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Pioneer Previews: South of Canada Comedy Tour to visit Historic Chief Theatre Friday

Lukas Seely, along with comedians Mark Dawsons, Grant Cotter and Edi Zanidache, will visit Friday with a show at the Historic Chief Theatre in Bemidji as part of their South of Canada Comedy Tour.

The comedians in this show have been featured on Showtime, MTV, NBC and the Bob and Tom Show, among other venues. Tickets are $16.25 and may be purchased through!tickets, or at Keg 'n Cork. The show begins at 8 p.m.

MIDIots, the faculty electronic ensemble at Bemidji State University, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Bangsberg Recital Hall on the BSU campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The Loon Opera Company presents An Evening with Betsy Downs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tutto Bene. Downs will perform torch songs accompanied by pianist Abe Hunter. This event is free, but restaurant reservations are encouraged. Call Tutto Bene at 751-1100 to reserve a spot.

Rebby Lee, a singer songwriter whose work focuses on nature, will be featured from 5-5:30 p.m. Thursday at Bella Caffe as part of Third Thursdays in downtown Park Rapids.

The Northern Bass Family Band will play from 5:30-7 p.m. at The Good Life Café in Park Rapids as part of the city's Third Thursdays events. A variety of music will be performed, including early rock 'n roll, surf instrumentals and standards.

Jon Romer, flautist, will perform Ojibwe tunes and lead discussion on Ojibwe culture as it relates to music at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Beltrami County Historical Society meeting in the conference room at the History Center. For more information, contact Leo Soukup at 751-4929.

"515," a play about same-sex-couple laws in Minnesota, will be performed at Bangsberg Main Stage Theater on Bemidji State University campus will begin at 6:30 p.m. today. Entrance is free.

"The Magical Pied Piper," rescheduled from last weekend after several actors suffered flu-like symptoms, will have performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. April 22 and 7:30 p.m. April 23, in the Historic Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji. Tickets previously purchased can be exchanged at the box office, which will be open two hours before show times.

The 2012 Scholarship Show in the Talley Gallery at Bemidji State University is currently underway. The show features works based around the theme of consumption, and will run through April 27. The Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Entry is free and open to the public.

Cal Rice will present his collection of photographs entitled, "Bhutan: A View from the Top of the World," at 7 p.m. Monday at the Bemidji Public Library. Rice, a professional photographer, recently traveled to Bhutan to document the country and its culture as it emerges from the 17th century into the 21st century. The presentation will exhibit the country's landscape and architecture, its tolerance of people, its commitment to the Buddhist way of life and the pride of the people living in the country.

Common Ground continues its coverage of Charles Kapsner as he continues his army mural project by utilizing his extensive research, talent, and respect for the United States Military. The episode begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. It will be rebroadcast at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday and 12:30 p.m. April 24.

In honor of National Poetry Month, LouAnn Muhm, poet and English instructor at Nevis High School, will have her students read their original poetry from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Beagle Books in Park Rapids.

The Bemidji Chorale meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Room 112 of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, Bemidji State University.

The Northern Artists painting group meets 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday in the dining room of the Bemidji Eagles Club, open to all. For more information, call 444-2609.

Bemidji Area Toastmasters will have a meeting at noon Tuesday in the Lueken's Village Foods North conference room. For details, call Joanna Dymond at 751-7722.

Bemidji Woodcarvers' Club meets from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center. Beginning, intermediate and expert carvers are welcome to attend. Cost is $2 a session.

A Mississippi River photography presentation with Doug Oman will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Church in Fosston. For more information, call Tamara Edevold at 694-2856.

A watercolor painting workshop will be offered by Marion Caroline at 1 p.m. April 25 at Gallery North. All materials will be provided and no experience is necessary. Registrations are being taken at Gallery North, the class fee is $45.

Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning (NELL) will present the Harmony Sock Hop at 4 p.m. April 22. Hosted by DJ Jimmy "Windchill" Winterson, the sock-hop will take participants back to the 1960s for a reenactment of a homecoming victory celebration. Music by Ricky Nelson, Danny and the Juniors, the Everly Brothers and more will be performed by members of the Varsity Club, 4H and the Chess Club. Only $5 advance tickets are available for this event. Contact Tamara Edevold at 694-2856 for more information.

Minnesota Folklore Theater will hold auditions for its summer season from 6:30-8 p.m. April 30 and May 1 at the theater, located at 405 Minnesota Ave., Walker. Summer productions will be Judy Why Can't I, Nunsense and On Golden Pond. For more information, call 547-4044.

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