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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
It is Sunday evening and the aroma of baked chicken and onions fried in butter remain in the air, and, as a child, I knew that meant that my grandfather, Gege, would reach into his pocket for the pitch pipe. His three daughters, my oldest aunt, my mother and his favorite, the youngest daughter, knew that meant it was time to sing around the table. They all knew their range by now, but Gege was a fill-in choir master so he went by the rules: first he found the key on his pitch pipe and pointed to a daughter.
Today are the final performances of "Honk," a family friendly musical based on "The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christianson, at 2 p.m. at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in downtown Bemidji and Donizetti's "L'Elisir D'Amore," filmed in high definition from the stage at Baden Baden, at 4 p.m. at the Amigo Theater, five miles west of town. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $10 for students.
BEMIDJI—In a thoughtful move, Bemidji State University has signed a five-year lease with the Watermark Art Center to house permanent collections of ceramics and prints gathered by two women who were alumna of BSU in the late 1930s or early 1940s. There is no other way to explain it, but in an altruistic moment, two graduates of the school of education donated their collections to the students at BSU for educational purposes.
The First City of the Arts Studio Cruise is seeking artists interested in participating in the 8th Annual Studio Cruise scheduled for Oct. 16-18. The deadline for all applications is Wednesday and artist applications and information can be found at watermarkartcenter.org/our programs.
There is something to be said about unconditional love especially at this time of the year when we think about how love of family, neighbor and values come to the front of our consciousness so clearly. Even with parents like the strutting Drake and mother Ida Duck (Paul Conklin and Julie Kaiser), who unconditionally love their "son" Ugly (Steve Mayer), who is a really a swan mistaken for a duck, he cannot tolerate the bullying by his siblings and other ducks in the area. So, Ugly escapes right into the clutches of a hungry cat (Jeffrey Roy Willis), who contrives to make Ugly his next meal bu
THe Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will present "Presidents, Portraits and Paradigms" with humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson at 3 p.m. today at Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center. Jenkinson, in character as Thomas Jefferson, will take the audience on a trip to Mount Rushmore National Memorial to introduce four of the men whose faces are immortalized there. Under the baton of Beverly Everett, the program will include Franz Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 88 in G major and Corelli's Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No.8.
There are three events today with crossover times, so be careful when choosing. The Oxcars Celebration, an awards ceremony honoring thespians who were chosen to be recipients of an Oxcars award, a blue Babe statuette. The event will begin with a social hour from 2 to 3 p.m. with award ceremony at 3 p.m. at Suzi and Hondo's Dance Studio, 1259 Tyler Ave. SE with hosts Kevin Cease and Cate Belleveau. Oxcars will be given for excellence in theater, design, directing, original works, acting and upcoming youth in theater.
BEMIDJI -- The air at the Sanford Center will be filled with people making small talk -- "Better get another beer before the show starts"; "Can we see from here?" and the big question: "How will they deal with the loss of George, the big, bald guy who kept the group on task and time?" The lights go down in the house, the hostile sounds taken from the Celtic thunder of long ago when Irishmen tried to scare off the enemy; the lights come up in a fury, bounce from one granite block to another seeking to hide the warrior until he is in the best place to protect his homeland; the men stride on sta
BEMIDJI -- Extravaganza is the word this week swirling around the Department of Music at BSU as it brings three different performance groups and master classes to the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and to the university. Regional, national and international musicians, vocalists and collaborative pianists will be giving master classes in their specialties and concerts all open to the public at Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the BSU campus and at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in downtown Bemidji. The events begin at 2 p.m.