Patt Rall Arts Column: Weaver to describe transition of story to movie script

Author Will Weaver will return to the Academy of Lifelong Learning to present "From Fiction to Film." His short story, "A Grave Stone Made of Wheat" was expanded and adapted for film in the independent movie, "Sweet Land." Weaver will also introd...

Author Will Weaver will return to the Academy of Lifelong Learning to present "From Fiction to Film." His short story, "A Grave Stone Made of Wheat" was expanded and adapted for film in the independent movie, "Sweet Land." Weaver will also introduce his newest novel for young adults, "Saturday Night Dirt," to be released on March 24. This event is free and open to the public and begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Center for Research and Development, 3801 Bemidji Ave.

Jerusalem program

The Academy of Lifelong Learning in collaboration with Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning will host a return visit by Steven Derfler for a full-day program, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 at the Evangelical Covenant Church, on one of the most holy cities in the world, Jerusalem. Using his slides and lecture format with questions and answer periods, participants will explore the foundations for the three great religions of the world -- Judaism, Christianity and Islam -- which lie within her walls. Tickets are $20 per person which includes the program, lunch and refreshments. A check, made out NELL, may be sent to Alan Goldberg, 119 Shorecrest Road, Bemidji, MN 56601. For questions or comments, contact Patt Rall at 755-8942 or .

Other events

-- The third annual Bemidji Independent Film Festival will move to the Wild Rose Theater Friday for a presentation and film by Winona LaDuke and the White Earth Recovery Project at 5 p.m. Indigenous films will be shown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with a special 2 p.m. viewing of "Our Land, Our Life." All events are free and open to the public. The sponsors are the ACLU-MN Greater MN Racial Justice Project, Bemidji Indian Center, Cantabria Coffee Co., the Indigenous Environmental Network and Mask & Rose Theater.


-- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., in the Irvine Street Bridge Shops features the Mini Show -- Artists of Minnesota on the Guest Showcase Art Wall.

-- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes artist Sarah Birmmanns and her pen and ink drawings of nature and texture studies.

-- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., features the work of northland artist and photographer, Kate Lalone in her "Photography by Lilly's Eye" for the months of March and April. Also on display and for sale is Levandowski Pottery, stoneware and Raku made with nontoxic clay and lead free glazes.

-- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., houses "With These Hands," a presentation of the Northern Minnesota Craftswomen. The installation was inspired by member Emeline Cook's 2007 UNESCO trip to Poland and features original handmade items in a broad range of media and is dedicated to the memory of Northern Minnesota Craftswoman Debby Grebe. The exhibit runs until March 29. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Turesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

-- The Fleur de Lis Gallery exhibit, "Heart and Soul" which features regional artists Deb Davis, Mary Therese Peterson, Al Belleveau, Carol Jacobson and Amanda Anderson, among others, is located in The Wild Rose Theater, Masonic Temple, 501 Bemidji Ave.

-- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., hosts Kristin Gustafson's art students from TrekNorth High School on their library wall located near the public access computers. Gallery North in cooperation with the Bemidji Public Library seeks out area school art students to provide them with an opportunity for the public to view, encourage and support them. Summer exhibits will be by those artists who have not had the opportunity to have a one-person show and will be stepping stones for those people to be more visible in the community. Interested art departments and individual artists may contact Beverlee Olson at 368-3032 for more information. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

-- Beltrami County History Center, in conjunction with Gallery North, continues with "Love Is" on the art wall. The center is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

-- D.L. Houseman of Tenstrike has an installation of woodcuts at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids.


-- Tin Pan gALLEry in the Blackduck History and Art presents "Art Gumbo," a smorgasbord of art in oils, watercolor, photography, baskets, mixed media and other delights by Blackduck area casual artists.

-- The Tally Gallery presents "Rules of Engagement," the works of painter Cat Crotchet in a show that will run until March 21. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The gallery in the Bemidji State University Education Building is barrier free and open to the public at no charge.

-- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., is featuring art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby, Pat Shough and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale

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

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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