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Pioneer Previews: Oxcars to honor local theatres

BEMIDJI — The Oxcars — a Celebration of Excellence for Regional Theaters from November 2012 through November 2013 — will honor Bemidji Community Theater, Northern Light Opera, Minnesota Folklore Theater and Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective.

The Masters of Ceremony, Cate Belleveau and Robert Thomas, will present awards for best acting, choreography, directing and design elements. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour at Suzy & Hondo School of Dance, 1259 Tyler Ave. SE, (look for balloons at the turn off of Roosevelt Avenue.), Bemidji.

Entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. with songs and dances from the award shows. Tickets at the door are $15 each or are available by calling 218-243-2685.


Elaine Fleming will present a talk on “Shaynowishkung: aka Chief Bemidji: Knowing a Man Through His Times,” a discussion on the significance of Chief Bemidji in Bemidji and northwest Minnesota. The emphasis will be on the chaos experienced by the Ojibwe through the Removal Era (1830), Reservation and Treaty–Making Era (1855-71), and Assimilation Era (1871-1934). The talk also focuses on his displacement from his land in Bemidji and differing perspectives between settlers and the Ojibwe.

This presentation by the Beltrami County Historical Society is free to the public and appropriate for all ages. The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW.   


“Warm Your Heart With A Little Art” at Gallery North. Classes fill quickly so make a reservation as soon as possible at Gallery North 502 Third St. N.W. for these free classes.

• Feb. 3  “Life’s a Birch” acrylic painting with Maureen O’Brien from 1-4 p.m.

• Feb. 8  “Beginning Basketry” with Monie Martin from 1-4 p.m.

• Feb. 12 “Daisy Chain Beading” with Curtis Schagunn from 1-4 p.m.

• Feb. 15 “Intro to Bead Looming” with Patty Lovegreen from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Feb 15  “Embroidery and More” with Colleen Hilts from 1-4 p.m.

• Feb. 18  “Ukrainian Eggs” with Mary Morton at 1:30 p.m.

•Feb. 18  “Earrings” with Jeanie Fenner at 2 p.m.

•Feb. 21  “String Along” with Marie Hamre, 1 p.m

• Feb. 22  “Watercolor Backgrounds with Simple Silhouette” with Marion Caroline, 1-4 p.m.

• Feb. 27 “Loopy Project” with Marie Hamre, at 1 p.m.

• The Book Discussion Group book selection for February is “The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared,” written by Jonas Jonasson. Extra copies are available at the library. The Group meets the first Monday and Tuesday of February.

• The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Beverly Everett, continues its 75th anniversary year with “A Celebration of John Steinbeck” featuring humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.  


The Beltrami County History Center features artwork from Gallery North and its new history exhibit “Trails Through Time.” The center is open noon to 4 p.m.Saturdays.

• Brigid’s Pub’s (317 Beltrami  Ave.) installation is from the artists of Studio 10, titled “Winter Pastimes.”

• Gallery North (502 Third St. NW) continues its “Holiday Boutique” of handmade items.

• Headwaters Science Center (413 Beltrami Ave.) presents TrekNorth alumna Lindsey Owens, who participated in the “Art From Within” juried shows in 2011 and 2013. She also worked on an art project with HSC and completed a mural combining the importance of art and science as part of a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) initiative.

• Neilson Place presents “Walking Through Nature,” an exhibit of paintings by Maureen O’Brien for people who cannot walk through nature. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW. and viewers may visit during regular visiting hours

• Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse presents “New Collaborations” by Marlon Davidson and Don Knutson, whose work is known for its dimensional, mixed-media wall pieces with one of the objectives being combining natural elements and more sophisticated content put together in such a way that makes the piece harmonious.

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