First Friday art offerings, holiday shows to open, literary news and just some catching up.

If the weather holds out ,or rather if it stops snowing for any length of time, this month’s First Friday activities will be very festive. Do you know that there will be puppies and dogs for adoption at Gallery North this Friday. There will be a fund raiser for Whipstaff Animal Rescue with greeting cards for sale with illustrations from “Twas the Week Before Christmas,” from a dog’s point of view. Author Mary Knox Johnson and artist Caroline Reil will be there to meet and greet on Friday.  I stopped for coffee at the Wild Hare Bistro today and saw the menu for this Friday’s Wine Bar and Dinner-WOW!! A couple of shows open this weekend, “Gasman Recollections, A Christmas Carol” at the Historic Chief Theater and “Ole and Lena’s It’s a Wonderful Life” at Long Lake Theater. Ticket information is listed in the Dec. 1, Wednesday arts column in the print version of the Bemidji Pioneer and under Entertainment, on-line version.  The Bemidji Chorale will hold its annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 5 with some new voices, three youngsters, and some solos with oboe and violin. The full information can be found on feature article in the Friday, Nov. 26 hard copy and on-line edition of the Bemidji Pioneer.

Last week I had the opportunity to interview Prudence Johnson about her upcoming program this Saturday,   “The Golden Age of Radio.” The full information can be found on feature article in Sunday, Nov. 27 hard copy and on-line edition of the Bemidji Pioneer. Remember seating is limited so get your reservation in early.

The Madrigal Dinners will begin this weekend at BSU. Tickets can be had at the box office located on the second floor of Bangsberg Hall;  9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is only one matinee, this Sunday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Wild Rose Theater, Steve Saari and DeeJay Arens of Saarens Productions, Fred Thomas of Minnesota Folklore Theater, Ernie Rall of Bemidji Community Theater and I met to talk about the possibility of having a regional community theater group “information sharing organization.” This was just an introductory meeting with the promise of more to come. People like Cheryl Winnett and Mary Knox Johnson have been trying to get local performing arts organization interested in finding a performing arts space here in Bemidji. Perhaps, there is some light at the end of this tunnel, keep your fingers crossed!

A very special thanks to a mentor from Grand Forks—Mike Brue from the GF Herald, a sister publication. Mike has been generous with his advice, wise counsel and support since the beginning—thanks Mike, couldn’t have  done this without you.  That’s all she wrote, folks.