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Melodrama to stage final performances

The final performances of "Playing the Bill," an original musical melodrama by Steve Saari, will be at 2 p.m. today and at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at the historic Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji.

The book, music and lyrics were written by Saari, who is directing a cast of local and guest artists. The story is about the waning years of vaudeville: the troupers, shadow-painted survivors and lost souls all swept up in the immediate aftermath of the stock market crash of 1929. The play is recommended for upper grades high school and older because of some adult language and mild sexual content. For more information call 556-1777. Tickets are $10 for adults/seniors and $5 for students.

Audition call

Bemidji Community Theater will hold auditions for "Kiss or Make-Up" a comedy by Jack Sharkey from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Mask and Rose Theater, Fifth St. and Paul Bunyan Drive. To be directed by Vicki Stenerson, the cast will include a commercial artist, a successful architect, a ladies wear buyer for a large store, a city planner, a Boston socialite, a policeman and a former classmate of the architect. The play is a fast-moving and wacky comedy. The show is scheduled for Oct 13-16. Contact Vicki at 751-2987 or 766-2564 for more information.

Barney concert

"Birthday Bash! with Barney Live in Concert" will be performed when Barney and Friends arrive in Bemidji on Sept. 24. This musical production encourages sharing, caring and imagination through the power of song, dance and the beloved cast of characters including dino pals Baby Bop, BJ and Riff. The shows will be performed at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Sanford Center, 111 Event Center Drive N.E., Bemidji. Tickets are $15 and $20 and there are a limited number of $25 Gold Circle Seats and $50 Dino Seats Packages (front row seats and a pre-show meet and greet with Barney.)A facility fee of $1 may be added to all ticket prices, additional fees and discounts may apply. For more information, call The Sanford Center Box Office at 441-4032. To charge tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 26.


- Bead Mosaic workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Heartwoods Healing Center, 5307 Bemidji Ave. N. Joan Babcock, a professional macramé and jewelry artist from New Mexico, will demonstrate basics such as seed beads, stones, crystals and other small elements to make miniature mosaic pendants. Students will explore design and layout, adhering beads and elements, grouting and coloring techniques. All skill levels are welcome. A materials fee of $25 applies, due on the day of the workshop; limited to 12 people.

- Cavandoli workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Heartwood Healing Center with Joan Babcock. Participants will learn how to make a Cavandoli Macrame Pendant using Cavandoli Knotting to create geometrical and pictorial designs similar to tapestry weaving in a pendant for a large "donut" bead. The pendant will be the centerpiece of a multi-strand beaded necklace and some bead stringing and finishing techniques will also be covered. The workshop is geared toward students with knowledge of basic macramé and who want to further their skills. A materials fee of $30 applies, due on the day of the workshop, which is limited to 12 people. Local fiber artist Dawn Standera will offer a free introduction to Cavandoli Knotting session at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Heartlands Healing Center for those needing instruction before the workshop. To register, send a check in the amount of $46 for each workshop or $92 for both made payable to Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. Bemidji 56601. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 2. There will be no refunds unless the workshops are canceled. Call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 with any questions.

- "Stained Glass Goldfinch" workshop will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Gallery North with Marion Reil. Participants will paint and matte a 16-by-20 watercolor painting of a goldfinch on a milkweed branch. The background will be a technique resembling stained glass. All materials are provided and the class fee is $45

- "Fluid Flowers" workshop will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Gallery North with Marion Reil. Attendees will paint daisies in a very loose and wet technique and will apply an embroidered butterfly or dragonfly. All materials will be provided and the class fee is $45. Reservations for both workshops can be made at Gallery North.


- Bad Cat Creations Gallery & Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., has on display "Tropical Tranquility," a collection of kaleidoscopic photo art by Melissa Burness. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring Art & Fine Craft by more than 60 artists and an eclectic selection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., is in the process of installing a new exhibit for September, but Shop 426 is open from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall presents artist Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Imagine," a collection of acrylic and mixed media works. The library is open six days a week.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café presents the "34sisters," an artist collaborative that consists of a local artist Jenn Anderson and 32 women from Kenya, Africa. For August, an eclectic collection of art and jewelry will be featured and proceeds from the sale of paintings and jewelry from the "34sisters" project are sent to the women in Kenya. The Cabin is open seven days a week. Cards and paintings from resident artist Audrey Merschman are also on sale.

- Chasing the Wind Photography, 323 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has on exhibit landscape and wildlife photos, cards and framed originals by Brian Grund.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents Fargo photographer Lois Bednar and her black and white abstract photos that emphasize designs, textures and contrast. Dunn Bros. Coffee is open seven days a week.

- Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave., is located in the Wild Rose Theater and has an exhibit rotation of work by local, regional and national artists. Gallery hours are 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., guest show case artist of the month is Debra Hawthorne, who is known for her clothing, costume design, star quilts and designer bags, one-of-a-kind designs from scraps of cotton, silk and upholstery fabric. Featured member artists are fiber artists Patty Lovegreen, who works in fiber, paper and metal, and Carolyn Goldberg, a weaver and mixed media artist who creates paper using silk, cotton, linen and Japanese fibers. Gallery North is closed on Sunday.

- Headwaters Science Center, 413 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has on display an exhibit is of nature photography from students who participated in the nature photography class at the center. The center is open seven days a week.

- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., display is of Mary Lingen's landscape paintings that will be exhibited through October. A price list is available at the Reception Desk.

- Northwoods Gallery and Frame Shop, 218 Third St. N., features original art work from Jane Freeman, Kathy Gustafson, Pat Shough/Sillimandi, Don Houseman, Duane Shoup, Terry Honstead and Pat Schnell showcasing watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil, stained glass, woodcarvings, books and cards. Northwoods Gallery is open six days a week.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., exhibit is "How Do We Love Thee, Let Us Count The Ways," a collection from 11 artists who work in watercolor, acrylic, paper, fiber, glass, stained glass, clay, metal, calligraphy and felt and their interpretation of Patricia Grimes white orchid photo. Wild Hare is open six days a week.

- A revolving exhibit of work from local and national artists can be seen at Tutto Bene in downtown Bemidji.

Ongoing events

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

- Open stage at 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 at 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, 1270 Nielson Ave. SE. 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