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Patt Rall Arts Column: Eelpout Festival to feature play

"Hansen's Grill: Minnesota Nice on Ice" focuses on the trials and tribulations of a small café in a small northern Minnesota town trying to survive when well-known corporate restaurants threaten its demise. This musical romp by Teri Harrington will feature local actors Vicky Wangberg, Jan Parson, Teri Harrington, Charlie Parson and Chris Miles. Look for them at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday under the tent off the city park in Walker at the Eelpout Festival. Tickets may be purchased at the flap (door) with a sliding scale of $5 to $15.

Eelpout music

Eelpout Strings will bring old time string music to downtown Bemidji Friday as a preview to their concert at the annual Eelpout Festival in Walker. The group will begin playing at 8 p.m. and continue until 10:30 at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. It will be a busy night at Brigid's Cross as patrons will once again join with other Irish pubs across the globe to try and make the "Guinness Book of World Records" as the largest simultaneous toast of Guinness beer. To properly pour the pints, time is needed, so be at the pub at least one half hour before the toasting hour of 10 p.m.

Wind ensemble

Bemidji State University's Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in the main hall of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, Birchmont Drive and 14th Street. The Wind Ensemble, the premiere performing band of BSU, will present "Let's Dance!" a variety of ethnic and folk dances. Attendees will recognize the "Circus Polka," by Stravinsky as the playful ballet music for elephants at the Barnum and Bailey Circus. The ensemble, established in 2002, has appeared with internationally known conductors and soloists. They performed for the Minnesota Music Educator's Association in 2004, the first time in 30 years that a BSU ensemble received that honor. The BSU Symphonic Band program will include pieces based on poetry from the 10th century, "The Three Ayres from Glouchester," to Persichetti's "Pageant. Senior music education major, Beth Holzheuter, will guest conduct the orchestra in "I Vow to Thee, My Country," by Gustav Holst. The Symphonic Band is composed of music majors performing on secondary instruments, non-music majors and members of the Bemidji community. Both groups will be conducted by Darrin Oehlerking. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and free to all students.

Woodwind quintet

The New York Woodwind Quintet will be the second group to perform in the annual Bemidji Concert Series of BSU. This concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. This renowned group enjoys a 20-year residency at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City and is unique as all members are distinguished soloists and teachers. The individual performers are Carol Wincenc on flute, Charles Neidich on clarinet, Stephen Taylor on oboe, Marc Goldberg on the bassoon and William Purvis on French horn. A special feature of the concert will be Carter's "Woodwind Quartet," a century tribute to this composer's numerous major works in the woodwind repertory. Individual event tickets are $20 for the general public, $5 for students and free for students with a valid BSU identification card and may be purchased now at Lueken's Village Foods North, Tutto Bene and the Department of Music. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door.

Other events

-- The Bemidji Sculpture Walk is calling for artists to display their work for the 2009-2010 sculpture walk. The applicants' works will be judged by an impartial panel and the winners will be announced April 6 with installation of pieces May 15 and 16. A $300 honorarium will be awarded to each exhibitor courtesy of a local business sponsor or community member. Winners for the People's Choice Award will receive $1,000 for first place, $500 for Critic's Choice Award and $250 for Honorable Mention. Contact or for more information or to obtain an application. All applications must be postmarked by March 28

-- Wandering Madrigal Singers' Fundraiser tickets on sale. Tutto Bene Ristorante, sponsor of the event, will be the setting of a supper buffet of Italian food with music by members of the Wandering Madrigals. The ticket price is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Half of the ticket price will go to support the singers on their spring trip to Colorado where they will participate in an Artist in Residence Program. Tickets may be purchased now at Tutto Bene and Luekens North and South for this First Annual Mad Mediterranean Mid-Winter Dinner. The event will be at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. February 22, 300 Beltrami Ave.

-- Warm Your Heart With A Little Art at Gallery North this month. All classes are free but remember to call 444-9813 to reserve a spot and get information on material requirements. Classes are Felted Scandanavian Gnome with Geri Stace from 1-4 p.m. Saturday; Medicine Bags with Terry Honstead from 1-4 p.m. Monday; Ukrainian Eggs with Mary Morton from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday and Felted Scandinavian Gnome with Geri Stace from 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 28. Gallery North is located at 502 Third St. N.W.

-- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., has reopened with its Annual Members Show. Shop 426 has many new items for sale. BCAC is open to the public during regular hours noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

-- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall, 509 America Ave. N.W., has an installation of quilts by fabric artists Jill Mistic and Marie Porter for the month of February.

-- Beltrami County History Center in cooperation with Gallery North presents "Winter Fun" through February. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

-- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes BSU student Brian Murphy whose work is inspired by global issues and the human condition. His work will be on display through March with an artist's reception slated for March 6. There is also an on-going display of Audrey Merschman's cards and paintings. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

-- Dunn Bros. Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes Marion Caroline and interpretations of her Northern Minnesota heritage. Caroline's equine studies are well known but her folio also includes landscapes and wildlife studies of realistic and whimsical situations. Her work is on display and for sale during February. Also available for purchase is Levandowski Pottery, stoneware and Raku made with nontoxic clay and lead free glazes.

-- Gallery North features BSU art education major Jamie Burdick's oil pastels and pen and ink dream-like landscapes.

-- The Mask and Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., welcomes local artist Terry Honstead to the Fleur de Lis Gallery. Honstead's interpretations of "Life's Textures" are story pictures which depict the serendipity of life through color, form, and natural objects such as feathers and shells.

-- Talley Gallery features Jason Clark and his prints devoted to traditional stories, teachings and beliefs of American Indians and the misrepresentation of them by western culture. The exhibit will run through March 20. Clark, an assistant professor of visual arts at BSU, teaches drawing and printmaking. The Gallery is located in the Education Arts Building and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is barrier free and open to the public at no charge

-- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., presents Malissa R. VanMaasdam and her watercolors and drawings in a collection of recent portraits.

-- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., welcomes Butch and Gege Holden and their exhibit of pottery, paintings and fabric art which is inspired by the colors and forms of nature and the season. The work, chosen by the North Country Health Services Art Committee, will be on display through the winter months for the pleasure of the residents, families, staff and the community. Selected pieces are for sale and a price list can be had at the information desk.

--- Riverwood Bank, 550 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W., welcomes Terry Honstead for January, February and March with her exhibit "Life's Pleasures." Honstead, a member of Artists of Minnesota, northern Artists and Gallery North, is known in the area for her realistic glimpses at everyday life in the north woods and lakes.

-- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has an ongoing display of new art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby Pat Shough and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

-- Stop at the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Sculpture Walk.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events

-- "Terminal," a play by Brian Keene and Roy C. Booth, 7:30 p.m. Feb.27, 1 p.m. Feb. 28 and 2 p.m. March 1 at the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. For tickets ($10) and questions call 333-6759.

-- Monroe Crossing bluegrass, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the historic Chief Theatre. Advance tickets ($15) at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Wild Hare Bistro, Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and Arlan's Barber Shop.

-- Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, French Fanfares Concert, 3 p.m., March 8, Bemidji High School Auditorium.

-- Academy of Lifelong Learning lecture on the "Cultural Difference Between France and the U.S.A.," with Francois Fouquerel of the Concordia Language Village, 10 a.m. March 10.

-- "Cabaret," BSU Theater Department spring musical, March 20, 21 and 27-29.

-- Sister Song II, Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, March 28.

-- Gallery North and Northern Artists are sponsoring "The Artists of Minnesota Spring Show" May 15-17. For more information, call Pat at 751-8841 or on line at

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to