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Patt Rall Arts Column for Dec. 17: Dance students to perform 'Nutcracker'

Mother Ginger and all of her children will entertain their guests at the First City Dance Studio "Nutcracker" at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, and 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. Dancing Candy Canes, whimsical Snowflakes and Mother Ginger's brood will entertain Clara and her magical Nutcracker, who comes alive in her dreams. Tickets at the door will be $5 and free for children 5 and younger.

Children's theater

Members of the Broadway Bound Theater Class of the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will perform "Melton, the Warm-Hearted Snowman" at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. The charge for the event will be a non-perishable food item for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.

Christmas recitals

Christmas Recitals for students of the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will be held starting at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18; 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, and 3:45 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20. Each recital has a variety of performers and instruments, and the public is invited to attend any or all of the performances. For more information or to find out the time and date for a specific student, call 444-5606. The charge for the event will be a non-perishable food item for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.

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Thanks to all the people who have sent in announcements of upcoming events for the ArtsNews blog on the Web site. The calendar is filling up and new events are added frequently. Entries may be sent to Just for the fun of it, do you have any thoughts you would like to share about a show, concert, etc. for posting on the blog site? I'll start you off with the performance by Steve Carlson of the Tchaikovsky Concerto at the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra concert where the audience gave a standing ovation after the first movement - that is what is called a "show stopper!" If ArtsNews is not on the home page, just hit "Our Voices" and scroll down. Thanks again for supporting this effort.

Brass Quintet

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will present a Christmas concert featuring the University of North Dakota Faculty Brass Quintet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Evangelical Covenant 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. All the proceeds from this fundraising effort will benefit the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. The event is free and open to the public, but a free will offering will be accepted. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

Other events

- "Holiday Open House" will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and 10 a.. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Towley's Woodworking Studio and Gallery, 50088 County Road 29, Bemidji. Directional signs will be posted starting 3 miles south of Bemidji on U.S. Highway 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.

- 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., Bemidji. Two artists from the studio cruise have joined together offer the public an opportunity to stop by the Fern Lake Studio of Peterson 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. For more information, call 759-2566.

- Region 2 Arts Council is seeking artists who would like to create a new logo, which more closely represents the depth and breadth of the council's activities in workshops, legacy funds, individual artist and arts organization projects. Contact Executive Director Terri Widman for more information. She may be reached at 800-275-5447, 218-751-5447, or in person at 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601. The deadline date is Jan. 15.

- 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 at, 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.

E Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., 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.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., welcomes the public to browse the 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 Saturday, Dec. 19. Many of the pieces are available for purchase. BCAC is free and open to the public every day but Sunday and Monday.

- 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 at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 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, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the work of ceramic artist Nathan Bray, a fine arts student and teaching associate at Bemidji State University. The pub is open seven days a week.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes photographer Michael Sonnarborg and his work titled "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 a week.

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

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

- 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 and their attempt to unify the combination of organic structures in contemporary forms, 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 are hosting 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. N.W.

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

- Wild Rose Theater has on display in the Fleur De Lis Gallery Suzi Rhae Ross' exhibition of her new sculptural works. The gallery is located on the top floor of the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave.

E 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.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

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

- Pelican Railroad 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