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Patt Rall Arts Column: Monroe Crossing to perform bluegrass concert

Monroe Crossing, the "Midwest's Premier Bluegrass and Gospel Quintet" and member of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The group named in honor of Bill Monroe, acknowledged as "The Father of Bluegrass," plays upbeat blends of classical and traditional bluegrass, gospel and original music. They have eight CDs, the newest "Live From Silver Dollar City was released in December. Advance $15 tickets are available now at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Wild Hare Bistro, Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, and Arlan's Barber Shop. This concert is sponsored in part by generous underwriting by Super-8 Motel, Bemidji.

Play to open

"Terminal," a play by Brian Keene and Roy C. Booth of Bemidji will open at 7:30 p.m., Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the historic Chief Theater. For tickets ($10) and questions call 333-6759.

Jazz concert

Jazz trumpeter Sean Jones will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. March 5 concert at the Bemidji State University Thompson Recital Hall in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Center. Jones, who was named Best New Artist in 2007 by Jazz Times Magazine, will perform as a special event presented by the BSU Department of Music. He will be accompanied by the Bemidji Jazz Quartet and BSU Jazz I. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $5 for all students. Tickets may be purchased at the BSU Department of Music or Lueken's Village Foods North. If available, tickets also will be sold at the door. Jones, who plays lead trumpet with legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, is hailed for his showmanship, as well as his exceptional music. In 2007, the Jazz Journalist Association also nominated him as Trumpeter of the Year. Proceeds from the Jones concert will support the Bemidji Concert Series Endowment, a fund of the BSU Foundation. The endowment helps fund the Bemidji Concert Series, which is dedicated to making Bemidji the cultural center for northern Minnesota and providing the Bemidji region with music that could not commonly be heard without traveling to the Twin Cities.

Other events

-- 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. Friday 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 the 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 BSU Department of Music. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door.

-- 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 to get more information or obtain an application. All applications must be postmarked by March 28

-- Warm Your Heart With A Little Art at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., this month. All classes are free but remember to call 444-9813 to reserve a spot and get information on material requirements. The last class will be Felted Scandinavian Gnome with Geri Stace from 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

-- 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 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 the month of 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 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. on 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. located by the statues 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

-- 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