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Around the Arts, November 5

Book launch features Susan 'Sparky' Kedzie

BEMIDJI—A book launch for local author and illustrator Susan "Sparky" Kedzie will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 at Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW. The event will include a reading for her children's book "A Thousand Purring Cats," as well as a book signing and art activity from 2 to 3:30 p.m., as well as a book party and signing from 6 to 8 p.m., which will include music, door prizes and light refreshments.

Copies of the book may be found at and Barnes&

Kedzie will also read at the Bemidji Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. After the reading, there will be a discussion about the book's message, an age-appropriate art activity, and a book signing for those who are interested. "A Thousand Purring Cats" and the program are geared toward children 3 to 8 years old.

Arts Association produces 'It's A Wonderful Life'

FOSSTON—The Fosston Community Library Arts Association recently announced this year's production of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Fosston Library Theater.

The performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. Tickets will be $10 for adults, $7 for children.

Based on the 1946 film, the musical follows George Bailey's life from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond. "Cinematically scored and theatrically staged, the adaptation breathes musical life into a familiar story, while retaining the warmth, humor and pathos of the original," according to a press release.

Headwaters to host four-session portrait workshop

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host a four-session portrait workshop this month.

The workshop is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, including Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28. The workshop will be led by Diamond Knispel, a professional artist who started her career as a pencil portrait artist, according to a press release. The cost is $25 for members or $40 for the public. The program is for beginning to intermediate artists who are 18 or older. Participants should register, as there are a limited number of spots available. For more information, call (218) 444-5606, email headwatersschool//

Life drawing group meets at Headwaters

BEMIDJI—A life-drawing group will hold an introductory drawing session from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW. The group welcomes serious artists of all levels who are 18 or older. The group meets regularly to draw from a live model. No instruction is provided, and participants must provide their own materials. There is no charge for first-time attendees. For questions or to RSVP for November 9, call Deedee at (605) 321-3772 or email

First City Poetry Reads features Anthony Swann, Wendell Affield

BEMIDJI—Anthony Swann will be the featured poet for the next First City Poetry Reads event, which will be held at 4 p.m on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave SW. Swann, author of the recently-published collection "Paint with Words," will give the presentation "Our Place in History."

Swann's readings will focus on the role of jazz as a unique American art form which, like poetry, distills the essence of truth and beauty, according to a press release.

Wendell Affield, author of "Muddy Jungle Rivers," will read during the open mic session after Swann. As part of this Veteran's Day event, he will read from "found postcards" sent from the front during past world wars.

First City Poetry Reads is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in pre-registering to read can contact Marsh Muirhead at (218) 556- 6313 or email Poets are asked to keep their reading to three minutes and provide family friendly content. For more information, visit

Art Center goes back to the 1920s for fundraiser

PARK RAPIDS—The Nemeth Art Center will host a 1920s-themed fundraising dinner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, called "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" The event will be hosted by local chefs Amy Thielen and Megan Handke and will be held at Spike's Speakeasy, the newly reopened, historic CCC roadhouse located north of Park Rapids on Highway 71.

Attendees are invited to dress in 1920s-themed attire and bring their change jars to donate to the art center. The heaviest jar of change will win an original piece of art by photographer Wayne Gundmundson, according to a release. The cost of the dinner is $75 per person. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, email

Mitchell performs at Community Library Arts Center

FOSSTON—J. Warren Mitchell, a rising opera tenor in Germany and a former professor at BSU, will perform at the Fosston Library Arts Center on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Admission is a freewill donation. For more information, call Caese Haroldson at (763) 999-1959 or email

Headwaters Music and Arts orchestrates youth band

BEMIDJI Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, invites Bemidji area brass, woodwind, and percussion players to take part in a youth community band. Youth ages 7 to 18 and their parents or guardians are invited to attend an organizational meeting and first rehearsal at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6

Directed by freelance musician Craig Haugen, the group will rehearse every other Monday from November to May to prepare for several performances during the year. All skill levels are welcome, with a prerequisite of year of lessons. There is a cost of $20 per month. For more information, call (218) 444-5606 or email Those interested iin taking part but unable to attend the first meeting and rehearsal are asked to contact Headwaters before Nov. 6.

First City Singers seeks new director

BEMIDJI-- The First City Singers, a non-audition vocal performance group, is seeking a volunteer with choral-direction experience to lead weekly rehearsals and occasional performances at area senior living facilities. Rehearsals are 1 p.m. Mondays at Headwaters Music and Arts. First City Singers also welcomes additional men and women ages 55 and older to the group. For information about the volunteer director position or becoming a member, contact organizer Kathy Hughes at (218) 751-5129 or Donna Dremmel (218) 343-2988.

Clearwater Historical Society seeks input for exhibit

SHEVLIN—The Clearwater County Historical Society is seeking input from the public for an exhibition to be on display from November through January 2018 at the History Center in Shevlin.

This short-term exhibit "Creative Clearwater" will be developed to showcase the creative residents in Clearwater County, past and present. The museum is asking local artists and crafters to loan up to five items to display during those months. Additionally, owners who have artwork by an artist or crafter from Clearwater's past is encouraged to share it. For more information, contact the History Center at (218) 785- 2000 or email

The History Center in Shevlin is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays as well as 1 to 4 p.m. the last Sunday of each month. Admission is free, and donations are accepted.