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Patt Rall Arts Column for July 28: Children's talent show to kick off Beltrami County Fair

A kids' - ages 5-18 - talent show will begin at 6 p.m. on the Marilyn Shutter Country Stage. The show is free and open to the public. Family entertainment will also begin today, July 28, and continue on until the close of the fair on Aug. 1. For a complete listing of the more than 30 area musical groups scheduled to perform, see Jam sessions will begin each evening at 8 p.m. on the Shutter Stage and there is no admission charge.

Church Musicians

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will welcome Andrew Clemenson on marimba, Andrew Ronnevik on violin and Mary Thoreson on piano at noon today, July 28, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. S.E. 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

Women's theater

"Voices of Our Sisters Worldwide," based on the essays of Eve Ensler about young women from around the world will be performed starting Friday, July 30. The production is the culmination of a week-long theater workshop where young women through college age worked on a presentation piece with original media, visual arts and music. The first performance will be at 2:30 p.m., Friday, July 30, at the Mask and Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. Additional performances are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 30 and 31; and a 2 p.m. matinee July 31 and Sunday, Aug. 1, under the tent on the lakefront. The workshop and 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.

Book sale

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 them 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.

Park performances

The 2010 Lake Bemidji State Park Concert Series continues this weekend with Northern Bass at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 31, in the amphitheater at the state park. This local family plays a variety of music from early rock to upbeat standards. Brian Bass is a high school drummer, Louise Bass plays keyboard/bass and Dan Bass plays guitar for this popular group at the state park.

At 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 1, Kate and Bill Isles will perform original music based on poetic reflections on life experiences and the exploration of metaphorical worlds. Isles' work is known throughout the Minnesota acoustic scene and is gaining national recognition. Admission is free for both concerts but a free will offering will be accepted. 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 Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. A park sticker is required to enter.

Community Band

The final concert of the summer for the Bemidji Area Community Band will begin at 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 1, at Baker Park. The concert is free and open to the public, but a free will offering will be accepted to off-set 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 it is stormy, the concert will be held in Bangsberg Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive N.E.

Book club

The Bemidji Public Library book club discussion of "In the Absence of Honor" by Jim Probstle, will be held at noon, Monday, Aug. 2, and at 7 p.m., Aug. 5, in the library conference room. 509 America Ave. N.W.

BSO tour

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra ensemble will begin its regional tour with a workshop for ages 8 and older, "When the Landscape is Quiet Again" from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the Bemidji Public Library. The concerts on the tour will include Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and "Quiet Landscape," by Minnesota composer Joseph Adams. The first stop will be at 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. S.E. The second concert of the tour will be held 7-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5, at Zion Lutheran Church, Blackduck. The BSO in partnership with the Kitchigami Regional Library System will present these free public concerts in cities throughout the Kitchi Region. For a complete listing of these concerts, 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.

Comedy theater

"The Producers," a politically incorrect comedy by Mel Brooks by the Crimson Creek Players will open Tuesday, A ug. 3, and will run until Saturday, Aug.-14, Burtness Theater on the campus of UND, Tickets 701-777-4090 please see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji For more information about this play.

Parody theater

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" will open at the Long Lake Theater Wednesday, Aug. 4, and will continue until Aug. 27. The play is a parody of all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in 97 minutes by three actors. The original cast for this play was the authors, Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. This cast includes hometown actor, Andrew Brower who, with the other two players, will romp on the stage in tights and other appropriate props in this irreverent comedy. There will be a 3 p.m. matinee Aug. 4, 11,18, 25 and 26.Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. Aug.5-7, 12-14,19-21 and 26-28 at Long Lake Theater. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-12 and group rate (15 or more) is $12.50. Go south on U.S. Highway 71 four miles past Park Rapids, turn left onto state Highway 87 and travel four miles east to Hubbard, turn right onto Hubbard County Road 6 and the theater is located about four blocks south on the left. Reservations recommended, call 218-732-0099 or

Other events

- "The Boys Next Door," by Tom Griffin is on stage at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse and runs until Saturday, July 31. Billed as a dramatic comedy, the story centers on the lives of four men (three are developmentally disabled and the other a young schizophrenic man) who live together in a group home with their social worker. 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 show will be performed at 8 p.m., today through Saturday, July 31.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: call 751-7270 or For more information about the play and a listing of the actors aroline Smith at the Long Lake Theater. There will be a 3 p.m. matinee today, July 28. Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. July 29-31. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-12 and group rate (15 or more) is $12.50. Reservations are recommended.

- Depot Days Fund Raiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14 at the Beltrami County Historical Society History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. Reservations are currently being accepted from flea marketers, antique dealers and artists. 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.

- "Doctor, doctor, give me the news," is the new exhibit at the History Center at the Beltrami County Historical Society. The exhibit follows the path of early healthcare in Beltrami County.

- Tickets are on sale now for "An Evening with Billy Collins," former Poet Laureate of the United States, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. 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 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, seeks 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.


- 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 or by calling 444-5606. For more information please see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji about this class and the focus,

- 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 Historic Carnegie Library, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. For more information call 444-7570 or go to the web at for more information.

Art exhibits

- 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 NW.

- 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., at or at 444-7570 or at Hours are noon-5p.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 known for her nature murals. The library is located at 509 America Ave. and is open Monday through Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant has on display the wood work of Jonathan Billing for July. Billing's work is in oak and crafted to show the character of the wood. Brigid's Cross will be open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday and noon Sunday. For more information call 444-0567 or find us on the web at

- 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. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents watercolorist Pat Shough (Sillimandi) and her large canvases of nature - birds, wild animals, ocean scenes and flowers 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; 444-5252 and

- Gallery North's member artist, for 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. Gallery North's website is and features Gallery North artists, artwork and information on the gallery and upcoming events. Gallery North is located at 502 Third St. N.W.,

- Glazed & Amused - Paint your Own Pottery Studio is located at 311 Third St. N.W. Check out the window display featuring ceramic pieces painted by the customers. Walk-in painters are always welcome. For more information call 333-6880 or email

- 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 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 uly. 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 art work by Michael DeWitt, Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Terry Honstead, Mary Therese Peterson, 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., for a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- Aug.6-8, Lake Itasca Family Music Festival, bluegrass and old time gospel music. For more information, see

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

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

- Aug. 18, 7-8 p.m., Bemidji Symphony Orchestra 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 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