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Pioneer Previews: Musical Valentine fundraiser for opera scheduled

"Love Songs & Arias," an evening of fine dining and musical selections from opera to Broadway will be held starting at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11 at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 1019 Paul Bunyan Dr. S.

This will be the third annual Valentine's fundraiser for local opera productions in Bemidji. This year, under the direction of Abe Hunter, singers from the Loon Opera Company will perform: Mark Christensen, Julia Lamon, Sara Wabrowetz, and Linda Wagner. Special guest Josef Schlemper will croon some of Frank Sinatra's love songs and Abe Hunter will be featured in two piano solos. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner and music to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 each with proceeds going to the 2011 summer season of the Loon Opera Company. For menu selections, please see Staff Blogs on the home page of and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or For Reservations and Information call Abe Hunter 218-368-8805.

Wild Rose Theater

"Steele Magnolias" by Robert Harling performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-22 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23: at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. The play takes place over a two-and-a-half year period in the lives of six women in a small southern Louisiana town and is listed as a comedy-drama. The play is suitable for youngsters in middle school and up. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and children. Reservations may be made by calling 556-1777. Tickets will also be available at the door on the days of performance. For more information on the play, see Staff Blogs on home page of and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or The information on Steel Magnolias is on the right side under Recent Blogs.

TV series

Common Ground, a magazine show which demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region, airs at 7 p.m., Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. Featured this week is an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes at the Beltrami County Fair. 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.

Weekend music

Musical groups performing this weekend:

- The "Durty Nellys," will rock the house from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21 and 22, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The Restaurant kitchen will close at 9 p.m.

- Too Many Banjos will perform at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan 21, at the Blue Ox Restaurant and Bar, 128 First St. W. in downtown Bemidji.

- Timberline with Kari Munson and John Essig will perform from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, for a country dance at the Bagley American Legion.

Library events

- Aaron Hautala will talk about his newest book "The Opposite of Cold" about Finnish saunas at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W.

- The first of the three-part Back Porch series will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at the Blackduck Public Library. The series will feature Minnesota songwriter/singer Neal Hagburg who composes songs that reflect on our lives and the way we treat each other. The series of three evenings will focus on the different aspects of music and accompanying discussions. The seriousness of the project is underscored by the subject matters to be examined: prejudices toward different religions, orientations, gender, class, race, etc. The additional scheduled evenings are Feb. 28 and March 28. For more information, contact the Blackduck Public Library or go to

"John Beargrease" will visit Blackduck at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the Commons Area of the Senior Living Center in Blackduck. A re-enactor from the Minnesota Historical Society will impersonate John Beargrease who was born in 1858 and grew up in a wigwam on the edge of Beaver Bay. The Beargrease family took on the job of delivering mail and packages from Two Harbors to Grand Marais in the mid 1800s. A school performance will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 25 for grades five and six. There is no charge for this event which is part of the MN History Alive! Project with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage fund. For the complete schedule of John Beargrease visits visit, click on Legacy Events.

Studio Cruise

The Bemidji First City of Arts Studio Cruise Steering Committee is looking for individuals who are interested in serving as a volunteer member of this committee to organize and deliver the 2011 event. Those who are interested in learning more are asked to contact either Dave Towley @ 333-3547 or Lori Forshee Donnay @ 444-7570.

Friend of the Arts

For the 23rd year the Bemidji Community Art Center is asking people in the Bemidji Community and surrounding area to nominate this year's Friend of the Arts. The nominee for the Friend of the Arts award should be a living person or couple who has given generously of time and effort to promote the arts in the greater Bemidji area. Contact the BCAC for more information. Application forms also available at Nominations must be received at the Bemidji Community Art Center (BCAC) at 426 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji, MN 56601, no later than Jan. 31. The public will be informed of the selection committee's choice after March 1 with the announcement of the celebration to follow. The BCAC Friends of the Arts Award is sponsored, in part by, our Business Partners; First National Bank Bemidji, North Country Health Services, Paul Bunyan Telephone and Dunn Bros Coffee.

Historical Society

The Beltrami County Historical Society will host its annual Valentine, White Elephant and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Donations of new or gently used items can be dropped off 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. For more information, call 444-3376.

Artist call

Bemidji Community Arts Center will be accepting from one to three submissions of art work from member artists through Jan. 28 for the Annual Members Show. Call 444-7570 or for more information. Nonmember artists who wish to apply should contact BCAC. The opening for the show will be Friday, Feb. 4.

Audition call

"Little Women" auditions will be held at the Minnesota Folklore Theater from noon-3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, and 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 23. The theater is located in downtown Akeley at 6 Broad Street E. All parts are open: Mrs. March, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, Hannah, Male, Laurie and Mr. Laurence. Rehearsals will begin Jan. 26 and the show will open in March for a two-week run.

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; 15-20 will be chosen to work with a professional recording engineer to produce a high-quality recording. For all requirements and information, check online at The timeframe for submitting the recordings is through Feb. 15. Minnesota Varsity is made possible, in part, by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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 on sale now. Order online through, call 800.982.2787, or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.


- February is Gallery North's "Warm Your Heart" month with free art classes. A person may sign up for up to two classes. Registrations are taken at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Class size is limited and these classes fill up fast. All classes are scheduled from 1-4 p.m.

Feb. 8, Wire wrapped Jewelry-taught by Jennie Fennier.

Feb. 11, Basket making-taught by Monie Martin.

Feb. 15, Ukrainian eggs taught by Mary Morton.

Feb. 16, Paper Quilling-taught by Julie Dodge Johnson.

Feb.19th Watercolor-taught by Joyce Martin

Feb. 22, Drawing-taught by Doug Zuehlsdorff.

Feb. 26, Reverse Painting on Glass-taught by Marion Caroline Reil.

- Watercolor painting workshop will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29, at Gallery North with Marion Carioline, titled, "Winter Wonderland" where students will complete and mat a 16-by-20-inch watercolor of a Northwood's winter snow scene. Class fee is $45 with a $5 discount with pre-paid registrations. Registrations will be taken at Gallery North.

- Winter Writers Retreat with CarolAnn Russell: "Stories are Alive!" will be presented from 7-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. More information on fee to follow.

- Voice-Over Fundamentals and Voice-Over Industry with Eric Webster from Picaline Productions will be held from 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at the HSMA and Supple Studios. More information on fees to follow.

- 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. 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, 315 Irvine Ave N.W., featured artist for January is Shanna Mae Olsen and her show, "Transformation," a world of textile experimentation with large scale textile sculpture, unique plushies, functional wallets and other pieces.

- Beltrami County Historical Society has on display the work of Kay Schuver, "Reflections by Kay," until the end of March. A new exhibit, "Baskets and Beads: Weaving Traditions," as created and designed by Nicole Foss, is now a part of the John Morrison American Indian Collection. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Public Library has on display for January the Artists of Gallery North. For more information on opportunities to exhibit work at the library, call Paul Simonson at 444-7886. The library is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant invites the public to view a collection of mixed media drawing/installation reflecting Minnesota's ice fishers by Nina Lubarski. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., will present Arnold Volker of "Real Stone" and Sherry Gendron from "Next Generation" as featured artists for January. Using the colorful field stones from the Itasca moraine, Volker has partnered with "Next Innovations" of Walker to create decorative wall art made of stone and steel. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Lueken's Village Foods North has on display work by Maureen O'Brian, who portrays the importance of nature to the human spirit in her paintings.

- Saarens Productions invites the public to stop by the Wild Rose Theater Fleur de Lis Gallery to view work of Al Belleveau, Keith Cich, Melissa Davidson, Terry Honstead and Don Zieman, who are new in the rotation of art work by DeeJay Arens, Roy C. Booth, Janet Burke, Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson, Thomas Hamilton, Mary-Knox Johnson, Rita Arsenault Quinn, Steve Saari and Judy Lunseth. The new gallery hours are 2-6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents a group exhibition entitled, "Pathways - The Art of Bemidji State University," by art students of Natalia Himmirska. This special display will be up through January. Artwork is 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 wood turning artisans. 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., will display "People & Places," prints by Cody Bartz, who combines the technical abilities of the computer with the handmade qualities of printmaking to portray humans within a modern and abstract landscape. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

- Talley Gallery has on display, "Mish Mash," a collection by Derrick Riley of drawings and large woodcut prints that deal with serious moral and societal problems such as human nature, dependencies and self-absorption. The exhibit will be up through Feb. 16 in room 212 of the Education Arts Building on the BSU campus. The gallery is barrier-free and open free to the public. The Talley Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

- The Blackduck Area History and Art Center will the closed the month of January and re-open with a February exhibit.

- 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. 29, f6-10 p.m., country dance with Timberline, Solway Bar and Grill, U.S. Highway 2 West.

- Jan. 30 and 31, 6-9 p.m., auditions for BSU Theater Department spring show, "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Call for audition time, 755-3901 or 218-209-7929.

- 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 from 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