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Pioneer Previews for Oct. 14: Baroque program today at BSU

BEMIDJI — The public is invited to an all-Baroque program with Melanie Hanson, violin instructor at Bemidji State University at 3 p.m. today in Thompson Recital Hall in the Bangsberg Fine Arts complex at 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast.

Hanson will be joined by Deborah Steinbar on harpsichord), Mike Hansonon soprano saxophone, Natalie Roholt on flute and Patrick Riley on cello. The program will include a quartet by Telemann, trio sonata by Bach and a solo sonata by Michael Blavet. The event is free.

The Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective one-woman dinner and theatre experience today will begin with a 12:30 p.m. meal, followed by a 2 p.m. show at the Hungry Bear Banquet and Conference Center, 2300 24th St. NW.

“Tizi Ouzou,” written and performed by Taous Claire Khazem and directed by Zarawaar Mistry, is the 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.

Limited tickets will be available at the door for the dinner and show for $45. Tickets for the show are $15 each and will also be sold at the door.

This production is suitable for ages 12 and older and will last for about an hour. It is underwritten by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment.


“Woody Reflected — 100 years of Woody Guthrie” will be presented by Charlie Maguire, Bob Wagner and Tony Glover at 7 p.m. at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave NW. Guthrie, having lived through most of the most significant historical and social movements of the 20th century, captured the plight of the common man through his songs, ballads, prose and poetry. Maguire, Wagner and Glover will perform a taste of Guthrie’s music and story through original pieces incorporating some of Guthrie’s work.

This Legacy event is free and open to the public.


Adventures in Lifelong Learning’s fourth talk of the fall series will begin at 10 a.m. in the community room of Beltrami Electric, 4111 Technology Drive NW. Back by popular demand, Patrick Lochwood will speak on Medicare. This series is free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be accepted. The building is handicapped accessible with ample parking.


Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning’s fall lecture series continues with photographer Doug Ohman at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 725 Sixth St. NE, Fosston.

His talk will be the second part of “Journey Down Our River.” Travel with Ohman as he makes his way down the Mississippi from the Twin Cities to the Iowa border, through the Army Corps of Engineers lock, and explores some of Minnesota’s most scenic and historic towns.

These programs are offered free of charge. Memberships are available at various levels.


The celebration of the 100 years of Woody Guthrie’s music will be repeated for the public at 6 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 112 Park Ave. S (U.S. Highway 71) just south of the intersection with state Highway 34. This legacy event is free and open to the public.


Local author Polly Scotland will be holding a book signing from noon to 2 p.m. at Book World, 316 Beltrami Ave. NW. Hosted by Loonfeather Press, the event will introduce Scotland’s book “By Foot, Pedal or Peddles,” a collection of vignettes from her travels and athletic adventures. The book is sold at Book World as well as other Bemidji vendors and online at


A “Thrown Paint” watercolor workshop with Marion Caroline Reil will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. Students will learn the process of using thick paint flicked onto paper and then misting for explosive color. The class fee is $50. All art materials will be provided (paint, paper, brushes, mask, miscellaneous materials and mats.) Students will paint and mat a 16-by-20-inch watercolor of a forest scene or floral garden. The class will be limited to eight people. For details or to sign up, visit Gallery North or call 759-2952.

A watercolor workshop with Joyce Martin and Grace Garland will be held from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 27 at Gallery North. Participants will paint a wet-on-wet watercolor. No supplies or experience are necessarily. Participants will take home an 11-x-14-inch framed painting. The cost is $40. Register at Gallery North.

Bemidji Community Art Center Adult Art Education Classes begin Nov. 3. For a complete listing of the classes and instructors, see or call BCAC 444-7570 to register. Class sizes are limited.

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 from 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Main and Margaret Streets in downtown Blackduck. This exhibit will be up through October.

Upcoming events

The Army Concert Band and Soldiers Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Sanford Center. Free tickets are available 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 Center.

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. RSVP to or call 751-547.

Hairball, a Tribute to 80’s Rock Legends is scheduled for 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, at 800-745-3000, and at the Ford Pickup Windows at the Sanford Center.

A junior recital will be performed by Amber Joel, soprano, at 3 p.m. Oct. 21 in Thompson Recital Hall. The event is free.

The “Oxcars” Awards celebration to recognize the work of non-professional regional theaters will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 with a social hour and hors d’oeuvres at the New City Ballroom. Tickets are $10 and on sale now at Brigid’s Pub in downtown Bemidji. More information to follow.