah. A talk-back discussion will be moderated after each performance as the play to discuss the content of the play and the controversy surrounding it.

'The Crucible'

"The Crucible" by Arthur Miller opens this week at Bemidji State University.

Performances will start at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23 and Saturday, Oct. 24; Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive.

Miller used this play, a look back into the Salem witch trials of 1692 in Salem, Mass., as a political piece during the McCarthy Era and the activities of the House Un-American Activities Committee. The production is directed by Patrick Carriere with set and light design by Ellen Jones. They are assistant professors of theater. Tickets are on sale from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Room 101 at Bangsberg and at the door the day of the performance. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for seniors and students; BSU students are admitted free with

A valid ID. This production is suitable for high school age and above.

Band at Brigid's

"Two Many Banjos," a three-piece band from Duluth will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub & Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The band comprises two banjo players (Marc Gartman and Dave Carroll from "Trampled by Turtles") and fiddle player Jillian Lantry. Their sound is fast-paced and a crossover blend of traditional bluegrass and Middle Eastern style. The concert is free and customers will be able to order food until 9 p.m.

Fall festival

Local artisans will display their work and musicians will be on hand to perform at the Red Barn Green Barn fall festival and Green Expo from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at 2609 Ol' Whispering Pines S.W. in Bemidji. Directional signs will be posted.

Music festival

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 that includes all workshops and concerts is $20 and may be purchased in Bemidji at 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.

Playhouse auditions

Paul Bunyan Playhouse has sets audition for the 2010 summer season. Zach Curtis will conduct auditions on a first-come, first-seen basis from 6 to 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 World War II, June 9 to 19.

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

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

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

- "Gypsy," by Stephen Sondheim, tells the story of Gypsy Rose Lee and how she became a burlesque star. This audition will require some singing and movement on stage, Aug. 4 to 14. Direct questions to any board member or Becky Lueben at 333-3785.

- "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.

Upcoming events

- Tickets are on sale now for BSU's 41st annual Madrigal Dinner at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, 11 and 12 and 5 p.m. 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 Beaux Arts Ballroom of Hobson Memorial Hall at BSU 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. For box office hours, call 755-3406. Mail orders may be sent to Madrigal Dinner Tickets, Department of Music, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, #16, Bemidji, MN 56601. Vegetarian meals are also available and need to be pre-ordered.

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

- 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 4 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 .

- 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 for the month of October. The center is located in downtown Blackduck.

E Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents "School Days." The Beltrami County 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. N.W. 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 matted prints, greeting cards and sets.

- Bemidji Community Art Center's 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. 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 Street, 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 N.W.

- 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. N.W.

- Talley Gallery of BSU will welcome sculptor Judith Shea and master potter Richard Bresnahan and their exhibit, "The Nature of Process," 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, located in Room 212 of the Education Arts Building at BSU, is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is barrier-free and open to the public at no charge.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House's featured artist is Terry Honstead, who works in oils, acrylics and watercolor. 523 Minnesota Ave., downtown Bemidji.

- Wild Rose Theater welcomes Suzi Rhae Ross to the Fleur De Lis Gallery. Rhae's exhibition is of her new sculptural works. 501 Paul Bunyan Drive.

- 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 that 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

E Check the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. N.W. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Don't miss these

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

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

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

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

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

- "Seussical the Musical," 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at the Wild Rose theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. Tickets go on sale Nov. 25.

- 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