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BSU choirs to perform tour kick-off concert

The Bemidji State University Choir, Chamber Singers and Musikanten men's chorus, all under the direction of Professor Bradley Logan, will sing their last concert of this spring's concert tour beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 5232 Irvine Ave. NW.

This will be the last concert in Bemidji before the group begins its European tour in early May. The program will feature various pieces and will include "Hodie" by Joseph Tests, "Cantate Domino" by Giovanni Gabrieli and an arrangement of "This Little Light of Mine" by Moses Hogan. A free will donation will be accepted in lieu of ticket sales. For more information about the program, please see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or

Flute concert

Flutist Linda Chatterton with pianist Matthew McCright will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25 in BSU's Thompson Recital Hall, Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 15th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast. The program will include a solo piece for flute commissioned by Chatterton by Minnesota composer Edie Hill. "This Floating World," was premiered by Chatterton in 2004. The program will include other works by women composers and one piece originally written for soprano and piano, "Clan of the Lichens" by Abbie Bettinis. The accompanist, Matthew McCright, is a member of the piano faculty at Carlton College and is known for advocating the music of contemporary composers. The following day, at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in Room 112 of Bangsberg, Chatterton will hold a master class for three high school flutists wherein the students will perform and then be coached by Chatterton. Following the master class, she will deliver a motivational presentation, "It Sounded Better at Home!" based on her work in the psychology of optimum performance. The presentation will be of interest to performers of all kinds: professional and amateur musicians, actors and public speakers. All of the events are free and open to the public at no charge because of the grant support from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment and an Arts Tour Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. 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 Nov. 4. 2008.

Folklore theater

Minnesota Folklore Theater presents "Little Women," adapted for the stage by Elizabeth Lincoln Gould. The play is set in Massachusetts during the Civil War when Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and their mother wait for the return of their father from the war. Join the cast at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, for a Victorian Little Woman Tea at Akeley United Methodist church. Tickets for this event include the 3 p.m. matinee performance and may be purchased by phone at $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for children. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25 and April 1. Matinee performances will be at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27 and April 2 and 3, at the theater, 6 Broadway St., Akeley. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Call 652-2666 for tickets or more information.

Drama performance

"Death of a Salesman," a drama by Arthur Miller will continue this week. A production of KG Entertainment with direction by Greg Gasman, the play revolves around the world of Willy Loman, his family and those who appear or reappear in his daydreams. The original play opened on Broadway in 1949 and won the Tony Award for Best Play and the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Since that time, the play has been revived on Broadway three times. The next revival is set to open in the fall 2011. The Bemidji revival will have Tom Kusler as Willy, an aging salesman who lives in his own reality; Ann Cease as Linda Lohman, his loving wife who supports Willy's illusions; and sons Biff and Hap Lohman, Jon Mansk and Brett Cease respectively. Rounding out the cast are Kevin Cease, Greg Gasman, K.D. Howells, Danielle Macalester, Ramey Nordby, Reed Olson, Kim Quick, and Charlie Parsons. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 24-26. All performances will be held in the Black Box Theater of BSU's Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students and are available now at Harmony Natural Food Co-op, Wild Hare Bistro, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at the door, the day of the performance. The play is set in New York City in the 1940s and '50s. The content is not suitable for young children.

Musical theater

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," a musical collaboration of Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in the historic Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji. The play is an adaption by Carol Weiss of the original Brothers Grimm and is set in a medieval German village with a cast 31 actors ranging from 9 to 75 years old. This production is family friendly with musical direction by Karen Bradley accompanied by Wayne Hoff, direction by Mary Knox-Johnson and choreography by Cathy Marcotte. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults and available now at Ken K Thompson in the Paul Bunyan Mall and Iverson Corner Drug. There will be an additional 4 p.m. performance Tuesday, April 5, for a reduced ticket price of $5. To reserve tickets, email

Board vacancies

Region 2 Arts Council is seeking board members from Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties to fill two-year term vacancies beginning July 1. Those who have visual, performing and literary arts interests and feel that the arts are an important contribution to the quality of life in Minnesota are urged to apply. The board is responsible for planning, setting policy and reviewing and awarding grants; it meets seven times a year in Bemidji on the third Monday of the month. Members are reimbursed for travel. Email or write to Nominating Committee, Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji MN 56601. Call 751-5447 or 800-275-5447 for details.

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. This week, Lakeland Public Television and the other Minnesota Public Television stations will showcase their best of arts and history programming, all made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 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.

Local filming

"Atlanta Nights," a movie with a screen play by Roy Booth will be filmed in Bemidji this summer. A promo video featuring Kevin Cease can now be seen at The Atlanta Nights: The Movie!FaceBook Page

Musical groups

- Timberline with Kari Munson and John Essig on guitar and vocals and Dave Sand on drums will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday, March 25, at the Bemidji Eagles Club.

- Steven Radley will perform his junior trombone recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in Thompson Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

- Timberline will also perform from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Solway Bar and Grill, U.S. Highway 2 West in Solway.

Vendors sought

The Beltrami County Historical Society is currently accepting reservations from antique dealers, artists, craft and flea marketers who are interested in securing space for the annual "Antique Fair and Flea Market," from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Bemidji High School Commons area. Vendor space is available for $10. For more information, call 444-3376.


- "Sunflower Welcome," a Tole painting workshop, will the held from 3-5 p.m. on three Tuesdays starting March 22 with Melody Bowles. An artist with more than 30 years of experience in tole painting, Bowles will instruct students who will provide their own painting surface - wood, canvas, tin, slate and glass - in both acrylics and oils. The project will include sunflowers and other flowers and will be taught in oils. Instruction in acrylics will also be provided. Some oils and other painting supplies will be provided. Upon registration, the instructor will provide a list of needed brushes. The classes will be held at Nevis Church of Christ on the corner of Bunyan Trails and Pleasant Street in Nevis. To register, send a $15 check made out to Region 2 Arts Council.

- Reflections on Little Mantrap, a tole painting class capturing a scenic lake view, will be taught by Melody Bowles. This single session class will be held from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the Nevis Church of Christ. Students will need to provide their own canvas, brushes and tubes of acrylic paint. Upon registration, the instructor will provide a list of needed items. The cost of the class is $10 and reservations may be made by sending a $10 check made payable to Region2 Arts Council. The registration deadline is Friday, April 1.

- Build a Rustic End-table Workshop will be led by Duane Shoup, master furniture craftsman, using fine local hard woods. The workshops will be held from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, April 16 and 23, at Shoup's Woodworking Studio, 29175 243rd Ave., Shevlin. The per person cost of $50 covers all materials, including local hardwoods, studio use and tools and end-product, a new rustic end table. The deadline to register is April 8. Stop by or send a check payable to the Region 2 Arts Council.

Artist call

All artists with studios within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji may apply for an application to participate in the juried 2011 First City of the Arts Studio Cruise. This will be the fourth year for the cruise, which is a working studio event providing an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios to showcase their art and craft, as well as an opportunity for direct sales and commissions. Again, this year, artists who create their own artwork within the 40 mile radius and do not have an accessible studio may be a guest artist at a qualifying studio for the 2011 cruise. The Studio Cruise dates will be Oct. 21-23. All applications must be postmarked by April 1. Costs include a $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee. Questions may be directed to Dave Towley at 333-3547 or Lori Forshee-Donnay at 444-7570. The application is available on-line at the Bemidji Community Arts Center

Musician call

Musicians are being sought for the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway Celebration of the reconstructed. Two celebratory events are in the planning stages. The celebrations will highlight the history, people, culture, art, music and nature of the area which includes the Pennington Bog and the Rabideau CCC Camp. This year's theme will the arts and nature, and the committee is looking to feature local musicians during the events scheduled for June 24 and 25 at the Blackduck City Park and July 1 and 2 at the Palace Casino Powwow Grounds. Contact Steve Ross at 335-2703 for details.

Volunteers sought

New Board Members are being sought for two organizations: Bemidji Community Arts Center is now accepting applications from individuals interested in being on the Board of Directors or volunteering for one of their many active committees or exciting events. Applications for the board seat will be accepted now through March 25 and applications for volunteers or to be involved with a committee are ongoing. For more information on positions available or an application, please contact Executive Director Lori Forshee-Donnay or Executive Assistant Cindy Stenberg at the Art Center at 218-444-7570, email or online at

Art exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for March is Paula Swenson and her collection of artwork from 2010, "Place of Warmth." Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 artists in art and fine craft and is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Bemidji Community Art Center has on display for March "Flora and Fauna" by Natalia Himmirska. The gallery and Shop 426 are open noon-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. in the Carnegie Library Building.

- 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 and is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Public Library for March will showcase the artwork of Miranda Rosequist, the winner of a mentor grant from the Region 2 Arts Council. For more information on opportunities to exhibit work at the library, call Paul Simonson at 444-7886. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the digital photography of Danielle Blanchfield, "Welcome to the Light." The display is located in the back dining room of the restaurant. For hours of operation, call 444-0567.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents the March and April artist, photographer Marlys Brown, a native of North Dakota who celebrates the diversity and beauty of Ethiopia. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week and is now serving wines of the month.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., is exhibiting the late Eugene Dalzatto's painting and etchings for March and April. The exhibit is open Sunday mornings. For more information, call 751-9654.

- North Country Health Services Art Committee is hosting the new work of career photographer Joe Rossi. His work will be up for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the public at large through June, and a price list will be available at the front desk. The gift shop at the Bistro will showcase the work of Jeff Larson, who has a display of his bentwood boxes and spoons in birch, black cherry, elm and hickory. Select pieces will be for sale. Local artist Terry Honstead will also have a display at the Bistro of one-of-a-kind colorful glass bead necklaces and earrings, feather hair pieces, headbands and lapel pins. Her special rendition of Paul and Babe mugs will also be available along with her collection of artistic greeting cards. Nielson Place and the Bistro are located at WoodsEdge, 1000 Anne St. N.W.

- Saarens Productions invites the public to stop by the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., to view a new exhibit rotation, which includes two new mixed media pieces by Phyllis Diller. The gallery is open from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., is hosting the Schoolcraft Learning Community Invitational. The show is dedicated to the late Dann Siems and his work to integrate science and the arts in a leaning environment. The Bistro is open Monday-Saturday and 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

- April 2, 5:30 p.m., poetry readings by Sean Hill ("Blood Ties and Brown Liquor") and Kathryn Kysar ("Pretend the World") at the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse. The poets' books will be available for purchase.

- April 2, 9 p.m., Lunar Funk Theory's "Live from the Moon Tour" at Jammers Blue Note Ballroom.

- April 4, 7 p.m., Harlem Globetrotters at the Sanford Center. For tickets call 441-4032.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage from 8-11:30 p.m. every Thursday. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- April 8 and 9, "Seussical Jr.," a musical production of Long Lake Theater Kids Academy at Park Rapids High School. Information at and 218-732-0099.

- April 8, 2 p.m., "Timeless Traditions" at Corner Stone, U.S. Highway 2 East in Bagley. Free to public.

- April 8, 7 p.m., "Timeless Traditions" at Fireside Restaurant, U.S. Highway 2 West, Bagley, free to public.

- Pelican Railroad performs at Backyard BBQ, 119 Third St. N.W., Wednesdays and at Jammers Thursdays.

- 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 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