Flamenco at the Wild Rose Theater, “Snow White” at the historic Chief Theater and Lunar Funk Theory at Jammers–what else could you ask for?

Deborah Elias Espanola Flamenco, Pure and Strong is coming to Bemidji under the auspices of Saarens Productions. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 2 at the Wild Rose Theater. If you have never seen a program of traditional Spanish Flamenco, do not pass up this opportunity. The dancers will be Deborah Elias and Colette Illarde; singers will be La Conja and Vincente Griego with guitarist Trevor May. If you would like to see a preview of Spanish Flamenco or to see dances, google “Paco de Lucia Carmen.” This movie was very popular a few years ago (quite a few now) and it is the opera “Carmen” staged in a flamenco dance studio. You will not regret seeing it for de Lucia is one of the most famous and talented classical guitarists around. YouTube also has some clips from Antonio Gades (lead dancer in Carmen) and the farruca by La Frascall. Tickets will go fast at $10, $8 and $5. Call 218-556-1777 to make a reservation. This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” opens on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater. Due to an overwhelming request for tickets, Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse have added an additional show at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, April 3. Tickets will be on sale at the box office beginning at 1:30 p.m., Sunday and not at the usual outlets.

“Little Women” adapted for the stage by Elizabeth Lincoln Gould at the Minnesota Folklore Theater in Akeley. The play is set in Massachusetts during the Civil War when Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and their mother wait for the return of their father from the war. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m., on April 1. Matinee performances will be at 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday April 2 and 3 at the theater, 6 Broadway St., Akeley. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Call 652-2666 for tickets or more information.

“Seussical Jr., Musical, a production of Long Lake Theater will open on Friday, April 8. The delightful musical brings to life some of the favorite Dr. Seuss characters including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and the little kid with a big imagination, Jojo. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Friday April 8 and at 2 and 7 p.m., on Saturday, April 9 at the Park Rapids High School auditorium. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 3-12 and free for children under and sitting on a parent’s lap. For tickets call 218-732-0099 or visit the website www.longlaketheater.com. Beagle Books in downtown Park Rapids is also a ticket outlet and any available tickets will be sold at the door. Long Lake Theater is known locally for good, solid productions so it will be worth the trip to Park Rapids for this production.

Reggae/funk/jamband “Luner Funk Theory” will make a stop in Bemidji on their promotional tour of new CD “Live from the Moon.” Jammers Blue Note Ballroom will host the group beginning at 9 p.m., Saturday, April 2. Check out their website at: www.lunarfunktheory.com/music for a preview. Jammers is located at 11328 Bemidji Rd. NE.

As you may know, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opens next week (April 8) as a production of BSU’s Theater Department. Patrick Carriere, assistant professor and director of the production, and I are emailing back and forth about how to best showcase this forthcoming event. It is going to be a Steampunk Twist to a Shakespearean comedy which is also in the realm of suspended reality. Stay tuned for more information as I am also doing my homework (with the help of a UND librarian and student) to better explain this particular subset of SciFi genre.

For those who know, and especially for those who do not know, have been down with the flu (a strain the shot did not cover) for over a week now. Please excuse any omissions, deletions or outright mistakes as I try to play catch-up.