Anglo-Celtic rock band, "Lehto," known for blending Irish and Celtic medleys seasoned with rock, will perform from 8 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Sept. 12, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The three piece band - mandolin, guitar, and percussion - has a reputation of being the best Anglo-Celtic rock group performing today. The show is free and open to the public. More information is available at brigidsirishpub.com.
The public returns each year to Walker's Ethnic Fest and the chance to travel the world within a four-block area. The 17th Annual Ethnic Fest will begin with the 11 a.m. parade down Main Street, Saturday, Sept. 12, and will include many of the performing groups like the Winnipeg Police Bagpipe Band. The day will have many multi-cultural activities for youth and adults throughout the town, food vendors will be on the courthouse lawn and local restaurants will serve ethnic cuisine. The craft area will be located on Fifth Street with more than 20 exhibitors displaying and selling their work from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the day, three outdoor stages will be set up to welcome Caleigh, Northwind Crossing, Lehto and Wright, Greg Herriges, The Brothers Burn Mountain, Taarka and Annie Humphrey. The Rocky Mountain Alphorn Duo will be strolling through the town during the day and again at the Ranch House Supper Club in the evening. The Winnipeg Police Bagpipe Band will perform again at 8 p.m. at the American Legion. For more information, go to ethnicfest.com for a complete listing of performers, times and venues. Buy an $8 button in support of the event and also to get a chance to win some prizes. Don't forget to bring a chair as seating is at a premium at all the events.
"Forever Wild," an award-winning multi-media celebration of nature will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. NW. Folk singer and photographer Walkin' Jim Stoltz will combine his original folk-style songs with a 27,000-mile trek through our country's last wild places for a concert of pictures, stories and songs. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and $12 at the door.
Region 2 Arts Council is calling for representatives from local government, arts organizations, non-profits and interested individuals who would like to attend a listening session Thursday, Sept. 17, by the Beltrami County Region 2 Board members, Kathy Gustufson and Patt Rall. They will be prepared to lead a discussion on how Region 2 can meet the needs of the arts in Beltrami County. There is no charge for this meeting and please register in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 751-5447 or 800-275-5447. The session will begin at 5 p.m. in the Bemidji Public Library Conference Room.
Headwaters School of Music and the Arts announces a new theater program for students ages 7-12. Under the direction of Bridget Stromberg, the classes will be held Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. Classes started on Sept. 3. For more information, call 444-5605.
Region 2 Arts Council and North Dakota Museum of Art are collaborating on an exhibit of "Snow County Prison: Interned in North Dakota." Sixty years ago, the Department of Justice set up an internment camp at the Snow County Prison. The exhibit features historic photos and murals of the camp, floor to ceiling cloth banners imprinted with images of people interned there and wall text taken from the Haiku poems of Japanese internee Itaru Ina. From Sept. 1-25, the exhibit will be at the North Country Museum, 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids. Call 218-237-5900 for hours and directions. This exhibit will move to the White Earth Veterans Memorial Building in Mahnomen for Oct. 6-20.
- The Sixth Annual OomPah for the Arts, the main fundraising event of Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, will be held Friday, Sept. 18, at the Bemidji Town and Country Club. The $50 ticket price includes a Wine and Beer Tasting from 6-8 p.m., a full-course German dinner and music for your dancing and listening pleasure by Dennis Doeden, Tuba Jim and Friends from 6-10 p.m. The price includes and a $35 tax deductible donation. BAAE is proud that approximately $.97 out of every donated dollar goes directly into the endowment and general fund, and this year, $9,291 was awarded in the Bemidji community. Tickets are available at Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., from any board member or by contacting Mike Tangen at email@example.com by calling or 444-8310. As in the past, tables can be reserved for a group, and a company wishing to be a corporate sponsor may contact Mike for information. BAAE is a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.
- Gallery North will hold a class on wet-on-wet painting class with Grace Garland and Marion Caroline Reil featuring a Northwood's landscape, "Fall Birches." from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22. Pre-registration with pre-payment is $40, on class day registration is $45. For more information call 444-9813 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lorie Line and her 20th Year Anniversary Show will come to Bemidji at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12. "An Intimate Christmas with Lori Line" with her Fab Five (five of her favorite musicians) is a return to her roots with old favorites and memorable traditions from her earlier years. Cameras are a must as children 4 and older will be able to have a moment on stage with Santa and don't forget the bells from former years. Tickets are on sale now at www.lorieline.com.
- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gift Shop, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., features the work of Bagley potter, Malotte Backer.
- Beltrami County Historical Society in conjunction with Gallery North presents, "School Days." The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.
- Bemidji Community Art Center September exhibit is "Unique Vision," landscape photos from Utah, Wyoming and Minnesota by Jon Heller. Don't forget to check out the new inventory at Shop 426; all proceeds benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. BCAC is free and open to the public every day but Sunday and Monday and is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.
- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., has an exhibit of the new macro work by photographer Kathy Jo McKeown on the Art Wall. The work reflects the intimate beauty found in nature and other up-close subjects. This exhibit was made possible in part by Region 2 Arts Council.
- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., has on display "Local and Global: Photographs that make you wonder" by John Eggers. Also on display and available for purchase are Levandowski Pottery and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson.
- Gallery North, 501 Third St. N.W., welcomes Steve Herriot and his acrylic landscape painting as their Showcase Artist of the month. Member featured artists of the month are Monie Martin, a well known basket maker, whose work ranges from the functional to fine art, and Jeanine Brooks, who is known for her whimsical oil paintings. Author of the month is Wendy Potratz and her book, "Agnes Play Soccer," a story for children who play organized sports.
- Glazed and Amused,311 Third St. N.W., a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, has a front window display featuring ceramic pieces painted by customers - walk-in painters are always welcome. Glazed and Amused is open Wednesday-Sunday, and hours are posted on the door.
- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., and the North Country Health Services Art Committee are pleased to host for September-Novenber Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Another Take," a collection of watercolor, acrylic and collage work, which reflect her impression of life in Bemidji, for the months of September through November. Her work is for sale and a price list will be at the reception desk.
- Tutto Bene has an ongoing display of new art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby Pat Shough 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:
- Tapestry at the Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., 7 p.m., Sat., Sept. 19.
- A Night of Chamber Music with Minnesota Orchestra musicians, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27, Bemidji State University Thompson Recital Hall.
- Powwows: History, Culture and Symbolism with Henry Flocken, 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Academy of Lifelong Learning, Center for Research and Innovation, 3801 Bemidji Ave. N, Suite 4.
- First City of the Arts Studio Cruise '09, Friday-Sunday Oct. 16-18.
- J.S. Bach Multiharpsichord Fest, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, BSU Bangsberg Recital Hall.
- Gothenburg Combo, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, BSU Thompson Recital Hall.
- Street musicians 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday night, downtown Bemidji.
- Pelican Railroad 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BB, 119 Third St. N.W.
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 email@example.com