Love Songs and Arias and Lord of the Dance

LOVE SONGS AND ARIAS with some returning artists will be a evening of song interspersed with dinner courses. I know, they like to say, dinner with song selections between the courses but I much prefer the musical interludes.  And this one coming up on Feb 23 at the Hampton Inn promises to be among the favorites of these nights. An event of the Loon Opera Company, Kirk Dougherty, the tenor who played Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly will be joined by another soloist from that production, Allison LaPointe who played Suzuki. A new person who will be appearing for this evening of entertainment, will be soprano Momoko Tanno. Betsy Downs will be the fourth singer to join the group in renditions of arias from Puccini to interpretations of Gershwin classics.

The ticket price of $50 includes dinner with menu selections of filet of beef in a red wine demi glace; chicken a la vodka or plat de vega, all accompanied with asiago potatoes and haricot vert almondine. The evening would not be complete without a decadent chocolate dessert   Call Abe Hunter at 218-368-8805 by the deadline Feb. 19

LORD OF THE DANCE is making a stop in Bemidji while on a national tour. The original Lord of the dance, Michael Flatley is an American born step dancer, who brought Irish dance to the forefront. Flatley, although no longer a dancer—the Guinness Book of World Records cites him as having the world’s fastest feet—serves as artistic director of LOD.  Having seen them perform in England and New York, I can only say DON’T MISS IT!

Tickets are already on sale for the 3:30 p.m. performance on Sunday, Feb 24 at the Sanford Center. Tickets are $45 for premium reserved seating, $30 for reserved seating and $20 for Arena Bowl Seating. This show will not go to the Alerus in Grand Forks but it will be in the cities. So catch it while you can.  More color to come on this event in the near future.

 “SORDID LIVES,” a comedy by Del Shores will be the next Saarens’ production. A dinner-theater show that will include a Texas barbeque dinner–what else would you expect from a a bunch of Texans like Kevin Cease, Mitch Blessing, Chuck Deeter, Sarah Einerson (who is a transplanted Texan), Julie Kasier, Kathryn Lavelle, Andor Lofthus, Bridget Looper, Julie Quanrud, Steve Saari, Vicki Stenerson, Joel Ward and another true southern gal, Cheryl Winnett.

It’s an adult comedy with out-there adult themes so don’t even think about taking the kids. The comedy takes us into the lives of various “characters,” the Sordids and their friends. There was a movie made and,  if you goggle the title, you can get a good idea of the plot line.

Tickets need to be reserved at least one week in advance of the Feb. 21-23 dinner show at the Hungry Bear Conference Center. Ticket price includes dinner and play for a mere $32.50—a 10% discount is available for parties of 8 or more.

Call 556-1777 or send a check to Saarens Productions, 508 Woodland Ave. SW. Bemidji 56601.

The show is directed by DeeJay Arrens, and, yes, there will be a vegetarian option—cheese manicotti.