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Indigenous Arts Festival on Saturday offers many activities

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The Indigenous Arts Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW. It is an open-air indigenous art market, artist and powwow demonstrations, local American Indian performing artists, and opening and closing ceremonies. Live demonstrations include canoe, moccasin, and jingle dress making, as well as beadwork, quill work, black ash basketry, pottery and hide tanning. A welcome will take place at 10 a.m., artists demonstrations from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., powwow demonstrations from noon to 1 p.m. and a closing ceremony at 6 p.m. Live performances by Sonny Johnson, Dafoe Singers, Rez Rap and Windy Downwind will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information call 766-3837 or railriverfolkschool@hotmail.com.

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Thursday

• Charlie Parr performs starting at 6 p.m.at Second Street Stage, between Main Ave. and Highway 71 in Park Rapids. Bring your own lawn chairs. Many people play roots music, but few modern musicians live those roots like Parr. In January, he released a new album, "Hollandale" with new songs inspired by Minnesota's fields, swamps and woods.

• "I Do! I Do" a matinee performance, the first musical of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse season, at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave.

Friday

• "I Do! I Do" a matinee performance, the first musical of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse season, at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave.

Saturday

• "I Do! I Do" a matinee performance, the first musical of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse season, at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave.

Art installations

• Neilson Place presents the multilayered artwork of Paula Swanson, "Hurry Summer," through June. Swanson explores and interprets ideas, emotions and experiences creating a dialogue between the artist and viewer. Neilson Place is located on Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW.

• Brigids Pub presents The Artists of Studio 10, showcasing a new body of work. The theme of this exhibit is "Greening Up," now through July. Brigids Pub is located downtown at 317 Beltrami Ave. NW.

• Watermark Art Center opening of "Inside and Out" exhibit is a collection of recent paintings, mixed media collages and work in oil and wax. The exhibit runs through Aug. 2. For more information call 444-7570, emailwatermark@paulbunyan.net or visit www.watermarkartcenter.org.

Upcoming events

• "Let's be Koi," a watercolor workshop with instructor Marion Caroline will take place at 1 p.m. June 28 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. Students will use glazing and negative space to create depth and layers of underwater plants with colorful Koi swimming. Cost is $45. Registrations are taken at Gallery North.

• The release of children's book "Alphabet Jambalaya (An Alliterative Alphabet Book for the Young at Heart)" will take place 2 to 5 p.m. July 11 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. Alphabet Jambalaya is not your usual alphabet book, it captures the imagination with unique pictures through the use of alliteration. Participants can listen to excerpts from the book, play games, enjoy refreshments, and share in the joy of sharing a first-book.

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