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Pioneer Previews: First Friday highlight of busy calendar

Tuba Christmas 2011 will mark the 38th year of brass players getting together to play traditional Christmas music at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Paul Bunyan Mall

The Bemidji State University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band's concert, under the direction of Erika Svanoe, will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Center, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. The Symphonic Band will feature music from "The Phantom of the Opera" by Andrew Lloyd Webber, "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson, as well as student guest conductors Jini Block and Samantha Becker. The Wind Ensemble will feature music by John Mackey "Strange Humors" which features the djembe, an African drum played by percussionist Faith Lundin. Student chamber groups also will perform at the concert. Tickets at the door are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and free for all students with a valid ID.

Traditional blue grass, gospel and country music concert by the Roggenkamps from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bemidji Public Library. Free and open to the public of all ages.

Caleigh will hold a CD release performance, "When I See Winter Return," starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday at HSMA. All tickets will be sold at the door for $10 each.

Good Noise with Eric Carlson will be performing from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant. The kitchen serves until 9 p.m.

The Bemidji Chorale under the direction of Patricia Mason and accompanied by Wayne Hoff will give their 33rd annual Christmas concert at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the First Lutheran Church. For more information on the program, please see Arts blog in center section of online edition,

Schoolcraft Learning Community will present its Winter Concert 6:30 p.m., Monday at Bemidji High School. The concert is free to the public.

"Messiah Holiday Concert" will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at BHS with singers from local choral groups and community members. Regular ticket prices apply.

The public is invited to the senior recitals at BSU this weekend. Jini Block, a flute instrumental music education major, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg. Samantha Becker, a French horn player and instrumental music education major will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in Thompson Recital Hall.

Common Ground

This week's episode will showcase sculptor Paula Jensen of Guthrie and the metal owl she has fabricated. The daughters of the late David Park will share their personal stories about growing up in the David Park House of Bemidji. Ray Tuholsky of Avon will share his interest in collecting antique fishing lures. All episodes are shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Common Ground is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse present a new adaptation of a timeless classic, "Christmas Carol," which will open at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. This new interpretation by Chris Blackwood and Piers Robinson closely follows the original novel by Charles Dickens. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Dec. 8 and 9, and a 2 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets are $6 for children and $12 for adults at Iverson Corner Drug and Ken K. Thompson Jewelry at the Mall. A non-perishable food donation for the Bemidji Food Shelf brought to the theater the day of performance will get a $1 refund on a ticket.

"Fruitcakes," written by Julian Wiles, will be on stage at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 8-10 and at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 10 and 11 at Longlake Theater in Hubbard. A family show about a 12-year old runaway boy who finds a place in the hearts of the "nuttier than fruitcakes" residents of a small town at Christmastime. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 ages for 4-12 and free for lap sit children; groups of 15 or more are $12.50 per adult. Ticket reservations at or buy directly at Beagle Books in Park Rapids.

"It's A Wonderful Life," written by James W. Rodgers and directed by Bridget Stomberg, will be presented at 7:29 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Old School Center, Kelliher. There will be pre-show music starting at 7 p.m., Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens and free for pre-school and under. Kelliher FCCLA will be selling cookies, bars and cider for a free will donation.

Library Book Club

"Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier will be the next reading for the book discussions at noon Monday and 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Extra copies of the book are available at the Bemidji Public Library.

Workshop Correction

Acrylic Painting workshop with Scott Fadness at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday at the Frohn Town Hall, four miles east of the former Honda Yamaha on Roosevelt Road Southeast. Students will learn the fundamentals of acrylic painting from composition to color. For information and a materials list call 444-9933. Class fee is $100 and class size will be limited.

First Friday Events

Bemidji Community Arts Center invites the public to its Holiday Open House, presenting art work by local and regional artists, at Shop 426 for gift giving this holiday season.

BCAC will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for shopping, free gift wrap and refreshments. The current show, "It's Only Clay," a national juried ceramics exhibit, will be up until Dec. 21. BCAC, at 426 Bemidji Ave. N., is free and open to the public.

Beltrami County History Center, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents "Fall Reflections," a collection of works celebrating autumn. There is free admission to exhibits on First Fridays. The newest exhibit, "Beltrami County in Mark Twain's Time," explores the happenings in Beltrami County during Twain's life time (1835-1910). BCHC will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 444-3376.

Gallery North will be hosting its annual Christmas Boutique and First Friday reception from 2 to 5 p.m. with featured member artists Marion Reil and mixed media artist Terry Honstead. Both artists will be demonstrating their craft. Author Holly Szurpicki will be signing her newest novel for youngsters, "Shorty Bean and the Coin of Fire." Whipstaff Ranch and Rescue of Solway will show Christmas pets ready for adoption. Gallery North is located in the shops at the foot of the Irvine Street Bridge at 502 3rd St.

Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW, is welcoming Melissa Moss of Blueleaf Photographs and her exhibit, "Serenity" until the end of the year. Meet Melissa during the 3 to 4:30 p.m. reception to hear her speak about how serenity is interpreted by others to mean what they seek for peace or comfort. Her work is for sale and a price list is available at the front desk.

Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. NW, will be hosting a farewell open house with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. This will be Bad Cat's final month of business at this location. A boutique offering art and fine craft from more than 60 different artisans, Bad Cat also has an eclectic collection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories for wear and home décor.

Glazed and Amused, 311 3rd St., is showcasing the work of Norma Frisk and Sue Smith for the month of December. The duo have painted and constructed many seasonal pieces for the home and garden. Glazed and Amused is a paint-your-own ceramic studio which features a wide variety of pieces to paint, functional to decorative.

Northwoods Gallery, 218 3rd St. NW, will host a reception from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. with featured artists Jane Freeman, Don Houseman and Terry Honstead.

Cabin Coffee House and Café is presenting outdoor photographer Todd Geiger and his year in review show for the month of December. Meet Geiger during the opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. with live music by Andrew Downing. The Cabin is open seven days a week at 214 3rd St.

The Center for Therapeutic Arts will present Malisa R. Van Maasdam and her mixed media exhibit "A-Z," a contemporary approach to the alphabet with strict lines and sharp contrasts. The opening reception for the artist will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. coinciding with the grand opening for the center from 3 to 7 p.m. on First Friday at 521 Minnesota Ave.

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will hold a reception for artist Alice Blessing and her exhibit "Miss Shapen," a series of paintings about the relationship of toddler beauty pageants to real life, from 4 to 6 p.m. at 519 Minnesota Ave. N.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave., will host the work of photographer Cal Rice until Jan. 4. Meet Cal during the opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. to talk about his prints of the flora and fauna of Costa Rica. Wild Hare will be serving its First Friday Wine Bar with a new menu every month and libations to complement starting at 5 p.m.

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave., will host painter Gabriel Nordby and his work in December. Meet Nordby during the 5 to 6 p.m. opening reception.

Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S., will be hosting Tom Dunn for the month of December. Meet Dunn, an internationally award winning photographer who specializes in fine art, marketing and business-branding during the 5 to 7 p.m. reception. The current exhibit will feature fine art in black and white images from travels abroad and in Minnesota.

Fleur de Lis Gallery located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., will be hosting a First Friday reception from 5 to 8 p.m. with local and regional artists now showing in the gallery.

Studio 10 Artists have a new collection at the historic Chief Theater for the first two weeks of December.

Book Signing

"DESILU: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz" will be the topic of discussion by co-author Coyne Steven Sanders beginning at 5 p.m. Friday with a question and answer session to follow. He co-authored the book with Tom Gilbert and copies will be available for purchase. Sanders, a critically acclaimed author and biographer, has also written "Rainbow's End: The Judy Garland Show" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show: Anatomy of a Classic." This is a rare opportunity to see and speak to a writer for "Variety" and "Emmy" magazine and the on-site television show "The Hollywood Reporter."