Around the Arts, Sept. 9

Ragtime recital to feature Hoff, Abello BEMIDJI--A "Swinging Doors Ragtime Recital" featuring pianists Wayne Hoff and Louisa Abello will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Aardahl Lutheran Church, 2920 Van Buren Ave. SE. Pie, coffee and punch ...

University of St. Thomas professor Mark Neuzil will give a presentation on the history of the canoe at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Watermark Art Center. Submitted photo.

Ragtime recital to feature Hoff, Abello

BEMIDJI-A "Swinging Doors Ragtime Recital" featuring pianists Wayne Hoff and Louisa Abello will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Aardahl Lutheran Church, 2920 Van Buren Ave. SE.

Pie, coffee and punch will be served following the recital. There will be no admission charge, but donations will be accepted for the musicians.

Concert Series to feature Juli Wood on Sept. 10

BEMIDJI-Chicago-based saxophonist, vocalist and composer Juli Wood and her Juli Wood Quartet will open BSU's 2018-19 Bemidji Concert Series on Monday, Sept. 10.


The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at BSU's Thompson Recital Hall. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children and free for students. Tickets are available in advance by visiting the BSU Department of Music offices in Room 201 of BSU's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, and will also be for sale at the doors.

Wood has been an established saxophonist, vocalist and composer in the Chicago music scene for more than 20 years. She has recorded four albums as a band leader, participated in several studio projects as a side performer, and has given countless performances worldwide. Her latest album, "Synkkä Metsä" or "Dark Forest," is a compilation of Finnish folk songs inspired by her heritage and played in an instrumental jazz style.

Wood has performed with a quartet for the Arts in Community Education program run by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Since its conception, The Juli Wood Quartet has performed each year in elementary schools in the greater Milwaukee metropolitan area, playing songs that the children recognize and introducing them to the rhythms, harmonies and melodies of jazz music.

BSU's Department of Music began the Bemidji Concert Series in 2001 to reinforce Bemidji's reputation as a cultural center in northern Minnesota and to provide the Bemidji region with local access to world-class musical performances. Other concerts this season will feature the Great Northern Union Chorus on Oct. 13, the Hornheads on Feb. 4 and Daichi No kai Taiko

Yuichi Kimura and Daichi No Kai, a taiko drum group from Kobe, Japan, on March 31.

Jilek to give presentation in Park Rapids

Dwight Jilek

PARK RAPIDS-In a Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning program, Dwight Jilek will present "The Estonian Singing Revolution" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Park Theatre.


Jilek, director of choral activities at BSU, will "describe the events that occurred when Estonia finally broke free from decades of Soviet occupation in 1991," a press release said.

Up to the year of independence, hundreds of thousands of people joined a revolution, not by bloodshed, but by singing together publicly, the release said.

The program is free, handicap accessible and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The Park Theatre is located at 107 Main Ave. S in Park Rapids.

Watermark plans poetry reading and lecture

BEMIDJI-Watermark Art Center will host a poetry reading and lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 11, featuring Kansas poets HC Palmer and Al Ortolani.

The lecture "Poets in Conversation," will be held from 10 a.m. until noon. The cost is $20 for Watermark members and $25 for the public. Attendees should register by Sunday, Sept. 9, at

The reading will be held at 6 p.m. Palmer and Ortolani will use haiku, free verse and other forms of poetry to share about a broad range of topics, including environmental inspiration, the tallgrass prairie and the Vietnam war.

Palmer's poetry book, "Feet of the Messenger," explores his experiences as a medical doctor, especially as an army surgeon in the Vietnam War. "Feet of the Messenger" was a finalist for the 2017 Balcones Poetry Prize and was chosen as a 2018 Kansas Notable Book.


Ortolani's poetry has appeared in journals such as "Rattle," "Prairie Schooner," and "Tar River Poetry." His newest collection, "On the Chicopee Spur," was recently released from New York Quarterly Books. A previous collection, "Ghost Sign," co-authored with J.T. Knoll, Adam Jameson, and Melissa Fite Johnson, was selected as a Kansas Notable Book for 2017.

For more information, visit

Fall Kick Off at Headwaters Music and Arts

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music and Arts will hold its Fall Kick Off program 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The event is an opportunity for parents and students to meet instructors and register for the music program, Lil Artist class, Young Artist Club, Art Club and pottery. Parents and students can also learn about the chess club, newly announced Art pARTy and about scholarships and financial aid options. There will be a display of musical instruments for young musicians to try out, as well as games, a mini horse, cotton candy and popcorn, and drawings for T-shirts, lessons and prizes.

The Headwaters Art Club will start its fall session on Thursday, Sept. 20, and it will run to Dec. 20. No sessions will be held Oct. 18, Nov. 8 or Nov. 22.

The spring session has been set for Thursday, Jan. 10, through May 9. No session on March 7.

Costs are $175 for the fall session; $275 for the spring session or $400 for entire year if registered by Sept. 20. The Art Club is for students grades 3-6; space is limited to 20 students.

For more information, email or call (218) 444-5606.

Participants will learn from guest artists, explore local art on field trips, and prepare art exhibits. Additionally, starting this year, students will be paired with teen art mentors, ages 13-17. Headwaters Music and Arts is located at 519 Minnesota Ave. NW in downtown Bemidji.

Canoe history program planned at Watermark

BEMIDJI-University of St. Thomas professor Mark Neuzil will give a presentation on the history of the canoe at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Watermark Art Center.

Neuzil, co-author of the book "Canoes: A Natural History in North America," will share the story of this important watercraft, a press release said. Beginning with dugouts and birchbark boats, he will describe the people and places that make up the common canoe culture.

The presentation will include research Neuzil conducted when writing the book, as well as additional information. The book will be available for purchase at the event.

"The canoe is an integral part of our regional community, with cultural, environmental and recreational significance," said Watermark Executive Director Lori Forshee-Donnay. "Neuzil's book captures the artistry and craft of this vessel, as well as its cultural importance."

The art center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N. Admission is free.

'dancing Light' to play at Headwaters Music and Arts

BEMIDJI-The band "dancing Light" will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors 62 and older. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended at Headwaters Music and Arts or online at

Consisting of members Kiki, Greg and Sabbastion, the band fuses folk, classical, rock and pop.

Vision Theatre produces Long Lake Theater season

HUBBARD-For the 2018 summer season, Long Lake Theater in Hubbard will be managed by Vision Theatre, a local company co-owned by Julie Kaiser and Jennifer Geraedts. Long Lake Theater produced Geraedts' debut play "AH" in 2016. Following that, Long Lake Theater asked Vision Theatre to produce the first summer show of 2017 as well as additional productions later in the year.

One change that Vision Theatre has made is replacing 3 p.m. Wednesday matinees with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Friday and Saturday 7:30 performances will continue. Thursday shows

have been eliminated. A season pass is now available and can be purchased from Kaiser or Geraedts or Beagle and Wolf Books in Park Rapids. For more information, visit or find Vision Theatre on Facebook. Patrons can call (218) 732-0099 to make reservations

The list of remaining upcoming productions include:

• "Radium Girls" by D.W. Gregory Sept. 14-23.

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