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Pioneer Previews: A new year, a new look

Happy New Year and may the coming months bring many bright moments to enjoy and cherish. We hope that you like the changes in the printed and online editions of the Pioneer, but with the changes come new deadlines for my stories and column. If you have something for us to print in the column for the following Sunday, the deadline is Tuesday morning. As it’s always been for the arts and entertainment news, the earlier you get the information to me, the better as the entertainment feature stories are typically scheduled a month in advance.

I am hoping that supportive friends will continue to send suggestions for stories they would like to see in the Pioneer to


The Bemidji Public Library book discussion group will meet at noon Monday in the front conference room to review “The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun” by Gretchen Rubin. This book is rated 4.5 stars on the Barnes and Noble website. The group also will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday.


Symphony Space’s award-winning program “Selected Shorts” is sponsoring the 2014 Stella Kupferbery Memorial Writing Contest. The winning submission will be read as part of a Selected Shorts performance on June 11 at Symphony Space. The story will be recorded as part of a public radio series, a live hour-long show of classic and new short stories brought to life by actors from stage, screen and television. The cash prize for the selected short best fitting the theme “Tales After Dark” will be $1,000 and chosen by this year’s guest judge, author Rick Moody, who has an extensive background in published works. The rules are simple: entries must be no more than 750 words and in English; a single short story that fits the “Tales After Dark” theme and have a title and the work has to be previously unpublished in print or online. The contest is open to all ages and residents from any country. All entries must be received by March 14 and the winner will be announced in May. For more information, official rules and how to

There is an opening on the Bemidji Public Library Board for any city resident who would like to serve the Bemidji Public Library. The library board meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. for approximately 90 minutes. Prospective board members should be familiar with library services and an active user of the library and participate in attending library events. Applications are available at the city’s website or at the library. Completed applications should be turned in to the City Clerk’s office by noon Jan. 16.


“Cavalleria Rusticana” and “I Pagliacci,” two short operas normally presented together will be on the big screen at the Bemidji Theater. The operas were recorded at La Scala operahouse in Milan, Italy and will be shown at 2 p.m., Jan. 18. Tickets can be purchased now and up to the time of the show for $20 adults, $10 students with valid ID.

“Are You Knot Aware?” with noted fiber artist Dawn Standera, who received a Region 2 Arts Council/McKnight Career Development award in 2013. Standera was able to travel to California to mentor with artists working in knotted sculpture. Her visual presentation will highlight this stunning and versatile art form. Standera will begin her presentation at 5 p.m., Jan. 22 at the Baudette Library at a Meet the Artist Event, 110 1st. St.SW, Baudette, Minn.

The next big event coming in January is the Bemidji High School Vocalmotive Dinner Show, held each year in the commons. Tickets are on sale, 3 to 6 p.m. at the main office: $16 for closer seating and $18 for “balcony” seats.  Shows this year are Jan.24 and two shows on Jan.25 and Jan. 26.

The Oxcars — a Celebration of Excellence for Regional Theaters will be honoring Bemidji Community Theater, Northern Light Opera, MN. Folklore Theater and Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective. Cate Belleveau and Robert Thomas will serve as masters of ceremony for the awards, which will be given for best acting, choreography, directing and design elements. The event begin at 5:30 p.m. Jan 26 at  Hondo and Suzi’s Dance Studio in Bemidji. Tickets are $10 each and available now at Shannon’s Art and Soul in downtown Bemidji or by calling (218) 243-2685.


Auditions for the upcoming children’s production, “Pinocchio” will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 15-16 at the Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Bring 16 measures of music to sing a capella and a short monologue of one minute or less. The show will be directed by Mary Knox Johnson, with musical direction by Karen Bradley.


Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW, features artwork work from Gallery North and their new history exhibit “Trails Through Time.” The center is open Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Brigid’s Pub, 317 Beltrami  Ave., installation is from the artists of Studio 10 entitled “Winter Pastimes.”

Gallery North, 502 3rd St. NW, continues its “Holiday Boutique” of handmade items.

Headwaters Science Center, 413 Beltrami Ave., presents TrekNorth alumna Lindsey Owens, who participated in the “Art From Within” juried shows in 2011 and 2013. She also worked on an art project with HSC and completed a mural combining the importance of art and science as part of a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) initiative.

Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW, presents “Walking Through Nature,” an exhibit of paintings by Maureen O’Brien for people who cannot walk through nature. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus and viewers may visit during regular visiting hours

Watermark Art Center (formerly Bemidji Community Art Center) will remain closed through Jan.14. Regular hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The center is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. NW, presents “New Collaborations” by Marlon Davidson and Don Knutson, whose work is known for its dimensional, mixed-media wall pieces with an objectives being to combine natural elements and more sophisticated content.