This Weekend in the Arts!

Here are several of the R2AC grant-supported arts events happening in Region 2 this weekend:

Nov. 9-11:  The Foreigner (Baudette)
Pequana Playhouse proudly presents The Foreigner. Dinner Theater Nov. 9 &  10 (dining at 6:00 p.m.,  play at 7:00).  Sunday Matinee Nov. 11 (dining 1:00 p.m., play at 2:00 p.m.).  $7/person. $12 includes dinner. Advance tickets:  Howard’s Oil and The Smiling Moon in Baudette.  “Show only” tickets also available at the door.

Nov. 9-12 & 18: OLIVER! (Bemidji)
Under the direction of Mary Knox Johnson, Bemidji Community Theater in collaboration with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse present OLIVER!  Nov 9-12 at 7:30 p.m. Sun Matinees on Nov 11&18 at 2:00 p.m. Historic Chief Theater, downtown Bemidji.  Tickets: Iverson Corner Drug, Ken K Thompson Jewelry at the Mall, or at the box office one hour before the show.  $12/ adults and $6 /17 and under.  Bring a non-perishable food item to the theater for a $1 refund on the ticket price.

Nov. 11  Bemidji Symphony Orchestra: Music and War
Under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, BSO presents the second concert of the series “Tunes & Topics” on Veteran’s Day, Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Doors open for seating at 2:30 pm. Special guest artist Wesley Baldwin, cellist, will be featured on Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85. (For more concert detail, go to the BSO website. A post-concert conversation will follow.
All veterans of the United States Armed Forces are invited to attend the concert free of charge. Complementary tickets can be picked up at the Beltrami County Veterans’ Service Office at 616 America Ave. NW, Suite 140, or at the door.

Tickets: at the door, or in advance at Lueken’s North, Brigid’s Pub, or online at $20/adults, $15/senior citizens 62+, and $10/college students with ID.  K-12/free. All seats are general admission. This activity is made possible, in part, by the voters of MN through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Nov. 11:   The Hunts (Bemidji)
Champion fiddling is mixed with a blend of world-ranked step dancing, and beautiful vocal harmonies with this talented family of 9.  Performance at the Bemidji High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets available at HSMA 519 MN Ave., Overbeeks Electronics, Kelsey’s Jewelry.  Adults: $17 in advance/$20 at the door. Students: $5. Sponsored by Paul Bunyan Communications and made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Woody Reflected: TONIGHT in Park Rapids

Celebrate 100 years of Woody Guthrie’s music with Tony Glover, Charlie Maguire and Pop Wagner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at Calvary Lutheran Church.  Calvary Lutheran Church is located at 112 Park Ave. So. (US Highway 71), just south of the intersection of State Highways 71 and 34.

The Park Rapids Area Library and Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council are collaborating to host this free program, a celebration of the music and the icon Woody Guthrie represented.

Over the decades, Woody Guthrie’s songs have run around the world like a fast train on a well-oiled track. They’ve become the folk song standards of the nation, known and performed in many languages throughout the world, spreading messages of the power of the people. Pretty Boy Floyd, Pastures of Plenty, Hard Travelin’, Deportees, Roll On Columbia, Vigilante Man and This Land Is Your Land are among the hundreds of his songs that have become staples in the canon of American music.

Woody Guthrie was born July 14, 1912 in Okemah, OK and died Oct. 3, 1967 in Queens, NY. During his lifetime, Woody Guthrie wrote nearly 3,000 song lyrics, published two novels, created artworks, and authored numerous published and unpublished manuscripts, poems, prose and plays.

Having lived through some of the most significant historic movements and events of the 20th Century – the Great Depression, the Great Dust Storm, World War II, the social and political upheavals resulting from Unionism, the Communist Party and the Cold War – Woody Guthrie absorbed it all to become a prolific writer whose songs, ballads, prose and poetry captured the plight of everyman.

Maguire, Glover and Wagner will present a taste of Woody’s music and story through original pieces as well as through Woody’s own music.

This Legacy program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.    

2010 Artist Mentor Grant Recipient and his Hand-Built Ukulele Take Spotlight

Carl Graefe with his mentor Jeff Burger

2010 Artist Mentor Grant Recipient Carl Graefe and his hand-built ukulele “Mae” had their debut on Sunday at the Bemidji High School Spring Senior Recital at Thompson Recital Hall on the BSU campus.

Local luthier Jeff Burger mentored Graefe in building the ukulele from black ash harvested from the woods surrounding Burger’s home. In addition, the ukulele is comprised of an ebony fingerboard, mahogany neck and peghead, and a rosewood bridge.  With his mentor Jeff Burger in the audience, Carl closed the senior recital with a song on his ukulele.  He concluded by thanking Burger for mentoring him, and Region 2 Arts Council for the Artist Mentor Grant which made the experience possible.

After hearing Graefe perform, Burger commented on the mentoring experience, “Carl always showed up with enthusiasm for the work ahead.  Watching Carl play and sing with his new ukulele was fun.  It’s really the goal and the best reward in building an instrument.”

This activity is funded in whole by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

Bemidji Chorale Concert and Ice Cream Social on Mother’s Day

The Bemidji Chorale will present its 33rd Annual Spring Mother’s Day Concert and Ice Cream Social at the Beaux Arts Ballroom on the campus of Bemidji State University in Bemidji on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

This concert will have some surprises as well as a wide variety of literature. The theme of the program is: Reflection, Possibility, Whimsey, which opens the door to some unique musical styles.

Some featured soloists include Jim Dougherty, Josh Gunderson, Eric Benson, Carla Norris Raynbird, Sharon Shuster, Sutton Stewart, Maddy Lawrence, and our remarkable accompanist, Wayne Hoff. The concert is conducted by Patricia Mason. Freewill offering. Ice Cream Social following. Everyone is urged to attend.

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

Schoolcraft Spring Concert at Bemidji High School

Please come and celebrate with us!  Schoolcraft Learning Community will present its 12th Annual Spring Concert, showcasing the choirs, orchestras, and French program.

The event will start at 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at the Bemidji High School Performance Arts Center.  

This event is free of charge, and supported in part by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Closes 73rd Season, “Made in America”

Clay Jenkinson depicts Theodore Roosevelt in upcoming BSO Performance

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will close its 2011-12 concert series with an exciting program entitled “American History,” on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

Clay Jenkinson returns to Bemidji to narrate the Minnesota premier of Chris Brubeck’s new composition Roosevelt in Cowboy Land, a symphonic work that tells the story of Theodore Roosevelt’s time in the badlands of North Dakota. The program also features music representative of the Roosevelt White House, including Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag, Saint-Saëns’ The Swan, David Popper’s Vito, and Virgil Thompson’s The Plow that Broke the Plains.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Lueken’s North, Brigid’s Cross, and online at Prices are  $20 adults; $15 senior citizens 62+;  $10 college students with ID.  Students grades K–12 are admitted free. Doors open for seating at 2:30 PM.  More information is at

Arts Downtown Park Rapids TONIGHT 5-7 p.m.

Rebby Lee will play at Bella Caffe

It’s April 19th, the third Thursday of the month, and the arts are alive in Park Rapids, Minnesota. Head over to Beagle Books to listen to LouAnn Muhm’s students from Nevis High School read their original poetry.  The Bella Caffe  is featuring Rebby Lee and Good Life Cafe hosts the Northern Bass Family Band. What a night!

Rebby Lee will be featured from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè. A singer, songwriter, lyricist, pianist, guitar player, violinist, drummer, poet, writer and photographer, she has played at Itasca State Park once or twice a year since 1999 and will return to the park this year on Aug. 4 and Sept. 15. She writes songs of nature and people, inspired by the north woods. “I love the area and am grateful for its inspiration,” she says.  Among the songs she will share are “In the Woods” and “Dance of the Norway Pines.”

In honor of National Poetry Month, LouAnn Muhm, poet and English instructor at Nevis High School, will bring students to read their original poetry from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Beagle Books.

Northern Bass Family Band will play from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe. Band members are Brian Bass on drums and vocals, Louise Bass on keyboard, bass and vocals, and Dan Bass on guitar and vocals. They have been playing together since 2006 and perform a variety of music including early rock ’n roll, surf instrumentals and standards. They were featured on a Lakeland News “In Focus” segment and enjoy playing at assorted venues and fundraising events. The Bass Family likes spending time playing together and living in rural Northern Minnesota.

Third Thursday events are designed to bring audiences to see and hear visual artists, musicians, writers and other artists in businesses in downtown Park Rapids on the Third Thursday of the month. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to make a free will donation to the artists. Contact Lu Ann Hurd-Lof at 652-4081 or

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.