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Pioneer Previews: Lauren Pelon’s ‘The Living Roots of Music’ set for today

Lauren Pelon’s concert “The Living Roots of Music” will begin at 3 p.m. today at the Fosston Arts Center. A singer, composer and performer of songs from around the country and the world played on wind and string instruments ancient and modern. This program is co-sponsored by Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning and the Fosston Art Center, 403 N. Foss Ave. This program is appropriate for all ages. Seating is open and concert is free to the public.

•If you haven’t picked out your favorite statue (sculpture) yet, the most important picking happens now when the votes for the People’s Choice Award for the 2013-14 Bemidji Sculpture Walk are being tabulated. It’s easy to do, go to the website at and vote for your favorite. The Critic’s Choice committee is busy with picking the winner for that group. For those who do not use the computer, call Cate Belleveau at 218-243-2685 to register your vote. Many of the statues on display are for sale, for more information contact Al Belleveau at 368-7330 or Interested in public art; consider joining the Bemidji Sculpture Walk Committee to get engaged in choosing the works that are displayed and all the perks that go along with being in the group.

•End of the semester concerts for Bemidji State University’s Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will begin at 3 p.m. today in the main theater of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 14th St. and Birchmont Dr. Tickets sold at the door: $5 adults, $3 senior citizens and all students free.

•Tickets for the post concert talk with Beverly Everett and music guests after the May 4 Bemidji Symphony Orchestra performance must be purchased by Wednesday, April 30. The $10 tickets admit patrons for the reception with appetizers, cake and a cash bar are on sale at both Lueken’s locations and the Bob Lowth Ford Pickup at the Sanford Center.


•Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning continues their spring season of talks with free lance author/chronicler Dave Kenney and his talk, “Minnesota Goes to War: The Homefront During WWII.” Kenney records the state’s role in the most significant event of the twentieth century, and is a tribute to the sacrifices made by ordinary people in extraordinary times. Following the program, attendees will be invited to stay in Shevlin and tour the Clearwater County History Center’s exhibits “Minnesota Home front” — a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Historical Society as well as “Clearwater County Goes to War” a local exhibit about the home front here at home during WWII. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Landstad Lutheran Church, Shevlin. This NELL program is offered free of charge, however, donations are gratefully accepted as is membership in the organization.

•Opera Encore HD is repeating it’s showing of “Marco Spada” with the Bolshoi Ballet, a premiere classical ballet company from Russia. This storied ballet with lavish costumes, large dance choruses and beautiful music will begin at 6:45 p.m. at the Amigo Theater. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.


•First Friday events start at a 2-5 p.m. reception at Gallery North (502 3rd St. NW) when the Gallery welcomes and showcases the work of its newest members: multi-media artist Donna Anderson; Stacey Stang acrylic painter; Les Sanders carver of whimsical characters and split cedar flutes; Kym and Steve Kovacic mixed media and photography respectively; Jo and Bob Panther painter and nature photographer respectively.

•Hope House members will present a watercolor/acrylic and haiku display titled “Spring Time Rising” at the Bemidji Public Library during the month of May. A reception will be held on Friday, May 2 from  3-5 pm in the main  library. Refreshments will be served.

•The Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House presents a new series of portraits by Alice Blessing, “Secrets,” the way we use our physical appearance to express who we want others to see when they look at us. Blessing, a portrait artist, is known for her unusual painting technique of using her fingers and hands to create her artwork. Meet Blessing during the 3-5 p.m. reception at 523 Minnesota Ave. Following the reception, First Friday Wine Bar will open from 5-9 p.m. with a celebration of Cinco de Mayo, south of the border cuisine with libations to match.

•Brigid’s Pub hosts The Artists of Studio 10, showcasing a new body of work, “Greening Up.” Meet the artists during the 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. reception at 317 Beltrami Ave. NW

•Dunn Bros Coffee is hosting local photographer Weston Holland and his exhibit “Of Rust, Roots and Reclamation,” a collection of photos displaying found objects that through natural processes have been reclaimed and transformed into works of art. Meet Holland during the 5-7 p.m. reception at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S.

•Freaxis Studios presents “ArtKids,” a show of painting and sculptures from after-school classes 3:30-6 p.m. during the First Friday art walk. The studio is located in the lower level of the Watermark Art Center at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

•Watermark Art Center invites you to the 4-6 p.m. reception honoring the Annual 5th Grade Invitational featuring the artistry of students from Central, Horace May, JW Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Red Lake, Schoolcraft, Solway and St. Philip’s Elementary schools. The exhibit will be up through May 17 at 426 Bemidji Ave N.

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. Host Drew Warne-Jacobson will welcome sign-ups from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 303 Railroad St. SW.


•Local author Louane Beyer will give a presentation about her three children’s books: “Six Days Inside a Mountain,” “Lost in the Amazon,” and “Journey to China” beginning at 4 p.m. at the Bemidji public library. Beyer will speak on intergenerational involvement as a learning experience. This event is part of the Bemidji Writes series at the library and supported by funding from local donors and the state of Minnesota Legacy Fund. ON-GOING INSTALLATIONS

•Neilson Place presents the multilayered artwork of Paula Swanson, “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.

•RavenRock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art and the Artists of Studio 10 will be hosting an exhibit by guest multimedia artists Barbara and Michael Hoet through June 1st, 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr. Suite 102. S

•Tin Pan gALLEry, the Blackduck Area History Center Diana Collison Jones installation of oil paintings, copper tooling, photography and cards will be in place through May 10. Center is open 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat.


“Spring Fling” with Marion Reil who will teach a fun and unique watercolor painting method using thrown paint and sponges at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at Gallery North, 502 3rd. St. Attendees will complete and mat a 16-inch by 20-inch watercolor. All materials are provided and the class fee is $45 when paid at registration at Gallery North or $50 the day of the class. For bookkeeping purposes, please make out checks payable to Marion Reil.


•Schoolcraft Learning Community will host their 14th Annual Spring Concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at the Bemidji High School Performance Arts Center. Admission free and open to the public.

•Pecha Kucha (chit chat) Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. May 15 at the Sanford Center. PKN is always free, family friendly, and fun where speakers give presentations that include 20 images shown for 20 seconds each for a total of 6 minutes, 40 seconds.

•Turtle Island Ensemble (Sarah Carlson, piano; Patrick Riley, bass; Jon Romer, guitar and Andrew Ronnevik, violin) will host a fundraising concert for the Bemidji Food Shelf at 7:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. Free will donations will be accepted in lieu of tickets.

•Library Reading Group will meet to discuss “Vacationland” by Minnesota author Sarah Stonich May 5 and 6. Extra copies of the book are available at the library.