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Pioneer Previews: Church musicians wind up summers concert season

The last concert of this year's series will be this week as Bemidji Area Church Musicians present pianist Wayne Hoff and friends at noon today at Aardahl Lutheran Church (East on Roosevelt Rd. to Van Buren (County Rd. 403).

A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. A luncheon will be served following the concert for a nominal cost.

Air Force Band

Tickets are all given out for the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band's "Brass in Blue" concert scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., today at Bemidji High School.

Arts evening

A chance to support the arts and enjoy an evening of great art, food and music will happen at the fundraiser for the Nemeth Arts Center in Park Rapids from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Good Life Café, 220 Main Ave. S. Co-sponsored by the Arts Center and The Good Life Café, tickets include hors d'oeuvres and entertainment with a portion of all ticket and art sales going to support the activities of the center. Advanced sale tickets are $15 and available now at the café and $20 at the door.

BSO fundraiser

Desserts by Design, an annual fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Hungry Bear Banquet and Conference Center, 2300 24th Street, N.W. The evening will start with a tour of the decorated tables and seating at 7:30 p.m. with unique desserts to enjoy, musical entertainment and a silent auction. The cost of the event is $20, and reservations will be taken starting Sept. 6 at Lueken's Village Foods North. This is advance notice to get a group together to attend. All the proceeds will benefit the BSO. The event is sponsored by RiverWood Bank.

Musical comedy

"Playing the Bill," an original musical comedy by Steve Saari, will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, through Aug. 29 at the historic Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Aug. 28. The book, music and lyrics were written by Saari, who is directing a cast of local and guest artists. The story is about the waning years of vaudeville: the troupers, survivors and lost souls all swept up in the immediate aftermath of the stock market crash of 1929. Karen Bradley is the vocal coach and Julie Quanrud is building costumes to accompany Cheryl Winette's props. The play is recommended for mature audiences because of some adult language and mild sexual content. For more information call 556-1777. Tickets are $10 for adults/seniors and $5 for students.

Sesame Street

Birthday Bash! with Barney Live in Concert when Barney & Friends will arrive in Bemidji on Sept. 24. This musical production encourages sharing, caring and imagination through the power of song, dance and the beloved cast of characters including dino pals Baby Bop, BJ and Riff. The shows will be performed at 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Sanford Center, 111 Event Center Drive N.E., Bemidji 56601. Tickets are $15 and $20 and there are a limited number of $25 Gold Circle Seats and $50 Dino Seats Packages (front row seats and a pre-show meet and greet with Barney.) A facility fee of $1 may be added to all ticket prices; additional fees and discounts may apply. For more information, call The Sanford Center Box Office at 441-4032. To charge tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 26.

Audition call

Bemidji Community Theater will hold auditions for "Kiss or Make-Up," a comedy by Jack Sharkey from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, and from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Mask and Rose Theater, Fifth Street and Paul Bunyan Drive. To be directed by Vicki Stenerson, the cast will include a commercial artist, a successful architect, a ladies' wear buyer for a large store, a city planner, a Boston socialite, a policeman and a former classmate of the architect. The play is a fast-moving and wacky comedy. The show is scheduled for Oct 13-16. Those interested can reach Vicki at 751-2987 or 766-2564(c) for more information.

Musical events

- Timberline with John Essig and Kari Munson, a soulful fusion of country and folk music, will be on stage from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W, downtown Bemidji.

- Musicians and songwriters Bill and Kate Isles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the amphitheater, Lake Bemidji State Park.

- Lance Benson will take the stage at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the amphitheater, Lake Bemidji State Park. Benson is known for intricate guitar slaps and taps to simple picking with stories and songs of inspiration. These concerts are free but attendees must have park passes to get into the park. This concert is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature and a collaboration of the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and Lake Bemidji State Park.

- SPIN IT TO WIN IT with Nicole and William Tanner starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant.


- The Art of Ekphrastic Poetry with LouAnn Muhm will be held be from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 21 through Sept. 21. Ekphrastic Poetry is poetry written about or in response to other forms of art, usually visual art. In this workshop, participants will explore Exphrasis by reading Ekphrasitic poems and writing in this genre taking inspiration from the permanent collection of Old Master's paintings from the 16th through 19th centuries, Nigerian art and modern works at the Nemeth Center in Park Rapids. Participants may also bring a picture of a favorite piece to the workshop. The emphasis will be on generating new poems, sharing, discussion and critique. Attendees will be given the opportunity to participate in the Park Rapids Art Leap with a reading from 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Nemeth Art Center. The cost of the workshop is $80, and the minimum age is 17. Contact Kelly Grossman at for more information or to register.

- Songwriting workshop with Bill Isles will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park. "The Creative Imagination," will explore the roots of the creative process, the influences which affect reactions to inspiration and the growth of creative thought and genre. The Isles will cover: creating worlds, divine thought, feelings vs. meaning, words as a life force, growth of genre and when the gift is not accepted. This workshop is free and open to the public but a park pass is required for admission.

- The 36th Annual North Country Arts and Crafts Workshop will be held Sept. 20-22 at El Lago Del Bosque (Spanish Camp) at Concordia Language Villages. Brochures describing all the different workshops which range from jewelry making to Scandinavian Food Adventure and board/lodging arrangements are available now at the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce, Bemidji Area Arts Center, Gallery North, The Old School House and JoAnn Fabrics. There will also be an on-going crafters bazaar to which crafters may bring their crafts, kits and supplies to sell. For additional information, email

Grants available

Arts Project Grants are open to any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices), and units of government. These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, and artists-in residence. Organizations can apply for grants up to $1,500, and the deadline is Sept. 14.

Fellowships offered

The Region 2 Arts Council/McKnight Career Development Fellowship is open to established artists in all disciplines who show a commitment to their career. This 18-month fellowship provides the opportunity for career development experiences that will add depth and advancement to any artistic career. Two $6,000 fellowships will be awarded per year and the deadline is Sept. 14.

Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 and are also available for download from their website,

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