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Pioneer Previews: First ‘Slam’ of the season is here

On Thursday, the Bemidji Public Library will hold its first Poetry Slam of the spring season.

The event is at 7 p.m. at the American Legion, 217 Minnesota Ave. NW, with music by Sonny Johnson.

If you didn’t know, a poetry slam is a competition where poets read or recite original work and their performances are given scores by judges; cash prizes are awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. To enter you must pre-register by contacting the library at 751-3963 because the slam is limited to 12 poets. This event is free but recommended for adult audiences only.

Mozart on film

Acclaimed actor/director Kenneth Branagh has done a film interpretation of “The Magic Flute” by Mozart that will be shown at the Bemidji Movie Theater at 2 p.m. Feb. 15. A pre-lecture by BSU professor emeritus Fulton Gallagher starts at 1:30 p.m.

This newest version, written and directed by Branagh, places the characters against the backdrop of WWI, where Tamino (Joseph Kaiser) has been wounded in battle. His life is saved by three army field nurses. The film is far from fanciful, but was rated highly by Mozart buffs even though some moments are farcical. This is one of Mozart’s most staged and interpreted operas. Branagh has faithfully followed the traditional operatic scores. Tickets are available at the box office now through the day of showing for $20 for adults, $10 for students. This is a family friendly event.

Bluegrass in Bemidji

The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association is bringing its annual Minnesota Bluegrass Community Concert Series back to Bemidji, with a double bill show Feb. 15. Barton’s Hollow and Sloughgrass will share the stage at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave., starting at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 for teens, and free for kids age 12 and younger.

More information and advanced tickets available by calling (800) 635-3037 or visit Tickets are also available in Bemidji at Overbeek Electronics and Kelsey’s Jewelry. The Bemdiji concert is also made possible locally by Ken Berge Construction, 3D Repair and Raphael’s Bakery.


“Daisy Chain Beading” with Curtis Schagunn from 1 to 4 p.m. “Warm Your Heart With A Little Art” at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. Reservations required.


Bemidji Public Library’s Poetry Slam and music by Sonny Johnson, 7 p.m. at the American Legion, 217 Minnesota Ave. NW.


Paul Bunyan Playhouse Open House for Valentine’s Day from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW. A sweet way to end the work day with beverages, snacks and music by Eric Gustafson and accept their thanks for the public’s support of the long-running summer stock productions.


“Warm Your Heart with a Little Art” free classes at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. Reservations required. “Intro to Bead Looming” with Patty Lovegreen from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and “Embroidery and More” with Colleen Hilts from 1 to 4 p.m.

•Hand Bell Concert for “Habitat for Humanity” fundraiser by the combined bell choirs of some area churches will begin at 4 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road.  A freewill donation will be accepted for the concert and reception to follow; all proceeds go toward building materials for the home to be built in Bemidji this summer.

•Minnesota Bluegrass Community Concert Series brings Barton’s Hollow and Sloughgrass to the stage starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. in downtown Bemidji. Event suitable for all ages ranges. Ticket information above.


•Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW, welcomes the public to view samples of the works included in this year’s free classes “Warm Your Heart With A Little Art.” Featured Artist of the month, multi-talented Colleen Hilts, a woodcarver and fabric artist.

•Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave., will present “Inspirations in Needlepoint” by mixed media and fiber artist Patricia Brittain, who will present pieces that put a new twist on an old hobby: combining needle point and collage.

•Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art Studio and Studio 10 will present “The Colors of Love,” interpretations of the theme by the artists and viewers to decide. Quiz the artists during the 4:30 to 6 p.m. reception at Suite 2 in 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr.

•Cabin Coffee House, 214 Third St. NW, are showcasing fiber artists Karen-Lisa Forbes and Dawn Standera and their installation “We’re Knot Friends-Cavandoli Knotting.

•Headwaters Science Center, 413 Beltrami Ave., is presenting the photography of Todd Geiger and his philosophy that photography is more aligned to finding something new in places he has been “multiple times” and discovering new places.

•Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S, is showcasing “From Within,” a collection of jewelry designs by local artist Christina Holland of Bad Cat Creations.

•Watermark Art Center (formerly Bemidji Community Art Center), 426 Bemidji Ave. N., and Paul Bunyan Communications will honor regional and state award winning artist/sculptor, Duane Goodwin with an installation of his stone sculpture, painting, beadwork and small carvings.