Patt Rall arts column: BSU to celebrate American Indian Week

The 34th Annual Powwow will begin annual Indian Week activities at Bemidji State University. Northern Wind, out of Lakes of the Woods, Ontario, will be the host drum with Murphy Thomas of Ponemah serving as emcee Many activities are planned for t...

The 34th Annual Powwow will begin annual Indian Week activities at Bemidji State University. Northern Wind, out of Lakes of the Woods, Ontario, will be the host drum with Murphy Thomas of Ponemah serving as emcee Many activities are planned for the coming week including lectures, Ojibwe Art Exhibit at the Leech Lake Tribal College and a student awards banquet. For further information about these events, contact the American Indian Resource Center at 755-2032. The powwow and lectures are open to the public at no charge. The traditional powwow will begin from 6-9 p.m. Friday in the John Glas Fieldhouse. Saturday events begin at 9 a.m. with grand entries at 1 and 7 p.m.

Gospel concert

The Berge Family will perform a selection of inspirational gospel bluegrass at the 13th Annual Christian Connection at 7 p.m. Friday at the Evangelical Covenant Church across from the Amigo Theater. The event is an area Christian community music celebration as the performers share praise and worship songs. The host is Heartland Christian Academy.

Audition call

The Fosston Center for the Performing Arts will hold auditions for its upcoming production of "Cheaper by the Dozen." The play, set in the 1920s, is the true story of the Gilbreth family and the father's unusual child rearing techniques. The director, Jeremiah Liend, is seeking 16 actors to fill a variety of roles in all age ranges. Actors are asked to prepare a brief monologue and some may be asked to do cold readings. Rehearsals will occur on weekends with performance dates of June 28-30 and July 1 at the Fosston Arts Center. Auditions will be held at the Fosston Library and Arts Center from 1-4 p.m. Sunday and at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub from 3-6 p.m. Monday. Questions and directions may be had by calling Liend at 751-0280 or .


Choral concert

Mark your calendars now for the upcoming Bemidji Chorale 28th Annual Mother's Day Concert directed by Patricia Mason with accompaniment by Wayne Hoff at 7 p.m. May 13 at the BSU Beaux Arts Ballroom. The musical offerings will feature a wide variety of choral literature that will suit every taste from Bach to Ellington, American folk by the Men's Choir and some surprises along the way. Not just mothers are invited for the ice cream social provided by the chorale members following the concert. This event is free and open to the public, but a free will offering would be appreciated.

First Friday

Coming up next week is the First Friday Art Walk for May.

-- Bemidji Community Arts Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., announces the opening of their fifth annual Fifth-Grade Invitational Exhibit, which is made up of one piece of work from each fifth grader in the area. Special guest school this year is Red Lake. The exhibit will show May 4-12 with an opening reception on from 5-7 p.m. May 4. BCAC is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; moom-7 Thursdays; and moom-4 p.m. Saturdays. You may reach them at 444-7570 or . The gallery will be closed from May 13-31 for cleaning, painting and repairs.

-- Gallery North will honor Kathy Gustafson and her new exhibit of metal work during the open house from 2-5 p.m. Friday. Featured member artists will be Judy Selby, who works in several media, and Mary Beth Vaudrin, who will demonstrate the use of enamels for painting on glass. The Minnesota Forest Stage will present Mary Ann Lewis on the guitar from 2-3 p.m. and the Ewert Family with vocals and instrumentals from 3-4:30 p.m. Gallery North has CDs available by people who have performed in the past including The Turner Boys, Hank Reitan, Mark Bridge, Aran Tank and Sonya Florhoug. Freedom's Call and their first CD will be featured this summer. Both venues are located at 502 Third St. N.W. in the Irvine Bridge Shops. Call 444-9813 for further information. This event is free and open to the public.

-- Great River Gallery, 202 Third St. N.W., will host the opening reception for the new show of unique pieces of jewelry, basketry and art. They have many one-of-a-kind pieces just right for the recent grad or new bride. The reception will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

-- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., continues "Anticipating Spring" by Patricia Grimes, who brings amazing energy to her large poster size florals photographed at close range. Levandowski Pottery is also on display.


-- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will present Alena Hrabcakova, fabric artist and painter, who will display her oil pastels from May 1-31. Opening Reception will be from 4-6 p.m. May 11.

Other events

-- Don't be put off by the title for lots of laughs were coming from the audience at "Urinetown." This award winning satirical musical pokes fun at bureaucracy, corporations, small town politics and romance. Tickets may be reserved by calling 755-3863. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $4 for children and senior citizens and free to BSU students with valid activity cards. Curtain times are 7.29 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday on main stage at Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

-- A not-to-be-missed student version of "Les Misérables" will run at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee at the Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. This local production by the Mask and Rose Theater Collective is directed by Cate Belleveau. General admission tickets may be purchased in advance at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., at $14 for adults and $9 for students and at the door the day of performance.

-- The Minnesota Orchestra returns to Bemidji for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bemidji High School. Beethoven's Third and Eighth Symphonies will be performed. Sponsored by the BSU Department of Music, the tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students and are on sale at the music office or at Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W. For more information, call 755-2915.

-- The 38th Annual Festival of Nations, presented by the International Student Organization, will be held from 3-7 p.m. Saturday at the BSU Beaux Arts Ballroom. The celebration will feature a wide array of exhibits showcasing figurines, tapestries and other handicrafts that capture the aesthetic beauty of artwork from around the globe. Children can participate in unique games and view fashion shows where models wear a selection of traditional outfits from different parts of the world. Dancers will offer a graceful Chinese ribbon dance, rhythmic samba beats and Judo. Entrées, drinks and desserts from around the world will be available at $1 per sample. Entrance fees are $3 for BSU students with active ID cards, $4 for teenagers and adults and children under 12 no charge. For more information, contact the International Studies Program, Hagg-Sauer Hall or 755-2946.

-- A multi-harpsichord Chamber Recital of Keyboard Concertos by J.S. Bach, accompanied by a string ensemble and conducted by Beverly Everett, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the main theater of BSU's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for students. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature, the BSU Foundation and the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

-- The BSU Symphonic Band will present the first Prism Concert at 7:30 p.m. May 5 in the main theater of Bangsberg Hall. As a prism divides light into a color spectrum, the Prism Concert will present music in a full spectrum of genres with each piece related in some way to light and color. The Symphonic Band focuses on contemporary music in a concert band setting and is open to all BSU students regardless of major and the public. Del Lyren, professor of instrumental music and director of the band, promises a real crowd pleaser. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Music Department at 755-2915.


-- Through the magic of live theater, the all-time favorite "Wizard of Oz" will come to life at 2 and 7 p.m. May 19 in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Follow the yellow brick road as you join in Dorothy's adventures over the rainbow with Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion as they go to visit the Wizard. Sponsored by Bemidji Community Education and ECFE, this delightful production is part of American Family Theater's "Broadway for Kids" program. All tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at Bemidji Community Education or ECFE. Call 333-3100 extension 301 for information and tickets

-- Paul Bunyan Playhouse begins sale of season and flex tickets for summer productions of "Born Yesterday" by Garson Kanin, "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" by Neil Simon, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Dale Wasserman, "The Pavilion" by Craig Wright and the musical "Chicago" by Kander and Ebb. Season tickets for $90 provide a ticket for each of the five shows with choice of date and seat for a discounted price. Coupon books are also $90 and consist of five coupons that can be exchanged for play tickets of the purchaser's choice. They provide a savings of $10 per book and may be ordered until opening night June 13. After the initial purchase, additional books may be purchased during the season. Season Tickets and Coupon Books may be purchased by calling the box office at 751-7270 or online at www.paulbunyanplayhouse , com.

-- The Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area calls for local artists to create a one-of-a-kind adult or child's chair, rocker, stool or bench using paint, fabric, metals, glass, wood, recycled items or whatever their imagination conceives for their June fundraiser. If you are interested in donating an item for the silent auction or want more information about creating a chair, contact Ashli Bowen, Resource Development Director Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji at 444-4171 or visit their website at . Information on time and ticket prices to follow in subsequent columns.

-- The Arts Marketing Program of the Region 2 Arts Council calls for visual artists from Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties to apply for inclusion in the third "Artists of North Central Minnesota" brochure. Approximately 35 artists will be featured and a printing of 3,000 copies is anticipated. Anyone interested in applying for juried inclusion, please call the Region 2 Arts Council to request guidelines and an application. An entry fee of $20 must accompany the application by the deadline of May 10. Region 2 Arts Council at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 and email address .

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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