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Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and the Bemidji Chorale will present a joint concert for the annual BSO summer performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

The program will include "Testament of Freedom," a choral/orchestra work based on selected writings of Thomas Jefferson. Historian Clay S. Jenkinson will portray Thomas Jefferson in a concomitant commentary. Other pieces on the program will be "The Star Spangled Banner," "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copland, "American Salute" by Morton Gould and the Mystery Maestro will conduct John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever." Tickets are $10 each and children are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North and Brigid's Cross Irish Pub in downtown Bemidji. Doors will open for seating at 7 p.m.

Band concert

Bemidji Community Band concert will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at Baker Park. The concert will feature Steve Konecne, alto saxophone, who will play "Serenade" by Frank Bencriscutto. Other selections on the program are "Overture in B-flat" by Giovannini, Holst's "First Suite in E-flat," Leroy Anderson's "Serenata," selections from "West Side Story" and, of course, a few familiar marches. The concert is free and open to the public, but a free will offering will be accepted to offset the cost of sheet music and equipment. Don't forget to take a chair and a sweater, for it gets a little cool down by the lake. If the weather is stormy, the concert will move to Bangsberg Fine Arts Center, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. This concert is sponsored by First National Bank Bemidji.

Art in the Park

Art in the Park Fine Art and Craft Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 17, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at Library Park one block north of Paul and Babe. This is the 43rd year for this event with more than 100 artists showcasing ceramics, wood furniture and accessories, jewelry, stained glass, paintings, sculpture, fabrics, floral arrangements, weaving and so much more. It is a family-friendly event with food, hands-on activities and entertainment open to the public at no charge.

PB Playhouse

"Dracula," as adapted from Bram Stoker's novel by Steven Dietz, is playing at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. The third offering for the summer is a drama/horror/PG-13 play based upon the mythic tales of the "undead" among us and is set in London and Transylvania in 1897. The script is an adaption of a Victorian novel where much of the poetry and imagery one expects from Victorian literature is left intact. Director Zach Curtis has assembled a technical crew which includes Michael Hoover, who returned to the playhouse as the scenic designer after a long hiatus; Crist Ballas, Metamorphosis Makeup Artisty, who created the make-up design; special lighting effects by Barry Nelson and Jake Endress for background music to underpin the solid cast. Locals Matt Goinz, in a major role as Dr. Seward, and Katherine Tieben as Lucy are supported by the ensemble players: Aric Furfaro, Jessie Ladig and Danielle Stadick. It is rated as PG-13 for adult situations and sexual innuendo. Be aware, it's not for the fainthearted! The show will be performed at 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday until July 17. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and the group sale price for 10 or more is $18 per ticket. For more information or tickets: 751-7270 or For more information about the play and a listing of the actors, please see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

Long Lake Theater

What do you get with two competing cable-access cooking divas who have hated each other for 30 years and then get to co-host a food show? Well, you get, "The Kitchen Witches," a comedy by Caroline Smith, at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. There will be 3 p.m. matinees July 14, 21 and 28. Evening performances will be at 7:30 p.m. July 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 at Long Lake Theater. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-12 and group rate (15 or more) is $12.50. Reservations are recommended. Call 218-732-0099 or

Musical comedy

The "Spelling Bee," a musical comedy with the Crimson Creek Players will run until July 17 at the Fire Hall Theater in Grand Forks. For tickets, call 701-777-4090. For more information about the play and a listing of the actors, please see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

Light opera

Northern Light Opera Company opens its summer production, "Godspell," by Tebelak and Schwartz, a rock musical, loosely based on the gospel of Matthew. The show's theme, the parables of Jesus, has familiar songs like "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Light of the World" and "Day by Day." Performance dates and times are 7:30 p.m. July 30 and 31, Aug. 5, 6 and 7 and a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, Aug. 1 in the Century School Cafetorium, 501 Helton Ave., Park Rapids. Advance tickets are $13 and $5 for children 10 and younger. Call 218-237-0400 for information and tickets. Northern Light Opera Company has a website at

Church musicians

Bemidji Area Church Musicians present Lois Simonson who will play the piano for their noon concert today, July 14, at the Evangelical Covenant Church, 5405 Highway 2 West. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. Lunch is available following each recital at a nominal cost. For a complete listing of the concerts, see Calendar Listing on or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

Depot Days

Depot Days will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14 at the Beltrami County Historical Society. Reservations are currently being accepted from flea marketers, antique dealers, artists and crafters who want to secure a space. The fundraising event will feature music, vendors, children's activities, horse and wagon rides, square dancing, Middle Eastern dance and fun for the entire family. For more information, call 444-3376.


- "Voices of Our Sisters Worldwide," a Theater Workshop for young women grades 7 to college age will be given from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 26-30 by the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective at the Wild Rose Theater. The instructors for the workshop will be Cate Belleveau, artistic director of Mask and Rose and Brooke Wichmann, peace skills coordinator at Schoolcraft Learning Community and Central Elementary. The workshop participants will explore the essays of Eve Ensler about young women from around the world. The week will end with the participants creating a theater work with original media, visual art and music to be performed at 2:30 p.m. Friday July 30 at the Mask and Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. For more information about costs, registration or any other queries, contact Cate at or 243-2685. Additional performances will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 30 and 31; 2 p.m. matinees July 31 and Aug. 1 under the tent on the lakefront. This workshop and subsequent productions are underwritten by grants from Region 2 Arts Council, the Women's fund of the Northwest MN Foundation and the George W. Neilson Foundation.

- A watercolor workshop, "Stained Glass Birches" will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 17 at Gallery North. All materials will be provided and students will complete a matted 16-by-20-inch watercolor painting of birches in the reflected early evening lights. The class fee is $40 with a prepaid registration and $45 if paid at the door. For information or to register for the class, call 759-2952 or email

- Linda Walker, nationally known wildlife artist will conduct a three-day oil painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 29-31 in the Beltrami Electric Community Room. The cost is $65 and pre-paid registration is required. This workshop is sponsored by the Northern Artist Association and class size is limited. Call Grace at 759-2952 or Gallery North at 444-9813 to reserve a spot. Walker's art may be viewed at

- An extensive Three Day Watercolor Workshop with Paul Jackson will be held Aug. 26-28 at the Beltrami Electric meeting room. The cost is $150 per participant and the registration deadline is July 31 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts or by calling 444-5606. Jackson will demonstrate the versatility of watercolor paint showing how to mix colors using a limited palette and how to work in thin layers of paint. For more information please see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

- A workshop by writer Sean Hill titled "Containing your Obsessions: Writing the Villanelle" will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 14, as part of the Bemidji Community Art Center Spoken Word Event. The participants will learn strategies for creating poetry within the constraints of the villanelle - a repetitive rhyming poetic form. The group will be limited to 14 people and the cost is $35 for adults and $20 for students and the workshop will be held downstairs in the Bemidji Community Arts Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. For more information call 444-7570 or go to the web at for more information.

Other events

- "Doctor, doctor, give me the news" is the new exhibit at the History Center at the Beltrami County Historical Society, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Tickets are on sale now for "An Evening with Billy Collins," former Poet Laureate of the United States, who will speak at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased now at Lueken's Village Foods North and the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Ticket requests by mail may be sent to HSMA, PO Box 542, Bemidji MN 56601. In the coming months there will be more information about Collins published as feature articles and blog entries and a video of Marsh Muirhead reading some of Collins' poetry.

- "Desserts by Design," a fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, is seeking volunteers to design a table and/or donate desserts. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 at First Lutheran Church, Bemidji. For more information or to volunteer, contact Judy Porter at 751-0343 or Jo Hanko at 444-5572.

Art exhibits

- Joe Rossi, an internationally known and published photographer has some of his work in the TIN PAN gALLErY of the Blackduck Area History and Art Center. The display at the gallery will show some of Rossi's nature photography and "Nature's Alphabet," a photography project done from Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. The display will be up until July 24. The center is located at Main Street and Margaret Ave., downtown Blackduck and is open 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for July is Duane Shoup, a furniture artist and woodworker noted for bentwood chairs and free form furniture design. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 artists in fine art and craft and is located at 315 Irvine Ave N.W.

- Bemidji Community Art Center and the Northern Clay Center present the work of six McKnight ceramic artists in the main gallery and an exhibit celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Headwaters Basketmakers Guild in Gallery X2. Both installations will be up for July and August. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave. or at or contact 444-7570 or at Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Beltrami County Historical Society presents "Patterns and People," a collection of photographs by John Eggers. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. For more information 444-3376 or

- Bemidji Public Library July installation is "Let Nature Heal," by Maureen O'Brien. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has on display the wood work of Jonathan Billing for the month of July. Brigid's Cross will be open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday and noon Sunday. For more information call 444-0567 or go to

- Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has on display the work of Ted and Nathaniel Nienow of "Wood Wildflowers" and their exhibit "Shades of Summer" for July. The Cabin also features original art and cards for sale by Audrey Merschman.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents watercolorist Pat Shough (Sillimandi) and her large canvases of nature for July. Also on display are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Featured wines of the month have been added to the menu. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week. Call 444-5252 or go to

- Gallery North's member artist, for July is Jeanie Fenner who creates jewelry and twisted wire sculptures .Showcase artists for July are students who have taken a painting class at Gallery North this year. The gallery is located 502 Third St. N.W. Its new website is

- Glazed & Amused - Paint your Own Pottery Studio, 311 Third Street welcomes walk-in painters. For more information call 333-6880 or e-mail

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents "The Language of Flowers," a watercolor exhibit by Pamela Nelson from July-October. Also featured through July are Handwoven Baskets by Eve Sumsky in the new coffee and gift shop, The Bistro at WoodsEdge. Her baskets are for sale and may be purchased on site. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is located just inside the front entryway to Neilson Place at WoodsEdge on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. N.W. For more information, email

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has new works by multi-media artist Ashleigh Buck for July. The coffee house is open six days a week and closed Sunday.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new art work by Michael De Witt, Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillimandi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg 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.

Upcoming events

- July 21-31,"Boys Next Door," by Tom Griffin, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, a dramatic comedy about four developmentally disabled men who live together in a group home,

- July 21, noon, Bemidji Area Church Musicians, Glenn Seibel on euphonium and Wayne Hoff on piano, United Methodist Church, Ninth Street and Beltrami Avenue Northwest.

- July 28, noon, Bemidji Area Church Musicians, Calvary Musicians, Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave.

- Aug .2, noon, and Aug. 5, 7 p.m., Bemidji Public Library book club discussion of "In the Absence of Honor" by Jim Proebstle.

- Aug. 9-14, Bemidji Public Library Book Festival, "Water Your Mind-READ," more information to follow.

- "Fool's Gold," Bemidji Community Theater's annual melodrama at Lake Bemidji State Park, 7 p.m., Aug 6, 7, 13 and 14.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage every Thursday at 9 p.m. Call 444-0567 for more information.

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

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club. The public is invited to attend. For information call 759-2952.

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


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