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Pioneer Previews for Feb. 3: Sordid Lives offers adult-theme comedy

BEMIDJI – If you have been wondering about all the gossip regarding the Sordid family, wonder no more.

Saarens Production’s dinner-theater show, “Sordid Lives,” will allow more than just a peek into the world of the good old folks in Texas. This adult-themed comedy will focus on the trials and tribulations of this Texas family along with a traditional Texas Backyard Barbeque with ribs, burger, brats and cheese manicotti.

The production will open with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 at the Hungry Bear Banquet and Conference Center, 2300 24th St. NW. Tickets are $32 per person and reservations must be made one week in advance to accommodate the limited seating.

 Reservations may be made by calling 556-1777. Remember that this comedy by Del Shores is meant for adult audiences and is not suitable for young audiences.

For more information on the cast and show, go to Arts News blog on the home page of the online edition of the Pioneer

hi definition opera dates

The schedule and names of the operas to be broadcast at the Amigo Theater are:

-- March 2 Puccini’s “Tosca” at the Royal Opera House, London

-- March 30 Puccini’s “La Boheme” Royal Opera House

-- April 20 Bizet’s “Carmen” Staatsoper Berlin; 

-- May 18 Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” Semperoper Dresden.

The cost for each showing will be $20 for adults and $10 for students. Paul Bunyan Transit will have a bus leaving from Bangsberg parking lot at 1 p.m. and returning after the opera showing at approximately 4:30. The cost per rider will be $1.50 per person. Please call 586-2536 or 368-8805 with questions.


The Bemidji Public Library monthly book discussion group will begin at noon in the front meeting room of the library, 509 America Ave. NW. “The Light Between Oceans” by ML Stedman is a novel that is already being considered for a major motion picture.


Todd Boss will be the guest speaker prior to the Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. This part of the event is appropriate for all ages.

The Poetry Slam will begin at 8 p.m. and is not appropriate for young children as there will be adult content.

Both events are open to the public at no cost.

New day for the meeting of the Bemidji Public Library book discussion group; the time remains the same, 7 p.m. Please note that this is a permanent change from the former Thursday dates.


“Warm Your Heart” workshop Tatting on Cards from 1-3 p.m. with Marie Hamre. Call 444-9813 to register.


“Warm Your Heart” workshop Copper Tooling from 1-3 p.m. with Diana J. collision-Jones. Call 444-9813 to register.

february art installations

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


MIDiots, BSU’s faculty music ensemble, at The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. Two 45-minute sets to begin at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 15.

Vocal recital by Mark Christensen at 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex.

“Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Bemidji High School auditorium. Tickets are $17 for adults and $5 for students now at HSMA, Minnesota Nice Café, Kelsey’s Jewelry, Shannon’s Art and Soul, Overbeek Music and Dunn Bros. Coffee. General seating.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra “Music and Presidents” at 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at BHS auditorium. Presidents Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt (in the person of Clay S. Jenkinson) with music of their times and some Valentine favorites. Tickets on sale now at Lueken’s Village Foods and at the door the day of performance.