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Pioneer Previews for Feb. 24: Lord of the Dance at Sanford Center today

BEMIDJI – Lord of the Dance, an internationally recognized dance troupe made famous by Michael Flatley, will perform at 3:30 p.m. today in the main arena of the Sanford Center.

The performance is based on mythical Irish folklore as Lord of the Darkness challenges the Lord of the Light. The show is suitable for all ages and entails magical, mysterious adventures using lighting effects and percussion instruments. Tickets are $45 for premium reserved seating, $30 for reserved seating and $20 for Arena Bowl Seating and will be on sale at the box office prior to performance time.  This is the only scheduled performance in upper Minnesota and North Dakota.

hip hop concert

The Welcome to Minnesota Tour with Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Get Cryphy, Carnage, and Haphduzn will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Sanford Center Ballroom, 1111 Event Center NE. Tickets are $23 for open seating, all ages. Tickets at Sanford box office, Ticketmaster at Lueken’s outlets and at

poetry workshop

Limited spaces are available for a poetry workshop with Carol Ann Russell, professor of Women’s Studies and English at Bemidji State University.

“The POEM as Kaleidoscope” will explore the map of undivided unconsciousness in a poem and the potential for work in other genres. The workshop will include discussion and critique of work, dynamic exercises and ideas to stimulate new writing. It will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Call Bemidji Community Arts Center at 444-7570 for location and to register. The fee for the workshop is $40 for adults and $20 for students.


 Midwinter Interlude reception will run from 1-6 p.m. in the Ramsey Gallery, ground floor level off the main parking lot of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the campus of BSU. Meet and greet some of the artists, enjoy refreshments and listen to live music while viewing the installation of works ranging from crafts to fine art. The show will be on display until March 15.


Warm Your Heart with a Little Art with Mary Morton, who will demonstrate the art of Ukrainian egg decorating during the 1-4 p.m. class at Gallery North. To register, call 444-9813.


First Friday Receptions will begin at Gallery North with Students of Gallery North as the Showcase Artists for the month of March. Mary Morton who teaches rosemaling, tole painting, and Celtic knot work, will be the featured artist of the month. She will demonstrate techniques for Ukrainian Egg decorating during the 2-5 p.m. reception at 502 3rd St. NW.

— The Bemidji Public Library will showcase Colleen Hilts and her quilted wall hangings and wood carvings for the month of March. Meet the artist during the 3-5 p.m. reception at 509 America Ave. NW.

— Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will welcome Jess Conrad and her exhibit, “Thread-Fabric-Earth.” Join Conrad at the 3-5 p.m. reception and stay to hear the musical group BlueBird from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

— Step a few doors down to the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse for “Minnesota Monsters” by Nina Lubarski, a collection of marionette puppets that have blunt teeth and goofy smiles. A treat for the entire family. Meet Lubarski during the 3-5 p.m. reception at 523 Minnesota Ave. NW.

— Neilson Place will host an exhibit of wildlife artist Beverly Joslyn through May. Meet Joslyn during the 3-4:30 p.m. reception at 1000 Anne St. NW (Sanford WoodsEdge Campus).

— Brigid’s Pub will have an installation of new work by the Artists of Studio 10, titled “Places, Near and Far.” Meet the artists during the 4:30-6:30 p.m. reception at 317 Beltrami Ave. NW.

— The BCAC Spoken Word Committee will hold a poetry reading by Carol Ann Russell beginning at 6 p.m. with conversation and signing to follow. Russell will read selections from published books and her new manuscript. The current exhibit in the main gallery is “Cultures in Change” by photographer Cal Rice. Meet the artists during the 5:30-7:30 p.m. reception at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

— Dunn Bros. Coffee will host the mixed media exhibit “Home” by Amanda Brueggemeir through the month of March at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S.

— First Friday Wine Bar from 5-9 p.m. will feature ballpark inspired fare from around the country at the Wild Hare Bistro.


Puccini’s “Tosca,” a tragic tale of love, idealism and destructive obsession, from the Royal Opera House in London, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Bemidji Theatre. Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults and $10 for students. For a synopsis of “Tosca,” go to

studio cruise artists call

The First City of the Arts Studio Cruise for 2013 is accepting applications from artists within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji.

This will be the sixth cruise of the working studios of local artists and an opportunity to showcase and sell their art. Studio Cruise dates are Oct. 18-21 and the deadline for all applications is April 15. A $10 non-refundable jury fee must accompany the application. There is also a $100 artist participation fee to help cover expenses such as promotion and brochure printing.

Artists who do not have a space that will allow for visitors, may be a guest artist at a qualifying host studio. A maximum of three artists may be at any one location.

Artists must meet all jury and monetary qualifications and eligibility requirements established for participating in the Cruise.

Applications may be downloaded at the Bemidji Community Art Center website

Questions may be directed to Dave Towley at 333-3547 ( or Lori Forshee-Donnay at 444-7570.

upcoming events

— Bemidji State University Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. March 2.

— Bemidji Symphony  Orchestra “Music and Peace” at 3 p.m. March 3.