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Pioneer Previews: MN History Players presents WWII female pilot Virginia Mae Hope

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Minnesota History Players presents Virginia May Hope, pilot and member of the Women Air Force Service Pilots in WWI, to be portrayed by Melissa Friedman. Performance will be at noon Monday at the Bemidji Public Library.

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The 3rd Annual Opener Art Festival's booth registration is now open. The festival will be at the Sanford Center on Nov. 3. The fee is $75 for a 10-by-10-foot booth plus $15 processing fee. There is a $10 discount for registrations postmarked before April 2. Visit www.openerartfestival.com or call 556-5907 for more information and for an application.

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk (BSW) committee is now accepting applications for the 14th annual Bemidji Sculpture Walk. Applications are due by March 31, with the new exposition to be installed the last week of May. Artists can submit applications and find more information online at www.bemidjisculpture.org. Email bemidjiscultpure@gmail.com for more information.

Duluth bluegrass band Hobo Nephews will play at 10 p.m. on March 23 at the Blue Ox Bar and Grill in Bemidji. Don't Sweat September, a rock band also out of Duluth, will open. Admission is free.

Timberline with John Essig, Kari Munson and David Sand will play the Bemidji Eagles Club from 8-12 p.m. Friday.

Home Free, an a capella choir, will have their final performance during the 2011-12 competition shows of Vocalmotive and La Voce Bello. The concert will be held on two consecutive nights: at 7 p.m. Friday, the concert will also feature an exhibition of the middle school group Pizzaz; and on Saturday, the middle school group JIVE will join the program. Tickets are $12 each and available now at both Lueken's Village Foods locations and Overbeeks.

Roster McCabe will perform their own brand of funky, reggae dance-rock at 10 p.m. Saturday the Blue Ox Bar and Grill in Bemidji. This one is free, as well.

Students in grades 4-12 can audition for "The Legend of Paul Bunyan" from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Wild Rose Theater. Performances will take place August 3-5, 9-11.

Melody Fellman's senior show opens Monday and runs through Thursday at the Touché Gallerie in Hobson Memorial Union on the Bemidji State University Campus.

Common Ground is a program exploring the creative process and cultural events in our region. On this week's episode, Candace Simar tells how she used her knowledge of history and storytelling ability to educate readers on the 1862 Sioux Uprising. Anton Treuer of Bemidji will discuss his book, "The Assassination of Hole in the Day," plus, information on the Winnie Music Fest in Bena. The program begins at 7 p.m. Thursday and will be repeated at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, 6 p.m. on Sunday and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Northern Artist Association will hold its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Eagles Club. The meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Scott Fadness will speak about his trip to Russia studying the Siberian tiger afterward. Call 759-2952 for more information.

Trombonist Steven Radley will perform his degree recital at 3 p.m. March 25 in Thompson Recital Hall on the Bemidji State University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Open auditions for three Long Lake Theater summer productions will be from 6-7 p.m. on March 26-27. Email longlaketheater@hotmail.com for more information.

A Region 2 Arts Council potential loss of Arts Legacy funds forum will be held from 4-5 p.m. March 25 at Helga Township Community Center with State Representative Larry Howes. RSVP by emailing staff@r2arts.org or call 751-5447.

Local author and speaker John Eggers will talk about his recent book at 7 p.m. April 9 at the Bemidji Public Library.

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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