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Pioneer Previews: Bemidji Chorale spring concert set for May 15

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Don't look for the Bemidji Chorale Mother's Day Concert today.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. next Sunday, May 15 in Bemidji State University Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex with the usual ice cream social to follow.

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Library storyteller

Get a free ticket now at the Bemidji Public Library for "Telling Tales with Kevin Kling." Kling's storytelling is appreciated internationally but here in MN, most notably on MPR's "All Things Considered." An evening with Kevin Kling will begin at 7 p.m., Friday, May 20, at the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. This program is part of the Kitchigami Regional Library "Say It, Sing It" storytelling Project with funding from the Minnesota Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Faculty show

The BSU visual arts faculty annual show which opened on Friday will stay in place until Sept. 14 at the Talley Gallery, room 212 in the Education Arts Building, Birchmont Drive. Featured this year are Butch Holden (ceramics), Natalia Himmirska (painting), Jason Clark (printmaking), Dennis Peterson (silverpoint) and Steve Sindahl (sculpture). For hours, call 755-3708.

History talk

Those who have not yet heard Art Lee's talk, "The Wizard of Oz (A parable on Populism)" have another chance at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 725 Sixth St. N.E. in Fosston. Lee will explore the correlations between populism and the Land of Oz, with the Kingdom of Oz representing Washington, D.C., the Great and Powerful Oz as president of the United States and the scarecrow representing American farmers. The program is free and open to the public. Note: Art does not use notes, so each time the talk is a bit different.

Area entertainment

Here's what's happening at nearby venues:

E "Face on the Barroom Floor" is a one act cabaret written by Henry Mollicone with libretto by John Bowman. A tale of the Old West that combines modern day and a 19th century gold camp, the production will be brought to Park Rapids by the "A Center for the Arts" in Fergus Fall, Minn., and the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the MinneSoda Fountain, 205 South Main Ave., Park Rapids. Tickets are $14 for adults and $5 for students and may be reserved by calling 218-732-3240. Space is limited at this old fashioned establishment, so tickets will only be held until 7 p.m. the night of the performance and then released. This event is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature.

E The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra will host a Liszt Celebration with Andrew Armstrong on piano at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Empire Arts Center, downtown Grand Forks. On the program: "Mephisto Waltz No. 1," "Piano Concerto No.2 in A," "Les Preludes" and "Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat." According to the Chamber Music Today website, "Andrew Armstrong is to the piano what fine wine is to the vessel." Go to the ggfso.org for more information about ticket price and ordering. This is the final concert of the season by conductor Alexander Platt.

E Another event will be the Walker Area Fine Art's League third annual Spring Style Show and Champagne Brunch at the Northern Lights Events Center, Walker. This fundraising event to support the arts in Walker will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, and tickets are $15 each and available now at downtown Walker businesses.

Art exhibits

Exhibits for May in Bemidji are located at the following venues:

E Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts will feature Candice Billips and her exhibit, "Birch Leaf Miner." Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring arts and fine craft by more than 60 artists with everything from jewelry to fun accessories for the home. Bad Cat is located at 315 Irvine Ave. NW.

E Bemidji Community Arts Center has on display until May 21 the Annual Fifth Grade Invitational, which showcases the work of students from Central, Horace May, J.W.Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Red Lake, Schoolcraft Learning Center and St. Philip's elementary schools. The gallery and Shop 426 are open noon-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. in the Carnegie Library Building.

E Beltrami County Historical Society in collaboration with Gallery North presents "Nature's Bounty," a collection of photographs by Glenn Ferguson through July. The center is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

E Bemidji Public Library will host an exhibit of local emerging and established American Indian artists in memory of Steve Blake and to honor Indian Month. This exhibit is sponsored by the Bemidji Public Library and Bikers of the Finest Sort Productions. Located at 509 America Ave. N.W., the library is open six days a week.

E Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the work of Nicolle Gieseher, detailed pencil drawings deeply rooted in the fantasy genre. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday.

E Cabin Coffeehouse and Café has on display photographer Cal Rice's exhibit, "Developing a Vision." The Cabin is located at 214 Third St. N.W. and open seven days a week.

E Dunn Bros Coffee presents Paul Krueger and his work in creating photographic art using paint and Photoshop. Dunn Bros Coffee is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. and is open seven days a week.

E Fleur de Lis Gallery in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N., has on display local, regional and national artists in a new exhibit rotation which also includes two new mixed media pieces by Phyllis Diller. The gallery is open from 2-6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

E Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., showcase artist of the month is woodcarver Frank Bera, a member of the Woodcarvers Club. Featured member artists of the month are Monie Martin and Penny Lovegreen. The gallery is open six days a week.

E Neilson Place hosts the new work of photojournalist Joe Rossi, whose work captures the moment with light and interaction which compels the viewer to take a second look through June, and a price list will be available at the front desk. The gift shop at the Bistro showcases the work of Jeff Larson who has a display of his bentwood boxes and spoons in birch, black cherry, elm and hickory. Local artist Terry Honstead also has a display one-of-a-kind personal accessories, cards and mugs. Nielson Place and the Bistro are located at WoodsEdge, 1000 Anne St. NW.

E Rail River Folk School at 303 Railroad St. S.W. has on display "Upcoming Seasons," the metamorphosis of seasons as shown in sculptural mixed media and watercolor works by Erja Wiltse.

E Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House has on display "One More Barn," a continuation of D.L Houseman's "Barns are Noble" series Located at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., the bistro is open six days a week.

For a detailed description of the artists and the works listed above, see Pioneer Previews for May 4 on-line at bemidjipioneer.com.

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

E Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new artwork 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 and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

E The Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has maps and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Workshops

E "Community Collaboration: Connecting over Creative Ideas that Build Community" is a free workshop to be offered by the Region 2 Arts Council and facilitated by Jun Li-Wang, an artist community organizer for Springboard for the Arts. It is open to anyone - artist, creative entrepreneur, business owner, director of a nonprofit, arts supporter, producer or a community member who has an unrealized project idea waiting to happen. The workshop will open with registration from 3:30-4 p.m. with hands-on workshop activities from 4-8 p.m., with a light dinner and snacks provided. at 8 p.m. and optional informal socializing Friday, May 20, at the Holiday Inn Express, 2422 Ridgeway Ave. N.W., Bemidji. RSVP is required by Monday, May 16. RSVP to the Region 2 Arts Council Office by emailing staff@r2arts.org or calling 751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

E "Springs a Flutter" watercolor workshop with Marion Caroline at 1-4 p.m., Friday, May 20, at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Caroline will instruct in painting a hummingbird hovering over a blooming Canadian thistle. Students will explore a variety of different watercolor background techniques and then paint and frame their work. All materials will be provided and the fee is $45 and the size of the class is limited to 10 people. Pre-paid registrations will be accepted at Gallery North.

E "Springs a Flutter" painting on a feather workshop with Marion Caroline from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, May 28, at Gallery North. Students will explore a painting on a feather with a larger feather and frame format. Prepaid registrations will be taken at Gallery North and the class size is limited to 10 people. The workshop fee is $45 and all materials will be provided.

Ongoing events

E Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Free to play.

E Sanford Center, noon-3 p.m. Wednesday Open House. Next week Franklin Valley (Jerry Braiderman) will be featured guest artist performing old and new Norwegian Folk Tunes.

E Open stage, 7:30 p.m. third Wednesdays: For writers, poets and dreamers with Patty Byers at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

E Pelican Railroad performs at Backyard BBQ Wednesdays and Jammers Thursdays.

E Open Stage 8 p.m. Thursdays for performing artists and writers, Brigid's Cross.

E Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. SE. The public is invited to attend. For details, call 759-2952.

E Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month; contact epbensum@paulbunyan.net.

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 news@bemidjipioneer.com

Don't look for the Bemidji Chorale Mother's Day Concert today.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. next Sunday, May 15 in Bemidji State University Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex with the usual ice cream social to follow.

Library storyteller

Get a free ticket now at the Bemidji Public Library for "Telling Tales with Kevin Kling." Kling's storytelling is appreciated internationally but here in MN, most notably on MPR's "All Things Considered." An evening with Kevin Kling will begin at 7 p.m., Friday, May 20, at the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. This program is part of the Kitchigami Regional Library "Say It, Sing It" storytelling Project with funding from the Minnesota Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Faculty show

The BSU visual arts faculty annual show which opened on Friday will stay in place until Sept. 14 at the Talley Gallery, room 212 in the Education Arts Building, Birchmont Drive. Featured this year are Butch Holden (ceramics), Natalia Himmirska (painting), Jason Clark (printmaking), Dennis Peterson (silverpoint) and Steve Sindahl (sculpture). For hours, call 755-3708.

History talk

Those who have not yet heard Art Lee's talk, "The Wizard of Oz (A parable on Populism)" have another chance at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 11 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 725 Sixth St. N.E. in Fosston. Lee will explore the correlations between populism and the Land of Oz, with the Kingdom of Oz representing Washington, D.C., the Great and Powerful Oz as president of the United States and the scarecrow representing American farmers. The program is free and open to the public. Note: Art does not use notes, so each time the talk is a bit different.

Area entertainment

Here's what's happening at nearby venues:

- "Face on the Barroom Floor" is a one act cabaret written by Henry Mollicone with libretto by John Bowman. A tale of the Old West that combines modern day and a 19th century gold camp, the production will be brought to Park Rapids by the "A Center for the Arts" in Fergus Fall, Minn., and the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the MinneSoda Fountain, 205 South Main Ave., Park Rapids. Tickets are $14 for adults and $5 for students and may be reserved by calling 218-732-3240. Space is limited at this old fashioned establishment, so tickets will only be held until 7 p.m. the night of the performance and then released. This event is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature.

- The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra will host a Liszt Celebration with Andrew Armstrong on piano at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Empire Arts Center, downtown Grand Forks. On the program: "Mephisto Waltz No. 1," "Piano Concerto No.2 in A," "Les Preludes" and "Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat." According to the Chamber Music Today website, "Andrew Armstrong is to the piano what fine wine is to the vessel." Go to the ggfso.org for more information about ticket price and ordering. This is the final concert of the season by conductor Alexander Platt.

- Another event will be the Walker Area Fine Art's League third annual Spring Style Show and Champagne Brunch at the Northern Lights Events Center, Walker. This fundraising event to support the arts in Walker will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, and tickets are $15 each and available now at downtown Walker businesses.

Art exhibits

Exhibits for May in Bemidji are located at the following venues:

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts will feature Candice Billips and her exhibit, "Birch Leaf Miner." Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring arts and fine craft by more than 60 artists with everything from jewelry to fun accessories for the home. Bad Cat is located at 315 Irvine Ave. NW.

- Bemidji Community Arts Center has on display until May 21 the Annual Fifth Grade Invitational, which showcases the work of students from Central, Horace May, J.W.Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Red Lake, Schoolcraft Learning Center and St. Philip's elementary schools. The gallery and Shop 426 are open noon-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. in the Carnegie Library Building.

- Beltrami County Historical Society in collaboration with Gallery North presents "Nature's Bounty," a collection of photographs by Glenn Ferguson through July. The center is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Public Library will host an exhibit of local emerging and established American Indian artists in memory of Steve Blake and to honor Indian Month. This exhibit is sponsored by the Bemidji Public Library and Bikers of the Finest Sort Productions. Located at 509 America Ave. N.W., the library is open six days a week.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the work of Nicolle Gieseher, detailed pencil drawings deeply rooted in the fantasy genre. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café has on display photographer Cal Rice's exhibit, "Developing a Vision." The Cabin is located at 214 Third St. N.W. and open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee presents Paul Krueger and his work in creating photographic art using paint and Photoshop. Dunn Bros Coffee is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. and is open seven days a week.

- Fleur de Lis Gallery in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N., has on display local, regional and national artists in a new exhibit rotation which also includes two new mixed media pieces by Phyllis Diller. The gallery is open from 2-6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., showcase artist of the month is woodcarver Frank Bera, a member of the Woodcarvers Club. Featured member artists of the month are Monie Martin and Penny Lovegreen. The gallery is open six days a week.

- Neilson Place hosts the new work of photojournalist Joe Rossi, whose work captures the moment with light and interaction which compels the viewer to take a second look through June, and a price list will be available at the front desk. The gift shop at the Bistro showcases the work of Jeff Larson who has a display of his bentwood boxes and spoons in birch, black cherry, elm and hickory. Local artist Terry Honstead also has a display one-of-a-kind personal accessories, cards and mugs. Nielson Place and the Bistro are located at WoodsEdge, 1000 Anne St. NW.

- Rail River Folk School at 303 Railroad St. S.W. has on display "Upcoming Seasons," the metamorphosis of seasons as shown in sculptural mixed media and watercolor works by Erja Wiltse.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House has on display "One More Barn," a continuation of D.L Houseman's "Barns are Noble" series Located at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., the bistro is open six days a week.

For a detailed description of the artists and the works listed above, see Pioneer Previews for May 4 on-line at bemidjipioneer.com.

- 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 artwork 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 and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

- The Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has maps and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Workshops

- "Community Collaboration: Connecting over Creative Ideas that Build Community" is a free workshop to be offered by the Region 2 Arts Council and facilitated by Jun Li-Wang, an artist community organizer for Springboard for the Arts. It is open to anyone - artist, creative entrepreneur, business owner, director of a nonprofit, arts supporter, producer or a community member who has an unrealized project idea waiting to happen. The workshop will open with registration from 3:30-4 p.m. with hands-on workshop activities from 4-8 p.m., with a light dinner and snacks provided. at 8 p.m. and optional informal socializing Friday, May 20, at the Holiday Inn Express, 2422 Ridgeway Ave. N.W., Bemidji. RSVP is required by Monday, May 16. RSVP to the Region 2 Arts Council Office by emailing staff@r2arts.org or calling 751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

- "Springs a Flutter" watercolor workshop with Marion Caroline at 1-4 p.m., Friday, May 20, at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Caroline will instruct in painting a hummingbird hovering over a blooming Canadian thistle. Students will explore a variety of different watercolor background techniques and then paint and frame their work. All materials will be provided and the fee is $45 and the size of the class is limited to 10 people. Pre-paid registrations will be accepted at Gallery North.

- "Springs a Flutter" painting on a feather workshop with Marion Caroline from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, May 28, at Gallery North. Students will explore a painting on a feather with a larger feather and frame format. Prepaid registrations will be taken at Gallery North and the class size is limited to 10 people. The workshop fee is $45 and all materials will be provided.

Ongoing events

- Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Free to play.

- Sanford Center, noon-3 p.m. Wednesday Open House. Next week Franklin Valley (Jerry Braiderman) will be featured guest artist performing old and new Norwegian Folk Tunes.

- Open stage, 7:30 p.m. third Wednesdays: For writers, poets and dreamers with Patty Byers at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

- Pelican Railroad performs at Backyard BBQ Wednesdays and Jammers Thursdays.

- Open Stage 8 p.m. Thursdays for performing artists and writers, Brigid's Cross.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. SE. The public is invited to attend. For details, call 759-2952.

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month; contact epbensum@paulbunyan.net.

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 news@bemidjipioneer.com

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