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Pioneer Previews for March 31: Okokon Udo to present one-man play

BEMIDJI – The Minnesota debut of the one-man play, “Attractive Children – One Man’s Unmasking of Internalized Oppression” with visionary artist Okokon Udo will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

The play transcends time and place and speaks for everyone who has ever lost their voice, been spoken for or been marginalized by another person or group.

The second hour of this play will be given over to a talk-back session between the actor and the audience.

Voluntary donations will be accepted at the door in lieu of ticket price. This event is brought to Bemidji through the generous support and sponsorship of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

This week, Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse will open its spring production “Peter Pan, the Musical” as adapted by Piers Chater Robinson from the J. M. Barrie novel. Public performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee April 7. Special school performances will be performed at 9:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. April 9 and 10. There also will be performances at 7:30 p.m. April 12 and 13 and a 2 p.m. matinee April 14.

Tickets are $6 for children and $12 for adults at Iverson Corner Drug and Shannon’s Art & Soul in downtown Bemidji and K. K. Thompson in the mall.


Bemidji Public Library monthly book discussion will begin at noon with “The Other” by Wes Moore. The book tells the story in alternating narratives of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a challenging and at times, hostile world. Free and open to the public.


Adventures in Lifelong Learning will continue its spring lecture series with Janice Haworth and “Drums of Guinea,” the story of her two-year living and teaching experience as a Fulbright Scholar. The program promises to be lively with audience participation.

 The session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Roger Spiry 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.

The documentary “Bemidji the Middle Years: 1941-1961” begins at noon at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW. It is a co-production of the Beltrami County Historical Society and Gary Burger Video-Audio. Free and open to the public.

Bemidji Public Library monthly book discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. with “The Other” by Wes Moore.


The “Bemidji the Middle Years” documentary will be shown again at 7 p.m. at the Bemidji Public Library.

“Attractive Children-One Man’s Unmasking of Internalized Oppression” begins at 7 p.m. in the Wild Rose Theater.


“Peter Pan, the Musical” at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Chief Theater.

This month’s First Friday has numerous offerings:

– First Friday Receptions begin at Gallery North with the continuation of the Artists of Minnesota Traveling Mini Show. The featured artist is Curtis Shagunn, who began his artistic endeavors with wooden flowers and coin jewelry. His newest work is in beading and using various stones and bead types to design jewelry. Meet Shagunn during the 2-5 p.m. reception at 502 3rd St. NW.

– Bemidji Community Arts Center will hold its 13th Annual Bemidji Area High School Spring Exhibit. Vote from 4-5:30 p.m. for your favorite piece of art for the People’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced at 6 p.m. The opening reception for this show is 4-6 p.m.

– Bemidji Public Library will host Melanie Rietveld and her exhibit “Dreaming in Color.” Meet her during the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. in the main reading room of the library.

– Rail River Folk School will welcome Kailey Babcok and Justice Deeter for their show, “New Beginnings,” an exhibit of paintings and drawings on the theme of transformation and growth. Meet the artists during the 4-6 p.m. reception at 303 Railroad St. SW, Suite B.

– Glazed and Amused will host Diamond Knispel, a visual artist whose primary medium is pen and pencil. Meet Knispel during the 5:30-7 p.m. reception at 311 3rd St.

– Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will host “Wetland,” a collection of painting of lakes, river and swamps of Minnesota by Mary Lingen. A winner of numerous national awards, Lingen will greet the public and offer cookies during the 3-5 p.m. reception at 523 Minnesota Ave. NW.

– First Friday Wine Bar from 5-9 p.m. will be ushering in baseball season with a Culinary Journey through America’s Ballparks with libations to match at the Wild Hare Bistro.

– Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will host The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLU) project “Art from Within.” The artwork gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people. The theme this year focuses on artist’s feelings and understandings of what art means to them. The public is invited to attend the 5-7 p.m. reception with art awards announced at 6 p.m. at 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

– Ravenrock Gallery will be hosting an exhibit, “Wonderful World of Drawing” by BJ Jolly and Doug Zuehlsforff: pencil sketches, stippling, pen and ink, and scratchboard. Meet the artists during the 5-7 p.m. reception at 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive, Suite 2.

– Northwoods Folk Collective open mic at 7:30 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School.


Amanda Boring senior recital at 3 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex of Bemidji State University.

“The Minnesota Road Guide to Gangster Hot Spots” with Chad Lewis at 4 p.m. at the Bemidji Public Library is the final event of the Adult Reading Program by the Friends of the Bemidji Public Library. Free and open to the public.

“Peter Pan, the Musical” at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Chief Theater.

Ongoing exhibits

BSU Talley Gallery exhibit by Ivan Ninov, “Drawn from the Balkans,” is a collection of expressive prints and drawings by this world class Bulgarian artist. The exhibit will remain in place until April 12. It is open to the public Monday through Saturday with no admission charge in Room 212 of Bensen Hall, BSU.

Neilson Place continues its exhibit of wildlife artist Beverly Joslyn through June.

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