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Pioneer Previews: Schlemper to present tribute to Frank Sinatra

"Flying My Way," a tribute to Frank Sinatra will be performed by Josef Schlemper at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. The show will highlight the songs of Sinatra and include commentary from Schlemper about why he also likes to croon. The concert will end with a birthday cake for Schlemper's 20th birthday, which the audience is invited to share with him. This concert is free and open to the public; CDs will be available for sale

'Boys Next Door'

"The Boys Next Door," by Tom Griffin opens tonight at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse and runs until July 31. Billed as a dramatic comedy, the story centers on the lives of four men (three are developmentally disabled and the other is a young schizophrenic man) who live together in a group home with their social worker.

The play is a series of vignettes about their lives, hopes, dreams, affections and frustrations, and the audience is invited in by way of characters speaking "off-stage." Local actors Mitch Berntson, Katherine Tieben, Nancy Brown-Colligan and Dave Moffett are joined by familiar faces from previous shows. Paul Reyburn, Michael Paul Levin, Clarence Wethern, Zach Curtis and Warren Bowles have all been at the Playhouse in various roles in the past and Curtis is the current artistic director.

Returning to the playhouse as director is Peter Moore, whose past shows, "The Foreigner" and "The Odd Couple," were well-received by Bemidji audiences.

"The Boys Next Door" will be performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through July 31.Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and the group sale price for 10 or more is $18 per ticket. There will be a half-price matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 25. For more information or tickets, call 751-7270 or go online to

For more information about the play and a listing of the actors, please see or Our Voices on

Church Musicians

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will welcome Glenn Seibel on euphonium and Wayne Hoff on piano at noon today, July 21, at United Methodist Church, located at Ninth Street Northwest and Beltrami Avenue Northwest. 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 the Calendar Listing on or Our Voices on or Our Voices on

Camp concerts

Two Saturday afternoon concerts will be the culmination of a weeklong music camp at Bemidji State University, which runs July 18-24. The camp is designed for middle and high school students.

The Piano Camp Recital will be at 1 p.m. in the recital hall at Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the BSU campus.

A Jazz Band Concert will be at 1:30 p.m. in the recital hall.

And., a Concert Band Concert will follow the Jazz Band Concert in the main theater.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

Book Sale

Book Sales to support local libraries begin today with the Bemidji Public Library sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 1430 23rd St. N.W. The sale will continue through Thursday with the same hours.

The Blackduck Library book sale will be held as part of the Woodcarver's Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 31. Look for it in the shade trees at the corner across from the park where there are lots of space for people to sit and read while browsing.

'Kitchen Witches'

What do you get when two competing cable-access cooking divas, who have hated each other for 30 years, get to co-host a food show? Well, you get, "The Kitchen Witches," a comedy by Caroline Smith, to be performed at the Long Lake Theater.

There will be 3 p.m. matinees on July 14, 21 and 28. Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. July 22-24 and July 29-31. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-12 and a group rate (15 or more) is $12.50 per ticket. To get to Long Lake Theater, go south on U.S. Highway 71 for 4 miles past Park Rapids, turn left onto state Highway 87 and travel 4 miles east to Hubbard. Turn right onto County Road 6 and the theater is located about four blocks south on the left. Reservations are recommended; call 218-732-0099 or go online to


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 including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Light of the World" and "Day by Day." The characters convey the story in vaudeville: clowning, pantomime and charades.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. July 30-31, Aug. 5-7, and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Aug. 1, in the Century School Cafetorium, 501 Helton Ave., Park Rapids. Advance tickets are $13 and $5 for children 10 and under. Call 218-237-0400 for information and tickets. Northern Light Opera Company has a website at

Depot Days

The Depot Days Fund Raiser will be 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 for the 9th Annual Depot Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14, at the History Center. 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.


The following workshops have been set:

- A Songwriting Workshop with composer and musician Andrew Green will be held at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Learn songwriting and bring your instrument, writing notebooks and pencil to each session on Saturdays, July 24 and 31 and Aug. 7and 14. The Beginning Class will be 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Intermediate Class will be 3-5 p.m. Each class is $75 for four sessions. Call 444-5606 by July 23 to register.

- "Voices of Our Sisters Worldwide," a theater workshop for young women from grades seven 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. 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. 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 Mask and Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. For more information about costs or registration, contact Cate at or 243-2685. Additional performances will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 30-31; 2 p.m. matinees will be on 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.

- Linda Walker, nationally known wildlife artist will conduct a three-day oil painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, July 29-31, in the Beltrami Electric Community Room. The cost is $65 and pre-paid registration is required. The 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 on 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 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

- A workshop by writer Sean Hill titled "Containing your Obsessions, Writing the Villanelle" will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 14, as part of the Bemidji Community Art Center Spoken Word Event. 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; the workshop will be held downstairs in the Historic Carnegie Library, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. For more information call 444-7570 or go online to for more information.

Other events

Other events are planned around town as well, including:

- "Doctor, doctor, give me the news," a new exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. The exhibit follows the path of early health care in Beltrami County which includes traditional healing, the history of North Country Regional Hospital and Lake Julia Sanatorium to dentistry.

- "Between Fences," is a traveling exhibit on a national icon, fences. Fences have been designed to keep livestock in, to keep marauders out, to curtail the movements of small children and lively pets and for so many other reasons. The Clearwater County History Center in Shevlin was chosen by the Minnesota Humanities Center to host this traveling exhibit on loan from the Smithsonian Institute as part of the Museum on Main Street project. Conceived as part of an effort to bring exhibitions to rural communities, "Between Fences" is on its last stop before returning to the Smithsonian. A selection of artifacts, photos and illustrations will be available; the collection will examine the importance of fences from colonial America to the present day. "Between Fences" is part of Museum on Main Street, which is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils- the Minnesota Humanities Center, and The Clearwater County Historical Society. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Hearst Foundation.

- 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. This nationally known and respected poet is a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York and the author of eight poetry books. Collins is a magnet for those who like humor and wisdom in poetry; he speaks to the everyman in all of us. 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, including 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 shows some of Rossi's nature photography and "Nature's Alphabet," a photography project done by the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. The display will be up until July 24. The center is located at Main Street and Margaret Avenue in downtown Blackduck and is open 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Other art exhibits include:

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts is featuring, in July, artist 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 different 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 the months of July and August. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. (Carnegie Library on Fifth Street) or at For additional information, call 444-7570 or e-mail Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

- Beltrami County Historical Society presents "Patterns and People," a collection of photographs by John Eggers. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information call 444-3376 or go online to

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

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant has on display the woodwork of Jonathan Billing for the month of July. Billing's work is in oak and crafted to show the character of the wood. Brigid's Cross opens at noon. For more information call 444-0567 or go online to

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

- Dunn Bros Coffee is pleased to present watercolorist Pat Shough (Sillimandi) and her large canvases of nature: birds, wild animals, ocean scenes and flowers for the month of 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 at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. For more information, call 444-5252 or e-mail

EGallery North's member artist for the month of July is Jeanie Fenner, who creates jewelry and twisted wire sculptures. Showcase artists for July are those students who have taken a painting class at Gallery North this year. The gallery is located in the shops at the base of the Irvine Street Bridge. Gallery North is pleased to have its new website up and running at, which features Gallery North artists, artwork and information on the upcoming events.

- Glazed & Amused - a Paint your Own Pottery Studio located at 311 Third St. N.W. is located in downtown Bemidji. Check out the window display featuring beautiful ceramic pieces painted by customers. Walk-in painters are always welcome. 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 until October for the pleasure of residents families, staff and the public. Also featured through the month of 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 at 1000 Anne St. N.W. For more information, e-mail

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W. in downtown Bemidji, has new works by multimedia artist Ashleigh Buck for the month of July. The coffee house is open six days a week and is closed on 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 artwork 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.

- The Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. N. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, have available a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Upcoming events

Mark your calendars now for the following:

- Noon July 28, BACM Calvary Musicians, Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. S.

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

- 2-4 p.m. Aug. 3, Bemidji Public Library, BSO at the library and an ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church. For a complete listing of all the dates and locations see or Our Voices on

- Aug. 3-14, "The Producers," Crimson Creek Players, Burtness Theater on the campus of UND. Tickets 701-777-4090.

- Aug. 4-27, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," Long Lake Theater.

- 7-8 p.m. Aug. 5, BSO ensemble will perform at Zion Lutheran Church, Blackduck.

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

- 7 p.m.Aug 6, 7, 13 and 14, "Fool's Gold," Bemidji Community Theater's annual melodrama at the state park,

- 7-8 p.m. Aug. 18, BSO ensemble final concert of the tour, location TBA.

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

- Pelican Railroad 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday night at the Backyard BBQ in downtown Bemidji.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. on 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