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Pioneer Previews: Paul Bunyan Playhouse holding auditions

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

To all aspiring thespians, remember that Terry Lynn Carlson, artistic director for the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, will be holding auditions for the 2012 summer season from 4-10 p.m. Monday in the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave.

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Casting for the 2012 season includes "Spitfire Grill," "The Sunshine Boys," "Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music," "Dixie Swim Club" and "Suessical The Musical."

Actors should prepare a one-minute monologue of their choosing, but materials will be available for a cold reading should it be necessary.

If auditioning for a singing role, please prepare 32 bars of a song that showcases the voice. Auditions for "Suessical" (ages 6 through adult) musical require dancing and Carlson will have a short dance combination for this purpose.

Headshots and resumes should be brought to the auditions but if these are unavailable. General information sheets will be completed and pictures taken at that time.

Auditions do not require an appointment, and will be handled on a first come basis in the Chief Theater. Contact Carlson at boxoffice@paulbunyan.com or (218) 751-7270.

Ceramics exhibit

A unique exhibit of ceramics by Megumi Naitoh, a Japanese born artist who is now an associate professor of art in Boston, "Real Life/Virtual Life" will open at the Talley Gallery. Naitoh's work, a mosaic collection that represents modern daily life versus the life people create on the internet, is a pixilated interpretation from two vantage points.

In short, she creates two images of each world (real and social network) in a single mosaic. Naitoh shows how the two worlds are intertwined and seamlessly move from one to the other.

The opening reception will be from noon-3 p.m. Wednesday in the Talley Gallery, Room 212 in the Education Arts Building, Birchmont Drive, and will remain for viewing until February 15. The Talley Gallery is barrier free and open to the public at no charge. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

Bluegrass trio

St. Anywhere, a bluegrass trio from the Duluth area, will be playing a variety of instruments including the guitar and banjo. This group of young men promises a tapestry of tight harmony and fancy fretwork from 8 p.m.-midnight Thursday at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. NW.

Acoustic show

Cassandra Mae, Karaoke Battle USA and World Champion for 2011, will be performing in an acoustic show in Bemidji this week. Mae is returning to the stage after recording her first new single in Nashville last month and winning first place in a Nashville artist singing competition.

She will appear with David Lee in a broad reach acoustic show with their leather and lace sound. The duo will perform from 9 p.m.-midnight, Friday at Brigid's Cross.

Gallery installations

Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 3rd St., is hosting John Egger and his exhibit, "Rural Images," this month.

Fleur de Lis Art Gallery in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., is open when the gallery sign is outside. Check it out for a rotation of art from local and regional artists.

Gabe Nordby is the gallery artist of the month at Brigid's Cross.

Gallery North, 502 3rd St., will continue their annual Holiday Boutique of handmade items this month.

Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW, will continue the exhibit of photographer Melissa Moss of Blueleaf Photographs entitled "Serenity," which means different things to different people for everyone finds peace in their own way. A price list is available at the front desk.

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