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Pioneer Previews: Spring brings variety to arts scene

A musical weekend ends with the Home Free concert at 7 tonight at the Bemidji High School Auditorium with tickets at the door, if available. This concert will also feature the final 2014 competition shows featuring both Vocalmotive and La Voce Ballo and a special appearance by the Bemidji Middle School show choir Pizzaz (the middle school choir Jive performs on Monday). Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors.

High school age and older thespians who enjoy timeless, classic Greek tales of the human condition and the gods, who either cause or interfere with human jealousy, love, greed, etc., are invited to audition for Mary Zimmerman’s play “Metamorphoses,” which is based on the epic poem by Ovid. The day of the audition has been changed to April 21 with times remaining the same: 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Wild Rose Theater space in the Mason’s Building. A production of Mask and Rose under the direction of Cate Belleveau, who asks that those interested in auditioning for a 10-minute slot please email her at or call her at (218) 243-2685. Be prepared with a song in any style and to do a cold reading from the script. Performance dates are Aug. 15-17 and 21-24 on Lake Bemidji. Summer residents are also invited to audition for this production by calling Belleveau.    


A Home Free concert at 7 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium with tickets at Overbeeks and Leuken’s Family Foods North and at the door if available. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. This concert will also feature the final 2014 competition show choirs featuring both Vocalmotive and La Voce Ballo and a special appearance by the Bemidji Middle School show choir Jive.


•The spring lecture series of Adventures in Lifelong Learning continues with Tom Chapin and “Game Warden Memoirs,” a talk about his many colorful arrests written about in his two books, “Poachers Caught” and “More Poachers Caught.” The lectures are free and open to the public; coffee and bars are served before the start of the program, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Roger Spiry Community Room of Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Dr. 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 with Bert Ahern, who will examine the Indian boarding schools, “Paved With Good Intentions: The White Earth Tragedy.” The sessions are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Northwood Bank Community Room, Northwood Bank, Highway 24 at County Road 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 State University Varsity Singers will pressent their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Carl O. Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Complex on the BSU campus. Under the direction of Steve Reznicek, the choir will sing a varied concert, including three international students; two from Switzerland will sing in Swiss-German and a student from South Korea will also solo. The full choir will perform a selection by Jacobus Handl, “Great Day” with soloist Zac Hanson and Zac Barnes soloist in “My Heart is Longing” composed by Leland B. Sateren. “Riversong” by Roger Emerson (with piano, drums, violin, flute and guitar) promises to be another inventive arrangement by Reznicek, who conducts a choir of people who just love to sing for the pleasure of performing. It is a non-auditioned group of singers in all ranges of talent. As in past concerts, there are a variety of eras and styles of music including a British sea shanty — “The Keeper of the Eddystone Light.” Admission to the concert is a non-perishable food item or a cash donation for the Bemidji Food Shelf.  


Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning continues its spring season of talks with “Honey of a Berry” farm with Jim and Bernis Ingvaldson. They discovered the “honey berry” and will talk about how their dream for a small personal orchard turned into a nationwide mail order nursery for cold, hardy fruits. The Honeyberry Farm is located 2½ miles just south of Bagley. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Elim Lutheran Brethren Church, 316 4th Ave SW, Clearbrook. This NELL program is offered free of charge, however, donations are gratefully accepted as is membership in the organization.


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

•Tin Pan gALLEry, the Blackduck Area History Center is hosting Diana Collison Jones installation of oil paintings, copper tooling, photography and cards through May 10. The center is open 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays

Studio Cruise deadline

The deadline is this week for artists to be involved in the annual First City of Arts Studio Cruise 2014. This is a working studio event that provides an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios to showcase their art and craft. The 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, organizers said. Studio Cruise dates are Oct. 17-19. Deadline for all applications need to be postmarked by Tuesday. 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 on-line 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 location. All artists must successfully meet all jury and monetary qualifications and eligibility requirements established for participating, according to organizers. There will be only three artists total at any one studio location. Questions may be directed to Dave Towley at (218) 333-3547, email or Lori Forshee-Donay at (218) 444-7570 or

Upcoming events

•Cantus, the 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. 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.

Bonus presentation of Opera EncoreHD is the Ballet Marco Spada as danced by the Bolshoi Ballet Theater of Russia considered to be one of the major classical ballet companies. It is scheduled for 2 p.m., April 26 at the Bemidji Amigo Theater and tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. More information to follow.

•The Minnesota Bluegrass Community Concert Series is returning to Bemidji with a double bill show starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. Copper Creek and The Eelpout Stringers with share the stage. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, $5 for teens and free for children age 12 and younger. In Bemidji, tickets are available at Overbeeks Electronics and Kelsey’s Jewelry and underwritten locally by Ken Berge Construction, 3D Repair and Raphael’s Bakery.