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Pioneer Previews: Professor to discuss biography of local Ojibwe leader

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In a program sponsored by the Bemidji Public Library at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 10, local author and Bemidji State University Professor Anton Treuer will speak about his new book, "The Assassination of Hole in the Day."

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A controversial Anishinaabe leader who sought to fight the removal of the Mississippi Ojibwe to the White Earth Reservation, Hole in the Day was mysteriously fatally shot in 1868. The event made national news and many rumors surrounded the cause of the event. Treuer interviewed more than 50 elders for his biography of Hole in the Day and gives insight into a pivotal time in Ojibwe history. Treuer is a professor of Ojibwe language and culture at BSU. The Bemidji Public Library is located at 509 America Ave. N. and the program is free and open to the public.

First Friday

- First Friday of January events can begin at the Beltrami County Historical Society, which will have on display the work of Kay Schuver, "Reflections by Kay," through March. A new exhibit, "Baskets and Beads: Weaving Traditions," as created and designed by Nicole Foss, is now a part of the 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, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Public Library has on display for January the Artists of Gallery North. Join them at the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. For more information on opportunities to exhibit work at the library, call Paul Simonson at 444-7886. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N. and is open Monday through Saturday.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts welcomes Shanna Mae Olsen and her show "Transformation," a world of textile experimentation with a large scale textile sculpture, unique plushies, functional wallets and other work. Shanna Mae will be at the opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 artists in fine art and craft to fun gifts and accessories, 315 Irving Ave. N.W.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will display "People & Places," prints by Cody Bartz, who combines the technical abilities of the computer with the handmade qualities of printmaking to portray humans within a modern and abstract landscape. After the Art Walk, the Friday Wine Bar will feature the creations of Wild Hare's culinary artists with libations to complement from 5-9 p.m. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will present Arnold Volker of "Real Stone" and Sherry Gendron from "Next Generation" as their featured artists for January. Using the colorful field stones from the Itasca moraine, Volker has partnered with "Next Innovations" of Walker to create decorative wall art made of stone and steel. Join Volker and Gendron at the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. Located at 214 Third Street, the Cabin is open seven days a week.

Dunn Bros. Coffee welcomes professional photographer Cal Rice and his work in photos highlighting the beauty of Costa Rica. Taken during a trip in January of 2010, the images encompass sunrise on the Caribbean to sunset on the Pacific with birds, mammals and scenic views. Meet Cal during the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Also on display and for sale are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Dunn Bros, now serving featured wines of the month, is open seven days a week, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant invites the public to view a collection of mixed media drawing/installation reflecting Minnesota's ice fishers by Nina Lubarski. The art displays are on the side wall in the large performance and dining area The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., in the Carnegie Library Building will be closed until Jan. 17.

- Saarens Productions invites the public to stop by the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. The Fleur de Lis Gallery has the work of some new artists: Al Belleveau, Keith Cich, Melissa Davidson, Terry Honstead and Don Zieman to the new rotation of art work by DeeJay Arens, Roy C. Booth, Janet Burke, Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson, Thomas Hamilton, Mary-Knox Johnson, Rita Arsenault Quinn, Steve Saari and Judy Lunseth. The new gallery hours are 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- North Country Health Services Art Committee presents a group exhibition entitled, "Pathways - The Art of Bemidji State University," by art students of Natalia Himmirska. The works include a variety of techniques and media and show a spectrum from realistic to abstract by students in all levels of experience. This special display will be up through January. Artwork is for sale and a price list will be provided at the reception desk. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is featuring new gift items by Dave and Kathy Towley, local artisans known for their fine craft wood turnings (bowls, plates, platters, pots, and vessels) in a variety of wood with a mineral oil and beeswax finish which is food safe. The Towley's woodwork will be on display and for sale through Februaru. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is located just inside the front entryway to Neilson Place at WoodsEdge, on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. N.W. Bemidji. For more information, email lpapkelarson@nchs.com.

- The Blackduck Area History and Art Center will the closed January and re-open with a February exhibit.

Weekend music

- Musical Groups to perform this weekend: Timberline with Kari Munson and John Essig will perform country and folk from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Solway Bar and Grill on U.S. 2 E in Solway.

- "Kill The Vultures" (a Minneapolis group) with "Vitamins and Criminals," a new local band featuring Edward Bredon and John Hampton as opener, will perform starting at 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Blue Ox on Third Street in downtown Bemidji.

- "Kazyak," a Twin Cities trio, will kick off its spring tour at 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. Kazyak is an electric folk-rock trio that blends funky jazz, rootsy bluegrass and some classical music.

Artist call

Call for Artists: Bemidji Community Arts Center will accept from one to three submissions of art work from member artists Jan. 18-28 for the Annual Members Show. Each submission should include contact information, title of piece, artist name, medium, NFS or listing price. Bring work to BCAC from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. Call or e-mail if other arrangements need to be made for drop-off. Call 444-7570 or bcac@paulbunyan.net for more information. Other artists who wish to apply, please contact BCAC. The opening for the show will be Friday, Feb. 4.

Sculpture Walk

Artists who wish to apply for placement in the 2011-2012 Bemidji Sculpture Walk may e-mail abel@paulbunyan.net for an application. The Bemidji Sculpture Walk Committee has elected a new executive committee: President Mitch Blessing, Vice President Darin Hansen, Secretary Shanna Olson and Treasurer Roxi Mann.

Audition call

Audition for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" audition is set by Bemidji Community Theater from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 7, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, at the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. This musical production is adapted from the original Grimm's fairy tale by Carol Weiss, who wrote the lyrics and music. The show will be performed at the Chief Theatre starting Friday, April 1 through Tuesday, April 5. The director is Mary Knox-Johnson with musical director Karen Bradley and accompanist Wayne Hoff. Actors ages 6-80 are needed for all roles; bring 16 bars of music and a prepared monologue. For further information call 333-8740.

Garrison Keillor

"A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor, actors Tim Russell and Sue Scott, sound-effects ace Tom Keith, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, led by Richard Dworsky, and special guests will begin at 4:45 p.m. with a pre-show and live broadcast from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at the John Glas Fieldhouse, Bemidji State University. Tickets are $40 (middle floor), $35 (side section), $25 (bleachers) and are on sale now. Order online through Ticketmaster.com, call 800-982-2787, or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. Minnesota Public Radio members can call the MPR Box Office at 651-290-1200; $15 tickets will be available to BSU students beginning Feb. 2 with a limit of one ticket per student with a valid ID.

Talent search

Minnesota Public Radio is seeking young classical musicians; vocalists, instrumental soloists and small ensembles for the "Minnesota Varsity." The program will accept recordings from young artists ages 14-18 for a pre-screening by the classical MPR staff and 15-20 will be chosen to work with a professional recording engineer to produce a high-quality recording. The recording will be played for a panel of celebrity judges including Nicholas McGegan of Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sarah Hicks of Minnesota Orchestra, John Birge, Brian Newhouse and Steve Staruch of Classical MPR and others not yet named. The judges will choose five performers for the Showcase Round and they will be asked to perform live at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul oApril 17. For all requirements and information, check online at classicalmpr.org/varsity. The timeframe for submitting the recordings is Jan. 3-Feb. 15. Minnesota Varsity is made possible, in part, by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Workshops

- Marsh Muirhead will lead a poetry workshop, "Haiku-Windows to Nature and the Spirit," which will explore the history and form of Haiku and writing exercises. Beginning and more advanced writers and poets are welcome to register. Muirhead has published nearly 100 Haiku in English language Haiku journals and anthologies. The workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The cost of the workshop is $35. To register, call 444-5606.

- Douglas Zuehlsdorff will hold a Creative Drawing workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. Those interested in attending should call 507-0423 or 224-3288 to register. Gallery North, 502 Third St. S.W., also has a signup sheet for the workshop. This workshop is limited to 12 attendees. The cost is $50. Those attending are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch, an 18-by-24-inch sketch pad and drawing instruments. The workshop will be held at Silamandi Studio.

- Sweet Basket Workshop with Monie Martin will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21, at Gallery North. Students will coil sweet grass around a black walnut slice into a basket. The cost for the class is $45. The class limit is eight. Register at Gallery North in person or by phone 444-4913.

- Antler Tabletop basket workshop with Monie Martin will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, at Gallery North. Students will create a small basket using a spike or long bar type antler. Students will be working with sea grass, yarn or reed materials embellished with feathers, beads and antler buttons and will learn how to drill an antler. The cost is $45 or $40 if participants supply their own antlers. The class limit is six. Register at Gallery North in person or by phone 444-4913.

- Winter Writers Retreat with CarolAnn Russell, "Stories are Alive!" will be presented from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. More information on the fee will follow.

- Voice-Over Fundamentals and Voice-Over Industry with Eric Webster from Picaline Productions will be held from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and Supple Studios. More information on fees will follow.

- Arts Workshop funds are available from Region 2 Arts Council. The "No-Risk" Workshops" are coordinated through R2AC who will assist with registration and other aspects of the program. "No Risk" means there is no financial risk to the applicant. The workshop must focus on learning experiences for adult learners and be open to the public. Any group that wants to bring in an artist to do a workshop is eligible, as are regional artists who wish to present a workshop themselves. Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis but funds are limited. Please contact staff of Region 2 Arts Council at 751-45447 or 1-800-275-5447 or e-mail staff@r2art.org.

Art exhibits

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new art work by Michael De Witt, Jane Freeman, Terry Honstead, Beverlee Olson, Mary Therese Peterson, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillamandi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

- Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Upcoming events

- Jan. 20-22, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 23, 2 p.m., "Steele Magnolias" by Robert Harling, Wild Rose Theater.

- Jan. 15, 4 p.m., Minnesota Historical Society presents memorable life stories of John Beargrease at the Bemidji Public Library. Free.

- Jan. 22, 4 p.m., Aaron Hautala will talk about his newest book "The Opposite of Cold" about Finnish saunas at the Bemidji Public Library. Free.

- Jan. 30 and 31, 6-9 p.m., auditions for BSU Theater Department spring show, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Call for audition time at 755-3901 or 218-209-7929.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Katie Corning from 7:30-9:30 p.m., every Wednesday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage 8-11:30 p.m. every Thursday. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- Pelican Railroad, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ, 119 Third St. N.W.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club. The public is invited to attend. For information, call 759-2952.

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets the third Saturday of the month. Contact epbensum@paulbunyan.net.

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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