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Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present pianist Abe Hunter at noon, today, June 29, at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. Hunter will play a Beethoven and Chopin program. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. The choir members will serve a lunch, they have prepared, at a nominal cost of $5.

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First Friday

E First Friday, July 1, receptions for July can begin at the Gallery North, 502 Third St. S.W., with showcase artist of the month Joan Wilson who paints portraits, outdoor landscapes and is also a photographer. Her medium of choice is pastels or oil. Wilson will be at the gallery during the 2-5 p.m. reception with the featured gallery artist of the month Marion Reil, watercolor instructor and painter. For more information about both artists, see galleryn@paulbunyan.net.

E Northwoods Gallery and Frame Shop will join the First Friday scene with original artwork from Jane Freeman, Don Houseman, Kathy Gustafson, Pat Schnell, Pat Shough/Sillimandi, Terry Honstead and Duane Shoup. Meet the artists during the 3-6 p.m. reception at the gallery located at 218 Third St. NW.

E Just a couple of doors away is Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., and its artists of the month, painter Audrey Merschman and her daughter Cheryl Windels, a wildlife and landscape photographer. Merschman has illustrated a series of 10 children's books, painted and sold greeting cards through JL Creations and displayed and sold her watercolors and oils primarily through the Cabin. Meet this mother and daughter team during the 4-6 p.m. opening reception. The cabin is open seven days a week.

E Neilson Place will welcome artist Mary Lingen who has won awards in several juried competitions. Her display will remain in place July-October, and a price list of her work will be at the front desk. The opening reception will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. in the front lobby, 1000 Anne St. NW.

E Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave. N., will have on display, "Navigating the Aftermath: The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project," which will run from July 1-14. Co-sponsored by Bemidji Community Arts Center and Saarens Productions, this traveling art exhibit explores Iraq's present and future. The exhibit will conclude with the film "The Unreturned" with director Nathan Fisher at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, at the Wild Rose Theater. The exhibit and film will explore the effects of the Iraq War that charts a course towards healing and reconciliation. Extended gallery hours will be from noon-4 p.m., groups by appointment. The opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Bemidji visit is part of the Navigating the Aftermath Tour that addresses the question: "After eight years into an ongoing war in Iraq, where do we go from here?"

E Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will welcome Maureen O'Brien and her acrylics on canvas and prints on metal substrate which focus on the serenity of the northern Minnesota forest. Meet O'Brien during the 3-5 p.m. reception. The First Friday Wine Bar with a new menu every month and libations to complement is from 5-9 p.m. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

E Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., has on display, "Put a Bird on It," a collection of pieces from artists in all media, focusing on a bird theme. An artist reception will be from 4-6 p.m. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique that features art and fine craft by more than 60 area artists and an eclectic collection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories.

E Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., has two separate exhibits; Main Gallery will feature "A Creative Partnership," by John Kolb and Linda Acklund Kolb. He works in acrylic and she with pastels on a beeswax ground and they complement each other with form. Photographer Sean McCroy in Gallery X2 explores a different side of our city that takes us through the overlooked alleys and side roads that have a beauty of their own in "Walking Behind Bemidji." Meet the artists at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Shop 426 will also be open.

E Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., will exhibit the work of impressionist painter Alice Blessing for July. Join Blessing for the reception starting at 7 p.m. with First Friday entertainment by Lance Benson beginning at 8 p.m. Brigid's Cross is open seven days a week.

E Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W., has photography by Glenn Ferguson on display until July 31. There is free admission to the exhibits every First Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and refreshments are served.

E Bemidji Public Library Art Wall, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display paintings by Terry Honstead and her exhibit, "Imagine," a collection of acrylic and mixed media based upon ideas gleaned from reading books.

E Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S., welcomes painter Pat Shough/Sillimandi and her newer works: landscapes, flowers and birds for July. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

E Yellow Umbrella, 202 Third St. N.W., will be open until 7 p.m. for First Friday. The venue features the work of local artisans: wood carvings, prints, watercolors, photos, etc.

E Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, 311 Main Ave. S. in downtown Park Rapids, invites the public to meet artist Janine Merrick during their opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Merrick will be on hand to talk about her drawings and paintings reflecting life in Arizona and Minnesota.

Music events

E Northwoods Folk Collective Coffeehouse Open Mic where the community has an opportunity to share stories, songs, music and poetry with friends and neighbors in a supportive atmosphere will begin at 7:30 p.m. Host Dennis Montgomery will welcome the public at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. S.W. (Over the Irvine Street Bridge and up the hill.)

E Live music with folk songwriter and acoustic guitar player Lance Benson starting at 8 p.m., Friday at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub & Restaurant.

E "Sir Avery" will perform Indie Folk in concert from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Cabin Coffeehouse.

E The concert at the Lake Bemidji State Park amphitheater with Timberline (Kari Munson and John Essig) will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3. The concerts are free, but a state park sticker is required. This activity is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters Nov. 4, 2008.

E The Bemidji Area Community Band will play the second summer concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 3, in Baker Park. The concert, sponsored by Ground Round, is titled "Celebrating the Music of America and American Composers" and will feature well-known classics to celebrate Independence Day, such as Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," "A Scott Joplin Retrospective," "The Blue and the Gray" (recognizing the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War), "America the Beautiful" and a Sousa march. The band will be under the direction of Erika Svanoe. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to Bemidji State University's Bangsberg Recital Hall.

Classic comedy

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W., interpretation of a well-known comedy can be seen for the next two weeks; "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare. Adapted for the stage by Craig Johnson and added material by the cast makes this production a must-see for Bemidji theatergoers. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, June 29-July 2. Tickets are $22 for adults, $15 for students and $20 for groups of 10 for the evening performances. For more information about the play and a listing of the actors, see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji Pioneer.com and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or www.bemidjiarts.areavoices.com

E "Arsenic and Old Lace" is on stage at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. This irreverent comedy about two spinster aunts who are beloved by the community and their nephew who stumbles upon a terrible secret is directed by BSU graduate Andy Browers. Performances will be at 3 p.m. today and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday until July 2. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 children (4-12). Box office number is 732-0099 or visit the website longlaketheater.com.

E Minnesota Folklore Theater presents "An Evening with Patsy Cline" for eight performances. A popular musical that is returning by popular demand will begin at 7:30 p.m. July 7-10 and 11-14 and a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, July 10, Minnesota Folklore Theater, 6 Broadway, Akeley. Call 218-652-2666 for reservations.

Audition calls

E The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is looking for one male actor, age 9-14, to play Nathan Lukowski in "The Full Monty." He should be a smart, mature kid who looks about 12 years old and he does not need to sing. The performer must be comfortable with a good amount of stage time and dialogue. This show contains adult content and language, including some said by Nathan. Parent/chaperones must be comfortable with the show's content and language. Rehearsals begin July 25 and the show runs Aug. 3-13 in Bemidji with a week long run in St. Cloud, Minn., from Aug. 16-20. Housing will be provided for the actor and parent/chaperones, and this role is paid. Those interested in auditioning or who have any questions should send an email to boxoffice@paulbunyanplayhouse.com . You will be contacted about scheduling an audition. PBP is looking to fill this role immediately.

E Actors needed for "Guys on Ice," an ice fishing musical comedy about three men between the ages of 30 and 55 by Minnesota Folklore Theater. Rehearsals begin July 18 and the play opens on Aug. 25 at the theater, 6 Broadway St., Akeley. Call 218-652-2666 for audition appointment, stipend for gas and housing is available. For more information about the play, see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji Pioneer.com and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or bemidjiarts.areavoices.com.

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 news@bemidjipioneer.com

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present pianist Abe Hunter at noon, today, June 29, at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. Hunter will play a Beethoven and Chopin program. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. The choir members will serve a lunch, they have prepared, at a nominal cost of $5.

First Friday

- First Friday, July 1, receptions for July can begin at the Gallery North, 502 Third St. S.W., with showcase artist of the month Joan Wilson who paints portraits, outdoor landscapes and is also a photographer. Her medium of choice is pastels or oil. Wilson will be at the gallery during the 2-5 p.m. reception with the featured gallery artist of the month Marion Reil, watercolor instructor and painter. For more information about both artists, see galleryn@paulbunyan.net.

- Northwoods Gallery and Frame Shop will join the First Friday scene with original artwork from Jane Freeman, Don Houseman, Kathy Gustafson, Pat Schnell, Pat Shough/Sillimandi, Terry Honstead and Duane Shoup. Meet the artists during the 3-6 p.m. reception at the gallery located at 218 Third St. NW.

- Just a couple of doors away is Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., and its artists of the month, painter Audrey Merschman and her daughter Cheryl Windels, a wildlife and landscape photographer. Merschman has illustrated a series of 10 children's books, painted and sold greeting cards through JL Creations and displayed and sold her watercolors and oils primarily through the Cabin. Meet this mother and daughter team during the 4-6 p.m. opening reception. The cabin is open seven days a week.

- Neilson Place will welcome artist Mary Lingen who has won awards in several juried competitions. Her display will remain in place July-October, and a price list of her work will be at the front desk. The opening reception will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. in the front lobby, 1000 Anne St. NW.

- Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave. N., will have on display, "Navigating the Aftermath: The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project," which will run from July 1-14. Co-sponsored by Bemidji Community Arts Center and Saarens Productions, this traveling art exhibit explores Iraq's present and future. The exhibit will conclude with the film "The Unreturned" with director Nathan Fisher at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, at the Wild Rose Theater. The exhibit and film will explore the effects of the Iraq War that charts a course towards healing and reconciliation. Extended gallery hours will be from noon-4 p.m., groups by appointment. The opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The Bemidji visit is part of the Navigating the Aftermath Tour that addresses the question: "After eight years into an ongoing war in Iraq, where do we go from here?"

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will welcome Maureen O'Brien and her acrylics on canvas and prints on metal substrate which focus on the serenity of the northern Minnesota forest. Meet O'Brien during the 3-5 p.m. reception. The First Friday Wine Bar with a new menu every month and libations to complement is from 5-9 p.m. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., has on display, "Put a Bird on It," a collection of pieces from artists in all media, focusing on a bird theme. An artist reception will be from 4-6 p.m. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique that features art and fine craft by more than 60 area artists and an eclectic collection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., has two separate exhibits; Main Gallery will feature "A Creative Partnership," by John Kolb and Linda Acklund Kolb. He works in acrylic and she with pastels on a beeswax ground and they complement each other with form. Photographer Sean McCroy in Gallery X2 explores a different side of our city that takes us through the overlooked alleys and side roads that have a beauty of their own in "Walking Behind Bemidji." Meet the artists at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Shop 426 will also be open.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., will exhibit the work of impressionist painter Alice Blessing for July. Join Blessing for the reception starting at 7 p.m. with First Friday entertainment by Lance Benson beginning at 8 p.m. Brigid's Cross is open seven days a week.

- Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W., has photography by Glenn Ferguson on display until July 31. There is free admission to the exhibits every First Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and refreshments are served.

- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display paintings by Terry Honstead and her exhibit, "Imagine," a collection of acrylic and mixed media based upon ideas gleaned from reading books.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S., welcomes painter Pat Shough/Sillimandi and her newer works: landscapes, flowers and birds for July. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

- Yellow Umbrella, 202 Third St. N.W., will be open until 7 p.m. for First Friday. The venue features the work of local artisans: wood carvings, prints, watercolors, photos, etc.

- Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, 311 Main Ave. S. in downtown Park Rapids, invites the public to meet artist Janine Merrick during their opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Merrick will be on hand to talk about her drawings and paintings reflecting life in Arizona and Minnesota.

Music events

- Northwoods Folk Collective Coffeehouse Open Mic where the community has an opportunity to share stories, songs, music and poetry with friends and neighbors in a supportive atmosphere will begin at 7:30 p.m. Host Dennis Montgomery will welcome the public at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. S.W. (Over the Irvine Street Bridge and up the hill.)

- Live music with folk songwriter and acoustic guitar player Lance Benson starting at 8 p.m., Friday at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub & Restaurant.

- "Sir Avery" will perform Indie Folk in concert from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Cabin Coffeehouse.

- The concert at the Lake Bemidji State Park amphitheater with Timberline (Kari Munson and John Essig) will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3. The concerts are free, but a state park sticker is required. This activity is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters Nov. 4, 2008.

- The Bemidji Area Community Band will play the second summer concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 3, in Baker Park. The concert, sponsored by Ground Round, is titled "Celebrating the Music of America and American Composers" and will feature well-known classics to celebrate Independence Day, such as Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," "A Scott Joplin Retrospective," "The Blue and the Gray" (recognizing the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War), "America the Beautiful" and a Sousa march. The band will be under the direction of Erika Svanoe. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to Bemidji State University's Bangsberg Recital Hall.

Classic comedy

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W., interpretation of a well-known comedy can be seen for the next two weeks; "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare. Adapted for the stage by Craig Johnson and added material by the cast makes this production a must-see for Bemidji theatergoers. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, June 29-July 2. Tickets are $22 for adults, $15 for students and $20 for groups of 10 for the evening performances. For more information about the play and a listing of the actors, see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji Pioneer.com and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or www.bemidjiarts.areavoices.com

- "Arsenic and Old Lace" is on stage at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. This irreverent comedy about two spinster aunts who are beloved by the community and their nephew who stumbles upon a terrible secret is directed by BSU graduate Andy Browers. Performances will be at 3 p.m. today and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday until July 2. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 children (4-12). Box office number is 732-0099 or visit the website longlaketheater.com.

- Minnesota Folklore Theater presents "An Evening with Patsy Cline" for eight performances. A popular musical that is returning by popular demand will begin at 7:30 p.m. July 7-10 and 11-14 and a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, July 10, Minnesota Folklore Theater, 6 Broadway, Akeley. Call 218-652-2666 for reservations.

Audition calls

- The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is looking for one male actor, age 9-14, to play Nathan Lukowski in "The Full Monty." He should be a smart, mature kid who looks about 12 years old and he does not need to sing. The performer must be comfortable with a good amount of stage time and dialogue. This show contains adult content and language, including some said by Nathan. Parent/chaperones must be comfortable with the show's content and language. Rehearsals begin July 25 and the show runs Aug. 3-13 in Bemidji with a week long run in St. Cloud, Minn., from Aug. 16-20. Housing will be provided for the actor and parent/chaperones, and this role is paid. Those interested in auditioning or who have any questions should send an email to boxoffice@paulbunyanplayhouse.com . You will be contacted about scheduling an audition. PBP is looking to fill this role immediately.

- Actors needed for "Guys on Ice," an ice fishing musical comedy about three men between the ages of 30 and 55 by Minnesota Folklore Theater. Rehearsals begin July 18 and the play opens on Aug. 25 at the theater, 6 Broadway St., Akeley. Call 218-652-2666 for audition appointment, stipend for gas and housing is available. For more information about the play, see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji Pioneer.com and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or bemidjiarts.areavoices.com.

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 news@bemidjipioneer.com

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