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Pioneer Previews: Garrison Keillor's show is coming to Bemidji

"A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor, actors Tim Russell and Sue Scott, sound-effects ace Tom Keith, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, led by Richard Dworsky and special guests will begin at 4:45 p.m. with a pre-show and live broadcast from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Bemidji State University John Glas Fieldhouse. Tickets are $40 for the middle floor, $35 for the side section and $25 for bleachers and are on sale now. Order online through, call 800-982-2787, or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. MPR members can call the Minnesota Public Radio Box Office at 651-290-1200. BSU students can buy $15 tickets beginning Feb. 2, with a limit of one ticket per student with a valid ID.

Jam fest

Local musicians, Jake Jackson on acoustic guitar and vocals, Greg Gaston on drums and Gary Broste on bass will jam together from 9 p.m.-midnight Friday, Dec. 17, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

Book signing

There will be a reception for first-time author and former Bemidji resident and business owner June Kramin from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, in the Fleur de Lis Gallery located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. Kramin was the owner of Cyber Bugs Café and is back in town to celebrate the publication of her romance novel, "Dustin Time" based upon the life of a successful lady veterinarian. The public is invited to meet Kramin and listen to some excerpts from hear her debut novel while enjoying refreshments.

TV series

Common Ground, a magazine show which demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region is at 7 p.m., Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. Featured this week will be the works of the late Eugene Dalzotto. Catch a glimpse of the Whitefish Chain Antique and Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous. And Duane Shoup will walk us through his process of creating a rustic rocking chair.

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.

Folklore theater

This is the last week for "The Night Before Christmas," an original script written by artistic director Fred Rogers of the Minnesota Folklore Theater. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 16 and 17, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children and may be reserved on-line at or by calling 652-2666. The theater is located in downtown Akeley at 6 Broad Street E. For more information about the play, please see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or

Blackduck festival

Anne Dunn, an Anishinabe elder and story teller, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Blackduck Public Library, downtown Blackduck. This family-oriented talk will be storytelling by the author of "When Beaver was Great," "Grandmother's Gift" and "Winter Thunder: Retold Tales." While in Blackduck Saturday, Dec. 18, visitors can participate in the fundraiser for the Blackduck History and Art Center with a "Blast from the Past." This family friendly event will begin at 1 p.m. at the library with sleigh rides around town. A free movie, "Despicable Me," will be shown at the Blackduck Theater. After the movie, Santa's elf will arrive at the theater to lead the kids and their families to the Blackduck History and Art Center for a treat and visit with Santa. The day finishes at the American Legion for hot chocolate, cookies and games. Sleigh rides will continue for those who do not wish to go to the movie.

Folk concert

Timberline with Kari Munson and John Essig will perform traditional folk and country music from 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant.

Morrison collection

A new exhibit is open at the Beltrami County History Center as part of the ongoing John Morrison American Indian Collection. "Baskets and Beads: Weaving Traditions," an exhibit created and designed by Nicole Foss, explores the applications of weaving in basketry and beaded items. The history center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

Talent search

Minnesota Public Radio is seeking young classical musicians - vocalists, instrumental soloists and small ensembles - for the "Minnesota Varsity." The program will accept recordings from young artists ages 14 to 18, for a pre-screening by the classical MPR staff and 15 to 20 will be chosen to work with a professional recording engineer to produce a high-quality recording. The recording will be played for a panel of celebrity judges including Nicholas McGegan of the Saint Paul chamber Orchestra, Sarah Hicks of the Minnesota Orchestra, John Birge, Brian Newhouse and Steve Staruch of Classical MPR and others not yet named. The judges will choose five performers for the Showcase Round and they will be asked to perform live at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul April 17. For all requirements and information, check online at beginning Jan 3. The timeframe for submitting the recordings is Jan. 3-Feb. 15. Minnesota Varsity is made possible, in part, by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Stocking stuffers

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is offering stocking stuffers of a gift certificate for the coming 2011 summer season: "Forever Plaid," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Lend Me a Tenor," "21A" by Kevin Kling and "The Full Monty." To receive the gift certificate, send a $100 check per person to the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W., or e-mail to

Sesame Street

"When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Never fear, Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes are here." Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene - all in a quest to put the "super" back in Super Grover. It's Elmo's Healthy Heroes to the rescue! The Sanford Center will welcome Grover and his friends at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1111 Event Center Drive N.E. Tickets are $11, $15 and $20. A limited number of $25 Gold Circle seats and $45 Sunny Seats (premium seat location and a pre-show meet-and-greet with two of the Sesame Street Live friends are also available. A facility fee of $1 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and discounts may apply. For more information, call 441-4000. To charge tickets by phone, please call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at For information online, visit Group ticket prices for the children's matinee at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, for daycare/school groups of more than 10 are $9 per ticket. Groups of more than 10 can save $3 per ticket for all other performances. These discount prices exclude Gold Circle and Sunny Seats and includes a $1 facility fee.


- Marion Caroline will teach a class in Painting a Winter Cardinal on a real game farm feather. The class will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at Gallery North. All materials will be provided, and students will complete and frame a cardinal painted on a feather. The class fee is $45 with a $5 discount given to pre-paid registrations. For more information call 333-6880.

- Arts Workshop funds are available from Region 2 Arts Council. The "No-Risk" Workshops" are coordinated through R2AC who will assist with registration and other aspects of the program. "No Risk" means there is no financial risk to the applicant. 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

Art exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for December is Malisa VanMaasdam and her exhibit, "Water, Wood and Wire," a collection of sculptural pieces created from drift wood from Lake Michigan combined with wire and watercolor mono-prints. 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 features 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 on display through Saturday, Dec. 18. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the McKnight Foundation. Shop 426 has a wide selection of fine art and craft items in their holiday boutique. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (Carnegie Library on Fifth St) or at or call 444-7570 or go 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" until 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 go to

- Bemidji Public Library has on display for December "Art in Childcare," 100 pictures from children ages 2-6 from 20 local child care providers. 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 the bright floral watercolors of Angela Shogren for December. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday.

- Cabin Coffee House and Café welcomes Jane Carlstrom and her exhibit, "Works in Wood and Wire," a collection of sculptural pieces created with natural fibers and recycled/up-cycled fabrics. There are also kits developed by Carlstrom for different skill levels to explore handiwork. 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 Nora Peterson and her collection of watercolors and defined-line work. 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.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., will showcase featured artist R.J. Cummings of Detroit Lakes for December. Cummings specializes in scenic oil paintings and graphic design. The annual Christmas boutique is open and features a large variety of unique and affordable holiday items. The Gallery website features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

- Glazed & Amused - Paint your Own Pottery Studio, 311 Third St. N.W., provides a window display featuring ceramic pieces painted by the customers. Walk-in painters are always welcome. For more information call 333-6880 or email

- Fleur de Lis Gallery located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., invites visitors to view two pictures by comedienne Phyllis Diller and mixed media, watercolors, oil pastels, pottery and photography. The gallery also carries books from local and regional authors and CDs from local and regional musicians. The gallery is open from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, during events and by appointment.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Malisa VanMaasdam for December. The 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 showcases the work of Maureen O'Brian and her impressions of the importance of nature to the human spirit in her paintings at the gallery on the hall next to the conference room.

- North Country Health Services Art Committee presents a group exhibition titled, "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 for 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 wood turnings 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, e-mail

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Timothy Brockman and his work, "Forest Quilts: Patterns in Boxes and Boards," a collection of cutting boards and boxes that focus on the visual delight of utilitarian wooden art objects for December. The coffee house is open six days a week and closed 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

- Jan. 8, 6-10 p.m., Timberline at the Solway Bar and Grill.

- 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.

- 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.

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month, contact

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