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Patt Rall Arts Column for July 2: Street musicians turn out for Thursday shoppers

Enjoy street musicians, singers and artists tonight, July 2, in downtown Bemidji. Local groups play for shoppers and anyone else who wants to spend a summer evening strolling. The groups will perform from 5-8 p.m. on Beltrami Avenue Northwest.

First Friday

First Friday Art Walk will feature some new exhibits, along with some carried over from June. All receptions are free and open to the public.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., welcomes Showcase Artist for the Month Tom Hetznecker who is known for unique line drawings. Featured Gallery Artists this month include Kathy Gustafson demonstrating her fine paper cuttings and painting and Doug Zuehlsdorff, a new gallery member, who produces pen-and-ink landscapes and buildings. Join them all for refreshments and a chance to talk with the artists from 2-5 p.m.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Janelle Christnesen as its featured artist for the month of July. Christnesen will welcome viewers during a reception from 3-5 p.m.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., features local artist Audrey Merschman, who works in oils and watercolors. Merschman has done illustrations for 11 children's books and watercolors for a card company. Her work is shown or sold throughout the United States and some other countries. Enjoy some refreshments and meet Merschman from 4-6 p.m. at the cabin. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Headwaters School of 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 and, if you stop by on Friday for the reception from 5-7 p.m., you can meet Grund and hear him talk about his work and his organization.

- Bemidji Community Arts Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., will host a CD Release Party for Anthony Swann and his recorded poetry, "The Kali Yuga Rag." The author will give a talk and read some selections at 6 p.m. The galleries are featuring "New Work" by well known 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. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. BCAC is open Monday through Saturday and is free and open to the public.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes the work of Pat Shough, who paints under the name of Sillimandi, for the month of July. She is a vibrant colorist who brings spontaneity to her watercolors and acrylics of flowers, birds and animals. Also on display and available for purchase are Levandowski Pottery and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., presents the photography of Tyson Kuznia, a professional photographer based in Fargo, N.D. Kuznia will share his passion for portraiture in sensual, delicate compositions in color and black and white. First Friday Wine Bar will be held from 5-9 p.m.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., features art and fine crafts by more than 35 artists. They will close at 6 p.m. Friday.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W., has an ongoing exhibit in collaboration with Gallery North, "Summer Breeze." Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

- 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 August 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.

- Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective and the Northwood's Folk Collective will host First Friday Coffee House with performer signup to begin at 6:30 p.m. with a 7:30 start time. Admission is $2 for a single and $5 for a family at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave.

Book signing

Tin Pan gALLEry welcomes children's author and artist Don Houseman. Houseman uses original pen and ink drawings to illustrate his book about the grand old barn and the animals that inhabit it. His books will be on sale for the month of July. The artist's reception is scheduled for July 18 when Houseman will read from the book and autograph copies. The reception will be held from 10:30 a.m. to1:30 p.m. with readings by the author at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Blackduck History Center on Main Street and Margaret Avenue is open from 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

Park concert

The Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series welcomes Bill and Kate Isles at 7 p.m. Friday in the Lake Bemidji State Park Amphitheater.. Note that this is a change of day and time. 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.

Community band

The Bemidji Community Band Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Baker Park. Bring a chair and sweater to this annual patriotic musical offering by musicians from the Bemidji area. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the band.

Church musicians

The Bemidji Area Church Musicians 2009 Summer Recital Series offers concerts at noon each Wednesday until the end of August. The Evangelical Free Musicians will perform at July 8 at the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road, SW. A free will offering will be accepted in support of music scholarships. Always well attended, these half-hour concerts give the public an opportunity to hear area church musicians play and enjoy a luncheon at the host church after the concert for a nominal cost.

PB Playhouse

"Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," a mystery by Stephen Dietz will open Wednesday at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Sherlock Holmes, with his trusted companion Dr. Watson at his side, matches wits with the evil Dr. Moriarty in a chilling mystery staged in London's underworld. The show will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday until July 18, with a 2 p.m. half-price matinee July 12. Ticket prices are $22, $10 for students younger than 21 and $11 for the matinee performance. 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.

Other events

- "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon will close Friday 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. Call the box office at 751-7270 for ticket prices on singles, students and group rates or order tickets online at

- "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 2, 3 and 4 p.m. July 5. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and may be purchased at Jennifer Hardware and online at If available, tickets will also be sold at the door the night of performance. Bagley High School is located at 1130 Main Street N. - turn right at the light and drive north for 1.5 miles.

- Shakespeare's "As You Like It" tickets go on sale Monday for the 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 and 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.

- Mask and Rose Women's Theater Summer Camp of Shakespeare to Go will perform at 12:30 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.

- 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 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8.

- 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.

- 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:

- Head of Lake Bemidji Picnic, 1-6 p.m., July 11, Lake Bemidji State 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. For Talent Show signups call 751-1186.

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

- "Pirates, The Musical," by Mrs. Yam's Children's Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20-22 and 2:30, Aug. 22.

- Pelican Railroad every Wednesday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Backyard BBQ, 119 Third St. N.W.

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