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Group Therapy Productions is the newest theater company in town and devoted to cutting edge playwrights and their work. The premiere production opened on Saturday at the Rail River Folk School's River Room with local actors in "An Evening with Pinter." Three future dates of the production are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Dec. 12.
To be precise, I am so proud of Bemidji when I see how many people give of them self to serve others. The lists of volunteers crossover at times: the same volunteer who escorted you to your seat at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse during the summer season might very well have served you a free dinner at St. Philip's on Thanksgiving Day. I know, because I have done it in the past, how many hours it takes to prepare that meal and how many of us cheerfully chatted and set up the tables for a festive day.
Just this past Monday, I was privileged to represent Beltrami County at the Region 2 Arts Council's grant rounds for Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants for Schools and Arts Project Grants. Who did I see representing BSU but one of the new jewels in the crown of the Department of Music, Eric Olson. As of this time, I cannot disclose the grant winners but suffice to say that Olson was smiling when he left the hall as he has done a few times in the past.
The two choices for today are both musical and family friendly. The first choice is the Bemidji Community Theater production of "Hello, Dolly" at 2 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. The other first choice is the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's, third concert of the season, "Passionate Journeys" at 3 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center. The difference between the two is simply the time they begin.
“Before the parade passes by.” So says Dolly Gallagher Levi, a middle-age widow who knows that sometimes the parade passes by before we realize. She wants to get on the...
The rain on the roof only added to the dankness of the psychiatrist's office on stage right and the institutional single bed on stage left; the middle taken up by the sometimes frenetic movements of Zelda Fitzgerald. Although portrayed by her husband, F.
When the Bemidji Baroque Ensemble takes the stage for an afternoon of J.S. Bach arias, the audience will be transported back in time when ensembles similar to this one were the primary social gatherings. We are invited to a free concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex at BSU. Two of the most notable classical singers in Bemidji will perform: Cory Renbarger, baritone, an assistant professor of voice at BSU and soprano Jennifer Olson will sing the Bach's arias and cantatas.
After reading the columns in Tuesday's Pioneer, the Prime Time pages, I was filled with the conviction that our memories, whether bad or good, are precious indeed. Evan Hazard's confession that he is a packrat, a condition not many men are able to recognize, and is seeking someone who will treasure his collection of "New Yorker" covers. If they were "New Yorker" cartoons, I would be interested. But it is a charming invitation to anyone who likes to solve the puzzle of the location of the painting with a bit of history on the side.
We are back in Bemidji after having taken a trip back home (New York and New Jersey) or some foreign country until we got accustomed to the verbage. The first thing to surprise us was the abundance of American flags on homes, businesses and public facilities. We arrived in New Jersey just after the 9/11 anniversary, an event not forgotten so easily when family, friends and co-workers are now gone. The second thing we had to reacquaint ourselves with was "Yez" or "Youse ready to take the kah?"—the mother tongue (so says Evan Hazard).
Some people always think of the end of summer as the beginning of a new year because of school calendars. We are coming off another busy summer, where Bemidji was in full swing with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse professional theater, up-and-coming scriptwriters given the chance to stage their plays and the opening receptions for First Fridays and the artists who perform each Sunday in the park. Today at 2 p.m.