Bemidji City Council Seeks Applications for New Public Arts Commission

The Bemidji City Council is seeking applications for the newly created Public Arts Commission.

The commission will be made up of seven (7) members, two (2) of which may be non-City residents, with demonstrated experience and expertise in visual art or related fields, and holding no official position with the City.  Commissioners will serve without compensation.

The application is available at City Hall, 317 4th Street NW, or on the City’s web site. For more information contact the Kay Murphy, City Clerk at 759-3770.

Blackduck Student Art Show Opens May 19th

Come appreciate student art, May 19-26, 2012!

Art will be on display at the Tin Pan gALLErY
located in the Blackduck History and Art Center
at Main Street and Margaret Avenue in Blackduck, MN.

Special “Open House” hours for this event are
4:00 to 6:30 P.M. –  Wednesday, May 23rd.

Stop by after school, during the Building Trades show or
before the School’s Band Concert!

“Kiss or Make Up” Opens TONIGHT at the Wild Rose Theater in Bemidji

Bemidji Community Theater presents “Kiss or Make Up,” a Jack Sharkey play, where imaginary husbands, mistaken identity and crocodile crabs add up to a night of comedy.

The show opens on Friday, May 11, 2012, at 7:30 pm and with performances on Saturday, May 12, at 7:30 pm, Sunday, May 13, at 1:00 pm, and Monday, May 14, at 7:30 pm.

The tickets are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children under age 18 and are on sale at Ken K. Thompson Jewelry in the Paul Bunyan Mall or Iverson Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji. They will also be available at the door.

Head over to the Wild Rose Theater, on the corner of Paul Bunyan Drive and 5th Street, Bemidji MN.  Come and share a laugh!

Bemidji Chorale Concert and Ice Cream Social on Mother’s Day

The Bemidji Chorale will present its 33rd Annual Spring Mother’s Day Concert and Ice Cream Social at the Beaux Arts Ballroom on the campus of Bemidji State University in Bemidji on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

This concert will have some surprises as well as a wide variety of literature. The theme of the program is: Reflection, Possibility, Whimsey, which opens the door to some unique musical styles.

Some featured soloists include Jim Dougherty, Josh Gunderson, Eric Benson, Carla Norris Raynbird, Sharon Shuster, Sutton Stewart, Maddy Lawrence, and our remarkable accompanist, Wayne Hoff. The concert is conducted by Patricia Mason. Freewill offering. Ice Cream Social following. Everyone is urged to attend.

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

Great Twin Cities Poetry Road Show in Bemidji this Weekend!

May 11th and 12th, 2012 – Great Twin Cities Poetry Road Show: Reading and Workshops

Reading Friday May 11th, 2012 5:30 to 7:00pm: Hosted at the Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship located at 522 America Ave. Downtown Bemidji.

The BCAC presents the “Great Twin Cities Poetry Road Show” as a part of the 2012 Spoken Word Series.  Join us on Friday May 11th from 5:30 to 7pm for an artist reception and reading featuring Matt Mauch, Paula Cisewski, Sean Hill and LouAnn Muhm.  Reception with refreshments start at 5:30, reading begins at 6:00pm with Q&A and book signing to follow.  The artists will be reading their own work including selections from “Poetry City, USA Vol. 2″

Workshops on Saturday May 12th to be hosted at Bemidji Public Library Conference Room – 509 America Ave.  Downtown Bemidji.  Workshop is $45 for one, $80 for both (students $20 per session with student ID).  Limit 20 per session, early registration recommended.  For more info.  To register call 218-444-7570 or visit the art center at 426 Bemidji Ave.

Morning Workshop – 9:00 am to 12-noon – Poets Matt Mauch and Paula Cisewski
“No discovery for the writer, no discovery for the reader”

Afternoon Workshop – 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Poets Sean Hill and LouAnn Muhm
ast Inspiration: Using Historical Research in Poetry and Creating Found Poems from Historical Documents.”

The 2012 Spoken Word Series is made possible by a Region 2 arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota Voters on November 4, 2008.


Puppetry 101 Workshop: Registration Deadline May 9th!

Join puppeteer Margaret Burger of Fortuna Puppet Theatre to learn the ground rules for basic rod puppet manipulation through direct practice and feedback. An amazing amount of expression can be achieved from this simple puppet that is manipulated with a rod on the head and on one arm. Watch your skills with your puppet develop through improvisation and simple storylines.

The workshop will be held in Freaxis Studios, lower level BCAC, 426 Bemidji Ave. on Wednesdays, May 16, 23, 30, & June 6 from 6-8 p.m. If you missed Margaret’s earlier workshop, “Build a Bunraku-inspired Rod Puppet,” and do not have a rod puppet to use, don’t worry. For an extra $5 Margaret will provide with a generic rod puppet for you to practice with.

The registration deadline is May 9, 2012. To register, send a check in the amount of $25.00 made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. Please note that there will be no refunds unless the workshops are cancelled. For more information call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

Schoolcraft Spring Concert at Bemidji High School

Please come and celebrate with us!  Schoolcraft Learning Community will present its 12th Annual Spring Concert, showcasing the choirs, orchestras, and French program.

The event will start at 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at the Bemidji High School Performance Arts Center.  

This event is free of charge, and supported in part by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Recipients Announced

Dennis Williams and Dana Goodwin, beaded moccasins.

The Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) awarded $3,900 through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program. Monies awarded are for arts activities related to its mission of supporting, maintaining, and promoting traditional and contemporary Native American arts in North Central Minnesota.

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grants program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.  The grant recipients and information about their projects are listed below.

Dana Goodwin, of Mahnomen, received $1,000 to create, in collaboration with Dennis Williams, a beaded, quilted, and brain-tanned buckskin skirt to accompany a fully beaded northern traditional top.

Dennis Williams, of Mahnomen, was awarded $989 to create, in collaboration with Dana Goodwin, a beaded, quilted, and brain-tanned buckskin skirt to accompany a fully beaded northern traditional top.

David Clark, of Bemidji, received $1,000 to purchase Protools software and Grace Design M101 microphone pre-amp to help in recording his next album with his band N8ive Bro.

Mika Marqui Pacheco-Northbird, of Cass Lake, was awarded $911 to create fully beaded dance regalia to be used as first prize in a local Iron Man Contest.

Current AAI Council members are Tom Buckanaga, Mary Guardipee, Douglas Lee, Genny Lowry, Bernice Mitchell, Delana Smith, Debra Warren, Delina White, and Harold “Dunesy” White, Jr.

The next deadline for the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Grant for Native American Artists is October 3, 2012. Call the Region 2 Arts Council office at 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 for more information. Applications for these grants will be available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Closes 73rd Season, “Made in America”

Clay Jenkinson depicts Theodore Roosevelt in upcoming BSO Performance

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will close its 2011-12 concert series with an exciting program entitled “American History,” on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

Clay Jenkinson returns to Bemidji to narrate the Minnesota premier of Chris Brubeck’s new composition Roosevelt in Cowboy Land, a symphonic work that tells the story of Theodore Roosevelt’s time in the badlands of North Dakota. The program also features music representative of the Roosevelt White House, including Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag, Saint-Saëns’ The Swan, David Popper’s Vito, and Virgil Thompson’s The Plow that Broke the Plains.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Lueken’s North, Brigid’s Cross, and online at Prices are  $20 adults; $15 senior citizens 62+;  $10 college students with ID.  Students grades K–12 are admitted free. Doors open for seating at 2:30 PM.  More information is at

Fathom Film Festival Tonight at the Mask and Rose

Join Saarens Productions, your friends and neighbors, and local filmmakers at the Mask and Rose Theater in Bemidji TONIGHT, Friday April 20, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. for the FATHOM FILM FESTIVAL.

Watch the movies that were selected to be part of the finale. Come see the films of Mike Bredon, Spencer Olson, and Harlan Hegna to choose YOUR favorite of the festival. You choose who wins and a cash prize of $100 in the BIGGEST Independent Film Festival in Northern Minnesota!