Patt Rall Arts Column for Feb. 10: Weekend offers full range of entertainment

Valentine's Day weekend offerings are sure to please every taste as the events include "Love Songs and Arias," Bluegrass and Americana, a family trio and the return of "Seussical the Musical." The show presents many Seuss characters like Horton t...

Valentine's Day weekend offerings are sure to please every taste as the events include "Love Songs and Arias," Bluegrass and Americana, a family trio and the return of "Seussical the Musical." The show presents many Seuss characters like Horton the Elephant, Mayzie, Gertrude McFuzz, Sour Kangaroo and Cat in the Hat in a musical romp. Directed by Cate Belleveau and music director Suzy Jones, the show is a presentation of the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective and performance times are 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets may be purchased at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at the door beginning one hour before show times.

History Center

Beltrami County Historical Society will be holding its annual Valentine, White Elephant and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. The center is accepting donations of new or gently used items that can be dropped off at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

Bluegrass concert

Lonely Pines Concert will return to Bemidji with featured groups Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice and the Woodpicks at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association, in cooperation with their local sponsors Ken Berge Construction, Super 8 Motel, KRKB Music Outlet and Overbeek Electronics, will bring these traditional Bluegrass and Americana groups to Bemidji as part of a tour. More information on the groups may be found on the ArtsNews blog. Tickets may be purchased at KRKB and Overbeek Electronics and cost $14 in advance and $16 on the day of the show; $8 for teens and free for children 12 years old and younger. All seating is general.


Family band

Northern Bass Family Band (Dan, Louise and Brian Bass) will perform a benefit concert to support the scholarship program at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, Headwaters School, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Tickets are $10 per person and will be sold at the door.

TV series

Common Ground, a new series by Lakeland Public Television, is a magazine show based on Northern Minnesota's arts, history, culture and heritage. It airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays. This week, the featured stories are the history behind the Headwaters Basket Makers Guild, a look into Swedish Tradition with the Sankta Lucia Festival and a review of the varied creative outlets offered by the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Those interested in being featured on the show should contact Ashley Hull, Legacy Production Manager at 333-3022 or . Common Ground is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Living history

George Nelson, Fur Trader, as presented by the Minnesota History Players, will take viewers back to the fur-trading days of the early 1800s in a living history presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. All ages are welcome to this free event, which is sponsored by the Blackduck Community Library with Minnesota Legacy Funds. The seating is limited, so contact to make a reservation or for further information.

Author reception

Gallery North will hold a reception for its Author of the Month, Beth Solheim, who will present an introduction to the first in the Sadie Witt Mystery Series, "At Witts End," at 1:30 p.m. n Saturday, Feb. 13. Solheim will read from her humorous mystery and meet the public.


Second Saturday

Second Saturday Event at the Blackduck History Center will be the center's reopening celebration with an open house and their Fourth Annual Sweetheart Drawing, which includes a selection of prizes to be awarded at 3:55 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. Any volunteer can provide a ticket for the drawing. On display for the month of February is "Hens and Roosters!" a collection of Marie Juelson.

Vocal concert

Mark Reeves will return to Bemidji for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. A Canadian singer/songwriter, Reeves has appeared at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and tours extensively in the United States and Canada. For more information on him, check the Arts News blog. Tickets are $10 each and will be sold at the door.

Jazz concert

The Bemidji Concert Series will feature Doc Severinsen and El Ritmo De La Vida at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Bemidji High School auditorium. Tickets are $35 for reserved seating, $25 general admission and $5 for students and are available at Lueken's North and Tutto Bene. For more information on "Doc" and the band, please check the Arts News blog.

Other events

- Candace Simar, author of "The Abercrombie Trail," as published by North Star Press in June 2009, will talk about her imaginings of what ordinary people would do in historic times such the 1862 Sioux Uprising. More information on this presentation is posted on the Arts News blog. The presentation will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Blackduck Community Library. This free event is sponsored by the library with Minnesota Legacy Funds. The seating is limited so contact to make a reservation or for further information.


- Calls for Artists - Bemidji First City of the Arts Studio Cruise is alerting artists within a 40-mile radius of Bemidji to apply to be part of this year's events. The cruise is an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios, showcase their art and craft. The cruise has the potential for direct sales and commissions, and will raise the public's awareness of the art scene in Bemidji. New this year is an opportunity to be a guest artist at a host studio. Each location will be limited to a maximum of three artists at each host studio location. All artists must successfully meet the jury and monetary qualifications and requirements established for participating in the cruise. Applications are available at or . For more information contact Dave Towley at 333-3547 or or . Fees are $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2010.

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee is accepting artwork for the Temporary Exhibition Program at Neilson Place. Artists who would like their work to be considered should submit a CD to the NCHS Art Committee by Monday, March 15. The CD may be mailed to Temporary Exhibition Program, Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., Bemidji 56601 or dropped off at the same address. For more information, contact Linnea Papke-Larson at or 333-6285.

- "Warm Your Heart Classes" will be offered free to the public, with a limit of two classes per person, during February and March at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Classes are as follows: Wire Wrapped Jewelry with Nancy Engelson and Jeanie Fenner, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.16; Beginning Basketry with Monie Martin 1-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19; Beginning Acrylic "Acrylics Landscape" with Grace Garland and Marion Reil 1-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26; Ukrainian Eggs with Mary Morton 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 16; Beginning Oil Painting "Landscape Escape" with Jeannine Brooks 1-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 18-19. Registrations will be taken in person at Gallery North.

E Bemidji Community Arts Center is calling artists for their 43rd Annual Art in the Park Fine Art and Craft Fair on July 17-18. For an application or more information, visit or . Final deadline to apply is March 13.

- Talking Stick Volume 19 is published by the Jackpine Writers Bloc of Northern Minnesota and they are looking for writers to submit poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Writers must be from Minnesota or have a connection to this area. Deadline to apply is March 1. Complete submission guidelines available at .

- A special thanks to those of you who link to the ArtsNews blog, the numbers of those accessing the site are encouraging. To all those who have sent in announcements of upcoming events for the ArtsNews blog on the Web site, thank you. The calendar is filling up and new events are added frequently. I also add comments about groups that will be or have been featured in articles. This week, there is more information on Mark Reeves and Doc Severinsen and band. Any information that groups, individuals or arts organizations would like printed in the blog, send entries to . At this time, the blog lists events as far in advance as October. If ArtsNews is not on the home page, just hit "Our voices" and scroll down.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., is a boutique of art and fine craft with more than 50 artists. This venue will be closed on Sunday and Monday until April.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents, "Winter Wonderland." The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.


- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., welcomes the public to view a display of works of member artists at its Annual BCAC Member show. All proceeds from Shop 426 benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. BCAC is free and open to the public every day but Sunday and Monday.

- Bemidji Public Library , 509 America Ave. N.W., welcomes BHS graduate, Ron Lyman and his exhibit "Brush Strokes." The library is open Monday through Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N. W., invites the public to view work of Ashleigh Buck and Candice Billiups, encaustic paintings known as hot wax paintings. The Pub opens Monday through Saturday at noon.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has on display the work of photographer Don Schubbe, "Beauty -Naturally." Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes nationally known artist and Bemidji native Pat Oldham. She has published wildlife coloring books and environmental posters. Her works are frequently in pastels with renderings of animals and birds. Dunn Bros is pen seven days a week.

- Gallery North, 503 Third St. N.W., welcomes artist of the month Dianna Johnson and her works in oil and acrylics. Showcase artist of the month is John La Tourelle and his nature photography of the Bemidji area.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 523 America Ave. N.W., is hosting painting by Bemidji State University painting instructor, Natalia Himmirska. Viewing hours are from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday. For further information, call 751-9654.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee host artist Maureen O'Brien and her exhibit, "Let Nature Nurture." O'Brien's work will be on display through February for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community. Her work is for sale, and a price list is available at the reception desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. N.W.


- Talley Gallery welcomes Malisa Van Maasdam and her installation, "Dasein," translated as "existence being," in completion of her Bachelor of Fine Arts at BSU. The gallery will have Van Maasdam's work on view until Feb. 25. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday. The gallery is located in the Education Arts Building in room 212 on the campus of BSU. There is no admission charge.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display the works of Maureen O'Brien, a local artist known for her nature works of northern Minnesota. The Bistro is open fMonday-Saturday.

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

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

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. - Trumpet Ensemble Concert in Thompson Recital Hall, Free admission.

- Feb. 20, 3 p.m. - Senior Student Recital for Ashley Bremseth, soprano, in Thompson Recital Hall. Free admission.

- Feb. 27, 4 p.m. - Honor Band and Honor Choir Concert, Thompson Recital Hall. Tickets $5 adults, $3 senior citizens and free for students.


- March 5-7 and 11-13 - "Wait Until Dark" by KG Entertainment. All shows are 7:30, Elks Lodge, 116 Fourth St. N.W.

- March 13, 7:30 p.m. - Dick Kimmel and Jerilyn Kjellberg, Headwaters School

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage every Thursday at 9 p.m. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- Pelican Railroad - 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ, 119 Third St. N.W.

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

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