Dec. 3 Schoolcraft Learning Community Winter Concert
The concert takes place at 6:30 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium, is open to the public, will showcase Schoolcraft choirs, orchestras and French programs, and admission is free.
Dec. 3 Headwaters Youth Orchestra Recital
The Headwaters Youth Orchestra will be presenting a winter recital on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. This recital is free and open to the public. The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji. Please call 218-444-5606 for more information about this event.
Dec. 5-8, 13-15 Long Lake Theater to Present Traditional Christmas Carol
This holiday favorite is back at Long Lake Theater! Cast members from Nevis, Menahga, and Park Rapids come together on December 5th through the 15th in Hubbard to present the long time favorite including a choral music segment under the direction of Brian Hobson, complimentary hot cider and chocolate, and of course, several varieties of Christmas goodies. Experienced actor and director Bryan Gallagher, who joined the Long Lake Theater troop this summer as an actor and stage manager, is the director. December 5-7, and 12-14 at 7:30. Matinees: December 7,8,14,15 at 3:00. Tickets at Beagle Books, online at www.longlaketheater.com, and by calling 732-0099.
Dec. 6 First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji
There's loads of great art happening around town for this December's First Friday! Stop by Watermark Art Center (former BCAC) for their annual Holiday Open House and Ornament Sale and the It's Only Clay Exhibit from 12 noon - 5:00 p.m.. Then don't forget to take in the book release party for local author Daniel J. Rice and "This Side of Wilderness" at Bemidji Brewing Co. from 4-9:00 p.m., visual artist Judith Selby at the Bemidji Public Library from 3:30-5:00 p.m., photographer Joanna Johnson at the Cabin Coffee House, Gallery North's Christmas Boutique from 2-5 along with an artist reception for featured artists Maria Hamre and Kathy Sanders, and Anita Merritt showing her beaded flowers and insects as well as providing a demonstration at Headwaters Science Center from 5-6:00 p.m. Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson have an art opening for their new body of work at the Wild Hare (see below) and Kathy Gustafson and Don Houseman's work is showing at Raven Rock Gallery (also listed below). Round out your evening of art at Rail River Folk School for The Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage. Sign-up from 6:30-7:30. Open mic starts at 7:30 p.m. For more complete information on these First Friday events, please go to bcac.wordpress.com. Thanks, Watermark, and all the First Friday venues for this great line-up!
Dec. 6 Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse Presents New Collaborations by Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson
The public is invited to an opening reception on First Friday, December 6th from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Professionals and students must see two of our region's best known and widely celebrated artists! Award winning artists Davidson and Knudson have been working collaboratively for decades. Marlon was an instructor at Bemidji State University until his retirement, and Don has been a sculptor and a furniture maker. The artists are best known for their dimensional, mixed-media wall pieces that show well in private and public spaces. Don's contribution to the pieces are the wood assemblage and Marlon's the collage elements. (Note: there will be no First Friday Wine Bar and Dinner at the Wild Hare in December and January, as well as no artist reception in January. Davidson and Knudson will show through January).
Dec. 6 Kathy Gustafson and Don Houseman Reception at RavenRock Gallery
As part of the First Friday Art Walk, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Gustafson and Houseman's exhibit "Artistic Explorations" will feature some of their work that has led them in new directions, as well as work that is a current exploration of new methods, subjects, or media. One of the objectives of the two artists is to successfully combine both natural elements and also more sophisticated content, and put them together in a way that makes the work harmonious. Both artists look at nature as their primary source of inspiration, but are also aware of art history, and the progress of art through the Twentieth Century to the present.
Dec. 6-7 and 13-15 The King and I
Bemidji Community Theater in collaboration with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse present The King and I at the Historic Chief Theater, Fridays and Saturdays Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 15 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets $12/Adults, $6/Children (17 & under). Available at Shannon's Art&Soul and Iverson's Corner Drug & Ken K. Thompson Jewelry at the Mall. This Rodgers and Hammerstein musical masterpiece is complete with lavish costumes and a lush score of classics. This Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon under the direction of Mary Knox Johnson and Karen Bradley will leave you whistling a happy tune!
Dec. 6&8 Park Rapids Classic Chorale Concert
The concert is held at 7:30 pm on December 6 and at 3:00 pm on the 8th at St John's Lutheran Church, 803 1st Street W, Park Rapids. Come relax and enjoy holiday music.
Dec. 7 3rd Annual Holidays by Hand Festival
Come to the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area and satisfy your holiday craving for local arts and crafts at this annual festival. Loads of local vendors! 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dec. 7 A Winter Tea
Cecelia Wattles McKeig, local author/historican, will share stories about Bemidji's rich history at this Fundraiser to Save the Bemidji Carnegie Library in the First Lutheran Fellowship Hall from 2-3:30 p.m. In addition to storytelling, there will be musical entertainment, delicious scones & cookies, and coffee and tea. Door prizes too! Cost is $20 in advance at the City Hall or Chamber or $25.00 at the door.
Dec. 7 MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS
Come enjoy the bold sound of this Christmas tradition! MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS will be performed in Bemidji on Saturday, December 7th at 1:00pm at the Paul Bunyan Mall. Rehearsal is the same day at 10:00 a.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. All Tuba and Euphonium players are encouraged to call the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 218-444-5606 to sign up and be part of this Christmas tradition!
Dec. 7 Death by Chocolate Studio Hop
Blue Sky Beads, Creative Minds Messy Fingers Studio and Beagle Books and Bindery will be having a Christmas Extravaganza, Death by Chocolate. From 10 a.m.-5p.m.
Enjoy refreshments, demos of our work, discounts and door prizes as you join us for some holiday fun. More information and locations at http://www.blueskybeads.net/Events.html
Dec. 8 Bemidji Chorale Christmas Concerts
The Bemidji Chorale will be presenting their 34th Annual Winter Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church 2508 Washington Avenue SE in Bemidji, MN. Freewill offering.
Dec. 10 The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Presents Annual Holiday Celebrations & Messiah Sing-along
The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, presents its annual Holiday Celebrations & Messiah Sing-along concert at 7:30 pm in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Selections from George F. Handel's Messiah will feature soloists Dr. Corey Renbarger (Assistant Professor of Music, Bemidji State University) along with BSU vocal program students Luke Barnard, Lorrisa Craigmile, Anna DeJong, and Caitlin Rogers. Audience members will be invited to join in on Messiah sing-along choruses. Those planning to sing along are encouraged to bring their own Messiah music scores to the concert. A number of scores will be available at the door for those who need them. The concert includes holiday favorites such as Sleigh Ride, White Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Let it Snow, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Carol of the Drum, Leroy Anderson's Christmas Festival and others. Also on the program are Johann Bach's Chorale Prelude,Wachet Auf and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. Tickets available at the door or in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North and South, and online at brownpapertickets.com. $20/adults, $15/seniors 62+, and $10/college students with ID. Students grades K-12/ free. For those who hold BSO Season Tickets, the Holiday Concert is included. All seats are general admission.
Dec. 10-16 Nemeth Art Center Annual Members' Show in Park Rapids
The 2nd Annual Nemeth Art Center Members' Show will will be held at The Good Life Cafe in Park Rapids. This year the show will also feature a raffle and silent auction comprised of pieces from the show and other exciting items. Donation of an item to the raffle/silent auction is not required in order to participate in the show; however, all donated pieces are greatly appreciated. If you are interested in participating, but not a member, you can become a member by donating $25 on the NAC website (www.nemethartcenter.org). If you have questions or are interested in participating, please e-mail director, Meredith Lynn, at Meredith@nemethartcenter.org.
Dec. 11 Artist Mentor Grant Recipient Elias Connel to Perform in Student Electronic Music Group Concert at BSU
Bemidji High School Senior Elias Connel has been mentoring with musician and BSU instructor Greg Gaston this past fall. To see Connel and other talented BSU musicians, don't miss this Voltage performance starting at 7:30 in the Bangsberg Auditorium on the Bemidji State University campus. Connel will perform throughout the concert and his original piece, "Take a Break," featuring his electronic music and live instrumentalists, will be performed as well.
Dec. 14 Second Saturday Bazaar at Rail River Folk School in Bemidji
Come to the Holiday Spectacular Second Saturday Night Bizarre event! This is the perfect destination to find special one of a kind gifts for the holidays. Held every second Saturday of the month at the RailRiver Folk School, offering artists, farmers, home based businesses and more an opportunity to display and sell their goods and services! A variety of vendors showcase their wares in the main room of the RRFS, with a new group every month, everyone's sure to find something unique! Head on over for art, food, music, networking, and supporting our local community and the RailRiver Folk School! Saturday, December 14th 2013 from 4 p.m. til 8:30 p.m. 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji.
Dec. 19 Arts Downtown PR (3rd Thursdays) Continues
The Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at four locations in downtown Park Rapids: Beagle Books, Bella Caffè, The Good Life Cafe and Necce's Ristorante. There is no admission charge to Arts Downtown PR events. Plan to spend the evening Downtown and stay to hear Black River Revue, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Armory Square, located at the corner of US Hwy. 71 and 2nd Street in Downtown Park Rapids.
Dec. 20-22 Student Christmas Recitals at HSMA
Headwaters School of Music and the Arts invites the public to their annual Student Christmas Recitals. All students will be performing at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts Recital Hall on Friday December 20 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday December 21 at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., and Sunday December 22 at 2:00 p.m. The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji. Please call 218-444-5606 for more information about this event.
Jan. 18 Opera HD presents "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "I Pagliacci" at Bemidji Amigo Cinema
Opera HD will resume again in January with the double bill "Cavalleria Rusticana" by Mascagni and "I Pagliacci" by Leoncavallo. These two operas are traditionally presented together since each is about one hour long and they definitely complement each other. More information coming your way in 2014. Until then, please direct any questions to the Gallaghers at 218-586-2536