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Pioneer Previews: Studio Cruise to begin Friday

Bemidji First City of the Arts Studio Cruise will begin on Friday, Oct. 21, and run through Sunday, Oct. 23 at various locations color-coded for convenience:

The Red Tour (artists 1-7) travels though the Mississippi Headwaters State Forest, the Orange Tour (artists 8-18) winds around Lake Bemidji and the Purple Tour (artists 19-25) takes in the southernmost studios in the cruise.

Watch for the Studio Cruise road signs along the routes. A map with destinations for studios, dining and lodging accommodations are at many of the participating venues and can be downloaded at

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment and Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota Legislature.

Emily Dickinson

"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 at Northwoods Bank, Park Rapids.

Jackson is an actor associated with many productions at Long Lake Theater and will talk about the upcoming play and the life of Emily Dickinson. This event is free and open to the public.

'Common Ground'

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.

At 7 p.m., in the Thursday, Oct. 20, edition of Common Ground, experience the band Color Pharmacy at Terrapin Station in Nevis. The Paul Bunyan Radio Control Flyers will demonstrate some of the members' finest moves and Leatherwood Vinegary in Long Prairie will introduce its wide range of flavored vinegars.

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

- Stephen Carlson, associate professor of music at Bemidji State University, will perform a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in Thompson Recital Hall, Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, Bemidji State University. The program is as follows: "St. Francis of Paola Walking on the Water" by Franz Liszt; Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 11 by Ludwig van Beethoven; Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin; and Three Movements from "Petrushka" (Russian Dance, In Petrushka's Room and Shrovetide Fair) by Igor Stravinsky.

- "Saint Anyway," a bluegrass trio, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. With this fourth visit to Brigid's Cross, Saint Anyway hopes to set the tone for its upcoming national tour this fall. Returning listeners can expect a heady mix of original "stomp grass," "banjofied rock" and new material from a soon-to-be-released third album. More information about the band and free streaming music samples are online at

- Timberline with Kari Munson, John Essig and David Sand will sing and strum from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, at Chase on the Lake, 502 Cleveland Ave., Walker.

- Trio Dolce, a musical ensemble of three award-winning young women from Concordia College in Moorhead, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Fosston Library Arts Center. The three musicians (Ellen Raaen on the flute, Shu-min Chang on the piano and Zhou Longon cello) will perform a mixed program of classical repertoire, folk songs and jazz. This concert is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

- Steve Radley will guest conduct BSU's Symphonic Band during a joint concert with the Wind Ensemble at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. The Symphonic Band will perform "Washington Post March" by John Philip Sousa, "I Am" by Andrew Boysen Jr. and "St. Louis Blues" and "Fate of the Gods" by Steven Reineke. The Wind Ensemble will perform "Overture to Candide" by Leonard Bernstein and "Handel in the Strand" by Percy Grainger. The Wind Ensemble concert also will feature a performance of Gustav Holst's "Second Suite in F." The Holst Second Suite is one of the staples of wind band literature; 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of its composition. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Students are admitted free with a valid ID.

- Skillet's "Alive and Awake Tour," with Disciple, We As Humans and Manafest, will feature a performance in Bemidji at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Sanford Center. A Christian alternative band, this two-time Grammy nominated group has scored seven consecutive number-one Christian radio singles, a GMA Dove Award for 'Rock Song of the Year" and two BMI Songwriting awards. The tickets for this live show are on sale now at the Sanford Center box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets are $46 (VIP), $24 (floor) and $18 (arena). The setup is half stage and reserved floor, and parking will be $5 at the gate. Group discounts for 15 or more. Call 441-4030.

- Luke Bryan's "Tailgates and Tanlines" show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Sanford Center. Bryant will be joined on stage by Lee Bruce, Josh Thompson and Matt Mason, recently named CMT's Next Superstar. Tickets begin at $27.50 and may be purchased at, the Sanford Center box office or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Madrigal Dinners

Tickets for Bemidji State University's 43rd annual Madrigal Dinners are on sale now at the Madrigal Dinner Box Office in Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, second floor. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. All tickets are $36 each and include a Renaissance feast, royal pageantry from the Royal Court, wandering mistrals, cellar keepers and beggars and recorder players. A masque (play) will be presented by the King's Players. Performances are at 7 p.m. 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 Beaux Arts Ballroom, Upper Hobson Memorial Union, BSU. Tickets are available only through advance sale and can also be purchased by mail (Madrigal Tickets, Department of Music, 1500 Birchmont Dr.NE.#16, Bemidji, MN 56601). Include $2 for postage and handling.

Third Thursdays

Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council Third Thursday Arts Downtown series will resume from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 in downtown Park Rapids. Pianist Roz Pederson will play a variety from jazz and contemporary pieces to Lorie Line favorites from 5-5:30 and 6-6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè (163 Third Street W.). Mary Schwartz will exhibit her nature photography at Fresh Catch (316 South Main Ave.) all evening. Poet Richard Sederstrom will read from his latest book, "Folly, A Book of Last Summers," from 5:30-6 p.m. and 6:30-7 p.m. at Beagle Books (112 3rd Street W.). Enjoy Alex Ziemann playing guitar and singing from 5:30-6 p.m. and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe (220 South Main Ave.).

Third Thursday events are designed to bring audiences to see and hear visual artists, musicians, writers and other artists in businesses in downtown Park Rapids on the third Thursday of the month. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to make a free-will donation to the artists.

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Book Signing

John Eggers will sign copies of his new book from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at Kat's Book Nook, 750 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W. Egger's book is a compilation of 105 entertaining topics, including cold weather, fishing opener, puppies, grandmothers and potato salad. The book is also available at other venues in Bemidji.

History conference

The Beltrami County Historical Society will hold a conference for history buffs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the History Center (130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.) on the theme "Let's Learn About Minnesota History." The presenters will include Louis Marchand, who will speak about one room schools in Beltrami County. Cecilia McKeig will speak on the Battle of Sugar Point, Barry Babcook will talk about Minnesota at Gettysburg in the Civil War, Diane Schwanz will discuss the Red Lake High School Film Festival and Steve Reznicek will describe life on the Iron Range. The cost for the conference is $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and $10 for students. Lunch is no included. For details, call 444-3376.

Upcoming events

- "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, Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Tickets in advance $10, at the door $15.

- Bemidji Choir, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, Thompson Recital Hall.

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

- "The Belle of Amherst" with Rhoda Jackson at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Long Lake Theater. A one-woman play about Emily Dickinson's life and poetry.

- "Same Kind of Different as Me," Bemidji Public Library book discussion at noon Monday, Nov. 7, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.