Patt Rall column: Local group to open Saturday concert

Freedom's Call, a group of four teenage girls, sisters Katelyn and Eliza Tingelstad and cousins Amy Guntzel and Hannah Olson, bring the sounds of their voices and instruments to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as opening act for the High 48s at t...

Freedom's Call, a group of four teenage girls, sisters Katelyn and Eliza Tingelstad and cousins Amy Guntzel and Hannah Olson, bring the sounds of their voices and instruments to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday as opening act for the High 48s at the Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. Freedom's Call features old time hymns and bluegrass gospel classics.

Guitarist to perform

Minnesota Public Radio and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse will present master guitarist Pat Donohue in concert. His long association with Garrison Keillor of "A Prairie Home Companion" in the Guys All-Star Shoe Band gives him the opportunity to entertain millions of listeners each week. Dan Newton, also a frequent guest artist on the show, will round out the program. He tours nationally and internationally as a solo accordionist and in a variety of ensembles. To purchase tickets or for further information, call 751-8864. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for MPR members. Performance at 7 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 15 in the historic Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji.

Musical comedy

"Kiss Me, Kate," considered Cole Porter's greatest hit musical, will open under the baton of Fulton Gallagher at 7:30 p.m. March 2 on the Main Stage of the Bemidji State University Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.


The production by the Bemidji Community Theater in collaboration with the Theater Department of BSU presents a musical version of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew." This production, directed by adjunct faculty member Mary Knox-Johnson and choreographed by Cathy Marcotte of First City Dance Studio, features voice and music students from BSU and community members. This musical comedy is aimed toward mature audiences who enjoy watching the battle of the sexes. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students through college and are on sale at Iverson Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji and Ken K Thompson Jewelry in the Paul Bunyan Mall. Tickets will be sold at the theater starting one hour before show time. For group rates and further information, call Sarah Einerson at 335-2400. Performance dates are 7:30 p.m. March 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 and 2:30 p.m. March 4

Quilt show

The Tin Pan Gallery of the Blackduck History and Art Center, Main Street and Margaret Avenue, will host a quilt show, featuring the Blackduck "Wednesday Quilters" beginning Feb. 17 and continuing through March. The center is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-5 p.m. Thursdays. For more information or for special arrangements to see the show, call (218) 835-4478. The opening reception will be held from noon-3 p.m. Feb. 17.

Audition call

Singing and acting auditions for the BSU spring musical, the Tony Award winning "Urinetown," will be held starting Feb. 12. Vocal auditions are scheduled for Feb. 12-13; be prepared to sing at least 16 bars of music. Acting auditions begin Feb. 15. Sign up sheets are located outside the theater office on the first floor of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Actors must be high school age or older to audition. Performances are scheduled for April 20, 21, 27, 28 and 29. For more information, contact the Department of Theatre and Speech Communication at 755-3901.

Other events

-- The High 48s a bluegrass band, whose music combines the soulful sound of the bluegrass pioneers, show their roots in the Americana/alternative country scene. They will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chief Theatre. Tickets for the concert are $8 in advance at Overbeek Electronics and KRKB Music Outlet and $10 at the door. Teens are admitted at half price and children 12 and younger free. For more information, call (800) 635-3037 or see .

-- Beltrami County Historical Society, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W., will host the fourth annual Valentine weekend White Elephant Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy refreshments and dessert samples made from "Beltrami County Cooks!" recipes while pursuing gently used items for sale. Anyone interested in contributing a gently used article or baked goods to be sold that day, call 444-3376.


-- The Daytime Quilt Guild will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the Neilson Place Social Room, 1000 Anne Street, N.W. The gathering is open to anyone in the community who is interested. Call Ida Mae at 751-4774.

-- "Warm Your Heart with a Little Art" classes will be held during the month of February with members of Gallery North. These mini art classes are free with instructors from the gallery and a materials grant from Thrivent Financial but you will need to pre-register as space is limited. Call 444-9813 for more information.

-- Mary Therese Peterson will hold a half-day workshop titled "Into the Circle with Watercolor and Movement" from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Bemidji Health and Wellness Center, 403 America Ave. N.W. The workshop will focus on entwining the art of painting and dance for the beginning adult artist. This workshop, made possible in part by an award from the Region 2 Arts Council. No previous painting or dancing experience is necessary. To register for the workshop, please send a check for $45, which includes workshop and materials, to the Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601

-- "Love Letters," fine romantic fare with two performances each night, at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9-11, 13 and 14 at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. Tickets are $14 each and on sale at Beagle Books and the Hilltop Inn in downtown Hubbard, five miles south of Park Rapids. You may see the show and still partake of dinner and chocolate buffet at the Hilltop Inn, (218) 732-5644. For further information call 218-732-0099 or .

-- Bemidji Youth Symphony will join the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra for an evening of favorites from "West Side Story," "Porgy and Bess" and "Phantom of the Opera." This special "Couples Night II" is free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg at BSU.

-- Minnesota Orchestra will return to Bemidji for a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 27 at Bemidji High School. Beethoven's Third and Eighth Symphonies will be performed. This event is sponsored by the Department of Music at BSU where the tickets are now on sale. Don't wait for the last minute to get your ticket as this concert is sure to be sold out. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased at the BSU Music Department office in Bangsberg Hall.

-- Auditions Set for Upcoming Play at Long Lake Theater. Acting auditions for "The Nerd," a comedy which will start the summer season, will take place on at 7 p.m. Feb 20 and Feb. 21 at LLT. Four men, two women and one youth will be needed for the cast with the role of "The Nerd" already filled. Everyone who wishes to audition should be prepared to do a cold reading from the script. For more information, call Bruce Bolton at 218-255-1193. Rehearsals will be held during April and May with June performance dates.

-- Anishinaabe Arts Grants may be requested by individual Native American artists for up to $700 to assist them in the completion of an artistic work or to take advantage of an opportunity; by schools for up to $500 to engage the talents of an artist-in-residence; and by organizations for up to $1,200 for community project grants. For further information write Terry Widman at the Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji 56601 or call 751-5447 or toll free at (800) 275-5447. The website is . Deadline for submission is March 8, 2007.


-- Bemidji Community Arts Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., hosts the annual Members Show.

-- The Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., features "Landscape Memories" by Laura Goliaszewski.

-- Great River Gallery, 202 Third St. N.W., shows off its newly painted walls adorned with new and exceptional works of art. The gallery is a cooperative of more than 20 members and consignment artists in a wide variety of mediums.

-- Dunn Bros. Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S., displays a quilt exhibit by Susan Hallett entitled "Native American Families Collection" during February and March.

-- Jenn Steinbrink is the featured artist in the Bemidji Kiosk project. The kiosk galleries in downtown Bemidji are former telephone booths that have been altered to display art work. The display pieces are for sale. Look for the kiosks during February through April.

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