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Pioneer Previews: Brazilian music to highlight Sanford open house

The Sanford Center First Wednesday of the Month Open House from noon to 3 p.m. today will feature Brazilian music. Enjoy a free cup of coffee from Dunn Bros. Coffee, beignets and gourmet cupcakes from Althea's Cakery before taking a tour (12:30, 1:30 and 2:30) of this new state-of-the-art facility, including the BSU hockey section.

Book discussion

Book discussion of "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W. The bestseller is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body and spirit as told by an American lieutenant during World War II who is stranded on a tiny raft in thousands of open ocean after his plane is shot down.

First Friday events

- In First Friday of the Month events, the Beltrami County Historical society, in conjunction with Gallery North, will present "Fall Reflections," a collection of works by various artists celebrating the autumn season. Stop by for refreshments and free admission in the museum from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. Also featured is the newest exhibit, "Beltrami County in Mark Twain's Time," which explores what was happening in our county during the lifetime of America's celebrated author and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910), as well as information about the fascinating man behind the pen name. For history center hours, call 444-3376.

- Gallery North (502 Third St. N.W.) will showcase origami artist Patty Lovegreen as Featured Artist of the Month. Lovegreen will display origami kimonos and demonstrate how to fold and include them in collages of paste paper and woven pieces. She will also share her decorative lidded origami bowls made from her marbled paper during the opening reception from 2 to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7.

Gallery North will host the Bemidji Woodcarvers as their Showcase Artists of the Month. They will carve and create sculptures with a variety of wood carving techniques. The group meets from 9 a.m. to noon at the Bemidji Senior Center and new carvers are always welcome.

- Saarens Productions invites you to stop by the Wild Rose Theatre and Fleur de Lis Gallery at 501 Bemidji Ave N. The Fleur de Lis Art Gallery announces new works by local artists: Terry Honstead (watercolor, oil and mixed media), B.E. Jolly (watercolor, pen and ink), Dee Anne Najjar (watercolor), Wanda Reise Odegard (oil) and Pat Shough/Sillimandi (watercolor and mixed media). Stop by the see the new rotation from 2-6 p.m. on First Friday. Any time the Fleur de Lis Gallery sign is outside the building, the venue is open to the public.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse (523 Minnesota Ave. N.W.) will present "Three of a Kind" by fiber artist and basket weaver Eve Sumsky for the month of October. She is a member of the Headwaters Basketmakers Guild and the National Basketry Organization. Join Eve at the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare's own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar from 5-9 p.m., featuring a new menu every month with complementing libations.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery & Gifts featured artist for October is Jane Carlstom and her "Fantasy Hats & Other Flights of Imagination." Using fabric and fiber, Carlstom weaves a path from zombie land to Classical, from Billy Jack to Lady Fair and other things for a fun and fanciful Halloween month show. Meet the artist during the 4-6 p.m. opening reception. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring Art & Fine Craft by more than 60 different artists and is located at 315 Irvine Ave N.W.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present potter Cyrus Swann of Pine River, Minn. Swann produces both functional and non-functional art, and this current exhibit is made up of recent wall-works presented for enjoyment and for sale. Meet Swann during the 4-6 p.m., reception at HUUF, 522 America Ave. N.W. Please note that the venue is open during Sunday services. For further information on additional viewing times, please call 751-9654.

- Bemidji Community Art Center will present the October Spoken Word featuring writer Susan Carol Hauser and her latest publication, "My Kind of Journey Seeking Passage on the Mississippi." Hauser's readings will begin at 6 p.m. during the regular 5 to 7 p.m. First Friday reception. "Land by Hand: Fiber Artists Explore Place" showcases innovative work by 15 highly established Minnesota artists using a variety of fiber art processes and features contemporary fiber art from the Textile Center touring show, which will be at BCAC until Oct. 23. Two fiber workshops will be featured during this tour stop. Please visit the website for more information. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 pm. Saturday at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will present "Autumn Expressions" for the month of October. "Autumn Expressions" is a collaborative effort of photographer Trish Barthorpe, floral designer Jill Bitker and upcycled glass artist Jane Marks-Hastig. The artists join forces to bring alluring and unexpected interpretations of their favorite change of season. Be prepared to view flowers, broken glass and photographs in a whole new way. Meet the artists during the 5-7 p.m. reception. The Cabin is open seven days a week. Also on display are the cards and paintings of resident artist Audrey Merschman.

- Dunn Bros Coffee will present encaustic artist Eli Balbach as their featured artist during October. Working with the wax encaustic technique, Eli creates art that is heavily influenced by surrealism and cubism. While working in a hot wax medium, he tries to incorporate the rich culture and tall tales of Bemidji with a collage of postcards and other imagery. Join Balbach during the 5-7 p.m. opening reception. Dunn Bros Coffee is open seven days a week and is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant (317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.) invites the public to view the high-impact work of outdoor photographer Todd Geiger. Meet Geiger during the 5:30-7 p.m. reception and hear him talk about his passion to stop and smell, feel, hear, and sometimes taste his surroundings.

- Glazed & Amused will present painter and Bemidji native Mike Mohler and his exhibit, "Mike's Unique Take on Life." Working with acrylic on canvas, Mike presents large scale, mixed media caricatures and made his debut exhibit in September. Mohler's works will be on display through the month of October. Glazed & Amused is a family owned and operated paint-your-own-ceramic studio. It is located at 311 Third Street N.W. and is open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday.

- Neilson Place is pleased to host landscape artist Mary Lingen through the end of October. Lingen's unique style has won her several awards from juried competitions. The exhibit also extends to the second floor of Neilson Place. Lingen's work is for sale and a price list is available at the reception desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. N.W. and is open for public viewing seven days a week.

- The Northwoods Folk Collective Coffeehouse Open Mic at the Rail River Folk School offers the community an opportunity to share stories, songs, music and poetry with friends and neighbors in a relaxing and supportive atmosphere. For musicians and writers of all experience levels, First Friday Coffeehouse provides an opportunity to perform for an attentive and inter-generational audience. Coffeehouse starts at 7:30 p.m. and performers should arrive early to sign up for performance time. Rail River Folk School is located at 303 Railroad St. S.W. (cross over the Irvine St. Bridge and turn left up the hill).

- Lakeland Public TV special features program "Common Ground" captures the creative process of various artists living in our region. It delves into the veiled history of the area and takes the audience to cultural events that put the North in North Country. On the season premiere of "Common Ground" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, meet Norma Jansen, a watercolor artist from Longville who finds drawing to be the key component to a good painting. Paula Swenson of Bemidji uses vibrant color and bold forms in a style that's all her own. Gabe Leon of Brainerd uses resin to create beautiful and functional art, and poet Anthony Swann of Bemidji shares his creative works. The shows are repeated at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. "Common Ground" is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Musical events

- Good Noise is returning to the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant. Good Noise makes its sounds with hand drums, cello, saxophone, keyboards and vocals. Eric Carlson will join the group for an exciting night of funk, soul and pure talent. The restaurant serves until 9 p.m.

- Front Fenders will be performing for the Bemidji State University Homecoming 2011 Beaver Block Party starting at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, in the courtyard of Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant. There will be an outdoor seating area and Brigid's version of Spin It to Win It will have prizes and barbucks.

- Gracias Christmas Cantata at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Red Lake Nation College, 23750 State Highway 1E in Red Lake, will be performed by the musicians and singers of the Gracias School of Music. The program will include traditional English and German carols and classical music by Georg Friedrich Handel and is free and open to the public.

- The Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert will begin at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 9, in Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex at Bemidji State University. This concert showcases the major performing ensembles and the winners of this year's Carl O. Thompson scholarship. Erika Svanoe, assistant professor of music and the director of bands, will lead the Bemidji State Wind Ensemble, a group devoted to contemporary wind band pieces and 20th century concert band classics. Del Lyren, professor of music, will direct Jazz Band I, an auditioned group that plays at the "Jingle Jazz Concert," "Remember When" and the BSU Jazz Festival. Bradley Logan, director of choral activities, will lead the Chamber Singers, an 18-member ensemble specializing in small choir pieces such as early English carols, madrigals and selected contemporary works. The Bemidji Choir, founded by Thompson and now under the direction of Logan, will also perform. It is a 52-member choir that has garnered attention and praise from national and international audiences. Scholarship winners Matt Sieberg, a senior majoring in piano performance, will play Chopin's "Barcarolle, Op.60," and Amber Joel, a junior majoring in vocal performance and business administration, will sing "Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion" from Handel's "Messiah." Tickets will be sold at the door: $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and free for students.

- The Roe Family Singers will be performing at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. This nine-member Mississippi Headwaters music ensemble plays a mix of original music and contemporary takes on old-time tunes. They are former winners of the "World's Best" title at the 29th annual Battle of the Jug Bands. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and available now at Overbeeks and the Chief Theater Box Office.

The activity is funded, in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by the Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Madrigal Dinners

Tickets for Bemidji State University's 43rd annual Madrigal Dinners are on sale now at the Madrigal Dinner Box Office, located on the second floor of Bangsberg. The box office hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. All tickets are $36 each. The event features the atmosphere of a Renaissance feast held in an English castle, royal pageantry and pomp of Merrie Olde England, music from the Royal Court, wandering mistrals, cellar keepers and beggars (who will try to get a bite of anyone's meal) and recorder players. A masque (play) will be presented by the King's Players. Guests will be served a five-course meal beginning with a toast of spiced cider. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec, 2 and 3; Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Beaux Arts Ballroom in Upper Hobson Memorial Union at BSU. Tickets are available only through advanced sale and can also be purchased by mail (Madrigal Tickets, Department of Music, 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE. #16, Bemidji, MN 56601) with $2 for postage and handling included. All seating is at round tables to enhance the comfort of the audience and to allow the performers to feely wander.

Art exhibit

"Forays into Abstraction," by artist Dick Roberts is at the Talley Gallery of Bemidji State University, located in the Education Arts Building. The installation, which is free and open to the public, will be up until Oct. 14 in Room 212, which is barrier-free. Gallery hours are 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.

Museum Sunday

The Clearwater County Historical Society will hold an open house from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the History Center in Shevlin, U.S. 2 West. Visitors will be able to tour the two newest exhibits: "Faith Matters: the Churches and Congregations of Clearwater County" and "Her Story: the Women of Clearwater County," and the historic buildings on site. This is a once-a0month chance for people to visit the center on a Sunday afternoon, meet the staff and volunteers and enjoy refreshments. The museum is also open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. For more information about the center, find it on Facebook by searching for Clearwater County Historical Society. The next scheduled weekend event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12.

Dunham at Sanford

Standup comic Jeff Dunham will bring his "Controlled Chaos Tour" to Bemidji at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Sanford Center. As seen on Comedy Central September special, Dunham introduced two new "sidekicks" to his act: Achmed Junior, the not so equally skeletal son of Achmed the Dead Terrorist and Little Jeff, a mini-version of the ringmaster. See chaos for more information on this special. Tickets are on sale now for $45.50 each for reserved seating and may be purchased by calling the box office at 441-4032.

Upcoming events

- "The Clean House" by Sarah Ruhl and produced by The Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective at 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 13 to 15, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

- "Bell, Book and Candle" by John Van Druten at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 and 2 p.m., Oct. 16 and 23, Fire Hall Theater, Grand Forks, N.D. www.GGFCT. Com.

- BSU Harpsichord Recital at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, in Bangsberg Recital Hall. Tickets: adults $10, seniors $5 and students free. More information to follow.

- Bemidji First City of the Arts Studio Cruise: Friday through Sunday, Oct. 21-23.

- "Emily Dickinson - The Woman Behind The Belle of Amherst," with Rhoda Jackson, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning.

- Talun on Tour with Garry Jones and Laura MacKenzie at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Tickets in advance $10, at the door $15.

- Second annual Arts Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the New City Ballroom.

- "The Belle of Amherst" with Rhoda Jackson at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, at Long Lake Theater.

- "Murder at the Howard Johnson's" by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick by Saarens Productions, Nov. 10-13 at the Wild Rose Theater.