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Pioneer Previews: Audition call announced for 'Snow White'

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" auditions for the Bemidji Community Theater will be held from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 7, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, at the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

This musical production is adapted from the original Grimm's fairy tale by Carol Weiss who wrote the lyrics and music. The show will be performed at the Chief Theatre starting Friday, April 1, and run until Tuesday, April 5. The director is Mary Knox-Johnson, musical director Karen Bradley and accompanist Wayne Hoff. Actors ages 6-80 are needed for all roles. Those auditioning should bring 16 bars of music and a prepared monologue. For further information call 333-8740.

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 Dr. Jim Ghostley who reminisces about his mother, a pioneering female doctor at the Lake Julia Sanitorium. Dyed in the Wool Spinners of Aitkin show us the use of a spinning loom. And Jeremy Knipple a blacksmith of Merrifield, Minn., creates artistic accents for the home. The shows will be repeated at 6 p.m. Sundays and 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.

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 14-18, for a pre-screening by the classical MPR staff and 15-20 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 on 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 gift certificates 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 a gift certificate, send a $100 check per person to the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W., Bemidji, MN, 56601 or e-mail

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. 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. For more information, call 441-4000. To charge tickets by phone, 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 Wednesday, Dec. 29 for daycare and school groups of more than 10 are $9 per ticket. Groups of more than 10, save $3 per ticket for all other performances. These discount prices exclude Gold Circle and Sunny Seats and includes a $1 facility fee.

Garrison Keillor

"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 John Glas Fieldhouse, Bemidji State University. Tickets are $40 (middle floor), $35 (side section), $25 (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 ticket per student with a valid ID.


- Marsh Muirhead will lead a poetry workshop, "Haiku-Windows to Nature and the Spirit," which will explore the history and form of Haiku and writing exercises. Beginning and more advanced writers and poets are welcome to register. Muirhead has published nearly 100 Haiku in English language Haiku journals and anthologies. The workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The cost of the workshop is $35. To register, call 444-5606.

- Douglas Zuehlsdorff will hold a Creative Drawing workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. Those interested in attending should call 507-0423 or 224-3288 to register. Gallery North at 502 Third St. S.W., also has a signup sheet for the workshop. This workshop is limited to 12 attendees. The cost for this workshop is $50. Those attending are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch, a 18-by-24-inch sketch pad and drawing instruments. The workshop will be held at Silamandi Studio.

- 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 a workshop themselves. Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis, but funds are limited. Contact the staff of Region 2 Arts Council at 751-45447 or 800-275-5447 or e-mail

Art exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., featured artist for December is Malisa VanMaasdam and her exhibit, "Water, Wood and Wire," a collection of sculptural pieces created from driftwood 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.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., 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 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 the center or at, 444-7570 or at Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Beltrami County Historical Society is closed from Dec. 21-Jan. 2.

- 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 Avenue 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 at 11 a.m. and is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.

- Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes Jane Carlstrom and her exhibit, "Works in Wood and Wire," a collection of sculptural pieces created with natural fibers and fabrics, and recycled/up-cycled fabrics. There are also kits developed by Carlstrom for different skill level to explore handiwork. 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 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. Call 444-5252 dunnbros106@dunn bros .com.

- 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 and on occasions teaches scenic oil painting classes. 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, 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

- Fleur de Lis Gallery located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., invites the public to view two pictures by comedienne Phyllis Diller and the 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 the month of December. VanMaasdam's drawings focus on the human figure and explore the many facets of human nature. The exhibit is open Sundays and by appointment be calling 751-9654.

- Lueken's Village Foods North will showcase 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 will include a variety of techniques and media and will show a spectrum from realistic to abstract by students in all levels of experience. This special display will be up through January for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Artwork will be for sale and a price list will be provided at the reception desk. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is featuring 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, 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 the month of 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 DeWitt, Jane Freeman, Terry Honstead, Beverlee Olson, Mary Therese Peterson, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillamandi) 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 maps and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Upcoming events

- Jan. 10, 7 p.m., Anton Treuer will speak on his new book, "The Assassination of Hole in the Day," at the Bemidji Public Library

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

- Jan. 13-15, 7:30 p.m., "Steele Magnolias" by Robert Harling at the Wild Rose Theater.

- 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 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 the 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