Midwinter Interlude Opens at the Ramsey Gallery, Sax, Drags and Rock ‘n Roll and Big Happenings for the BSO next week.

Bemidji State University Midwinter Interlude is  already installed in the Ramsey Gallery, street level off of the main parking lot of BSU’s Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. This installation is a collection of work–crafts to fine art–by the faculty, office and maintenance staffs–is the best yet in the four-years that it has been exhibited. Try to get to the opening reception from 1-6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 for refreshments, music and chit-chat with some of the artists.  Of the 22 artists, 10 are faculty and one of them is the new philosophy professor from Bulgaria Daniel Guentchev. Wood turner Dave Towley has larger works on display: bookcase, clock and lamp–very cool!  Even Andy Bartlett from the university’s public relations sector has two framed, color drawings. The exhibit will be up until March 15, and a fine use of the usually empty Ramsey Gallery space–kudos to Deb Krueger for coordinating the effort.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is following up on a highly successful concert on Sunday last.  With only two weeks between concerts, the upcoming “Music and Peace” performance will again prove how fortunate we are to enjoy Beverly Everett’s ability to put the right people together at the right time to present an outstanding event for music lovers. Early in the week, Native-American flutist Keith Bear will arrive in Minnesota to spend time with youngsters from Red Lake, Bemidji and environs for special in-school presentations. A special BSO concert for over 1,000 grade-school youth will be performed next Wednesday (sorry, not open to the public).  Bear will spin stories of his native culture interspersed with flute melodies. On Sunday, March 3, both Keith Bear and composer/narrator Linda Tutas Haugen will perform a rendition of “The Old Turtle.”  Grants from Region 2 Arts Council Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and Target have made this Keith Bear/Linda Tutas Haugen residency possible. Parents, please do not pass up this opportunity for your school age children as they are admitted free to the BSO concerts.

Lord of the Dance this Sunday at the Sanford Center—if you haven’t heard the promos or seen the ads–you’re not paying attention. Tickets will be available at the door for the 3:30 show—don’t pass up this chance to see a show that would normally take a trip to the cities or farther to enjoy this extravaganza of Gaelic myth, music and fantasy–with dancing that will astound you.

That’s all she wrote folks, hope to see you at some event this  weekend.  Love Songs and Arias at the Hampton and a Sax, Drags and Rock ‘n Roll at the Beaux Arts Ballroom at 7:30 p.m., Friday. Admission–free for students but be sure to bring along a non-perishable food item for the food shelf. A free will donation will be accepted.