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Pioneer Previews for Feb. 10: Loon Opera plans production

BEMIDJI – Love Songs and Arias will be at the Loon Opera Company later this month, featuring two returning soloists from last summer’s production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.”

The show will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at Hampton Inn and Suites.

Tenor Kirk Dougherty, who sang the main role of Pinkerton, and mezzo-soprano Allison LaPointe, who sang the role of Suzuki, the maid will join newcomer special guest soprano Momoko Tanno and chanteuse Betsy Downs will present an evening of music from Puccini to Gershwin.

Tickets are $50 for dinner and show and may be reserved by calling (218) 368-8805. The last date to call in is Feb. 19. For more information on the menu choices, please see Bemidji Arts news online.


Director Cate Belleveau of Mask and Rose Theater will be hold auditions for the upcoming musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee” to be performed in March.  The action in the show takes place at the fictional Putnam Valley Middle School and calls for actors ranging from high school juniors to adults. Email to reserve an audition spot from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Fleur de Lis Gallery on the top floor of the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

Those interested should be prepared with an up-beat musical number and one memorized poem or monologue.

The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 15-16 and 22-23 on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts complex on the campus of Bemidji State University.

dinner theater

Saarens Productions dinner-theater show, “Sordid Lives,” will give 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, during its run Feb. 21-23. 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 the show 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 on-line edition of the Pioneer.


Warm Your Heart with a Little Art free class: Beginning Watercolor with Marion Reil from 1-3 p.m. at Gallery North; register at 444-9813.


Auditions for “24th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fleur de Lis Gallery at the Wild Rose Theater.


Auditions for “24th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee” from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fleur de Lis Gallery at the Wild Rose Theater.


Auditions for “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a Bemidji Community Theater production will be from 5-7 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater. The performance, slated for May 10-12, will be directed by Derrick Houle.


Warm Your Heart free class: Tatting Basics with Marie Hamre from 1-3 p.m. at Gallery North.


Several events planned:

–  Auditions for “Arsenic and Old Lace” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater

–  A 3 p.m. vocal recital by Mark Christensen in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. Open to the public at no charge.

–  “Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping” will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Bemidji High School auditorium. General seating. Tickets at the door will be $20 each for adults.

–  Minnesota Bluegrass community concert series with No Grass Limit and Morgans Run, 7:30 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. N. Tickets in advance at Kelsey’s and Overbeek Electronics: $12 adults, $5 teens, kids 212 and under free. Tickets at the door, $15.

–  MIDiots, BSU’s faculty music ensemble, at The Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis.


Bemidji Symphony Orchestra “Music and Presidents” will begin at 3 p.m. in the BHS auditorium under the baton of Beverly Everett. Humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson will portray Thomas Jefferson and the BSO will play music from that era including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto and Handel’s “Royal Fireworks Music.”

When Jenkinson returns to the stage as Theodore Roosevelt in the second half of the program, the orchestra will perform, among other selections, “American Frontier” by Custer, and Holcombe’s “Cowboy Fantasy.”

Tickets on sale now at Lueken’s Village Foods and at the door the day of performance: $20 adults, $15 seniors and $10 for college students with valid ID. Students in grades K-12 will be admitted free.

A talk back will follow the performance.

february art installations

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

BSU Talley Gallery exhibit by Jonathan Jacquet in Room 212 of Bensen Hall, BSU.