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Around the Arts, October 29

Anthony Swann will be the featured poet for the next First City Poetry Reads event, which is set for 4 p.m Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW. Submitted photo.
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 is set for 4 p.m 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. The event is followed by an open mic. 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

BSU hosts wind ensemble concert Oct. 29

BEMIDJI -- The BSU Music Department will host a wind ensemble performance at 3 p.m. today, Oct. 29, in the main theater of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors; BSU students are admitted free with a valid ID. The concert will feature a bassoon solo by Miriam Webber, assistant professor of music, and a BSU premiere work by Aaron Perrine. The wind ensemble is a non-audition student ensemble group directed by Scott Guidry, assistant professor of music.

 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. 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  

Talley Gallery features work of BSU’s Brockman

BEMIDJI --  BSU’s Talley Gallery will feature ceramic work by Dr. Tim Brockman, professor of technology, art and design, in the exhibition “Textures, Slabs and Thrown Pieces: Ceramic Art by Tim Brockman” beginning Nov. 1. The exhibit will remain in the Talley Gallery through Dec. 5.

A reception for the exhibit will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 1, and Brockman will introduce the exhibit at a gallery talk shortly after 1 p.m.

Brockman describes his current ceramics work as explorations of glazes and finishes and their interactions with textured surfaces of the clay, according to a press release.

Brockman coordinates BSU’s technology degree programs and teaches in construction management and engineering technology.

Recognized this fall as a “Minnesota-based online engineering professor to know” by the website Online Engineering Programs, Brockman teaches a variety of courses at BSU including Impact of Technology, Built Environment, Project Bidding and Estimation, Construction Management and Facility Management. He also has taught Ceramics/Hand Building and Ceramics/Wheel courses at BSU.

Brockman is a consultant, former licensed contractor and property developer. He consults in energy efficiency and the remodeling of residential and commercial structures.

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 at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. Admission is a free-will 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 a year of lessons. There is a cost of $20 per month. For more information, call (218) 444-5606 or email Those interested in 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.

Shevlin History Center opens new fur trade exhibit

SHEVLIN -- The History Center in Shevlin has recently opened a new, traveling exhibit from the Minnesota History Center called “Fur Trade in Minnesota.” Hundreds of years ago, Minnesota played a key role in the fur trade, which stretched across five continents, according to a press release. Visitors to the exhibit can lift a 45-pound voyageur’s pack, learn how the fur trade shaped Ojibwe art and discover how beaver pelts could be transformed into sleek, stately hats that were all the rage among wealthy Europeans. “Fur Trade in Minnesota” will be open through Nov. 4.

“Fur Trade in Minnesota” was created by the Minnesota History Center’s “Exhibits to Go” program which brings Minnesota history to communities statewide. Locally, the exhibit is sponsored by the Clearwater County Historical Society and by a donation from Clearwater Polk Electric’s “Round Up” program.

Clearwater Historical Society seeks input for exhibit

SHEVLIN -- The Clearwater County Historical Society seeks 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 through 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.