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BEMIDJI—Turning 80 is a landmark for Marlon Davidson, but for many artists and friends in and around Bemidji, loyalty is the touchstone many point to as his outstanding feature. He remains loyal to mentors now passed on, the late Tyne Tantella Mike of Grand Rapids, his high school teacher and later on she was a friend and colleague.
The Least of These Social Change Boutique and Art Studio has joined the First Friday Art Walk event. The store and studio are located at 310 Fourth St. NW and for this week's First Friday, they will feature artist Jessie Marianiello and her larger-than-life original animal paintings. A reception will be held 5 to 7 pm with live music on the acoustic stage featuring Corey Medina and guests. For more information, contact Jenn Anderson at email@example.com .
BEMIDJI—It was the obvious support of the arts within and around the Bemidji community that caught Zach Curtis' eye when he first made contact with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in 2005. So much so that the following year, the Twin Cities actor interviewed and landed a new role as Artistic Director of the playhouse, only the 20th AD in the 64 years of the PBP. After a stellar run, this summer's season will the last as AD for Curtis, who was recently named "Best Actor" in the Twin Cities by The City Pages for his role in "The Whale." Curtis said he is looking forward to this season's excit
The annual Opera Night Gala, produced and directed by Fulton Gallagher, will support upcoming student performers and will feature outstanding voice faculty BSU's Department of Music will be held Friday and Saturday. The Gala will begin with a 5:30 p.m. cash bar on the Lakeside Patio to be followed by a 7 p.m. dinner in the Sunken Island Room, with entertainment sprinkled throughout the formal seating. The Italian menu will include an antipasto, festival soup and three different main course selections (chicken, fish or vegetarian) topped off with tiramisu.
A busy day for theater and music today as there is a 2 p.m. matinee of the mystery play "Murder on the Nile" on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex; and the annual 7 p.m. vocal concert of the Bemidji Chorale, conducted by Patricia Mason and accompanied by Wayne Hoff. Stay and socialize at the ice cream social in the Beaux Arts Ballroom on the campus of BSU. Good-will offerings will be happily accepted. Another avenue is the International Museum Day as observed by the Clearwater County Historical Society in Shevlin; special hours today are 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. with a short 2 p.m.
BEMIDJI—Before they hit the big stage in New York, Bemidji residents will get to once again here the masterful voices of the Bemidji Chorale. The chorale will host a concert at 7 tonight in the Beaux Arts Ballroom on the campus of BSU. The concert will feature two premiered works composed by singers in the Chorale and a variety of literature exploring "Connections." The traditional ice cream social will follow with the chance to socialize with the singers.
Happy Mother's Day to all mothers in all and any combination! On this happy occasion, there will be stories, songs and music with Stina Fagertun, a storyteller who comes from the fjords of Norway and Ross Sutter, master musician who has taught in Sweden and Norway, at 3 p.m. today at the Fosston Arts Center; the doors will open at 2:15. Fagertun won the best storyteller at the 2011 International Storyteller Festival in Oslo. The duo will present a concert of Scandinavian program of story and song with the guitar, dulcimer and button accordion.
The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra concludes its 76th Season with "Mozart, Magic and Mystery" at 3 p.m. today at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center under the baton of Artistic Director Beverly Everett. Mozart's Requiem in D Minor will be the featured work on the program. For the performance, the BSO welcomes to the stage four soloists: Jennifer Olson, soprano; Leandra Craigmile, mezzo-soprano; Luke Barnard, tenor and Mike Lundin, bass. Also joining the BSO will be the Bemidji Choir with professor P.
Once again, Del Lyren, professor of music at BSU, has snagged a professional touring brass ensemble to play for Bemidji based on personal friendships. Alliance Brass, a group out of Chicago, up there with Canadian Brass in performance excellence, will play at 6 p.m. Monday in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on campus. One of the players, Mary Galime (trumpet) has more than 20-years of experience worldwide performing and competing with multiple ensembles and quintets.
BEMIDJI—Somehow it all came together when the Sanford Center in Bemidji was seeking an opener for today's performance of "The Broadway Dolls," a nationally known, award-winning musical tour. Perhaps there was local ballroom dance studio that specializes in teaching college-age and older students the art of dance, and perhaps they have a faithful following of adult dancers who enjoy dancing for their own personal satisfaction? Sure enough, Suzy and Hondo Dance Studio received a call from Sanford Center about an upcoming show July 1, "Ballroom with a Twist," and while they discussed thos