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Patt Rall Arts Column for Jan. 14: The Parker Quartet will perform chamber concert

The Parker Quartet will perform a chamber concert, a partnership of Minnesota Public Radio and the Bemidji State University Department of Music with underwriting by First National Bank of Bemidji, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21, in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the BSU campus, 14th Street Northeast and Birchmont Drive Northeast.

The group is in its second season as Quartet in Residence with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Each member holds a graduate degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for seniors and students; MPR members receive a discount. For tickets call 218-755-2915.

Ahn Trio

The Ahn Trio, an internationally known trio of sisters, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the main auditorium of Bemidji High School. This is the first concert in the spring offering of the Bemidji Concert Series.

The Korean-American sisters who make up the trio trained at the Julliard School of Music in New York City: Maria on cello, Lucia on piano and Angela on violin. Their musical tastes run from the classical to crossover to alternative to rock; in short, there's something for everyone. Please check the ArtsNews blog for more information on the group.

Tickets are $20 for the general public and $5 for students and are on sale now at Lueken's North and Tutto Bene. For more information on ticket prices and packages, contact the Music Department at BSU, 755-2915.

'Nice on Ice'

"Minnesota Nice on Ice," a play that will be part of Polar Daze, will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, in a tent on Lake Bemidji behind Paul and Babe.

Written by Teri Harrington and a production of Mask and Rose Women's Theater Cooperative, very familiar Bemidjians will appear as characters in this play, which centers on the hapless owner of Hanson's Grill (Charlie Parsons). Mayor Richard Lehmann, Dan Johnson, Ted Thorson, Jan Persson, Herrington and producer Cate Belleveau will round out the cast of players.

Tickets are on sale at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub in downtown Bemidji and at the door starting one hour before show times.

The show is rated PG and is more appropriate for middle-school-aged students and older. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for students. The tent will have heaters, but if dangerously cold, the play will be presented at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

'Aladdin Jr.'

This is an audition notice for a collaborative production by BCT and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse for Disney's "Aladdin Jr.-Theater for Young Audiences."

The show will be directed by Mary Knox-Johnson with vocal direction by Karen Bradley and accompaniment by Wayne Hoff.

Actors should bring 16 bars of prepared music. Audition times will be 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan.16; and 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan.17, at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in the historic Chief Theater, downtown Bemidji. Performance dates are April 8-12.

For more information, call 333-8740.

Student recital

Tony Tammaro, a tenor/counter tenor music student at BSU, will present his Junior Student Recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, in Thompson Recital Hall.

Valentine sale

Beltrami County Historical Society will hold its annual Valentine, White Elephant and Bake Sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. The center is accepting donations of new or gently used items that can be dropped off at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

ArtsNews blog

A special thanks to those of you who link to the Bemidji Arts News blog. The numbers of those accessing the site are encouraging. To all those who have sent in announcements of upcoming events for the Arts News blog on the Web site, thank you.

The calendar is filling up and new events are added frequently. I also add some additional comments of groups that will be or have been featured in articles.

This week, there is some interesting information on the group Timeless Traditions.

Any information that groups, individuals or arts organizations would like printed in the blog, send entries to At this time, the blog lists events as far in advance as September. If Arts News is not on the home page, just hit "Our Voices" and scroll down. Or you may visit Thanks again for supporting this effort.

Timeless Traditions

Timeless Traditions will present "In the Bleak Mid-Winter Concert" at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., Bemidji.

The group is composed of Jon Romer on the Native American flute, Jacque Tinsley on the Celtic Harp and Edward Wharton on viola for an afternoon of meditation music.

Tickets are $10 each and are available now at the Headwaters school. Copies of the group's first CD may be available for purchase at the concert.

For more information on the group, some still pictures of them at practice and a few explanations of musical terms for the novice listener, look up Bemidji Arts News under Our Voices on the home page of the Bemidji Pioneer.

Poetry competition

The Minnesota State Arts Board will hold two poetry competitions in our area. TrekNorth High School will host a Poetry Out Loud session at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15.

Watercolor class

A rock and roll watercolor class at Gallery North will be given from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. Participants will learn the watercolor technique of manipulating water and color by tipping and rolling the paper. Participants will complete and mat a "Rock and Roll Iris" watercolor that will fit a 15-inch by 20-inch frame. The fee of $40 for the class may be paid at Gallery North. For more information, call 759-2952 or 751-7741.

Grant writing

A Grant Writing Workshop is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Region 2 Arts Council office, 426 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji. E-mail or call to register for this free workshop.

History Center

Blackduck History Center will be closed for the month of January. It welcomes donations of vintage articles. For more information or to speak with someone, call Glennis Moon, 835-5512

Bad Cat new hours

Bad Cat Creations Gallery is a boutique of art and fine craft with more than 50 different artists and is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W. This venue will be closed Sundays and Mondays until April.

BCAC to reopen

Bemidji Community Art Center will re-open Jan. 19 for regular business hours. The first show of the season will open on Feb. 5.

Winter Wonderland

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

McCroy exhibit

Bemidji Public Library welcomes Sean McCroy for the month of January and his photographs that reflect Bemidji and surrounding areas. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday through Saturday.

Kliniske work

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub invites the public to view the work of wood artist Austin Kliniske. The pub is open seven days a week and is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. in downtown Bemidji.

Sonnarborg work

Cabin Coffeehouse and Café welcomes photographer Michael Sonnarborg and his work, titled "Inspiration from the World," which will be up for the month of January.

Also on display and for sale are painting and cards by Audrey Merschman. Located at 214 Third Street, the Cabin is open seven days a week.

Rossi display

Dunn Bros Coffee welcomes photojournalist Joe Rossi, who worked for the Pioneer Press for 24 years and is now a freelance 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 December's edition of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, is on display. Also available for purchase is fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson. Open seven days a week at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

Holiday Boutique

Gallery North will continue to feature its Holiday Boutique with work from member artists for the month of January. Gallery North is located at 502 Third Street N.W.

Glazed and Amused

Glazed and Amused is a paint-your-own-pottery studio where walk-in painters are always welcome. It is open Wednesday through Sunday and hours are posted on the door, 311 Third St. N.W.

Kliniske work

The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will feature the work of Austin Kliniske, whose journey with wood art has led him to his segmented wood turnings with glass smooth finishes that often resemble marble. 529 Minnesota Ave. N.

Himmerska work

Headwaters Unitarian Fellowship has a display of the work of Natalia Himmerska for the months of January and February. The public will be able to view her work at the First Friday of February reception. Himmerska, an internationally recognized artist, is a painting instructor at Bemidji State University. The church is located at 522 America Ave. N.W.

O'Brien exhibit

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 the months of January through 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.

Wiltses' exhibit

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has an exhibit of Mike and Erja Wiltse's newest projects: original "old-time look" rustic wooden signs depicting downtown businesses, painted skate boards, still life and floral painting in oil and acrylics. Wild Hare is closed Sundays.

Tutto Bene display

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 (Sillimundi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

Sculpture walk

The Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. N.W., by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has available a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Other events:

- Jan. 23: Faculty Chamber Recital 3 p.m. with Susan Nelson on flute, Erika Svanoe on clarinet, Sarah Carlson on organ and Jennifer Swanson, soprano. Thompson Recital Hall, free admission.

- Jan. 24:Senior Degree Recital for Elisa Buehler on trumpet, Thompson Recital Hall

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

- Pelican Railroad will perform at 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ in downtown Bemidji. Music runs until 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

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