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Patt Rall Arts Column for April 30: Wild Rose Theater celebrates Poetry Month

National Poetry Month open mic event will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. "Poem in a Pocket Night" welcomes poets of all ages and all genres to an open reading of the spoken word - their own, other authors, classic to contemporary, hip hop to slam poetry. Reader sign up will begin at 6:45 p.m. and the cost is $2 to $5 on a pay what you can afford sliding scale.

Percussion concert

The Percussion Ensemble will perform its spring concert with rhythmic grooves from around the world at 7:30 p.m. today in the Bemidji State University Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. Under the direction of adjunct instructor, Eric Sundeen, the event is free and open to the public and it will begin at 7:30 p.m. today.

First Friday

First Friday events run the gamut from art to music and poetry. The day can start at the Beltrami County History Center that has an exhibit, in conjunction with Gallery North, "Spring Fling" now through May. There are refreshments and free admission to the museum on First Fridays so while there, also look at an exhibit created and designed by BSU intern Sara Van Marel. This installation is of early lifestyles of American Indians with artifacts such as baskets, bags, cradleboards and pots, part of the John Morrison Native American Collection. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Avenue, S.W., in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday -Saturday.

Library display

Bemidji Public Library Art Wall has on display, for May Ivy Bailie and her watercolors created from photographs. The display is located on the east library wall, 509 America Ave. NW.

Watercolor artist

Gallery North, 502 Irvine Ave. N.W. welcomes Jane Freeman as showcase artist of the month. Freeman, a well known local watercolor artist, will be at the opening reception from 2-5 p.m. Her book, "A Celebration of Light" will be available for purchase. Featured gallery artists of the month are Marie Hamre, who practices a traditional needlecraft of tatting, and Ted Peterson, known for his vivid landscapes.

Student exhibit

Bad Cat Creation Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes two BSU graduates, Crystal Price, a jewelry artist who will display enamel on copper pieces, and Ashleigh Buck, who makes textile items, handmade books and wall art. Both artists will be at the opening reception from 4-7 p.m. to greet visitors and talk about their work.

Retrospective show

Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., invites the public to meet featured artist of the month, Marion Caroline, from 4-6 p.m. and see her exhibit, "Then and Now," a 40-year retrospective of work. Best known for her equine studies, Caroline has also illustrated a children's book, "Thoughts from Pudge." There is also an on-going display of Audrey Merschman's cards and paintings. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

Children's artist

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., invites children to the first Friday reception from 3-6 p.m. to meet author and artist Don Houseman and see his original pen and ink drawings from his first children's book, "How Harvey and his Friends Saved the Barn." Copies of the book will be available for sale during the reception. An art teacher for 34 years in Blackduck, Houseman specializes in woodcut printing and barn paintings. The culinary artists of the Wild Hare will prepare their innovative creations for the First Friday Wine Bar from 5-9 p.m.

Invitational display

Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., invites the public to the annual Fifth Grade Invitational with works from Bemidji School District and guest schools, Red Lake Elementary and Schoolcraft Learning Community. The exhibit will run May 1-16. The opening reception will be from 4-7 p.m. Shop 426 has many new items for sale and all proceeds support BCAC programming and the artists of the shop. BCAC regular hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. on Saturday. All of the above receptions are free and open to the public.

Folk Collective

Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective and the Northwood's Folk Collective invite the public to their First Friday Coffeehouse. Performer sign-up will begin at 6:30 p.m. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 for a single and $5 for a family. Get there a little early for the opening reception in the Fleur de Lis Gallery of "It's Greek to Me," photos from the Greek Isles by Cate Belleveau and paintings by Alice Linda. These activities will take place in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave.

Photo exhibit

Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., will continue its display of the digital photography work of Brandon Bjerknes, "Simply Beautiful." Also available for purchase is Levandowski Pottery, stoneware and Raku made with nontoxic clay and lead free glazes; fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverly Olson and Squeaky Wheel Pottery by Josh Boock.

Neilson Place show

Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., and the North Country Health Services Art Committee welcomes Natalia Himmirska's exhibit, "Embrace," based on her constant theme of time. Her work will be on display through June for the pleasure of the residents, families, staff and the community at large. The work will be for sale. A price list will be provided at the reception desk.

Senior recitals

Karissa Korbel will performher senior recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the BSU Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Her program will include music of Puccini, Defalla, Rossini, Gershwin and Cole Porter. She will joined at this recital by Abe Hunter, Marina Lovette, Pelican Railroad and some surprise guests. The recital is free and open to the public.

Matthew Goinz will be joined at his senior recital at 3 p.m. Sunday in Thompson Recital Hall by Abe Hunter on piano, and mezzo-soprano Sara Wabrowetz and baritone Andrew Browers. Goinz, a baritone, is well-known throughout the BSU and Bemidji Community for his work in the BSU theater department productions. The concert is free and open to the public.

Russian quartet

Lyra, a vocal group from St. Petersburg, Russia, brings its music to the Bemidji community in a concert of sacred music at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. N. The first half of the program will be music dating from the 18th century. After the intermission, they will sing a variety of Russian folk songs. The group is composed of professional singers, most of whom are graduates of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, who are passionate about ensemble singing. For more information about the group and performance, go to or call 444-5302. Tickets are $5 each.

Senior exhibit

BSU Touché Gallerie welcomes senior Michael Miller and his exhibition "Booya," a family meal served with different courses done in a variety of media. The opening reception for the show, which runs from May 4-8, will be held from 4-6 p.m. Monday. The gallery is located in the Upper Hobson Union and is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Depression artists

Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning will feature Thomas O'Sullivan of St. Paul, a freelance writer and curator at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Landstad Church in Shevlin. He served as the curator of the Minnesota Historical Society and will give an illustrated talk on Minnesota artists during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Funded by New Deal initiatives, the Federal Art Project created murals, sculptures, paintings and handicrafts. The work of these artists can be seen throughout the state, including at the post offices in International Falls, Grand Rapids and Park Rapids, Sebeka's High School and the auditorium of the University of Minnesota at Crookston

Other events

-- KG Entertainment will present "The Birthday Party," by Harold Pinter at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at Jammer's Night Club, Bemidji Road. Pinter is known as the father of the "Theater of the Absurd" movement where the characters struggle for survival and identity, and while power directs the action of his players, their inability or ineptitude in communication results in disturbing and funny moments. The tickets which are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors may be purchased now at Harmony Food Co-op and the Wild Hare Bistro. All shows are at 7:30 p.m.

-- Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective will offer SeussVille Theater Camp for 6-11-year-olds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8-12. The Tasty Baby Belly Buttons-Producers Jr. Theater Camp for 8-12-year-olds June 29-July 3 and "Shakespeare for Kids" camp for ages 9 to teens June 15-19 culminating in a "Shakespeare to Go" performance during Bard in the Park festival from July 15-19 on the Bemidji lakefront. For information on the camps, email or call 243-2685.

-- The Region 2 Arts Council will offer Watercolor: Throwing Paint for Foliage and Flowers Workshop with Kathy Kovala, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 26, 27 and 28 at the Mantrap Valley Conservation Clubhouse in Park Rapids. There is a $100 registration fee. The deadline to register is Sunday. For questions call Dale or Arlene at 732-8327. If interested in attending, send registration fee to the Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji 56601.

-- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has an ongoing display of new art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby Pat Shough and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale.

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

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

-- Spring Fling Festival, Walker Community Center, Saturday. Tickets: 547-1853.

-- Bemidji Chorale Mother's Day Concert, May 10.

-- Sculpture Walk Reception with artists, food and music by Pelican Railroad, 5 p.m., May 16, Rotary Pavilion.

-- Theater Unbound in collaboration with the Wild Rose Women's Theater collective, three plays by Anne Bertram, Wild Rose Theater, May 16 and 17.

-- Gallery North and Northern Artists will sponsor "The Artists of Minnesota Spring Show" on May 15-17 at the Hampton Inn. For more information, go online at This is the first time this juried show will be in Bemidji since 1990. It will be open for public viewing 1-5 p.m. May 16 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17.

-- High Tea at the Beltrami County History Center, May 16. Two servings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $6 for children and $12 for adults for food, free museum admission, raffle drawing and vintage photographic keepsake. Call 444-3376 or stop by the museum for reserved seating as both sessions are limited as to space.

-- Syttende Mai Festival and Scandinavian dinner sponsored by Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning, Bagley High School, 3:30 p.m., May 16.

-- "As You Like It," by the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, July 16 to 20, Bard in the Park.

-- Pelican Railroad every Wednesday night from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Backyard BBQ (formerly Hard Times Saloon) in downtown Bemidji.

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