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Pioneer Previews for Sept. 30: Music, First Friday offer numerous choices

BEMIDJI – Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert, kick-off of the Bemidji State University Department of Music 2012-13 performance season, will begin at 3 p.m. today in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast. Admission is $5 adults, $3 for senior citizens and free for students.

The first artist to appear for the Bemidji Concert Series this fall will be Adam Mason, an expert on world drumming. Mason will welcome members of the general public interested in drumming to attend his two-hour workshops Monday through Friday. Contact Del Lyren at for more information.

Mason will appear in concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. Tickets are $10 for adults and senior citizens, $5 for students and free for BSU students with a valid ID.

There are tickets available for “Elmo’s Super Heroes” for shows Friday and Saturday. Tickets may be purchased at Lueken’s Village Foods and the Ford Pickup Window at the Sanford Center.


Monthly Book Discussion series will meet at noon at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW. Discussion will focus on “No Horizon Is So Far” by Ann Bancroft and Liv Arneson. This event is free and open to the public.

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave., hosts its 2012 annual meeting at 6 p.m. A Headwaters Faculty Workshop begins at 7 p.m. Call 444-5606 for information.

Spoken Word Committee of BCAC is inviting writers of all genre and experience to come to a discussion/meeting to talk about the possibility of starting writing groups. Anyone interested in being a writer or even thinking about what it would be like to be a published author is encouraged to attend this initial meeting starting at 7 p.m. at BCAC, Carnegie Library Building. There will be no pressure to join a group as the meeting will be an opportunity to gather and determine interest in starting these groups. For more information, call 444-7570.


Adventures in Lifelong Learning second talk of the fall series will begin at 10 a.m. at the Community Room of Beltrami Electric, 4111 Technology Dr. NW. Mardy Karger will talk about “Media in My Life.” This series is open to the public with a free-will offering accepted. The building is handicapped accessible with ample parking.


Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning fall lecture series continues with author Jill Johnson and her book, “Little Minnesota: a nostalgic look at Minnesota’s smallest towns.”

The talk begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Lengby Community Center, 104 N. Main. The programs are free and memberships are available at various levels.


Monthly Book Discussion series will meet at 7 p.m. at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW. Discussion will focus on “No Horizon Is So Far” by Ann Bancroft and Liv Arneson. This event is free and open to the public.


The Beltrami County History Center will be open from noon until 4 p.m. with an exhibit showing a collection of historical photos of the Bemidji Carnegie Library and free admission to the museum, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

Gallery North will display the wood turning and wood turned items of Art Kliniske as the Showcase Artist for October. Featured Gallery North artist of the month is Colleen Hilts, whose interests include woodworking houses, fish, small animals and carving flowers. The opening reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. at 502 3rd St. NW.

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts hosts Susan Kedzie and her exhibit “Retrospect” in the main recital hall. Meet the artist during the opening reception from 3-5 p.m.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will showcase the work of owner Moni Schneider, “One Foodie’s Mecca: A Photographic Inventory of Culture, Cuisine and Communications.” Meet Moni during the 3-5 p.m. reception at 523 Minnesota Ave. N. The First Friday Wine Bar, featuring a Thai inspired menu with local harvest and libations to complement will be held from 5-9 p.m.

Cabin Coffee House presents Kathy Sanders and her collection of oils and acrylics “Flora Unlimited.” Meet the artist during the 4-6 p.m. reception at 214 3rd St. NW.

Dunn Bros Coffee welcomes First City Artists representing work in a variety of genre. Meet the artists during the 5-7 p.m. reception at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S.

Freaxis Studio will hold a short program with puppets and loud music at 5:15 p.m. in the lower level of the Bemidji Community Arts Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

Bemidji Community Arts Center current exhibit is “Point of View- A Photographic Journey” by Duane L. Paulson. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reading by Kevin McColley, the first author in the Spoken Word Series. Please note the reading is intended for mature audiences

RailRiver Folk School will feature Jens Werner and his work “Confessional II,” an exploration of nature’s secrets in paper and watercolor. Meet the artist during the 5-7 p.m. reception at 303 Railroad St. SW (over the Irvine St. Bridge and left up the hill).

All the receptions are free and open to the public.

The Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage, an intergenerational gathering, with host Drew Warne-Jacobson will begin with sign-ups from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and start time of 7:30 p.m.


A Community Event at the Nary School at 12:30 p.m. features the cast from the upcoming Bemidji Community Theater production of “Oliver,” musical performances by Plaza One, visual art displays and guided tours of the upstairs auditorium. This event will showcase the ways that the Nary School may be used in the future as an arts space. This event is free and open to the public.

A workshop with McColley will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on “How to Write a Great Novel in Only Three Hours.” The workshop will cover the things to look for and/or avoid and how to stick with the project until it is finished. Seating is limited so early reservations are recommended: or 218-444-7570. The fee for adults is $40 and $20 for students.

Area exhibits

Neilson Place presents “We All Love Paul,” a collection of works by local artists and photographers in honor of Paul and Babe. The gallery is located on the Woodsedge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW.

Talley Gallery presents “Sharing the Fire” from Oct. 8 to Nov. 16. This traveling show focuses on ceramic works by well-known Minnesota Potters. The gallery is located in Bensen Hall (the former Arts Education Building) on the campus of BSU.

The Blackduck Area History and Art Center TIN Pan gALLErY is now showing “Fantastic Fall” along with a collection of Boyd’s Bears owned by Bev. Gibson. The gallery is open 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Main and Margaret Streets in downtown Blackduck. This exhibit will be up September and October.

Upcoming events

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra fall series will start will “Music and Change” at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Bemidji High School.

Tonic Solfa, a cappella group, will perform at 7 p.m., Oct. 11 at BHS. Tickets are $12 each now at Marketplace Foods, BHS and Paul Bunyan Broadcasting.

Dinner theater production, “Tizi Ouzou,” a one woman show with Taous Claire Khazen at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Hungry Bear. Contact for more information.