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Pioneer Previews: Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert to be presented

The Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert will begin at 3 p.m., today, Oct. 9, in Bemidji State University's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. 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 BSU Wind Ensemble. Del Lyren, professor of music, will be directing Jazz Band I, an auditioned group that plays at the "Jingle Jazz Concert," 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 and contemporary works. The Bemidji Choir, at 52-member choir founded by Thompson and now under the direction of Logan, that will also perform. 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 and cost $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and are free for students.

Clearwater museum

The Clearwater County Historical Society will be hosting an open house from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. today at the History Center located on U.S. Highway 2 in Shevlin. 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.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The next scheduled weekend event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12.

Wild Rose Theater

"The Clean House" by Sarah Ruhl is a romantic comedy that centers on Matilde, a cleaning woman from Brazil who would rather be a comedian. The comedy will show at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct.13, through Monday, Oct. 17, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. The show is produced by the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective and directed by Cate Belleveau. The play is intended for mature audiences and centers on the follies of life, marriage, infidelity and friendship. New to the Bemidji stage for this production is Al Belleveau, Mary Anderson, Cate Belleveau and Sarah Einerson.

Tickets are on sale now at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub & Restaurant and at the door. The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for high school and college students.

Fire Hall Theater

"Bell, Book and Candle," by John Van Druten, will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 and at 2 p.m., Oct. 16 and 23 at the Fire Hall Theater in Grand Forks, N.D. This play is a romantic comedy about a witch who chances giving up her powers if she falls in love. The Murray Bridge is located in the heart of downtown Grand Forks.

Czech music

"Druha Trava," the legendary Czech Republic band will begin its month-long tour at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Park Rapids Area High School. Farmed on both sides of the Atlantic for its "Czechgrass" fusion of acoustic, bluegrass, folk and rock, they will highlight "Shuttle to Bethlehem," their first CD. It features mostly English-language versions of singer/songwriter Robert Krestan's iconic songs. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students and will be sold at the door.

Jeff Dunham

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.

Roe Family Singers

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 River 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.

Madrigal dinner

Tickets for BSU's annual Madrigal Dinner are on sale now at the Madrigal Dinner Box Office on the second floor of BSU's Bangsberg Hall. The box office hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. All tickets are $36 each and include 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. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3; Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10 and a 5 p.m. performance on Sunday, Dec. 4, in BSU's Beaux Arts Ballroom in the Upper Hobson Memorial Union, Birchmont Drive. Tickets are available only through advanced sale and can also be purchased by mail at Madrigal Tickets, Department of Music, 1500 Birchmont Dr.NE.#16, Bemidji, MN 56601. Please include $2 for postage and handling. All seating is at round tables to enhance the comfort of the audience and to allow the performers to feely wander.


- Region 2 Arts Council New Workshops: "Juried Works," a free professional development workshop for visual artists. Experienced artist and workshop facilitator Kathleen Richert will take participants through the process of readying, refining and revamping their promotional presentation. This free workshop will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Coldwell Banker Real Estate conference room, 101 South Main, Park Rapids. Advance registration is required. Email or call 751-5447.

- Photography 101 for Artists with Cal Rice will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Headwaters School for Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. The workshop is for artists who wish to improve photos of their art work. A camera, the owner's manual and a piece of art work is required for the class. The cost of the workshop is $20 and the deadline to register is Oct. 20. Email or call 751-5447.

- The Bemidji Community Arts Center and the Textile Center of Minneapolis will be hosting Things with String, a three-hour children's class with Lynn Cooper from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 15. Participants will create custom yarns, learn how to finger knit, and learn kumihimo, a Japanese eight-stranded braid. This class is free and open to 25 students, ages 8 and older. For details contact Cindy or Lori at BCAC, 444-7570 or

- Learn about the art of tapestry weaving by a local Weavers Group at BCAC from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22. There will be an afternoon demonstration by fabric artist Kristin Majkrzak. She will provide a loom to give visitors an opportunity to try their hand at weaving, answer questions and show her work. For more information contact Cindy and Lori at the BCAC or stop down to the art center located at 426 Bemidji Ave N.

- Region 2 Arts Council announces that it has funding available for "No Risk" workshops. The application can be downloaded from their website: The workshop must focus on learning experiences for adult artists and be open to the public. Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis and the funds are limited.

October exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery & Gifts featured artist for October is Jane Carlstom's 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. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique located at 315 Irvine Ave NW.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents "Fall Reflections." The newest exhibit is "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, as well as information about the man behind the pen name. For details call 444-3376.

- Bemidji Community Art Center is continuing it exhibit, "Land by Hand: Fiber Artists Explore Place," a showcase of 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 until Oct. 23. Two fiber workshops will be featured during this tour stop, please see 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. on Saturday at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave., has "Old Bemidji High School Remembered" on the Art Wall for the month of October. The project to restore one entire entryway from the old Bemidji High School is the subject of the display of historic photographs, proposed building plans and a scale model depicting the considered design for the entry will be on display on the Art Wall.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub & Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view high impact work of outdoor photographer Todd Geiger.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will present "Autumn Expressions" a collaborative effort of photographer Trish Barthorpe, floral designer Jill Bitker and up-cycled glass artist Jane Marks-Hastig. The artists join forces to bring alluring and unexpected interpretations of their favorite change of season. 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 the October. While working in a hot wax medium, he incorporates the rich culture and tall tales of Bemidji with a collage of postcards and other imagery. Dunn Bros Coffee is open seven days a week and is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

- Fleur de Lis Gallery at 501 Bemidji Ave. 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). When the Fleur de Lis Gallery sign is outside the building, the venue is open to the public.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., will showcase featured artist of the month origami artist Patty Lovegreen and showcase artists of the month are the Bemidji Woodcarvers who have on display a variety of wood carvings.

- Glazed & Amused will present painter and Bemidji native Mike Mohler and his exhibit, "Mike's Unique Take on Life." Glazed & Amused is a, paint-your-own ceramic studio located at 311 Third St. N.W. and is open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., presents potter Cyrus Swann who produces both functional and non-functional art and this current exhibit is made up of recent wall-works presented for enjoyment and for sale. For details call 751-9654.

- 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. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. N.W. and is open for public viewing seven days a week.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., presents "Three of a Kind," by fiber artist and basket weaver Eve Sumsky, a member of the Headwaters Basketmakers Guild and the National Basketry Organization. Wild Hare is open six days a week.

- Maps for the installations of the Bemidji Sculpture Walk can be had at the Chamber of Commerce

Ongoing events

- Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Mondays at 7:30. Free to play.

- Open stage at 7:30 p.m., every third Wednesday, for writers, poets and dreamers with Patty Byers at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub & Restaurant.

- Open Stage at 8 p.m. Thursdays for performing artists and writers with host Drew Jacobson at Brigid's Cross.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. S.E. The public is invited to attend. For details call 759-2952.

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month; contact

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or emailed to