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Pioneer Previews for June 16: Bemidji Area Community Band summer concerts begin today

Bemidji Area Community Band begins its annual summer concerts at 7 p.m. today on the lawn near the south entrance to Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive.

Remember to bring lawn chairs, some bug spray, a covering, water and lots of enthusiasm to this community event that is free for all.

Under the baton of Erika Svanoe, director of bands at BSU, the program will include some familiar band selections, a Sousa march, highlights from "Fiddler on the Roof," a compilation of the music of Ray Charles and a James Bond medley.

If it rains, just leave your chairs inside and go to the main theater in Bangsberg.

This concert is sponsored by Chester Berg Toyota of Bemidji.

-- Sundays in the Park is today with Headwaters School of Music & the Arts in collaboration with the Lake Bemidji State Park. They will welcome a special Father’s Concert at 2 p.m. in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park. Father and son duo Doyle and Tony Turner are the featured guest musicians and a Father’s Day tradition.

In case of rain, concerts are moved inside the Visitor’s Center next to the amphitheater.

Doyle always brings a few stories and they share their love of traditional music. Sit back, relax, and enjoy music in the midst of natural beauty at our state park this summer.

Admission is free for each concert but you will need a valid park pass. Day passes are $5. These concerts are made possible, in part by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature, as well as a collaborative effort of Lake Bemidji State Park and Headwaters School of Music & Arts.

-- A recital will be given at 7 p.m. today at First Lutheran Church by Eric Haugen, a cellist who completed his second year as a music major at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. He will be accompanied by Sarah Carlson.


An Adult Poetry Slam with musical accompaniment by Julie Johnson and the No-Accounts begins at 7 p.m. in the American Legion. Competition will begin at 8:30 p.m.


Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present pianist Andrea Hood in concert at noon at First Baptist Church, 1555 Paul Bunyan Drive NW. Hood received the Bemidji Area Church Musicians’ scholarship in 2012-13.

The program will include music for piano by Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, and Claude Debussy, as well as sacred arrangements by Mark Hayes and Lorie Line. A free-will offering will be accepted in support of the scholarship program of BACM.

The traditional luncheon will follow the concert for a nominal fee.

-- The Paul Bunyan Playhouse second production of the season will open at 8 p.m.

"Dancing at Lughnasa," set in pre-WWII Ireland, weaves a story of life driven by dreams and the hope for a better world in the future in this study of five unmarried sisters living in a modest cottage in Donegal. Ancient Christian beliefs and tribal customs conflict when the sisters welcome back their brother from 25 years of working in a leper colony in Africa.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more. This production is underwritten by Cuperus Construction.

-- "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon with performances until July 13. Sticking to the tradition of producing one Simon comedy a season, this classic features clean-freak Felix Unger and ultimate slob Oscar Madison and unlikely roommates.

For times and ticket prices see Note Long Lake Theater is located in Hubbard below Park Rapids.


"Dancing at Lughnasa," the Paul Bunyan Playhouse second production of the season, will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.


Dancing at Lughnasa," the Paul Bunyan Playhouse second production of the season will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.


"Dancing at Lughnasa," the Paul Bunyan Playhouse second production of the season will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.

Area Exhibits

The Blackduck Area History and Art Center, located at Main and Margaret streets, is showcasing a picture display, "60 years ago, Funkley goes to New York," July 13th.

Meet some of the "Funkleyites" 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

-- "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.

-- For a complete listing of Bemidji Community Arts Center art exhibits email

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

-- The technology, art and design faculty of BSU have an installation in the Talley Gallery, Room 212 of Bensen Hall. The exhibition will feature the work of nine faculty members: Drew Graham digital and interactive design; Tim Brockman, woodworking; Dennis Peterson, silverpoint drawing; Natalia Himmirska, painting and drawing; Barbara Hanus, painting; Butch Holden, ceramics; David Towley, woodworking; Bonnie Higgins, photography; Steve Sundahl, 3D design.

The show will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through June 28, then reopen Aug. 28 until Sept. 20.

-- Headwaters School for Music and the Arts is sponsoring a workshop with Cindy Agan, internationally known published watercolor artist, portrait artist, author and teacher. Attendees will learn to paint realistic portraits of people in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Various techniques such as dry brushing, glazing, graded wash, wet-in-wet, and in using cotton swabs. The workshop will be June 27-29 at the Beltrami Electric Roger Spiry meeting room, 4111 Technology Drive NW. The fee is $150; contact HSMA at 444-5606.

Call for Artists

The Bemidji Public Library Book Festival is calling for authors for the Author Showcase that will be 5:30-6:45 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Chapel, next door to the public library.

To register, call the library at 751-3963 or email

Upcoming Events

-- One Voice GLBTA Mixed Chorus Outreach Tour Concert is at 7:30 p.m. June 21 in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. Tickets are on sale now at Harmon Natural Foods Coop for adults $10 and $5 students. This is a family friendly show with music to please all generations of Minnesota State Fair enthusiasts.