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Pioneer Previews: Band to perform Irish music

Chicago Based Irish Band Bua with Brian Miller will be performing traditional Irish music beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. NW. Bemidji native Miller and fellow musicians won the Irish Music Awards 2009 "Top Traditional Group" and their songs span a variety of dialects, singing styles and song forms in Irish and English.

Orgami fiber art, wood carver Les Sanders and canines for adoption will all be at Gallery North for their First Friday reception. Featured artist of the month, Patty Lovegreen, a fiber and mixed media artist will demonstrate the techniques for making an origami gift box during the reception from 2-5 p.m. at Gallery North, 502 3rd St. NW. Special visitors will be non-profit WhipStaff Animal Ranch and Rescue, which will have dogs and possibly puppies available for adoption. Artists interested in displaying their work can contact Gallery North at 444-9813 or

Local artist and educator Nina Lubarski will debut her new book, "Lucy Learns to Color," which was inspired by her kindergarten through third-graders, during the 3:30-5:30 p.m. reception at the Center of Therapeutic Arts, 521 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Right next door pastel artist Jami Burdick will share her life experiences during the 3-5 p.m. reception at the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 535 Minnesota Ave. NW. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare's own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5-9 pm. See the menu at

The Annual "Members Show" welcomes the public to meet the artists during the 5-7 p.m. reception at Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. Shop 426 will be open for early Valentine's Day shopping with all proceeds going to support BCAC programming and shop artists. BCAC is free and open to the public from noon-5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.

Downstairs at BCAC is the FREAXIS STUDIOS - Fortuna Puppet Theatre and Skidmark which will present new puppets and prints in "Manifesto: bug, egg, heart". Join them from 6-9 p.m. as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. The evening includes a 7 p.m. puppet performance, make-n-takes and refreshments

Jake Baggenstoss' food related painting and Good Noise, a local band, will be on tap at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant. The kitchen serves until 9 p.m.

Designer and artist Kendra Fuller of Urban Essence Interiors will be exhibiting samples of her work including Japanese Plaster, Metallic Plaster, Metallic Paint, Glaze recipes and assorted stencils during the 4-6 p.m. reception at the Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 3rd St. NW.

The Fleur de Lis Art Gallery will feature new works from local, regional and featured artists during the 2-6 p.m. open house at 501 Bemidji Ave. N. The First Friday Indy Film Festival with work by Nathan Fisher and Spencer Olson is rescheduled to Feb. 24. The gallery is open whenever the sign is out front of the building.

The Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage, an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW. Host Drew Warne-Jacobsen will be accepting sign-ups from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Bluebird with Jesica Conrad, Kari Munson and Anne Will will be performing from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Cabin Coffeehouse.

Regional bands from 16 high schools with 80 selected students will perform with the Bemidji State University Wind Ensemble for the BSU Honor Band Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the main theater of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Under the baton of Erika Svanoe of the Department of Music, the combined bands will perform a variety of pieces: "On the Mall March" by Goldman; "Journal for a Soldier" by Brian Balmages; "Three Ayres from Gloucester" by Hugh Stuart; and "Undertow" by Jon Mackey. The public is invited to attend at no cost.

"Ruby Lips Above the Water," is the story of a developmentally disabled young woman named Ruby and her life in a rural northern Minnesota town. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday of this week and Feb. 6. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 5 at Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 adults, $8 seniors (60 and over) and $5 for students. This production is suitable for young adults and could be rated PG-13 for subject matter and adult situations.

Common Ground is a program which explores the creative process and cultural events in our region. On this week's episode, we will visit Jay Johnson who makes license plate ornaments in aluminum for the Paul Bunyan Vintage Auto club. Viewers will also visit with the artists in the 2010 Art in the Park. The program will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday and repeated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Elise Dunn, author of "Feed the Mice" a book about the interesting things that happen when one is quiet in the woods, will be appearing from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Kat's Book Nook, 750 Paul Bunyan Drive NW.

Talley Gallery installation of Megumi Naitoh's "Real Life/Virtual Life," is a mosaic collection that represents modern daily life versus the life people create on the internet, is a pixilated interpretation from two vantage points, will remain until Feb. 15. Talley Gallery, Room 212 in the Education Arts Building, Birchmont Drive, is barrier free and open to the public at no charge.

Melissa Moss of Blueleaf Photographs exhibit "Serenity" will remain on display through February at Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW. The exhibit is open to the public until 8 p.m. daily.

Timberline at the Eagles Club Feb. 5.

"History meets music: Up close and unplugged" with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Feb. 12

"Love Songs and Arias" with the Loon Opera Company Feb. 11

"Axel in Iraq" with Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, Feb. 18-20.

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