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Pioneer Previews: Slam to be family friendly

Bemidji Public Library is pleased to announce its next poetry slam in honor of National Poetry Month will a “family friendly” event encouraging children as well as teens and adults to sign up. The slam will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cabin Coffee House, 214 Third St. in downtown Bemidji. The public is invited to drop by to enjoy the original writing from local poets who will read in any style of poetry; each poem is limited to three minutes or less. Please note that the poems are not to be edgy or geared for adult audiences only. Five judges will score each poet on a 1-10 scale, weighted 50 percent on content, and 50 percent on the performance of the work. Contestants should prepare enough poems for all three rounds as the top three finalists will win cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 thanks to anonymous donors. Contestants are advised to pre-register at the library by calling 751-3963 ext. 4. Poets may also sign up beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the afternoon of the slam if there are spaces left on the roster.

Enjoy an evening of Poetry and Music with Northern Community Radio’s Beat Café from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the Rail River Folk School. The event will feature a live radio broadcast that can also be heard on KBXE 90.5 FM or online at KBXE and the Bemidji Public Library are working together throughout April to highlight Poetry Month. The event is free and open to the public.


Bemidji Public Library book discussion group will meet at noon in the front meeting room to discuss “The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller, a book that is noted to be a combination of the literary and highly readable. Extra copies of the book may still be available at the library. Bring a brown bag lunch.


•The spring lecture series of Adventures in Lifelong Learning continues with “Bleeding  Green at BSU” with Erika Bailey Johnson and BSU students. Be prepared to be inspired as the Sustainability Office at BSU shares how it continues to lead the charge to be good stewards of Mother Earth. The lectures are free and open to the public; coffee and bars are served before the start of the program which runs from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Roger Spriy Community Room of Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Drive NW. This ALL program is offered free of charge, however, donations are gratefully accepted as is membership in the organization.

•The spring lecture series of Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning continues its spring  series with Jerry Mevissen with his new collection of humorous short stories, “Good Shepherd,” which is the name of fictional assisted-living facility. There are 12 stories and each one is about a different resident. The characters overlap and the last story where all the characters are together is very dramatic. The sessions are from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Northwood Bank Community Room, Northwood Bank, Highway 24 at County 6, Park Rapids. A free-will donation is appreciated. You are invited to become a Friend of the HCLL and get a tax-deductible donation to help advance learning in retirement.

•Bemidji Public Library book discussion group will meet at 7 p.m. in the front meeting room to discuss “The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller, a book that is noted to be a combination  of the literary and highly readable. Extra copies of the book may still be available at the library.


Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning continues its spring season of programs with professional photographer Cal Rice, who will show pictures of his trek to Bhutan, a small Buddhist country located high in the Himalayas.

Rice will explain how Bhutan is quickly moving from the 17th century living to the 21st in only one generation, an amazing transition. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church. Fosston.

This NELL program is offered free of charge, however, donations are gratefully accepted as is membership in the organization.


•The final event in the Gardening 101 Series will be “Hydrangeas” with Master Gardener Jean Mathweg at noon at the Bemidji Public Library. Bring a brown bag lunch.

•Jack Willhite claims to be a bit of “Weird Al Yankovic and the midwest 80s cover band, Hairball … combining classic rock song impersonations with crazy lyrical changes in a high-energy show that rocks the house.”

The scripted show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Hot Toddy’s Pub and Grub at 119 Third St.

The audience can stay for as long as they want and the pub kitchen will remain open until 10 p.m. but Willhite is sure, based on his past performances that everyone will want to stay till the end just to see the “stars.”

Tickets are $10 each which includes one beverage and are available at the pub during business hours; the phone number is 497-1000. Show is rated at PG-17.


•Artist reception for Diana Collison Jones is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Tin Pan gALLEry, the Blackduck Area History Center for her installation of oil paintings, copper tooling, photography and cards.

The exhibit will be in place through May 10.

The Center is open 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

•The dance and music of historic Scotland when Jennifer Licko-Carrere and piper Dick Hensold perform starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

Tickets for this family friendly event, Scots-Gaelic Song and Pipe Music from the Western Isles of Scotland, will be sold at the door for $16.


They can be found at in the pull-down “First Friday Art Walk.”


• First City of Arts Studio Cruise 2014 Artist Call: This is a working studio event which provides an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios to showcase their art and craft.

This interaction serves to strengthen the public’s awareness of the creative process while providing the artist an opportunity to learn firsthand the public’s perception of their work.

There is potential for direct sales and commissions. Studio Cruise dates are Oct.17-19 (MEA weekend). All applications must be postmarked by April 15.

Fees include a $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee.

Interested artists are encouraged to apply by completing the Studio Cruise application available online at the Watermark Art Center website

Artists who create their artwork within a 40-mile radius of Bemidji but who may not have a studio accessible to visitors in which to show and demonstrate their process, can apply to be a

Guest Artist at a qualifying Host Studio.

Please note that all artists must successfully meet all jury and monetary qualifications and eligibility requirements established for participating in the Cruise.

This opportunity is limited to having a maximum of three artists total at any one studio location.

Questions may be directed to Dave Towley at 333-3547 ( or Lori Forshee-Donay at 444-7570 (

• Workshop with Erin Lynn Marsh — Poetry As Departure — is an interactive workshop about being inspired by poems to write our own poems.

The purpose of this workshop is to show both beginning and advanced poets how to use their favorite poems as a point of departure for writing their own poems.

Participants will look at samples of well-known poets who have written poems based on other poets’ work.

We will take time to talk about the different methods of writing poems using other poems as inspiration.

We will have time to free-write and talk about participants’ work.

The workshop will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.  

The registration deadline is April 9.  

Reserve your space by emailing or calling 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 and paying the $40 registration fee by cash or check.

Make checks payable to Region 2 Arts Council and mail or deliver payments to 426 Bemidji Ave. N.,Bemidji, MN 56601 in the lower level of the old Carnegie Library. Please note that there will be no refunds unless the workshop is canceled.


•“Home Free” and the final performances of the 2014 competition show of Vocalmotive and La Voce Ballo will be in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, April 13-14, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

Tickets are $20 and $15 at Overbeek’s and Lueken’s Family Foods North.

• Cantus, an acclaimed vocal ensemble will perform “A Place For Us,” a compelling musical narrative about the universal search for home.

The program has a huge repertoire from Inuit and Lakota Chant to Mexican folk songs and early American music.

The show is set to start at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Tickets in advance are $17 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Tickets at the door will be $20 each and $5 for students.