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Pioneer Previews for July 14: One of those busy arts weeks ahead

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The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference kicks off with their opening dinner and a public reading by award-winning poet Camille Dungy at 7:30 tonight.

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The reading series will continue until Thursday with a different reader each day in the lower Hobson Memorial Union at Bemidji State University.

A reception and a book signing will follow each reading. Books will also be for sale. All of the public readings are free and open to the public.

Award-winning writers and teachers have been gathering at the conference for 10 years to practice the arts of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

This year the conference will offer a literary translation workshop as well.

Art in the Park is back

The Bemidji Community Art Center’s annual "Art in the Park" is back this week, too. It’s the 46th anniversary for the event, which boasts of an annual attendance of more than 8,000 visitors. The juried fine arts and craft fair is located in Library Park downtown, and organizers expect more than 100 artists to take part again this year. Food vendors and live entertainment also will be on hand. The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21.

Moondance Jam

It’s 22nd annual Moondance Jam in Walker this weekend.

The event starts Wednesday with the "Pre-Jam Party" beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Music will continue at 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

A tribute to Bill Bieloh, the previous founder of Moondance Jam who died unexpectedly in 2010, will be held on Friday and a tribute to the troops will be on Saturday. See below for a listing of bands.

Monday

-- A public reading with Ron Carlson, distinguished writer and novelist, as part of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference Reading Series, 7:30 p.m., lower Hobson Memorial Union.

Tuesday

-- A public reading with Joni Tevis as part of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference Reading Series, 7:30 p.m., lower Hobson Memorial Union.

Wednesday

-- Bemidji Area Church Musicians will continue the Summer Recital Series with Glenn Seibel, euphonium, noon, at United Methodist Church. Wayne Hoff will accompany on the piano. A free will offering will be received for the concert and a lunch will follow.

-- A double-header within the public readings with Geoffrey Brock and Danielle Evans as part of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference Reading Series, 7:30 p.m., at lower Hobson Memorial Union.

-- Playing at Moondance Jam for the "Pre-Jam Party" beginning at 3 p.m. will be Transit Authority, The Fabulous Armadillos and Hairball.

-- Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents "Boeing Boeing" at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.

Thursday

-- The Noon Hour Concert will feature Hawken Orion Paul on violin and Lisa Dove on piano 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

-- Playing at Moondance Jam starting at 3 p.m. will be Cain, Shooting Star, Buckcherry, Cheap Trick and Motley Crue.

-- "Saint Away," a "stomp-grass trio, will play at 2nd Street Stage 6 to 8 p.m. in Park Rapids. The event is free with a beer garden and family activities.

-- Northern Light Opera Co. presents "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at 7:30 p.m. at Armory Square, Highway 71 and 2nd St., downtown Park Rapids.

Tickets at $20 for adults, $10 for students are available at Beagle Books, Coborn’s or online at

www.nothernlightopera.org

 --A public reading with Jericho Brown as part of the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference Reading Series 7:30 p.m. will be at lower Hobson Memorial Union.

-- Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents "Boeing Boeing" at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.

Friday

-- Playing at Moondance Jam beginning at 3 p.m. will be Sweet, Johnny Rivers, Blue Oyster Cult, Bachman & Turner and Slash.

-- Northern Light Opera Co. presents "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at 7:30 p.m. at Armory Square, Highway 71 and 2nd St., downtown Park Rapids.

Tickets at $20 for adults, $10 for students are available at Beagle Books, Coborn’s or online at

www.nothernlightopera.org

.

-- Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents "Boeing Boeing" at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.

Saturday

E Hosted by the Bemidji Community Art Center, the annual "Art in the Park" will celebrate 46 years. Over 100 artists, a dozen food vendors and live entertainment will be in Library Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. surrounding the Historic Carnegie Library Building.

-- A book signing, "Lost in the Amazon, with Louane K. Beyer 1-3 p.m. at Kat’s Book Nook, 750 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW.

-- Playing at Moondance Jam starting at 3 p.m. will be The Atomic Punks, Head East, Halestorm, Theory of a Deadman and The Offspring.

-- Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents "Boeing Boeing" at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.

-- The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Eagles Club, 1107 1st St. East. Finger food will be available.

E Northern Light Opera Company presents "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at 3 p.m. at Armory Square, Highway 71 and 2nd St., downtown Park Rapids.

Tickets at $20 for adults, $10 for students are available at Beagle Books, Coborn’s or online at

www.nothernlightopera.org

.

Sunday

-- "Art in the Park" will celebrate 46 years. Over 100 artists, a dozen food vendors and live entertainment will be in Library Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. surrounding the Historic Carnegie Library Building.

-- Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents "Boeing Boeing" at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.

Area Exhibits

-- Neilson Place presents a photography display of "Through Our Eyes" by Aynsley Kluchnik and Abby Szarkowski through Oct.

-- Beltrami County History Center will feature artwork from Gallery North and an exhibit in their main hall: "Trails Through Time." It will showcase county history from the mid-20th century. The Beltrami County History Center is open noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

-- The Bemidji Community Art Center presents an exhibit of oil paintings, watercolors and sculpture by John Lembi with his presentation of "Child’s Play."

The center is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

-- "Summer Art Potpourri" in the Tin Pan gALLEry is displaying work by a variety of artists, some new to the History and Art Center. Summer hours are 1–4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays through Aug. 31. Visits by special appointment may be scheduled by calling 835-4478 or 835-8210.

-- Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center at 311 S. Main Ave, Park Rapids, has an exhibit of all participating artists.

-- For a complete listing of Bemidji Community Arts Center art exhibits email bcac@wordpress.com.

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