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Pioneer Previews: ‘Lightwire’ a delight for the eye

“Lightwire The Show” will be performed at 5 p.m. Sunday at Bemidji High School Auditorium.  Sponsored by First National Bank Bemidji and Paul Bunyan Communications and the Sanford Center as a major fundraiser for United Way of Bemidji Area, this family oriented light show is a delight for the eye, as well as a challenge for the imagination. The performers are all former ballet dancers and wear their lights (costumes) on the outside of their bodies, on their heads down to their feet and become an exoskeleton for the animal they are impersonating. Just remember to say “United Way” when you purchase your ticket and $5 will be donated to the United Way of Bemidji. Tickets will be available at the door for $20 each adult general admission and $16 for students.

•Artists of Minnesota Traveling Mini Show exhibit has arrived at Gallery North and will be in place through April 15 during regular business hours and open to the public to view at the Gallery, 502 Third St. NW. Artists of Minnesota is an organization formed in 1959 and sponsors the exhibit that travels statewide to publicize the organization and give people of different communities a chance to view the work of Minnesota artists. More information can be found online at

•The First City of Arts’ Studio Cruise 2014 artist call is underway. This is a working studio event that provides an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios to showcase their art and craft. Studio Cruise dates are Oct.17-19. All applications need to be postmarked by April 15.  Fees include a $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee. Interested artists are encouraged to apply by completing the Studio Cruise application available online at the Watermark Art Center website, Artists who create their artwork within a 40-mile radius of Bemidji but who may not have a studio accessible to visitors can apply to be a guest artist at a qualifying host studio. All artists must successfully meet all jury and monetary qualifications and eligibility requirements established for participating. This opportunity is limited to having a maximum of three artists total at any one studio location. Questions may be directed to Dave Towley at (218) 333-3547 or email or Lori Forshee-Donnay at (218) 444-7570 or email


The Northern Artists Association will host its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. at the Eagles Club. Refreshments will be served, the public is invited to attend and see a presentation by the Basket Guild. For more information, call 759-1952


•The spring lecture series of Adventures in Lifelong Learning continues with Carolyn Townsend in “Healthy Minnesota 2020: Strengthening Community Action.” While Minnesota has a statewide health improvement framework, promoting healthy practices concerns us all on a local level. Strategies to strengthen communities to create their own healthy future are a part of the statewide initiative. 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. ALL is self-supporting and depends upon the generosity of  members; please see membership forms at each presentation.

•The spring lecture series of Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning continues its spring lecture series with professor Mary Hrenchir of Bemidji State University in “Understanding Events in Syria.” Hrenchir will present an overview of the Syrian conflict and implications. The sessions are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Northwood Bank Community Room, Northwood Bank, Highway 24 at County Road 6, Park Rapids. A freewill donation is appreciated.

•BSU’s Department of Music will be offering a series of concerts by students, faculty and visiting artists. Julie Johnson, a freelance flutist and composer active in the Twin Cities will work with the students and present a concert of her own works for bass flute and electrified flute. Concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex at BSU.


•The BSU Faculty Concert series continues with Faculty Trio Stephen Carlson (piano), Patrick Riley (cello) and Melanie Hanson (violin), who will perform Beethoven’s D Major “Ghost” Trio and Brahm’s “Piano Trio in B Major, Op.8.”  The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall, free admission.

•Northern Light Opera Co. presents “The Apothecary,” a comic opera by Joseph Haydn at 7:30 p.m. at Armory Square, Second Street and Highway 71 S, Park Rapids. Advance tickets at Beagle Books and or call 237-0400 and (866) 766-7372. All tickets are $15 each.


•Tracy Stein, a music major at BSU will perform her junior recital featuring 20th Century works for flute at 3 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall and is open to the public.

•Baladino, an Israeli ensemble, will play 2 to 4 p.m., in the Sanford Center Ballroom as part of a Midwest tour of music from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Arabic countries. Sponsored by the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and Arts Midwest. Advance tickets $17 and $20 at the door, all tickets general admission.

•Watercolor class with Marion Reil –“Northwoods Winter Wonderland” on March 22 at Gallery North. All materials are included with the fee of $45 and the participants will complete and mat a 16-inch by 20-inch watercolor painting of a winter scene with a variety of backgrounds and painting techniques. Register at Gallery North.

•Enchanted Tea Party, a great opportunity for children to experience the magic of meeting their favorite princesses and fairies from their beloved books and movies at the Sanford Center. Tickets can only be purchased online at for $29.99. Each ticket to the event includes admission to the event for one, a free youth ticket to the Aad Shrine Circus also taking place the Sanford Center, a small tea party and a special gift to take home.

•Northern Light Opera Co. presents “The Apothecary,” a comic opera by Joseph Haydn at 7:30 p.m. at Armory Square, Second Street and Highway 71 S, Park Rapids. Advance tickets at Beagle Books and or call 237-0400 and (866) 766-7372. All tickets are $15 each.


Long Lake Theater in Hubbard will be holding open auditions for the Summer 2014 Season from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 24 and 25. No experience necessary for stage and backstage positions, minimum age is 15.

Bagley Community Theater will be holding auditions for “The Sound of Music” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 25-27 at the Bagley High School Auditorium with director Marilyn Hood and assistant Nila Bassett. All roles are open and seven children are needed: five girls from ages 6 to 18 and two boys from ages 10 to 16. These will be open-house auditions, and if interested in a role, bring a two- to three-minute monologue and a song of your choosing. An accompanist will be available and you may be asked to sing a portion of one the songs from the show. Rehearsals will begin April 28. The production will run as part of the Bagley All-School Reunion activities on July 2-6.