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Pecha Kucha 20x20 with local speakers like Brett Cease (canoeing), Art Stoller (dog sledding) and John Eggers (suggested topics) will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the New City Ballroom, 2300 24th St. NW. An exciting component of Bemidji's Pecha Kucha Night is local art and artists.

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The PKN team is proud to welcome Jake Baggenstoss, visual artist; Jane Carlstrom, fiber artist; Todd Geiger, nature photographer; and Terry Honstead, mixed media artist.

This event is free and open to the public. Pecha Kucha is a nonprofit event with chapters in over 400 cities around the world.

Auditions

"The Magical Pied Piper" auditions will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW.

The production dates are April 11-15 with matinee and evening performances and the production will be directed by Mary Knox-Johnson and Karen Bradley.

Please prepare a very short monologue and 16 bars of music. No appointment necessary. Auditions will be held in order of arrival. For further information, contact Knox-Johnson at moxnk@paulbunyan.net.

'Common Ground'

"Common Ground," a program that explores the creative process and cultural events in our region will showcase Mary Tuomi's natural gift for painting; a visit to Lake George for the annual Blueberry Festival; and Turtle River artist Cindy Burger's handcrafted jewelry. The show will also take a short walk around the Hackensack Flea Market.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and repeat at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

This program is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Third Thursday

Classic Rock and country band "Buck Geezer" singer, Lori Goulet Reich, will be featured from 5-5:30 p.m. at Bella Caffe for Third Thursday in downtown Park Rapids. Reggae band, "Make the Most," with sounds from the Caribbean will be playing from 5:30-6 p.m. and 6:30-7 p.m. at The Good Life Café.

The group, which includes Josh Prendiz on lead vocals and guitar, Brandon Prendiz on drums and Roger Fenzel on bass and back-up vocals, just recorded their first studio album.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to make a free will donation to the artists. This activity is funded in whole, or in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Puppet show

"In the Heart of the Beast" Puppet and Mask Theater will perform its "Coyote Stories" with portrayals of the Assiniboine of the Great Plains, the Aztecs of Mexico and the Okanagun and Salishan of the Great Basin by the hero and kind-hearted Coyote.

Based in Minneapolis, this nationally known puppet company will begin performing at 4 p.m. Saturday in the main reading room of the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW. This event is free and open to the public, and is a Legacy Fund Event.

Big band dance

"Remember When Dance" with the Bemidji State University Jazz Band and Blue Ice with Dixieland, Swing and ballroom music will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Beaux Arts Ballroom, Hobson Memorial Hall, at Bemidji State Univesity.

Tickets for the evening of Big Band music are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Christian singer

Tickets are on sale for a concert by American Christian contemporary music artist and songwriter Chris Tomlin, who will appear at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Sanford Center.

Tomlin has 10 No. 1 radio singles, is a three-time Grammy nominee and the winner of 18 Dove Awards. A worship leader, Tomlin cites his "Forever," "Indescribable" and "How Great is Our God" for their impact on lives.

Tickets are $22 each or $18 for groups of 15 or more and may be purchased from the Sanford Center Box Office at 218-441-4032, all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

Call for artists

"Art from Within," an art exhibit sponsored by The Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project - North, of the American Civil Liberties Union, is accepting applications from American Indians and non- American Indians who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

This year's theme focuses on artists' feelings and understandings about what the Bill of Rights means to them. The call for entries is open to emerging and established artists. American Indians from Minnesota tribes are encouraged to submit entries.

Applications are due by Feb. 1.

Contact ACLU-MN at 444-2285 for more information. The exhibit will be displayed from March 2 to 31 at the Bemidji Community Arts Center.

This activity is made possible by the Region 2 Arts Council, the Green Institute and the Cy and Paula DeCosse Fund.

Gallery installations

E Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 3rd St. is hosting John Eggers and his exhibit, "Rural Images," for the month of January.

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

E Gabe Nordby is the gallery artist of the month at Brigid's Cross. His multimedia work can be viewed from 4 p.m. until closing Monday through Wednesday and from 11 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

E Gallery North, 502 3rd St. NW, will continue its annual Holiday Boutique of handmade items for the month of January.

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

E Talley Gallery installation of Megumi Naitoh's "Real Life/Virtual Life," is a mosaic collection that represents modern daily life versus the life people create on the Internet. The work is a pixilated interpretation from two vantage points, will remain until Feb. 15.

E Talley Gallery, Room 212 in the Education Arts Building, Birchmont Drive. is barrier free and open to the public at no charge. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

E "Visions of the Norse Myths" by Erik Evensen will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday in Gallery 140 in Bridgeman Hall (behind the Education Arts Building) at Bemidji State University.

All the work is produced using a combination of traditional drawing methods and digital effects. The transparency of this process will also be on display.

The show will be up Jan. 18 until Feb. 10 and is free and open to the public.

Ongoing events

E The Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. SE. The public is invited to attend. For details, call 759-2952.

E Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month. For more information, 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

Pecha Kucha 20x20 with local speakers like Brett Cease (canoeing), Art Stoller (dog sledding) and John Eggers (suggested topics) will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the New City Ballroom, 2300 24th St. NW. An exciting component of Bemidji's Pecha Kucha Night is local art and artists.

The PKN team is proud to welcome Jake Baggenstoss, visual artist; Jane Carlstrom, fiber artist; Todd Geiger, nature photographer; and Terry Honstead, mixed media artist.

This event is free and open to the public. Pecha Kucha is a nonprofit event with chapters in over 400 cities around the world.

Auditions

"The Magical Pied Piper" auditions will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW.

The production dates are April 11-15 with matinee and evening performances and the production will be directed by Mary Knox-Johnson and Karen Bradley.

Please prepare a very short monologue and 16 bars of music. No appointment necessary. Auditions will be held in order of arrival. For further information, contact Knox-Johnson at moxnk@paulbunyan.net.

'Common Ground'

"Common Ground," a program that explores the creative process and cultural events in our region will showcase Mary Tuomi's natural gift for painting; a visit to Lake George for the annual Blueberry Festival; and Turtle River artist Cindy Burger's handcrafted jewelry. The show will also take a short walk around the Hackensack Flea Market.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and repeat at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

This program is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Third Thursday

Classic Rock and country band "Buck Geezer" singer, Lori Goulet Reich, will be featured from 5-5:30 p.m. at Bella Caffe for Third Thursday in downtown Park Rapids. Reggae band, "Make the Most," with sounds from the Caribbean will be playing from 5:30-6 p.m. and 6:30-7 p.m. at The Good Life Café.

The group, which includes Josh Prendiz on lead vocals and guitar, Brandon Prendiz on drums and Roger Fenzel on bass and back-up vocals, just recorded their first studio album.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to make a free will donation to the artists. This activity is funded in whole, or in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Puppet show

"In the Heart of the Beast" Puppet and Mask Theater will perform its "Coyote Stories" with portrayals of the Assiniboine of the Great Plains, the Aztecs of Mexico and the Okanagun and Salishan of the Great Basin by the hero and kind-hearted Coyote.

Based in Minneapolis, this nationally known puppet company will begin performing at 4 p.m. Saturday in the main reading room of the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW. This event is free and open to the public, and is a Legacy Fund Event.

Big band dance

"Remember When Dance" with the Bemidji State University Jazz Band and Blue Ice with Dixieland, Swing and ballroom music will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Beaux Arts Ballroom, Hobson Memorial Hall, at Bemidji State Univesity.

Tickets for the evening of Big Band music are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Christian singer

Tickets are on sale for a concert by American Christian contemporary music artist and songwriter Chris Tomlin, who will appear at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Sanford Center.

Tomlin has 10 No. 1 radio singles, is a three-time Grammy nominee and the winner of 18 Dove Awards. A worship leader, Tomlin cites his "Forever," "Indescribable" and "How Great is Our God" for their impact on lives.

Tickets are $22 each or $18 for groups of 15 or more and may be purchased from the Sanford Center Box Office at 218-441-4032, all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

Call for artists

"Art from Within," an art exhibit sponsored by The Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project - North, of the American Civil Liberties Union, is accepting applications from American Indians and non- American Indians who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

This year's theme focuses on artists' feelings and understandings about what the Bill of Rights means to them. The call for entries is open to emerging and established artists. American Indians from Minnesota tribes are encouraged to submit entries.

Applications are due by Feb. 1.

Contact ACLU-MN at 444-2285 for more information. The exhibit will be displayed from March 2 to 31 at the Bemidji Community Arts Center.

This activity is made possible by the Region 2 Arts Council, the Green Institute and the Cy and Paula DeCosse Fund.

Gallery installations

- Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 3rd St. is hosting John Eggers and his exhibit, "Rural Images," for the month of January.

- Fleur de Lis Art Gallery in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. is open whenever 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. His multimedia work can be viewed from 4 p.m. until closing Monday through Wednesday and from 11 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

- Gallery North, 502 3rd St. NW, will continue its annual Holiday Boutique of handmade items for the month of January.

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

- Talley Gallery installation of Megumi Naitoh's "Real Life/Virtual Life," is a mosaic collection that represents modern daily life versus the life people create on the Internet. The work is a pixilated interpretation from two vantage points, will remain until Feb. 15.

- Talley Gallery, Room 212 in the Education Arts Building, Birchmont Drive. is barrier free and open to the public at no charge. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

- "Visions of the Norse Myths" by Erik Evensen will open with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday in Gallery 140 in Bridgeman Hall (behind the Education Arts Building) at Bemidji State University.

All the work is produced using a combination of traditional drawing methods and digital effects. The transparency of this process will also be on display.

The show will be up Jan. 18 until Feb. 10 and is free and open to the public.

Ongoing events

- The Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. SE. The public is invited to attend. For details, call 759-2952.

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month. For more information, 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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