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Pioneer Previews: 'Pied Piper,' numerous events offered today

What better way to spend a cloudy, possibly rainy or snowy Sunday afternoon in Bemidji than to attend the many and varied musical options today.

"The Magical Pied Piper" is re-scheduled to 2 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Tickets already held for the Sunday performance will be honored at the box office. A collaboration of Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, this family friendly show is priced at $12 for adults and $6 for children. The box office will open at noon and refunds for the cancelled shows will be made upon receipt of the held tickets.

The Bemidji Choir, under the direction of Bradley Logan, and the Wind Ensemble with Erika Svanoe will perform a joint concert featuring selections from "Carmina Burana," Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and two student compositions by Aaron Shinabargar and Hank Fiskevold. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in the Main Theater of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on Bemidji State University's campus. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Students with valid IDs are admitted for free. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Grand Harmony, a local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and the Twin Forks Chorus of the Sweet Adeline's will be performing at 4 p.m. at the Fosston Arts Center. The "Harmony Sock Hop" will feature songs from the 50's and 60's. A program sponsored by Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning, the tickets are $5 each, call Tamara at (218) 694-2856 to see if tickets are still available

"The Outside Track," an international Celtic band, will be performing at 7 p.m., at the Headwaters Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. Advance tickets of $12 may be purchased at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant in downtown Bemidji.

Celebrated Minnesota mystery writer Kent Krueger will talk about his newest book, "Northwest Angle" at noon Monday at the Bemidji Public Library. Krueger's latest is nominated for the 2012 book award. The event is free and refreshments will be served to go along with that brown bag lunch.

Common Ground program explores the creative process and cultural events in our region. A new 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. May 1.

The Blackduck 2012 "Lady Slipper Celebration" is a two-day event celebrating the arts, culture, nature and history of the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway and the abundance of Lady's Slipper orchids in this area. Artists, within a 100 mile radius of the Byway, whose work depicts nature or use natural materials are invited to take part of this indoor/outdoor event. The northern end of the Lady Slipper Celebration will take place June 23 in Blackduck with live music, visual art, children's activities and food in the Wayside Rest City Park. The event moves to the southern border of the Byway, Cass Lake and the Norway Beach Visitors Center with orchid presentations, nature photography and a focus on cultural events. The fee for presenters is $20 and pre-registration can be made by calling Shirley at 218-835-7826.

A watercolor painting workshop using an extensive resist method will be offered by Marion Caroline at 1 p.m. Wednesday 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 and participants will complete and mat a 16x20 inch painting.

The 2012 Scholarship Show featuring works by student's in the BSU Department of Visual Arts will remain up until Friday in the Talley Gallery, located in room 212 of the Education Arts Building. Students are vying for more than $10,000 in scholarship awards for students who are either have a major of minor in visual arts. Competition judges include faculty from the design technologies department. The Talley Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and is free and open to the public.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra "Made in America" 73rd Season will conclude with "American History" at 3 p.m. next Sunday. The concert will feature "Roosevelt in Cowboy Land," a symphonic work by Chris Brubeck and historical figure interpreter Clay Jenkinson as narrator. Tickets are available now at Lueken's Village Foods North, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and online at at $20 for adults, $15 per senior citizen, $10 for college students with valid ID and free for students K-12.