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Pioneer Previews: Out of the Hat returns on Saturday night

It looks like downtown Bemidji is the place to be this Saturday night with Out of the Hat V, which begins at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, at the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NE.

Writers Roy Booth, Abbey Ferrier, Jeremiah Liend, Kathryn Lavelle, Lara Gerhardson and Sara Breeze will pen a script based upon the ideas, number of players and place in program pulled from the hat Friday evening. The writers have 12 hours to complete the script, which will be given to the directors (Mike Bredon, Cynthia Booth, Cate Belleveau, Andor Lofthus, Derrick Houle and K.D. Howells) to rehearse their actors (there is still room for more-email to sign up) for 12 hours.

The show promises of ghoulish fun (in keeping with the holiday), adult situations and mild language. Tickets are $10 each and can be bought now at Harmony Foods Co-op or at the door the night of performance.

Uncle Shurley will headline the Halloween Bash with Night Terrors Vol. II, starting at 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. NW. The restaurant serves until 9 p.m. The costume contest will begin at 12 midnight.

Celtic Music Event at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Bemidji Public Library is free and open to the public. Laura MacKenzie and Garry Jones will play traditional music and talk about the history of Celtic music.

Lakeland Public TV special features program, Common Ground, captures the creative process of various artists living in our region. It delves into the history of the area and takes the audience to cultural events that put the north in North Country. At 7 p.m., on the Thursday, Oct. 27, edition of Common Ground, photographer Aaron Hautala will speak about the history of the sauna as described in his book, "The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition." The shows are repeated at 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays; 6 p.m. on Sundays and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Common Ground is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Time Change: Collaborating within Arts Disciplines will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Headwaters School for Music and the Arts. See arts column for Oct. 23 for complete information on the workshop or

Musical Events

Talun on Tour with Garry Jones and Laura MacKenzie will perform at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. The duo will sing of the spirit of the land with Irish mythology and music. Jones, a musician and composer will present his "Fire-Eye" Suite with Laura MacKenzie, a respected and accomplished musician and singer. Advance tickets are $10 each at HSMA now and $15 at the door.

Trio Dolce, a musical ensemble of three award-winning young women from Moorhead's Concordia College 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 Long, cellist) 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.

The Bemidji State University Choir ensembles (Bemidji Choir, Chamber Singers, The Musikanten Men's Chorus and Damenstimmen Women's Chorus) will conclude their week-long Minnesota tour with a 3 p.m., performance on Sunday, Oct. 30 in Thompson Recital Hall on the campus of BSU, Birchmont Drive and 14th Street under the direction of P. Bradley Logan, professor of music, the groups held workshops and concerts for high school students which were also open to the public. Tickets for Sunday's concert will be available at the door: $5 for general admission, $3 for seniors and free for students with a valid ID.

Skillet "Alive and Awake Tour" with Disciple, We As Humans and Manafest will be appearing 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 received 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 for VIP, $24 (floor) and $18 (arena). The set-up is half stage and reserved floor, and parking will be $5 at the gate. Group discounts for 15 or more, call 218-441-4030.

Luke Bryan's "Tailgates and Tanlines" show will begin 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. Ticket costs begin at $27.50 and may be purchased at, the Sanford Center box office and by phone 800-745-3000.

Tickets for Bemidji State University's 43rd Annual Madrigal Dinners are on sale now at the Madrigal Dinner Box Office in Bangsberg, 2nd 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 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. 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 the Beaux Arts Ballroom in Upper Hobson Memorial Union on the campus of BSU, Birchmont Drive. 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) and include $2 for postage and handling.

History Conference

The Beltrami County Historical Society will be holding a conference for history buffs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the History Center (130 Minnesota Ave. SW) 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 day conference is $20 for non-members, $15 for members and $10 for students. Lunch is no included and for more information, call 444-3376.

Book Signing

John Eggers will be signing copies of his new book from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, at Book World, 316 Beltrami Ave. NW. 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.

Canadian sculptor Gregory Blair exhibit, "The Unavowable Taxonomy," at the Talley Gallery until November 11. Blair's work is influenced by his idea that "nature" is a human construct developed as a means to define knowledge of the world. The Talley Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Located in room 212 of the Education Arts building (Birchmont Drive) on the campus of BSU, the building is barrier free and open at no charge to the public.

Upcoming Events

- "Little Minnesota: Cities with a Population under One Hundred" by Jill Johnson form 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning.

- Concordia College Orchestra at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, at Calvary Lutheran Church.

- "2nd 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. A one-woman play about Emily Dickinson's life and poetry.

- "Same Kind of Different as Me," Bemidji Public Library book discussion at 12 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, and 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov.10, in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

- Brian Miller and Randy Gosa with Minnesota Lumberjack Songs at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, at Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.