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Patt Rall Arts Column for Dec. 10: Oak Hills to perform Christmas Festival

Oak Hills Christian College will present its 40th annual Christmas Festival this weekend. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, on the campus on Oak Hill Road S.W. The musical production entitled, "A Baby Changes Everything," by Craig-Claar and Clydesdale is under the direction of Kenneth Wold. Pianist Brenda Hostetter will accompany the 48-voice chorus, a children's choir and a cast of nine actors. Oak Hill's alumni, staff and students and some community members will all come together to present this annual holiday fare. The public is invited and there is no charge for admission. A free will offering will be accepted.

Pub music

Two Many Banjos, is a three-piece band from Duluth will perform music of traditional bluegrass and middle-eastern style original eclectic danceable sound from 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, Dec. 11, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The performance is free. For more information call444-0567 or go to

Holiday concert

Bemidji State University Varsity Singers will present their Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Thompson Recital Hall in the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, Birchmont Drive and 14th Street. The Varsity Singers under the direction of Steve Reznicek and accompanied by pianist Mandi Moen will be joined by members of the Bemidji Public School String Program with instructor Lizette Grinden. The public is invited to hear their renditions of the songs of the season. Admission to the event is a nonperishable food item for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.

Senior recital

Matthew Goinz will present his senior recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 in Thompson Recital Hall. The concert, in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree requirement, will feature the works of Donaudy, Schoenberg, Ravel, DeBlasio, Carnelia, Jason Robert Brown and Sondheim. Goinz, a baritone, will be joined in this recital by Abe Hunter on piano, mezzo-sopranos Sara Wabrowetz and Lauren Rogalla and tenor, Eric Benson. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge.

Christmas concert

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will present a Christmas Concert featuring the North Dakota University Faculty Brass Quintet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Evangelical Church on U.S. Highway 2 West (across from the Bemidji Theatre). The program will include a variety of classic Christmas carols from around the world. The concert is free and open to the public, but a free will offering will be accepted. All the proceeds will benefit the Headwaters School is. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

Christmas cookies

"Holiday Christmas Cookies by the Pound" is a chance to support the Blackduck History Center and as well as stock up for the holidays. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Blackduck History and Art Center.

Open house

"Holiday Open House" at Towley's Woodworking Studio and Gallery will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 50088 County Road 29, Bemidji. Directional signs will be posted starting 3 miles south of Bemidji on U.S. 71 S. A popular studio stop during the Bemidji Studio Cruise, the Towleys invite the public to join them in some refreshments, conversation and a chance to do some last minute shopping. For more information, call 333-3547.

Art sale

Local artists, Mary Therese Peterson and Monica Hansmeyer will hold a holiday art sale and open studio from 3-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at 3592 Fern Lake Road S.W. Two artists from the studio cruise join together to offer the public an opportunity to stop by Peterson's Fern Lake Studio for refreshments, conversation and some last-minute shopping. Hansmeyer's jewelry will be on display and Peterson's hand painted silk scarves, watercolors, batiks and cards as well as a chance to visit an artist's studio. For more information, call 759-2566.

Design sought

Region 2 Arts Council is seeking artists who would like to create a new logo, which more closely represents the depth and breath of the council's activities in workshops, legacy funds, individual artist and arts organization projects. Please contact Executive Director Terri Widman, for more information. She may be reached at 800-275-5447 or 751-5447,, or in person at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.W. The deadline date is Jan. 15.

Tea party

High Tea at Beltrami County Historical Society is a family-friendly event from children to grandma and grandpa. Wear some vintage clothing, yes, there are bowlers for the men, and enjoy holiday teas, savories (sandwiches), scones and sweets, get your souvenir picture and take in the current museum exhibits. The 11 a.m. seating is sold out, but there is still room at the 1 p.m. seating on Saturday, Dec. 12. Call 444-3376 for reserved seating.

Watercolor class

Winter Friends, a watercolor class, is being offered at Gallery North from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15. Participants will complete and mat a 16-by-20-inch watercolor of a winter cardinal or chickadee. All materials will be provided and the class fee is $45 with a $5 discount for prepaid registrations. For more information or to register call 759-2952 or 751-7741.

'Christmas Carol'

"A Christmas Carol," a collaboration of Paul Bunyan Playhouse and KG Entertainment, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10; Friday, Dec. 11; and Saturday, Dec.12 at the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. This timeless Christmas story will be staged in the 1950s, and some of the characters will be played by returning actors, such as Dave Moffett, who returns as Scrooge, and Al Berkowitz, as Marley's ghost. Young Tiny Tim will be played by Wyatt Yartz. Special guest appearances will be made by local actors who are not in this year's holiday performances.

Children's musical

"Seussical the Musical" is a show that presents many Seuss characters like Horton the Elephant, Mayzie, Gertrude McFuzz, Sour Kangaroo and Cat in the Hat in a musical romp. The show is directed by Cate Belleveau, and the music is directed by Suzy Jones. Show times and dates are 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 through college and are on sale 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. The production is underwritten by the law firm of Drahos, Kieson and Christopher, P.A.

Christmas play

"Ole and Lena's Christmas Carol" will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 10-12, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 12 and 13, at the Long Lake Theater.Written by Bemidji native Shannon Geisen, a graduate of Bemidji High School and Bemidji State University, the play looks at Ole and Lena's traditional Scandinavian Christmas meal with lutefisk and a bit of tinsel thrown here and there. An original play based loosely on Dicken's "A Christmas Carol," Ole is played by David Overly who recently starred as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," and Lena is played by Lynne Presson. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 4-12, and reservations may be made at 218-732-0099 or Long Lake Theater is located in Hubbard, eight miles southeast of Park Rapids.

Madrigal Dinner

This is the last weekend to attend BSU's 41st Annual Madrigal Dinner. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12. 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 Beau Arts Ballroom of Hobson Memorial Hall will be transformed into a Renaissance feast at an English castle. Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance by mail or in person at the Madrigal Dinner box office. For box office hours, call 755-3406. Mail orders may be sent to Madrigal Dinner Tickets, Department of Music, 1500 Birchmont Drive N.E. No. 16, Bemidji, MN 56601. Vegetarian meals are also available and need to be pre-ordered.

Artist call

The Bemidji Skate & Bike Association has issued a call for artists. Artists are encouraged to submit projects like 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, by visiting the Headwaters School of 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

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts welcomes visual artist Terry Honstead and her work in mixed media prints and collages, lamp-work glass beads, cards, and jewelry. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique of art and fine craft with more than 35 artists and is located at 315 Irvine Ave. NW.

- Bemidji Community Art Center welcomes the public to browse their broad selection of fine art and unique handmade items for sale. All proceeds benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. The display of the winning entries for the seventh annual It's Only Clay National Ceramic Exhibition will be on display until Dec. 19. Many of the pieces are available for purchase. BCAC is free and open to the public every day except Sunday and Monday and is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

- 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. SW.

- Bemidji Public Library509 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Sean McCroy and his photographs that reflect Bemidji and surrounding areas for December. The library is open Monday -Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub invites the public to view the work of ceramic artist Nathan Bray, a fine arts student and teaching associate at BSU. The pub is open seven days a week.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes photographer Michael Sonnarborg and his work entitled "Inspiration from the World," which will be up for December. Also on display and for sale are painting and cards by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes photojournalist Joe Rossi, who worked for the Pioneer Press for 24 years and is now a free lance photographer in the Bemidji area. His work has been included in "Day in the Life of Italy," "Day in the Life of California," "Day in the Life of China" and "Minnesota 24/7." Rossi's new work "Nature's Alphabet," featured in this month's edition of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, is on display. Also available for purchase is fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson. Dunn Bros is open seven days.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., invites the public to the Christmas Boutique and to view featured artist of the month Nancy Eagleson's porcelain pieces, as well as other art work from member artists.

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

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., has a display of the collaborative work of Bemidji artists Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson. Known for their work in wood and collage, they are inspired by nature to make art that fits in the long history of American art.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee host artist Maureen O'Brien and her exhibit, "Let Nature Nurture." O'Brien's work will be on display for December-February for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Her work is for sale and a price list will be at the reception desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., artist of the month is a BSU graduate in fine arts. Alice Linda is known for painting her portraits, which capture the essence of the subject with light and color, with her fingers. Her show, "The New Rules of Femininity: A Show for My Daughter" will be on display for December.

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

- 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 on Sunday

E 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.

E Advance notice of arts related activities for inclusion on blog entitled ArtsNews on the 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:

- "The Nutcracker," First City Dance Studio Christmas show, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19; 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20., Wild Rose Theater. Tickets at the door are $5 for children; children younger than 5, no charge.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage at 9 p.m. every Thursday. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- Pelican Railroad will perform 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday 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