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Pioneer Previews for April 7: Beatles tribute band to perform

BEMIDJI – If you are old enough to remember the excitement surrounding the first U.S. appearance of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, don’t miss out on Abbey Road.

Sans wigs and period costumes, but with the expertise to perform the music of the Beatles and the era, Abbey Road nails it. They were part of the “Beatlemania” wave so they know the musical nuances and instrumentation. No smoke and mirrors here, just fine musicianship from a tribute band that was there at the birth of a new rock and roll era.

Abbey Road takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Bemidji High School. Doors open at 6:45 for the open seating. Advance tickets are on sale through noon Monday at Minnesota Nice Café, Kelsey’s Jewelry and Shannon’s Art and Soul, all in downtown Bemidji, and Overbeek Music and Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

Advance ticket prices are $17 for adults and $5 for students. At the door, the tickets will be $20 for adults and $5 for students.

“Peter Pan, the Musical” will have a 2 p.m. matinee today at the historical Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. J. M Barrie’s classical tale has been adapted by Piers Chater Robinson in a family show: Neverland with Peter and the Lost Boys; Captain Hook and his pirates; the Darling children and, of course, Tinker Bell. Tickets at the door starting one hour before show time: $12 for adults and $6 for children 17 and under. This production is a collaborative effort of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Bemidji Community Theater.


Last day to register for  “Painting to Understanding- Translating Ideas Into Paint” with Paula J. Swenson who will take participants through the creative process. The workshop will culminate with a May exhibit at the Wild Hare Bistro. Attendees will meet with Swenson at 11 a.m. April 13, 20 and 27; May 4 and 11 at the River of Time Studio, 1017 N. Plantagenet Road SE. Register at Region 2 Arts Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., cost is $50 fee for class.


Adventures in Lifelong Learning will continue its spring lecture series with Harold L. Van Leeuwen, executive director of the Bemidji Regional Airport. He will talk about the importance of the airport to the region and to Bemidji. “Roads to the Airport” will cover the insights and professional experience of Van Leeuwen. The session begins at 10 a.m. in the Roger Spiry Community Room of Beltrami Electric Company, 4111 Technology Drive NW. All presentations are free and open to the public. Free will donations are accepted to help off-set costs of refreshments.

“Peter Pan, the Musical” special school matinee at 12:15 p.m. with limited ticket availability: $5 for all seats.


“Peter Pan, the Musical” special school matinee at 9:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. with limited ticket availability: $5 for all seats.

“An American in Guinea” with Janice Haworth, professor of music at Bemidji State University, is the kick-off program of the Spring Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning. The program runs from at 9:30-11 a.m. at the Elim Church, 316 4th Ave. SW, Clearbrook. NELL lectures are free and open to the public and a free will offering is accepted for refreshments. Information to become a current NELL friend is available at all lectures.


The Minnesota Music Teachers Association Artistic Ambassadors will be appearing at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex of BSU. The MMTA competition honors excellence in solo and duo performance at the college level. The performers for this concert will be cellist Charles Asche; soprano Isabella Dawis, pianist Emily Feld and accompanists Franco Holder and Hyun Jin Cho.

The public is invited to attend the concert at no charge.


“Peter Pan, the Musical” at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students 17 and under at Shannon’s Art and Soul and Iverson Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji and K. K. Thompson Jewelry in the mall.


DeKrey Vocal Scholarship Competition at 3 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall. Open to the public at no charge.

“Peter Pan, the Musical” at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater.

Opera information

To get on the email list to receive information about the upcoming opera presentation at the Bemidji Theater, send an email to The next presentation will be Bizet’s “Carmen” at 2 p.m. April 20 as filmed at the Staatsoper, Berlin. Tickets are on sale now at the box office for $20 adults and $10 children.

April 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 Ivan Ninov, “Drawn from the Balkans,” is a collection of expressive prints and drawings by this world class Bulgarian artist. The exhibit will remain in place until Friday in Room 212 of Bensen Hall, BSU.

Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW, continues its exhibit of wildlife artist Beverly Joslyn through June.


“Slam Tools and Rools Skool” with Julia Oxenreider from 6-9 p.m. Thursday and April 19 at the Rail River Folk School. Learn how to write slam poetry and then compete with other students. The fee is $10 for both sessions and contact presenter at 808-446-2584 or

Copper engraving workshop with D. J. Collison-Jones for beginners to advanced from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Gallery North, 502 3rd St. Participants will complete a 8.5-inch by 11-inch copper framed project. Tools will be provided and the cost is $45. Register at Gallery North.