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.

Three Comedies and One Drama Open Soon

As we move into the last part of summer and the final offerings of local theater companies, four different options are available for us to pick and choose from or to choose all three which is the way we are heading. A long time favorite musical opens next week at the PBP. “Gypsy” is based upon the biography of Gypsy Rose Lee and details her life from early childhood when her mother took her and her sister June on the road as vaudeville entertainers to her start as one of the most famous strippers of that era and beyond. Each leading lady (the main character being stage mama Rose) gives a different interpretation to the role. Ethel Merman was big and brassy and one could easily believe that she could lead this group of youngsters from one vaudeville house to another and keep the act afloat and the children fed. Bernadette Peters, in the last revival of the play on Broadway, was more fragile in her characterization of mama and it didn’t have the believability of the bigger than life Merman. I’ll make a prediction right now that Karen Wiese Thompson and Paul Reyburn will have the house cheering for them as they portray Mama Rose and her “manager” Herbie in this upcoming production. We already have our tickets for opening night!

There are still a few more performances of “The Boys Next Door” at the PBP. It is a moving theatrical experience. See below for more comments on this play.

Well what can one say about “The Producers” which is opening next week in Grand Forks except that it is politically incorrect–what else would one expect from a Mel Brooks comedy—and absurdly funny. A Broadway producer, Max Bialystock (Grand Forks native Paul Vonasek) and his accountant Leo Bloom (Matt Berdahl) are involved in a scheme to swindle investors out of their money by producing a flop of a play. At first the audience is aghast at the songs and portrayal of Hitler and then “gets it” as they understand that it is a parody on that era. Sure, it is a bit offensive as it pokes fun at the overtly homosexual and flamboyant director (Daniel Walstad), the former Nazi script writer (Daniel Dutot)and the sexy but not very bright secretary (Haley Boyd) but once you get past being uncomfortable (just like the audience in the play), it’s outrageous and very, very funny. The winner of 12 Tony Awards; Nathan Lane shared his best actor in a musical Tony Award with Matthew Broderick because he couldn’t have won it without his co-star—an amazing gesture never before seen at the awards. If you want to try it out first, get the Brooks’ 1968 film, “The Producers” which very closely follows the play. In fact, Brooks was the technical advisor for the play while it was in production. The show opens this coming week, August 3 to the 14 at the Burtness Theater on the campus of University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. We are going to see it and then drive back to Bemidji the same night but one can easily stay in Grand Forks and enjoy some different scenery. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. The box office number is 701-777-4090. There are a few outstanding venues to visit while in Grand Forks: “The Ralph” (hockey arena), the Alerus and the Chester Fritz Theater and the charming Saturday Farmer’s Market at the forks (downtown).Yes, we did see it on Broadway for those who are wondering.
Last but certainly not the least of the three comedies is “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) by Long, Singer and Winfield. It is a very fast, very funny romp through all 37 plays by three actors dressed in tights and other paraphernalia. Sprinkled between famous Shakespearean quotes is the banter of the actors as they goad each other on stage and bring the script to a whole. Local actor Andy Browers is one of the cast and is hoping that his fans will make their way down to the Long Lake Theater. It is a charming theater, much like summer stock houses in New England. There isn’t a bad seat in the house because it is a small theater and there is a café on premises for intermission coffee, tea or libation located in a screened-in porch. Long Lake Theater has a faithful following of audience members so I would suggest making a reservation 201-732-0099. It takes about an hour to get there and on the way, the food at the Y Steak House as one enters Park Rapids is simple fare but very well prepared. Go south on U.S. Hwy. 71 for four miles past Park Rapids, turn left onto State Hwy. 87 and travel four miles east to Hubbard, turn right onto County 6 and the theater is located about four blocks south on the left.

A very sobering and thoughtful production opens this week at the Wild Rose Theater and then it moves into the tent on the shore of Lake Bemidji for Saturday and Sunday. Tomorrow, I will be going to the theater and interview some of the participants for a preview story. The production is the final event of a weeklong workshop based upon the essays of Eve Ensler and her new book, “I Am an Emotional Being-The Secret Lives of Girls Around the World.” More to come on this subject.

Calendar listings for arts events in the Bemidji area.

All new entries in bold italics

March 2010

March 11-13–7 p.m., 3 p.m. March 13. "Wait Until Dark," a drama by KG Entertainment at Jammer’s Blue Note Ballroom. Tickets at Harmony Food Coop, Wild Hare Bistro and at the door. First weekend: $10 general admission, $1 from each ticket will be contributed to the Helen Keller Foundation.

March 6, 13, 20 and 27—3 to 5 p.m. Song Writing Workshop with Andrew Green at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.  $75 for all four sessions.  Call 444-5606 to register.

March 18 and 19—dinner theater at the Hampton Inn and Suites, "Reunited We Fall" by Steve Saari. Tickets go on sale Feb. 26–218-616-0337. $25 ticket price includes dinner and show.

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 20–7:30 p.m. Senior Student Recital, Dave Nelson, Trumpet, TRM, free admission.

March 20–7:30 p.m. Senior Student Recital for Angela Hesse, Soprano, TRH, free admission.

March 21–3 p.m. Senior Student Recital for Laura Iverson, Soprano, TRH, free admission.

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—3 p.m. Ione DeKrey Vocal Scholarship Competition, TRH, free admission.

March 29–3 p.m. Junior Student Recital for  Anna C. Smith, Mezzo Soprano, TRH, free admission

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 10–7:30 p.m. Bemidji Choir Home Concert, TRH, $5 adults, $3 seniors and free for students.

April 11–3 p.m. Bemidji Baroque Ensemble concert, TRH, free admission.

April 11–7:30 p.m. Senior student Recital for Matt Custer, Trombone, TRH, free admission

April 17–7:30 p.m. Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Minnesota Blue Grass Community Concert featuring "The Whistlepigs Stringband." Tickets $9 in advance, $12 day of show, $6 for teens, free for children 12 and under. For tickets or information, call 1-800-635-3037 or www.MinnesotaBluegrass.org

April 16,17—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 18–3 p.m. Jazz I Concert TRH $5 adults, $3 seniors and free for students.

April 18–7 p.m. Voice Faculty Recital by Erin Oberlander,  Prairie Songs TRH, free admission

April 19–7:30 p.m. Trumpet Recital, Thompson Recital Hall, free

April 21–7:30 p.m. Varsity Singers spring concert, TRH, admission is canned goods for the Bemidji Food Shelf.

April 22–7:30 p.m. Choral Chamber Ensembles concert, TRH, free admission.

April 23, 24–"Murder at the Howard Johnson’s" dinner theater at jammers by KG Entertainment.

April 23-May 2–"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Long Lake Theater. See website www.longlaketheater.com for details. Tickets: $14 adults, $7 children 4-12 and lap children free.

April 23,24–7:29 p.m. Man of LaMancha spring production of the BSU Theater Department, Main Stage of Bangsberg.

April 24–7:30 p.m. Senior student recital, Jake Kachne, Composition TRH, free admission

April 25-2 p.m   Man of LaMancha spring production of the BSU Theater Department, 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.

April 23,24– 7 p.m. "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs" Long Lake Theater, longlaketheater@hotmail.com  or call 218-732-0099 for ticket information and reservations.

April 25–3 p.m. "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs" Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.

April 27–7:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble and Choir Concert, Main Theater, $5 adults, $3 seniors, free for students.

April 28–7:30 p.m. Symphonic Band and Chamber Groups oncert, Main Theater, $5 adults, $3 seniors, free for students.

April 29-30, May 1-2 7 "Clean House," a comedy with Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective.

May 2010

May 3 –3 p.m. "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs" Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.

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 2,9, 16, 23at 3 p.m., "Over the Tavern"  Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.

June 4 & 5 –6 p.m. Opera Night at Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge and Resort. More information to follow.

June 3,4,5,10-12, 17-19,24-26 at 7:30 p.m. "Over the Tavern" Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.

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 11, 12 & 13–Lake Bemidji Summer Opera Festival will present two family friendly operas: "Amahl and the Night Visitors" and "Hansel and Gretel." They will be sung in English. More information to follow.

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 7,14,21, 28 at 3 p.m."I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change" Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.


July 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 at 7:30 p.m. Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.

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 2010

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

August 4,11,18,25 at 3 p.m. "The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged" Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.

August 5-7, 12-14, 19-21,26-28 at 7:30 p.m. "The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged" Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.

September 2010 

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

Sept. 25–Billy Collins, former Poet Laurete of the U.S., evening lecure, Bemidji High School. More information to follow.

October 2010

Oct. 22-24–

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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