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Patt Rall Pioneer Previews for Aug. 11: Church musician to perform on piano, organ
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Bemidji Area Church Musicians will welcome Joe Henry on the piano and organ noon today, The Church of St. Philip. 702 Beltrami Ave.

-- free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. Lunch is 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


Book Festival

Bemidji Book Festival, six days of free literary events and author visits continues for the week:

-- Today, Aug.11 at 2 p.m., Diamond Point Park with author and poet, Susan Carol Hauser, a poet, essayist and natural history writer will speak. Winner of the 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship, "Loft Award in Poetry," Hauser's many publications include "You Can Write a Memoir" and "A Field Guide to Poison Ivy."

-- At 7p.m., tonight, Sean Hill will read from his first book, "Blood Ties & Brown Liquor" and his newest anthology, "Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry" at the Bemidji Community Art Center.

-- Thursday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Alison McGhee who writes books in all forms and for all ages will speak. She is the author of the "Julian Gillian" series for young readers about a young girl who lives in Minneapolis.

-- At 2 p.m. Thursday, Cabin Coffee House and Café, Elaine Fleming, a member of the Leech Lake Nation will speak about her first play, "No, My Girl, You Tell the Story." A story of how a grandmother passes on the gift of storytelling to her granddaughter.

-- At 7 p.m. Thursday, American Indian Resource Center, Jim Northrup, an Anishinaabe journalist, writer, artist and radio personality, and who lives the traditional life with his family in northern Minnesota will speak.

-- Friday, Aug. 13 at 2 p.m., Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, poet Larry Schub will speak about how his experiences as a fire fighter, grave digger, dish washer and army service add richness to his writing.

-- At 7 p.m. Friday, Cabin Coffee House and Café, Beth Solheim the author of the Sadie Witt Mystery series writes at night while she hosts a ghost or two in her humorous paranormal mysteries.

-- Saturday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m., Bemidji Public Library, Marion Dane Bauer will speak about the art of writing. Her writing book, "What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction" is used by writers of all ages.

-- At 4 p.m. Saturday, Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, Carol Ann Russell, professor of Women's Studies and Poetry at BSU, will speak.

-- At the Lake Bemidji waterfront, local authors will be present for the Bemidji Library Author Fair from 1-5 p.m., Aug. 14. Attendees will be able to speak with some local authors and purchase copies of their books.

Depot Day

The Beltrami County Historical Society will celebrate its ninth annual Depot Day Fest from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14., at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. This fundraising event will feature music, vendors, children's activities, horse and wagon rides, square dancing, Middle Eastern dance and, from noon-2 p.m., a special book signing with Cecelia Wattles Mckeig and her latest book, "Bermidji: A Snapshot of Bemidji 1940-1960." For more information, call 444-3376.

Theater offerings

-- "Gypsy," by Jules Styne and Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents, on stage now at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The last show of the summer is based on the autobiography of famed burlesque queen, Gypsy Rose Lee. Pianist Abe Hunter and percussionist Andrew P. Clemenson provide accompaniment. The show will be performed at 8 p.m., tonight Aug. 11, until Saturday, Aug..14. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and the group sale price for 10 or more is $18 per ticket. For more information or tickets: call 751-7270 or For more information about the play and a listing of the actors, please see or Our Voices on home page of

-- "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" will open at the Long Lake Theater until Aug. 27. The play is a parody of all 37 plays in 97 minutes by three Bemidji actors - Andy Browers, Eric Benson and Bob Boland and is directed by incoming Bemidji High School theater teacher, Tracy Nicole Klefsas There will be a 3 p.m. matinee Aug 11, 18, 25 and 26. Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. Aug.12-14, 19-21 and 26-28 at Long Lake Theater. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-12 and group rate (15 or more) is $12.50. Reservations are recommended; call 218-732-0099 or

-- "Fool's Gold," is a silly piece of work about the Fool Family and the discovery of gold on their property. Ima Fool (Amber Allen) is the heroine and Sam Lactose (DJ Arens) is the hero in this year's Bemidji Community Theater Melodrama at Lake Bemidji State Park. Directed by Vicki Stenerson with stage manager Carolyn Towler and Tammy Rogers as costumer, this family-friendly event will be played out at the amphitheater at the state park for campers and locals alike. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug.13 and 14. Admission is free. A donation to help offset the costs of the production will be accepted by strategically placed basket holders. Always a big audience draw, take a folding chair just in case, some bug spray and a light wrap.

-- "The Producers," a politically incorrect comedy by Mel Brooks by the Crimson Creek Players will run through Saturday, Aug. 14, in the Empire Arts Center, 425 Demers Ave., Grand Forks, N.D. For tickets, call 701-777-4090. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. See arts or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji for more information.

Elvis memorabilia

"Remembering Elvis," with music and memorabilia will be the display at the Blackduck History Center, Main and Margaret Streets, for August. Ice cream Sundae's will top off the display on Saturday, Aug. 28, when Elvis will leave the building.

Children's author

Don Houseman, artist and author, will celebrate the publication of his new children's book, "Great Fishing Adventure," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14, at the TIN PAN gALLErY located in the Blackduck History and Art Center. The six animal characters from the first book along with Farmer Maynard go fishing. Original art illustrations and new barn paintings will be on display. Houseman will read from his book at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Take your camera for a picture with Harvey.


-- Paint a Feather with a bird or birch tree at Gallery North at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28. All materials will be provided. Students will complete and frame their art work to take home. Pre-paid registration is $40 or $45 on the day of the class. Call 759-2952 or 751-774 to register.

-- A Workshop by writer Sean Hill, titled "Containing your Obsessions - Writing the Villanelle," will be offered from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 14, as part of the Bemidji Community Art Center Spoken Word Event. The group will be limited to 14 people and the cost is $35 for adults and $20 for students. The workshop will be held downstairs in the Historic Carnegie Library, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. For more information call 444-7570 or go to the web at for more information.

Poetry event

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. 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.

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. on 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.

Art exhibits

-- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for August is Terry Garrett and some of her new work in mixed media collage, "Fragments-Disparate Parts to Make a Whole." Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 artists in fine art and craft and is located at 315 Irvine Ave N.W.

-- Bemidji Community Art Center and the Northern Clay Center present the work of six McKnight ceramic Artists in the main gallery and an exhibit celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Headwaters Basketmakers Guild in Gallery X2. Both installations will be up for August. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave or at or contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at Hours are 12-5 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. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Avenue S.W. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more information 444-3376 or

-- Bemidji Public Library has on display for August original watercolors from the children's book, "Thoughts from Pudge (A Philosophical Look at Life from a Dog's Point of View)" by local artist Marion Caroline Reil and author Mary Knox Johnson. The book is about the real life antics of a mixed breed dog as he encounters various adventures. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday through Saturday.

-- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant has on display the wood work of Jonathan Billing for the month of August. Billing's work is in oak and crafted to show the character of the wood. Brigid's Cross is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday and noon Sunday. For more information call 444-0567 or find us on the web at

-- Cabin Coffee House and Café, welcomes Jane Marks-Hastig, an up-cycling artist for August. The majority of the works are whimsical glass mosaics using salvaged broken tempered glass pieces, found and discarded items and natural elements. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. Located at 214 Third St. N.W., the Cabin is open seven days a week.

---Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents Kathy Gustafson and her exhibit "Shared Virtues," the character and qualities of animals, a subject she is familiar with and has painted for many years. Gustafson also has a beaver on display for this year's sculpture walk. Also on display are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Featured wines of the month have been added to the menu. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week. Call (218) 444-5252

-- Gallery North's member artist for August is mixed media artist Carolyn Gobberg. The Gallery North Featured Artist for August is oil painter Erma Stelter one of the founding members of Gallery North. The Gallery website ( features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

-- Glazed & Amused - Paint your Own Pottery Studio, 311 Third St. N.W. Walk-in painters are always welcome. For more information call 218-333-6880 or email

-- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents "The Language of Flowers," a watercolor exhibit by Pamela Nelson until October for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the public. Also featured through the month of August is pottery by Butch Holden in the new coffee and gift shop, The Bistro at WoodsEdge. The pottery, which is both hand thrown and hand-built includes both high-fired stoneware and porcelain and is for sale on site. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is located just inside the front entryway to Neilson Place on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. N.W. For more information, email

-- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Danielle Dressler and her brightly colored acrylic abstracts of animals, life cycles and dreamscapes for the month of August. 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., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new art work by Michael De Witt, Jane Freeman, Terry Honstead, Beverlee Olson, Mary Therese Peterson, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillimandi) 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:

-- Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning ethnic concerts and food, The Gathering Place, Clearbrook. More information to follow.

-- Aug. 18, 7-8 p.m., Bemidji Symphony Orchestra ensemble final concert of the tour, location TBA.

-- Aug 23, 10:30 a.m., Singer/songwriter Paul Nye, Bemidji Public Library.

-- Aug. 23, "IT IS WHAT IT IS," an exhibit of work by the late Eugene Dalzotto re-opens in the Talley Gallery, Education Building, Birchmont Drive on the campus of Bemidji State University

-- Sept 7, noon, and Sept 9, 7 p.m., book club discussion: Leif Enger's "So Brave, Young and Handsome." Bemidji Public Library.

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

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