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Pioneer Previews: Play to be presented at Wild Rose

"Ruby Lips Above the Water," is the story of a developmentally disabled young woman named Ruby and her life in a rural northern Minnesota town.

Ruby sings lyrics from her favorite song, "My Darling Clementine" as she tries to explain her unfulfilled desires to grow up and be what she sees other young woman her age doing and being. Ruby (Emily Quanrud) is surrounded by well-meaning adults who seek to protect her innocence.

Her brittle mother (Vicki Wangberg), two competing godmothers (Sarah Einerson and Vicki Stenerson) a local café owner (Julie Quanrud) and her partner (Kevin Cease) all see Ruby's yearnings and try to help her cope with life: some in Ruby's life by protecting her and others by attempting to support her yearnings for self-discovery. They fear a thoughtless male companion will take advantage of her.

The author, Steve Saari, is the director in this second theatrical offering of the 2011-12 Season of Saaren's Productions.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2-4 and Feb. 6, with a 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 5. The play was originally scheduled for Jan. 26-30 but was postponed because one of the actors was called away.

Tickets for the show at Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N., will be sold at the door and reservations are not necessary unless special seating accommodations are required. Prices are $10 adults, $8 seniors (60 and over) and $5 for students. This production is suitable for young adults and could be rated PG for subject matter and adult situations.

Shyanne Kami, a Bemidji High School student, will be singing and playing piano from 7-8 p.m. Friday at the Cabin Coffee House, 213 3rd St. N.W. The teen singer and songwriter will be performing original music to country western at her premiere solo performance. This event is free and open to the public.

JazzFest Invitational with guest trombonist Steve Turre, who is considered to be one of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, will be hosted by the Bemidji State University Department of Music. When not touring, Turre can be seen playing with the Saturday Night Live band on television.

Turre has played with Dizzie Gillespie, Van Morison and Herbie Hancock and is comfortable with a diverse list of musicians in Latin, Jazz and Pop genre.

Three jazz bands (Bemidji, Thief River Falls and Brainerd) will also perform with Turre.

The JazzFest begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, 14th St. and Birchmont Drive. Tickets for the concert are $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students and free for BSU students with a valid ID and may be purchased at the door.

Common Ground is a program which explores the creative process and cultural events in our region. On this week's episode looks at "Mudsong," a rock opera composed by Mary Overlie and performed by an ensemble of local musicians last summer. The Lady Slipper Festival in Blackduck celebrates the state flower and the preservation of its habitat. Matt Devries of Brainerd will demonstrate how he adds earthy elements to his unique pottery. The program airs at 7 p.m. Thursday and repeats at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. It is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Northern Artist Association will hold its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served.

Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 3rd St., is hosting John Egger and his exhibit, "Rural Images," for the month of January.

Fleur de Lis Art Gallery in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., is open whenever the gallery sign is outside. Check it out for a rotation of art from local and regional artists.

Gabe Nordby is the gallery artist of the month at Brigid's Cross. His multimedia work can be viewed from 4 p.m. until closing Monday through Wednesday and from 11 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

"Visions of the Norse Myths" by Erik Evensen in Gallery 140 in Bridgeman Hall on the BSU campus will be on display until Feb. 10. Free and open to the public.

Gallery North, 502 3rd St., will continue its annual Holiday Boutique of handmade items this month.

Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW, will continue the exhibit of photographer Melissa Moss of Blueleaf Photographs entitled "Serenity," which means different things to different people for everyone finds peace in their own way. A price list is available at the front desk.

Talley Gallery installation of Megumi Naitoh's "Real Life/Virtual Life," is a mosaic collection that represents modern daily life versus the life people create online, is a pixilated interpretation from two vantage points. It will remain at Talley Gallery, Room 212 in the Education Arts Building, until Feb. 15. 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.

Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. SE. 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 e-mailed to