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Patt Rall Arts Column for March 17: "Out of the Hat" to return to Paul Bunyan Playhouse

"Out of the Hat 2," a production of KG Entertainment, will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in the historic Chief Theatre, downtown Bemidji.

Six directors, six writers and numerous actors will be on hand to present short adult comedies which will be written, directed and produced within a 24 hour period beginning at 7 p.m. Friday when Greg Gasman will collect ideas for plays on scraps of paper, which will then be picked "out of the hat" by six playwrights. The playwrights will each pen a script that will be turned into Gasman by 7:15 a.m. Saturday. The playwrights will, in turn, give the scripts to the directors and actors for the 8 p.m. performances. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at Harmony Food Co-op and Wild Hare Bistro and at the door the night of performance. For a listing of the writers, directors and actors, see ArtsNews blog under "Our Voices" on the home page of the online edition of the Bemidji Pioneer.

TV series

Common Ground, a new series by Lakeland Public Television, a magazine show based on Northern Minnesota's arts, history, culture and heritage, will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays. This week, the featured stories are about Gordon VanWert, a world renowned Native American stone sculptor, who tells us how art saved his life; Monica Hansmeyer, a jewelry artist from Turtle River, shows us the intricate detail of using stones, gems and metal to create her jewelry; and Roger Fallgren of Aitkin shows us how his rock collection became a form of art. 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.

Artist call

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk Committee is calling for visual artists to paint or embellish fiberglass beaver sculptures that will be displayed throughout Bemidji this summer. Applications need to be posted by April 1, as the sculptures will be arriving April 15, with a completion date of May 1. All sculptures will be placed on May 21 and 22. Contact Al Belleveau at 243-2685 or for more information and an application. A list of materials that will work on the fiberglass will also be provided. Any business or individual interested in sponsoring a sculpture should contact Belleveau.

Auditions open

Open Auditions for "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," a musical comedy by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts at Long Lake Theater this summer will be held from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 30. Contact Julie Kjenaas at 732-3263 for more information. Production dates will be July 7-31 at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard.

Fiction contest

Northwoods Woman Magazine is calling for authors for the 2010 fiction contest. The winner will receive a $200 prize and publication in the July-August magazine. The work must be an original, previously unpublished short story of no more than 1,500 words. The contest is open to all legal Minnesota residents, and the submission deadline is April 15. Email entries to name, mailing address, phone number and email address on the first page. For more details see current copy of magazine or visit

Beginners Tole Painting taught by Melody Bowles will be offered for an eight-week workshop from 2-4 p.m. consecutive Tuesdays beginning March 30 at the Nevis Church of Christ, 100 Pleasant St. in Nevis. Seating is limited. To reserve your seat, send a note with your name, telephone number and email address with your $30 check to Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji, MN 56601. The reservation deadline is March 22. Attendees will purchase a sample board for $10 from the instructor. A list of brushes needed will be supplied upon confirmation of reservation. All paints and other supplies will be provided by the instructor. Email with any questions about the workshop.

Authors talk

"The Minnesota Crime Wave" hits Bemidji at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W. Two free tickets will be yours with a valid library card, but seating is limited, so stop by the library to get them soon. A program made possible with funding from the Minnesota Legacy Arts Fund will bring William Ken Krueger, who writes the Cork O'Connor mystery series set in the great Northwoods of Minnesota; Carl Brookins, the author of three mystery series; and Ellen Hart, the author of the Jane Lawless mystery series set in the Twin Cities. See the ArtsNews blog on the home page of the Bemidji Pioneer for more information about these authors.

Outdoor theater

"Hanson's Grill - Minnesota Nice on Ice" returns to Bemidji as a fundraiser for the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective to purchase a tent for their outdoor performances. The dinner theater will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at the Backyard Barbeque, 119 Third St. N.W. Written by Teri Harrington and directed by Cate Belleveau, the play is a musical comedy which revolves around a family restaurant struggling to survive the numerous chain restaurants coming into town. The cast recorded a CD of the musical numbers including "I Come From Bemidji." Tickets are $25 for a buffet dinner to include walleye and meat entrees, vegetables and bread. Seating is limited to 90 people. Advance tickets are available at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub. This production is rated PG-13 for language.

Dinner theater

"Reunited We Fall," a dinner theater production written and directed by Steve Saari, 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 with 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 four entrée choices: seafood medley, herb crusted tilapia, loin of pork or vegetarian entrée stuffed acorn squash. Reservations are required and are being taken on at 218-616-0337. Please check the ArtsNews blog for more information about the actors.

Country band

"Pickin' and Grinnin'," a country band featuring Wes Seitz, John Dow, Glen Marken, Dave Sand and Gene Robinson will perform from 2-6 p.m., Sunday, March 21, at 71 Bar, 468 Bemidji Road N.E.

Arts award

The 22nd Annual Friend of the Arts Award committee is seeking names for this year's nominations of a single person or a couple who have given generously of time and effort to promote the arts in the greater Bemidji area. If you know someone who should be honored by the Bemidji Community Arts Center and the community of Bemidji, please contact the BCAC for more information. Applications are also available at and must be submitted no later than April 14 to BCAC at 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji MN 56601. This award is sponsored in part by First National Bank Bemidji, North Country Health Services, Paul Bunyan Telephone and Dunn Bros Coffee.

Sister Song

Sister Song, a celebration of women and their music, will hold the third annual fundraiser from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, March 27, to support the SisterSong Scholarship Fund for young women who want to study music. The event is also part of Women's History Month Celebration in collaboration with Bemidji State University. Well known local singers and groups will perform. A pay-what-you-can donation will be accepted at the door of the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive.

Antique fair

Antique, Art and Craft Fair, a two-day fundraising event for the Beltrami County Historical Society, is accepting reservations from antique dealers, artists and crafters. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji. Vendor space is available for $15. The fair will feature refreshments, vendors and the Eggers' Antique Appraisals from 2-4 p.m. both days. For more information, call 444-3376.

Exhibits sought

The call is out for submissions for "Art from Within," an exhibit of artwork from individuals who have been touched by the criminal justice system, currently and previously incarcerated artists and their families. This is a volunteer effort throughout the state of Minnesota and hosted by the ACLU-MN Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project. Submissions may be delivered to the local ACLU office at 303 Railroad St. S.W. in Bemidji. For further information, call 444-2285 or 209-6923. The deadline for submission of art work is March 26.

Online art

New workshop offerings: "Creating an Online Presence" with Vivienne Morgan, photographer and media artist, will hold a session on using Wordpress to create a free Web site and using Flickr to join the Region 2 Arts Registry to connect with other artists. This workshop will provide artists in any discipline who need a free online presence, which they can create and maintain themselves. Small art groups are also welcome but are limited to one representative. This is a hands-on workshop with a seat limit of 15. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 3, in the BSU Hagg Sauer Computer Classroom 109. To reserve a seat, send a note with your name, telephone number, and e-mail along with your check for $20 to Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. Bemidji, MN 56601. The deadline to apply is March 26. Morgan may be reached at if you have questions.

Roasemaling class

A new style of Rosemaling Workshop with Trudy Peach, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 12, and Tuesday, April 13, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Clearbrook. The cost is $30, and registration deadline is April 1. Call 218-968-2255 for details.

Songwriting class

Songwriting Workshop with Andrew Green will be held from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, March 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.

Watercolor class

A Watercolor Collage Workshop taught by Terry Honstead will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. The fee is $45. To register call 444-5606.

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 and 28 in the Beltrami Electric Cooperative Room, 4111 Technology Drive N.W. The workshop will be taught by Marion Hunziker-Larsen. Her presentation 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 for the class, send an $85 check with your name, telephone number and e-mail address to Region 2 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

- The last of the "Warm Your Heart Classes" will be offered free of charge to the public at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. The class is "Landscape Escape" with Jeannine Brooks 1-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 18-19. Registrations will be taken in person at Gallery North.

- The Blackduck History Center's March show is "Blackduck: Remember When," a collection of photographs of the city and residents from the 1900s. Part of the collection was discovered in Ely, Nev. Stop by the exhibit and try to identify some of the people in the photos. The display will be up from March 11 to April 3 in the newly remodeled History and Art Center.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes photographer Melissa Burness and her "Kaleidoscope of Nature" as its featured artist of the month. This venue, a boutique of art and fine craft with more than 50 artists will be closed on Sunday and Monday until April.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents, "Birds of a Feather." 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 Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., welcomes the public to view the senior exhibit, in partial fulfillment of requirements for a degree in fine arts from BSU, of Lauralee Simons - "The Temper of Complexion," an eclectic mix of sculpture, painting and fiber arts. 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., has on display for the month of March artwork of TrekNorth High School students: Raven Clark, Emily Bauer, Marisha Lindquist, Arianna Karstens, Josh LaRue, Rachel Lash, Rachel Reese, Hannah Ehli, Linnea Helgeson, Philip Durst and Brea Blankenfeld. The library is open Monday through Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view Terry Honstead's latest exhibit, "Hidden Dreams." The Pub opens at noon Monday-Saturday.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has on display the work of Jenn Anderson and her exhibit "My Therapy, Revealed." 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 welcomes DuWayne Schwindt of Rako Woods and his exhibit of intarsia designed wood inlay pieces. Showcase artist of the month is Julie Johnson, who works in the art of Rosemaling, Norwegian inspired designs. The gallery's new Web site is

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 523 America Ave. N.W., is hosting former Bemidjian and fabric artist Pat Black for the months of March and April. Viewing hours are from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sundays. For further information, call 751-9654.

- Mask and Rose Women's Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., collective's new exhibit in the Fleur de Lis Gallery "Mother Art" is curated by Nina Lubarski. The exhibit features female artists from the region and is a part of Women's History Month Celebration.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee are hosting photographer Kate Lalone and her exhibit "Visions of Life," a photo collection that spans 94 years of living and challenges us to view perspectives of life through all senses. The exhibit will be up through June 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 Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display the works of Mary Lingen, paintings of Minnesota landscape in her unique style of translating subject matter into shapes and rhythms in such a way that the colors and shapes interact within the painting space. The Bistro is open from Monday through Saturday.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

- 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.

- 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 about "Out of the Hat," Pat Oldham's work at Dunn Bros Coffee and more clues about the crime wave coming to Bemidji. 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. Events are listed in the Calendar Listing entry. If ArtsNews is not on the home page, just hit "Our Voices" and scroll down.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- March 27, 3 p.m., Annual DeKrey Scholarship concert, Thompson Recital Hall, BSU.

- April 8, 7:30 p.m., Midori with Robert McDonald, the last concert in the Bemidji Concert Series this season.

- 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