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Pioneer Previews: Week full of musical events, workshops and early deadlines, and First Friday events

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra final concert of the 2011-12 season will begin at 3 p.m. today in the auditorium of Bemidji High School. Composer Chris Brubeck's new composition, "Roosevelt in Cowboy Land," will be conducted by Beverly Everett and narrated by Clay Jenkinson. The second half of the program will include Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," selections of music representative of the Theodore Roosevelt White House from classical to rag time. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 62+, $10 for college students with a valid ID and free for children grades K-12.

The doors will open at 2:30 for the open seating. A talk back with Everett, Jenkinson and Brubeck will begin at the conclusion of the concert. Those interested in asking questions or just hearing the discussion is asked to move down to the foot of the stage and take a seat.

Puppetry 101 with Margaret Burger of Fortuna Puppet Theater from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays from May 9 -30 in Freaxis Studios, lower level of BCAC, 426 Bemidji Ave. The workshop is a continuation of the earlier workshop on making basic rod puppets and the participants will learn the ground rules for rod puppet manipulation and improvisation through practice and feedback. If a participant does not have a rod puppet, Burger will provide a generic puppet to use for the workshop at a minimal cost of $5. The registration deadline is Wednesday. To register, send a $25 check made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. Please note that there will be no refunds unless the workshops are cancelled. For more information, call 751-5447 or (800) 275-5447.

Poetry 1 - "No discovery for the writer, no discovery for the reader" with Matt Mauch and Paula Cisewski from 9 a.m.-noon May 11 at the Bemidji Public Library Conference Room, 509 America Ave.

Poetry 2 - "Past Inspiration: Using Historical Research in Poetry and Creating Found Poems from Historical Documents" with Sean Hill and LouAnn Muhm from 1:30-4:30 p.m. May 11.

Both workshops are sponsored by the 2012 Spoken Word Series. Fee is $45 for one or $80 for both workshops; student fee with a valid ID is $20 per session. The workshop is limited to the first 20 registrations. For more information call 444-7570.

Lorie Line and Her Fab Five will perform their intimate concert "Live in the Sunshine" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW. Joining Line on stage will be fiddler/mandolin player Peter Ostroushko and drummer Kirk Johnson for an evening of music highlighting music from Line's all-original album, "Serendipity." Tickets are on sale now at or by calling (800) 801-5463. Tickets are $39 each or $34 for groups of 10 or more. This tour takes Line and Her Fab Five to almost 25 cities this May, June and July.

First Friday events will be held from 3-7 p.m. in downtown Bemidji in many venues. Please see the new Highlights page of this coming Thursday's paper for the full schedule.

Windy Potratz will be reading from her new book, "Agnes Plays Soccer: A Young Cow's Lesson in Sportsmanship" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee Shop, 523 Minnesota Ave. NW. Local author Potratz will have copies for sale and will also sign books. This event is free and open to the public.

"Almost, Maine," a play with musical accompaniment on sax with Maury Finney of 10 love stories at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Fire Hall Theater, 412 N. 2nd St., Grand Forks. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and military. Reserve a seat at (701) 777-4090.

The Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids is continuing their featured artist and guest artist programs for the 2012 season with an open house reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, 311 Main Ave. S. in downtown Park Rapids. For more information on the May featured artists and gallery members see their website at

The Bemidji Book Festival is inviting authors to display, discuss and sell their books and publications at the Author Fair from 5-9 p.m. June 15 in the Bemidji High School Commons. A table and two chairs will be provided free of charge for each author prior to the keynote author Ann Bancroft's talk at 7 p.m. in the main auditorium. For more information or to register, email

Author Catherine Friend legacy fund event May 9 at the Bemidji Public Library: 10:30 a.m. story time for children, noon adult program. Free to the public.

"Great Twin Cities Poetry Road Show," with artists reading from "Poetry City, USA, Vol.2" from 5:30-7 p.m. May 11 at the Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. Part of the 2012 Spoken Word Series of the Bemidji Community Arts Center. Open to the public at no charge.

Shop 426 Artist Trunk Show from 5-7 p.m. May 10 at BCAC featuring JoAnn Hovet, Bradley Benn and Althea's Cakery.

Bemidji Chorale Concert and Ice Cream Social at 7 p.m. May 13 in the Beaux Arts Ballroom. Free will donation will be accepted.

Scandinavian Folk Art Open House from 2-5 p.m. May 6 at the Senior Activity Center and 2-5 p.m. in the Park Rapids Public Library.

Spring Concert of the Adult Choir and Handbell Choir at 6 p.m. May 6 at the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Rd. SW. Open to the public at no charge.