Around the Arts, Sept. 2

Open-mic CoffeeHouse announces next event BEMIDJI--Headwaters Open-Mic CoffeeHouse will kick off a new season at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at Headwaters Music and Arts of Bemidji. Held on the first Friday of most months, the open-mic event featu...

Headwaters Open-Mic CoffeeHouse will kick off a new season at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at Headwaters Music and Arts of Bemidji. Submitted photo.

Open-mic CoffeeHouse announces next event

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Open-Mic CoffeeHouse will kick off a new season at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at Headwaters Music and Arts of Bemidji. Held on the first Friday of most months, the open-mic event features music and spoken word performance in a supportive, family friendly environment, according to a press release.

Community promoter and musician Carolyn Jacobs will host September's coffeehouse. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to sign up for a 10 to 15 minute set. Signup begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per person or $7 per family.

Recent coffeehouses have included jazz ballads, family folk, punk-rock anthems and much more, the release said. For more information, contact John Henningsgaard at (218) 444-9845.

Watermark announces first event for "Goodnight Art"


BEMIDJI- Watermark Art Center will begin the program "Goodnight Art" from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10. Created for children ages 3-8, the evening will include a bedtime story followed by an art project that connects to the story.

"This series is a great way to get your little ones ready for bedtime. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal or snuggly blanket," a press release said.

The program will continue monthly and typically fall on the first Monday of each month from September through May. The cost for each Goodnight Art event is $7 per family for Watermark members and $8 per family for non-members.

For more information, visit Watermark Art Center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

History Center to host 'plein aire' painting workshop

SHEVLIN-The Clearwater County History Center will host a "plein aire" workshop on Sept. 6 and 7 featuring plein aire artist Dan Mondloch. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Plein aire is a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent, meaning "in the open air." It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, a press release said. Mondloch is a third generation painter of landscapes in watercolor. He operates a studio in his home, where he balances his professional life between studio art, commission work, murals and teaching. He became a rostered teaching artist for the Central Minnesota Arts Board in 2012. He teaches studio and plein aire workshops, K-12 artist residencies, and beginner classes at the Paramount Visual Arts Center in St. Cloud. In 2013 he was awarded a McKnight Emerging Artists Award from the Central Minnesota Arts Board.

For more information on the workshop, contact Pamela at (218) 368-5221. The History Center is located at 264 First St. in Shevlin.


Watermark plans poetry reading and lecture

BEMIDJI-Watermark Art Center will host a poetry reading and lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 11, featuring Kansas poets HC Palmer and Al Ortolani.

The lecture "Poets in Conversation," will be held from 10 a.m. until noon. The cost is $20 for Watermark members and $25 for the public. Attendees should register by Sunday, Sept. 9, at

The reading will be held at 6 p.m. Palmer and Ortolani will use haiku, free verse and other forms of poetry to share about a broad range of topics, including environmental inspiration, the tallgrass prairie and the Vietnam war.

Palmer's poetry book, "Feet of the Messenger," explores his experiences as a medical doctor, especially as an army surgeon in the Vietnam War. "Feet of the Messenger" was a finalist for the 2017 Balcones Poetry Prize and was chosen as a 2018 Kansas Notable Book.

Ortolani's poetry has appeared in journals such as "Rattle," "Prairie Schooner," and "Tar River Poetry." His newest collection, "On the Chicopee Spur," was recently released from New York Quarterly Books. A previous collection, "Ghost Sign," co-authored with J.T. Knoll, Adam Jameson, and Melissa Fite Johnson, was selected as a Kansas Notable Book for 2017.

For more information, visit

'dancing Light' to play at Headwaters Music and Arts


BEMIDJI-The band "dancing Light" will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors 62 and older. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended at Headwaters Music and Arts or online at

Consisting of members Kiki, Greg and Sabbastion, the band fuses folk, classical, rock and pop, according to a release.

Vision Theatre produces Long Lake Theater season

HUBBARD-For the 2018 summer season, Long Lake Theater in Hubbard will be managed by Vision Theatre, a local company co-owned by Julie Kaiser and Jennifer Geraedts. Long Lake Theater produced Geraedts' debut play "AH" in 2016. Following that, Long Lake Theater asked Vision Theatre to produce the first summer show of 2017 as well as additional productions later in the year.

One change that Vision Theatre has made is replacing 3 p.m. Wednesday matinees with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Friday and Saturday 7:30 performances will continue. Thursday shows

have been eliminated. A season pass is now available and can be purchased from Kaiser or Geraedts or Beagle and Wolf Books in Park Rapids. For more information, visit or find Vision Theatre on Facebook. Patrons can call (218) 732-0099 to make reservations

The list of remaining upcoming productions include:

• "Strangers on a Train" by Craig Warner, Aug. 17-Sept. 2

• "Radium Girls" by D.W. Gregory Sept. 14-23.

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