Texas Two-Step with Timberline, holiday shows have tickets on sale now

Texas Two-Step with local musicians Timberline, Kari Munson and John Essig, from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov.27 at the Solway Grill on U.S. 2 E.

The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is calling for all Tuba and Euphonium players to sign up and be a part of a Christmas tradition, Merry TubaChristmaS 2010 that started 1974 with Harvey Philips. The 2010 concerts will be performed in over 250 cities throughout the country. It costs no money to participate and music will be provided. There will be one rehearsal at 10 a.m. on Dec. 4 at the HSMA, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Call 444-5606 to sign up to be a part of this holiday concert at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Paul Bunyan Mall.

Free tickets are available now at the Bemidji Library for “The Golden Age of Radio” with Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard, at 4 p.m., Dec. 4 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. SE. Vocalist Prudence Johnson and pianist Don Chouinard perform during an interactive program of classic radio standards from the 1930’s and ‘40’s (“Beer Barrel Polka” and “Singin’ in the Rain”), photos, stories and audience sing-a longs. Attendees are invited to get dressed up in vintage inspired attire and tap their toes to favorites like “A Tisket a Tasket” and “Accentuate the Positive.” Blackduck Public Library will provide transportation to the event with a wheelchair accessible bus. Call the library at 835-6600 to register or for more information. Look at the KRLS.org website for information on the performance at other libraries in the system. “The Golden Age of Radio” is funded with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and is presented as part of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation in the Libraries, a partnership between Minnesota Regional Public Libraries and the Minnesota Historical Society.

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is offering stocking stuffers of a gift certificate for the coming 2011 summer season: “Forever Plaid,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Lend Me a Tenor,” “21A” by Kevin Kling and “The Full Monty.” To receive the gift certificate, send a $100 check per person to the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW or email them at paulbunyanplayhouse.com.

Tickets are on sale now for holiday shows in Bemidji, Akeley and Hubbard. The first show to open will be “A Christmas Carol” at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Director Greg Gasman has taken favorite scenes from seven previous productions and written a version of the original play with a new twist. Based upon the original story by Charles Dickens, Gasman and his players have twisted this “yarn” into an original tapestry with stories, music and singing on stage and in the audience. A family show that is suitable for all ages is collaboration among Bemidji Community Theater, KG Entertainment and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m., on Dec. 3,4,9,10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for seniors and students and are available now at Harmony Natural Food Co-op, The Wild Hare Bistro, Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub and at the door.

The Minnesota Folklore Theater in Akeley will have on stage a Victorian living room and the story of “The Night Before Christmas” an original script written by artistic director Fred Rogers. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday and Fridays and at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and runs from Dec.9 through Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children and may be reserved on-line at minnesotafolkloretheater.org or call 652-2666. The theater is located in downtown Akeley at 6 Broad Street E.

Long Lake Theater in Hubbard (south of Park Rapids) will welcome “Ole and Lena’s –It’s a Wonderful Life” Minnesota’s favorite Scandinavian couple. Ole’s dreams of escaping a small, northern Minnesota town and pursuing adventure in the wild Midwest are repeatedly quashed.  On Christmas Eve, Ole’s guardian angel descends to save him from despair and remind him that this is, after all, a wonderful life. Performances are Dec. 2-5, 9-12 and tickets are $14 adults, $7 for children 4-12 and $12.50 for groups. Call 218 732-0099 or e-mail at longlaketheater@hotmail.com. They will reply with a confirmation of your reservation. For directions to the theater, see website.

The Beltrami County Historical Society will host a High Tea at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the center. This annual holiday event is for the whole family with an array of teas, savories (sandwiches), scones and sweets. Participants are encouraged to wear some vintage apparel (hats or clothing) and be prepared to step back in time and enjoy the elegant offerings. The cost is $12 per person and includes refreshments, free museum admission, raffle drawing and a keepsake photo. Call 444-3376 or stop by the History Center for reserved seating as both sessions have limited seating. These fundraising events are what help keep the doors open at the History Center.

“When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Never fear, Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes are here. Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene – all in a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. It’s Elmo’s Healthy Heroes to the rescue!” The new event center will welcome Grover and his friends this December: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 28 and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec.29, Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Drive North East. Tickets: $10, $14 & $19. A limited number of $24 Gold Circle seats and $44 Sunny Seats (premium seat location and a pre-show meet and greet with two of the Sesame Street Live friends are also available. A facility fee of $1.00 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and discounts may apply. For more information, call 218-441-4000. To charge tickets by phone, please call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. For information online, please visit www.sesamestreetlive.com

We wish a happy Thanksgiving to all; my favorite holiday because it is about thankfulness. I am thankful to you all for reading this blog, the arts column and preview articles.  To let you in on a big secret, today I got the word that Big Bird and I will be chatting for a feature article before the December show. I’m a big Sesame Street fan from way back, actually from the beginning.

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January 2010

January 23—7:30 p.m.,

Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra:

"Old and New" with Timm Rolek Conductor, First Presbyterian Church, Grand Forks: "Winter" from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, Concert for Harop in B-flat major, Op.4 by Handel, "Pastorale d’ete" by Honegger and Piazzolla’s "Winter" from the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Ticket information on www.ggfso.org

January 24—Senior Degree Recital for Elisa Buehler on Trumpet. TRH.

January 29—7:30 p.m., Ahn Trio, 7:30 p.m. January 29, Bemidj Concert Series, performance at Bemidji High School, $20 general public, $5 students at Lueken’s North and Tutto Bene. For more information on ticket prices and packages, contact the Music Department at BSU, 755-291

January 31–5 – 10:30 p.m., Bemidji Has Talent- a fundraiserto support youth and adult programming for Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective. Starts with chili supper in the basement of Wild Rose Theater,  501 Bemidji Ave.N.  Tickets are $5 to what you can afford to pay.

 February 2010

February 7—-Faculty Recital 7:30 p.m., Michelle Laliberte on violin and Stephen Carlson on piano, TRH, free admission.

February 9—-"Couples Night IV", BSO’s Valentine’s Concert, 7:30 p.m.,  Tuesday, Feb.9, Main Theater, Bangsberg Hall, free.

February 12– 9 and 11 a.m., "Seussical the Musical" for regional schools at Bemidji High School and 7 p.m. for general public.  Saturday, Feb. 13 shows are 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

February 12– 6p.m. Hampton Inn, "Love Songs and Arias for Valentine’s Day," a dinner and program to benefit the 2010 Lake Bemidji Summer Opera Festival. The price is $55 for an elegant dinner spiced with musical selections from operas, musicals, and jazz.  Contact Fulton Gallagher at 586-2536 or fgallagh@paulbunyan.net.  

February 27—-Senior Degree Recital at 3 p.m. for Ashley Bremseth, Soprano, TRH.

February 28—Doc Severinsen and El Ritmo De La Vida, 7:30 p.m. Bemidj Concert Series, performance at BHS, $30 reserved seating, $25 general admission and $5 for students at Lueken’s North and Tutto Bene.

March 2010

March 5-7, 11-13–"Wait Until Dark," a drama by KG Entertainment at the Elks Club.

March 7—"Triumph of Youth" BSO, 3 p.m., Sunday: Overature to "Orpheus in the Underworld"  by Offenbach, Camille Saint-Saens Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No 1. with Eric Haugen and Grieg’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 64.

March 12–7 p.m., "Beauty Queen of Lelane," a dark Irish tragic-comedy directed by Whitney Stuckey and 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday, March 13. Tickets $10 adults and $5 high school and college students. Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

March 20—–TrekNorth Art Festival. Artists wishing to participate or to ask questions, contact Kirby Ganske at TrekNorth, 444-1888,ex.2 or kganske@treknorth.org

March 20—Out of the Hat, a 24 hour process whereby authors write, directors direct and actors act on stage at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.

March 27–SingerSong Celebration part of Women’s History Month collaboration with BSU. Sliding scale and money used for music scholarships for women.

March 27 and 28—Young Audience Concert with Winner of the Young Artist Competition, Philip Mann as  conductor, Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks: Schubert’s ‘Unfinished Symphony," Fantasy Overture form Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky. Guest artist is Greater Grand Forks Youh Symphony. Ticket information on www.ggfso.org

April 2010

April 8—-Midori, 7:30 p.m. Bemidji Concert Series, performance at BHS, $30 reserved seating, $25 general admission and $5 students. at Lueken’s North and Tutto Bene.

April 8-12—"Aladdin" collaboration of Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW.

April 16,17,23,24,25—Man of LaMancha spring production of the BSU Theater Department, 7:29 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinee on April 25. Main Stage of Bangsberg.

April 25—"Trials and Triumphs," 3 p.m., Sunday, April 25, BSO at  BHS: Lenore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b by Beethoven, Concerto for Horn and zotrchestra No. 4 in E-flat major, K. 495 by Mozart with David Heyde on Horn and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92.

May 2010

May 1 and 2, Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor, Michelle Mourre, Empire Arts Center: Blue Cathedral by Higdon, Cello Concerto No.1 with guest artist Yuri Hooker on cello by Shostakovich and Brahms Symphony No.4 in E minor. Ticket information on www.ggfso.org

May 6—7:30 p.m., Schoolcraft spring concert, Bemidji High School, free

May 9–7 p.m., Annual Bemidji Chorale Mother’s Day Concert and Ice Cream Social, Beau Arts Ballroom in Hobson Memorial Hall, BSU.

May 20 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., (Thursday)-Stars in the Street, a celebration of the start of the 60th season of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.  Always a fun event, venues and ticket price will be supplied at a later date. The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is located in the  historic Chief Theater, 315 Beltrami Ave., Bemidji 56601

June 2010

June 9 to 19—–“Biloxi Blues,” by Neil Simon, is a play about a group of young recruits in boot camp during WW II.

June 23 to July 3.—–“Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” by Steve Martin depicts an imaginary meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein.

July 2010

July 7 – 17.—–“Dracula,” a play written by Stephen Dietz based upon Bram Stoker original story about the eternal struggle between good and evil.

July 17—Summer Pops Concert, BSO. free

July 21-31—-“Boys Next Door,” by Tom Griffin is a dramatic comedy about four developmentally disabled men who live together in a group home,

August 4 -14—–“Gypsy,” by Stephen Sondheim tells the story of Gypsy Rose Lee and how she became a burlesque star.

September 2010 

Sept. 17—Oompah for the Arts, the major fundraiser for Bemidj Area Arts Endowment at the Town and Country Club. 

October 2010


Calls for Artists: Bemidji-First City of the Arts Studio Cruise is alerting artists within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji to apply to be part of this year’s events. The cruise is an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios and showcase their art and craft. Applications are available at http://bcac.wordpress.com or http://firstcityartcruise.wordpress.com. For more information contact Dave Towley at 333-3547 or dtowley@paulbunyan.net or bcac@paulbunyan.net.  Fees are $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee.  The deadline to apply is March 15, 2010

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