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Pioneer Previews: Neil Simon comedy to open Thursday

"Plaza Suite," a comedy by Neil Simon, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Nov.20 and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

The play revolves around a particular suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City and is in reality three short one-act plays: a couple who return to their honeymoon suite, a well known Hollywood producer who re-connects with his high school sweetheart and a mother and father who plead with their daughter, the bride, to come out of the bedroom because they are all late for her wedding. There are some familiar actors and some new faces on the stage for this fall production of the Bemidji Community Theater. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $6 for students 17 and younger. Tickets are available now at Ken K Thompson Jewelry in the Paul Bunyan Mall and Iverson Corner Drug, downtown Bemidji. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of performance. This play is intended for adult audiences.

Ticket special

If you and your friends are thinking about seeing Larry, The Cable Guy today, there is a special last minute offer of half-price tickets for groups of 25 and over. The regular ticket price is $43.75. Larry will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Bemidji Regional Event Center, 1111 Event Drive N.E. This special ticket price offering is good until 5 p.m. today, Nov. 17. For tickets, call Cyrus at 441-4030.

Trombone concert

Bemidji Trombones will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in Bemidji State University Thompson Recital Hall in a concert that is free for the public. The concert, directed by Tom Swanson, professor emeritus of music at BSU, will feature a 12-trombone ensemble comprised of Bemidji State alumni, current students and residents of Bemidji and the surrounding area. The concert will feature a wide range of music from a transcription of the Bach "Brandenburg Concerto No. 3" to an arrangement of the old favorite "When the Saints Go Marching In." Also included will be a transcription of "How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place" from Brahms' "German Requiem." The concert is sponsored in part by Bemidji State University's Department of Music.

TV series

Common Ground, a magazine show which demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. Featured this week is Tom Kulju, a flint knapper from Longville, who will show his process of making an arrowhead. Lucille Utrecht of Nevis will share her growing passion for flowers. The shows will be repeated at 6 p.m. Sundays and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, following the initial broadcast. Videos of past shows are also available on line at Click on Common Ground for past episodes. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 2, 2008.

Drum performance

Red Road Drum with Delwyn Wilson, Terry Kemper and Robert Thompson will perform from 7-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at the Cabin Coffee House, 214 Third St. N.W. The public is invited to share an evening of traditional Native American drumming.

Sesame Street Live

"When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Never fear, Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes are here. Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene - all in a quest to put the "super" back in Super Grover. It's Elmo's Healthy Heroes to the rescue!" The new event center will welcome Grover and his friends in December at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 28, and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec.29, at the Bemidji Regional Event Center, 1111 Event Center Drive N.E. Tickets cost $10, $14 and $19. A limited number of $24 Gold Circle seats and $44 Sunny Seats (premium seat location and a pre-show meet and greet with two of the Sesame Street Live friends) are also available. A facility fee of $1 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and discounts may apply. For more information, call 441-4000. To charge tickets by phone, please call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at For information online, please visit

High Tea

The Beltrami County Historical Society will host a High Tea at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. This annual holiday event is for the whole family with an array of teas, savories (sandwiches), scones and sweets. Participants are encouraged to wear some vintage apparel (hats or clothing) and be prepared to step back in time and enjoy the elegant offerings. The cost is $12 per person and includes refreshments, free museum admission, raffle drawing and a keepsake photo. Call 444-3376 or stop by the History Center for reservations as both sessions have limited seating. These fundraising events are what help keep the doors open at the History Center.

Lefse contest

The Beltrami County Historical Society is accepting reservations for lefse makers and vendors who are interested in securing space for the annual Lefse Festival Cook-off from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, at the Hungry Bear Conference Center, 2300 24 St. N.W. Entry fee for each lefse maker is $15 and vendor space is $40. The winning lefse maker will receive prizes and bragging rights as the "best darn lefse maker in northern Minnesota!" For details, call the History Center at 444-3376.

Madrigal Dinner

Tickets for the 42nd Annual Bemidji State University Madrigal Dinner are on sale now. This event which heralds the yuletide season will begin performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 3-5, 10 and 11 and at 5 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Beaux Arts Ballroom of the Hobson Memorial Union. The $35 admission price includes a five course dinner, a Renaissance royal court in an English castle, the king's players, minstrels, trouvères, cellar keepers and beggars. Tickets are only sold through advanced sales and may be purchased in person at the box office located on the second floor of Bangsberg Hall. The hours are 9 a.m.-noon and 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.


- Beginning Watercolor class will be held from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at Gracie's Woodsy Boutique (six miles west of Bemidji on U.S. Highway 2). Participants will complete an 8-by-10 inch framed watercolor of a friendly winter chickadee. The cost for all materials and use of brushes is $40. Call 759-2952 to register.

- "No-Risk" Workshop funding is available through Region 2 Arts Council. The workshop must focus on learning experiences for adult learners and be open to the public. Any group that wants to bring in an artist to do a workshop is eligible, as are regional artists who wish to present a workshop themselves. Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis, but funds are limited. Please contact staff of Region 2 Arts Council at 751-45447 or 800-275-5447 or e-mail

Art exhibits

- The Blackduck Area History and Art Center is showing Vintage Cookbooks during November with a special display in memory of Ruth V. Pearson. The cookbooks are from many eras and from all walks of life, including some of Ruth's cookbooks from high school. This is a collection of Sonja Juelson. Regular hours are 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To make special arrangements, please call 7835-4478 or LaVonne at 835-8210.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for November is photographer Pamela Lee Johnson and her collection of black-and-white photographs from the North Woods of Minnesota. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 artists in fine art and craft and is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Bemidji Community Art Center is featuring selected works from "It's Only Clay -2010," a national juried ceramics competition focusing on functional ceramics. Some of the works will be available for purchase and on display through Dec. 18. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the McKnight Foundation. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave. or at, 444-7570 or at Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday- Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Beltrami County Historical Society in conjunction with Gallery North presents "Winter Wonderland" until the end of December. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more information 444-3376 or

- Bemidji Public Library has on display for the month of November Judith Selby's "Up Close and ..." a look at the fragility of nature and a search to express this delicacy in a new way. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant invites the public to view the bright floral watercolors of Angela Shogren on display for November and December. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday and is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.

- Cabin Coffee House and Café welcomes Terry Honstead and her exhibit, "Give a Little Art," a display of small paintings and glass. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. Located at 214 Third Street, the Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee is pleased to present Marlon Amaro and his exhibit, "From Silver Screen to Silk Screen," a collection of screen printed movie posters for a variety of films that range from blockbusters to independent. Also on display are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Featured wines of the month have been added to the menu. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., 444-5252 dunnbros106@dunnbros.comE Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., will showcase featured artist and member, Marie Hamre, a tatting artisan. The annual Christmas boutique is open and features a large variety of unique and affordable holiday items. The Gallery website features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

- Glazed & Amused - Paint your Own Pottery Studio, 311 Third St. N.W., offers a window display featuring ceramic pieces painted by the customers. Walk-in painters are always welcome. For more information call 333-6880 or email

- Fleur de Lis Gallery located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., invites you to view two pictures by comedienne Phyllis Diller and the mixed media by Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson, watercolors and oil pastels by Rita Arsenault Quinn, pottery by Thomas Hamilton and photography by Catherine Adams. The gallery also carries books from local and regional authors and CDs from local and regional musicians. The gallery is open from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, during events and by appointment.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Malisa VanMaasdam for November and December. Malisa's drawings focus on the human figure and explore the many facets of human nature. The exhibit is open on Sundays and by appointment at 751-9654.

- Lueken's Village Foods North presents the works of Tom Kirkpatrick in the new rotating gallery. "Kirkpatrick Kreative Kolorings" includes drawings which demonstrate that art expresses deep inner longings to return to youth and a more fanciful time.

- North Country Health Services Art Committee presents a group exhibition entitled, "Pathways-The Art of Bemidji State University," by art students of Natalia Himmirska. The works will include a variety of techniques and media and will show a spectrum from realistic to abstract by students in all levels of experience. This special display will be up November-January for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Artwork will be for sale and a price list will be provided at the reception desk. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is featuring new gift items by Dave and Kathy Towley, local artisans known for their fine craft wood turnings (bowls, plates, platters, pots, and vessels) in a variety of wood with a mineral oil and beeswax finish which is food safe. The Towley's woodwork will be on display and for sale through February. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is located just inside the front entryway to Neilson Place at WoodsEdge, on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. N.W. Bemidji. For more information, email

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Charles Pulkrabek and his exhibit of painting and drawings, "Journalism of the Soul." for the month of November. The coffee house is open six days a week, closed on Sunday.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new art work by Michael De Witt, Jane Freeman, Terry Honstead, Beverlee Olson, Mary Therese Peterson, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillimandi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

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

Upcoming events

- Nov. 18, 3 p.m., Annual Fall Festival Choir Concert presented by Bemidji State University, Thompson Recital Hall, Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Admission: free. Information: 755-2915.

- Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 7:30, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m., "A Christmas Carol" at the Chief Theatre. Tickets at the door. More information to follow.

- Dec. 4, noon-1 p.m.: "I Remember When: Growing Up on the Kwiguk Pass of the Lower Yukon River," book signing with Molly Hootch Hymes, Book World.

- Dec. 4, 4 p.m., "The Golden Age of Radio" with Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard, Calvary Lutheran Church, a program of the Bemidji Public Library.

- Dec. 5, 3 and 7 p.m., Bemidji Chorale Concert, First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. Free will offering.

- Dec. 9, 7 p.m., photographer Aaron W. Hautala and his new book, "The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition" as written by Michael Nordskog, Cabin Coffee House.

- Dec. 9, 10, 11, 12, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Towley Woodworking 2nd Annual Holiday Open House.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Katie Corning from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage 8-11:30 p.m. every Thursday. Call 444-0567 for more information.

E Pelican Railroad, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ, 119 Third St. N.W.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club. The public is invited to attend. For information call 759-2952.

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