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Pioneer Previews: Wild Rose to present Sondheim special

"Side By Side by Sondheim," a musical revue of some of Sondheim's songs, will open at the Wild Rose Theater.

All performances are at 7:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, Sept. 16, and continuing to Saturday, Sept. 18, for the debut event of Saarens Productions. The cast includes Kevin, Ann and Alison Cease, DeeJay Arens, Sarah Einerson, Julie Kaiser, Jeremiah Liend, Mike Lamon, Emily and Julie Quandrud, Vicki Stenerson and Vicki Wangberg and is directed and choreographed by Steve Saari with musical accompaniment by Wayne Hoff. A fast-paced musical revue of songs by one of the most prestigious lyricists and composers, Stephen Sondheim, it includes familiar songs like, "If Mama Was Married" and "Gotta Have A Gimmick" from "Gypsy" to "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum's 'Comedy Tonight.'" The ensemble sings an homage to the audience, "What Would We Do Without You" and there are songs that ask "Could I Leave You?" and there is a "Broadway Baby" from "Follies. "A Little Night Music" is represented and poignantly interpreted by Ann Cease in "Send in the Clowns." Julie Kasier and Vicki Wangberg portray Maria and Anita from "West Side Story" in "A Boy Like That" and "I Have A Love." Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors and $5 students 12 and younger and may be ordered in advance by calling 218-616-0337 or at the door the evening of performance. There are new padded chairs and the show is rated as PG for some adult humor. Please see Bemidji Arts blog on the home page of the on-line edition of the Bemidji Pioneer or for more information about this show.

Poet preview

"A Year on the Road with the Poet Laureate," a viewing of a 55-minute film with discussion to follow with moderator Marsh Muirhead will be shown at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept, 16, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W.

Quilt show

An Outdoor Quilt Show, craft fair, demonstrations featuring Jeff Olson with traditional hand-forged ironwork jewelry and Jo Meyer making twig wreaths will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Willow Wood Market, 2362 Hubbard County Road 9, just south of Bemidji. Lunch, with proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area, boutiques and a "Funky Junk (antique) Market" will be part of the event Directions from Bemidji: south on U.S. Highway 71, turn right on CR 9 and the event will be one quarter mile on the left. This is a rain-or-shine event as there will be tents set up for the various vendors and is free and open to the public. There will also be the kick-off of the quilt raffle for the Radiothon to End Child Abuse. The quilt was designed and executed by Bonnie Lundorff. All of the quilts from more than 90 quilters from Bemidji, Fosston and towns in between will be on display in natural light to show-off the colors and patterns. See Bemidji Arts blog on the home page of the online edition of the Bemidji Pioneer or for more information about this show.

Bemidji Chorale

The Bemidji Chorale will begin rehearsals for the 32nd concert season Monday Sept. 20. Members look forward to presenting their annual Christmas concert Dec. 5. The Chorale has openings for tenors. Those interested should contact director Pat Mason at 444-7226 or 766-1542.

Pub crawl

Get your reservation in early for the "Ox Trot," a historic downtown pub crawl co-sponsored by the Beltrami County History Center and RP Broadcasting starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. The tour will begin at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W., with a welcome by James J. Hill and then proceed to the Blue Ox, on to the Toasty Beaver's, Backyard BBQ, Keg & Cork, The Elks Club, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Bar 209 and the American Legion. For $25 a ticket, people will see local actors portray the life and times of local residents and free food and beverage at each stop, Budweiser specials and a T-shirt. At the end of the tour, Northern Lights Casino will give a poker hand to each participant for a chance to build the best hand. Reservations may be made for either 6 p.m. or a 7 p.m. start by calling the History Center at 444-3376 or online at

Sculpture Walk

The Sculpture Walk Committee is seeking new board members for the upcoming year. The committee is looking for individuals who will strengthen the board and envision and generate new ideas and projects. For more information or to apply for the board, please contact Al Belleveau at 243-2685.

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.

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, 900 Bemidji Ave. The evening will include 18 unique desserts served on 18 exclusively designed tables, a silent auction and musical entertainment by BSO members and friends. The doors will open at 7 p.m. for viewing of the tables, and seating will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 each and are on sale at Lueken's North.

Artists sought

- One-act/short plays are being accepted for a festival, "Shortly Thereafter..." The event will be held at the Wild Rose Theater and will be open to anyone wishing to experience directing, acting or technical work. Submissions will be accepted through today, Sept. 15, after which the scripts and directors will be selected and audition information for actors will be announced. Materials can be submitted to or for questions, call 218-616-0337. Use same email address to be added to their recipient list for future announcements.

- The Fleur de Lis Gallery is seeking works from local and regional artists in all genre: visual arts, jewelry, pottery, books, CD's, etc. Gallery commission rate is favorable for artists. The gallery will re-open with regular hours from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, during events and by appointment. The gallery is located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. Those interested, should submit a digital portfolio of work to or for questions, call 218-616-0337.

- Village of Hope Art Drive is seeking 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 or pottery. All art must be framed or ready to use. For more information, call Jen Anderson at 209-6986 or on line at Submission deadline is Friday, Sept.24.


- A free grant writing workshop for anyone interested in applying for a Region 2 Arts Council or McKnight Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Individual Artists Grant Program will begin at 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept.16, at the Region 2 Arts Council Office 426 Bemidji Ave. Grants are now increased to $1,000. The grants are open to enrolled members of federally recognized American Indian tribes who live in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Becker, Roseau, Itasca and Cass Counties. Individual artists in all disciplines are urged to attend to learn how to navigate the grant process or to discuss a project idea. Call 100-275-5447 or 751-5447 to reserve a place.

- "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 Theatre 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The lecture is designed for readers and writers at all levels, students, teachers and the general public.

- Watercolor workshop, "Plant Portraits in Nature," sponsored by the Black Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids, will be held from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept 22 and 23, at the Visitor Center at Itasca State Park. The presenter will be Sandy Miles, and the objective is to expand knowledge of both positive and negative painting to create a floral design. All levels of expertise are invited. The cost for members of the gallery is $85, and for non-members, the cost is $95. For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the gallery at 218-237-2770 or Judy Wegenast at 218-847-3519.

Art exhibits

- Talley Gallery has on display the work of Kari Lennartson, painting instructor at Colorado State University. Her collection is abstract paintings, "Order/Disorder," circle around the multiple meanings of the word "home." She uses the interplay of color, line and value and surface textures to indicate its wide meaning. The collection will be on display until Oct. 13. The gallery is located in room 212 of the Bemidji State University Education Arts Building and is open from 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 and is barrier free.

- Basket Art show with Katie Haws and Eve Sumsky will be held during September at the Tin Pan gALLErY located in the Blackduck History Center, Main and Margaret Street. The Gallery is open 1-4 p.m., Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for September is Ashleigh Buck and her exhibit, "Print and Process," a combination of mixed media lithograph prints and encaustic paintings. 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 is housing "Works in Wood," an exhibit of functional handcrafted work by Jeff Burger, Allan Habedank, Emilia Hovelsrud, Don Knudson, John Lembi, Duane Shoup, Gary Thomton, David Towley and Kathleen Towley. From ukeleles and canoe paddles to sculpture, these wood artisans offer artwork that is functional and artistic. This exhibit will be up until Oct. 23. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave. or at or contact them at (218) 444-7570 or at Hours are Tues to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 12 to 4pm.

- 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 September the work of TrekNorth art teacher, Kristin Gustafson, who works in layers of paint to build an image. Her compositions use repetition, color and texture to create a whole from many parts. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Pub and Restaurant invites the public to view a collaborative show, "Ride with Heart," two- and three-dimensional works by Suzi Rae, Linda Brown, Malisa van Masdaam and other artists. The pub is open Monday-Saturday at 11 a.m. and is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Cabin Coffee House and Café, welcomes Jacob Baggenstoss and his exhibit, "Pictures of Images." As a student at the University of Minnesota, he studied painting and drawing in acrylic and oils. 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 presents Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Time Gone By," paintings reflective of the work of Old Masters using acrylic, collage, fiber, hand-made paper and found objects. 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. Call 444-5252 or go to Gallery North will showcase featured artist and member Jeannine Brooks, who works in oils and is known for paintings that capture insights into daily life. Also on display is an eclectic collection of "Flora and Fauna." 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 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

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Mary Therese Peterson as the featured artist for September and October. Peterson works in mixed media and collage, watercolors and acrylics. Her latest works are wearable and functional art where she employs wax resists, thickened dyes, natural objects and carved linoleum blocks to add layers of textures and imagery on silk and cotton fabrics.

- 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. 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 Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes fiber artist Kristin Majkrzak for September. Her work in tapestry weaving uses wool or cotton warp (lengthwise on the loom) yarns and wool and silk weft yarns. The exhibit will include pieces woven in various size frame looms and will feature one piece woven from handspun and hand dyed yarns. The coffee house is open six days a week, 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 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. 26, 7:30 p.m., Bemidji Concert Series will begin a new season with piano and violin recital, BSU Thompson Recital Hall. Season tickets are $50, $20 for individual events and $5 for students at Lueken's North and BSU Music Department.

- Oct. 10, 3 p.m., Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, "Testament of Spirit," at the BHS auditorium. Tickets are on sale now at Lueken's North, $20 general, $15 seniors and college students and free for children and students through grade 12.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage from 8-11:30 p.m. every Thursday. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- Northwoods Folk Collective's First Friday Coffeehouse, 7:30 p.m., Wild Rose Theater First Fridays. Performer sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.

- 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