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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.
Escape the heat and humidity today with a 2 p.m. matinee of "Flower for Death in the Wild, Wild West" written by Mark Thorson and directed by Greg Gasman. On stage at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji, the play tells the tale of an aging cowboy challenged by a peace-loving flower child as to the future direction of life in general and his in particular.
You slip into the empty chair making up the foursome on the edge of the stage of the Hard Tack Saloon in Big Horn, Wyo. The year is 1986. The...
Today is the day for foot-stomping music with Caleigh, a musical blend of Celtic, Celtic Fusion, world folk, Cajun and Early American at 2 p.m. in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park in the music Under the Pines series. Seasoned musicians Dee Fufaro, Leonore Siems and April Larson, who play the guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bodhram and Celtic harp, will take the audience on a time-honored musical journey. You will need a $5 day pass to enter the park or a $25 seasonal pass good for a year.
Spend a relaxing afternoon at Lake Bemidji State Park listening to the Wooden Nichols (Ken Nichols, Don Leet, Larry Young, Don Zieman, Terri Bakker and Bill Ayers) at 2 p.m. today in the amphitheater. Their three-part harmonies with guitar and bass instruments will present a concert of a variety of folk songs and traditional favorites. You will need a $5 day pass to enter the park or a $25 seasonal pass good for a year. No rain date need as the concert will be moved inside in case of bad weather.
Spend a relaxing afternoon at Lake Bemidji State Park listening to a trio of father, son and friend; singer and guitarist Doyle Turner, along with father Doyle Turner Sr. and South Dakota mandolin player/songwriter Buck Ruele will perform the latest Under the Pines concert series at 2 p.m. today in the amphitheater. They will play and sing songs ranging from well-known country to blues and some folk, sometimes a modern top 40 song slips into the mix. You will need a $5 day pass to enter the park or a $25 seasonal pass good for a year.
Spend a relaxing afternoon at Bemidji State Park listening to an a capella quartet, the Pinecones, at 2 p.m. today in the amphitheater. The singers: Whitney Berry, Jim Gurney, Shar Paquette and Charlie Parson, bring delightfully fun interpretations to standards — from Johnny Cash to Peggy Lee. They will bring a mix of quartet music from madrigals, to doo wop and barbershop to the audience. A park permit is required to enter Lake Bemidji State Park, which are $5 per day or $25 for a full year.