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BEMIDJI—The Watermark Art Center's "picture" window along Bemidji Avenue North has helped transform the organization since it moved into its new building one year ago. Visits are way up, gift shop and exhibit sales are up, programming has increased, artists from near and far are thrilled. And the staff and board members are beaming.
If you go What: "Seussical the Musical" When: Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3. Shows at 7 p.m., plus a Saturday matinee at 1:30 p.m. (ASL interpretation available at matinee). Where: Bemidji High School Auditorium Tickets: $7 adults, $4 for students or children, available at www.bemidji.k12.mn.us or at the door.
BEMIDJI—Music fans who miss the once-vibrant Bemidji barbershop singing scene will have a chance to take a step back in time on Saturday, Oct. 13. The award-winning Great Northern Union Chorus, based in Richfield, will perform a 7:30 p.m. concert at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. It's the second of four events in this year's Bemidji Concert Series.
BEMIDJI—Brian Miller was on the East Coast last week performing with his Irish music band Bua. The group was on a concert tour of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia.
BEMIDJI—An artist and a poet walk into a coffee shop. That's not the beginning of a joke. It's how a newly published book, "We Sit," came to life. Artist Marley Kaul and poet Taiju Geri Wilimek, both of Bemidji, share their talents in the contemplative book to be launched with a program at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Watermark Art Center.
BEMIDJI—Now that the Bemidji Community Theater has a home of its own, members are hoping to solve an identity challenge. The organization recently purchased the former Book World building at 316 Beltrami Ave. NW., and has begun the initial phase of renovating the space as it prepares for its next production. "Camelot" will be performed in November at the Historic Chief Theater next door. The Chief also is home to the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Bemidji's longtime professional summer theater company.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Community Theater’s next production, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” showcases dramatic talents of some cast members who are better known for musical roles. The play opens Friday at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Director Vicki L. Stenerson is excited about a cast that brings the gritty, dark play to life.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji area welcomes thousands of tourists every year, but few visits could be more meaningful than the one that occurred earlier this week when a couple from Ireland located the grave of a relative who died 111 years ago. Edward Oakes, 30, who left his Irish homeland only six months earlier, was killed on Feb. 5, 1907, as he was clearing trees for the electric company in Blackduck. He was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery in Bemidji the next day, with no family or friends present.
The Bemidji Pioneer takes readers back in time ... 50 years, to be exact, in this year's Annual Report in Sunday's paper, available now on newsstands and at the Pioneer office. Our 24-page report, broken into sections D and E inside, tells stories about a smaller community with two U.S.
BEMIDJI—One of them is a "showboater" who loves the limelight and is all about speedy sprints. The other is more of an introvert who prefers a longer, steady pace. They are Bemidji's latest Olympians, Parker Bruns and Shawn Kiefer, and they're heading to Seattle this weekend to compete in swimming at the Special Olympics USA Games. Bruns, 30, will compete in three sprint events. Kiefer, 49, has qualified in one sprint and two distance races. Both will be part of Team Minnesota's four-man relay team as well.