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Conductor Murry Sidlin will speak about the upcoming performance of "The Defiant Requiem" at noon Thursday, April 21, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 American Ave. N.W.

Sidlin composed the piece on the true story of Rafael Schaechter who used a smuggled score of Verdi's "Requiem Mass" to hold 16 performances for fellow prisoners, guards and a Red Cross delegation in the Terezin concentration camp. This event is free and open to the public.

Open house

The Sanford Center is holding an open house from noon-3 p.m., today, Wednesday, April 20. Local Singer/Songwriter Jake Jackson will entertain and refreshments are from Althea's Cakery, Dunn Brothers coffee and beignets from Head Chef Bill Downs. There will also be a "spin to win" promotion with the chance to win prizes and gift certificates from Dairy Queen, Stittsworth Meats, Sanford Center Advertising, and tickets to Bemidji State University Hockey and future events. Tours of the facility will be conducted on the half hour starting at 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Literary contest

An opportunity to share your literature with lovers of the written word will begin at 7:30 p.m., today, Wednesday, April 20 at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub. 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. April is National Pineapple Upside Down Cake and National Humor Month. Bring your humorous poetry or prose containing the words "Pineapple Upside Down Cake" or "Zipper" for a Prize.

TV series

"Common Ground," a magazine show that demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region, airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. This week, Common Ground gets at taste of Northern Minnesotan Culture at the Lefse contest. Bob Jenkins of Motley transforms his home into the North Pole. Charlotte Bailey of Bigfork shares her joy of quilting. Plus we have a good time at the Nisswa BBQ Festival. The shows are repeated at 6 p.m. Sundays and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, following the initial broadcast. Videos of past shows are also available online at This activity is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Wind quintet

Third Thursdays in Park Rapids from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 21 in downtown Park Rapids will showcase The Northern Light Wind Quintet and writer Shannon Geisen Bolton in honor of National Poetry Month. They will perform from 5 -5:30 p.m. and 6-6:30 p.m. at Beagle Books. Fran Gack will sing and play her guitar from 5:30-6 p.m. and 6:30-7 p.m., at Belle Caffe. At The Good Life Café, Ben Marotte will play and sing folk, country and classic rock from 5:30-6 p.m., and 6:30-7 p.m. All of the venues are located on Main Street (state Highway 34) in Park Rapids and are free and open to the public. A free will offering will be accepted by the performers.

Improv theater

"Out of the Hat IV," a venture where the writers, directors and actors have 24 hours to produce an adult comedy will happen at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Historic Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji. Tickets are $10 each and available now at Harmony Natural Foods Co-op, the Wild Hare Bistro and at the door. For more information about the event and a listing of the actors, see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or

Memoir project

"Beginning Memoir: Finding Your Story" with Angela Foster will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Gonvick American Legion Cabin. Foster will help participants find their story and discuss how memoir differs from autobiography and fiction. Participants are encouraged to bring a notebook to take notes and practice writing. This event is a program of the spring series of Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning and is free and open to the public.

Spring concert

The BSU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the main theater of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 14th St.reet and Birchmont Drive Northeast. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for all students. The Wind Ensemble will perform "Prayer" by Michael Schelle, for solo cello and chamber winds featuring retiring faculty member Patrick Riley on cello. The Symphonic Jazz Suite for jazz combo and concert band by Frank Bencriscutto will feature retiring faculty member Steve Konecne on saxophone with Del Lyren on trumpet, Pat Riley on bass and Greg Gaston on drums. Both ensembles are under the direction of Erika Svanoe, director of bands at BSU.

Playhouse gala

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse will hold a gala in celebration of its upcoming 61st Season at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Historic Chief Theatre. "Stars on Stage" will feature catered food and beverages and will showcase the 2011 Summer Season with Artistic Director Zach Curtis and a special program. The $20 tickets are on sale now by calling the box office at 741-7270. This event is underwritten by Higgins Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc.

Music drama

"I Am Anne Frank," a music-drama by Nautilus Music Theater will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29, and at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, on the main stage of Bangsberg. The production is a combination of spoken excerpts from Frank's diary and songs that reveal the musings of her inner life. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students younger than 18 and are available now at Lueken's Village Foods North and Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at the door.

Holocaust play

"I Never Saw Another Butterfly," a one-act play by Celeste Raspanti, is an awarding winning and internationally recognized play about the children of the holocaust. More than 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin and only about 100 were still alive when the camp was liberated at the end of World War II. One of the survivors, Raja, taught the children when there were no materials with which to teach and showed them that there was reason to hope. The butterfly became a symbol of defiance. The play will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 1, at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. The show is appropriate for all ages and tickets are $5 each. Reservations may be made by calling Saarens Productions, 556-1777.

Antique fair

The Beltrami County Historical Society will hold its Antique Fair and Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Bemidji High School Commons. A fundraising event for the entire family will feature more than 40 vendors. General admission is $1. For more information, call 444-3376.

Wildlife photos

A slide-show of nature and wildlife photographs by Kathy Jo McKeown is currently on display at the Lake Bemidji Park Visitor's Center. Many of the photos were taken within the park and show the plants and animals indigenous to the northern Minnesota region. There is a continuous showing on weekends from noon-4 p.m., at the close of the center and will be on display through May. The project was funded, in whole or in part, by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Weekend music

- Local teen musician Caige Jambor will play a mixture of original and folk music from 7-8 p.m., Friday, April 22, at the Cabin Coffeehouse. This event is free and open to the public.

- "Saint Anyway," an acoustic duo of Tony Peterson and Jamie Kallestad, will perform beginning at 9 p.m., Friday, April 22, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.


- "Creating Nonfiction: Telling Truths Artfully," a non-fiction workshop with Mark Christensen, poet and non-fiction writer will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Bemidji Community Arts Center. Christensen will work with participants at all stages of writing development, who are interested in improving their creative non-fiction skills. Advanced registration is required at $35 per person and $20 for students. Contact Lori or Cindy at or 444-7570.

- A "Paint a Pretty Purple Iris" watercolor class will be held from 1-4 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Gracie's Woodsy Boutique, six miles west of Bemidji on U.S. Highway 2. Painters will complete and mat to a 16-by-20-inch painting. The cost is $40 and all materials are provided. Class size is limited and early registration is advised. Call Grace at 759-2952.

- A "Drawing Workshop" with Douglas Zuehlsdorff is for those who want to improve their skills in colored pencils, pastels, pen and ink and charcoal. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Sillimandi Studio, 4202 Pintail Drive S.E. Interested artists may call 218-507-0423 for a registration form. The cost of the workshop is $50 and attendees will need to bring their own materials, including a sketch pad and drawing instruments.

- "Community Collaboration: Connecting over Creative Ideas that Build Community" is a free workshop offered by the Region 2 Arts Council and facilitated by Jun Li-Wang, an artist community organizer for Springboard for the Arts. It is open to anyone: artist, creative entrepreneur, business owner, director of a nonprofit, arts supporter, producer or a community member who has an unrealized project idea waiting to happen. The workshop will open with registration from 3:30-4 p.m. Hands-on workshop activities will be held from 4-8 p.m., with a light dinner and snacks provided. At 8 p.m., optional informal socializing is planned. The first workshop will be offered from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Northern Pines Camp, 20033 County Road 1, Park Rapids. RSVP is required by Monday, May 2. The second will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Holiday Inn Express, 2422 Ridgeway Ave. N.W., Bemidji. RSVP is required by Monday, May 16. RSVP to the Region 2 Arts Council Office by emailing or calling 751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

- Minnesota Arts Count Census. Artists in all media are asked to complete an online survey, no matter how well or how publicly talents are shared. Go to to take the short survey.

Art exhibits

- "Art from Within" is a collection of artwork that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people who have been touched by incarceration or affected by the criminal justice system. The exhibit is sponsored by the ACLU-MN, Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project of Bemidji and is made possible with a grant from the Two Feathers Endowment, St. Paul Foundation. The exhibit will be up through April and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. S.W.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., features "A Green Collection" in honor of Earth Day with items from functional and wearable to decorative and funky by 10 artists. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring arts and fine craft by more than 60 artists.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in collaboration with Gallery North, presents "Nature's Bounty," a photographic exhibit by Glenn Ferguson, through July 31.The History Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- BCAC, 426 Bemidji Ave., invites the public to view the 11th annual Bemidji Area High School Invitational, featuring works in all media. The gallery and Shop 426 are open from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., will showcase the photography and poetry of Deb DeNio Krueger, "From Sunrise to Sunset - the Wonders Never End." Some of the prints will be available for purchase.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub invites the public to view the work of Dannielle McCallister. The exhibit is located in the back dining room of the restaurant. For hours of operation, call 444-0567.

- The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café214 Third St. N.W., will feature the photography of Trish Barthorpe, with "Kenya: A Departure," a show of landscapes and details of the region. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents its April artist, photographer Marlys Brown. Her inspiration is drawn from the strength of people, sharing their lives through the camera's lens, and celebrates the exquisite diversity and beauty of Ethiopia. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

- Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave., has on display the work of local, regional and national artists in a new exhibit rotation that also includes two new mixed media pieces by Phyllis Diller. The gallery is open from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Gallery North, 502 Thhird St. N.W., welcomes the public to view its showcase artists of the month. Billy Mason, who works in colored pencil and pen, is originally from Red Lake. He draws upon his Native American heritage for his cards and portraits. Scott Fadness, whose work has been featured in National Geographic, is known for his wildlife themes. Featured member artist of the month is Jeannie Fender and her wrapped jewelry. Gallery North is open six days a week.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has on display of the work of the late Eugene Dalzatto, former professor of art at BSU. Dalzatto's paintings and etchings will be on display through April. For details or visits, call 751-9654.

- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., hosts the new work of photographer Joe Rossi. His work will be on display through June, and a price list will be available at the front desk. The gift shop at the Bistro will showcase the work of Jeff Larson, who has a display of his bentwood boxes and spoons in birch, black cherry, elm and hickory. Local artist Terry Honstead will also have a display at the Bistro featuring colorful glass bead necklaces and earrings, feather hair pieces, headbands and lapel pins.

- Ramsey Gallery, on the ground floor of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, has an installation by Nicole Collins until May 5. She has fabricated giant beetles; insects in their natural setting.

- Talley Gallery has on display the 2011 Visual Arts Scholarship Show through May 3. The gallery is open from 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 in Room 212 of the Education Arts Building of BSU.

- Wild Hare Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will showcase the digital photography of Mackenzie Lindahl. "Ingredient" is inspired by the seasonal food ingredients found in our neighborhood gardens, kitchens and grocery stores. The bistro is open six days a week.

- The Artist Sampler Display has opened at the Tin Pan gALLErY in Blackduck. Several area artists are showcasing some of their most recent work: which includes basketry by Eve Sumsky and Katie Haws, photography by Ursula Anderson and Nate Lien, prints and paintings by Don Houseman, jewelry by Lisa Carter and Mindy Kleeb with Ukrainian egg decorating. This display can be viewed through May 7. The History and Art Center is located at Main and Margaret in downtown Blackduck.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new artwork by Michael De Witt, Jane Freeman, Terry Honstead, Beverlee Olson, Mary Therese Peterson, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillimandi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

- The Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave., by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Upcoming events

- April 29, 8 p.m., Lance Benson with Mark Bauer, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

- May 1, 3 p.m., "The Defiant Requiem," Bemidji High School.

- May 5-15: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat," Nevis High School.

- May 9 and 10, Auditions for "On Golden Pond" at the Minnesota Folklore Theater; performances Aug. 11-21 in Akeley. For more information, call 652-2666.

- 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub. Free to play.

- Open stage, 7:30 p.m. third Wednesdays, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

- Pelican Railroad performs at Backyard BBQ Wednesdays and Jammers on Thursdays.

- Open Stage, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Brigid's Cross.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club. The public is invited to attend. For details, call 759-2952.

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month; contact

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