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Patt Rall Arts Column for April 28: Historical portrayal scheduled for Saturday

What do you have when a Native American Woman, an Army mother, a early turn of the 20th century lady, a railroad hobo, a miner, a farmer, a Voyageur and a logger show up at the same place and at the same time?

You have "Upper Shores," a historic reenactment of early life along the upper shores of the Mississippi, a unique approach to musical storytelling. Miriam Tell, a local singer, songwriter and member of the group Trillium, has gathered songs and music for this unique event. "Upper Shores" is co-sponsored by the Beltrami County Historical Society and KBXE and will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. Refreshments will be sold, and a free will donation will be accepted at the door.

Wind concert

Bemidji State University Trumpet Ensemble, the Woodwind Quintet and the Symphonic Band will perform in a concert at 7:30 p.m. today April 28, in the Main Theater of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. The first half of the concert will be given over to the Trumpet Ensemble and Woodwind Quintet under the direction of Del Lyren and Erika Svanoe, respectively. The program for the Woodwind Quintet may be seen on Artsnews blog on the home page of the Bemidji Pioneer or The second half of the concert will be performed by the BSU Symphonic Band, an ensemble of players from the community and college under the director of bands at BSU, Erika Svanoe. The program will include "Midway March" by John Williams, "Overture for Winds" by Charles Carter and "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" by John Barnes Chance. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens. Students are admitted free.

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 Kyle Kruchten, a ceramics artist and sculptor of Brainerd, who shares his knowledge of stoneware pottery. Take a tour around the Northern Trackers Railroad Club in Crosslake and learn about the lodges of Northern Minnesota. Dick Carlson of Nisswa tells us about Grand View Lodge's earlier days. 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.

Jazz concert

BJQ (formally known as the Bemidji Jazz Quartet) with Kevin Daily will perform from 7-9 p.m., Friday, April 30, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. Their all-instrumental music ranges from bop to fusion. The kitchen will be open until 9 p.m.

Open house

Bemidji Live Open House will be held from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Wild Hare Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Wine, coffee, deserts and live entertainment. Stop by and learn about Bemidji's new performance series that interacts with its audience. Bemidji Live's First City/Saturday Performance Series will engage, enlighten and inspire audiences and artists alike through an intimate on-stage exchange and discussion of the forces behind the creative process and live performance. This series will feature local and regional artists performing original music and theater

Book signing

"Shorty Bean and the Enchanted Coins" will be introduced to Bemidji readers by author Holly Szurpicki from 1-4:30 p.m., Saturday, May 1, at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Shorty Bean lives in the big city, but when she visits her grandparents in a tiny town up north, she sees life through a different perspective. Shorty Bean and her pet Smarty meet up with a Bald Eagle Indian Chief, an anxious Box Turtle and an Irish Porcupine, to name just a few of the characters in this book for youngsters ages 7-12. Szurpicki will read excerpts from her book and sign copies during the event.

Artist call

Call for Artists in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties by Gallery North and Northern Artists. They will sponsor a two-day First City Ethnic Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Hungry Bear Ballroom, 2300 24th St. N.W. Join them for two days of fine art sales and ethnic arts displays, demonstrations and exhibits. Booth space, with a table and cloth, is available for up to 50 artists. This event will have live entertainment and extensive publicity. Booth rental is $30 for reservations postmarked by June 15. Reservations postmarked after June 15 will be $45. For information or to obtain a reservation form, call Jeannine at 444-4482 or write to 1209 30th St. N.W., Bemidji, MN 56601. Make checks payable to Gallery North. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as approved by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

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. This venue, 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. 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 10th Annual High School Invitational with work in a variety of mediums from BHS, 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, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display for the month of April, the multi-disciplined artwork of Marion Caroline's "Bemidji Ecliptic." The works also includes paintings on feathers. The library is located at 509 America Ave. and is open Monday through Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant 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, 214 Third St. N.W., 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 painting 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 gallery website is

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 523 America Ave. N.W., hosts 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. N.

- Talley Art Gallery has on display 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 Ojibwe life. This installation will remain in place until May 7.

- 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 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:

- Schoolcraft Learning Center Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.. Thursday, May 6 at BHS.

- Father, Son and Friends, Irish performers, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 7, 8 at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

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

- "A Clean House," a romantic comedy by the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, 7 p.m., May 14, 15 at Wild Rose Theater.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage every Thursday at 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 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