Stanford Center Open House from noon-3 p.m. today will feature Eric Sundeen on the drums, free complimen-tary coffee from Dunn Bros, beignets from head chef Bill Downs, a gourmet cup cake from Althea's Cakery and tours that will begin at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Stop by to see what the buzz is all about at Bemidji's new event center. This event is sponsored by Althea's Cakery, The Sanford Center and Venueworks.
This week's episode of "Common Ground," a magazine show that demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region, airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. This week we head to Walker to learn about the art and science behind brewing beer at the Leech Lake Brewery. A little further south we meet up with Greg and KiKi Webb as they record a song they've written called "Abraham." Finally, in Brainerd, we visit with local fiber artists at the Franklin Art Center. The shows will be repeated at 6 p.m. Sundays and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, following the initial broadcast. Videos of past shows are also available online at lptv.org. This activity is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
- May First Friday events can start at the Beltrami County Historical Society, which in collaboration with Gallery North, presents "Nature's Bounty," a collection of photographs by Glenn Ferguson. This exhibit will be on display through July. Also featured is the new exhibit, "Baskets and Beads: Weaving Traditions" an addition to the permanent John Morrison American Indian Collection. Stop by on First Friday for refreshments and free admission into the museum. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.
- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., will welcome the public to meet and greet their showcase artist of the month, woodcarver Frank Bera, a member of the Woodcarvers Club. Bera carves small animals and diamond willow walking sticks. Featured member artists of the month are Monie Martin, who creates baskets made of local and natural materials and will demonstrate her skill. New member Penny Lovegreen will show how she creates paper woven pieces and display her jewelry. The First Friday reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts will feature Candice Billips and her exhibit, "Birch Leaf Miner," prints and encaustics representing the wilderness of northern Minnesota. Meet Billips during the 4-6 p.m. opening reception. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring arts and fine craft by more than 60 artists and is located at 315 Irvine Ave. NW.
- While downtown, stop by the Cabin Coffeehouse and Café to meet photographer Cal Rice and view his exhibit, "Developing a Vision." The installation documents his artistic journey: Nature as the camera sees it, to Nature as he sees it, to Nature as he feels it. Rice will be there during the opening reception from 4-6 p.m. The Cabin is located at 214 Third St. N.W. and open seven days a week.
- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the work of Nicolle Gieseher, detailed pencil drawings deeply rooted in the fantasy genre. Meet Gieseher at the opening reception from 4-5:30 p.m. in the back dining room of the restaurant. The Sam Miltich Jazz Quartet will be providing the evening's entertainment. Starting in May, the pub will be open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday.
- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House will have on display "One More Barn," a continuation of D. L Houseman's "Barns are Noble" series, illustrative images of the history and role of barns in the American rural landscape. Houseman specializes in woodcut printing and barn painting. Meet Houseman at the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. After the reception the Wild Hare monthly First Friday Wine Bar with a new menu every month with libations to complement will be open from 5-9 p.m. at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W.
- Bemidji Community Arts Center invites the public to the Annual Fifth Grade Invitational, which showcases the work of students from Central, Horace may, J.W.Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Red Lake, Schoolcraft Learning Center and St. Philip's elementary schools. The opening reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. and the exhibit will be up until May 21. The gallery and Shop 426 are open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. in the Carnegie Library Building.
- Dunn Bros Coffee presents Paul Krueger and his work in creating "photographic art pieces," photos brought to life using paint and photoshop to add texture, color and other detail. Krueger will be at the 5-7 p.m. opening reception. Dunn Bros Coffee is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. and is open seven days a week.
- Saarens Productions invites the public to stop by the Wild Rose Theater and visit the Fleur de Lis Gallery from 2-6 p.m. to view the work of local, regional and national artists in a new exhibit rotation, which also includes two new mixed media pieces by Phyllis Diller. The gallery is open from 2-6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.
- Neilson Place hosts the new work of photojournalist Joe Rossi, who presents the ordinary in an extraordinary way that creates a new awareness. His work will be on display through June, and a price list will be available at the front desk. The gift shop at the Bistro showcases the work of Jeff Larson, who has a display of his bentwood boxes and spoons in birch, black cherry, elm and hickory. Select pieces will be for sale. Local artist Terry Honstead also has a display at the Bistro, one-of-a-kind colorful glass bead necklaces and earrings, feather hair pieces, headbands, and lapel pins. Her special rendition of Paul and Babe mugs will also be available along with her collection of artistic greeting cards. Nielson Place and the Bistro are located at WoodsEdge, 1000 Anne St. N.W.
- Northwoods Folk Collective Coffeehouse Open Mic is now located in the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. S.W. May host John Henningsgard will welcome people to share stories, songs, music and poetry by performers at all levels of expertise and skill. Arrive early to sign-up before the 7:30 p.m. start time.
The Indian Month Poetry Reading Series for May will premiere at the Wild Hare First Saturday. Nationally recognized poet, playwright and musician Jamison C. Mahto will read from his recently published third edition of "Blue for Franklin Avenue" at 5 p.m. May 7. Future readings will feature local poets and open mic opportunities. This event is free and open to the public.
- Schoolcraft Learning Center Spring Concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Bemidji High School. The event is free and open to the public and will showcase the choirs, orchestras and French program. This event is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.
- The Park Rapids Classic Chorale will present spring concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 803 West First St., Park Rapids. Paul Dove will conduct Randall Thompson's "Peaceable Kingdom," Anita Hannemann will conduct choral classics including "The Lord is my Shepherd" and Gary Stennes will conduct the grand finale of "The Blessing" by Brendan Graham and David Downes. Desserts will be served after the concert and a free will offering will be accepted.
- "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" by Weber and Rice, a collaboration of Minnesota Folklore Theater and Nevis High School, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. May 5, 6,12 and 13 and at 3 p.m., May 8 and 15 at Nevis High School, 2310 Pleasant Ave. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 seniors and $8 for students grades K-12. Call 218-652-2666 for reservations.
- The Dennis Warner and the D's "Beads on a String" family concert will be held at the Blackduck Golf course at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10. A Minnesota Legacy Event, the concert is free and open to the public. Americana folk singer and songwriter Warner blends humor, audience participation and serious music; his "Beads on a String" song is about our connectedness in the world and how we are all much more alike than we are different. The book has been published under children's literature.
The Minnesota Folklore Theater will hold auditions for "On Golden Pond" characters: lead Norman Thayer, mailman Charlie Martin, daughter Chelsea and her stepson Billy. Auditions will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 10, at the Minnesota Folklore Theater, 6 Broadway St., Akeley. Performances are scheduled for August 11-14 and 19-21. Call 652-2666 for further information.
- "Community Collaboration: Connecting over Creative Ideas that Build Community" is a free workshop to be offered by the Region 2 Arts Council and facilitated by Jun Li-Wang, an artist community organizer for Springboard for the Arts. It is open to anyone - artist, creative entrepreneur, business owner, director of a nonprofit, arts supporter, producer or community member - who has an unrealized project idea waiting to happen. The workshop will open with registration from 3:30-4 p.m. Friday, May 20 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2422 Ridgeway Ave. N.W., Bemidji. Hands-on workshop activities will be held from 4-8 p.m., with a light dinner and snacks provided. At 8 p.m., optional informal socializing is planned. RSVP is required by Monday, May 16. RSVP to the Region 2 Arts Council Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 751-5447 or 800-275-5447.
- "Springs a Flutter" watercolor workshop with Marion Caroline will be held from 1-4 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Caroline will instruct in painting a hummingbird hovering over a blooming Canadian thistle. Students will explore a variety of different watercolor background techniques and then paint and frame their work. She will also teach a feather workshop from 1-4 p.m. May 28 at Gallery North. Pre-paid registrations will be accepted at Gallery North. All materials will be provided and the fee is $45 and the size of the class is limited to 10 people.
"Minnesota Arts Count Census calls for artists in all media to complete an online survey, no matter how well or how publicly talents are shared. Go to MNArtsCount.com to take the short survey.
The Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. N., by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.
Calendar listings will be in the Sunday Pioneer Previews.
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 email@example.com