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Pioneer Previews: Paul Bunyan Playhouse season to open

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse will open its 2010 Season at 8 p.m. tonight with "Biloxi Blues," a comedy by Neil Simon in the Historic Chief Theatre, 312 Beltrami Ave.

Considered to be semi-autobiograph-ical, "Biloxi Blues" is the second play in the Eugene Trilogy the stories of Eugene Morris Jerome from Brooklyn, New York. "Brighton Beach Memoirs" is the first play and the series ends with "Broadway Bound." The play is about a 20-year-old World War II Army recruit, Eugene Morris Jerome, who is sent to Biloxi, Miss., for basic training. He learns more about life than he ever imagined in this comedy which is rated PG-13 for some language and sexual innuendo. The play will be performed at 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday until June 19 with a half-price 2 p.m. matinee, Sunday, June 13. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $11 for matinee performances. Group sale price for 10 or more is $18 per ticket. For more information or tickets: 751-7270 or

Friend of the Arts

The 22nd Annual Bemidji Community Art Center's Friend of the Arts event to honor Janet Brademan, executive director of Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at the First National Bank Bemidji Garden Court, 1600 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W. The award presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger and may be purchased now at HSMA, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., and at Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. Tickets at the door will be $15. The BCAC Friend of the Arts Celebration is sponsored, in part, by sustaining business partners, First National Bank Bemidji and North Country Health Services.

Church Musicians

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present its 2009 Scholarship Winners Jennifer Johnson, Corrie Dunshee and Tim Wisdom, who will perform at noon today, Wednesday, June 9, at First Baptist Church, 1555 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. Lunch will be available following each recital at a nominal cost. For a complete listing of the concerts, see Calendar Listing on or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

TV series

Common Ground, a 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 Erika Mullen-Hagberg, a multi-media artist of Trommald, who will demonstrate the intricate detail of tapestry paintings. Greg Rosenberg of Brainerd creates grandiose lighting fixtures, and Gary Burger will talk about his rock and roll days with The Monks. 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 Fund.

Photo exhibit

Joe Rossi, an internationally known and published photographer, will be honored at an artist reception from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 12, in the TIN PAN gALLErY of the Blackduck Area History and Art Center. A former newspaper photographer, including 24 years with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Rossi began Ross Photography, LLC in 2007 and is now working freelance. The display at the gallery will show some of Rossi's nature photography and "Nature's Alphabet," a photography project done from Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. The display will be up until June 26. The center is located at Main Street and Margaret Avenue in downtown Blackduck and is open from 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Park concert

DL and the Clean Starts and their blend of folk and blues with a dash of country music will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 12, and "Dancing Light," with Greg on acoustic guitar and Kiki with vocals (Webb), will perform as part of the 2010 Lake Bemidji State Park Concert Series at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 13 in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park. The series is a collaboration between Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and Lake Bemidji State Park and will include events each Sunday during the summer. The concert is free but they do ask for a donation to help off-set the cost of bringing this tradition to the park. A park pass is required to enter the grounds. This series is made possible by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Author presentation

Author Jim Proebstle will talk about his book, "In the Absence of Honor," at noon, Monday, June 14, Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave N.W. Set in the forests of northern Minnesota, this story of conspiracy and intrigue involves a small northern community and American Indian reservation and the powerful forces in Washington, D.C. The story is told by Jake Lorenz, a man doing personal battles with a recent job loss and the death of his wife in an accident. Lorenz escapes to his cabin in the North Woods only to find the bedroom invaded by raccoons, a rotting deer carcass in the living room and the newly murdered body of a local Indian burial ground keeper hanging in his garage. Proebstle's visit is part of the Kitchigami Reads/Kitchigami Writes project with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Fund to preserve arts and cultural heritage.

BSO fundraiser

"Desserts by Design," a fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, is seeking volunteers to design a table and/or donate desserts. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at First Lutheran Church, Bemidji. For more information or to volunteer, contact Judy Porter at 751-0343 or Jo Hanko at 444-5572.

Other events

- "The Foreigner" by Larry Shue is at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. This comedy is about a shy young man who feigns an inability to speak English while on a visit to a remote fishing lodge. This farce was performed at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse two seasons ago to appreciative audiences. The evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday beginning June 10 to 12, June 17 to 19 and June 24 to 26. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-12 and $12.50 for groups. Go south on U.S. Highway 71 for four miles past Park Rapids, turn left onto state Highway 87 and travel four miles east to Hubbard, turn right onto County Road 6, and the theater is located about four blocks south on the left. Reservations recommended, call 218-732-0099 or

- "Doctor, doctor, give me the news," is the new exhibit at the History Center at the Beltrami County Historical Society, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. The exhibit follows the path of early healthcare in Beltrami County including traditional healing, the history of North Country Regional Hospital, Lake Julia Sanatorium and dentistry.

- "Between Fences," a traveling exhibit on a national icon, fences - to keep livestock in, to keep marauders out, to curtail the movements of small children and lively pets and for so many other reasons. The Clearwater County History Center in Shevlin was chosen by the Minnesota Humanities Center to host this traveling exhibit on loan from the Smithsonian Institute as part of the Museum on Main Street project. Conceived as part of an effort to bring exhibitions to rural communities, "Between Fences" is on its last stop before returning to the Smithsonian. A selection of artifacts, photos and illustrations, the collection will examine the importance of fences from colonial America to the present day. "Between Fences" is part of Museum on Main Street, which is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, the Minnesota Humanities Center and The Clearwater County Historical Society. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Hearst Foundation.

- Beltrami County History Center Fundraiser tickets are on sale now for the "Red, White and Blue High Tea," 2-4 p.m., Saturday, June 26, at Diamond Point Park. The center will move its spring High Tea fundraiser to the park this June with the usual teas, savories (sandwiches), scones and sweets with live musical accompaniment. This family event harkens back to the days when ladies had afternoon tea, but in the modern version, dads, granddads, brothers, male cousins and suitors are welcome to join the festivities. Everyone is invited to wear vintage hats and/or clothing and there will be a supply of them at the event. The tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and include the refreshments, a raffle drawing and keepsake of the event. Call 444-3376 or stop by the History Center for reserved seating by June 25.

- Tickets are on sale now for "An Evening with Billy Collins," former Poet Laureate of the United States, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. This nationally known and respected poet is a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York and the author of eight poetry books. Collins is a magnet for those who like humor and wisdom in poetry; he speaks to the everyman in all of us. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased now at Lueken's Village Foods North and the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Ticket requests by mail may be sent to HSMA, PO Box 542, Bemidji MN 56601. In the coming months there will be more information about Collins published as feature articles and blog entries and a video of Marsh Muirhead reading some of Collins' poetry.

- Linda Walker, nationally known wildlife artist, will conduct a three-day oil painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 29-31, in the Beltrami Electric Community Room. The cost is $65 and pre-paid registration is required. This workshop is sponsored by the Northern Artist Association, and class size is limited. Call Grace at 759-2952 or Gallery North at 444-9813 to reserve a spot. Walker's art may be viewed at

- 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 24 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 1209 30 St. N.W., Bemidji, MN 56601. Please 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.

Art exhibits

- "IT IS WHAT IT IS," an exhibit of work by the late Eugene Dalzotto in the Talley Gallery, Education Building, Birchmont Drive on the campus of Bemidji State University, is now on display. Dalzotto is known for being instrumental in the formation of BSU's Department of Visual Arts and was a master printmaker. This exhibit spans more than 50 years of Dalzotto's life. For more information about this event, see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for June is Angela Shogren and her watercolor collection, "Dreaming of spring," a collection of work which draws inspiration from her life as wife, mother and farmer. Bad Cat Creations is located at 315 Irvine Ave N.W. For more information call 218-444-9225.

- Bemidji Community Art Center's June displays are two multi-media shows: "What's Your Passion" by Northern Minnesota Craftswomen in the main gallery and "Beyond Function" by Mary Helen Pelton. The BCAC is free and open to the public. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave. or at or contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Beltrami County Historical Society presents "Patterns and People," a collection of photographs by John Eggers. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Avenue SW in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. For more information 219-444-3376 or

- Bemidji Public Library June exhibit is by photographer Cal Rice, "As I See It: The Nature of Costa Rica," which begins with sunrise on the Caribbean and ends with sunset on the Pacific Ocean. The library is located at 509 America Ave. and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has on display the work of Cody Bartz, an art and design student at BSU who has discovered a passion for printmaking. A variety of his screen prints are on display and for sale. Brigid's Cross will be open at noon Monday-Saturday and noon on Sunday. For more information call 444-0567 or find us on the web at

- Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has on display work by Anishinaabe artist Terry Kemper, whose drawings and images touch people and expresses his culture in a way that honors their way of being. Many of the pieces include the "Manomin" or wild rice which is regarded by the Anishinaabe people as a sacred gift. The Cabin also features original art and cards for sale by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros presents Jayson Knutson and his collection of work in paint and pen and ink for June. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. Call 444-5252 Gallery North's showcase artist for June photographer is Kathy Jo McKeown and her exhibit of photos on a variety of subjects. Member featured artist of the month is Marion Caroline Reil, a watercolor artist. The gallery is located 502 Irvine Ave. N.W. Gallery North has its new web site up and running a6 It features Gallery North Artists, Artwork and information on the Gallery and upcoming events.

- Glazed & Amused - Paint your Own Pottery Studio, 311 Third St. N.W., has window displays featuring beautiful ceramic pieces painted by the customers. Walk-in painters are always welcome. For more information call 218-333-6880 or email

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents work by artist Kate Lalone and her exhibit, "Visions of Life." Lalone, Lilly's eye photo artist, challenges us to view perspectives of life through all senses in this photo exhibit. Lalone's work will be on display now through the month of June for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Also featured through June are Handwoven Baskets by Eve Sumsky in the new coffee and gift shop, The Bistro at WoodsEdge. Her baskets are for sale and may be purchased on site. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is located just inside the front entryway to Neilson Place at WoodsEdge, on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. NW. Bemidji. For more information, email

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display wood works that are both functional and beautiful by Austin Klinske of Art Craft Wood Products. The coffee house is open six days a week and closed on Sunday.

- 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:

- June 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Open Mic stage, Cabin Coffeehouse, music, stories and talent, kids activities, open to all. 444-2899.

- June 16, noon, Bemidji Area Church Mucisians concert, First Lutheran Church.

- June 20, 1:30 p.m., Tony and Doyle Turner in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park.

- June 23, noon, Bemidji Area Church Mucisians concert, Evangelical Free Church.

- June 23 to July 3, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" by Steve Martin depicts an imaginary meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein.

- June 26, 1:30 p.m., Ken Wold community retirement party and service in the Oak Hills Christian College Fellowship Center Chapel.

- June 30 at noon, Bemidji Area Church Mucisians concert, First Lutheran Church.

- June 26, 7:30 p.m., Kari Munson and Friends in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park.

- 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.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club. The public is invited to attend. For information call 759-2952.

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