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Pioneer Previews: Bemidji Concert Series to open 2010-2011 season

The opening concert for this season's Bemidji Concert Series will be held at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26, in the Bemidji State University Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. The complex is located at 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast and off-street parking is available.

A student of Midori Goto, Tien-Hsin (Cindy) Wu, and now an accomplished violin soloist, Wu has performed internationally and played with stellar groups like the Orion String Quartet as a guest artist. She has also served as a chamber music coach at summer festivals: the Aspen Music Festival, Verbier Festival and Academy, Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and Angel Fire in New Mexico.

Jiayi Shi is another artist closely connected with Midori for she made her New York recital debut with her and still tours extensively with Midori. Shi is on the piano faculty of Biola University and is known as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist.

At Sunday's performance we will hear pianist Jiayi Shi's skill as a collaborative artist when she will accompany violinist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu who will be playing a 1734 Domenico Montagnana instrument.

The concert's program will include Mozart's Sonata in B flat for piano and violin; The Janácek Sonata for violin and piano and Bach's Chaconne (from Partita No.2 in D minor for solo violin BWV 1004); Estrellita (My Little Star) composed by Ponce-Heifetz; Schubert-Liszt: Valse-Caprice and Bartók's Romanian Folk Dances.

Both musicians will hold master classes at 1 p.m. Saturday in Bangsberg. Wu will hold a violin master class with selected students in Room 112. In addition, she will give a presentation on the process of selecting, practicing and rehearsing repertory to present a varied listening experience for the audience.

Jiayi Shi will hold her master class with selected piano students in Thompson Recital Hall and will focus on technique development. Both master classes are open for observation by students and teachers at no charge for admission.

Tickets for this year's series are $20 general admission and $5 for students through college and may be purchased now at Lueken's North and BSU Music Department or by mailing ticket request and payment to: Bemidji Concert Series, Music Department, BSU, 1500 Birchmont Dr. N.E. Bemidji, MN 56601. Please make checks payable to BSU. For more information, call 755-2915. A season pass of $55 for general admission and $50 for seniors may also be purchased at this time.

History fundraiser

"Ox Trot," a historic downtown pub crawl co-sponsored by the Beltrami County Historical Society and RP Broadcasting will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. The tour will start 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 Beavers, Backyard BBQ, Keg N 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, 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

Heritage concert

Our Heritage in Song, a concert with Curtis and Loretta will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W. This is a chance for family entertainment and a history lesson as well. Folk musicians Loretta Simonet and Curtis Teague will appear in costume and play period instruments - banjo, celeste, folk harp, mandocello, harmonica and guitar - as they tell about Minnesota 150 years ago. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Kitchigami Regional Library through the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment Funds.

Volunteers needed

The Bemidji Public Library is looking for people who are willing to commit to a fairly regular schedule to help with support tasks. There are no minimum or maximum number of hours, just a chance to be around a vital part of the Bemidji community. Applications are available at the library.

Pub concert

Kazyak, an electric-folk-rock band will begins its fall tour at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The tour is to announce the release of their debut album, "A Beautiful Brontosaurus" through Ground-Up Productions. The concert will begin at 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, and is open to the public. More information about this group and the concert may be seen at Bemidji Arts blog on the home page of the on-line edition of the Bemidji Pioneer or

Spirituality lecture

Native American Spirituality with the Rev. Doyle Turner will be the first program for Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at the Good Shepherd Church in Clearbrook. More information about this program may be seen at Bemidji Arts blog on the home page of the on-line edition of the Bemidji Pioneer or

Proposals sought

Region 2 Arts Council invites individuals and organization from our five-county area (Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties) to propose workshop ideas to R2AC for direct funding. The workshop is funded with no financial risk to the artist, but must focus on learning experiences for adults and be open to the public. Any group that wants to bring in an artist to do a workshop is eligible, as are regional artists who wish to present a workshop themselves. Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis, but funds are limited. Please contact staff at 751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or email for more information or an application.

Artists invited

Wildflower Design Studios will re-institute a Bemidji tradition, a juried art show for local artists at the Opener Art Festival Frida y, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 6, at the New City Ballroom. The jury process is open to all fine artists, 18 years old and older, who produce original, visual works of art. The art will be judged on the submitted samples for creativity, design quality, technical artistic skill and presentation. There is a $10 Jury Fee, which is non-refundable, and the deadline for signed application, photos and checks is Oct. 1. For more information on how to apply and other pertinent data, please see or contact Shannon Lucas Westrum at 556-5907 or

Other events

- "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.

- Tickets are on sale now for "An Evening with Billy Collins," former U.S. Poet Laureate, 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. There will be a post performance reception for ticket holders at HSMA.

- The Sculpture Walk Committee is seeking new board members for the upcoming year. Committee members are 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.

- 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 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 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 includes 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.


- "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.

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," that circle around the multiple meanings of the word "home." The collection will be on display until Oct. 13. The gallery is located in room 212 of the BSU 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 with Katie Haws and Eve Sumsky is on display 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. to 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 NW.

- 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 N. or at, 444-7570 or 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. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. For more information 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 open Monday through 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 at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

- 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 Street, 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

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

- Glazed & Amused - Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, 311 Third St. N.W., welcomes walk-in painters. For more information call 218-333-6880 or e-mail

- 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. N.W. For more information, e-mail

- 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:

- Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m., "In Cod We Trust," with author Eric Dregni, Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning, Cornerstone Assisted Living Residence, Bagley.

- Oct.6, 9:30 a.m., "Miriam, Daughter of Finnish Immigrants," Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning, St. Mary's Church, Fosston.

- Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m., Minnesota Historical Society program with author Maude Hart Lovelace, Betsy Tacy books, Bemidji Public Library.

- 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 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 on 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