Thursday, September 29
It’s early jazz and Dixieland with the New Reformation Band, opening the Lakes Area Concert Series at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. The show starts at 7:30.
Friday, September 30
The Duluth Festival Opera presents Pocahontas: One Woman, Two Worlds at the Reif Center Friday night at 7:30. After the performance, Reif president David Marty will moderate a discussion about the show and the recent controversy over its casting and cultural sensitivity. The peanut gallery at Huffington Post has made a pretty united decision of where they stand on that issue.
Folk singer, guitarist and dulcimer player Claudia Schmidt appears as part of the Grassroots Concerts series at the Journey Church in downtown Nisswa. That’s a 7:30 show Friday.
Bemidji Area Arts Endowment will hold its Eighth Annual Oom Pah for the Arts Friday night starting at 6, at the Hungry Bear Banquet & Conference Center. The event includes wine and beer tasting, a German dinner and music provided by Dennis Doeden, “Tuba” Jim Thompson and friends. The endowment is dedicated to the support of the arts in the Bemidji area, supporting the grants and scholarships for string students, arts events and artists. Contact Chairman Mike Tangen at 444-8310 for tickets.
Saturday, October 1
Sam Miltich and Peter Ostroushko in concert at Davies Theater on the Itasca Community College campus. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Art and craft shows in Brainerd, at the high school, and Nashwauk, in the recreation building, from 9 to 4.
Sunday, October 2
Bemidji Symphony Orchestra: American Jazz, featuring Gershwin’s Concerto in F, opens the season at 3 Sunday at Bemidji High School’s auditorium.
Monday, October 3
'Mark Twain Himself' is a live one-man show. Richard Garey of Hannibal, Missouri recreates the famous Mark Twain shows of 100 years ago . It combines comedy, biting satire and drama. It’s at the Bemidji High School auditorium on Monday night at 7.
Minnesota History Datebook
Sept. 30, 1892 The Oliver Mining Company is organized to work the Iron Range. It would eventually own nearly all of the mines in the range.
Sept. 30, 1981 The Twins play their final game at Metropolitan Stadium. The Mall of America now occupies the site.
Oct. 1, 1992 The MinnesotaCare health program, benefiting uninsured low-income Minnesota residents, goes into effect. MinnesotaCare is financed by state tax dollars, provider taxes, and premiums paid by enrollees. According to the Institute for Southern Studies' "Gold and Green 2000" report, Minnesota boasts the lowest number of people without health insurance in the country.