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Patt Rall Arts Column for June 18: Summer concert series to feature Turners

The Lake Bemidji Summer Sunday Concert Series continues at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the amphitheater with Doyle and Tony Turner, a father-and-son duo, who will perform some special selections for Father's Day. They may be seen at the Woodtick Musical Theater in Akeley playing their country and blue grass style music. The concerts are free, but cars need a park sticker to enter. 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.


The Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective Summer Youth Theater Workshop, Shake and Shakespeare Company, will be presenting "Shakespeare to Go, A Children's Traveling Show" 1:30 p.m. Friday at the outdoor stage in the park at the County Courthouse. The performance will be canceled in case of rain.

Camp concert

Concordia Language Villages' Soiva music camp will present two free concerts for the public at noon Sunday and Monday in the Bemidji State University Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. The young musicians, ages 9 to 18, came to Bemidji to take lessons in piano, flute, trumpet or clarinet at BSU while living with Salolampi villagers and learning Finnish culture.

Church musicians

The Bemidji Area Church Musicians 2009 Summer Recital Series has concerts each Wednesday until the end of August. The Brass Ensemble will perform at 12 p.m., June 24 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1800 Irvine Ave. N.W. A free will offering will be accepted in support of music scholarships at the door. Always well attended, these half-hour concerts give the public an opportunity to hear area church musicians play and also enjoy a luncheon at the host church after the concert.

Depot Day alert

Beltrami Historical Society is accepting vendors for the eighth Annual "Depot Day Fest." Artists and crafters, flea marketers, antique collectors, woodworkers, metalworkers, jewelers, non-profits and garden producers are encouraged to attend. There are a limited number of outdoor spaces. Call 444-3376 for details. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 8, at the James J. Hill Historic Railroad Station, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

Other events

- "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" will at Long Lake Theater with a Bemidji cast.

Local actors Julie Kaiser, who will be featured as Patsy Cline, and Matt Goinz, the radio announcer, is joined by Lee Foster and Chris Konecne for this musical based on the life and music of Cline. 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.

- 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. 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 Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Poetry on a summer's evening - three Monday evenings in June - is offered by the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. CarolAnn Russell, poet and professor of English, 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. Participants must register by noon Monday. Call Janet at 444-5606 for costs and payment options.

- 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 date is 10:30 a.m. to noon today at the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area. Children from 5-15 are invited to audition and those offered a role will be asked for a $20 activity fee to cover costs. Some scholarships will be available. Rehearsals will begin on June 30 and continue every Tuesday and Thursday with production dates 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, schedule an audition or become part of the production team, call Bridget at 970-201-7561

- "In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Company," is looking for volunteers of all ages to build puppets and props during their 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 than 10 are asked to bring an adult with them, all participants should bring painting clothes and just show up beginning July 8. For specific times, contact

- 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, at which time the winner will be announced. To cast your vote, email Two-Dimensional Artists may also access this Web site for further information and apply to participate by decorating the winning image.

- 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. 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 will focus on all aspects of production June 29-July 3. "Shakespeare for Kids" camp for ages 9 to teens June 15-19 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 with Gallery North, "Summer Breeze." Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the Historic James H. Hill Great Northern Depot, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., features "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-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 Merchman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros. Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W., welcomes the work of BSU senior Malisa VanMaasdam and her portraits. 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 chase the wind with photographer Brian Grund. His exhibit, "Chasing the Wind," 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 July.

E 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 continue 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 by 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, Baker Park.

- The Odd Couple, a comedy, at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, June 24-July 3.

- "CLUE," the musical based on the board game by Parker Brothers, Bagley All-School Reunion, July 1-3, 5.

- 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