The Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series will showcase the Northern Bass, a family musical group from Laporte beginning at 1:30 p.m. today at the amphitheatre at the Lake Bemidji State Park. Admission to the park requires a current sticker and one-day passes are available. The concert is free and open to the public.
The 25th Anniversary Bemidji Area Church Musician Summer Concert series will begin at noon with Shannon Jones at United Methodist Church, Ninth Street and Beltrami Avenue. Jones was one of the co-founders of the BACM summer concert series and played organ at Calvary Lutheran Church and United Methodist. Her concert will feature music selected to represent the church year with composers J. S. Bach, Ruth Schram, David Cherwin, Cesar Franck and Wilbur Held. A segment of the program will use songs for worship from several countries.
All of the concerts are open to the public and free-will offerings will be accepted for the BACM Scholarship fund. A post-concert luncheon will be provided at a minimal cost, a service of each member church to support their fund raising efforts.
"Seussical" by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty by Jones, Hope and Wooten, is a musical loosely based on the first two Horton the Elephant books by Dr. Seuss with the Cat in the Hat as narrator. This family friendly show begins at at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Performance times are 8 p.m. through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. The following week, ending August 11, all performances begin at 8 p.m. Located in the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji, tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students with a valid ID and $15 for the matinee. The box office number is 751-7270 or order tickets on line at thechieftheater.com.
Long Lake Theater presents "A Don't Hug Me County Fair," a musical comedy set in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota and directed by BSU alum Andrew Browers. There are 3 p.m. matinees during the week. Check the website at longlaketheater.com for performance times and dates or call (218) 732-0099.
"The Legend of Paul Bunyan, the Musical," celebrating the 75th birthday of Paul Bunyan, opens at 7:30 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Directed by Cate Belleveau, with music direction by Karen Bradley and piano accompaniment by Wayne Hoff, this show has family friendly prices of $15 for the entire family, $8 for individuals and $6 for students and seniors. Additional performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets may be purchased at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant or at the door the day of performance starting one hour before show time.
Blank Canvas Gallery will host a public reception for their new exhibit from 5-7 p.m. at 311 Main Ave. S in Park Rapids. Steve Beaubien, an en pleinair artist, will be displaying landscapes from in and around Park Rapids and South Carolina. New artists at the gallery, Crazy Quilters and Minnesota Lakes Woodturners will be featured at the gallery during August.
The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association's 2nd Street Stage runs from 6-8 p.m. with music, beer garden, snacks and family events.
The Beltrami County History Center will welcome visitors from noon to 4 p.m. with refreshments and free admission to the museum. They will have a special exhibit of historical photos from their collection: first graduating class from Bemidji High School, maple sugaring and a mail carrier.
Gallery North will welcome visitors during their 2-5 p.m. reception to meet the artists. Showcase artist of the month are the Bemidji Area Woodcarvers, who will be showing an eclectic collection of carvings. Featured Artist of the month is Mary Morton, who will demonstrate Rosemaling techniques. Featured artists of the month are Mary Knox-Johnson and Marion Caroline, who will hold a book reading/signing of their new book, "Thoughts from Pudge 2: The Mentoring Continues." The gallery is located in the Shoppes at the foot of the Irvine Avenue Bridge.
The Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, which presents "Moods and Foods," a collaboration of The Artists of Studio 10. The opening reception will be from 3-5 p.m. The bistro is located at 523 Minnesota Ave. and is closed on Sunday. The First Friday Wine Bar will feature an inspired menu with libations to complement from 5-9 p.m.
The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café is hosting April Azure, a Puposky native. Azure will display her portraiture for the first time. A reception will be from 4-6 p.m. at the Cabin, 214 3rd St. NW.
Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., will present "Pieces of Paul, Bits of Babe," by Barb Meuers. An opening reception for Meuers will be from 5-7 p.m.
Neilson Place will host "We All Love Paul," a collection of artists and photographer's view of the famous couple - Paul and Babe - who grace our lakefront. The exhibit honors the 75th birthday of Paul with varied media including a display of children's original art work. The exhibit will run from July through October. Located on the campus of the Sanford Woodsedge campus at 1000 Anne St., the exhibit may be viewed daily until 8 p.m.
Bemidji Community Arts Center, 426 Bemidji Ave N., invites the public to their 5-7 p.m. reception featuring Printmaking - woodcut relief prints by Eugene Dalzotto, 1949 to 1961.
Work by printmaker and curator Jason Clark will be featured in Gallery X-2. The exhibit will run until Sept. 1.
Freaxis Studio invites the public a Puppet Happening starting at 5 p.m. in the lower level of BCAC.
Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW, features Malisa Van Maasdam, with recent works on paper celebrating the bounty of our garden season. Combining pen, ink and fiber, she will contrast stark lines with vibrant splashes of fiber color to exemplify a summer's harvest. The artist reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Sign up is from 6:30-7:30 p.m., with performances to follow.
All of the above receptions are free and open to the public.
CLIMB Theatre with "The Tortoise and the Hare" at the Bemidji Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 7. Free.
Bemidji Area Community Band at 7 p.m. Aug. 5.