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Pioneer Previews: Oom Pah for the Arts fundraiser Sept. 28

BEMIDJI – Bemidji Area Arts Endowment is holding its annual fundraising event Sept. 28.

BAAE is a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and the sole entity dedicated to supporting and preserving the arts in the Bemidji area.

The ninth annual Oom Pah for the Arts will be 6-10 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Hungry Bear Banquet and Conference Center, 2300 24th St. NW. Tickets are $50 each ($35 of each ticket price is tax deductible) for an evening of wine and beer tasting, German dinner and live music by Dennis Doeden, Tuba Jim and Friends. Tickets are on sale now through Marilyn Miller at (218) 243-3030. For a complete listing of the funds managed through BAAE, go to and type in BAAE under select in the right hand corner.


Northern Artist Association will hold its monthly meeting starting at 12:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend. Call 759-2952 for more information.


Adventures in Lifelong Learning has canceled the first lecture of the fall season. The series will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 25 at the Beltrami Electric Conference Room. Tom Turney will speak on antique clocks.


Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning will begin its fall lecture series with Dale Blanshan at 9:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 32 Bagley Ave. NW, Bagley. Blanshan will speak on “The Sioux Uprising of 1862: Minnesota’s Other Civil War” through the eyes of white captives, Dakota warriors and the camera of the day. These programs are offered free of charge and memberships are available at various levels.

This is the last day to sign-up for NELL’s bus trip to Digi-Key Corporation and Wm. S. Marvin Training and Visitor Center of Marvin Windows. The cost is $50 per person with lunch included. Participants will be asked to wear long pants and closed shoes for the tour, which will include a fair amount of walking. Wheelchair users must have an attendant and those using walkers are discouraged to attend. Contact Tamara at (218) 694-2856 or for more information or to register.


Third Thursdays in Park Rapids resumes for the fall with the reggae band, Make the Most, playing from 5-6:30 p.m at Belle Caffe, 116 3rd St. W. Chasing Clarence, an international folk jazz trio will be performing from 5:30-7 p.m. at Necce’s Restaurant, 311 S. Main Ave. Craig Braunschweig will be playing acoustic guitar and singing from 5-6:30 at The Good Life Café, 220 South Main Ave. These legacy events are free and open to the public.


Socializing on the plaza of the George W. Neilson Convention Center will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. for the first “Shake by the Lake” at the Sanford Center. CrossWater will be playing for the guests who will be enjoying libations and appetizers on the outdoor plaza. To access this free event, enter gate No. 4 of the center.


Book signing and premiere of Saaren’s Productions full-length feature “Slip Away” will start at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. Authors DeeJay Arens will be signing copies of his debut novel, “The View from a Rusty Train Car” and June Kramin’s newest release, “Come and Talk To Me.”

“Slip Away” will begin at 7:15 p.m. with writer Arens and director Saari there to discuss this piece which features local and regional actors. The suggested admission for the film is $5 or any amount patrons are willing to contribute.

Park Rapids Art Leap for 2012 will start at 11 a.m. with locations ranging from artists as far west as the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge on Minnesota Highway 34 to Walker on the eastern edge; and starting from Wolf Paw Gallery on Minnesota Highway 71 to the artists in the Park Rapids environs. An event well worth visiting because of the range of the activities from artwork to musical events with such well known artists as mosaic artists Gary and Marsha Wolff, sculptor Paul Albright to the Terry Young Studio located at the Y Steak House. Look at for a map for the sites. Events are scheduled the following day, too.

Make the Most will perform from 5-6:15 p.m. at Terrapin Station in Nevis – follow the Park Rapids Art Leap direction signs.

“Of Thee I Sing,” a musical political satire by Ira and George Gershwin, will be performed in concert by the Northern Lights Opera Company at 7:30 p.m. at Armory Square in downtown Park Rapids. Advance tickets at Beagle Books and at the door.

upcoming events

Alison Scott with Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets will be performing at Bemidji State University from 8-10:30 p.m. Sept. 28 on the BSU’s Oak Lawn. This will be Bowe’s first appearance at BSU and Scott appeared solo this part winter.

carl o. thompson                          memorial concert

The Thompson concert, which is the kick-off of the Bemidji State University Department of Music 2012-13 performance season, will begin at 3 p.m. Sept. 30 in Thompson Recital Hall. Admission is $35 adults, $3 for senior citizens and free for students.


Tickets are on sale now for Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective dinner theater performance of “TIZI OUZOU” as written and performed by Taous Claire Khazem and directed by Zarawaar Mistry at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and noon Oct. 14 at the Hungry Bear Banquet Center. Tizi Ouzou is a story of a young Algerian-American girl who travels to North Africa to find her roots. All the characters will be played by Khazem to the pulse of Berber and Algerian music. This dinner theater experience is suitable for ages 12 and up and will last for approximately 60 minutes. Ticket price for dinner and play is $35 with a middle-eastern menu of chicken and olive stew with couscous, vegetables and dessert. Reservations may be made by calling Cate at 218-243-2685 or by mailing to There will be five tickets available at the door the day of performance for $45 each. All tickets are non-refundable and seating is limited. This production is underwritten by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment.