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Patt Rall Arts Column for June 25: Ruby Tuesday to perform at Lake Bemidji State Park

The Lake Bemidji Summer Sunday Concert Series welcomes Ruby Tuesday Saturday. This is a change of day and time. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the amphitheater at the state park. 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.

Church musicians

The Bemidji Area Church Musicians 2009 Summer Recital Series has concerts each Wednesday until the end of August. Pianist Allison Seeger will perform at 12 p.m. July 1 at New Salem Church, 7491 Island View Drive NW. A free will offering will be accepted at the door in support of music scholarships. 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 for a nominal cost.

Comedy theater

"The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon opened Wednesday at The Paul Bunyan Playhouse with many familiar faces from past shows in this comedy about the lives of two men: Felix Unger, a neurotic news writer, and free spirited Oscar Madison, a sports writer. The long running TV series was based on this play. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays until July 3. A half-price 2 p.m. matinee will be performed Sunday, June 28. 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.

One-man show

"Dial M for Comedy," a one-man show with comedic actor Ari Hoptman, will offer the public the opportunity to enjoy his original work. Hoptman is on stage now at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in the role of Felix Unger in "The Odd Couple" and was just seen as multiple characters in "Sisters of Swing." The subject matter is suitable for high school and older audiences and is a benefit performance in support of programming at the playhouse. The hour-long show will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, in the Historic Chief Theatre. Cash only tickets of $5 each will be sold at the door the night of performance.

Mystery musical

"CLUE," the musical based on the board game by Parker Brothers will be presented by Bagley Community Theater for the all-school reunion. The audience will play along and solve the mystery of who killed whom in what room and with what weapon. Each night the solution will be different. Assisted by director Marilyn Hood, accompanist Nila Bassett and Mackenzie Storhang on drums, local actor Kevin Cease leads the ensemble and audience toward a solution each night. Show times are 8 p.m. July 1-3 and 4 p.m. July 5. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and may be purchased at Jennifer Hardware and on line at If available, tickets will also be sold at the door the night of performance. Bagley High School is located at 1130 Main Street North - turn right at the Bagley light and drive north 1.5 miles.

Shakespeare play

Shakespeare's "As You Like It" tickets go on sale Monday for Mask and Rose Women's Theater production. The times and dates are 7:30 p.m. July 16-20, 3:30 p.m. July 18, 19 in the Bard in the Park Tent behind Paul and Babe. Tickets are $13 for general public and $5 for students and are available at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

Theater camp

Mask and Rose Women's Theater Summer Camp of Shakespeare to Go will perform at 12:30 p.m. July 18 in the Bard in the Park Tent. There is no admission charge for this event but a free will offering will be accepted.

Other events

- "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

- 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 held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Aug. 8 at the James J. Hill Historic Railroad Station, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

- 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 being 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 website 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. Saturday, 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 Saturday. 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 of a Japanese folk tale, June 29-July 3. For information on the camp, 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 through 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 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 who is noted for the simple pleasure in expressing his appreciation of nature's patterns, forms and moods through color, stroke, texture and composition. 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 S., welcomes the work of Bemidji State University 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 welcomes Showcase Artist for the Month nature photographer Pam Johnson.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., features photographer Brian Grund with "Chasing the Wind." 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.

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. The work is for sale, and a price list is provided at the reception desk.

- Talley Gallery in the 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 through 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:

- Community Band Concert, 7 p.m. July 5, Baker 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.

- Wilton Days, Aug. 8-9. Talent Show sign-ups call 751-1186.

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