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Arts Briefs for April 06, 2014

Bemidji choir

concert scheduled

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji choir will perform at 3 p.m. today, at the Bangsberg Main Theater on the BSU campus, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students are free.

Student filmmakers at Film Festival

BEMIDJI — A dozen student filmmakers from across the U.S. are vying for the top prize at BSU’s second annual Headwaters Film Festival on Friday and Saturday.

The student showcase competition will take place at 7 p.m. Friday.

Feature screenings and a workshop will take begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Twelve student filmmakers have submitted 13 works for consideration at the student film fest.

The films cover a broad variety of genres, including documentary, narrative, silent musicals and experimental animation.

For more information, visit

Poetry workshop announced

BEMIDJI — A poetry workshop titled “Poetry as Departure” with Erin Lynn Marsh will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. The purpose of this workshop is to show both beginning and advanced poets how to use their favorite poems as a point of departure for writing their own poetry. The workshop will explore how reading influences writing by looking at samples of well-known poets who have written poetry based on other poets’ work.

If interested, call 251-6655 or email

Local author’s novels published as ebooks

BEMIDJI — Stephen J Pitzen, a 1971 graduate from Walker Hackensack High School and resident of the Benedict/Laporte area, published four stories in an ebooks format on All books have a northern Minnesota theme.

Region 2 Arts Council Receives recognition

BEMIDJI — Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts recently recognized the Region 2 Arts Council for the impact the organization is having statewide utilizing funds provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

 In 2008, Minnesota voters approved the amendment which added three-eighths of 1 percent to the state’s sales tax, and dedicated the revenue to projects that would help preserve the state’s arts and outdoors legacy.

Since the legacy amendment was voted into existence, Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts have traveled around the state highlighting the places in the state where the funds are best being put to use to serve the intent of the amendment.

The Minnesota State Arts Board and each of the 11 Regional Arts Councils will get “Legacy Partners” awards for effective and extensive use of public panels to make grant decisions.