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Bemidji Pioneer
New opera company to present short pieces
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The Loon Opera Company, with artistic director Abe Hunter, will premiere its first production next weekend. Two short operas by Gian Carlo Menotti, "The Telephone" and "The Medium," both written in the late 1940s, will be performed by familiar local singers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26, at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave.


"The Telephone" is a comic opera about a young woman who is obsessed with talking on the telephone and her anxious suitor who can't seem to interrupt her conversations to ask a very important question. The singers will be Linda Wagner and Dallas Dubke in this tour de force offering. The second opera will be "The Medium," a two-act tragedy about a woman who conducts séances with Karissa Korbel, Sara Wabrowetz, Mark Christensen, Sarah Bull and Linda Wagner. Pianist Emily Larson will accompany both performances. Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased at the door or by calling 368-8805. For more information on the event, please see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha Night (20x20) will debut in Bemidji. PKN is an informal event where 20 speakers have 20 seconds to show an image and speak about it to the audience from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17. Some of the featured speakers this month are Noemi Aylesworth, Trish Barthorpe, Kevin Cease, John Eggers and David Wold. For more information on the event and its origin, please see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

Celtic music

Traditional Celtic music with a "rock" kick by The Durty Nelly's, a group that claims they will make everyone remember why they went to hear Irish music in the first place. Well known in the Twin Cities in such places as the Dubliner, O'Garas Pub and Halftime Rec, their repertoire includes current Irish music, rebel songs, ballads, original songs, cross-over pop tunes and pub-forged rock 'n roll. They will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday, June 18 and 19, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The restaurant closes at 9 p.m., but the pub stays open until closing.

Women's theater

Theater Workshop for young women grades 7 to college age to be given from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 26-30 by the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective at the Wild Rose Theater. The instructors for the workshop will be Cate Belleveau, artistic director of Mask and Rose, and Brooke Wichmann, peace skills coordinator at Schoolcraft Learning Community and Central Elementary. The workshop participants will explore the essays of Eve Ensel about young women from around the world. The week will end with the participants creating a theater work with original media, visual art and music to be performed at 2:30 p.m. July 30. For more information about costs, registration or any other queries, contact Cate at or 243-2685.

PB Playhouse

"Biloxi Blues," a comedy by Neil Simon is playing at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Historic Chief Theatre, 312 Beltrami Ave. N.W. Considered to be semi-autobiographical, "Biloxi Blues" is the second play in the Eugene Trilogy - the stories of Eugene Morris Jerome from Brooklyn, N.Y. "Brighton Beach Memoirs is the first play and the series ends with "Broadway Bound." The play is about a 20-year-old World War II Army recruit, Eugene Morris Jerome, who is sent to Biloxi, Miss., for basic training; he learns more about life than he ever imagined in this comedy which is rated PG-13 for some language and sexual innuendo. The play will be performed at 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday until June 19. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $11 for matinee performances. Group sale price for 10 or more is $18 per ticket. For more information or tickets: 751-7270 or

Church musicians

Bemidji Area Church Musicians present Sarah Carlson (organ), Sue Nelson (flute) and soprano Linda Wagner at noon today, June 16, at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. Lunch will be available following each recital at a nominal cost. For a complete listing of the concerts, see Calendar Listing on or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

Park concert

Tony and Doyle Turner will perform as part of the 2010 Lake Bemidji State Park Concert Series at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 20, in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park. The series is a collaboration between Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and Lake Bemidji State Park and will include events each Sunday during the summer. The concert is free but they ask for a donation to help off-set the cost of bringing this tradition to the park. A park pass is required to enter the grounds. This series is made possible by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

BSO fundraiser

"Desserts by Design," a fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, is seeking volunteers to design a table and/or donate desserts. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at First Lutheran Church, Bemidji. For more information or to volunteer, contact Judy Porter at 751-0343 or Jo Hanko at 444-5572.

Other events

- "The Foreigner" by Larry Shue is at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. This comedy is about a shy young man who feigns an inability to speak English while on a visit to a remote fishing lodge. This farce was performed at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse two seasons ago to appreciative audiences. The evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday beginning June 10-12, June 17-19 and June 24-26. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-12 and $12.50 for groups. Go south on U.S. Hwy. 71 for four miles past Park Rapids, turn left onto State Highway 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. Reservations recommended, call 218-732-0099 or

- "Doctor, doctor, give me the news," is the new exhibit at the Beltrami County Historical Society History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. The exhibit follows the path of early healthcare in Beltrami County including traditional healing, the history of North Country Hospital and Lake Julia Sanatorium to dentistry.

- "Between Fences," a traveling exhibit on a national icon, fences - to keep livestock in, to keep marauders out, to curtail the movements of small children and lively pets and for so many other reasons. The Clearwater County History Center in Shevlin was chosen by the Minnesota Humanities Center to host this traveling exhibit on loan from the Smithsonian Institute as part of the Museum on Main Street project. Conceived as part of an effort to bring exhibitions to rural communities, "Between Fences" is on its last stop before returning to the Smithsonian. A selection of artifacts, photos and illustrations, the collection will examine the importance of fences from colonial America to the present day. "Between Fences" is part of Museum on Main Street, which is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils- the Minnesota Humanities Center, and The Clearwater County Historical Society. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Hearst Foundation.

- Beltrami County History Center Fundraiser tickets are on sale now for the "Red, White and Blue High Tea," 2-4 p.m., Saturday, June 26, at Diamond Point Park. The Center is moving its spring High Tea fundraiser to the park this June with the usual teas, savories (sandwiches), scones and sweets with live musical accompaniment. This family event harkens back to the days when ladies had afternoon tea but in the modern version, dads, granddads, brothers, male cousins and suitors are welcome to join the festivities. Everyone is invited to wear vintage hats and/or clothing and there will be a supply of them at the event. The tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and includes the refreshments, a raffle drawing and keepsake of the event. Call 444-3376 or stop by the History Center for reserved seating by June 25.

- Tickets are on sale now for "An Evening with Billy Collins," former Poet Laureate of the United States at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. This nationally known and respected poet is a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York and the author of eight poetry books. Collins is a magnet for those who like humor and wisdom in poetry; he speaks to the everyman in all of us. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased now at Lueken's Village Foods North and the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Ticket requests by mail may be sent to HSMA, PO Box 542, Bemidji MN 56601. In the coming months there will be more information about Collins published as feature articles and blog entries and a video of Marsh Muirhead reading some of Collins' poetry.

- Linda Walker, nationally known wildlife artist, will conduct a three-day oil painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday, July 29-31, in the Beltrami Electric Community Room. The cost is $65 and pre-paid registration is required. This workshop is sponsored by the Northern Artist Association and class size is limited. Call Grace at 759-2952 or Gallery North at 444-9813 to reserve a spot. Walker's art may be viewed at

- Call for Artists in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties by Gallery North and Northern Artists. They will sponsor a two-day First City Ethnic Arts Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Hungry Bear Ballroom, 2300 24 St. N.W. Join them for two days of Fine Art Sales and Ethnic Arts displays, demonstrations and exhibits. Booth space, with a table and cloth, is available for up to 50 artists. This event will have live entertainment and extensive publicity. Booth rental is $30 for reservations postmarked by June 15. Reservations postmarked after June 15 will be $45. For information or to obtain a reservation form, call Jeannine at 444-4482 or 1209 30 St. N.W. Bemidji, Minnesota 56601. Please make checks payable to Gallery North. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as approved by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

Art exhibits

- Joe Rossi, an internationally known and published photographer, has some of his work in the TIN PAN gALLErY of the Blackduck Area History and Art Center. The display at the gallery will show some of Rossi's nature photography and "Nature's Alphabet," a photography project done from Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. The display will be up until June 26. The center is located at Main Street and Margaret Ave., downtown Blackduck and is open 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

- "IT IS WHAT IT IS," an exhibit of work by the late Eugene Dalzotto, is in the Talley Gallery, Education Building, Birchmont Drive on the campus of Bemidji State University. Dalzotto is known for being instrumental in the formation of BSU's Department of Visual Arts and was a master printmaker. The gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday for the June 7-July 2 exhibit. The exhibit will re-open for an August exhibition from Aug. 23 to Sept. 3, at which time the gallery hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for June is Angela Shogren and her watercolor collection, "Dreaming of spring," a collection of work, which draws inspiration from her life as wife, mother and farmer. Bad Cat Creations is located at 315 Irvine Ave N.W. For more information call 444-9225.

- Bemidji Community Art Center's June displays are two multi-media shows: "What's Your Passion" by Northern Minnesota Craftswomen in the main gallery and "Beyond Function" by Mary Helen Pelton. The BCAC is free and open to the public. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave. or at or contact 444-7570 or at Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Beltrami County Historical Society presents "Patterns and People," a collection of photographs by John Eggers. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. For more information 444-3376 or

- Bemidji Public Library's June exhibit is by photographer Cal Rice, "As I See It: The Nature of Costa Rica," which begins with sunrise on the Caribbean and ends with sunset on the Pacific Ocean. The library is located at 509 America Ave. and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant has on display the work of Cody Bartz, an art and design student at BSU who has discovered a passion for printmaking. A variety of his screen prints are on display and for sale. Brigid's Cross will be open at noon daily. For more information call 444-0567 or find us on the web at

- Cabin Coffee House and Café has on display work by Anishinaabe artist Terry Kemper whose drawings and images touch people and expresses his culture in a way that honors their way of being. Many of the pieces include the "Manomin" or wild rice, which is regarded by the Anishinaabe people as a sacred gift. The Cabin also features original art and cards for sale by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week at 214 Third Street.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents Jayson Knutson and his collection of work in paint and pen and ink for June. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week, 444-5252

- Gallery North's showcase artist for June is photographer Kathy Jo McKeown and her exhibit of photos on a variety of subjects. Member featured artist of the month is Marion Caroline Reil, a watercolor artist. The gallery is located 502 Irving Ave. N.W. Gallery North has its new web site up and running. The website features Gallery North Artists, Artwork and information on the Gallery and upcoming events.

- Glazed & Amused - Paint your Own Pottery Studio, 311 Third St. N.W., has a window display featuring beautiful ceramic pieces painted by the customers. Walk-in painters are always welcome. For more information call 218-333-6880 or email

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents work by artist Kate Lalone and her exhibit, "Visions of Life." Kate Lalone, Lilly's eye photo artist, challenges us to view perspectives of life through all senses. Lalone's work will be on display now through June for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Also featured through June are Handwoven Baskets by Eve Sumsky in the new coffee and gift shop, The Bistro at WoodsEdge. Her baskets are for sale and may be purchased on site. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is located just inside the front entryway to Neilson Place at WoodsEdge, on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. NW. Bemidji. For more information, email

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display wood works that are both functional and beautiful by Austin Klinske of Art Craft Wood Products. The coffee house is open six days a week, closed on Sunday.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has an ongoing display of new art work by Michael De Witt, Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillimundi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

- Stop by the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- June 20, 7 p.m., Bemidji Community Band, Baker Park. BSU Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex in case of rain.

- June 23, noon, Bemidji Area Curch Musicians concert, Evangelical Free Church.

- June 23-July 3, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" by Steve Martin depicts an imaginary meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein. Paul Bunyan Playhouse

- June 26, 1:30 p.m., Ken Wold community retirement party and service in the Fellowship Center Chapel on the Oak Hills Christian College campus.

- June 30, noon, Bemidji Area Church Musicians concert, First Lutheran Church.

- June 26, 7:30 p.m., Kari Munson and Friends in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage every Thursday at 9 p.m. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- Pelican Railroad, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ, 119 Thiurd St. N.W.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club. The public is invited to attend. For information call 759-2952.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to

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