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Pioneer Previews: Ethnic event scheduled for Clearbrook

"Celtic Music Wizard," Laura MacKenzie will be joined by singer/ composer Gary Rue for music with a Celtic flair, while Leo and Kathy Lara will perform music from Latin America in a series of free concerts at the Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning 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. 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 Nov. 4, 2008.

Church Musicians

Area Church Musicians will welcome Kenneth J. Wold on the organ, Mike Fiske on violin, Leah Kelm on flute and Tracy Parthum and Lean Kelm on bell trees at noon today at the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road S.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. This will be the final concert the summer. Thanks to all the musicians and singers for bringing these concerts to Bemidji each summer and we look forward to another successful recital series next year.

Senior recital

Jennifer Paquette will give her senior recital at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northwest. Paquette, a 2010 Bemidji High School graduate, is a student of Margaret Maxwell and will major in piano at Concordia College. The program will include works by Bach, Haydn, Schubert and Debussy. The concert is free and open to the public.

Park concert

Headwaters School of Music and Arts and the Lake Bemidji State Park announce Lance Benson with drummer Mark Bauer in concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park. Benson is a Minnesota folk singer/songwriter who has a refreshing outlook on life and dreams acted upon. 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.

Book signing

Minnesota authors plan a three-day book signing event at different sites. Shelley Holl and B. J. Carpenter are the authors of "The Minnesota Table," a new book celebrating locally produced food in a collection of travel stories, recipes and menu ideas that follow Minnesota's growing seasons. The first event is The Simple, Good and Tasty Book Club open house/book signing for the authors from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at the home of Sue Doeden. The public is invited to visit with the authors and taste several of the recipes featured in the book as prepared by book club members. Holl and Carpenter will have books, aprons, hot pads and art work available for purchase. Call 766-8926 to make a reservation.

The second event will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at Dunn Bros Coffee. Holl and Carpenter will sign books and share taste samples of Ratafia Ice.

The third event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harmony Natural Foods Co-op., 751-2009. The authors will be on hand to converse with the public and sign copies of their book. All events are free and open to the public. Call to confirm dates and times.

Ethnic Festival

First City of the Arts Ethnic Arts Festival, where more than 35 vendors will display, demonstrate and sell their wares, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-12, at the Hungry Bear Banquet & Conference Center, 2300 24th St. N.W. Hosted by Gallery North Art Gallery and The Northern Artists Association, the event will offer fun for young and old. A few vendor spaces are still available. Booth reservations cost $45 per space. A table and tablecloth will be provided. Call Jeannine Brooks at 444-4482 for more information. Information and reservation forms are available at Gallery North Art Gallery, 502 3rd St. N.W. This event is sponsored in part, by a Community Arts Support Grant, as approved by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of Nov. 4, 2008.

BSO fundraiser

"Desserts by Design," a fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at First Lutheran Church, Ninth Street and Bemidji Avenue. The evening will include unique desserts, designed tables, a silent auction and musical entertainment. Tickets are $12 and will go on sale Sept. 3 at Lueken's Village Foods North.

Art sought

Village of Hope Art Drive seeks contributions of inspirational art for a new homeless shelter, Village of Hope, expected to be open in December. All donated art will be featured in the October First Friday Art Walk at the Cabin Coffee House and Café. In addition, each artist will receive a tax deductable receipt for donation. The art should be inspirational and promote the strength of the human spirit. Types of art being sought include paintings, photography, drawings, mixed media, wall quilts/hangings, wall ceramics and pottery. All art must be framed or ready to use. For more information, call Jen Anderson at 209-6986 or online at Submission deadline is Friday, Sept. 24.

Parody theater

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" at the Long Lake Theater, Hubbrard, will run until Aug. 28. The play is a parody of all 37 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 today and Thursday, Aug. 26. Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 26-28 at Long Lake Theater. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-12 and group rate (15 or more) is $12.50. For reservations recommended and directions to Hubbard, call 218-732-0099 or Please see Bemidji Arts News blog on the home page of the on-line edition for comments on this show.

Elvis show

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


- A free grant-writing workshop will be held for anyone interested in applying for an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant, which is now increased to $1,000. The grants are open to individual American Indian artists in all disciplines. The session will be held from 4:40-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept.2, at the Region 2 Arts Council Office in the basement of 426 Bemidji Ave. Call to reserve a place -800-275-5447 or 751-5447.

- "Poetry Maneuvers: How to Find the Ending You Never Knew Existed," a free lecture by Billy Collins will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, at the historic Chief Theater downtown Bemidji. The lecture is designed for readers and writers at all levels, students, teachers and the general public.

- 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.

Poetry reading

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.

Art exhibits

- "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 is open until Sept. 3: gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for August is Terry Garrett. Some of her new work in mixed media collage, "Fragments-Disparate Parts to Make a Whole," is on display. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 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 for August. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave. or at or 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, call 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 book is about the real life antics of a mixed breed dog as he encounters various adventures. 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 the month of 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 St. N.W., the Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents Kathy Gustafson and her exhibit "Shared Virtues," the character and qualities of animals. She is well known in the area for her metal sculptures and acrylic and mixed media paintings on canvas. Gustafson also has a beaver on display for this year's sculpture walk. Also on display are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week. Call 444-5252

- 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 at features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events. The gallery is located 502 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Glazed & Amused - Paint your Own Pottery Studio is located at 311 Third St. N.W. Check out the window display featuring ceramic pieces painted by the customers. Walk-in painters are always welcome. 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 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. NW. Bemidji. For more information, email

- 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 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 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:

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

- Sept. 16-18, "Side By Side by Sondheim," a Saaren Productions musical revue at the Wild Rose Theater.

- 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