PATT RALL COLUMN: Chances to hear many points of view
The concert at Farm by the Lake near Bagley will be 2 to 5 p.m. today with Annie Humphrey, vocalist and songwriter who is on tour for her new album, "The Beast in the Garden," that contains a voice full of passion, power, desperation and love for Maamaa Aakii (Mother Earth). This and the addition of Corey Medina and the Long Hairz Collective give the concert a powerful folk and hip-hop musical statement on the global climate change crisis. The concert is free and open to the public. Bring your own chairs, some chairs provided. Outside concert under tents, dress for the weather. The concert will go on rain or shine.
Teddy in town
Welcome back Teddy Roosevelt this Thursday for a major fundraiser for the Beltrami History Center. This will be a brilliant portrayal of another civic leader, Roughrider Roosevelt, or the person we have learned to accept and enjoy as Roosevelt, Clay Jenkinson of Bismarck. Jenkinson will cover the major accomplishments of Roosevelt such as the start of the national parks system. Tickets are $60 each, which includes a dinner choice of Chicken Kiev, Jumbo Shrimp or Vegetarian Lasagna. A total of $20 of the ticket price is tax deductible. Proceeds support historical scholarship, preservation and education. Social hour: 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m. and performance 7:30 p.m. at the Bemidji Eagles, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE. Call (218) 444-3376 for more information.
Learning never ends
Adventures in Lifelong Learning continues its fall lecture series with Dwight Jilek and the Estonian Singing Revolution at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct.3. The revolution and breaking free from Soviet domination in 1991, the revolution is an amazing story of nonviolence; "we started our revolution with a smile and a song." The talk begins at 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. and Q & A from 11-11:30 a.m. in the community room of Beltrami Electric, 4111 Technology Drive NW; handicapped accessible and adequate parking. Free-will offerings are gladly accepted.
Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will host librarian Tim Johnson of the University of Minnesota, who unlocks a view of the Sherlock Holmes collection. The group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the new Park Theater (formerly the Armory) in Park Rapids.
Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning (NELL) continues its fall lecture series on Wednesday, Oct 4, at 9:30 a.m. at Elim Church, 316 4th Ave., Clearbrook. "HUG & Happy Dancing Turtle" with Quinn Swanson, sustainability and stewardship program manager.
Storytelling through pictures
The Headwaters School of Music and Arts in Bemidji is offering a workshop on Storytelling Through Pictures for intermediate artists or aspiring story creators age 18 and older who have wanted to write a children's book. The class begins this Tuesday, Oct. 3, and runs on Tuesdays through October from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with published author and illustrator Amanda Kastner. Register by phone by calling (218) 444-5606; the fee is $30 for members and $35 for public.
• Skalmusik will be performing at Clear Waters Life Center-Gonvick's Imagine It! Event Center, 226 Elm St., Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m. The Wildwood Concert Series is made possible in part with a Region 2 Arts Council grant. Founded in 1990, the five-piece ensemble performs traditional Scandinavian and Scandinavian/ American vocal music and dance. Concert tickets may be purchased at the door for $10. Students, 18 and younger are free. If you choose, an authentic German dinner is available before the concert. Serving starts at 5 p.m. Suggested dinner donation is $15 for age 12 and older. To reserve your space, call (218) 776-2789.
• After visiting the First Friday venues for installations of artworks starting at Gallery North during the day, check out the following opportunities for coffee houses: Headwaters School of Music and Arts will host the First Friday CoffeeHouse from 7 to 10 p.m. The CoffeeHouse events feature local musicians, singers and writers sharing their talents in 10-15 minute sets. Artists will be scheduled ahead of time with limited slots reserved for sign up the night of the event. Cost to attend the Coffeehouse is $3/person or $7/family. Headwaters is located at 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.
• Rail River Folk School will host the monthly First Friday Fest, at 7 p.m., Oct. 6. The First Friday Fest is an all-inclusive music and creative arts gathering happening every First Friday. The October event includes performances by Tim Goodwin, Caige Jambor and Yma and the Big Thick. They will be joined by several artists, including John Theroux of John's Chains with his handmade chainmaille products, Gabby and Jake Bagenstoss of Snotter Press with their zines, Ragnarök EarTh ArTs with various handmade wares, and Jessica Mahlberg of Lost Flower Designs with jewelry. Brigid's Pub will be at the event selling adult beverages. Bring some extra money to tip the musicians and the bartender! Rail River is located at 303 Railroad St. SW.
• Former Blackduck resident and author Brandon Ferdig will be appearing this Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW, with a presentation about his travels in the Pacific Northwest. He will explore the lessons about humanity learned as a result of this three week journey. There will be copies for sale of his 2013 book, "Life Lessons Learned Abroad: Lessons in Humanity from China."
• The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra (BSO) opens its 79th season, Role Play, with the concert "Chance Chants" on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Artistic Director Beverly Everett, will conduct. The BSO will welcome to the stage the young piano virtuoso Matthew Lorenz to perform Franz Liszt's "Totentanz," a symphonic poem based on the chant "Dies Irae." Also on the program are "Berceuse and Finale" from Firebird by Igor Stravinsky and "Symphonie Fantastique" by Hector Berlioz. Tickets are available at the door, in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North and South, or at brownpapertickets.com. Prices are $20 adults, $15 seniors 62 and older, and $10 college students with ID. Students grades K—12 are free. Doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m.
• Bemidji Community Theater tickets for "The Sound of Music" will go on sale next week for the November performances: Nov. 10-11, Nov. 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 and Nov. 19; under the direction of Mary Knox Johnson, vocal firection by Karen Bradley and Julie Loxtercamp and accompanists Carol L. Johnson and Nila Bassett. Tickets are $6 for children and $12 for adults at Iverson Corner Drug and K.K. Thompson Jewelry.