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Patt Rall Arts Column for July 16: Many entertainment choices this weekend

This is another stellar Bemidji summer weekend with events covering theater, art festival, artisan village, puppet theater, jazz concert and folk singers. For visitors looking for something to do this weekend, there is much to pick and choose and also an opportunity to participate in some of the events.

Puppet Theater

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre members hope some adults will volunteer to handle the poles on giant puppets this weekend. There will be two performances during the festival, and adults are needed. There will be one rehearsal from 6-:30 p.m. Friday at the Headwaters School for Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Performances 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday during Art in the Park Fine Art and Craft Festival. Call Janet at 444-5650 or Lori at 444-7570 for more information or to volunteer.

Surveyors needed

Bemidji Community Arts Center is looking for volunteers to give out surveys at the BCAC Art in the Park booth during the festival. If you can donate two hours of your time, please call Lori at 444-7570.

Art festival

The 42nd Annual Art in the Park Fine Art and Craft Festival - from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 18, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 19 - will feature Bemidji Community Art Center's Centennial Celebration of the Carnegie Library Building with two performances by the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. An Artisan Village will also be part of the celebration. More than 100 artists will showcase ceramics, wood furniture and accessories, jewelry, glass, paintings, sculpture, fabrics, weaving and much more. Held on the shore of Lake Bemidji in Library Park each year, this family-friendly event brings visitors from far and near. This year's Centennial Celebration is sponsored by the Bemidji Community Art Center, The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment.

Bard in the Park

Shakespeare's "As You Like It," by Mask and Rose Women's Theater production will open at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the waterfront tent. This all-female version of Shakespeare's comedy is set in the 1960s with music, costumes and props to match. Three young actors from the East Coast join the cast of familiar faces like Sara Einerson, Diane Pittman and Betty Hanson Lehman to emote the famous lines of the Bard. The times and dates are 7:30 p.m., July 16-19 and 3:30 p.m. July 18 and 19. Tickets are $13 for general public and $5 for students at Brigid's Irish Cross 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. Saturday, 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.

BSO concert

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert will feature an exciting mix of classical and jazz music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Chris Brubeck and his internationally known jazz trio, Triple Play, with Brubeck on bass, trombone and piano; Joel Brown on guitar; and Peter Madcat Ruth on harmonica will sing and play a diverse selection of blues, rock, folk and jazz. Beverly Everett, musical director of BSO, will again welcome a Mystery Maestro to the podium for one arrangement. This annual event is open to the public at no charge and is underwritten by Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and made possible in part by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Folk music

The Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., will feature Mark Fogelson, a story teller and musician from Apache Junction, Ariz., at noon Saturday, July 18.

Concert series

The Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series welcomes Mark Fogelson, a story teller and musician. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the amphitheater at the state park. Please be aware that 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 offers noon concerts each Wednesday until the end of August. Beverly Everett will perform an organ recital at noon Wednesday, July 22, 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 for a nominal cost.

PB Playhouse

"Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure," a mystery by Stephen Dietz, is on stage at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. 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. tonight, Friday and Saturday, July 16-18. Ticket prices are $22 and $10 for students under 21. Call the box office at 751-7270 for ticket prices on singles, students and group rates or order tickets online at

Talent show

Beltrami County Fair is looking for children who would like to participate in the Kids Talent Show from 6 to 8 p.m. July 29 at the Marilyn Shutter Country Stage. Children age 5-18 are invited to show off their talent in a three-four minute act. All participants will receive a prize. For more information or to register, call Peggy at 368-6831.

Other events

- 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 July and the artist's reception is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday when Houseman will read from the book at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and autograph copies. 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.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., features art and crafts by more than 35 different artists.

- 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, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., galleries 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. BCAC is open Monday through Saturday and is free and open to the public.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Janelle Christnesen as its featured artist for the month of July.

- Cabin Coffee House and Café is featuring local artist Audrey Merschman, who works in oils and watercolors. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros. Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes the work of Pat Shough who paints under the name of Sillimandi for July. Also on display and available for purchase are Levandowski Pottery and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson. Visit them at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive. S.

- Gallery North welcomes Showcase Artist for the Month Tom Hetznecker who is known for unique line drawings.

- Headwaters School for Music and the Arts invites the public an exhibit by photographer Brian Grund, "Chasing the Wind." All the photographs are for sale, and the proceeds will be used to pay for wilderness travel expenses for youth.

- 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.

- 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.

- Beltrami County 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, 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 Web site for further information and apply to participate by decorating the winning image.

- Wet-on-Wet Floral Watercolor class where students will create a loose-style watercolor painting of a hollyhock or a favorite flower will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, and 1 p.m. Aug. 13, at Gallery North. All materials will be provided and students will complete a matted 16x20 inch painting. For information call 751-7741 or register at Gallery North.

- 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 19, Baker Park.

- Lake George Blueberry Festival and play, "Raymond Takes a Wife," a musical comedy , 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, July. Tickets at the door. Seating limited. Reservations encouraged. 218-368-

- "Greater Tuna," Paul Bunyan Playhouse, July 22 -Aug.1.

- "Riders of the Golden Sphinx," Bemidji Community Theater's annual melodrama in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park, 7:30 p.m., July 31, Aug.1, 7-8. Free admission, family friendly.

- Auditions for "Pirates of Penzance," a musical comedy, Aug. 8. more to follow.

- 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, 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.

- Street musicians 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday night, downtown Bemidji.

- Pelican Railroad 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday 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