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BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Woodcarvers Club has an amazing exhibit of their work, innovative in style and models as taught by nationally renowned woodcarver Janet Cordell. Not often seen in work by woodcarvers the figures include dolls, animals and human figures. The club enjoyed her teaching talents as a result of a Region 2 Arts Council grant and the exhibit today is from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, 216 Third St. in downtown Bemidji.
Just a few years ago, Wayne Hoff and his sister, Olivia, started a project that would bring back the glory days of the Nary School, Helga Township—when their grandfather was the band director and producer of many holiday plays and activities. The Hoffs worked hard to attract audiences to the old Nary School, despite the naysayers who said it couldn't be done, but with holidays, covered dish events, and guest artists, they did it. The successful application to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit meant all donations would be tax deductible; and they have succeeded in their goal.
There are two family friendly musicals coming up—and one play that will be "adults only please," according to the director of the Exciting Play Society, Jesse Whiting. With the latter, his choice of cutting-edge manuscripts is evident with the production of "The Pillowman" by Martin McDonagh. This play is a dark drama, with comedic moments to break the tension. Reminiscent of a well-known, shiver up your spine author, Franz Kafka, "The Pillowman" takes the unimaginable (violent child murders) to a surprising end—for it is, in the end, a tragicomedy.
It struck me that sometimes when disparate groups converge, magic happens.
Although the daffodils are not yet blooming, the spring season is here with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra performance at 3 p.m. April 3 at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center. A family performance of "Peter and the Wolf" by Prokofiev; highly recommend as having seen it before by the Greater Grand Forks Symphony last fall. Each character introduces a different instrument and the best family friendly part is that children in grades K-12 will be admitted free.
A busy week coming up, starting Monday with the restarting of the Boreal Laboratory of the Dramatic Arts, or BlabDA, a group of theater groupies who love to practice and learn more aspects of the art of professional theater. Their Facebook page announces that anyone is welcome to attend starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Headwaters Science Center in downtown Bemidji. Scripts will be available for cold readings before an audience, with feedback to follow from fellow participants. African-American musical presentation
If You Go: What: "The Dining Room," a play by A.R. Gurney When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Ave. SW Cost: $12.50 for evening performance, $10 for matinee, $15 for Saturday evening closing night and reception. The rebirth of edgy theater productions is enthusiastically endorsed by me and other people willing to support their efforts to bring well written but not necessarily well-known plays to the public.
There were many tears and heartfelt thanks from the winners of the "Oxcars" this past Sunday at the Bemidji dance studio of Suzi and Hondo, festooned with netting, red ribbons and sparkling lights.
If I were a parent paying tuition for a child, studying music at BSU, I could sit back confident, relaxed and appreciative of the talents expressed by the music faculty. Last Sunday, Stephen Carlson, with a bevy of his private students sitting in the front row all dressed up for the recital and acting very grown up, played his concert on the Steinway Grand with aplomb and polish. If you miss the faculty recitals, you are missing out on some of the finest musicians we are so fortunate to have in this area.
To say that I am enthusiastic about today's faculty recital by Stephen Carlson, chair of department of music at BSU, would be a shortcoming on my part.