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Pioneer Previews for Oct. 7: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra fall concert set for Sunday

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra fall series “Music and Change” will begin with “Tunes and Topics!” at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

Two young classical artists from Thief River Falls, Brett and Brayden Drevlow, will be featured musicians for this concert. Brayden will perform Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G, and Brett will play Capuzzi’s Concerto for Double Bass. The program will also include Barber’s Essay No. 1 and Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony. Conductor Beverly Everett will host a talk-back after the concert.

Tickets for the concert may be purchased at Lueken’s Village Foods North, Brigid’s Pub in downtown Bemidji or at the door. Prices are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for college students with a valid ID and free for students grades K-12. All seats are general admission and the doors will open at 2:30 p.m.

dinner theater

The deadline is this Wednesday to reserve a dinner seat for the Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective one-woman show, “Tizi Ouzou,” as written and performed by Taous Claire Khazem and directed by Zarawaar Mistry. “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.

The Saturday, Oct. 14, performance will begin with an Algerian-style dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. with the play to start at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 14, the dinner will begin at 12:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. show. Tickets can be reserved by calling Cate at 243-2685 or emailing

This production is suitable for ages 12 and up and will last for approximately 60 minutes. It is underwritten by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment. There will be five tickets at the door for $45 each for dinner and the show on each date. Tickets at $15 each will be sold at the door for the theater performance only.

free tickets

Tickets are going fast for the Army Concert Band and Soldiers Chorus to be performed at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Sanford Center. Free tickets can be had at First National Bank Bemidji, the Bemidji Pioneer, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting (corporate sponsors along with Coca-Cola of Bemidji) and the Ford Pickup Windows at the Sanford.

call for artists

The Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project North of the American Civil Liberties Union-MN is accepting submissions for the fourth annual “Art from Within” scheduled for an April exhibition. The theme for this year’s art work is artist’s feeling and understanding of what the Bill of Rights means to them. Open to established or emerging artists, the deadline to enter is March 5. To download an application, visit


Adventures in Lifelong Learning’s third talk of the fall series will begin at 10 a.m. at the Community Room of Beltrami Electric, 4111 Technology Drive NW. Local author Wendell Affield will share his story of how he came to write “Muddy Jungle Rivers.” Affield will also talk about what he is researching and working on at present. This series is free and 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 Evan Hazard, Bemidji State University Biology professor emeritus. “A Biologist’s Epiphanies” focuses on the Greek word “epiphany,” which means the revealing of anything of importance. Hazard will speak on his epiphany in the appreciation of the arts with examples with music and painting.

The talk will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Clearbrook Community Center, 200 Elm St. NW (use main entrance). These programs are offered free of charge and memberships are available at various levels.


Tonic Sol-fa, an a cappella group, will perform at 7 p.m. at Bemidji High School. Tonic Sol-fa has appeared nationally on NBC’s Today Show and the Tonight show with Jay Leno. The New York Times has described the group’s sound as “a vocal kaleidoscope.”

This performance is sponsored by Independent School District 31 and Paul Bunyan Broadcasting. All the proceeds will go to La Voce Ballo, BHS’s all-female choir and the Paul Bunyan Broadcasting Radiothon to End Child Abuse. Tickets are $12 each at Marketplace Foods, BHS and Paul Bunyan Broadcasting in downtown Bemidji. If available, tickets will be sold at the door.


Apples and Acorns Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sanford Center.

“Skullduggery,” a magic show with Robert and Lynn Halbrook, is a family-friendly event that will begin at 4 p.m. in the main reading room of the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW. There is no charge for this event.

october Art Installations

A complete listing of all the artists and venues can be found on the Bemidji Community Arts Center website at

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

“Woody Reflected – 100 years of Woody Guthrie,” will be presented by Charlie Maguire, Bob Wagner and Tony Glover at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Bemidji Public Library.

A classical concert of Bach, Blavet and Telemann with current and retired Bemidji University music instructors will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 14 in Thompson Recital Hall.

Region 2 Arts Council is inviting those in the arts community to a Kick-Off Soiree from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 26 at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Please RSVP to or call 751-547.

Hairball in a Tribute to 80s Rock Legends at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Sanford Center. Tickets in advance are $20 and $25 at the door. Order tickets through Lueken’s Ticketmaster locations, 800-745-3000, and the Ford Pickup Windows at the Sanford.