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Pioneer Previews: Iraq documentary, discussion set for Wednesday
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

A screening of documentary "The Unreturned" and discussion with Director Nathan Fisher will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave.

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The film looks at the continuing middle-class Iraqi refugee disaster and portrays the lives of five displaced Iraqis from diverse ethnicities and religions. This event is being held in conjunction with the installation at the Fleur de Lis Gallery, "Navigating the Aftermath: The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project." Co-sponsored by Bemidji Community Arts Center and Saarens Productions, this traveling art exhibit explores Iraq's present and future and addresses the question: "After eight years into an ongoing war in Iraq, where do we go from here?" This event is free and open to the public.

Church musicians

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present Joni Lund with folk flutes and strings, and Pat Riegert on guitar and dulcimer at noon Wednesday, July 13, at the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road S.W. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. A luncheon will be served following the concert for a nominal cost.

Bluegrass music

Tickets are on sale now for the Bluegrass Band "Special Consensus" who will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, on the Marilyn Shutter Country Stage at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds, U.S. Highway 71 N. Fans of bluegrass music know that this band has played to standing ovations at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., and is recognized as one of the premiere groups in the country. This four-man acoustic band began performing in Chicago in 1975 and started national tours after the release of their first album in 1979. Their CD "35" was released in celebration of their 35 years of performing and recording by Compass Records in 2010. The seating is limited as the venue is intimate so pre-purchase of tickets is recommended. The $15 tickets are available now at Overbeeks Electronics, Kelsey's Jewelry and Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant or by calling 209-7884.

Desserts by Design

Third Annual Desserts by Design fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is looking for volunteers to donate desserts or to design a table. The event will take place Friday, Sept. 23, at the Hungry Bear Conference Center. Contact Jeanette Halcrow at 444-2689 or Carol Milowski at 444-4344 for further information.

Artists and writers

"20X20," a collaboration with the Jackpine Writers' Bloc and Blank Canvas Gallery will be on display through mid-July. Twenty artists have created artwork and 20 writers have written poems or short stories inspired by the art. The show is open to the public and may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Blank Canvas Gallery, 311 Main Ave. S., Park Rapids.

July exhibits

E Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., has on display, "Put a Bird on It," a collection of pieces from artists in all mediums, focusing around a bird theme. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique that features art and fine craft by more than 60 area artists and an eclectic collection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories.

E Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., has two separate exhibits: Main Gallery will feature "A Creative Partnership" by John Kolb and Linda Acklund Kolb. He works in acrylic and she with pastels on a beeswax ground and they complement each other with form. Photographer Sean McCroy in Gallery X2 explores a different side of the city that takes us through the overlooked alleys and side roads that have a beauty of their own in "Walking Behind Bemidji." Gift Shop 426 is open during museum hours of noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

E Bemidji Public Library Art Wall, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display an exhibit of painting by Terry Honstead and her work "Imagine," a collection of acrylic and mixed media based upon ideas gleaned from reading books.

E Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., will exhibit the work of impressionist painter Alice Blessing for July. Brigid's Cross is open seven days a week.

E Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has two exhibits on display: watercolor painter and illustrator Audrey Merschman and wildlife photographer Cheryl Windels for July. Merschman is the resident artist at the cabin and has a display of cards and paintings for sale. The cabin is open seven days a week.

E Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S, welcomes painter Pat Shough/Sillimandi and her newer works: landscapes, flowers and birds for July. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

E Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., showcase artist for July is Joan Wilson, who paints portraits, outdoor landscapes and is also a photographer. Featured gallery artist of the month is Marion Reil, watercolor instructor and painter. For more information see galleryn@paulbunyan.net.

E Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., will welcome artist Mary Lingen whose display will remain in place July-October. A price list of her work will be at the front desk.

E Northwoods Gallery and Frame Shop, 218 Third St. N.W., has original artwork from Jane Freeman, Don Houseman, Kathy Gustafson, Pat Schnell, Pat Shough/Sillimandi, Terry Honstead and Duane Shoup. Cabin Coffeehouse and Café and artists of the month, painter Audrey Merschman and her daughter Cheryl Windels a wildlife and landscape photographer. The cabin is open seven days a week.

E Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Maureen O'Brien and her acrylics on canvas and prints on metal substrate which focus on the serenity of the northern Minnesota forest. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

E Yellow Umbrella, 202 Third St. N.W., features the work of local artisans: wood carvings, prints, watercolors, photos, etc.

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 artwork The restaurant is closed on Sunday.

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

Upcoming events

July 16 and 17: Bemidji Community Arts Center 44th Annual Art in the Park, fine art and craft festival at Library Park. See www.bcac.wordpress.com for more information.

E July 16, 6 p.m., "Mudsong," a swamp tale sung in the blues at Lake Bemidji State Park. This concert will be moved to the Cabin Coffee House in the event of rain or continued park shutdown.

E July 16, 7 p.m. Bemidji High School auditorium: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops concert with "Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome" and the "Mystery Maestro." Tickets are $15 for adults and seniors, K-12 students are admitted at no cost. All tickets are for general admission seating. Tickets are available (cash or check only) in Bemidji at Lueken's Village Foods North and downtown at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub & Restaurant.

Ongoing events

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

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 on 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

A screening of documentary "The Unreturned" and discussion with Director Nathan Fisher will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave.

The film looks at the continuing middle-class Iraqi refugee disaster and portrays the lives of five displaced Iraqis from diverse ethnicities and religions. This event is being held in conjunction with the installation at the Fleur de Lis Gallery, "Navigating the Aftermath: The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project." Co-sponsored by Bemidji Community Arts Center and Saarens Productions, this traveling art exhibit explores Iraq's present and future and addresses the question: "After eight years into an ongoing war in Iraq, where do we go from here?" This event is free and open to the public.

Church musicians

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present Joni Lund with folk flutes and strings, and Pat Riegert on guitar and dulcimer at noon Wednesday, July 13, at the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road S.W. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. A luncheon will be served following the concert for a nominal cost.

Bluegrass music

Tickets are on sale now for the Bluegrass Band "Special Consensus" who will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, on the Marilyn Shutter Country Stage at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds, U.S. Highway 71 N. Fans of bluegrass music know that this band has played to standing ovations at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., and is recognized as one of the premiere groups in the country. This four-man acoustic band began performing in Chicago in 1975 and started national tours after the release of their first album in 1979. Their CD "35" was released in celebration of their 35 years of performing and recording by Compass Records in 2010. The seating is limited as the venue is intimate so pre-purchase of tickets is recommended. The $15 tickets are available now at Overbeeks Electronics, Kelsey's Jewelry and Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant or by calling 209-7884.

Desserts by Design

Third Annual Desserts by Design fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is looking for volunteers to donate desserts or to design a table. The event will take place Friday, Sept. 23, at the Hungry Bear Conference Center. Contact Jeanette Halcrow at 444-2689 or Carol Milowski at 444-4344 for further information.

Artists and writers

"20X20," a collaboration with the Jackpine Writers' Bloc and Blank Canvas Gallery will be on display through mid-July. Twenty artists have created artwork and 20 writers have written poems or short stories inspired by the art. The show is open to the public and may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Blank Canvas Gallery, 311 Main Ave. S., Park Rapids.

July exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., has on display, "Put a Bird on It," a collection of pieces from artists in all mediums, focusing around a bird theme. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique that features art and fine craft by more than 60 area artists and an eclectic collection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., has two separate exhibits: Main Gallery will feature "A Creative Partnership" by John Kolb and Linda Acklund Kolb. He works in acrylic and she with pastels on a beeswax ground and they complement each other with form. Photographer Sean McCroy in Gallery X2 explores a different side of the city that takes us through the overlooked alleys and side roads that have a beauty of their own in "Walking Behind Bemidji." Gift Shop 426 is open during museum hours of noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display an exhibit of painting by Terry Honstead and her work "Imagine," a collection of acrylic and mixed media based upon ideas gleaned from reading books.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., will exhibit the work of impressionist painter Alice Blessing for July. Brigid's Cross is open seven days a week.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has two exhibits on display: watercolor painter and illustrator Audrey Merschman and wildlife photographer Cheryl Windels for July. Merschman is the resident artist at the cabin and has a display of cards and paintings for sale. The cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S, welcomes painter Pat Shough/Sillimandi and her newer works: landscapes, flowers and birds for July. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., showcase artist for July is Joan Wilson, who paints portraits, outdoor landscapes and is also a photographer. Featured gallery artist of the month is Marion Reil, watercolor instructor and painter. For more information see galleryn@paulbunyan.net.

- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., will welcome artist Mary Lingen whose display will remain in place July-October. A price list of her work will be at the front desk.

- Northwoods Gallery and Frame Shop, 218 Third St. N.W., has original artwork from Jane Freeman, Don Houseman, Kathy Gustafson, Pat Schnell, Pat Shough/Sillimandi, Terry Honstead and Duane Shoup. Cabin Coffeehouse and Café and artists of the month, painter Audrey Merschman and her daughter Cheryl Windels a wildlife and landscape photographer. The cabin is open seven days a week.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Maureen O'Brien and her acrylics on canvas and prints on metal substrate which focus on the serenity of the northern Minnesota forest. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

- Yellow Umbrella, 202 Third St. N.W., features the work of local artisans: wood carvings, prints, watercolors, photos, etc.

- 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 artwork The restaurant is closed on Sunday.

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

Upcoming events

July 16 and 17: Bemidji Community Arts Center 44th Annual Art in the Park, fine art and craft festival at Library Park. See www.bcac.wordpress.com for more information.

- July 16, 6 p.m., "Mudsong," a swamp tale sung in the blues at Lake Bemidji State Park. This concert will be moved to the Cabin Coffee House in the event of rain or continued park shutdown.

- July 16, 7 p.m. Bemidji High School auditorium: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops concert with "Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome" and the "Mystery Maestro." Tickets are $15 for adults and seniors, K-12 students are admitted at no cost. All tickets are for general admission seating. Tickets are available (cash or check only) in Bemidji at Lueken's Village Foods North and downtown at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub & Restaurant.

Ongoing events

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

- 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 on 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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