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Bemidji Symphony Orchestra to conclude legacy tour

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will perform in Bemidji after the conclusion of the legacy tour and at the invitation of the Native American Resource Center as part of their cultural festival.

The concert will begin at 7:15 p.m. today, Aug. 18, in the music tent by the Rotary Pavilion and the statues of Paul and Babe. The program focuses on themes that are universal: hope, love, preservation of the land and concern for the environment. The 40-minute program will include the music of Aaron Copland, "Appalachian Spring," and "Quiet Landscape" by Minnesota composer Joseph Adams with soloist Matthew Goinz. The concert is free and open to the public.

Church Musicians

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will welcome Muff Magelssen on the organ, Don MacKinnon on piano and the Other Mountain Remnant Band at noon today at the First Presbyterian Church, 501 Minnesota Ave. N.W. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. Lunch is available following each recital at a nominal cost.

Park concert

The Pine Tones will perform at 7:30pm, Saturday, Aug. 21, in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park. The group will present an evening of show tunes, love songs, and music guaranteed to lift your spirits. The ambience of the park setting and the music this group delivers makes for a relaxing evening. 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.

Pub music

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant will host two different musical groups this weekend. "Moes Art" will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, and "Timberline" with Kari Munson and John Essig will perform from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. The kitchen is open until 9 p.m. and there is no admission charge. Brigid's is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

Children's program

Singer/songwriter Paul Nye will perform for children of all ages at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug 23, in the main reading room of the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W. There is no admission charge for this event.

Talley Gallery

"IT IS WHAT IT IS," an exhibit of work by the late Eugene Dalzotto is on display in the Talley Gallery, Education Building, Birchmont Drive on the campus of Bemidji State University. The exhibit will re-open for an exhibition from Aug. 23 to Sept. 3, at which time the gallery hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday.

Ethnic festival

Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning will kick off its fall season with a free music and ethnic event beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, in the Gathering Place in Clearbrook. The festival will include a light lunch of ethnic foods for a free will offering and a series of concerts. Music from Latin America will be performed by Leo and Kathy Lara. Celtic music will be performed by Laura MacKenzie and Gary Rue. The program will conclude at 3 p.m. and is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

Bard parody

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" will continue at the Long Lake Theater until Aug. 27. The play is a parody of all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in 97 minutes by three Bemidji actors Andy Browers, Eric Benson and Bob Boland and is directed by incoming Bemidji High School theater teacher Tracy Nicole Klefsas There will be a 3 p.m. matinee Aug 18, 25 and 26. Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19-21 and 26-28 at Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-12 and group rate (15 or more) is $12.50. Reservations are recommended; call 218-732-0099 or

Elvis remembered

"Remembering Elvis" with music and memorabilia will be the display at the Blackduck History Center, Main and Margaret Streets for August. Ice cream sundaes will top off the display Saturday, Aug. 28, when Elvis will leave the building.

Feather painting

Paint on a Feather, a bird or birch tree at Gallery North at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. All materials will be provided. Students will complete and frame their art work to take home. Pre-paid registration is $40 or $45 on the day of the class. Call 759-2952 or 751-774 to register.

Other events

- 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. 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.

E "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.

Art exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for August is Terry Garrett and some of her new work in mixed media collage, "Fragments-Disparate Parts to Make a Whole." Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring 50 artists in fine art and craft and is located at 315 Irvine Ave N.W.

- Bemidji Community Art Center and the Northern Clay Center present the work of six McKnight ceramic artists in the main gallery and an exhibit celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Headwaters Basketmakers Guild in Gallery X2. Both installations will be up through August. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave., at, at 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 Ave. S.W. 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 has on display for August original watercolors from the children's book, "Thoughts from Pudge (A Philosophical Look at Life from a Dog's Point of View)" by local artist Marion Caroline Reil and author Mary Knox Johnson. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W., and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant has on display the wood work of Jonathan Billing for August. Billing's work is in oak and crafted to show the character of the wood. Brigid's Cross is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday and noon Sunday. For more information call 444-0567 or find us on the web at

- Cabin Coffee House and Café, welcomes Jane Marks-Hastig, an up-cycling artist for August. The majority of the works are whimsical glass mosaics using salvaged broken tempered glass pieces, found and discarded items and natural elements. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. Located at 214 Third Street, the Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee presents Kathy Gustafson and her exhibit "Shared Virtues," the character and qualities of animals. Gustafson also has a beaver on display for this year's sculpture walk. Also on display are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Featured wines of the month have been added to the menu. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., 444-5252 or

- Gallery North's member artist for August is mixed media artist Carolyn Gobberg. The Gallery North Featured Artist for August is oil painter Erma Stelter one of the founding members of Gallery North. The Gallery website features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events. The gallery is located at 502 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Glazed & Amused - Paint your Own Pottery Studio located at 311 Third St. N.W. welcomes walk-in painters. For more information call 333-6880 or email

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents "The Language of Flowers," a watercolor exhibit by Pamela Nelson until October for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the public. Also featured through the month of August is pottery by Butch Holden in the new coffee and gift shop, The Bistro at WoodsEdge. The pottery, which is both hand thrown and hand-built, includes both high-fired stoneware and porcelain and is for sale on site. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is located just inside the front entryway to Neilson Place on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. N.W. For more information, e-mail

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Danielle Dressler and her brightly colored acrylic abstracts of animals, life cycles and dreamscapes for August. 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, Jane Freeman, Terry Honstead, Beverlee Olson, Mary Therese Peterson, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillimandi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed 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:

- Sept 7, noon, and Sept 9, 7 p.m., book club discussion: Leif Enger's "So Brave, Young and Handsome," Bemidji Public Library.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage 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.

- 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