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Pioneer Previews: 'Defiant Requiem' performance scheduled for Sunday

The "Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin" will be performed at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 1 at the Bemidji High School auditorium, 2900 Division St. W.

The performance is a collaborative effort of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji Chorale and the Bemidji State University Chorus with vocal soloists Carrie Mineck, Janet Hopkins, Nathan Carlisle and Michael Mayes. Guest Conductor Murry Sidlin created this multi-media presentation from the story of Rafael Schaechter, a prisoner at Terezin (Theresienstadt) Concentration Camp where the majority of Czech Jews perished. Using a smuggled copy of Verdi's "Requiem," Conductor Schaechter led his choir, comprised of fellow inmates, in a protest by saying, "We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them." His leadership and concerts have come to symbolize resistance and defiance for it answered the worse of mankind with the best of mankind. This powerful musical presentation will also show footage from the original Nazi propaganda film on Theresienstadt and actors from Theater B of Fargo, N.D., will speak the words of Schaechter and other prisoners.

After the conclusion of the concert, Clay Jenkinson will moderate a panel with Sidlin, BSO Music Director Beverly Everett and selected members of the production for those who wish to hear more about this project.

Pre-sale tickets are on sale now at Leuken's Village Foods North and Brigid's Cross Irish Pub; $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, Children 18 years and younger are free and Minnesota Public Radio Members receive a $2 discount. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door.

This performance is made possible by a gift from the Nielson Foundation, the Region 2 Arts Council and in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio.

Conductor Murry Sidlin will speak about the upcoming performance of "The Defiant Requiem" at noon Thursday, April 28, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 American Ave. N.W. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the events scheduled for Destination Weekend, see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or There will be a link to the article listing all the events.

Open house

The Sanford Center will hold an open house from noon-3 p.m. today, April 27. The featured guest artist this week will be Cyrus Pansch performing on both electric and standup bass and refreshments are from Althea's Cakery, Dunn Brothers coffee and beignets from Head Chef Bill Downs. Tours of the facility will be conducted on the half hour starting at 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Band concert

The BSU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. today, April 27, in the main theater of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for all students. The Wind Ensemble performance will include "Prayer" by Michael Schelle, for solo cello and chamber winds featuring retiring faculty member Patrick Riley on cello. The Symphonic Jazz Suite for jazz combo and concert band by Frank Bencriscutto will feature retiring faculty member Steve Konecne on saxophone with Del Lyren on trumpet, Riley on bass and Greg Gaston on drums. The Symphonic Band will perform "Chorale and Alleluia" by Howard Hanson, "English Folk Song Suite" by Ralph Vaughan Williams and a medley of music from "The Wizard of Oz." Both ensembles are under the direction of Erika Svanoe, director of bands at BSU.

TV series

"Common Ground," a magazine show that demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region, will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. This week will feature the ladies of Quilts of Valor. They are quilting for our local armed forces. Plus, Jill Bitker, a florist from Bemidji, will demonstrate how floral arrangements take on an art of their own. 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 online at This activity is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Playhouse gala

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse will be holding a gala in celebration of its upcoming 61st Season at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. "Stars on Stage" with catered food from local restaurants and beverages will showcase the 2011 Summer Season with Artistic Director Zach Curtis and a special program. The $20 tickets are on sale now by calling the box office at 741-7270. This event is underwritten by Higgins Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc.

Musical drama

"I Am Anne Frank," a music-drama by Nautilus Music Theater will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29, and at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, on the main stage of Bangsberg. The production is a combination of spoken excerpts from Frank's diary and songs that reveal the musings of her inner life. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students under 18 and are available now at Lueken's Village Foods North and Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at the door.

Holocaust theater

"I Never Saw Another Butterfly," a one-act play by Celeste Raspanti, is an awarding winning and internationally recognized play about the children of the holocaust. More than 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin and only about 100 were still alive when the camp was liberated at the end of World War II. One of the survivors, Raja, taught the children when there were no materials with which to teach and showed them that there was reason to hope. The butterfly became a symbol of defiance. The play will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. The show is appropriate for all ages and tickets are $5 each. Reservations may be made by calling Saarens Productions, 556-1777.

Musical comedy

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" by Weber and Rice, a collaboration of Minnesota Folklore Theater and Nevis High School will be performed at 7:30 p.m. May 5, 6, 12 and 13 and at 3 p.m. May 8 and 15 at Nevis High School, 2310 Pleasant Ave. Tickets are $12 for adults, $$10 seniors, and $8 for students grades K-12. Call 218-652-2666 for reservations.

Antique fair

The Beltrami County Historical Society will hold its Antique Fair and Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Bemidji High School Commons area. A fundraising event for the entire family will feature more than 40 vendors. General admission is $1. For more information, call 444-3376.

Poetry reading

For Indian Month Poetry Reading Series Jamison C. Mahto, a nationally recognized poet, playwright and musician, will read from his recently published third edition of "Blues for Franklin Avenue" at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W. There will be an open mic opportunity for those local poets who wish to read to those in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.

Audition call

The Minnesota Folklore Theater will hold auditions for "On Golden Pond" characters: lead Norman Thayer, mailman Charlie Martin, daughter Chelsea and her stepson Billy. Auditions will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, May 9, and Tuesday, May 10, at the Minnesota Folklore Theater, 6 Broadway St., Akeley. Performances are scheduled for August 11-14 and 19-21. Call 652-2666 for further information.

Weekend music

- Lance Benson with Mark Bauer will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Timberline with Kari Munson, John Essig and Dave Sand will perform from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday, April 29, at The Club McIntosh, U.S. Highway 2 West in McIntosh.

- Timberline will also perform from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Solway Bar and Grill, U.S. Highway 2 West in Solway.

- Lexie Kruse will perform a non-degree instrumental recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in Thompson Recital Hall. Admission is free.


- "Creating Nonfiction: Telling Truths Artfully," a non-fiction workshop with Mark Christensen, poet and non-fiction writer will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Bemidji Community Art Center. Christensen will work with participants at all stages of writing development who are interested in improving their creative non-fiction skills. Advanced registration is required and the fee is $35 per person, $20 for students. Contact Lori or Cindy at the Center, or by phone at 444-7570. Space is limited so early registration is advised.

- A "Paint a Pretty Purple Iris" watercolor class will be held from 1-4 p.m., Friday, April 29, at Gracie's Woodsy Boutique, six miles west of Bemidji on U.S. Highway 2 West. Painters will complete and matte a 16x20 painting. The cost is $40 and all materials are provided. Class size is limited and early registration is advised. Call Grace at 759-2952.

- Introductory Oil Painting Workshop with Judy Wegenast will be held from 1-5 p.m., Friday, May 5 and 12, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 305 Fifth St. W. in Park Rapids. Each participant will experiment with brushes, learn to mix colors, be instructed in the various steps taken in creating a painting and create a finished painting or their own. Class size is limited and the registration deadline is April 30. For details and fee, contact Janine Merrick at 732-4818 or 952-334-1361 or check http:/

- A "Drawing Workshop" with Douglas Zuehlsdorff is for those who want to improve their skills in colored pencils, pastels, pen and ink and charcoal. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Sillimandi Studio, 4202 Pintail Drive. Interested artists may call 218-507-0423 for a 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.

- "Community Collaboration: Connecting over Creative Ideas that Build Community" is a free workshop to be offered by the Region 2 Arts Council and facilitated by Jun Li-Wang, an artist community organizer for Springboard for the Arts. It is open to anyone: artist, creative entrepreneur, business owner, director of a nonprofit, arts supporter, producer or a community member who has an unrealized project idea waiting to happen. The workshop will open with registration from 3:30-4 p.m. Hands-on workshop activities will be held from 4-8 p.m. with a light dinner and snacks provided. At 8 p.m., optional informal socializing is planned. The workshop will be offered in two locations and two different dates. The first will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Northern Pines Camp, 20033 Hubbard County Road 1, Park Rapids. RSVP is required by Monday, May 2. The second will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Holiday Inn Express, 2422 Ridgeway Ave. N.W., Bemidji. RSVP is required by Monday, May 16. RSVP to the Region 2 Arts Council Office by emailing or calling 751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

- "Springs a Flutter" watercolor workshop with Marion Caroline will be held from 1-4 p.m. Friday, May 20 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Caroline will instruct in painting a hummingbird hovering over a blooming Canada thistle. Students will explore a variety of different watercolor background techniques and then paint and frame their work. All materials will be provided and the fee is $45, and the size of the class is limited to 10 people. Pre-paid registrations will be accepted at Gallery North.

"Springs a Flutter" painting on a feather workshop with Marion Caroline from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 28 at Gallery North. Caroline will instruct in painting a hummingbird hovering over a blooming Canadian thistle (similar to the watercolor workshop) Students will explore a painting on a feather with a larger feather and frame format as taught in the previous class. Prepaid registrations will be taken at Gallery North and the class size is limited to 10 people. The workshop fee is $45 and all materials will be provided.

- Minnesota Arts Count Census invites artists in all media to complete an online survey. Go to to take the short survey.

Art exhibits

- "Art from Within" is a collection of artwork that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people who have been touched by incarceration or affected by the criminal justice system. The exhibit 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 at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. S.W.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts will feature "A Green Collection" in honor of Earth Day with items from functional and wearable to decorative and funky by 10 artists. Bad Cat Creations is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in collaboration with Gallery North, presents "Nature's Bounty," a photographic exhibit by Glenn Ferguson, through July 31.The History Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- BCAC invites the public to view the 11th annual Bemidji Area High School Invitational featuring works in all media. 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. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. in the Carnegie Library Building.

- 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," ever-changing sky patterns and the wonders of nature. Some of the prints will be available for purchase.

- 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. The exhibit is located in the back dining room of the restaurant. For hours of operation, call 444-0567.

- The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will feature the photography of Trish Barthorpe. "Kenya: A Departure" is a show of landscapes and details of the region. The Cabin is open seven days a week and is located at 214 Third St. N.W.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents its April artist, photographer Marlys Brown, a native of North Dakota who has traveled extensively photographing the people and places she has visited. Her inspiration celebrates the exquisite diversity and beauty of Ethiopia. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week and is now serving wines of the month.

- Fleur de Lis Gallery located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., has on display the work of local, regional and national artists in a new exhibit rotation that 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.

- Gallery North welcomes the public to view its showcase artists of the month. Billy Mason, who works in colored pencil and pen, is originally from Red Lake. 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 and her wrapped jewelry. Gallery North is open six days a week and is located at 502 Third St. N.W.

- A slide-show of nature and wildlife photographs by Kathy Jo McKeown is currently on display at the Lake Bemidji State Park Visitor's Center. Many of the photos were taken within the park and show the plants and animals indigenous to the northern Minnesota region. There is a continuous showing on weekends from noon-4 p.m. and will be on display through May. The project was funded, in whole or in part, by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

- Neilson Place hosts the new work of photographer Joe Rossi, a career photographer who presents the ordinary in an extraordinary way that creates a new awareness. 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. Local artist Terry Honstead will also have a display at the Bistro featuring 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.

- Ramsey Gallery on the ground floor of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex has an installation by Nicole Collins until May 5. Collins has fabricated giant beetles; insects in their natural setting.

- Talley Gallery has on display the 2011 Visual Arts Scholarship Show through May 3. The 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. Saturdays. Located in Room 212 of the Education Arts Building of Bemidji State University, the gallery is barrier-free and open to the public at no charge.

- Wild Hare Bistro will showcase the digital photography of Mackenzie Lindahl. "Ingredient" is inspired by the seasonal food ingredients found in our neighborhood gardens, kitchens and grocery stores. The bistro is open six days a week and is located at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.

- The Artist Sampler Display has opened at the Tin Pan gALLErY in Blackduck. Several area artists are showcasing some of their most recent work: which includes basketry by Eve Sumsky and Katie Haws, photography by Ursula Anderson and Nate Lien, prints and paintings by Don Houseman, jewelry by Lisa Carter and Mindy Kleeb with Ukrainian egg decorating. This display can be viewed through May 7. The History and Art Center is located at Main and Margaret in downtown Blackduck.

- 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 artwork 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 and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

- The 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

- May 14, 4 p.m., Indian Month Poetry Reading Series with Jamison C. Mahto at Book World, 316 Beltrami Ave. NW. and May 20, 6:30 p.m at the Cabin Coffee House and Café.

- May 20, 7 p.m., Kevin Kling, playwright and storyteller, will appear in a Bemidji Public Library-sponsored event at the Historic Chief Theatre. Advance free tickets may be picked up at the library beginning in May.

- Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Mondays, 7:30. Free to play.

- Open stage, 7:30 p.m. third Wednesdays: For writers, poets and dreamers with Patty Byers at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

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

- Open Stage, 8 p.m. Thursdays for performing artists and writers, Brigid's Cross.

- 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 details, 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