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Pioneer Previews: Bohemia on tap at First Lutheran

A concert featuring national dances from Bohemia, a major fundraiser for the Global Mission Projects, will begin at 2 p.m. today at First Lutheran Church, Ninth Street and Bemidji Ave.

Paul and Helen Baumgartner, retired professors from Gustavus Adolphus College, will perform sitting side-by-side playing pieces written for four-hand piano by Anton Dvorak, Johannes Brahms and Leos Jancek and their interpretation of the folk music of the region. A free will offering will be accepted.

•Jewels Ballet as danced by the Bolshoi Ballet is the chance to see an extraordinary dance company known for its adherence to the classical style. The show will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bemidji Theater and tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. The ballet is renowned as the world’s first full-length abstract ballet danced to the music of Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky and inspired by the artistry of jewelry designed Claude Arpel. Choreographed by George Balanchine, the founder of the New York City Ballet, the theme is to create the distinct movements that reveal the essence of each stone: “Emeralds” is a tribute to the French romantic school with music by Gabriel Faure; “Rubies,” taps into the rich tradition of Broadway musicals with music by Stravinsky; “Diamonds” evokes the grandeur of Imperial Russia to the music of Tchaikovsky.”

•The 2014 Minnesota North Woods Writers Conference will be held at Bemidji State University June 22 to June 28 with a line-up of award winning authors and teachers from across the country. They will lead workshops in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and multi-genre novice. Pam Houston is this year’s Distinguished Visiting Writer. The conference fee is $545 before April 1 and the application deadline is May 1. An Auditor Option is available for $125 and includes all conference amenities and events but does not include any workshops. Information is available at


•The spring lecture series of Adventures in Lifelong Learning continues with Cecelia McKeig speaking about “Greenwood Cemetery: The First 50 years.” The cemetery is the final resting place for more than 8,000 people who either lived or had some tie to Bemidji. Discussion will include practices of the time for burial and some of the problems encountered. The lectures are free and open to the public; coffee and bars are served before the start of the program which runs from 10 -11:30 a.m. in the Roger Spriy Community Room of Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Dr. NW. ALL is self-supporting and depends upon the generosity of members; please see membership forms at each presentation.

•The spring lecture series of Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning continues its spring lecture series with “Update on the Koreas” with Ed Poitras. He will review and interpret recent events in North and South Korea and their significance for the United States. The sessions are from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Northwood Bank Community Room, Northwood Bank, Highway 24 at County 6, Park Rapids. A free will donation is appreciated.


•Balachine’s “Jewels” as danced by a premiere classical ballet company, The Bolshoi Ballet, at 2 p.m. Saturday at local Bemidji Theater. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 available now until start time.

•Monroe Crossing, a bluegrass band, returns to Bemidji as part of their spring tour. A family friendly concert with tickets at Overbeek’s Music, Kelsey’s Jewelry, Brigid’s Pub or by calling (218) 209-7884. Tickets are $20. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.


•Beltrami County History Center features artwork on display from Gallery North and their new exhibit “Trails Through Time.” The topics include Ojibwe history, logging, entertainment, education and so much more with 60 additional feet of exhibit cases. The center is open from noon-4 p.m., Wed-Sat. at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

•The Bemidji Public Library Art Wall will feature work by members of the Northern Artist Association and include oil painting, watercolor, Rosemaling, wood carving and basket weaving. The library is located at 509 American Ave. NW.

•Brigid’s Pub and the Artists of Studio 10 will continue to feature “Winter Pastimes” through the end of March. The pub is located in downtown Bemidji.

•Fifth Annual Midwinter Interlude Art Show by Bemidji State University’s faculty and staff is now in the Ramsey Gallery on the ground floor of Bangsberg’s complex through Friday. Open to the public at no cost. Works on display include photography, stained glass, sculpture, jewelry, quilting, knitting, drawing and painting, fishing tackle and other artforms.

•Gallery North, 502 N. Third St., featured showcase artists Dianne Roholt and her pencil/ink drawings and Jesica Conrad who will show a variety of 3D items including landscaped quilted pictures. Featured Artist of the month is Les Sanders, the newest member of Gallery North, who has been woodcarving for over 30 years.

•Glazed and Amused, 311 N. Third St., is hosting First City Artists whose work includes painting, quilting, photography, collage, multimedia and jewelry.

•Neilson Place presents the multilayered artwork of Paula Swanson, “Hurry Summer,” through June. Swanson explores and interprets ideas, emotions and experiences creating a dialogue between the artist and viewer. Neilson Place is located on Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW.

•Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art will continue to feature “The Colors of Love” by the artists of Studio 10 through March. It is located at 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr., Suite 102 across from the Honda Center in Bemidji.

•Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave., will host the Dancing Sky Tapestry Weavers who will exhibit the varied styles and materials in a collection of their artwork.

Upcoming events

•In a major fundraising effort, the United Way of Bemidji and the Sanford Center are joining forces with First National Bank Bemidji for the premiere of “Lightwire: The Show” at 5 p.m. March 16 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for students for general admission seats. A $5 rebate to United Way if you say “United” when purchasing tickets at the Sanford Center, Bemidji High School box office and Lueken’s Village Foods or any Ticketmaster location or online at

•Baladino, an Israeli ensemble, will play 2-4 p.m., March 22 in the Sanford Center Ballroom as part of a Midwest tour of music from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Arabic countries. Sponsored by the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and Arts Midwest. Advance tickets $17 and $20 at the door, all tickets general admission.

•Watercolor class with Marion Reil –“Northwoods Winter Wonderland” on March 22 at Gallery North. All materials are included with the fee of $45 and the participants will complete and mat a 16-inch by 20-inch watercolor painting of a winter scene with a variety of backgrounds and painting techniques. Register at Gallery North.

•Enchanted Tea Party, a great opportunity for children to experience the magic of meeting their favorite princesses and fairies from their beloved books and movies March 22 at the Sanford Center. Tickets can only be purchased online at for $29.99. Each ticket to the event includes admission to the event for one, a free youth ticket to the Aad Shrine Circus also taking place the Sanford Center, a small tea party and a special gift to take home.

•Trampled by Turtles will perform at 8 p.m. March 28 at the Sanford Center ballroom. Trampled by Turtles was formed in Duluth in 2003 and employs many of the same traditional techniques of the bluegrass genre. The Lowest Pair will also perform. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at, Sanford Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000.

•The Church Basement Ladies in “A Mighty Fortress is our Basement,” on May 14 for two shows at the Sanford Center.