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Pioneer Previews for March 10: Women’s Theater Collective announces production

BEMIDJI – The Women’s Theater Collective has announced its production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Co. Spelling Bee,” an interactive musical, has been rescheduled.

The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. May 16-18, 24 and 25; and 2 p.m. matinees on May 19 and 26. The show will be on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex.

Ticket information will be released at a later date.


Due to the re-scheduled show times, two new actors are needed for the cast of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Co. Spelling Bee.” Interested actors can audition at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. Be prepared with a memorized reading/poem and an upbeat song for director Cate Belleveau.


Watercolor with Marion Reil from noon to 4 p.m. at Gallery North, 502 3rd St. NW. Attendees will work on glazing and negative space and “paint” white flowers on the 16-inch by 20-inch mat. All materials will be provided and the class cost is $45. Register at Gallery North.

Photography for artists with Cal Rice from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 at the Headwaters School for Music and the Arts is geared toward the working in 2 and 3D genre. Rice will show the participants how to present their work in photographs on websites, for galleries or catalogs. The registration deadline is March 18 and the fee is $30; contact


Adventures in Lifelong Learning will continue its spring lecture series with Nancy Vyskocil, president of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, who will talk about the renovations to the downtown 1905 Lumberman Bank with pictures and stories. Now the home of NWF, the bank is back to its original façade.

 The session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Roger Siry Community Room of Beltrami Electric Company, 4111 Technology Drive NW. All presentations are free and open to the public.  Free will donations are accepted to help off-set costs of refreshments.

Auditions at 7:30 p.m. Wild Rose Theater for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Co. Spelling Bee.”


The Blackduck Community Library and AMVETS are hosting a reading of “Muddy Jungle Rivers, a Vietnam War memoir” by Wendell Affield at 6:30 p.m. in the great room at the Blackduck Good Samaritan Senior Living. This free event is open to the public and a portion of the sales of the book will be donated to the Blackduck Community Library.

The Concordia Chapel Choir, under the direction of Michael Culloton, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. SE. The public is invited to attend and a free will offering will be accepted. 


Vocalmotive will perform a spring fundraiser concert with Home Free and LaVoce at 7 p.m. at Bemidji High School, 2500 Division Ave. NW. Pizzaz, the Middle School show choir, and a military tribute completes the program. Tickets are $12 each at Lueken’s North and South, and Overbeeks; tickets at the door if available.


Vocalmotive spring fundraiser concert with Home Free and LaVoce at 7 p.m. Jive and a military tribute completes the program.  Tickets are $12.

March art installations

A listing of all the artists and venues can be found on the Bemidji Community Arts Center website at 

Call for artists

Local artists are asked to donate an original piece of art for the Small Arts for Big Hearts sale on June 1. For every piece of a 5-inch by 7-inch painting donation, $25 is generated for the Bemidji Food Shelf. The deadline to submit work is April 30. Contact Don Houseman at (218) 586-2212 or (218) 766-1167 for submission forms.

Upcoming events

Monroe Crossing at 7:30 p.m. March 23 at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave.  Advance tickets are $20 each for general admission now at Brigid’s Pub, Kelsey’s Jewelry, HSMA or by calling 209-7884.

Bemidji Choir of BSU will present the final concert of the spring tour at 3 p.m. March 24 at Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex.