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Pioneer Previews: VocalEssence to perform at BSU

Internationally known and celebrated VocalEssence Ensemble Singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, in the Bemidji State University Thompson Recital Hall, Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, Birchmont Drive and 14 St. E.

Philip Brunelle will conduct the singers in a program of choral literature encompassing spiritual music from many cultures, pieces from American folk song composer; Stephen Foster; and a piano solo by accompanist Charles Kemper. This concert is the second offering of the 2010-11 Bemidji Concert Series. Tickets are $20 general admission and $5 for all students and may be purchased now at Lueken's Village Foods North and at the BSU Music Department on the second floor of Bangsberg Hall.

TV series

Common Ground, a magazine show which demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region, will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. Featured this week is glass artist, Sandy Fynboh, a tour of the historic Saum School House and the Majestic Pine Arts Festival in Nisswa. The shows will be repeated at 6 p.m. Sundays and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, following the initial broadcast. Videos of past shows are also available on line at Click on Common Ground for past episodes. 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 on Nov. 2, 2008.

Author visit

North Midwest Titans of Terror 2010 Tour Bemidji Signing will take place from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30., at Roy's Comics & Games, 210 Third St. N.W. The Titans of Terror include R. Scott McCoy, a published horror author with more than 25 short story credits, who runs Stygian Publications and is the editor in chief of "Necrotic Tissue;" Nathaniel Lambert, writer, editor and publisher; and R. Thomas Riley, a dark speculative fiction writer from Minot, N.D., best known for his collection "The Monster Within Idea from Apex;" and Roy C. Booth whose "Three Zombies and a Demon" collection was recently released by Stygian Publications.

Zombie theater

"Three Zombies and a Movie" will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. Three one-act plays will be first on the program: "How to Make a Brain Souffle" with Cynthia Booth, Kevin Cease and Andor Loftus. "Tenure" is a world premiere of the newest Booth play with Ryan Frank, Greg Gasman, David Moffett and R. Thomas Riley. "Marriage ... After Death" by Abbey Ferrier and Booth with Ryan Frank, Jadie Hunt and Erica Johnson will be the third offering. The film "The Day Lufberry Won It All" is a screenplay by Booth and John F. Mollard and features Booth as director and Mitch Berntson as director of photography. The film was entirely shot on location in Bemidji with local actors, Lofthus, Andrew Browers and Cease.

Art lecture

The Bemidji Community Art Center presents Simon Levin, juror of the 2010 It's Only Clay Competition with an art lLecture and exhibit, free and open to the public, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Levin will speak on art as the communication of ideas. The talk will be accompanied by a slide show to demonstrate a working theory of art.

Lefse contest

The Beltrami County Historical Society is accepting reservations for lefse makers and vendors who are interested in securing space for the annual Lefse Festival Cook-off from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Hungry Bear Conference Center, 2300 24 St. N.W. Entry fee for each lefse maker is $15 and $40 for vendor space. The winning lefse maker will receive prizes and bragging rights as the "best darn lefse maker in northern Minnesota!" For details, call the History Center at 444-3376.

Madrigal Dinner

Tickets for the 42nd Annual Bemidji State University Madrigal Dinner are on sale now. This event, which heralds the yuletide season, will begin performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 3-5, 10 and 11 and at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Beaux Arts Ballroom of the Hobson Memorial Union. The $35 admission price includes a five-course dinner, a Renaissance royal court in an English castle, the king's players, minstrels, trouvères, cellar keepers and beggars. Tickets are only sold through advanced sales and may be purchased in person at the box office located on the second floor of Bangsberg Hall. The hours are 9 a.m.-noon and 4-7 p.m., Monday- Friday.


- "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 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, and 2 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. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for children 12 and younger and $10 each for groups of eight or more for the same performance and are available at Bad Cat Creations in Bemidji.

- "Prairie Songs, Laura Ingalls Wilder," a two-act play with music and song, and costumes from the Guthrie Theater, will open this week at the Minnesota Folklore Theater in Akeley. Show times and dates are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. The theater is located at 6 Broadway St. W. on Route 34 in downtown Akeley. This family-friendly show has five youngsters who play all the roles starting from a young Laura up to her marriage to Almanzo. 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

- 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 long and up to 20 minutes in length. Producers who submit programming are required to fill out and submit the Producers 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. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Historic Chief Theatre. 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.


- 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. Saturday Oct.30 at the Headwaters School for Music and the Arts. The fee is $35. Call 444-5606 to register.

- 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 old and older and costs $25. The class size is limited and registration must be in by Oct. 29 by contacting the BSU Visual Arts Department at 755-3735. More information is available at Bemidji Area Arts Center 444-7570 or

- Fall clay workshops at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will hold a Working Wet Workshopfrom 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 28-29.

- Painting with Yarn: An Introduction to Tapestry Weaving will be held 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 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 of Region 2 Arts Council at 751-45447 or 1-800-275-5447 or e-mail

- Marisa Wegrzyn, author of "Butcher of Baraboo," upcoming BSU theater production, will hold a playwriting workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6. For more information or to register, contact Ellen Jones, or 755-3935.

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 already donated 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 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 e-mail,

- The Sculpture Walk Committee is seeking new board members for the upcoming year, 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 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 and is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents "Winter Wonderland" through 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 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 located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant invites the public to view a collaborative show featuring work from some of the artists involved in the Bemidji First City of the Arts Studio Cruise. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Dunn Bros Coffee 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 at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. 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." Gallery North's website features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

- Glass Shack, 925 First St. N.E., has on display fused glass "Birds in the Wild."

- Glazed & Amused - Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, 311 Third St. N.W., has a 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 the 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. NW. Bemidji. 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. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Upcoming events

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

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

- Nov. 5, 6, 12, 13, 7:30 p.m., 3 p.m., Nov.14, "The Butcher of Baraboo," BSU Theater Department fall play. Tickets: 755-3935.

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

- Nov. 13, 3 p.m., Charlie Maguire in Concert at the 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 hosts Open Stage 8-11:30 p.m. every Thursday. Call 444-0567 for more information.

E 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