Pioneer Previews: Bemidji State Theater to stage comedy

"Butcher of Baraboo," the fall production of the Bemidji State University Theater Department at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 5, 6, 12 and 13, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 14, is a comedy about a family in a small northern Wisconsin town where a husband disappears...

"Butcher of Baraboo," the fall production of the Bemidji State University Theater Department at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 5, 6, 12 and 13, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 14, is a comedy about a family in a small northern Wisconsin town where a husband disappears and the wife steps in to do his job as the butcher of Baraboo.

No one knows what happened to the husband, father and brother; did he disappear or get murdered? The absent man's sister is the town's sheriff and the family's secrets are slowly revealed as the plot thickens. The show contains adult situations and language. There will be a talk-back after opening night's performance with the author Marisa Wegrzyn. Tickets are on sale now at the box office in Bangsberg Hall: $6 for students and senior citizens, $12 adults and BSU students admitted free with valid ID.

Ceramics show

The Bemidji Community Art Center presents Simon Levin, juror of the "2010 It's Only Clay Competition at 7 p.m., today, Nov. 3, at the Headwaters School of Music, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The talk will be accompanied by a slide show to demonstrate a working theory of art. This event is free and open to the public. IOC 2010 is co-sponsored by the BCAC and BSU Visual Arts Department. Support is provided by the Holiday Inn Express-Bemidji, BSU Foundation and the BSU Ceramics Club. IOC 2010 is also made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the McKnight Foundation.

TV series


Common Ground, a magazine show which demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region, will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. Featured this week is a peek at the Dorset Art Fair, a walk through the vineyards at Forest Edge Winery in Laporte and a talk by Patricia Lundeen, an organist from Breezy Point who will talk about the importance of keeping organ playing alive. The shows will be repeated at 6 p.m. Sundays and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, following the initial broadcast. Videos of past shows are also available on line at Click on Common Ground for past episodes. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 2, 2008.

Folk concert

Folk Singer and songwriter Charlie Maguire will perform in concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Bemidji Public Library. Maguire was a long-time regular on "A Prairie Home Companion" and tells stories and sings songs about the heartland of America. This program is free and open to the public.

Film festival

A regional film festival with Saarens Productions and Upstream TV will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. This will be the debut of the first annual UpStream Film Festival with an evening of short films submitted by local cinematographers and a premiere of "Acrimony," a feature film produced by Saaren Productions. Tickets are $10 each and will be sold at the door.

First Friday Art

- First Friday of November events can begin at the Bemidji Public Library, which has on display for November, "Up Close And..." by watercolor artist Judith Selby. This exhibit expresses her interpretation of the fragility of nature and the expression of this delicacy in a new way. Selby will demonstrate painting on rice paper during the 3-5 p.m. reception. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday through Saturday.

- Gallery North, 502 Third Street N.W., will showcase member Marie Hamre who will be demonstrating the art of tatting during the 2-5 p.m. reception and open its annual Christmas Boutique in conjunction with its fall rotation of reorganization of artwork and new items. Gallery North's website at features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.


- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts welcomes photographer Pamela Lee Johnson and her exhibit, "Shades of Gray," a collection of black-and-white photos from the North Woods of Minnesota. Stop by during the opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 artists in fine art and craft, 315 Irving Ave. NW.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café welcomes Terry Honstead and her exhibit, "Give a Little Art," featuring small paintings and glass. The opening reception will be held from 4-6 p.m.. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. Located at 214 Third Street, the Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Just across the street is Glazed and Amused, a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio where walk-in painters are always welcome. The display of ceramic pieces painted by customers is in the front window. They are open Wednesday-Sunday and hours are posted on the door, 311 Third St. N.W. For more information, email them at

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Charles Pulkrabek and his exhibit of painting and drawings, "Journalism of the Soul." Meet Charles during the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. After the Art Walk, the Friday Wine Bar will feature the creations of Wild Hare's culinary artists with libations to complement from 5-9 p.m. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will welcome Malisa VanMaasdam for November and December. VanMaasdam's work is drawings which focus on the human figure and many facets of human nature. The public is invited to meet Malisa during the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. at 522 America Ave. N.W. The exhibit will be open during Sunday services and by appointment by calling 751-9654.

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents a group exhibition entitled, "Pathways-The Art of Bemidji State University," by art students of Natalia Himmirska. The works will include a variety of techniques and media and will show a spectrum from realistic to abstract by students in all levels of experience. There will be a brief presentation at the beginning of the 3-5 p.m. reception. This special display will be up November-January for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Artwork will be for sale and a price list will be provided at the reception desk. The Bistro at WoodsEdge will feature new gift items by Dave and Kathy Towley, local artisans known for their fine craft wood turnings (bowls, plates, platters, pots, and vessels) in a variety of wood with a mineral oil and beeswax finish which is food safe. The Towley's woodwork will be on display and for sale through February. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is located just inside the front entryway to Neilson Place at WoodsEdge, on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. N.W. For more information, email .

- Dunn Bros. Coffee welcomes Marlon Amaro and his exhibit, "From Silver Screen to Silk Screen," for November. Amaro has created a collection of screen printed movie posters from a variety of films. He is a Design Technology student at BSU. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Also on display and for sale are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Dunn Bros, now serving featured wines of the month, is open seven days a week and located at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

- Lueken's Village Foods North presents the works of Tom Kirkpatrick in its new rotating gallery. "Kirkpatrick Kreative Kolorings" includes drawings which demonstrate that art expresses deep inner longings to return to youth and a more fanciful time. Meet Kirkpatrick during the 5-7 p.m. opening reception in the conference room.


- Bemidji Community Art Center announces the opening of the November/December exhibit, "It's Only Clay-2010," featuring artist and juror Simon Levin who will give an artist talk and present awards at 6 p.m. This national juried ceramics competition and exhibition focuses on functional ceramics. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Selected works from the competition will be on display until Dec. 18 and will be available for purchase. The gallery and Shop 426 are open noon-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave N in the Carnegie Library Building.

- Fleur de Lis Gallery located in the Wild Rose Theater invites the public to the opening reception from 5-8 p.m. to view two pictures by comedienne Phyllis Diller and the varied work of the gallery artists. The Northwood's Folk Collective will begin performer sign-up at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

- Beltrami County Historical Society in collaboration with Gallery North presents "Winter Wonderland," which will be up through December. Stop by on First Friday for refreshments and free admission into the museum. 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, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant invites the public to view a collection of floral watercolors by Angela Shogren for November and December. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday. and is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.

Arts festival

Opener Arts Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Hungry Bear Conference Center, 2300 24th St. N.W. The newest art show and sale, The Opener, will showcase a diverse group of local artists. There is no admission charge for this event.

Lefse contest

The Beltrami County Historical Society is accepting reservations for lefse makers and vendors who are interested in securing space for the annual Lefse Festival Cook-off from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at the Hungry Bear Conference Center, 2300 24 St. N.W. Entry fee for each lefse maker is $15 and $40 for vendor space. The winning lefse maker will receive prizes and bragging rights as the "best darn lefse maker in northern Minnesota!" For details, call the History Center at 444-3376.

Madrigal dinner

Tickets for the 42nd Annual Bemidji State University Madrigal Dinner are on sale now. This event, which heralds in the Yuletide season, will begin performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 3-5, 10 and 11 and at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5 in the Beaux Arts Ballroom of the Hobson Memorial Union. The $35 admission prices includes a five course dinner, a Renaissance royal court in an English castle, the king's players, minstrels, trouvères, cellar keepers and beggars. Tickets are only sold through advanced sales and may be purchased in person at the box office located on the second floor of Bangsberg Hall. The hours are 9 a.m.-noon and 4-7 p.m., Monday-Friday.


- Playwriting Workshop will be held with Marisa Wegrzyn, author of "Butcher of Baraboo," from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6. For more information or to register, contact Ellen Jones, or 755-3935.

- Glass Fusing Workshop, a beginning class where students will learn the basics of fusing by making a plate or bowl, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. Pre-registration is required and costs $35 plus materials, the Glass Shack, 925 First St., N.E., 444-0044.

- Gallery North artist and member Douglas Zuehlsdorff will give drawing classes to beginning-intermediate students from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Nov.16-18, at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Call the Gallery at 444-9813 or 507-0423 to register. The cost is $45 and the materials needed are a sketch pad, soft lead pencils and white eraser.

- "No-Risk" Workshop funding is available through Region 2 Arts Council. The workshop must focus on learning experiences for adult learners and be open to the public. Any group that wants to bring in an artist to do a workshop is eligible, as are regional artists who wish to present workshops themselves. Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis but funds are limited. Please contact staff of Region 2 Arts Council at 751-45447 or 1-800-275-5447 or e-mail .


- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts 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 art work 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 pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sundays.

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

Upcoming events

- Nov. 12 and 13, 7:30 p.m., "Shortly Thereafter...An evening of One Act Plays," Wild Rose Theater. Tickets $10 adults, $8 seniors and $5 students.

- Nov. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Open Mic Night at the Cabin Coffee House.

- Nov. 14, 3 p.m., Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with soloist Jennifer Swanson and the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji High School Auditorium.

- Nov. 15, noon, author Candace Simar will read from new book, "Pomme de Terre" at the Bemidji Public Library.

- Nov. 18-21, 7:30 p.m., "Plaza Suite," by Neil Simon, a production of Bemidji Community Theater, Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Nov. 19, 7-8 p.m., Red Road Drum at the Cabin Coffee House.

- Dec. 4, 4 p.m., "The Golden Age of Radio" with Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard, Calvary Lutheran Church, a program of the Bemidji Public Library.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Katie Corning from 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage 8-11:30 p.m. every Thursday. Call 444-0567 for more information.

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

- 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 information call 759-2952.

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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