"Forever Plaid," a musical set in the 1950s will open at 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 8 for a two-week run at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse located in the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W.
The story centers on "The Plaids," four singers (Ryan Parker Knox, Matthew Goinz, Joshua Hinck and Daniel Lundin) who are suddenly killed in a tragic bus accident. They do make it back to the present to sing one last concert of songs made famous by the close-harmony male singing groups of the '50s. Songs like "Catch a Falling Star" and "Love is a Many Splendored Thing," are just a few of familiar tunes the audience will be hearing during the show. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday June 8-18, with a 2 p.m. matinee, Sunday, June 12. Tickets are $22 for adults, $15 for students and $20 for groups 10 or more. Sunday matinee is $15. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on matinee Sundays. Box office number is 751-7270.
Long Lake Theater
"Arsenic and Old Lace" will begin its run at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 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 Bemidji State University graduate Andy Browers. Performances will be at 3 p.m. Wednesdays until June 29 and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday from June 9 until July 2. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 children ages 4-12. Box office number is 732-0099 or visit the website longlaketheater.com. The drive is worth the effort as the playhouse has a solid reputation for good theater experiences. Directions: south on U.S. Highway 71 for four miles past Park Rapids, turn left onto State Highway 87 and travel four miles east to Hubbard, turn right onto Hubbard County Road 6. The theater is located about four blocks south on the left. Reservations recommended, call 218-732-0099 or www.longlaketheater.com.
Mary Shideler, "The Kayak Lady" will be at the Blackduck Community Library at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 7. The program is free and open to the public.
Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present the 2010 Scholarship recipients Faith Lundin, Isaac Heath and Jennifer Paquette at noon, Wednesday, June 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 123 29th Street N.E. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. Lunch will be available following each recital at a nominal cost.
Sophie Dehler-Seter and Kate Loxtercamp, two young Bemidji dancers, will perform in Grand Rapids. The Myles Reif Center Spring Show will have three performances: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $8 for students. Call 218-327-5780 or look at website reifcenter.org.
The Bemidji Library Book Festival is seeking local authors to display and sell their books during a book fair from 5-7 p.m., Friday, June 17, at Bemidji High School. Contact Lynn Moore at 760-0387 to reserve a spot. A table and two chairs will be provided for each author.
Author Rosana Saberi lecture about her book, "Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran" will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 17 at the BHS auditorium. Free tickets are available now at the Bemidji Public Library. This program is provided with funds approved by Minnesota voters for arts and cultural heritage.
- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., has on display, "The Nature of Things," a collection of pieces from artists who have their own twist on the flora and fauna around us.
- Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W., has photography by Glenn Ferguson on display until July 31. Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday.
- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., June display is "Power & Grace" by wildlife and landscape artist Rock Bakke. The center and Shop 426 are open from noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday.
- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display an exhibit of paintings by members of Hope House. They will also be reading from their published book, "Here and Not Forgotten." The library is open Monday-Saturday. 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 on Nov. 4, 2008.
- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., welcomes Erja Wiltse and her impressions of life in Ireland done in acrylics. The gallery is located in the back restaurant section and the pub is open seven days a week.
- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., June artists are employees Jake Baggenstoss, Dee Blackowl and Barbra Huewe and their renderings in charcoal, photography and acrylic paintings. The Cabin is open seven days a week.
- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S., welcomes photographer Pat Rogness and her work of nature, fascinating people and the unique architecture of Mexico and Italy. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.
- Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave., is open from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit is work by local, regional and national artists in exhibit rotations.
- Gallery North, 502 Third St. S.W., showcase artist of the month is Wanda Odegard and her new collection of bronze jewelry. The featured gallery artist of the month is Colleen Hilts, a quilter and woodcarver. For more information about both artists and the gallery see firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.E., continues its exhibit of Joe Rossi's nature photography, "Recent Works" and Terry Honstead's collection of glass bead necklaces and earrings and hair pieces in the Bistro in Neilson Place through the month of June.
- Talley Gallery, Room 212 in the BSU Education Arts Building, has the visual arts faculty annual show until Sept. 14. Featured this year are Butch Holden (ceramics), Natalia Himmirska (painting), Jason Clark (printmaking), Dennis Peterson (silverpoint) and Steve Sundahl (sculpture). For hours, call 755-3708.
- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes photographer John LaTourelle and his work using a variety of techniques and lenses to show a mix of urban lifestyle and the color and beauty of Northern Minnesota.
- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.
- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of artwork The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.
- The Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.
- Lot 6 Arts Fair sponsored by Bad Cat Creations: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.
- The Bemidji Library Book Festival the week of June 13-18 with 16 author presentations.
- Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Mondays at 7:30. Free to play.
- Open stage at 7:30 p.m. third Wednesdays for writers, poets and dreamers with Patty Byers at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.
- Pelican Railroad performs at Backyard BBQ Wednesdays and Jammers on Thursdays.
- Open Stage at 8 p.m. Thursdays for performing artists and writers, Brigid's Cross.
- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. S.E. The public is invited to attend. For details, call 759-2952.
- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month; contact email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org