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Patt Rall Arts Column for April 14: Bemidji State to stage 'Man of La Mancha'

"Man of La Mancha," written by Dale Wasserman with music and lyrics by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion respectively, will open Friday, April 16, on the main stage of Bemidji State University Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast.

As usual, the opening performance will be followed by a Talk Back Night when the audience will be able to ask questions and comment on the production with the director and staff. Additional performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24, and the closing performance will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 25. Tickets are $6 for students and senior citizens and $12 for adults. BSU students are admitted free with an ID. The box office phone is 755-3935 and hours are 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday-Friday and 2-4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The box office is located in Room 101 of Bangsberg. Because of some adult themes, this production is suitable for high school age and older. For more information and some preview pictures, see Artsblog - or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

Trombone concert

Trombones of Bemidji will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. today, April 14, in BSU Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. The concert will feature 12 trombone players including several current BSU students. Matt Custer is a senior in music and liberal arts; Ben Fleming is a junior music/teacher certification and liberal arts/music major; Hyram Price is an education graduate student; and Steven Radley is a sophomore in music/liberal arts. Other members of the choir are Alyssa Konecne, Paul Mork, Tom Patnaude, Hyram Price, Steven Radley, Glenn Seibel, Melissa Stover, Nancy Sydow and Les Torgerson. The group is under the direction of Tom Swanson. This program is sponsored by the BSU Music Department. Sydow will be the featured soloist in a transcription of Puccini's aria "Nessum Dorma" from the opera, "Turandot." Patnaude will play an arrangement of the Arthur Pryor favorite, "The Whistler and His Dog."

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 Al Belleveau, a sculptor from Bemidji who uses rocks, metal, wood, found objects and humor to produce his pieces. (See the ants play rock and roll on Beltrami Avenue.) Cartoonist Duane Bernhart from Aiken will show how he creates and informs with his cartoon creations. 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.

Musical showcase

Eric Berving will be in concert from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 Third St. N.W. Breving plays a blend of folk-jazz incorporating acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, a loop station and vocals with harmonizer.

Memoir workshop

Angela Foster will present a three hour workshop on "Memoir: A Crash Course" or "Beginning Memoir: Finding Your Story" from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 17, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W. Reservations are required. Call 751-3963.

Bluegrass concert

The Whistlepegs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. A stop in Bemidji on the Minnesota Blue Grass Community Concert Series, The Whistlepegs will perform in concert with guest artists Alabaster Falls. Tickets are $9 in advance, $12 on the day of the show, $6 for teens. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. In Bemidji, tickets are on sale now at Overbeeks Electronics and KRKB Music or by calling 800-635-3037. This show is sponsored by the Minnesota Blue Grass and Old Time Music Association. See more about this group on the artsblog.

Jazz performance

Jazz Band Celebration Concert will begin at 5 p.m., Sunday, April 18, in BSU Thompson Recital Hall. Please note that this is a time change. This will be the final Jazz I concert of the year and will celebrate the contributions of graduating seniors Andy Cresap (trumpet), Elisa Buehler (trumpet), Matt Custer (trombone), John Konecne (saxophone), Doug Quance (drums) and Lee Foster (bass). The concert will feature a variety of Big Band music including hits from the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra and the Buddy Rich Band. Other pieces will include Quincey Jones' "Little Karen" and Mark Taylor's arrangement of "Without A Song." Vocalist Hyram Price will also be a featured artist. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for seniors and students.

Music lecture

"Why We Like Music" will be presented by BSU Professor Emeritus Fulton Gallagher in a program sponsored by Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning. Gallagher will speak on the issues of approaching music from the intellectual, emotional and psycho-motor responses. Gallagher will talk about the ways of identifying music that has specific appeal to the listener and will play numerous examples that reflect different value systems. This free program will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the Good Shepherd Church in Clearbrook. Make a right at the light in Bagley and go north to the town of Clearbrook.

Art exhibit

BSU Talley Art Gallery will host an exhibit of the art of American Indian artists Carl Gawboy, Bambi Goodwin, Duane Goodwin and Steve Premo. Gawboy is known as the "Ojibwe Norman Rockwell" because he uses historic realism and his artwork gives life to the Ojibwe cultural systems in everyday life, work and rituals within the context of environment and traditions. Both Goodwins are known in the arts community for their traditional work, which draws upon the natural world. Steve Premo is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Minnesota Chippewa and is also known for his authentic portrayals of Native Americans. The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 23. This installation will remain in place from April 19 until May 7.

Art workshop

Public Art 101 Workshop, a partnership of Region 2 Art Council and Forecast Public Artworks, is an open forum for anyone who is interested in public art. The workshop will be given by Forecast Public Art Co-Founder and executive director Jack Becker. One of the aspects of public art is that it can be political and controversial, and this workshop will address the potential of controversy and how to turn it into a constructive dialogue within a community. The event will be an opportunity to meet others in the region also interested in public art. The event is free and will take place from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, at the Beltrami County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Register in advance by calling 751-5447, 800-275-5447 or e-mailing

Award nominations

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, contact the BCAC for more information. Applications are also available at and must be submitted no later than April 14 to BCAC, 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.

Writers' workshop

A two-day Writers Workshop with Carol Ann Russell, "Images and Dreams: Archetypal Messages for Writers," will be held beginning from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 17, and continuing from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 24. The workshop is open to writers of poetry, stories, journals and memoirs and is based on the idea that the Subconscious/Self is the real source of all creative expression. The workshop will introduce a process to help the subconscious articulate the archetypes contained within it. The class is $40 per session or $75 for both afternoons. Call 444-5606 for more information.

Watercolor class

A Watercolor Collage workshop taught by Terry Honstead will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. The fee is $45. To register, call 444-5606. Registrations will be accepted until April 14.

Other events

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes green artist Jane Marks-Hastig as its featured artist of the month showcasing fun and functional art using reclaimed glass and up-cycled items. In honor of Earth Day, Bad Cat will dedicate the entire month to April to all "green" artists and offer discounts to all shoppers who bring in a reusable shopping bag. Bad Cat is a boutique of art and fine craft with more than 50 artists.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents "Birds of a Feather." The center is open from 10 a.m.-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 10th Annual High School Invitational with work in a variety of media from Bemidji High School, Lumberjack School, TrekNorth and Cass Lake-Bena High School students. 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 has on display for April the multi-disciplined artwork of Marion Caroline's "Bemidji Ecliptic." The works also include paintings on feathers. The library is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the work of Jake Anderson and his exhibit of powerful images using a technique called spray paint art. The Pub opens at noon Monday-Saturday.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café welcomes Danielle Blanchfield, Beth Schenck and Jacob Baggenstoss and their eclectic collection of work in photography, drawing and painting. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes Jess Watnemo Storey and her exhibit "Vision Escapes," a collection of paintings and photographs inspired by her fascination with nature and cycles of life. Also on display and for sale is pottery by Josh Boock. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., welcomes "Budding Artists," a display of children's artwork from area daycare centers participating in the Art in Childcare Grant. The new gallery Web site is

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

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

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee host photographer Kate Lalone and her exhibit "Visions of Life," a photo exhibit that spans 94 years of living that 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 at1000 Anne St. NW.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display new works of ceramicist Cyrus Swann, "Magic and Medicine." The Bistro is open Monday-Saturday.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., 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.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- April 21, 7:30 p.m. Varsity Singers Spring Concert, Thompson Recital Hall. Admission canned goods for Bemidji Community Food Shelf.

- April 22, 7:30 p.m. Choral Chamber Ensembles, Thompson Recital Hall.

- April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Blue Bird in concert, Cabin Coffee House.

- April 25, 7:30 p.m. Composition Recital Jake Kaehne, Thompson Recital Hall.

- April 25, 3 p.m. Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji High School.

- April 27, 7:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble and Bemidji Choir Concert, Main Theater, Bangsberg Recital Hall.

- April 28, 7:30 p.m. Symphonic Band and Instrumental Chamber Groups, Main Theater, Bangsberg Recital Hall.

- May 9, 7 p.m. Bemidji Chorale Spring Concert, Beaux Arts Ball Room.

- 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.-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