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Pat Rall Arts Column: Mask and Rose to hold open house

The Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective will hold an open house, which will include music by Ron Winters, readings, refreshments and art show in the Fleur de Lis Gallery by Mary Therese and Nora Peterson and Carol Jacobson entitled, "An Eye on War." The public is invited to attend and view their new location at the Masonic Temple, 515 Bemidji Ave. from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Auditions set

Auditions for the Bemidji Community Theater dinner theater production, "Breakfast with Les and Bess," will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Set in Manhattan, the play is a take-off on a morning radio show in danger of being canceled. Director Vicki Stenerson is looking for a middle-aged couple to play the parents, a male and female in their 20s, a young Navy ensign and another male friend. The play will run at 7 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 and 10, with a matinee brunch on Nov. 11 at Cattails Bar and Grill on Bemidji Avenue.

Memorial concert

The annual Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert, which introduces the Bemidji State University 2007-08 season, features performances by the major performing ensembles. The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Joel Pugh, assistant professor of low brass and director of bands, focuses on contemporary and 20th century wind band pieces. Steve Konecne, professor of instrumental music, is director of Jazz Band I, an auditioned group that gives three annual shows: "Jingle Jazz Concert," "Remember When" and "Jazz in July." The Chamber Singers, under the direction of Brad Logan, is an ensemble of 16 singers specializing in literature for small choir, such as early English carols and Renaissance madrigals. Finally, the Bemidji Choir which was founded by Thompson and is now under the direction of Logan. This choir has a national and international reputation for excellence and produces the annual Madrigal Dinners. Last year's scholarship winners, Andy Cresap, trumpet performance major, and Vanessa Christian, senior vocal performance major, will also be featured. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and free for students. Concert proceeds fund two $1,500 Carol O. Thompson Scholarships, which are awarded annually to outstanding music students at BSU. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sept. 30 in the Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, 15th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast.

Ideas sought

Region 2 Arts Council invites individuals and organizations from the five county area (Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen) to propose workshop ideas for direct funding. The workshop must focus on learning experiences for adult artists and be open to the public. Any group that wants to bring in an artist to do a workshop is eligible as are regional artists who wish to present a workshop themselves. Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis, but funds are limited. Contact Terri Widman, Executive Director, at 751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or, if you have questions or wish to request a workshop application.

Egyptian excursion

For a personal view of travel in Egypt and Jordan with pictures, anecdotes and native crafts, join the folks at the Academy of Lifelong Learning, Center for Research and Innovation Custom College, 3801 Bemidji Ave. N. The program is free and open to the public from 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Other events

-- The drama, "12 Angry Men, will be presented in the historic Beltrami County Courthouse, 619 Beltrami Ave. N.W. A play in two acts by Sherman L. Sergel, "12 Angry Men" depicts the jury deliberations on the murder charge of a young man. The audience is privy to the candid jury conversations as the members decide the fate of the accused. The play opens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday with performances on Sept. 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors and may be purchased at Harmony Food Co-op and Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House

-- Swedish born Maestro Magnus Martensson will offer an evening family comedy concert in the style of Victor Borge. Martensson combined comedy with music early in his youth and grew up to become a conductor and composer. He serves as Music Director of the Slee Sinfonietta and the Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra of New York and appears as a guest conductor in Europe and South America. Maestro Martensson's concert, hosted by the Bemidji Affiliate of the American Swedish Institute, will begin at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Tickets are $6 each and may be purchased at the Headwater School or by contacting Lloyd Johnson at 444-3469.

-- For those of us who need some time to schedule events for children and grandchildren, it is not too early to get the dates for "Disney's High School Musical" this fall at the Mask and Rose Theater in the Masonic Temple. Public performances will be at 7 p.m. on Nov.15 and 16; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 17; 2 p.m. on Nov. 18; 8 p.m. (following the Night We Light Parade) on Nov. 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 1 p.m. on Nov. 25. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 at Brigid's Irish Cross in downtown Bemidji and cost $9 for children kindergarten through age 16; $14 main floor and $15 balcony.

-- The BSU Department of Music announces its Sixth Annual Bemidji Concert Series of world class musicians. The 2007-2008 series will open with soprano, Raquela Sheeran accompanied by concert pianist, David Shimoni on Oct. 4 at 7:30. The next performance on the schedule is the Manhattan Piano Trio (piano, cello and violin) at 3 p.m. on Oct. 14. Petar Jankovic, a master of classical guitar, on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The last two concerts will be March 1 at 7:30 with jazz trumpeter, Wayne Bergerson and piano duo Chiu Ling Lin and Chiu Tze Lin on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. All concerts will be held at Bangberg Fine Arts Complex. Season tickets are for sale at BSU Department of Music, Lueken's North and Tutto Bene in downtown Bemidji. This year, student season tickets are $15 for the entire season; adult basic season tickets are $50 and patron tickets are $100 for one season ticket and a $50 tax deduction. For information on other ticket options, call 755-2915. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $10 for students. These concerts are underwritten by SAFAC, Super 8 and The Bemidji Pioneer.

-- The Tin Pan Gallery features Blackduck native Stephen Parker's work during September. The exhibit is located in the Blackduck History and Art Center at Main Street and Margaret Avenue in downtown Blackduck. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays; and 1-4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

-- Gallery North Art Center showcase artist of the month is Cynthia Wildes, potter, printer, painter and mixed media artist. Signed books by 20 local and regional writers are also on display. Gallery North is located at 502 Third Street N.W.

-- Artist Kay Schuver is Guest Art Wall Artist for the month of September at the Bemidji Library on Minnesota Avenue. Schuver's exhibit is of oil paintings titled, "Birds and Animals."

-- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House presents "No Small Wonder," jewelry and metal art by Cindy Burger. Burger uses ancient symbols, fanciful designs and images from nature. Wild Hare is located in downtown Bemidji at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W.

-- Bemidji Community Art Center features in the main gallery an exhibit by curator, Clancy Erickson -- "Skin: A Celebration of the Human Form," a community invitational of area artist's interpretations of the human form Gallery X2 will show "The Rest of Us" by Erickson and in Gallery X3, "Art from Flesh" by Helen Sabian. The content of this show may not be suitable for young children. Gallery Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday and noon-4 p.m. and Saturday. Visit them at 426 Bemidji Ave.

-- Dunn Bros Coffee invites you to view the work of D.L. Houseman, an educator and artist, and his exhibit of woodcut and linoleum cut prints of nature which display not just its beauty but also the infinite designs it presents.

-- The Northwest Technical College, 905 Grant Ave. S.E., showcases works by Minnesotans who have been victims of crime and have used art as a means to respond, explore, express or heal. The exhibit is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and features visual, literary and performing arts including work by Bemidji artist, Mike Schlemper.

-- Beltrami County History Center, in conjunction with Gallery North, continues its exhibit of art portraying early transportation. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 130 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji.

-- Local artist, Audrey Merschman has an ongoing exhibit of her watercolors and oil painting of florals on display at the Cabin Coffee House

-- Tutto Bene is featuring some well known local artists this summer for viewing pleasure and sale. Located in downtown Bemidji, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

-- Stop at the Tourist Information Center located by the statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe, 300 Bemidji Ave., for a map and information on the pieces included in the Sculpture Walk.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to