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The Bemidji State University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Assistant Professor Erika Svanoe, will perform in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of BSU, Birchmont Drive Northeast and 14th Street.

The Wind Ensemble will open the program with the premiere of a new audio-visual piece by Andrew Boysen Jr. and Erik Evensen of BSU's Design Technology program. "Twilight of the Gods," based upon a story from Norse mythology, was commissioned for the two men by a consortium of performing ensembles from across the country. There will be an artist lecture before the performance to discuss the visual effects in the video. The program will also include selections from "Lord of the Rings: Symphony No. 1" by Johan De Meij, "October" by Eric Whitacre and "March of the Trolls" by Edvard Grieg. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for all students.

Studio Cruise

Bemidji First City of the Arts Studio Cruise 2010 will open Friday, Oct. 22, with tours from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Brochures for the tours are available at the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave., by the statues of Paul and Babe, Bemidji Community Arts Center and many downtown establishments. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, and a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Artists' reception

There will be an Artists' Showcase Reception from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. Join some of the Studio Cruise 2010 artists for an evening of live music, appetizers and "mocktails"- all complimentary. This would be a chance to meet each artist and talk about their creative efforts.

Pub crawl

The KBXE Zombie Crawl will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, in the parking lot behind Brigid's Cross Irish Pub. Anyone wearing a zombie outfit and appropriate make-up is welcome to join the tour. The first stop will be Bar 209 and then on to the Blue Ox at 7:30, Backyard BBQ at 8 p.m., Keg 'n Cork at 8:30 p.m. and then back to Brigid's Cross at 9 p.m. There will also be a drink special happening at the Cabin Coffee House, 214 Third St. N.W., from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be drink specials at each stop for those wearing at KBXE sticker or button available that night at the parking lot and zombie attire. For those who don't know, Zombies are the undead or reanimated corpses. The modern popularity of zombies is a result of the 1968 movie, "Night of the Living Dead." Parents, be aware that the costumes and make-up may not be for young children. The zombie crawl will end at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub with Lance Benson and Mark Bauer, who have created an energetic yet soulful approach to what is predominantly original music, and the Band SUNNY ERA who will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Band SUNNY ERA offers up a blend of folk, rock and gypsy. They create a fusion blend of guitars, accordion, violin, clarinet and percussion that strives to bring you from modern day rock to old world gypsy street music. The entertainment is free and open to the public.

Musical comedy

"In the Family Way," an original musical comedy written by Jane Mueller and Beverlee Olson, is a fast-moving spoof based on stories from old time residents and story tellers of Lake George. Performances will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30, and 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31 A fundraiser for the Lake George Senior Center, the story revolves around the upcoming birth of Blue Bell and Raymond's baby and the family feuds between the two competing mothers-in-law for control of the upcoming event. The large cast includes Bemidji locals DeeAnn Najjar, Judy Selby and Cassidy Rogers and is directed by Julie Kaiser, who also plays Fanny Farmer and Donut Hole Hanna. Pastor Don Kirchner and Julie Kaiser will sing the duet, "South from Becida" accompanied by Kenny Whelin. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for children 12 and younger and $10 each for groups of eight or more for the same performance. Tickets are available at Bad Cat Creations in Bemidji.

Wilder play

"Prairie Songs, Laura Ingalls Wilder," a two-act play with music and song, and costumes from the Guthrie Theater, will opens this week at the Minnesota Folklore Theater in Akeley. Show times and dates are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24, and Saturday, Oct. 30. The theater is located at 6 Broadway St. W. on state Highway 34 in the middle of downtown Akeley. This family-friendly show has five youngsters who play all the roles starting from a young Laura up to her marriage to Alonzo. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for students and $5 for kindergarten and younger. The box office number is 218-652-2666. For more information about the Minnesota Folklore Theater, please see or Bemidji Arts News under "Our Voices" on home page of Bemidji

TV series

Common Ground, a magazine show which demonstrates the creative processes of artists living in this region will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. Featured this week is gourd artist Alretta Skellenger of Nevis, who will demonstrate the entire process of gourd making. The shows will be repeated at 6 p.m. Sundays and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, following the initial broadcast. This activity 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 Nov. 2, 2008.

History lesson

A program of Adventures in Lifelong Learning fall series of lectures, "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - Preserving our Heritage" with Wanda Hoyum, will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, on Oct. 26, at Optivation, 3801 Bemidji Ave. N. The program is free and open to the public.

Film festival

Film Festival: UpStream TV, a non-profit corporation dedicated to public access television is accepting submissions for the first annual UpStream Film Festival, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Mask and Rose Theater. Films submitted should be at least two minutes and up to 20 minutes in length. Producers who submit programming are required to fill out and submit the Producer's Agreement and become a member of UpStream TV. Hard copies of the agreements are available at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and on-line at Producer's agreement, DVD copy of the film, membership forms and $25 dues should be sent to: UpStream TV, c/o Upstream Film Festival, PO Box 698, Bemidji, MN 56601.


- KG Entertainment, Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse will hold auditions for "A Christmas Carol" from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, and Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The auditions are open to all ages, experience level and talents. Be prepared to read from a script, and/or sing and dance. The production will be performed the first two weekends in December at the playhouse.

- The Paul Bunyan Playhouse will hold auditions for the 2011 summer season from 8-10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, and 5-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, at the Chief Theatre. Artistic Director Zach Curtis will cast parts for "Lend Me A Tenor" and "The Full Monty." Auditioners should prepare 16 measures of an up-tempo song. "Midsummer Night's Dream" will require a short monologue from Shakespeare (less than 60 seconds). Some people may also be asked to read or sing from the shows (scripts will be provided), No appointments are necessary and people will be seen on a first come basis.

"Lend Me A Tenor:" first rehearsal May 30. Run of the show June 8-18. "Midsummer Night's Dream:" first rehearsal June 13. Run of the show June 22-July 2. "The Full Monty:" first rehearsal July 25. Run of the show Aug. 3-13.

- Vampires needed for Mike Bredon and Lara Gerhardson's full length film, "Lazarus." The film is set in Bemidji and is the story of two brothers. There will be a big zombie mob scene and they need lots of local zombies to be there, dressed in ragged clothes and makeup. Those who need help with makeup or want to be a makeup helper should show up at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, in the parking lot behind Brigid's Cross Irish Pub. Those ready to amble like a zombie, show up at 4:30 p.m., same place, to hear preliminaries and instructions. The filming will begin at 5 p.m. with slow-walking zombies flooding the streets of downtown Bemidji. Beltrami Avenue in front of Brigid's will be closed to traffic from 5-7 p.m. and the filming will take place as a multi-angle shoot, which means there is a need for many, many zombies. After the zombie shoot, KBXE, Northern Community Radio, will sponsor the Bemidji Zombie Crawl from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.


- "Bring to Life a Poem, a Short Story or a Life Story: Form, Drama and Universal Thresholds." with CarolAnn Russell, professor of Creative Writing and Women's Studies at BSU. Classes will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 23 and 30, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The fee is $35 per class. Call 444-5606 to register.

- "Ancestry Detectives 101," a genealogy workshop for those interested in tracing their family genealogy will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, at the Bemidji Public Library. The workshop, which will be lead by Rosemary Susens, will provide an overview of the genealogical process and the resources that are available online at the library. Participants should have a basic knowledge of computer use as the workshop will be using the online Ancestry Library Edition. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register call 751-3963. The Kitchigami Legacy Genealogy Project is an ongoing project, made possible with State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment funds to preserve Arts and Cultural Heritage. Additional beginning workshops and genealogy topics will be offered in the future. Check the website and click on Legacy Events for more information.

- The eighth annual "It's Only Clay Ceramics" workshop with juror Simon Levin will be held Thursday and Friday, Nov. 4 and 5, in the Visual Arts Department Ceramics studio. "Throwing with the End in Sight" is open to artists 18 years and older and costs $25. The class size is limited, and registration must be in by Oct. 29 by contacting the Visual Arts Department 755-3735. More information is available at Bemidji Area Arts Center 444-7570 or

- Gallery North artist and member Douglas Zuehlsdorff will give drawing classes to beginning to intermediate students from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 20, 21 and 22. The classes will be held at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Call the Gallery at 444-9813 or 507-0423 to register. The cost is $45 and the materials needed are a sketch pad, soft lead pencils and erasers.

- Fall clay workshops will be held at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. A Wheel Throwing Demonstration will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. A Working Wet Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 28-29.

- A watercolor class featuring Northern Minnesota landscapes will be offered from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Gallery North. All materials will be provided, and it is a good opportunity to see if watercolor painting is of interest. Pre-paid registration is $40 and will be taken at the Gallery.

- Painting with Yarn: An Introduction to Tapestry Weaving will be held from Oct. 29-31 at Heartwoods Retreat Center in Bemidji. Enrollment is limited, and the cost is $100 for materials. Looms will be provided. For more information, contact Kristin Majkzak at 444-2268 or e-mail

- "No-Risk" Workshop funding is available through Region 2 Arts Council. The workshop must focus on learning experiences for adult learners 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 workshops themselves. Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis, but funds are limited. Please contact staff of Region 2 Arts Council at 751-45447 or 1-800-275-5447 or e-mail

Volunteers sought

- The Bemidji Public Library is looking for people who are willing to commit to a fairly regular schedule to help with support tasks. There is 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.

- The Village of Hope Art Drive seeks contributions of inspirational art for a new homeless shelter, Village of Hope, expected to be open in December. Art donated to this point is 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 donations. 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 e-mail,

- 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.

Art exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes Abigail Roland and Deborah Davis and their fresh and mature works, "Threadbare." Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 artists in fine art and craft.

- Bemidji Community Art Center is housing "Works in Wood," an exhibit of functional handcrafted work, through Saturday, Oct. 23. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave. or at, at 444-7570 or at Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents "Winter Wonderland" through the end of December. 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, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display for October the work of artist and Bemidji native Michael Miller and his exhibit, "Booya," a mixture of media. The library is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish invites the public to view a collaborative show featuring work from some of the artists involved in the upcoming Bemidji First City of the Arts Studio Cruise. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday.

- Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has on display works from artists who have donated their art toward a collection that will be housed in the Village of Hope. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Time Gone By." 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. Call 444-5252 or e-mail Fleur de Lis Gallery has on display mixed media by Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson, watercolors and oil pastels by Rita Arsenault Quinn, pottery by Thomas Hamilton and photography by Catherine Adams. The gallery also carries books from local and regional authors and CDs from local and regional musicians. Located within the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Beltrami Ave., the gallery is open from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, during events and by appointment.

- Gallery North invites the public to "Fall into Fall," a retrospective of fall in the North Woods. Gallery North's website at features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

- 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 e-mail

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., welcomes fabric artist Mary Therese Peterson as their featured artist for October. The exhibit is open on Sundays and by appointment, 751-9654.

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents work by local artist Pamela Nelson and her exhibit, "The Language of Flowers." Also featured 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 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 at WoodsEdge 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., will present "The Art of Survival" for Domestic Abuse Awareness Month and will feature the poetry and art of Kathryn Anne Lavelle. Wild Hare is open six days a week and closed on Sundays.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts 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 Sundays.

- Visit the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. N., by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Upcoming events

- Oct. 27, 10-11:30 a.m., Journey to Jordan with Patt Rall, a program of Northern Exposure in Lifelong Learning, Faith Lutheran Church, Bagley.

- Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., Bemidji Concert Series - "VocalEssence Ensemble Singers," Thompson Recital Hall, BSU. Tickets at Luekens North and BSU Music Dept., $20 for regular and $5 for students.

- Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., "Three Zombies and a Movie" Historic Chief Theatre. More information to follow.

- Nov. 3, 7 p.m., lecture by Simon Levin, "Clay as Language," Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

- Nov. 5, 5-7 p.m., Opening reception for 2010 It's Only Clay Juried Exhibit, Bemidji Community Arts Center.

- Nov. 4-6, "Footloose," fall musical, Bemidji High School.

- Nov. 6, Regional Film Festival with Saarens Productions and Upstream TV, Wild Rose Theater.

- Nov. 13, 3 p.m., Charlie Maguire in Concert, Bemidji Public Library.

- Nov. 12 and 13, 7:30 p.m., "Shortly Thereafter..." an evening of short plays, Wild Rose Theater.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Open Stage 8-11:30 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