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Today is Father's Day (congratulations to all fathers) and also the first concert of the Bemidji Area Community Band summer season at 7 p.m. at Baker Park, 803 Dewey Ave. N.E.

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This first of four outdoor concerts is sponsored by Citizens State Bank, Bemidji and is free and open to the public. A former BACB director, Terry Bradley, will return to conduct the band with familiar favorites: "Blue Tango" by Leroy Anderson, "Selections from Carousel" by Richard Rodgers and "Clarinet on the Town" by Ralph Hermann to feature Erika Svanoe, director of bands at Bemidji State University. Take a chair and/or a blanket and bug spray to this concert on the shore of Lake Bemidji. Just in case the weather is not cooperating, the concert will be moved to BSU's Bangsberg Recital Hall, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive N.E. A free will offering will be accepted to help cover the cost of purchasing music for the band.

State Park concert

Father and son duo of Doyle and Tony Turner will perform at 1:30 p.m. today, June 19, at the Lake Bemidji State Park amphitheater. 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 on Nov. 4, 2008.

Summer reading

The Bemidji Public Library Summer Reading Program Kickoff with singer/songwriter Paul Nye will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 20, at the library, 509 America Ave. N.W. A family show for all ages, Nye will sing songs from his CD, "Don't Lick A Flagpole When It's Cold." The show is free and the sponsor is the North Country Snowmobile Club.

Church musicians

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present cellists Sonja Connell, Mikayla Connell, Elias Connell, Micah Errikkson and Eric Haugen and pianist KaySue Erikkson at noon Wednesday, June 22, at the Evangelical Free Church Outreach Center, 115 Carr Lake Road S.W. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. The church members will serve a lunch at a nominal cost of $5.

Live theater

The Crimson Creek Players will present Charles Busch's cult favorite, "Psycho Beach Party." All performances are at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, June 21-25, at the Fire Hall Theater in downtown Grand Forks, N.D. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. The production contains material that some may find offensive. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Chester Fritz Box Office by calling 701-777-4090. For more information about the play and a listing of the actors, see Staff Blogs on the home page of Bemidji Pioneer.com and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or bemidjiarts.areavoices.com.

Vendors sought

Vendors are being sought for the "2nd Annual Opener Art Festival" to be held Nov. 5 in the New City Ballroom. Artist applications and show information are available at OpenerArtFestival.com. All vendor work will be juried and only handmade products and visual art will be accepted. The artist deadline is July 15. For more information contact Shannon at 556-5907.

Art exhibits

E 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.

E Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W., has photography by Glenn Ferguson on display until July 31. The center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

E 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. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

E Bemidji Public Library Art Wall, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display an exhibit of paintings by members of Hope House. 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.

E 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.

E 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.

E 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.

E 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.

E Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.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 galleryn@paulbunyan.net.

E Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., 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 June.

E Talley Gallery, Room 212 in the BSU Education Arts Building, has the BSU 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.

E 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.

E Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

E 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 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.

Upcoming events

E June 24: Finnish American Folk Group Duo Kaivama, 8 p.m., Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

E June 24: Festival of Authors and Artists, noon-8 p.m., featuring published authors including Will Weaver and Cathy Wurzer, Dorset, Minn., 5 miles east of Park Rapids.

E June 25: Tom Sparks Workshop with National Fingerstyle guitar champion, 2 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. No admission charge.

Ongoing events

E Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Mondays, 7:30. Free to play.

E Open stage, 7:30 p.m. third Wednesdays for writers, poets and dreamers with Patty Byers at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

E Pelican Railroad performs at Backyard BBQ Wednesdays and Jammers on Thursdays.

E Open Stage, 8 p.m. Thursdays for performing artists and writers, Brigid's Cross.

E Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. SE. The public is invited to attend. For details, call 759-2952.

E Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month; contact epbensum@paulbunyan.net.

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

Today is Father's Day (congratulations to all fathers) and also the first concert of the Bemidji Area Community Band summer season at 7 p.m. at Baker Park, 803 Dewey Ave. N.E.

This first of four outdoor concerts is sponsored by Citizens State Bank, Bemidji and is free and open to the public. A former BACB director, Terry Bradley, will return to conduct the band with familiar favorites: "Blue Tango" by Leroy Anderson, "Selections from Carousel" by Richard Rodgers and "Clarinet on the Town" by Ralph Hermann to feature Erika Svanoe, director of bands at Bemidji State University. Take a chair and/or a blanket and bug spray to this concert on the shore of Lake Bemidji. Just in case the weather is not cooperating, the concert will be moved to BSU's Bangsberg Recital Hall, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive N.E. A free will offering will be accepted to help cover the cost of purchasing music for the band.

State Park concert

Father and son duo of Doyle and Tony Turner will perform at 1:30 p.m. today, June 19, at the Lake Bemidji State Park amphitheater. 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 on Nov. 4, 2008.

Summer reading

The Bemidji Public Library Summer Reading Program Kickoff with singer/songwriter Paul Nye will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 20, at the library, 509 America Ave. N.W. A family show for all ages, Nye will sing songs from his CD, "Don't Lick A Flagpole When It's Cold." The show is free and the sponsor is the North Country Snowmobile Club.

Church musicians

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present cellists Sonja Connell, Mikayla Connell, Elias Connell, Micah Errikkson and Eric Haugen and pianist KaySue Erikkson at noon Wednesday, June 22, at the Evangelical Free Church Outreach Center, 115 Carr Lake Road S.W. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. The church members will serve a lunch at a nominal cost of $5.

Live theater

The Crimson Creek Players will present Charles Busch's cult favorite, "Psycho Beach Party." All performances are at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, June 21-25, at the Fire Hall Theater in downtown Grand Forks, N.D. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. The production contains material that some may find offensive. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Chester Fritz Box Office by calling 701-777-4090. For more information about the play and a listing of the actors, see Staff Blogs on the home page of Bemidji Pioneer.com and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or bemidjiarts.areavoices.com.

Vendors sought

Vendors are being sought for the "2nd Annual Opener Art Festival" to be held Nov. 5 in the New City Ballroom. Artist applications and show information are available at OpenerArtFestival.com. All vendor work will be juried and only handmade products and visual art will be accepted. The artist deadline is July 15. For more information contact Shannon at 556-5907.

Art exhibits

- 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. The 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. to 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. 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. N.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 galleryn@paulbunyan.net.

- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., 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 June.

- Talley Gallery, Room 212 in the BSU Education Arts Building, has the BSU 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 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.

Upcoming events

- June 24: Finnish American Folk Group Duo Kaivama, 8 p.m., Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

- June 24: Festival of Authors and Artists, noon-8 p.m., featuring published authors including Will Weaver and Cathy Wurzer, Dorset, Minn., 5 miles east of Park Rapids.

- June 25: Tom Sparks Workshop with National Fingerstyle guitar champion, 2 p.m., Lake Bemidji State Park. No admission charge.

Ongoing events

- Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Mondays, 7:30. Free to play.

- Open stage, 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, 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. SE. The public is invited to attend. For details, call 759-2952.

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month; contact epbensum@paulbunyan.net.

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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