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Pioneer Previews: Double poetry reading scheduled at Wild Hare

"She Said, He Said" with Sean Hill and Kathryn Kysar, two award-winning poets, will hold a poetry reading unique in that the poets will take turns reading their own work thereby creating a spontaneous conversation between the poems.

Hill, the author of "Blood Ties & Brown Liquor" published by the University of Georgia Press, and Kysar, a St. Paul poet with two published volumes, "Dark Lake" and "Pretend the World," will host the hour-long reading with book signing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., as a prelude to the First Saturday Live! Performance Series, a unique performance experience with an in-concert, on-stage discussion exploring the emotional and physical forces behind the creative process. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Student recitals

Bemidji State University's Department of Music will feature senior recitals by a trio of students this weekend in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

-- Friday, April 1: Ben Fleming, trombone. Fleming, a senior in music education from Edina, Minn., will present his senior instrumental music recital beginning at 7:30 p.m.

-- Saturday, April 2: Emily Larson, piano. Larson, a senior in music from Solway, will present her senior instrumental recital. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.

-- Sunday, April 3: Mathew Verbout, tenor. Verbout, a senior in music, mathematics and math education from Grygla, Minn., will present his senior vocal recital. The concert will begin at 3 p.m.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 755-4639.

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 tale 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

Flamenco program

Saarens Productions will present "Deborah Elias Danza Española - Flamenco, Pure & Strong" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Wild Rose Theatre, 501 Bemidji Avenue North. This program brings the trilogy of traditional flamenco - dance, guitar, and song - together for a magical evening of pure flamenco. Special guest singers La Conja and Vicente Griego from New York City and Albuquerque, N.M., share the powerful flamenco singing that is the foundation of the flamenco art form.

Improv theater

KG Entertainment is seeking writers, directors, actors and technical crew for the "Out of the Hat 4" Saturday, April 23. A 24-hour production, which starts with the creative pen and ends with six 15-minute adult comedies, the event will make its fourth appearance in Bemidji. Call Greg at 280-6602 or for further information.

First Friday

-- April First Friday events can start at Beltrami County Historical Society, in collaboration with Gallery North, presents "Nature's Bounty," a photographic exhibit by Glenn Ferguson now through July 31. Stop by and enjoy refreshments and free admission to the museum on First Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also featured is the new exhibit, "Baskets and Beads: Weaving Traditions" an addition to the permanent John Morrison American Indian Collection. Nicole Foss, a BCHS volunteer, assembled the pieces, which demonstrate two applications of weaving - basketry and beaded items. The History Center is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

-- Gallery North will welcome the public to meet and greet showcase artists of the month. Billy Mason, who works in colored pencil and pen, is originally from Red Lake and draws upon his American Indian heritage for his cards and portraits. Scott Fadness, whose work has been featured in National Geographic, is known for his wildlife themes. Featured member artist of the month is Jeannie Fender, who will demonstrate wrapped jewelry. All three artists will be at the First Friday reception from 2-5 p.m.

-- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., will showcase the photography and poetry of Deb DeNio Krueger, "From Sunrise to Sunset--the Wonders Never End." Krueger will be there to talk about her fascination with the ever-changing sky patterns and the wonders of nature. Her poetry seeks to create a vision of hope and complements her pictures. Some of the prints will be available for purchase. Meet Krueger during the opening reception from 3-5 p.m.

-- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., will feature "A Green Collection" in honor of Earth Day. Ten local artists have also created a variety of artworks using up-cycled materials from functional and wearable to decorative and funky. Meet them during the opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring arts and fine craft by more than 60 artists.

-- The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will feature the photography of Trish Barthorpe whose recent trip to Kenya permitted a departure from her usual portrait work. "Kenya: A Departure," is a show of landscapes and details of the region. Meet Trish from 3:30-5:30 p.m. during the opening reception when she will share more images from her trip. The cabin is open seven days a week and is located at 214 Third St. N.W.

E Wild Hare Bistro will showcase the digital photography of Mackenzie Lindahl, "Ingredient," inspired by the seasonal food ingredients found in our neighborhood gardens, kitchens and grocery stores. Meet Mackenzie during the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. After the reception the Wild Hare monthly First Friday Wine Bar with a new menu every month with libations to complement will be open from 5-9 p.m. at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W.

-- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the work of Dannielle McCallister and her images of whimsy and empowerment in vivid colors. Danniell will be at the opening reception from 4-6 p.m. in the back dining room of the restaurant. For hours of operation, call 444-0567.

-- Bemidji Community Arts Center invites the public to view the 11th Annual Bemidji Area High School Invitational works in all mediums. Join them at their opening reception from 4-6 p.m. as part of the First Friday Walk. 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.

-- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has on display of the work of the late Eugene Dalzatto, former professor of art at Bemidji State University. Dalzatto's painting and etchings will be on display for April. For further information or visits because the exhibit is only open to the public on Sunday mornings, call 751-9654.

-- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents April artist, photographer Marlys Brown. She is a native of North Dakota who has traveled extensively photographing the people and places she has visited. Her inspiration is drawn from the strength of people, sharing their lives through the camera's lens and celebrates the exquisite diversity and beauty of Ethiopia. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week and is now serving wines of the month.

-- Saarens Productions invites the public to stop by the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., and visit the Fleur de Lis Gallery from 2-6 p.m. to view the work of local, regional and national artists in a new exhibit rotation, which also includes two new mixed media pieces by Phyllis Diller. The gallery is open from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

-- Neilson Place is hosting the new work of photographer Joe Rossi, a career photographer who presents the ordinary in an extraordinary way that creates a new awareness. Rossi's work captures the moment with light and interaction which compels the viewer to take a second look. His work will be on display 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, 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. Neilson Place and the Bistro are located at WoodsEdge, 1000 Anne St. NW.

-- "Art from Within" is a special collection of artwork that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of people who have been touched by incarceration or affected by the criminal justice system. The exhibit features drawings, paintings, beadwork, sculpture, woodworks and poetry created by established and emerging American Indian and non-Indian artists of all ages. The opening reception will be from 4-8 p.m., at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. S.W. Awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. "Art from Within" is sponsored by the ACLU-MN, Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project of Bemidji and is made possible with a grant from the Two Feathers Endowment, St. Paul Foundation. The exhibit will be up for April and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

-- Northwoods Folk Collective is now located in the Rail River Folk School. The April host will be Katie Houg, and performers should arrive early to sign up before the 7:30 p.m. start time. The collective invites singers, musicians and writers to perform for neighbors in a supportive setting. All levels of expertise and skill are welcome.

'Little Women'

Minnesota Folklore Theater will present "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. The next performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1. Matinee performances will be at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 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.

Volunteers sought

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. Any questions, please call 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447.

Local film

"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

Band concert

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

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.


-- Bemidji Public Library and other Kitchigami Regional Libraries will offer writing workshops "Memoir Building Blocks: a four-week writing class" presented by memoirist and poet Angela Foster from 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays April 2, 9, 16 and 30 at the Bemidji Public Library. Students will have an opportunity to meet privately with the instructor in the afternoon and receive feedback on his or her work. Foster is a memoirist and poet who offers courses at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and taught last year's memoir course for Kitchigami Regional Library System. To register, call 751-3963. The writing workshops are part of the Kitchigami Reads/Kitchigami Writes project, funded by the State of Minnesota with funds dedicated by Minnesota voters to preserve our arts and cultural heritage.

-- Reflections on Little Mantrap, a tole painting class capturing a scenic lake view with Melody Bowles will be held from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Nevis Church of Christ on the corner of Bunyan Trails and Pleasant St. in Nevis. 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 with Duane Shoup, master furniture craftsman, using fine local hard woods will be held from noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, April 16 and 23, at Shoup's Woodworking Studio, 29175 243rd Ave., Shevlin. The cost is $50 per person, which covers all materials, including local hardwoods, studio use, 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.

-- Drawing Workshop with Douglas Zuehlsdorff for those who want to improve their skills in colored pencils, pastels, pen and ink and charcoal will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 3 at Sillimandi Studio, 4202 Pintail Dr. Interested artists may call 218-507-0423 for registration form; the cost of the workshop is $50 and attendees will need to bring their own materials including a sketch pad and drawing instruments.

Artist call

Call is out for Artists for the 2011 First City of the Arts Studio Cruise. All artists with studios within a 40-mile radius of Bemidji may apply for an application to participate in this juried arts 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 and 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, and 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 sught for the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway Celebration. The scenic highway is being reconstructed and two celebratory events are in the planning stages. The celebration will highlight the history, people, culture, art, music and nature of the area, which includes the Pennington bog and the Rabideau CCC. 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.

Members sought

Bemidji Community Arts Center is now accepting applications from individuals interested in being on the Board of Directors or volunteering for one of the active committees or 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, contact Executive Director Lori Forshee-Donnay or Executive Assistant Cindy Stenberg at the Art Center at 444-7570, email or online at


-- 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 7, 7:30 p.m., Bemidji Trombones in Thompson Recital Hall.

-- April 8-9, 15-16, 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m., April 17, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Bemidji State University.

-- 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 at 2 p.m., "Timeless Traditions" at Corner Stone, U.S. Highway 2, Bagley.

-- April 8, 7 p.m., "Timeless Traditions" at Fireside Restaurant, U.S. Highway 2 W, Bagley.

-- April 15, 7:30 p.m., Jeff Coffin, jazz saxophonist with BSU Jazz I Band and BHS Jazz Band at BHS auditorium. This is the last concert of the Bemidji Concert Series. Tickets are $20 for regular admission and $5 for all students now at Lueken's Village Foods North and BSU Music Department.

-- Pelican Railroad performs at Backyard BBQ on Wednesdays and Jammers on 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 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