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Pioneer Previews for March 17: Monroe Crossing to present concert

BEMIDJI – Monroe Crossing, world class bluegrass entertainers, will appear at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Bemidji Ave.

A popular group with area bluegrass fans, Monroe Crossing has played to full houses in the past so a hint would be to get those tickets in advance.

The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with local Gaelic musicians Caleigh as the opening act: Lenore Seims on fiddle and mandolin, Dee Furfaro on bass and guitar, and April Larson on harp.

Monroe Crossing is known for its blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and original tunes in airtight harmonies and on-stage camaraderie.

Advance tickets are $20 each for general admission now at Brigid’s Pub, Kelsey’s Jewelry, Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, or by calling 209-7884.

call for artists

The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association is adding a Juried Art Fair to its July 14 event. More information and application can be accessed at (under current promotions).

They suggest that artists also plan to apply for the Downtown Art Fair at the Old Central School Grounds in Grand Rapids on July 13 sponsored by the MacRostie Art Center. Contact them at

Rescheduled performance

The “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” an interactive musical comedy will be on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 23-25, 31 and June 1 and 2 p.m. matinees May 26 and June 2. Tickets are $13 for adults, seniors $8 and $5 for students K through college now at Brigid’s Pub or at the door the day of performance.

Theater production

Transplanted Bemidji director and producer Greg Gasman is presenting Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party” with former Bemidji actors Caleb Fricke and Jeremiah Liend at 7:30 p.m. through March 30, and a 2 p.m. show March 24, at the Open Eye Figure Theatre, 506 E. 24th St., Minneapolis. Tickets are $20 for general public and $17 for seniors and students.


Watercolor with Marion Reil from noon to 4 p.m. March 30 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.


Final day to register for Photography for Artists workshop with Cal Rice from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 at HSMA. The fee is $30; contact


Adventures in Lifelong Learning will continue its spring lecture series with Riki Scheela, a therapist who worked with sex offenders for 26 years. Among other topics, Scheela will describe the “Remodeling Process” for inmates while they process through treatment.

 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.


Emily Dickinson as portrayed by Rhoda Jackson is a blending of Dickinson’s poetry and prose in a theatrical setting. Jackson will be historically costumed as she takes the audience back in time. This is a legacy event sponsored by the Bemidji Public Library that will begin at 10:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public.


The Ausgburg College Choir will present a concert at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. SE. The public is invited to attend and a free will offering will be accepted.

Canvas and Cocktails with Kathy Gustafson at the Bemidji Community Arts Center. For more information, visit


Intro to Basic Jewelry making with Brittany Moore at BCAC. See above for information.

Senior Flute Recital with Katrina Stewart at 3 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall. Selections include “Suite in A Minor” by Telemann; “Geheimnis” by John Stewart; “Berceuse” by Albert Franz Doppler; “ Maya” by Ian Clarke and “Trio 1” from Hayden’s Four London Trios. The event is free and open to the public.

March art installations

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

Upcoming events

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.

Russian concert pianist Ilya Yakushev will be appearing in the Headwaters Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. at the Century High School in Park Rapids.

Long Lake Theater open auditions for the upcoming summer season from 6-8 p.m. March 26 and 28.