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Arts briefs for November 29

Musicians planning dates in Bemidji

BEMIDJI – Two tours will be featured in December at the Blue Ox Bar and Grill.

Charlie Parr, an Austin, Minn., native, will visit the Blue Ox on Dec. 8.

His roots music – fancied in folk blues and traditional spirituals – is known for its authenticity. For more information, visit online at

Minneapolis-based electro rock quintet Roster McCabe also will play at the Blue Ox.

The band, on tour to support its latest album, will perform Dec. 14.

Roster McCabe was formed in 2006 and started touring full-time in 2009. Since then, the band has been featured in Billboard magazine, played more than 800 shows and became a top five most-searched band on in 2011.

For more information about the band, visit the website

BCAC sets children’s holiday extravaganza

BEMIDJI – The Bemidji Community Arts Center will host a Children’s Holiday Art Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in the future home of BCAC (the former Lakeside Lueken’s building across the street from Library Park).

Attendees will be able to make a $1 Make and Take Art Project for Secret Family Presents. There will be five projects to choose from and this is recommended for school age children.

There will be free arts projects and a gift wrap station; a holiday movie and story time with Mrs. Claus and a Holiday Sweet Shoppe with fresh baked treats and coffee.   

BCAC, Shop 426 host open house

BEMIDJI – Two opportunities to purchase one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments and support programs and events hosted by Bemidji Community Arts Center will be next week.

The annual holiday open house will be from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the BCAC, located in the old Carnegie Library Building.

The event will feature unique, handmade artwork from local and regional artists, along with refreshments and free gift wrapping.

All the ornaments are donated and will be sold through Dec. 22 at BCAC. Hours are 12-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.  

Local author’s book recently released

BEMIDJI – The third in the “Before Happily Ever After Series” for middle-grade students, written by June Kramin under the pen name of Ann T. Bugg and illustrated by her daughter Valerie Kramin has been released.

“Off to Camp and Discovering Art” takes best friends Val and Sam to the time of a young King Arthur and the securing of Camelot.

Kramin’s adult novel, “I’ll Try To Behave Myself,” is the second book to be published by Writers Amuse Me. In Kramin’s seventh novel, an advertising executive finds her world turned upside down with an unfaithful husband and a promotion to partner at work.

All of Kramin’s books can be bought through Writers Amuse Me website and through most online bookstores.

Holiday Concert and Messiah Sing-Along

BEMIDJI – The eighth annual Geoffrey Woodley Holiday Concert and Messiah Sing-Along with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

The concert will include traditional holiday favorites like “Carol of the Drum” by Katherine Davis and music from “Charlie Brown’s Christmas.” This year’s soloists for the Messiah will be Amanda Boring (soprano) and Lauren Skarloken (alto), both voice students at Bemidji State University. This year, audience members will be invited to join the orchestra on stage for the choruses and are reminded to bring their own scores. A limited number of scores will be available at the door as well.

Tickets are available now at Lueken’s Village Foods North, Brigid’s Pub and online at for $20 adults, $15 senior citizens and $10 for college students with a valid ID. Students grades K-12 are admitted free. For those who hold BSO Season tickets, the holiday concert is part of the season. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Madrigal Dinners begin Friday at BSU

Bemidji State University Chamber Singers and Bemidji Choir members will present the 44th annual Madrigal Dinners at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at 5 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at the Beaux Arts Ballroom. Call 218-755-3406 for tickets.