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Pioneer Previews for August 11: Gwenfrewi Burger will perform concert today

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BEMIDJI -- Gwenfrewi Burger will perform in a community concert at 2 p.m. today at the amphitheater in the Lake Bemidji State Park.

Admission to the concert is free for those with a yearly pass and $5 for a daily pass, both available at the visitor's gate. No rain dates for these series are set, for the concert is held rain or shine at the park for the Visitors Center is located near the amphitheater.

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Tuesday

Auditions for "Evita" by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice will be from 2-4:30 and 5:30-8 p.m. in the Green Room of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts complex on the campus of Bemidji State University, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive N. A production of Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective with musical direction by Melanie Hanson and stage direction by Cate Belleveau, it is set for Nov. 14-18 and Nov. 21-23. Actors should be prepared with a memorized two-minute monologue/poem, and a song that may have accompaniment or sung a'capella. Bring in an 8-inch by 10-inch black-and-white headshot photo. Hanson will accompany singers during the 5:30-8 p.m. times. Contact the director at 243-2685 or email kayakc2@me.com to reserve a 10-minute audition slot.

Wednesday

The Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Recital Series begins at noon at First Presbyterian Church, 501 Minnesota Ave., with a varied program of spirituals performed by Muff Magelssen (organ), Jean and Jim DeSmet (flute and violin), solo vocalist Libby Sorenson and The First Bottle Band. The Other Mountain Band will feature their Bluegrass music and Jean DeSmet will perform music for the flute by Ian Clark. A free-will offering will be accepted in support of the BACM scholarship program. A luncheon will be served following the program.

• Auditions for "Evita" by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice will be from 2-4:30 and 5:30-8 p.m. in the Green Room of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts complex on the BSU campus.

Thursday

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council will be showcasing artistic talents during a five-day rally beginning today and continuing on through Sunday. Youth Music and Art Showcase V in downtown Park Rapids will have art work, music by bands and soloists, and free chalk for day care providers and parents of preschoolers to do chalk art on downtown sidewalks Friday morning. Funding for this event is provided, 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 the Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

• Auditions for "Evita" by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice will be from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Green Room of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts complex on the BSU campus.

Friday

Bemidji Community Art Center will present work by Charles E. Alberti, "Solo Show since 1968 at 68," with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. with a brief artist talk at 6 p.m. "Since 1968 at 68" represents select pieces of Alberti's work dating back to 1968 as he turns 68-years-old. Alberti's exhibit will be on display Aug. 9 through Sept. 28. Visit the BCAC and SHOP 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. (upper level of the historic Carnegie Library) or at bcac.wordpress.com. For more information, call 444-7570 or email bcac@paulbunyan.net. BCAC hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

• A concert of Sweet Soul Music with members of Crosswater, The Seasonals and Pelican Railroad will begin at 7 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School.

• "The Importance of Being Earnest," Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners with an unusual twist by director Jesse Whiting and the Exciting Play Society, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of Bangsberg. Underwritten by Bemidji Community Theater, this tongue-in-cheek slam at the British aristocracy will be presented in role reversals so the young women enjoy behaviors usually reserved for rakish young gentlemen. So, expect a good laugh, the false identity confusions and quirky personalities. Tickets are on sale now at Shannon's Art and Soul and Iverson's Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji, and Ken K. Thompson in Paul Bunyan Mall for $10 for adults and $5 for 17 and under.

Saturday

Marsh Muirhead will present a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at BCAC. "The Tip of the Tip of the Iceberg" -- the history and practice of haiku -- is a discussion and workshop. It's not just 17 syllables anymore! Novice and experienced writers are on equal footing in the poetry genre. Pre-registration is required for all workshops. The fee is $40 for adults and $20 for students and space is limited. For information or to register contact BCAC.

• "The Importance of Being Earnest," Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners with an unusual twist by director Jesse Whiting and the Exciting Play Society, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of Bangsberg. Tickets are on sale now at Shannon's Art and Soul and Iverson's Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji, and Ken K. Thompson in Paul Bunyan Mall for $10 for adults and $5 for 17 and under.

Also of note...

The Bemidji Area Arts Endowment has tickets on sale now for the 10th Annual Oom Pah for the Arts fundraiser at ReMax of Bemidji, 602 Beltrami Ave. NW. This event is the major fundraiser in support of scholarships and underwriting for arts events in the Bemidji area. On Oct. 4 at the Bemidji Town and Country Club, the evening includes a wine and beer tasting at 6 p.m., to be followed by a German dinner menu and music by "Tuba" Jim Thompson, Dennis Doeden and Friends. Seating is limited and early ticket purchase is encouraged. Tickets are $50 each, which includes a $35 tax-deductible donation to BAAE, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

• Tickets for Desserts by Design, a fundraiser celebration for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, must be purchased in advance by Sept. 1. A diamond anniversary gala with artistically designed tables enhanced by fancy desserts, entertainment by members of the BSO, silent and live auctions is planned to help underwrite the 2013-14 season. Contact Jeanette Halcrow at 444-2689 for the $25 ticket or further information.

• This is the last week to enjoy "The Dixie Swim Club" by Jones, Hope and Wooten at Long Lake Theater. The show revolves around the annual long summer weekend college pals spend together to catch up on their lives. Southern ladies to the core, they can't help meddling in each other's problems and reminiscing about the good old days when they were swimming champions. Go to the website longlaketheater.com for more information. Tickets are $16 adults, $8 children (4-12) and $14.50 group rate or 15 or more. They do have a Wednesday matinee at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows until Aug. 17. For questions, call 218-732-0099.

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