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Patt Rall Arts Column for Feb. 24: Bemidji Jazz Quartet to launch new CD

Bemidji Jazz Quartet will debut a new CD in a concert/party from 7-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. Bemidji native and jazz guitarist Kevin Daley, along with Steve Konecne on woodwinds, Greg Gaston on drums and Patrick Riley on bass, produced "Standard, Volume One." The group appears throughout the area during the year including "Art Fair at the Winery" at Forestedge Winery in Laporte. There is no admission charge for this event.

TV series

Common Ground, a new series by Lakeland Public Television, is a magazine show based on northern Minnesota's arts, history, culture and heritage, airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays. This week, the featured stories are about wood turners David and Kathy Towley, showing the ingrained natural beauty of wood, a visit with metal sculptor Jeff Kreitz of Breezy Point and a tour of the interactive Marvin Windows and Doors Museum in Warroad. For more information on the Marvin Museum, please look at ArtsNews blog. The shows are rebroadcast at 6 p.m. Sundays. Those interested in being featured on the show should contact Ashley Hull, Legacy Production Manager at 333-3022 or Common Ground is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Band concert

The High School Honor Band final concert, with Bemidji State University Director of Bands Erika Svanoe as conductor, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. The admission is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and free for students.

Audition calls

Audition calls are out for this summer's Lake Bemidji Opera Festival operas, "Amahl and the Night Visitors" and "Hansel and Gretel," and the Opera Night Gala from 6-8 p.m. March 3-5. Singers are asked to prepare for a 10-minute audition with a five-minute aria, ballad or art song in English to show vocal range, color and dramatic capabilities. Singers should also be prepared to sight read a short excerpt from one of the operas. The Opera Night Gala will be held Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5 at Ruttger's Lodge and Resort. The operas will be presented Friday-Sunday, June 11-13. All singing roles and technical positions will be compensated. Contact Mathew Goinz, artist director, at, or Fulton Gallagher, general manager, at for further information. A signup sheet is posted on the first floor music lobby corkboard in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

Theater production

"Wait Until Dark" by KG Entertainment will open next week. All evening shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. March 5-7 and 11-13, and a 3 p.m. matinee Saturday, March 13 at Jammers Blue Note Ballroom, 11328 Bemidji Road N.E. (six miles north of Bemidji). The play is a tense thriller written by Frederick Knott who is also the author of "Dial M for Murder." The story revolves around three men who stalk a blind young woman in her home for contraband. Please check the ArtsNews blog for more information on the content of the show. Tickets are available now at Harmony Natural Foods Coop and the Wild Hard Bistro. Tickets for the first weekend are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students. The second weekend tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors and students with $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Helen Keller Foundation.

Dinner theater

"Reunited We Fall," a dinner theater production written and directed by Steve Saari of Bemidji, will be presented Thursday and Friday, March 18 and 19 at the Hampton Inn & Suites. A fast-paced comedy about middle aged classmates on a high school reunion will feature local actors Kevin Cease, Sarah Einerson, Julie Kaiser, John Peterson, Julie Quanrud and Vicki Wangberg. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. with a 7 p.m. dinner and the performance to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for the evening are $25 each with three entrée choices. Reservations are required and tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 26. Call 616-0337.

Bluegrass concert

Monroe Crossing will begin its Tenth Anniversary Tour with a concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. This is a bluegrass group that is family friendly and gathers raves from professionals and listeners from around the country. Tickets are $16 and are available now at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Wild Hare Bistro and Overbeek Electronics.

Concert series

The Bemidji Concert Series will feature Doc Severinsen and El Ritmo De La Vida at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Bemidji High School auditorium. Tickets are $35 for reserved seating, $25 general admission and $5 for students and are available at Lueken's North and Tutto Bene. Reserved seating tickets are available at Lueken's North and the BSU Department of Music, second floor of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. For more information on Doc and the band, please check the ArtsNews blog.

Call for artists

Turtle River is looking for artists to submit a new design for Turtle River Days. The logo must include the name "Turtle River, MN." All entries must be dropped off by Sunday, Feb. 28, at 71 Mart or 71 Bar. A $100 prize will be awarded to the winning design.

Songwriting classes

A Songwriting Workshop with Andrew Green will be held from 3-5 p.m. Saturdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The fee for the workshop is $75. Call 444-5606 to register or for more information.

Fiber workshop

A two-day fiber workshop, Braids, Cordmaking and Knotting Techniques for Fiber, Jewelry and Bead Artists, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28 in the Beltrami Electric Cooperative Room. The workshop will be taught by Marion Hunziker-Larsen, who will address questions about thread, its construction and the best thread to use for jewelry. No prior experience is necessary for this class, but knowledge of a few knots - square, half hitch, overhand and larkshead - would be helpful. PDF documents of these knots will be made available prior to the class. To register, send a check for $85 cwith your name, telephone number and e-mail address to Region2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601.

Trunk show

Cord, Thread and Fiber Jewelry is a free trunk show and digital presentation at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the Beltrami Electric Cooperative Room. Direct questions to Dawn Standera at 586-3434 or

Other events

- Bemidji-First City of the Arts Studio Cruise is alerting artists within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji to apply to be part of this year's events. The Cruise is an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios, showcase their arts and crafts. The cruise has the potential for direct sales and commissions, and will raise the public's awareness of the art scene in Bemidji. New this year is an opportunity to be a guest artist at a host studio. Each location will be limited to a maximum of three artists at each host studio location. All artists must successfully meet the jury and monetary qualifications and requirements established for participating in the Cruise. Applications are available at or For more information contact Dave Towley at 333-3547 or or Fees are $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee. The deadline to apply is March 15.

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee is accepting artwork for the Temporary Exhibition Program at Neilson Place. Artists who would like their work to be considered, please submit a CD to the NCHS Art Committee by Monday, March 15. The CD may be mailed to Temporary Exhibition Program, Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW, Bemidji 56601 or dropped off at the same address. For more information, contact Linnea Papke-Larson at or 333-6285.

- "Warm Your Heart Classes" will be offered to the public, with a limit of two classes per person, during February and March at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Classes are as follows: Beginning Acrylic Acrylics Landscape with Grace Garland and Marion Reil 1-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26; Ukrainian Eggs with Mary Morton 1-4 p.m.; Beginning Oil Painting Landscape Escape with Jeannine Brooks 1-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 18-19. Registrations will be taken in person at Gallery North.

E Bemidji Community Arts Center is calling artists for the 43rd Annual Art in the Park Fine Art and Craft Fair July 17-18. For an application or more information, visit or Deadline to apply is March 13.

- Talking Stick Volume 19 is published by the Jackpine Writers Bloc of Northern Minnesota. They are looking for writers to submit poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Writers must be from Minnesota or have a connection to this area. Deadline to apply is March 1. Complete submission guidelines available at

- A special thanks to those of you who link to the ArtsNews blog. The numbers of those accessing the site are encouraging. To all those who have sent in announcements of upcoming events for the ArtsNews 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 more information on Doc Severinsen, pictures of Sadie and Sarah Hamrin and Michele Laliberte in a practice session, "Wait Until Dark" and "Reunited We Fall." 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 October. If ArtsNews is not on the home page, just hit "Our voices" and scroll down.

- Blackduck History Center has on display through March 6 "Hens and Roosters!" a collection of Marie Juelson. The newly remodeled center also has on display logging camp stories by third graders.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., is a boutique of art and fine craft with more than 50 d artists. This venue will be closed on Sunday and Monday until April.

- Beltrami County Historical Society in conjunction with Gallery North presents "Winter Wonderland." 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 works of member artists at its Annual BCAC Member show. All proceeds from Shop 426 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 Bemidji High School graduate Ron Lyman and his exhibit "Brush Strokes." The library is open Monday through Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the work of Ashleigh Buck and Candice Billiups, encaustic paintings also known as hot wax paintings. The Pub opens at noon Monday-Saturday.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has on display the work of photographer Don Schubbe, "Beauty - Naturally," scenic, wildlife and floral photography. 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 nationally known artist and Bemidji native Pat Oldham. She has published wildlife coloring books and environmental posters. Her works are frequently in pastels with renderings of animals and birds. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

- Gallery North, 503 Third St. N.W., welcomes artist of the month Dianna Johnson and her works in oil and acrylics. Showcase artist of the month is John La Tourelle and his nature photography of the Bemidji area.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 523 America Ave. N.W., hosts painting by BSU painting instructor Natalia Himmirska. Viewing hours are from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday. For further information, call 751-9654.

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 through February for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Her work is for sale and a price list is available at the reception desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. N.W.

Talley Gallery welcomes Malisa Van Maasdam and her installation, "Dasein," translated as "existence being" in completion of her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at BSU. The gallery will display Van Maasdam's work until Feb. 25. Gallery hours are 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 located in the BSU Education Arts Building in room 212. There is no admission charge.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display the works of Maureen O'Brien, a local artist known for her nature works of northern Minnesota. The Wild Hare is open Monday-Saturday.

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.

- 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:

- March 3, 7 p.m., "Persons, Souls and Death," an honors lecture by David Lund.

- March 13, 7:30 p.m., Dick Kimmel and Jerilyn Kjellberg, Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

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

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