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Pioneer Previews for Nov. 4: BSU Fall Festival Choir Concert set for today

BEMIDJI – The Bemidji State University Department of Music’s Fall Festival Choir Concert begins at 3 p.m. today in the main theater of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on campus at Birchmont Drive and 14th Street.

The concert will begin with Musikanten, under the co-direction of Ron Lovelace and Zachary Swank. It is a men’s chorus that includes singers from the Bemidji Choir. Steve Reznicek will direct the non-auditioned Varsity Singers in a selection of literature: an excerpt from Stephen Paulus’ hymn tune, “Prospect,” The Road Home to Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag.

The 16-voice Chamber Singers, known for the annual Madrigal Dinners, under the direction of P. Bradley Logan will perform choral literature from Thomas Weelkes, a 16th century composer to a modern composition, “The Young, May Moon,” by Kenneth Neufeld.

After the intermission, the Bemidji Choir, the auditioned concert choir, with Logan, will perform spiritual literature. Both groups (auditioned and non-auditioned) will assemble to sing “Keep Your Lamps!” by Andre Thomas.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and non-BSU students and free for BSU students with a valid ID. Tickets will be sold at the door.


The Bemidji Public Library’s monthly Book Discussion Series will meet at noon to talk about “The Memory of Running,” by Ron McLarty. His bestselling novel has Smithy, a proverbial loser, pedal across America where he encounters humanity at its best and worst, and remembers his early life that too many beers have blotted out.

Extra copies of the book are available at the Bemidji Public Library or at local bookstores.


Adventures in Lifelong Learning final talk of the fall series begins at 10 a.m. at the Community Room of Beltrami Electric, 4111 Technology Drive NW. George-Ann and Steve Maxson will share “A Photo Safari to Kenya,” a tour of Kenya’s national parks: Amboseli, Samburu, Lake Nakuru and Masi Mara. The Maxsons are wildlife biologists with a passion for travel to exotic destinations. This series is free and open to the public with a free will offering accepted. The building is handicapped accessible with ample parking.


The monthly Book Discussion Series will meet at 7 p.m. in the Bemidji Public Library to talk about “The Memory of Running,” by Ron McLarty.

Common Ground, a look at the arts in and around Bemidji, will showcase local author Wendell Affield and his book, “Muddy Jungle Rivers,” a memoir of his experiences in Vietnam. Art professor at BSU, Natalia (Klyova) Himmirska, will explain how she gets an exhibit of her student’s work ready. Then we head up to Northome to the Koochiching County Fair. These episodes are repeated at 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

“The Fjords of Norway,” a film documentary produced by Tom Turney Video Productions, will broadcast at 7:30 p.m. on Lakeland Public Television. The show will be repeated at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11.

“Oliver!” opens at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW, in a collaboration of the Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. This musical rendition of the story by Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, tells the story of an orphan boy in England in the 1884. Directed by Mary-Knox Johnson with Karen Bradley and Wayne Hoff as musical directors, the production is suitable for middle-school children and up. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children (17 and under) with a $1 refund per ticket with a donation to the Bemidji Food Shelf at the Box Office. Tickets on sale at Iverson’s Corner Drugs and Ken K. Thompson in the mall, cash or check only. Box office will open one hour before show times: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18 (matinee).


“Oliver!” at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater.


Book Signing for Alan “Lindy” Linda, former columnist for the Fergus Falls Daily Journal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Book World in downtown Bemidji. “The Prairie Spy” is an amusing collection of his essays starting with “Who Shot the Dryer?” to memories of his time in Vietnam.

“Oliver!” at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater.

November Art Installations

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

Historic Furrier Display at the Blackduck Area History and Art Center, Main and Margaret St. in downtown Blackduck. The show contains memorabilia from the collection of Nanette Barthelemy: a 1936 OSANN Fur Machine and tools of the trade used by Felix Barthelemy in his Bemidji based business from 1936 to 1969.  The display will be up during November and December. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Ongoing Exhibits

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.

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

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.


The following are the workshops of the November 2012 Artists Series through the Bemidji Community Arts Center. Contact BCAC at 444-7570 or for more information or to register.

Introduction to Pastel Painting with Kathy Gustafson from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Nov. 13 and 15; $75 for member and $90 non-member and $30 materials fee.

Beginning Mosaics with Virgene Tyrrell from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and second session from 6-8:30 p.m.  Nov. 12. $50 for member and $65 for non-members; materials fee $40.

Intermediate Water Color with Pat Shough from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Nov. 13 and 15.

Paper Weaving and Folding with Patty Lovegreen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17. $40 for member and $50 for non-member; materials fee $12. 

Upcoming events

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

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

Junior Voice Recital for Ronald Lovelace, baritone at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall. Open to the public at no charge.

Madrigal Dinner Tickets on sale now in the Madrigal Dinner Ticket Office, Bangsberg 223.

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