Pioneer Previews: Play to be presented today, tomorrow

"Ruby Lips Above the Water," is the story of a developmentally disabled young woman named Ruby and her life in a rural northern Minnesota town. Performances will be at 2 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

"Ruby Lips Above the Water," is the story of a developmentally disabled young woman named Ruby and her life in a rural northern Minnesota town. Performances will be at 2 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 adults, $8 seniors (60 and over) and $5 for students. This production is suitable for young adults and could be rated PG-13 for subject matter and adult situations.

Music today

Timberline with John Essig, Kari Munson and Dave Sand will be strumming and singing from 2-6 p.m. today at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE.

Regional Arts Events

Common Ground is a program which explores the creative process and cultural events in our region. On this week's episode, viewers will visit the studio of photographer Joe Brandmeier who relates his "Up North" experience in words and pictures. Michael Kelsey of Bemidji will demonstrate the detail he puts into each piece of jewelry he creates at Kelsey's As You Like It. The program will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday and repeated at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, 6 p.m. on Sunday and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday. This program is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


"Love Songs and Arias" with the Loon Opera Company deadline for reservations is tomorrow. The 4th Annual Gala will be held from 6-10 p.m., Saturday at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 1019 Paul Bunyan Drive, S. Tickets are $50 each and checks should be made out to Loon Opera Company and sent to 1007 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601. Any questions can be directed to Abe at 218-368-8805 or check for website For more information on the singers, see Bemidji Arts Blog under staff blogs on homepage of the Pioneer.

"History meets music: Up close and unplugged" with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m., Sunday Feb. 12 at Bemidji High School. Meet J. Robert Oppenheimer and hear the music that he enjoyed and related to his time. The concert will highlight tenor Brad Bradshaw and pianist Matt Seiberg. Tickets are available now at Lueken's North. For more information on the concert, please see Bemidji Arts Blog under staff blogs on homepage of the Pioneer.


"The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder's Journey Through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows" by Kent Nerburn will be the focus of the Bemidji Public Library book discussion series at noon on Monday and 7 p.m., on Thursday, BPL, 509 America Ave. NW.

Northwoods Reader Series will begin at 7-9 p.m. Tuesday for an 8-week Tuesday book group focused on the writings about the North Country starting with classic authors like Aldo Leopold and Sigurd Olson. Participants will need a copy of "Our Neck of the Woods, ed. Daniel J. Philippon (University of Minnesota Press, 2009). The group will meet at the Lake Bemidji Visitor Center and can register at 308-2300, there is no charge but a vehicle permit is required to enter the park.

Local authors Joe Rossi of "Nature's Alphabet" and Jill Johnson of "Little Minnesota: 100 Towns Under 100" will be meeting readers and signing books from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at Turtle River Pasties located 10 miles north of Bemidji on 71.

Clay Jenkinson will be signing copies of his latest books on Meriweather Lewis and Theodore Roosevelt at 2 p.m., Saturday at Book World in downtown Bemidji.



As a prelude to the Sunday Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Concert, Clay Jenkinson will have a lecture on J. Robert Openheimer at 7 p.m., Saturday in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Center, 14th St. and Birchmont Dr. Jenkinson will appear as J. Robert Oppenheimer, the "Father of the atomic bomb" at the concert.


Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. N is displaying The Annual "Members Show." BCAC is free and open to the public from 12-5 p.m., Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. NW is showing Jake Baggenstoss' food related paintings.

Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 3rd. St. NW is showing Kendra Fuller of Urban Essence Interiors samples: Japanese Plaster, Metallic Plaster and Metallic Paint glazes.

Center of Therapeutic Arts, 521 Minnesota Ave. NW. "Lucy Learns to Color" by Nina Lubarski.

Fleur de Lis Art Gallery at 501 Bemidji Ave. N works from local, regional and featured artists and is open when sign is out in front of building.

Gallery North, 502 3rd. St. NW has Origami, fiber art and wood carvings by Kathy and Les Sanders.


Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 535 Minnesota Ave. NW has Jami Burdick's pastel art work.

Talley Gallery installation of Megumi Naitoh's "Real Life/Virtual Life," is a mosaic collection that represents modern daily life versus the life people create on the internet, is a pixilated interpretation from two vantage points, will remain until Feb. 15. Talley Gallery, Room 212 in the Education Arts Building, Birchmont Dr. is barrier free and open to the public at no charge.

Melissa Moss of Blueleaf Photographs exhibit "Serenity" will remain on display through the end of February at Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW. The exhibit is open to the public until 8 p.m. daily.

Upcoming Events

Warm Your Heart with a Little Art at Gallery North: Wire Wrapped Jewelry with Jeanie Fenner from 1-4 p.m., Feb. 15. Free, to register call 444-9813.

"Atmosphere's Welcome to Minnesota Tour at 7 p.m., Feb. 21, Sanford Center Ballroom. Tickets $22 at box office or Ticketmaster 800-745-3000 or online at

"Axel in Iraq" with Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, Feb. 18-20.

Bluegrass Community Concert Series at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 18 at the historic Chief Theater.

"Rez Life" with author David Treuer at 4 p.m., Feb. 18 at the Bemidji Public Library.

Mystery writer William Kent Krueger at noon, Feb. 28 at the Bemidji Public Library.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to

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