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Pioneer Previews: Local authors launch one-act play festival

"Shortly Thereafter...An evening of One Act Plays," will be presented by Saaren's Productions this weekend.

The production will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. Local playwright N. Peter Johnson's "Avenues of Attack" is directed by Cheryl Winnett with a two-person cast - Kathryn Lavelle and Andor Lofthus. The chance encounter of a young man and an elderly woman, both waiting for the bus to arrive, leads to surprises and revelations. This play has mature subject matter and strong language.

The second play on the bill is "Where Have All the Lightening Bugs Gone?" by Louis E. Catron and is directed by Mary Knox Johnson. Emily Claypool and John Peterson appear in this nostalgic play that captures the poignant wonder of love as boy meets girl and they discover how to touch as individuals and not just sexual beings.

The third play on the bill is "Rainbow Sprinkles" by Stacey Lane and is directed by Steve Saari. It is the tale of a kind-hearted clown (Ernie Rall) and a politically correct, rigid lawyer (Linda Wagner) and the interview of the clown for her son's birthday party. The subject matter and adult situations give this event a PG13 rating. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Fleur de Lis Gallery from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and at the door.

Standup comedy

Isaac Witty to perform standup comedy at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Hampton Inn, 1019 Paul Bunyan Dr. S. This event is the first in a proposed monthly comedy club at the Hampton Inn with part of the proceeds to support local charities. The charity for the debut is United Way of Bemidji Area. Witty, who has been featured on "Late Night with David Letterman," "The Bob and Tom Show," National Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" and in the Montreal comedy festival, Just for Laughs/Juste Pour Rire, has been performing for 13 years. His low-key delivery and clean material revolves around his observations and thoughts on life's off-beat and idiosyncratic behaviors by those entrusted to enlighten and protect us. Witty grew up in Tulsa, Okla., where he won the Tulsa Comedy Central Laugh-Off. He was also host of "The Big Bad Movie Show" and now makes his home in Minneapolis. Tickets are available at the Hampton Inn and United Way, second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, 2001 Third St. N.W. Tickets are $15 per person with $5 of each ticket sold going to support United Way Bemidji Area.

BSO concert

Conductor Beverly Everett and the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra with guest soloist Jennifer Swanson will perform Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. "Testament of Heaven," the second offering of this year's concert series, will be performed without intermission. Everett and Swanson will discuss the symphony on the radio at 8:15 a.m. on Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and 8:45 a.m. on RP Broadcasting Friday, Nov.12. Tickets are for sale now at Lueken's Village Foods North: $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and college students. There is no admission charge for children and students through grade 12. The doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for seating and tickets will be sold at the door.

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 Tom Kulju, a flint knapper from Longville, who creates stone tools that are both functional and aesthetically beautiful. 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.

Classical guitar

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will perform at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the Cornerstone Residence on U.S. Highway 2 West, Bagley. This group is known for its repertoire of music: Renaissance, Baroque, Spanish, Latin American and romantic to contemporary works. The program is sponsored, in part or in whole, with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and is brought to the public by the Lake Agassiz Regional Library System. There is no admission charge for this event.

Open mic

Open Mic Night at the Cabin Coffee House will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12. All ages are welcome to share their voice, music or poetry. Free admission.

Author reading

Minnesota author Candace Simar will read from new book, "Pomme de Terre" at noon Monday, Nov. 15, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W. Simar is on her return visit to Bemidji after her successful program last February when she read from her first book, "Abercrombie Trail." The newest book is the story of a young couple who move to western Minnesota after losing everything in the Great Sioux Uprising in 1862. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch: coffee and other beverages will be provided.

Northern artists

Northern Artist Association will hold its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave., S.E. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

High Tea

The Beltrami County Historical Society will host a High Tea at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the center. This annual holiday event is for the whole family with an array of teas, savories (sandwiches), scones and sweets. Participants are encouraged to wear some vintage apparel (hats or clothing) and be prepared to step back in time and enjoy the elegant offerings. The cost is $12 per person and includes refreshments, free museum admission, raffle drawing and a keepsake photo. Call 444-3376 or stop by the History Center for reserved seating, as both sessions have limited seating. These fundraising events are what help keep the doors open at the History Center.

Other events

- "Butcher of Baraboo," the fall production of the Bemidji State University Theater Department will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12 and 13, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14. A dark comedy about a family in a small northern Wisconsin town where a husband disappears and the wife steps in to do his job as the butcher of Baraboo. No one knows what happened to the husband, father and brother; did he disappear or get murdered? The absent man's sister is the town's sheriff and the family's secrets are slowly revealed as the plot thickens. The show contains adult situations and language. Tickets are on sale now at the box office in Bangsberg Hall: $6 for students and senior citizens and $12 for adults. BSU students admitted free with valid ID.

- 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 vendor space is $40. 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

- Tickets for the 42nd Annual Bemidji State University Madrigal Dinner are on sale now. This event, which heralds in the Yuletide season, will begin performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 3-5, 10 and 11 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Beaux Arts Ballroom of the Hobson Memorial Union. The $35 admission prices 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. to noon and 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.


- Gallery North artist and member Douglas Zuehlsdorff will give drawing classes to beginning and intermediate students from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Nov.16-18. 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 white eraser.

- Beginning Watercolor Class will be held from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Gracie's Woodsy Boutique (six miles west of Bemidji on U.S Highway .2). Participants will complete an 8-by-10-inch framed watercolor of a friendly winter chickadee. The cost for all materials and use of brushes is $40. Call 759-2952 to register.

- "No-Risk" Workshop funding is available through Region 2 Arts Council 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 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 800-275-5447 or e-mail

Art exhibits

The Blackduck Area History and Art Center is showing Vintage Cookbooks during November with a special display in memory of Ruth V. Pearson. The cookbooks are from many eras and from all walks of life, including some of Ruth's cookbooks from high school. This is a collection of Sonja Juelson. Regular hours are 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To make special arrangements, please call 7835-4478 or LaVonne at 835-8210.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for November is photographer Pamela Lee Johnson and her collection of black-and-white photographs from the North Woods of Minnesota. 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 featurds selected works from "It's Only Clay -2010," a national juried ceramics competition focusing on functional ceramics. Some of the works will be available for purchase and will be on display through Dec. 18. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the McKnight Foundation. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. or 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 December. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. 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 November Judith Selby's "Up Close and ..." a look at the fragility of nature and a search to express this delicacy in a new way. The library is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant invites the public to view the bright floral watercolors of Angela Shogren for the months of November and December. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday and is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Cabin Coffee House and Café welcomes Terry Honstead and her exhibit, "Give a Little Art," a display of small paintings and glass. 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 Marlon Amaro and his exhibit, "From Silver Screen to Silk Screen," a collection of screen printed movie posters for a variety of films that range from blockbusters to independent. 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., 444-5252 or Gallery North will showcase featured artist and member Marie Hamre, who is a tatting artisan. The annual Christmas boutique is open and features a large variety of unique and affordable holiday items. The Gallery 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

- Fleur de Lis Gallery located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., invites you to view two pictures by comedienne Phyllis Diller and the 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. The gallery is open from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, during events and by appointment.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Malisa VanMaasdam for November and December. Malisa's drawings focus on the human figure and explore the many facets of human nature. The exhibit is open on Sundays and by appointment, 751-9654.

- Lueken's Village Foods North presents the works of Tom Kirkpatrick in its new rotating gallery. "Kirkpatrick Kreative Kolorings" includes drawings which demonstrate that art expresses deep inner longings to return to youth and a more fanciful time.

- North Country Health Services Art Committee presents a group exhibition entitled, "Pathways - The Art of Bemidji State University," by art students of Natalia Himmirska. The works include a variety of techniques and media and show a spectrum from realistic to abstract by students in all levels of experience. This special display will be up November-January for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Artwork is or sale, and a price list is provided at the reception desk. The Bistro at WoodsEdge features new gift items by Dave and Kathy Towley, local artisans known for their fine craft wood turnings (bowls, plates, platters, pots, and vessels) in a variety of wood with a mineral oil and beeswax finish which is food safe. The Towley's woodwork will be on display and for sale through February. 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, email

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Charles Pulkrabek and his exhibit of painting and drawings, "Journalism of the Soul." for November. 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.

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

Upcoming events

- Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Bemidji Trombones, Thompson Recital Hall. Free.

- Nov. 18-21, 7:30 p.m.,"Plaza Suite," by Neil Simon, a production of Bemidji Community Theater, Historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Nov. 19, 7-8 p.m., Red Road Drum, Cabin Coffee House.

- Dec. 4, 4 p.m., "The Golden Age of Radio" with Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard, Calvary Lutheran Church, a program of the Bemidji Public Library.

- Dec. 5, 3 and 7 p.m., Bemidji Chorale Concert, First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. Free will offering.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Katie Corning from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts 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.

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