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Patt Rall Arts Column for Nov. 19: Students to host comedy, magic show

Bemidji State Council of Indian Students will host a night of comedy and magic from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in Room 100 of Hagg-Sauer Hall. The show will feature the comedy of Deez Mutts and magician Jordan Robinson. Tickets are $5 with a donation of a non-perishable food item or $7 without a donation.

Area musicians

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub has a full slate of musical acts this weekend starting at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20 with "Bad Bacon," a duo from the Bagley-Shevlin area. They sing familiar favorites with some original music on the harmonica and guitar.

Starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, are "The Brothers Burn Mountain," a group from Wisconsin whose blend of fun and funky music is great for dancing, thinking and talking. Check out their "rootsy rock" at Both shows are free, the kitchen is open until 9 p.m. and the pub until 1 a.m., 317 Beltrami Ave.

School play

Laporte School students will perform "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" at 7:29 p.m. today, Nov. 19, Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21. Based on the film by Blake Edwards and Frank Waldman, the high school drama club, under the direction of John Henningsgaard, will present this drama/comedy in the main commons of the school, 315 W. Main St., Laporte. Tickets will be sold at the door at $6 for adults and $4 for students.

Craft show

Eighth Annual Tinsel and Lace Showcase and Artisan Boutique will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School Commons.

Children's musical

"Seussical the Musical," is a show that presents many Dr. Seuss characters, such as Horton the Elephant, Mayzie, Gertrude McFuzz, Sour Kangaroo and Cat in the Hat, in a musical romp. The show times and dates will be 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 4; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. The following weekend, the shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets are $13 for adults and $6 for students and will be on sale Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at the door, if available. A production of Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, all performances will be held at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

Talent show

"Bemidji Has Talent," a fundraiser in support of youth and adult programming at the Wild Rose Theater, will be held from 3-10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Wild Rose Theater. Some of the artists who will perform are Bluebird, Pelican Railroad, Shannon Murray, Naomi Woods, Jim Miller and Lance Benson. The cost is $3 or pay what you can. For further information, contact Drew at or Cate at

Call for artists

The Bemidji Skate & Bike Association has issued a call for artists. Artists are encouraged to submit projects such sculptures, skateable art, mosaics and other art works. These works will be included in the new skate park slated for construction next summer. More information can be found on the Bemidji Skate & Bike Web site at, by visiting the Headwaters School for Music and the Arts or by contacting Nate Dorr at All proposals are due by Thursday, Dec. 31, and will be considered as part of a Region 2 Arts Council Legacy Grant application.

Other events

- "A Dark Night of Theater and Film," a production of KG Entertainment, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20 and 21, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. The first act will be a live performance of Edward Albee's play "The Zoo Story," with Norwood Hall and Mike Bredon, and directed by Greg Gasman. The play is a dialogue between two men: one a publishing executive and the other a seedy, aggressive loner. The second act will center on the work of local authors and producers Jeremiah Liend, Mike Bredon, Reed Olson, Shyler Gasman and Greg Gasman. Their work will be six short, three-minute films. Tickets are $6 and available now at Harmony Foods Coop or The Wild Hare Bistro and also at the door. Please note that this production is intended for mature audiences.

- Tickets are on sale for Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" at Iverson Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji and at Ken K. Thompson in the Paul Bunyan Mall and at the door starting one hour before show times. The operetta is collaboration of Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Performances are 7:30 p.m. today, Nov. 19, through Saturday, Nov. 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children.

- Lorna Landvik, Minnesota author and stand-up comedienne, will present a program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Blackduck Golf Course Club House. Landvik the author of "Tall Pines Polka," "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons" and "Patty Jone's House of Curl," will give a program about her work. Free tickets for the event may be picked up at the Blackduck Library or by calling 218-835-6600 for more information.

E The Diamonds will return to Bemidji for a holiday concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium, 2900 Division St. W. This legendary singing group known for such hits as "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?," "The Stroll," "Little Darlin" and "Silhouettes," will also sing some hits of the four-part harmony vocal groups of that era: The Brothers Four, The Four Freshmen, The Four Lads, the Four Aces and The Four Seasons. The $20 tickets for reserved seating are on sale now at Lueken's Village Foods North and South. This is a benefit concert for Lakeland Public Television

- Tickets are on sale now for BSU's 41st Annual Madrigal Dinner at 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Founded by Paul Brandvik, BSU professor emeritus of vocal music, this traditional holiday fête is now celebrated by many groups across the country. Brandvik created the idea of Madrigal Dinners and wrote the book on how to produce them. The Beaux Arts Ballroom of Hobson Memorial Hall will be transformed into a Renaissance feast at an English castle. The King and Queen will host a five-course dinner for the Royal Court while minstrels, trouveres, cellar keepers, beggars and members of the royal kingdom perform. The masque this year is written by K.D. Howells. The concert by the Royal Court will usher in the yuletide season. Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance by mail or in person at the Madrigal Dinner box office beginning October 5. For box office hours, call 755-3406. Mail orders may be sent to Madrigal Dinner Tickets, Department of Music, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, No. 16, Bemidji, MN 56601. Vegetarian meals are also available and need to be pre-ordered.

- "Winter Wonderland," a watercolor painting class with the Northwoods winter as subject matter will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. All materials will be provided, and students will complete a 16-by-20-inch matted watercolor painting ready to frame. Prepaid registration is $40, and payment on the day of the class will be $45. Call to reserve a space at 444-9813 or 751-774

E The Bemidji Sculpture Walk Committee reminds local residents that they only have until Nov. 25 to vote for their favorite small sculpture. The choices are turtle, fish, beaver, deer, frog, canoe and a small Paul Bunyan. The winner will be seen around Bemidji during the summer 2010 season as each piece will be decorated by local craftspeople and artists. Cast your vote at Contact Cate Belleveau if you are unable to access site at This activity is made possible by a generous grant from the Nielson Foundation.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes Malisa VanMaasdam, a senior fine arts student at BSU, and a premier of her work, "Lost in the Leaves," a collection of seasonal watercolor mono prints. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique of art and fine craft with works by more than 35 different artists.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents "School Days." The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., welcomes the public to view a display of the winning entries for the Seventh Annual It's Only Clay National Ceramic Exhibition. The exhibit will be on display until Dec. 19, and many of the pieces are available for purchase. While at the center, don't forget to check out the new inventory at Shop 426, all proceeds benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. BCAC is free and open to the public every day but Sunday and Monday.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Paul Simonson and his exhibit of spin-art paintings entitled "Potpourri" on the art wall for November. The library is open Monday through Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub invites the public to view work of Longville artist Sean Moran, a painter who works in acrylic on hardboard, and his detailed wildlife portraits.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes artist Terry Honstead's new exhibit "Local Ojibwe Leaders." Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes artist Mary Lingen for November. Lingen works with basic shapes and their relationships to each other in vibrant colors and layers. Also on display and available for purchase is fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

- Fleur De Lis Gallery has on display Suzi Rhae Ross' exhibition of her new sculptural works and will be open every Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through Dec. 14. The gallery is located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., announces the opening of the Gallery North Christmas Boutique and the featured artist of the month, Pat Shough, and her recent watercolor works. The author of the month is David C. Swenson and his book "Miracle at Mercy Hospital."

- Glazed and Amused, 311 Third St. N.W., is a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio where walk-in painters are always welcome. The studio is open Wednesday-Sunday and hours are posted on the door.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has a display of the collaborative work of Bemidji artists Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson. The church is located at 522 America Ave. NW.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee host Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Another Take," a collection of watercolor, acrylic and collage work for November. Her work is for sale and a price list will be at the reception desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW.

- Talley Gallery has on display the work of Angel Mihaylov and his realistic paintings in the style of Vermeer, Caravaggio and Velasquez. The exhibit will be on display until Nov. 24. The Talley Galley is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. The gallery is free and handicapped accessible in the BSU Education Building.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House artist of the month is Bemidji native, Mali Mattsen and her exhibit of tendril and gestural mobiles and sculptures formed from metal and colorful handmade paper. Wild Hare is located at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new art work by Michael De Witt, Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillmundi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed Sunday

- Stop by 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 Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

- Advance notice of arts related activities for inclusion on blog entitled ArtsNews on the Bemidji Web site will be accepted by The intent of the blog is to list dates and times of future arts events to give competing arts organizations better information for scheduling their projects.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- Lefse Festival Cook-off, Beltrami County Historical Society Fundraising event, 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, Hampton Inn. General admission is $5 at door.

- "A Christmas Carol" by KG Entertainment, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4; 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 11 and 12.E Jingle Bell Jazz, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, Thompson Recital Hall, BSU, $5 adults, $3 senior citizens, free for students.

- Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, main stage of BSU Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, $5 adults, $3 senior citizens, free for students.

- Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m. Wed. Dec. 9, BSU Thompson Recital Hall.

- "Holiday Christmas Cookies by the Pound," 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, Blackduck History and Art Center.

- High Tea at Beltrami County Historical Society, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Seating is limited. Call 444-3376 for reserved seating.

- Matthew Goinz senior recital, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, BSU Thompson Recital Hall.

- Pelican Railroad, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BB, 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