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Arts briefs, Feb. 11

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents concert

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will continue its 79th season, Role Play, with the concert "Trading Places" on Sunday, Feb., 18, at 3 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m. Guest trumpet soloist Mark Nelson will join the BSO to perform works by Morricone, Mozart and Gershwin, a press release said. Works by Handel and Elgar also will be on the program.

A native of East Grand Forks, Nelson served as principal trumpet of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra for 10 years. In 2012, he was selected as principal trumpet for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in Sioux Falls, S.D., and continues in that position. He also has performed with the Bemidji Symphony, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and was the second/associate principal trumpet of the Honolulu Symphony in 2009.

Tickets are available with cash or check at the door, in advance at Lueken's Foods North/South, or with a credit card at Adult tickets are $20, seniors 62 and older are $15, and college students with ID are $10. Students grades K-12 are admitted free. All seats are general admission. For more information, visit, or call (218) 444-7914.

First City Dance Studio hosts fundraiser

BEMIDJI—First City Dance Studio will host a competition dance team fundraiser dinner show on Thursday, March 8. Dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m, with take-out orders beginning at noon, at the Elks Club, 116 Fourth St. NW. The show then will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW. The spaghetti dinner will include salad, garlic, toast and dessert. The cost is $15 for both the dinner and the show; $10 for only the dinner or the show; and $8 for children, which includes both dinner and show. Tickets can be purchased through the studio (751-5425) or from any dancer.

Wind Ensemble to perform concert

BEMIDJI—The BSU Wind Ensemble, under the direction Scott Guidry, will hold the performance "A Celebration of Presidents Day and Black History Month," at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, in the main theater of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for students.

The concert will feature BSU President Faith Hensrud as the guest narrator of Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait." There also will be performances honoring Duke Ellington, John Williams, John Philip Sousa, and Mark Camphouse, among others.

Applicants sought for Anishinaabe Arts grant

BEMIDJI—The Region 2 Arts Council will award two $5,000 Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowships this year. The deadline for the grant is March 1, and all applications must be completed online at

Eligible artists must be enrolled tribal members or descendants and must currently reside in one of the following counties: Beltrami, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Hubbard, Roseau, Becker, Itasca, and Cass.

Artists also must have had a history of sustained accomplishment in their artistic field for five years, not including any performances, works of art, exhibitions or publications created for a class for credit or as a degree-seeking arts student.

BSU Choir to tour Baltic States

BEMIDJI—The BSU choir will tour the Baltic states of Latvia and Estonia as part of the Music Celebrations International concert series.

Many of the choir's 38 members, along with Dwight Jilek, BSU's assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, will depart May 10 for the eight-day tour that will include performances in Riga, Latvia, and Tallinn, Estonia.

The Baltics were selected for the international tour after the Department of Music finalized an arrangement with internationally renowned composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, who is from Riga, for a residency beginning in March.

Leading up to Estonia's freedom from Soviet occupation in 1991, hundreds of thousands of people joined a bloodless resistance by singing together publicly in what is known as the "Singing Revolution." During the weeklong tour, students will hear stories of trials and oppression citizens faced during Soviet occupation, including the loss of loved ones and the use of forced-labor camps in Russia.

The choir has partnered with BSU Alumni and Foundation to allow opportunities for alumni and friends to support the tour. For more information, visit

Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown to perform in GF

GRAND FORKS—Multi-platinum hard rock band Five Finger Death Punch recently announced a stop in Grand Forks as part of a North America tour with Shinedown on May 20, at the Alerus Center. Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown are reuniting for this exclusive, short run for the first time since co-headlining their massive North American arena tour in 2016, according to a press release.

The headline bands are bringing along modern rock powerhouse Starset who will showcase songs from the band's latest release, "Vessels." Newcomer band Bad Wolves also will join the performances.

Tickets for the concert went on sale Friday. For more information and VIP offerings, visit

Nemeth prepares Youth Art Exhibit

PARK RAPIDS—The Nemeth Art Center, in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design will host a Youth Art Exhibit in Park Rapids. The exhibit will be on display at the Nemeth Art Center May 3-26, with a reception and award ceremony on Saturday, May 19.

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design will award the top sophomore or junior participant a $3,400 scholarship for their Pre-Summer College Session. The scholarship includes tuition, full room and board, supplies and three college credits for the summer session. In addition to the MCAD scholarship, prizes will be awarded to the top three artists in the exhibit.

Applications are now open and being accepted from 15 to 18 year old youth residing in rural Minnesota communities of 20,000 people or less. Tribal and home-schooled individuals also are eligible to apply. The application deadline for the exhibit is April 2. There is no cost to participate.

For more information on the Youth Art Exhibit visit For additional questions contact Michael Dagen at

The Nemeth Art Center is open Thursdays through Saturdays, May through September at 301 Court Ave Park Rapids.

Venske next in 'Storytellers' series

BAGLEY—Comic storyteller Michael Venske will be the next performer featured in Farm by the Lake's "Storytellers" series on Sunday, Feb. 11. The event will be held at 3 p.m. at the Bagley Public Library, 79 Spencer Ave. SW, and is free to the public.

Venske was cast at the Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater in 2008 and decided to pursue performing full-time. Venske started self-producing sketch comedy shows, which, in turn, led to a gig with the Actors Theater of Minnesota where he originated a role in the Twin Cities' premiere of "Bye-Bye-Liver."

Among other projects, Venske entered the solo theater world in 2012 as writer/performer in "Thumbs Up," which premiered in Washington, D.C., as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. Recurring themes in Venske's work are relationships, cultures, and societal issues with bright pops of comedic overtones, according to a press release.

Additional events in the "Storytellers" series will be naturalist storyteller Al Batt on Feb. 25, interactive storyteller Nothando Zulu on March 11, and a writing workshop with Will Weaver on March 25.

Watermark Art Center plans events

BEMIDJI—The Northwest Indian Community Development Center and the Miikanan Gallery at

Watermark Art Center will present several events at Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave N.

The Miikanan Gallery will host the exhibit "Native Skywatchers — Earth Sky Connections," which opened Feb. 5, and will remain on display for the month of February. The traveling art exhibit brings artists together to share compelling visual stories about multi-dimensional relationships to earth and sky, a press release said. Created by the Native Skywatchers Initiative, this exhibit weaves together art, science and culture and is at the cutting edge of defining Indigenous STEM and what it means to work at the art/science nexus, a press release said.

Additionally, there will be two presentations of "Anangoog — Cultural Knowledge of the Stars," A presentation by Abe Sutherland and Joe Sutherland of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. They are carrying on the knowledge of their parents, Mary and Leonard Moose, the release said. Two sessions will be held Feb. 17, and Feb. 18. Presentation begins at 1 p.m. each day. The presentations are free to attend, but space is limited.

All events will be held at Watermark Art Center. For further details or questions, go to For more information, call (218) 444-7570.

Gallery North releases class listings for February

BEMIDJI --Gallery North artists recently announced the class listings for February for the annual "Warm Your Heart With A Little Art." The classes are free and are offered by local Gallery North artists. The remaining listings include:

• Feb. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. Ukrainian Egg Painting. Mary Morton. Learn to paint an intricate and beautiful star pattern on a blown egg using special dyes. Ages 10 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. "Birch Clump" Acrylic Painting. Maureen O'Brien. Students will use a brush, palette knife, and a sponge to paint a clump of birch trees. Be sure to wear a painting shirt. Ages 14 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Gourd Art Pin. Kathy Sanders. Design a unique pin using gourd pieces, acrylic paint/alcohol inks, and learn to incorporate a special handmade bead made by the instructor. Ages 12 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 22. from 1 to 4 p.m. Bead and Wire Pendant. Kathy Sanders. Make a 2-inch pendant using wire wrapping techniques and embellish your piece with beads. Ages 12 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 24. 1 to 4 p.m. Unblocked Writers' Workshop. Jamie Lee. Free the writer inside you. this class gives tools and strategies to energize and unblock your writing. Ages 15 and above. Limit: 8 students.

Weaver to host Park Rapids writing workshop

PARK RAPIDS—Will Weaver of Bemidji will teach the writing workshop "Writing Close to Home" from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, at the Park Rapids Public Library, 210 First St W. Although the event is free, attendees must register either by phone at (218) 751-5447 or by email at

Weaver, author of "Sweet Land," "Memory Boy," and "Red Earth, White Earth" has mastered the art of using a northern Minnesota setting and details to gain a national audience, according to a press release. In this workshop for writers, he will share tips and techniques about the power of description. The goal is to make writing sing with authenticity yet sound a chord of common humanity, the press release said.