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Patt Rall Arts Column for May 7: Bemidji Chorale to perform 30th annual Mother's Day Concert

Bemidji Chorale's annual Mother's Day Concert will honor Lyle Jewell, a founding member of the chorale, with "How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place" by Johannes Brahms. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Beaux Arts Ballroom, Bemidji State University, Birchmont Drive and Twelfth Street. Another longtime member of the chorus, Geoff Woodley, will be honored with the "Alleluia," by Randall Thompson. Several members of the chorus will be featured in solo pieces, as well as French horn player Jackie Schaffer in "Set Me as a Seal" by Richard Nance. The concert is under the direction of Pat Mason with accompanist Wayne Hoff and will appeal to all ages and all musical tastes. A free will offering will be accepted. Chorale members will invite guests to join them at their annual ice cream social following the concert.

Live band

Gypsy Foot, a 7-member band from Bismarck, N.D., will perform at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., at 9 p.m. today. They will introduce Northern Minnesota to their all original rock with an influence of soul and blues in an upbeat sound with suitability to all ages. The cost is $5 at the door. For more information, call 444-0567.

Student concert

From Age to Age, a group of young singers who are graduates from the music department of BSU will perform under the direction of Andrew Miller at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, Birchmont Drive and 14th Street.

Syttende Mai

Syttende Mai Festivals in Bagley and Bemidji will celebrate the anniversary of the day when Norway adopted a democratic constitution in 1814. It is widely celebrated in Norway as Constitution Day. On May 16, Northern Exposure of Lifelong Learning will offer a wide array of activities when the doors open at 3:30 p.m. at Bagley High School with exhibits by the Clearwater Quilters and the NordaGonvik Rosemalers, a Scandinavian bake sale and lefse demonstrations. A Scandinavian buffet dinner will be prepared and served by Chef Roger Pierson and his crew from 5-7 p.m. in the high school commons area. Tickets for the meal are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Following the buffet, Skalmusik, a musical group from the Brainerd area who are direct descendents of Norwegians and Swedish settlers, will play the instruments and sing the songs of their ancestors. They have played for the king and queen of Sweden and appear with Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion and Host Fest in Minot, N.D. Tickets to the concert are $10 and may be purchased at the door. For reservations or further information, contact Darlene Sawyer at 218-487-5821. Tickets are being sold now through various outlets in Bagley, Clearbrook, Fosston, Gonvik and at the History Center in Shevlin.

On May 17, the Bemidji Lodge 1-500 of the Sons of Norway will host their Syttende Mai dinner at Skogfjorden in the Gimle dining hall. The menu will be a traditional Norwegian meal with smorbrod, chicken with geitost sauce and rommergrot for dessert. A non-alcoholic social will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The program will feature Eric Dregni, author of "In Cod We Trust," a memoir of his trip to Norway to seek his roots. An assistant professor of English at Concordia University in St. Paul, Dregni was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research his ancestry and will share the information he gathered during that year. His book will be available for purchase and he will autograph books. Seating is limited to 100 people, and no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets may be purchased in advance at First National Bank Bemidji. For information, contact Jan Kittleson at 444-4361. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 12 and younger. Skogfjorden is located at Concordia Language Villages, 8659 Thorsonveien N.E., off Beltrami County Road 20.

Benefit concert

"People for People," a benefit concert for The People's Church, will be an evening of music, poetry and fun. Advance tickets are recommended and may be bought at the Wild Hare Bistro & Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., for $20 each. The show will begin at 7 p.m. May 15 at the People's Church, 824 America Ave. N.W.

Sculpture reception

The Sculpture Walk opening reception for the public with a slide presentation, food and music by Pelican Railroad will be held from 5-7 p.m. May 16 at the Rotary Pavilion on the Lake Bemidji waterfront.

High school art

TIN PAN gALLEry in downtown Blackduck has on display artwork by Blackduck High School students from May 9-16. The opening reception will be from 3:30-6:30 p.m. May 9. A band concert will follow at the high school at 7 p.m.

One-woman exhibit

Touché Gallerie welcomes BSU graduate Danae Herschback for her one-woman show, "Emerging," from May 11-22. An opening reception for the show will be held from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday. The Touché Gallerie is located in the Upper Hobson Union and is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday -Friday.

Theater cycle

Theater Unbound, in collaboration with the Wild Rose Women's Theater collective, will bring three plays by Anne Bertram including "Murderess," in which Lizzie Borden, Laura Fair and Belle Gunness defend their actions. Performance times and dates are 8 p.m. May 16 and 2 p.m. May 17. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 for senior, student and $10 for adults, Wild Rose Theater is located at 501 Bemidji Ave.

Actors needed

Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective is still looking for some women to play small parts in its upcoming play, "As You Like It." Rehearsals will be held evenings in June and July and the performance dates are July16-20 on the lakefront as part of Art in the Park. Contact

Other events

- Let's Do Haiku: Images of Nature-Reflections of Ourselves, a workshop with Marsh Muirhead, will explore the history and tradition of the form. The workshop is limited to 24 people. To register, send a check for $40 to Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601. The deadline is Monday. The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 16 in the Hampton Inn Board Room, 1019 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

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

- Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W., in conjunction with Gallery North, explores a "Spring Fling" through May. There is an exhibit created and designed by BSU intern Sara Van Marel. This installation is of early lifestyles of Native Americans with artifacts such as baskets, bags, cradleboards and pots is part of the John Morrison Native American Collection. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall has on display for May Ivy Bailie and her watercolors created. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W.

- 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.

- Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., invites the public to Marion Caroline's exhibit, "Then and Now," a 40-year retrospective of work. There is also an on-going display of Audrey Merschman's cards and paintings. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- 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, fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverly Olson and Squeaky Wheel Pottery by Josh Boock.

- Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave., has on display "It's Greek to Me," photos from the Greek Isles by Cate Belleveau and paintings by Alice Linda. This gallery is only open on Wild Rose Theater performance days.

- Gallery North, 504 Third St. N.W., welcomes Jane Freeman watercolor artist as showcase artist of the month. Featured gallery artists of the month are Marie Hamre, who practices a traditional needlecraft of tatting, and Ted Peterson, known for his vivid landscapes.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House has on display original pen and ink drawings from author and artist Don Houseman from his first children's book, "How Harvey and his Friends Saved the Barn." Houseman specializes in woodcut printing and barn paintings.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee welcomes an exhibit by Natalia Himmirska', "Embrace," based on her 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, and a price list will be provided at the reception desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW.

- 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 Junior Theater Camp for 8-12-year-olds will focus on all aspects of production June 29-July 3. "Shakespeare for Kids" camp for ages 9-teens from June 15-19 will culminate in a "Shakespeare to Go" performance during Bard in the Park festival from July 15-19 on the Lake Bemidji waterfront. For information on the camps, e-mail or call 243-2685.

- 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. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

- Stop at the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues 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:

- Gallery North and Northern Artists will sponsor "The Artists of Minnesota Spring Show" 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 from 1-5 p.m. May 16 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17.

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

- Lyra, a vocal group from St. Petersburg, Russia, will perform at 7 p.m. June 11 at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. Tickets are $5. More information about the group may be seen at or call 444-5302.

- "Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters" will open June 10 at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.

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

- Mozart's "La Nozze di Figaro" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19-21 in the Thompson Recital Hall.

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

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