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Pioneer Previews: 'Axel in Iraq' play to be performed

"Axel in Iraq," a play that juxtaposes the warriors of ancient Greek to the young people who are in the modern military, will be performed at 2:30 p.m. today and 7 p.m. Monday at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

Tickets at the door are $10 for general admission, Gulf and Iraq War vets will be admitted free.

Atmosphere's "Welcome to Minnesota Tour" with front man Slug (Sean Daley) will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sanford Center Ballroom, 1111 Event Dr. NE. Doors will open at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $22 each and can be purchased on-line with Ticketmaster or or the Sanford Box Office.

Common Ground is a program which explores the creative process and cultural events in our region. On this week's episode, viewers will hear Jon Romer perform and share his knowledge of the Native Flute. Carolyn Abbot of Brainerd will show the many facets of fiber art and then a visit to the Hubbard County Fair in Park Rapids. The program begins at 7 p.m. Thursday and be rebroadcast at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. This program is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Saarens Productions will hold the Indy Film Festival with work by Nathan Fisher and Spencer Olson starting at 7 p.m. Friday at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

"A Taste of Opera Night" with 12 short scenes of music ranging from the popular operas of Verdi and Puccini to the operatic music of Gilbert and Sullivan will begin at 7 p.m. Friday in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. Fulton Gallagher will direct the 15 costumed students with video projected backdrop scenery under the auspices of the BSU Music Department. The audience will be invited to attend a reception following the production. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students with BSU ID and free for BSU students with a valid ID. This event is made possible, in part, by the financial support of the Student and Financial Activity Committee.

Lauren Skarloken will be performing her junior vocal recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Thompson Recital Hall. She will sing classical music by various artists including Shubert, Brahms, Handel, and Ives. Matthew Sieberg will accompany Skarloken on the piano. The recital is free and open to the public.

The Bemidji State University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will be giving a performance at 3 p.m. Feb. 26 in Bangsberg Recital Hall as the first stop on the Wind Ensemble's regional tour in northwest Minnesota. The Wind Ensemble program will include "El Salon Mexico" by Aaron Copland, "William Byrd Suite" by Gordon Jacob and "Strange Humors" by John Mackey. The Symphonic Band program will include a Salute of Glenn Miller and "The Minnesota March" by John Philip Sousa. Tickets will be sold at the door: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for all students.

"Warm Your Heart with a Little Art Series at Gallery North: Introduction to Paper Quilling" with Julie Johnson from 2-4 p.m. Monday; Beginning Tapestry with Patty Lovegreen from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Introduction to Watercolor by Marion Caroline from 1-4 p.m., Thursday and beginning basketry with Monie Martin from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. Pre-register at Gallery North, 444-9813.

Writing and Publishing Workshop with Jess Lourey, a mystery author, from 9-11 a.m. March 3 at the Bemidji Public Library. The two-hour seminar is geared toward writers in any genre and seating is limited. Lourey is a member of Sisters in Crime and serves on a national board of the Mystery Writers of America. Her latest book, "November Hunt" features amateur sleuth Mira James and will be released March 10. Advance registration by calling 751-3963.


Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. N is displaying The Annual "Members Show."

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. NW, is showing Jake Baggenstoss' food-related paintings.

Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 3rd St. NW, is showing Kendra Fuller of Urban Essence Interiors.

Center of Therapeutic Arts, 521 Minnesota Ave. NW, "Lucy Learns to Color" by Nina Lubarski.

Fleur de Lis Art Gallery at 501 Bemidji Ave. N., is open when sign is out in front of building.

Gallery North, 502 3rd St. NW, has gourd art, fiber art and wood carvings.

Midwinter Interlude, an exhibit of arts and crafts by Bemidji State University staff and faculty, in the Ramsey Gallery located on the ground floor of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. The exhibit will be up until March 9.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 535 Minnesota Ave. NW, has Jami Burdick's pastel art work.

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

Upcoming Events

Mystery writer William Kent Krueger at noon Feb. 28 at the Bemidji Public Library.

Timberline dance from 5-9 p.m. in Trail.

American Kids, BSO subscription concert 5, at 3 p.m., March 4.

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