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Pioneer Previews: BSU Varsity Singers' home concert is tonight

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The end of the spring semester is coming quickly, and with that, Bemidjians have a chance to see and hear the Bemidji State University choruses that have been on tour.

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BSU's Varsity Singers will perform their home concert tonight at 7:30 in Thompson Recital Hall in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex at BSU. The non-auditioned group comprises vocal enthusiasts from a variety of majors. This is their last concert in the current Iron Range Tour under the direction of Steve Reznicek, an adjunct professor of music at BSU. The program will include a variety of music, including a Beatles medley, contemporary and traditional spirituals, 18th century counterpoint pieces in English and German and a 1940s swing song, "Jump, Jive and Wail." A duet performance by Stephanie Olson and Rachel Reagan of "Jar of Hearts" and a solo by Sandra Nye of "One Moment in Time" will be featured, along with a video show highlighting the singers' tour. This show is always a crowd pleaser. Admission is consumer friendly -- a nonperishable food item for the Bemidji Food Shelf.

Concert Series

The final concert of this year's Bemidji Concert Series will be with jazz saxophonist Jeff Coffin and his ensemble, The Mu'tet, and the BSU Jazz Band I and Bemidji High School Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 15 in the BHS Auditorium. Coffin, often acknowledged as a pre-eminent saxophone soloist, has played with the Dave Matthews Band and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Coffin plays two saxophones at once, an alto and tenor sax. He is a three-time Grammy Award winner. Tickets, $20 for regular admission and $5 for all students, are available at Lueken's Village Foods North and the BSU Music Department.

Choral concert

The Choral Chamber Ensemble Concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in Thompson Recital Hall at BSU. The free, public concert will feature the student-run ensembles. The Women's Chorus is directed by Angela Hesse, a senior vocal music performance major, and Mattea Elhard, a junior music education major. They will perform five pieces, ranging from the renaissance "Fa Una Canzone" to the contemporary and upbeat "Chili Con Carne." Musikanten (the men's chorus) is directed by Joe Colago, a junior music education major, and Nick Dahn, a junior vocal performance major. The ensemble will perform seven numbers featuring a wide variety of styles. Some of their better known pieces are "A Red, Red Rose" by BSU graduate Eric Barnum, "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl, and "Prayer of the Children" by Andrea Klouse. They will conclude with a humorous rendition of "Star Wars (John Williams is the Man)." The BSU Chamber Singers will conclude the program with seven selections ranging from Claudio Monteverdi's "Si Ch'io Vorrei Morire" to Eric Whitacre's "A Boy and a Girl" and Norman Luboff's "When You're Young." Tony Tammaro, a senior vocal performance major, will serve as student director. The Chamber Singers are heard annually as the Royal Court in BSU's madrigal dinners.

Sanford open house

The Sanford Center is holding an open house today from 12 noon to 3 p.m. for those who have never seen this state-of-the art facility and those who would like to see the "inner workings." Stop by for a free cup of coffee from Dunn Bros Coffee, a bakery item from Althea's Bakery and live entertainment by singer/songwriter Caleb Erickson.

A look at lefse

"Common Ground," a magazine show that demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region, is shown at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. This week we get a taste of northern Minnesotan culture at the Lefse contest, Bob Jenkins of Motley transforms his home into the North Pole and Charlotte Bailey of Bigfork shares her joy of quilting. Plus we have a finger-licking good time at the Nisswa BBQ Festival. The shows will be repeated at 6 p.m. Sundays and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, following the initial broadcast. Videos of past shows are also available online at lptv.org. This activity is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Bluegrass series

Bluegrass is coming back to Bemidji at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the historic Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji with the Minnesota Bluegrass community concert series. The double bill includes Telegraph Road, which features Johnny Butten, the world's fastest banjo player, and special guests The Blue Turtle Grass Band. Tickets are $12 in advance at Overbeek Electronics and Kelsey's Jewelry. Tickets on the night of the show are $15 for adults and $5 for teens, Children younger than 12 will be admitted free.

Bagley musical

"Into the Woods," an award-winning Broadway musical is coming to Bagley through the imagination and thespian skills of Bagley High School drama students. The musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 14-16, in the Bagley High School Auditorium. Director Marilyn Hood and her assistant Adam Schmeising have brought this tale of what happens after the fairy tale ends. The Baker and his wife can only get their heart's desire (a young baby baker) after getting one item from each of the characters: Cinderella's slipper, Little Red Riding Hood's red cloak and a lock of Rapunzel's golden hair. The cast and crew of 25 have created a set that promises to take the audience into a woodsy, fairy-tale locale, and the tale unfolds from there. The production is suitable for all ages. Tickets are available at Mark's Hardware in Bagley and at the Bagley High School office. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance. Prices are $7 for adults, $5 for students, and $4 for children younger than 12.

Steampunk Shakespeare

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare, the spring offering of the BSU theater program, will open this week with performances at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, on the main stage at Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex at BSU. A 2 p.m., matinee will be performed on Sunday, April 17. This comedy is directed by Patrick Carriere with scenery and lighting design by Ellen Jones. This will be the third Shakespeare production by Carriere at BSU and is considered a classic farce, but this time with a twist -- steampunk, considered a subgenre of science fiction in which the past is reconstructed by using hyper or steam-powered technology. In this play, Carriere uses steampunk in transporting the gods and young people in ancient Athens to the sexually repressive Victorian period and then onto their escape to the mystical and magical world of the fairy woods. In short, steampunk is a rewrite of history or alternative interpretations of said history with or without the same outcome. This production is suited for high school and above for some adult content. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and free for BSU students with valid ID. The box office number is 755-3935.

Norwegian story

"Ole Oleson: Norwegian Immigrant" will be performed by Roger Hellesvig at the Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning program at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the Baptist church in Fosston, 505 Ninth St. N.W. Hellesvig, as Ole Oleson, has been sharing his story about 19th century Norwegian immigration for the past 15 years: Ole leaves his Norwegian homeland and travels to America. The audience helps Ole decide what to pack in his trunk as he shares stories about his Norwegian traditions. The programs are free to the public. All ages are invited to attend.

Sculpture Walk

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk Committee deadline for submission of work for the 2011-12 Sculpture Walk is April 15. All interested artists may access the information and application to apply at bemidjisculpture.org/documents/call details 2011.pdf.

Weekend musicians

- Jake Jackson and Friends will perform at 9 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub in downtown Bemidji. The restaurant stops serving food at 9 p.m.

- Bass John Stewart, will present his senior vocal recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in Thompson Recital Hall at BSU. The event is free and open to the public.

- Patty Byers is calling all dreamers, writers and poets to an open stage for writers the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub. Starting Wednesday, April 20, this will be an opportunity to share your literature with lovers of the written word. Did you know April is National Pineapple Upside Down Cake and National Humor Month? Bring your humorous poetry or prose containing the words "Pineapple Upside Down Cake" for a Prize on April 20.

- KG Entertainment is seeking writers, directors, actors and technical crew for the "Out of the Hat 4" performance on Saturday, April 23. A 24-hour production that starts with the creative pen and ends with six 15-minute adult comedies, it will be making its fourth appearance in Bemidji. Call Greg Gasman at 280-6602 or email ggasman@paulbunyan.net for details.

Board members

The Region 2 Arts Council is seeking board members from Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties to fill two-year vacancies beginning July 1. Those who have visual, performing and literary arts interests and feel the arts are an important contribution to the quality of life in Minnesota are urged to apply. The board is responsible for planning, setting policy and reviewing and awarding grants; it meets seven times a year in Bemidji on the third Monday of the month. Members are reimbursed for travel. Email staff@r2arts.org or write to Nominating Committee, Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave. N.W., Bemidji MN 56601. For details, call 751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

Vendors sought

The Beltrami County Historical Society is accepting reservations from antique dealers, artists, craft and flea marketers who are interested in securing space for the annual Antique Fair and Flea Market, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in the Bemidji High School Commons. Vendor space is available for $10. For details, call 444-3376.

Workshops

- "Juried Works," a free workshop for visual artists, will be presented by Kathleen Richert of Springboard for the Arts and is sponsored by the Region 2 Arts Council. The workshop will focus on readying, refining and in some cases revamping visual artists' promotional presentation. Two workshops will be offered: 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Northwoods Bank, 1200 East First St., Park Rapids, and 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., Bemidji. RSVP to the Region 2 Arts Council Office by Monday, April 18, by emailing staff@r2arts.org or calling 751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

- A "Paint a Pretty Purple Iris" watercolor class will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Friday, April 29, at Gracie's Woodsy Boutique, six miles west of Bemidji on U.S. Highway 2 West. Painters will complete and mat to a 16x20 size. The cost is $40 and all materials are provided. Class size is limited and early registration is advised. Call Grace at 759-2952.

- A "Drawing Workshop" with Douglas Zuehlsdorff is for those who want to improve their skills in colored pencils, pastels, pen and ink and charcoal. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Sillimandi Studio, 4202 Pintail Drive. Interested artists may call 218-507-0423 for a registration form. The cost of the workshop is $50 and attendees will need to bring their own materials, including a sketch pad and drawing instruments.

- "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. Hands-on workshop activities will be held from 4-8 p.m., with a light dinner and snacks provided. At 8 p.m., optional informal socializing is planned. The workshop will be offered in two locations and two different dates. The first will be held from 4-8 p.m., Friday, May 6 at Northern Pines Camp, 20033 County Road 1, Park Rapids. RSVP is required by Monday, May 2. The second will be from 4-8 p.m. 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.

- Minnesota Arts Count Census. Artists in all media -- dance, theater, writing, painting, sculpting, photography, etc.. are being asked to complete an online survey, no matter how well or how publicly talents are shared. Be proud and be counted! Go to MNArtsCount.com to take the short survey.

- The Artist Sampler Display has opened at the Tin Pan gALLErY in Blackduck. Several area artists are showcasing some of their most recent work: which includes basketry by Eve Sumsky and Katie Haws, photography by Ursula Anderson and Nate Lien, prints and paintings by Don Houseman, jewelry by Lisa Carter and Mindy Kleeb with Ukrainian egg decorating. This display can be viewed through May 7. The History and Art Center is located at Main and Margaret in downtown Blackduck.

Art Exhibits

- "Art from Within" is a collection of artwork that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people who have been touched by incarceration or affected by the criminal justice system. The exhibit features drawings, paintings, beadwork, sculpture, woodworks and poetry created by established and emerging Native American and non-Native American artists of all ages. "Art from Within" is sponsored by the ACLU-MN, Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project of Bemidji and is made possible with a grant from the Two Feathers Endowment, St. Paul Foundation. The exhibit will be up for the month of April and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. S.W.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts will feature "A Green Collection" in honor of Earth Day,. Featuring items from functional and wearable to decorative and funky by 10 different artists. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring arts and fine craft by more than 60 different artists. It is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in collaboration with Gallery North, presents "Nature's Bounty," a photographic exhibit by Glenn Ferguson, now through July 31.The History Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Community Arts Center invites the public to view the 11th annual Bemidji Area High School Invitational, featuring works in all mediums. The gallery and Shop 426 are open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. in the Carnegie Library Building.

- Bemidji Public Library will showcase the photography and poetry of Deb DeNio Krueger, "From Sunrise to Sunset -- the Wonders Never End," ever-changing sky patterns and the wonders of nature. Some of the prints will be available for purchase. 509 America Ave. NW.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant (317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.) invites the public to view the work of Dannielle McCallister and her images of whimsy and empowerment in vivid colors. The exhibit is located in the back dining room of the restaurant. For hours of operation, call 444-0567.

- The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will feature the photography of Trish Barthorpe, whose recent trip to Kenya permitted a departure from her usual portrait work. "Kenya: A Departure," is a show of landscapes and details of the region. The Cabin is open seven days a week and is located at 214 Third St. N.W.

- Dunn Bros Coffee (501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.) presents its April artist, photographer Marlys Brown, a native of North Dakota who has traveled extensively photographing the people and places she has visited. Her inspiration is drawn from the strength of people, sharing their lives through the camera's lens, and celebrates the exquisite diversity and beauty of Ethiopia. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week and is now serving wines of the month.

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

- Gallery North welcomes the public to view its showcase artists of the month. Billy Mason, who works in colored pencil and pen, is originally from Red Lake. He draws upon his Native American heritage for his cards and portraits. Scott Fadness, whose work has been featured in National Geographic, is known for his wildlife themes. Featured member artist of the month is Jeannie Fender and her wrapped jewelry. Gallery North is open six days a week and located at 502 Third St. N.W.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has on display of the work of the late Eugene Dalzatto, former professor of art at Bemidji State University. Dalzatto's paintings and etchings will be on display for the month of April. For details or visits, because the exhibit is in the main hall and is only open to the public on Sunday mornings, call 751-9654.

- Neilson Place is hosting the new work of photographer Joe Rossi, a career photographer who presents the ordinary in an extraordinary way that creates a new awareness. Rossi's work captures the moment with light and interaction, compelling the viewer to take a second look. His work will be on display through the month of June and a price list will be available at the front desk. The gift shop at the Bistro will showcase the work of Jeff Larson, who has a display of his bentwood boxes and spoons in birch, black cherry, elm and hickory. The boxes are the result of 30 years of experience. The pieces are handcrafted through a long process of steaming or boiling wood that is then bent to form a round or oval shape. The pieces also support Larson's expertise with satiny finishes, burned designs, carved handles and interiors that surprise and delight the holder. Local artist Terry Honstead will also have a display at the Bistro featuring one-of-a-kind colorful glass bead necklaces and earrings, feather hair pieces, headbands and lapel pins. Her special rendition of Paul and Babe mugs will also be available, along with her collection of artistic greeting cards. Nielson Place and the Bistro are located at WoodsEdge, 1000 Anne St. N.W.

- Ramsey Gallery, on the ground floor of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, has an installation by Nicole Collins until May 5. Nicole has fabricated giant beetles; insects in their natural setting.

- Talley Gallery has on display the 2011 Visual Arts Scholarship Show now through May 3. An interpretation of the word "Contrast" is the theme of the show and displays work in all media. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Located in Room 212 of the Education Arts Building of Bemidji State University, the gallery is barrier-free and open to the public at no charge.

- Wild Hare Bistro will showcase the digital photography of Mackenzie Lindahl. "Ingredient" is inspired by the seasonal food ingredients found in our neighborhood gardens, kitchens and grocery stores. The bistro is open six days a week and located at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.

- 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. N., by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Upcoming Events

- April 20 at 7:30 p.m., Writer's Night, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

- April 22 at 9 p.m., Saint Anyway at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

- April 27 at 9:30 a.m., "Find Our Story -- Memoirs" with Angela Foster, NELL presentation, at Gonvick American Legion.

- April 29 at 8 p.m., Lance Benson with Mark Bauer, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

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

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

- Open Stage at 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. 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 emailed to news@bemidjipioneer.com.

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