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Pioneer Previews for Oct. 28: BSU performance kicks off busy week in Bemidji

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State University Wind Ensemble/Jazz Band will perform at 3 p.m. today in the Main Theater of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Tickets at the door are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and free for BSU students.


Tickets for “Into the Woods,” the Bemidji High School musical go on sale at the high school activities office at BHS, 2500 Division St. NW.

BSU Symphonic Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theater. Tickets at the door: $5 adults, $3 senior citizens and free for BSU students.


Adventures in Lifelong Learning’s sixth talk of the fall series will begin at 10 a.m. in the Community Room of Beltrami Electric, 4111 Technology Drive NW. Nancy Vyskocil, president of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, will share stories and pictures of the new NMF headquarters in the renovated Lumberman Bank, built in 1905 in downtown Bemidji. This series is free and open to the public, with a free-will offering accepted. The building is handicap- accessible with ample parking.

Bemidji Community Arts Center Spoken Word Committee presents Deborah K. Jensen and her debut novel, “Beyond Escape,” for a reading and book release with a social starting at 5 p.m. with and a reading to begin at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in “The Forks” at Sparkling Waters, 824 Paul Bunyan Dr. S. Because of adult content, listener discretion is advised.


Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning’s fall lecture series continues with “Crime Prevention Tips for Seniors,” with Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at New Journey Church, 505 Ninth St., Fosston. Erdman will talk about tips for the home and while traveling and will lead a discussion about scams and what to look out for.

These programs are offered free of charge, and memberships are available at various levels.


“Into the Woods,” a musical written by Stephen Sondheim with book by James Lupin, opens for a three-day run at Bemidji High School. The play is based on some characters from the Brothers Grimm: “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Rapunzel,” among others, who get to see the consequences of their wishes. The Baker and his wife are the main characters and they learn why they have been unable to start a family from the Wicked Witch who lives next door to them. Directed by Jeremiah Liend with the pit orchestra under the baton of Derek Wickum, the show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults and$3 for students K-12. This show has some adult themes. 


The Beltrami County History Center will be open from noon to 4 p.m. with an exhibit of a collection of historical photos of the Bemidji Carnegie Library and free admission to the museum at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW as part of the First Friday Art Walk.

Gallery North will display the work of Showcase Artist Jeanine Ehnert, a master weaver of the traditional Norwegian style who received the gold medal in weaving in 2010 in Decorah, Iowa. The featured artist of the month is Marie Hamre of the Northwoods Tatting Guild. Meet the artists at the opening reception from 2-5 p.m. at 502 Third St. NW.

Neilson Place Art Committee presents two noted local artists for its fall installation, “Translations: The View of Two Artists.” Watercolor artist Jane Freeman is known for her flair for detail and color in her still life paintings. D.L. Houseman’s woodcuts and acrylics capture iconic rural landscapes featuring barns and wildlife. Meet the artists during the 3-4:30 p.m. reception in the Neilson Place lobby at 1000 Anne St. NW, with a short artist presentation to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will showcase “Land Speaks,” the recent paintings and works in wood by Lisa Robinson, who will be at the 3-5 p.m. reception at 523 Minnesota Ave. N. The First Friday Wine Bar, featuring a Spanish/Moroccan menu with local harvest and libations to complement, will be held from 5-9 p.m.

Brigid’s Pub installation of “Wonderful Animals” by the Artists of Studio 10 in all media will begin with a 5-7 p.m. reception at 317 Beltrami Ave. NW.

Cabin Coffee House & Cafe presents the photographic journey of Jenn Anderson in the United States and Africa. Emma Brown will display her acrylic paintings. Meet Jenn and Emma during the 5-7 p.m. reception at 214 Third St. NW.

Rail River Folk School will feature Christina Thorne of Bad Cat Jewelry as its featured artist of the month. Meet Christina during the 5-7 p.m. reception at 303 Railroad St. SW (over the Irvine St. Bridge and left up the hill).

Bemidji Community Arts Center presents the 10th Annual “It’s Only Clay” National Juried Ceramics Exhibit with work by 30 artists from around the United States. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m., with a brief presentation and announcement by Butch Holden of the purchase award made by the BSU Visual Arts Department for the Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection. The first- second- and third-place winners will also be announced. Galley X2 and Shop 426 will display work by juror Robert Briscoe that is for purchase. IOC 2012 is co-sponsored by BCAC and Bemidji State University. BCAC and Shop 426 are located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N in the upper level of the historic Carnegie Library.

Freaxis Studio will present Fortuna Puppet Theatre’s “These Thousand Waves are Mighty Armor: Part Two,” an original shadow puppet play adapted from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” The live and loud sound effects will be added by Julia and Skidmark to the show, which will start at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Bemidji Community Arts Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. Please note that this performance is appropriate for ages 14 and up due to adult content. 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. at the Rail River Folk School.


“Introduction to Visual Journaling: When Words Aren’t Enough” with Terry Garrett, BCAC Artist Series. Call BCAC at 444-7570 for time and to register.

Ongoing Exhibits

“Paul and Babe,” showing works by artists of Studio 10, is on exhibit in the lobby of the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW.

Bemidji Public Library will display the work of Pat Oldham, featured artist on the Art Wall through the month of December. The library is closed on Sunday and located at 509 America Ave. NW.

Dunn Bros Coffee continues its exhibit by First City Artists, a group of local artists in all genres. The exhibit will run through November at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S.

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts hosts Susan Kedzie and her exhibit, “Retrospect,” in the main recital hall, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.

“Minnesota Potters: Sharing the Fire,” a pottery exhibit with work by Richard Bresnahan, Robert Briscoe, Linda Christianson and Warren McKenzie, is on display now at the Talley Gallery, located in Bensen Hall at BSU through Nov. 16. Contact gallery director Laura Goliaszewski for information and gallery hours at 755-3708.

Northwoods Gallery at 218 3rd St. NW has a display of work by Jane Freeman and D.L. Houseman.

Ravenrock Fine Jewelry and Art’s new installation by the Artists of Studio 10 is “Transitions,” an interpretation in all media: pastels, watercolors, acrylics, oil and mixed media.

Sally Awards

The Ordway Theater is calling for nominations for its annual Sally Awards, which honor individuals and organizations throughout the state for their contributions to their regions’ artistic vitality. Individuals from any artistic or cultural field are eligible, including artists, professional administrators, volunteers and philanthropists. The Sally Awards are presented in five categories: Arts Access, Vision, Initiative, Commitment and Education. The submission deadline is Nov. 12. The simple nomination form is online at Names of nominators will remain confidential.

Upcoming events

“Oliver,” the musical, a collaboration of Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, with 7:30 p.m. performances on Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. matinees on Nov. 11 and 18. Tickets are on sale at Iverson Corner Drug and Ken K. Thompson Jewelry in the Paul Bunyan Mall. A $1 refund on ticket price with a food shelf donation will be given at the box office at performances.

“Music and War,” with cellist Wesley Baldwin in Edward Elgar’s cello concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Nov. 11 in the BHS Auditorium.

The Hunts, a family group that plays a broad spectrum of musical genres, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the BHS auditorium as part of the Headwaters Concert Series. Visit or call 444-5606 for ticket prices.

The date for the “Oxcars” Awards celebration to recognize the work of non-professional regional theaters has changed to Dec. 8.