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BEMIDJI—The captivating Sculpture Walk that was born 20 years ago in downtown Bemidji will literally come to life later this week. As part of a 20th anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 22, several living sculptures and sculptors will be stationed on Beltrami Avenue between Third and Fourth streets. At assigned times, they will "come alive" and read scripts written by Sculpture Walk board member Cate Belleveau. You'll see The Thinker, Peter Pan, Nefertiti the Egyptian queen and others.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Community Band will kick off its 2019 summer season with the annual Father's Day concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 16. It will be held on the south lawn at Bemidji State University's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, with Lake Bemidji glistening nearby. That's appropriate, because conductor Ryan Webber has created a program that's themed around water.
BEMIDJI—If you're a lover of pop music from the 1950s and '60s, the opening show of the 2019 Paul Bunyan Playhouse season is right in your lane. "Smokey Joe's Cafe" opens at 7:30 tonight and runs through June 15 at the Historic Chief Theater. It's all songs—38 of them—and features nine cast members and a four-piece band. They'll perform songs like "Hound Dog," "On Broadway" and "Jailhouse Rock" in when artistic director Jim Williams calls a jukebox musical.
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BEMIDJI—Sydney Bolstad has been making art from the time she could first hold a pencil. Now, the 18-year-old is graduating with honors from Bemidji High School, preparing to go off to college and hoping to forge a career as an art teacher. And she's still making art. It all started years ago when Sydney was a toddler. She would sit beside her mother, Shanna, an accomplished artist herself, and try to mimic her drawings.
BEMIDJI—It's road work season, and the Bemidji Chorale is doing its part. The Chorale's annual spring concert, set for Sunday, May 19, at Bemidji State University's Beaux Arts Ballroom, is titled "A Choral Journey." The first half of the show will include songs like "The Road Not Taken" and "Walking Down That Glory Road." Chorale director Pat Mason said the concert's theme follows the "what if?" questions asked in the poetry of Robert Frost.
If you go What: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Concert When: 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28 Where: Bemidji High School Auditorium Tickets: Adult $20, Seniors 62 and over $15, college students with ID $10, students in grades K-12 admitted free. Available with cash or check at the door, in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North/South, or with a credit card at brownpapertickets.com. All seats general admission. Doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m. BEMIDJI—It's not every day that an orchestra can perform a symphony with the composer in the audience.
If you go What: Funtastic Dance Follies When: 7 p.m. April 25-27; 2 p.m. April 27. Where: BSU Gymnasium Cost: Free for ages 2 and younger and BSU and NTC students with ID, $5 general youth admission, $10 general adult admission, $5 for alumni and senior citizens. Tickets available at the door. BEMIDJI—A campus tradition that goes back to the 1940s will hit the stage at Bemidji State University this week.
BEMIDJI—Choral music fans will have two opportunities to hear some of Bemidji's finest collegiate vocalists this week as Bemidji State University's school year nears its end. The BSU Chamber Singers will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at First Lutheran Church. The Damenstimmen women's chorus and Musikanten men's ensemble will take the stage at the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex recital hall for a 7:30 p.m. concert on Tuesday, April 16.
A spring snowstorm that pelted the Bemidji area and shut down travel has caused delays in delivery of the Friday print edition of the Bemidji Pioneer. Friday's newspaper will be delivered to homes along with Saturday's Pioneer on Saturday morning. Some stores and gas stations in Bemidji will have copies of Friday's paper available early Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, the electronic edition of the Pioneer can be accessed by clicking on this link .