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For those not going to the live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion Saturday, there are still some good options.

The Bemidji State University Jazz Band I will perform with guest soloist Kevin Daley at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast. Daley, a former winner of the state's top jazz-fusion guitarist recognition will be welcomed to the stage by the jazz band and also by the Bemidji Jazz Quartet. Tickets at the door will be $5 for general admission, $3 for senior, and students are free with a valid I.D.

"The Expedition Show" and "The Woodpicks" will perform a traditional bluegrass concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Historic Chief Theatre. The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association will bring its annual Lonely Pines Concert Series to Bemidji as part of this year's tour. Tickets are $15 in advance at Kelsey's Jewelry and Overbeeks Electronics, $18 for adults and $9 for teens and free for children 12 and younger at the door. For more information about these two concerts, please see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or

Valentine's concert

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will perform its Sixth Annual Valentine's Day Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the main auditorium of Bemidji High School. This year's theme is "A Night at the Movies" which includes music made popular in movies: "Raiders March," "Star Wars Theme," "Ol' Man River," Gretchen Rusch on oboe for "Gabriel's Oboe." Matthew Goinz, who toured with the BSO Library Tour last summer, will guest conduct Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings." Tickets are $5 at Lueken's North and Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at the door the evening of the performance. There is no admission charge for children through grade 12.

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 on this week's episode will be Brian Jarvi, an artist from Cohasset, Minn., who uses firsthand observations to create realistic portrayals of wildlife, the creative works of wreath maker, Jo Meyer from Dent, Minn., and Two Rivers Music Festival in Motley, Minn. 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.

Benefit sale

The Beltrami County Historical Society will hold its annual Valentine, White Elephant and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. Refreshments and dessert samples made from recipes in the cookbook, "Beltrami County Cooks!" will be served along with a 20 percent discount in the gift shop. For more information, or to contribute gently used items or baked goods, call 444-3376.

Blackduck exhibit

The Blackduck History Center re-opening exhibit is of Tanja Juelson's 150 bells and a display of pet portraits in watercolor by local artist Shirley Gilmore. The Fifth Valentine Sweetheart Drawing tickets for numerous prizes are still available at the center and from volunteers and at the center through 2:55 p.m. Saturday. The History & Art Center is open from 1-4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and is located in downtown Blackduck at Main and Margaret. Call 218-835-4478 or 218-835-8210 to make special arrangements for viewing exhibits.

Weekend music

- Dirty Horse and BigTree Bonsai will perform a free show Friday, Feb. 11 at the Blue Ox.

- The Bemidji Jazz Quartet will play from 7-11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub & Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- The Brass Kings will perform acoustic folk and psychobilly sounds from 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Feb. 12, at Brigid's Cross.

E A country dance with Timberline will be held from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Solway Bar and Grill, U.S. Highway 2 West.

- A fundraiser for an elevator at the Bemidji Senior Citizens Center will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, with Timberline's Kari Munson and John Essig, 216 Third St. N.W.

Artist call

"Art from Within" is seeking entries from emerging to established artists for an art show that will be exhibited at the gallery space in the Rail River Folk School. The show will be a collection of work that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people who have been affected by the criminal justice system and is sponsored by the Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project of Bemidji, ACLU-MN. American Indian artists must be enrolled tribal members and non-Indians must reside in Minnesota. All entries will be limited to three pieces and can be from all genres of artistic expression. The application date is March 15, with set-up date March 30. The pieces will be juried March 31, and the opening reception and awards ceremony will be April 1 with the exhibit up through April. For an application and information, call 444-2285 or at 303 Railroad Ave. SW, Bemidji.


- 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 1-4pm:

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.19, watercolor taught by Joyce Martin

Feb.22, drawing taught by Doug Zuehlsdorff

Feb.26, reverse painting on glass taught by Marion Caroline Reil

- Intaglio Printmaking with Malisa Van Masdam will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. This class is intended for adults and involves engraving an image on plexiglass (instead of metal) and applying ink onto the surface with additional steps to make numbered prints. All materials will be provided and the images will be on display during the March First Friday Art Walk. Classes will be held on Thursdays, Feb. 10, 17 and 24, and the cost is $60 per person. Call to register by today, Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 444-5606.

- Working Wet Workshop with Tom Daly will be held from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19, and Saturday, Feb. 26 at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Daley will demonstrate ways of altering the form and surface of freshly thrown pots. The fee for the workshop is $60 per person. Call 444-5606 to register by Feb. 15. 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. 4, 2008.

- 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 staff of Region 2 Arts Council at 751-45447 or 800-275-5447 or e-mail

Choral concert

The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at BSU Thompson Recital Hall. "Ole', Ole', Ole" will be a preview performance of the new spring 2011 program that will be touring and competing this year. This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from Region 2 Arts Council through 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. 4, 2008 and a donation from PFLAG of Park Rapids. Tickets are available at Harmony Natural Foods Co-op and the main desk of BSU Hobson Memorial Union. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students with a valid ID.

Art exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., featured artist for February is Mary Therese Peterson and her Valentine silk scarves and ties. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 artists in fine art and craft.

- Beltrami County Historical Society has on display the work of Kay Schuver, "Reflections by Kay" through 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 and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Community Arts Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., invites the public to its annual "Members Show," an exhibit of works collected or created by members of BCAC. The gallery and Shop 426 are open from noon-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display February, the paintings of Marilyn Glidden and her installation "The Seasons" with acrylics for landscape and watercolor for floral images. 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 paintings and drawings by Josh Garcia. The art displays are on the side wall in the large performance and dining area. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes former Bemidji artist Aryn Bergsven who explores the imagery of family and friends and the cyclical nature of relationships. 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., welcomes professional photographer Cal Rice and his work highlighting the beauty of Costa Rica. The images encompass sunrise on the Caribbean to sunset on the Pacific with birds, mammals and scenic views. Also on display and for sale are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Dunn Bros. now serves featured wines of the month and is open seven days a week.

- Gallery North invites the public to meet featured Showcase Artist, Beverly Joslyn, wildlife and portrait painter from Walker. Gallery North's website features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

- Gallery X has on display an exhibit entitled, "Assemblage: A Collection of Beginning Sculptures" by students in the visual arts programs at BSU. The exhibit is of assemblages made of preformed natural or manufactured material, objects or fragments not intended as art materials. Gallery X is located in Room 125 of the BSU Education Arts Building and is open to the public during regular business hours.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., will host the work of Eli Balbach, a junior BSU visual arts major for February. The exhibits are open during the regular Sunday events. Private viewing can be arranged by calling 751-9654.

- Saarens Productions invites the public to stop by the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. The Fleur de Lis Gallery has two new mixed media pieces by Phyllis Diller and the work of new artists Al Belleveau, Keith Cich, Melissa Davidson, Terry Honstead and Don Zieman, 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.

- Talley Gallery has on display "Mish Mash," a collection of drawings and large woodcut prints by Derrick Riley. The exhibit will be up through Feb. 16. The gallery is located in room 212 of the BSU Education Arts building and is barrier-free and open at no charge 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.

- Touché Gallery will present "For the Birds" by Ian Higgins an installation of prints, paintings and sculptures. This exhibit is in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Arts in the Visual Arts Department at BSU. The gallery is located in the upper level of the Hobson Memorial Union.

- 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. 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 through January for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. 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 artisans known for their wood. 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. NW. Bemidji. For more information, email

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display Malisa Van Maasdam's "Fowl Weather Friends," pen and ink drawings featuring Minnesota birds that do not migrate during the winter. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

- McRostie Art Center, 405 First Ave. N.W, Grand Rapids, has on display the work of three Bemidji artists: Natalia Himmirska, Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson. The website is and phone number is 218-326-2697 for more information on hours of operation.

- 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 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

- Feb. 20, 3 p.m., BSU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Concert, Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. Tickets at the door, $5 general, $3 seniors, free to students with valid ID.

- Feb. 21, Blackduck Good Samaritan Senior Living Center, photographer Aaron Hautala and "The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition."

- Feb. 22, 7 p.m., "Relating the Holocaust to Native American Issues" with Clay Jenkinson, Bangsberg main theater.

- Feb. 23, 6 p.m., "Atmosphere" and special guests at the Sanford Center Ballroom, Tickets $21 at box office 441-4032.

- Feb. 26, Sean Fahrlander, Ojibwe storyteller, Blackduck Public Library.

- Feb. 28, Back Porch series with Neal Hagberg, Blackduck Public Library.

- 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