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The deadline to apply for Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, is quickly approaching. BAAE is now accepting project grant applications for the 2014 grand round.

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Any school or 501(c)3 organizations may request a BAAE Arts Project Grant. Applicants that are not schools or 501(c) 3 must use a fiscal agent. Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council, Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Rail River Folk School and Watermark Art Center, or online at nwmf.org/baae/grantapplications.html.

The maximum grant request is $1,000.

Two grants of $250 from the Everett Wilimek Endowment Fund for Orchestral String Studies will be made to qualifying orchestral string students ages 8-15. Applications available at the same locations as noted above. Deadline to apply for further information is April 1; contact Marilyn Miller at 243-3030.

• A Talk-Back will be held at the conclusion of today's performance of Disney's "My Son Pinocchio" at the Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Ticket-holders are invited to stay and talk with members of the cast and crew.

TUESDAY

• The spring lecture series of Adventures in Lifelong Learning continues with professor Janice Haworth of Bemidji State University's Department of Music. The Civil Rights movement in our country was successful, at least in part, because of the music of the time period. The songs they sang pulled the people together and gave them a unified voice in their focus and their protests. This presentation examines the music of the time and its impact in the political changes of the 1960s. The lectures are free and open to the public; coffee and bars are served before the start of the program which runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Roger Spriy Community Room of Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Drive NW.

• The spring lecture series of Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning continues its spring lecture series with "Life of Sacajawea" by historian Mike Hansen who will present a close-up look at the life of this important historical figure. The sessions are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Northwood Bank Community Room at Northwood Bank, Highway 24 at County 6 in Park Rapids. A free-will donation is appreciated. You are invited to become a Friend of the HCLL and get a tax-deductible donation to help advance learning in retirement.

WEDNESDAY

• Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning begins their spring season of programs with DNR Regional Wildlife Manager Blane Klemek, who will speak on "Learning Common Bird Sounds." The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 16 Red Lake Ave. NW, Bagley. This NELL program is offered free of charge, however, donations are gratefully accepted as is membership in the organization.

• Yelawolf, hip hop artist extraordinaire, will be performing at the Sanford Center starting at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) in the ballroom. Yelawolf recently signed with Eminem's record label, Shady Records. His breakthrough mixtape Trunk Muzik scored a rare 4.5 out of 5 mics, meaning the album was "near classic." This show is all ages, advance tickets are $25 for general admission and $20 for students with valid ID. On the day of the show: $30 for general admission and $25 for students with valid ID.

FRIDAY

First Friday Events:

• First Friday events start with a 2 to 5 p.m. reception with the featured exhibit, The Artists of Minnesota Traveling Mini Show. The Featured Artist of the month is Kathy Robinson, who carves wax model to be cast into finished pieces of silver or gold jewelry. Meet the artists at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW.

• The Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House will celebrate spring with a photo exhibit by Lisa Boulay, an avid sportswoman who draws inspiration from all seasons. Meet the artist during the 3 to 5 p.m. reception at 523 Minnesota Ave. Following the reception, First Friday Wine Bar will open from 5 to 9 p.m. with a fresh seasonal menu with beers and wine to match.

• Headwaters School of Music and the Arts presents "Celebrating Hidden Talents" with a collection of student works by high school students and adults painted through March. Join the reception from 2-4 p.m. at 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

• Cabin Coffee House invites the public to the opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. to meet the group of independent artists who worked in a variety of mediums, the same color and theme and one month to create a piece of artwork. This is a collaborative show in fiber, photography, mixed media, poetry, printmaking and paintings. The Cabin is located at 214 Third St.

• Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art and the Artists of Studio 10 will be hosting an exhibit by guest artists Barbara and Michael Hoet from April 1 through June 1. Meet the artists during the 4:30 to 6:30 reception at 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive Suite 102. Both artists have been combining and blending their artistic talents and plan to share their music on cedar flutes, and a poetry at their opening along with their visual art completed in a variety of mediums.

• Watermark Art Center invites you to their 14th Annual Bemidji High School Invitational and get there in time to vote for the "People's Choice Award between 4 and 5:30 p.m. The exhibit features work in all mediums by BHS students. The winner of the award will be announced at the end of 4 to 6 p.m. reception. This event is free and open to the public at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

Ongoing installations:

• Neilson Place presents the multilayered artwork of Paula Swanson in "Hurry Summer," March through June. Swanson explores and interprets ideas, emotions and experiences creating a dialogue between the artist and viewer. Neilson Place is located on Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW.

• The Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave., art wall for April will feature artist Maureen O'Brien and her acrylic paintings, "Nature in the North Woods."

Other events:

• Disney's "My Son Pinocchio — Geppetto's Musical Tale" is at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children are available at Iverson Corner Drug, Ken K. Thompson Jewelry and Shannon's Art and Soul. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund.

• Rail River Folk School presents the Northwoods Folk Collective, an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience with host Drew Warne-Jacobson. Sign-ups from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 303 Railroad St. SW.

SATURDAY

• Workshop with Erin Lynn Marsh -- Poetry As Departure: an interactive workshop about being inspired by poems to write our own poems. The purpose of this workshop is to show both beginning and advanced poets how to use their favorite poems as a point of departure for writing their own poems. Participants will look at samples of well-known poets who have written poems based on other poets' work. We will take time to talk about the different methods of writing poems using other poems as inspiration. We will have time to free-write and talk about participants' work. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Call 444-5606 to register. The fee is $40 for the day.

• Disney's "My Son Pinocchio — Geppetto's Musical Tale" is at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children are available at Iverson Corner Drug, Ken K. Thompson Jewelry and Shannon's Art and Soul. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund.

SUNDAY

The final performance of Disney's "My Son Pinocchio — Geppetto's Musical Tale" is at 2 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children are available at Iverson Corner Drug, Ken K. Thompson Jewelry and Shannon's Art and Soul. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund.

UPCOMING EVENTS

• Bemidji Public Library book discussion group will meet to discuss "The Dog Stars" by Peter Heller on April 7-8. Extra copies of the book are available at the library.

• Cantus, an acclaimed vocal ensemble will perform "A Place For Us," a compelling musical narrative about the universal search for home. The program has a huge repertoire from Inuit and Lakota Chant to Mexican folk songs and early American music. The show is set to start at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Tickets in advance are $17 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Tickets at the door will be $20 each and $5 for students.

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