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Russian choral group to perform tonight

Lyra, a vocal group of professional singers, most of who are students or graduates from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia will perform for the public at 7 p.m. today, June 11, at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. N. The traveling group of singers will offer a concert of folk and sacred music. More information about the group may be seen at Tickets are $5.

Elderhostel choir

The Elderhostel Choral Program of "There's A Song in the Air" will conclude tomorrow with a public concert at noon Friday in the Bemidji State University Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. Hosted annually by BSU, this year's choir is under the direction of Pat Mason and assistant conductor Jake Kaehne with accompanist Wayne Hoff .

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse first show of the summer is on stage now. "Sisters of Swing," a musical by Beth Gilleland and Bob Beverage, is based on the career of the Andrew Sisters. Devotees of 1940s music will enjoy this look back in time when lyrics and harmonies produced classic tunes that are still enjoyed today. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday until June 20 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 when tickets are half-price. Call the box office at 751-7270 for ticket prices on singles, students and group rates or order tickets online at The playhouse is located in the Historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

Midsommar Fest

Queen DeeAnn Najjar, will lead the Grand Procession of the 34th Annual Midsommar Fest Saturday, June 13, in Library Park. The Bemidji Affiliate of the American Swedish Institute invites the public to this family friendly event which features a variety of foods, Swedish boutique, activities for children which begin at 1 p.m. with decorating the Maypole, the Grand March and dancing demonstrations by the Lindsborgs dancers. This group was founded in 1963 to keep the history and heritage of Swedish culture and traditions alive. High school age dancers and their parents make a four-year commitment to be Swedish ambassadors to the public, and every four years they travel to Stockholm to perform with other folk dance groups. Festivities will begin at 12:30 p.m. with preparations for the Maypole dance, and at 2 p.m. the Grand March and entertainment will begin. Bring a lawn chair and be prepared to have an interesting and fun-filled afternoon. In case of stormy weather, the event will take place in M100 in Memorial Hall on the campus of Bemidji State University.

Concert series

The Lake Bemidji Summer Sunday Concert Series will continue Sunday, June 14, with "Timeless Traditions" featuring musicians Jon Romer and Jacque Tinsley. All the shows will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be held in the Lake Bemidji State Park Amphitheater with a total of 16 concerts through August. These events are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature, as well as the collaborative effort of Lake Bemidji State Park and the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

Poetry reading

Poetry on a summer's evening three Monday evenings in June will be offered by the Headwaters School for Music and the Arts. CarolAnn Russell, BSU professor of English and poet, will lead the group in reading the unconscious narrative as a way to discover the mythic pattern of a poem's story. Images will be used to generate new poetry. The classes will be held from 6-9 p.m. June 15, 22 and 29 at the Headwater's School and participants will need to register by noon on Monday. Call Janet at 444-5606 for costs and payment options.

Recital series

The 2009 Summer Recital Series continues this year with concerts each Wednesday until the end of August. Organist Sarah Carlson, pianist Abe Hunter and vocalist Allyson White will present a program at noon Wednesday, June 17, at the First Lutheran Church. A free will offering will be accepted in support of music scholarships at the door. Always well attended, these hour-long concerts give the public an opportunity to hear area church musicians play and also enjoy a luncheon at the host church after the concert.

Children's theater

Mrs. Yam Theater Productions will hold auditions for their forthcoming children's show "Pirates, the Musical" written by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson. The audition times and dates are 7-8:30 p.m. June 17 and 10:30-noon June 18 at the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area. Children from 5-15 are invited to audition, and those offered roles will be asked for a $20 activity fee to cover costs. Some scholarships will be available. Rehearsals will begin June 30 and continue every Tuesday and Thursday with production dates at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 and 21 and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Voyageurs High School. Under the direction of Bridget Stromberg, the assistant director is Julie Canty and choreographer is Karen Filardo. For more information, to schedule an audition or become part of the production team, call Bridget at 970-201-7561

Puppet theater

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Company is looking for volunteers of all ages to build puppets and props during the troupe's hands-on residency and two-day presentation during the 42nd Annual Art in the Park. Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will be transformed into a giant puppet workshop and best of all, it is free. Children younger than10 are asked to bring an adult with them. All participants should bring painting clothes and show up beginning July 8. For specific times, contact

Sculpture Walk

Bemidji Sculpture Walk received a grant from the G.W. Nielson Foundation to fabricate and display fiberglass images that will be decorated by artists for the 2010 season. Members of the general public are asked to vote for an image: fish, beaver, turtle, deer, small canoe, Paul Bunyan or anther choice. Votes will be compiled until the end of August when the winner will be announced. To cast your vote, email Two-dimensional artists may also access this Webs site for further information and to apply to decorate the winning image.

Other events

- "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" performances at Long Lake Theater with a Bemidji cast. The show will run through June with performances at 3 p.m. Wednesdays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for children 12 and younger and may be reserved by calling 218-732-0099. Long Lake Theater is located in the town of Hubbard which may be reached by taking U.S. 71 south to state Highway 87 then turning left for six miles to theater.

- Gallery North, 501 Third St. N.W., will offer a "Thrown Floral" watercolor class for teaching the wet-on-wet technique at 1 p.m. June 27. For information or to register for the class, stop by Gallery North or call 751-7741.

- "Everyday Miracles, Celebrating the Ordinary," a photography and poetry exhibit by Deb DeNio Krueger is open now at the Tin Pan gALLEry until June 27 in the Blackduck History Center, Main and Margaret Streets.

- Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective will offer The Tasty Baby Belly Buttons-Producers Jr. Theater Camp for 8-12-year-olds June 29-July 3 and Shakespeare for Kids camp for ages 9 to teens June 15-19. This camp will culminate in a "Shakespeare to Go" performance during Bard in the Park festival from July 15-19 on the Bemidji lakefront. For information on the camps, e-mail or call 243-2685.

- Beltrami County Historical Society has an ongoing exhibit in collaboration withGallery North, "Summer Breeze." Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the historic Great Northern Depot, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., is featuring new work by local artists Marlon Davidson, Butch Holden, Jay Jones, Marley Kaul, Don Knudson and Vivienne Morgan in a display of sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, painting and photography. There is also new inventory in Shop 426 whose proceeds benefit programming at BCAC and the participating artists. Open Monday through Saturday, BCAC is free and open to the public.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display the work of wood artist Jon Kerth for the month of June. Pyrography is also known as wood burning or "poker work." Early practitioners used the hot end of a fireplace poker to etch designs on leather or wood.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., features local artist Steve Heriot. Also for sale is art work and cards by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros. Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes the work of BSU senior Malisa VanMaasdam and her portraits showing the emotional power of facial features. Also on display and available for purchase are Levandowski Pottery and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson.

- Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave., features "Kimono Seasons," a body of work by Emily Chesley. Located in the Wild Rose Theater, this gallery is open at posted times.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., welcomes Showcase Artist for the Month, nature photographer, Pam Johnson.

- Headwaters School for Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., invites the public to "Chasing the Wind" with photographer Brian Grund. His exhibit is about taking the time to notice the serendipity of life and its meaning in teaching basic values of love, respect, integrity, patience and humility. All the photographs are for sale and the proceeds will be used to pay for wilderness travel expenses for youth. His work will be on display through the month of July.

- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., and the North Country Health Services Art Committee welcome an exhibit by Natalia Himmirska, "Embrace." Her work will be on display through June for the pleasure of the residents, families, staff and the community at large. The work is for sale, and a price list is provided at the reception desk.

- Talley Gallery, BSU Education Arts Building, will hold its 2009 summer Visual Arts Department Faculty show until July 2. The show features the work of Butch Holden, Natalia Himmerska, Linda Brown, Jason Clark, Terry Garrett, Steve Sundahl and Vivienne Morgan. The gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and is barrier free and open to the public at no charge.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., presents "The Wild I" nature photography by Irv Strom.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has an ongoing display of new art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby Pat Shough and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

- Stop at the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- Bemidji Community Band Concert, 7 p.m., Sunday, June 21, Baker Park Community Band Concert, 7 p.m. July 5, Baker Park.

- "As You Like It" by the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, July 16-20, Bard in the Park.

- 42nd Annual Art in the Park Festival, July 18 and 19, Library Park.

- Community Band Concert, 7 p.m. July 19, Baker Park.

- Community Band Concert, 7 p.m. Aug. 2 Baker Park.

- Mozart's "La Nozze di Figaro," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19-21, Thompson Recital Hall.

- Pelican Railroad every Wednesday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Backyard BBQ in downtown Bemidji.

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