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Pioneer Previews: Paul Bunyan Playhouse season to open

"Forever Plaid" will open today at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse and will run until Saturday, June 18.

A musical romp back to the '50s and '60s, a perennial favorite of theater goers, is a family-friendly show. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday both weeks, and there is a 2 p.m. matinee, Sunday, June 12, with a $15 ticket price. Call box office at 751-7270 for tickets.

Long Lake Theater

"Arsenic and Old Lace" will begin its run at 3 p.m. today, June 8, at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. This irreverent comedy about two spinster aunts who are beloved by the community and their nephew who stumbles upon a terrible secret is directed by Bemidji State University graduate Andy Browers. Performances will be at 3 p.m. Wednesdays until June 29 and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday June 9-July 2. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 children ages 4-12. The box office number is 218-732-0099 or visit the website The drive is worth the effort as the playhouse has a solid reputation for good theater experiences. Directions: south on U.S. Highway. 71 for 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 are recommended.

Book talk

Minnesota author Jim Proebstle will speak about his new book, "Fatal Incident," at noon Thursday, June 9, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W. The novel is based on the true story of his uncle Roy, a young pilot from Cass Lake who was lost in a plane accident 1944 in Alaska's Mount McKinley Range. Based upon interviews with his uncle's widow and access to letters, postcards, pictures and newspaper articles, Proebstle makes the case for espionage as the cause of the accident. This visit is made possible with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Storyteller visit

Storyteller and singer Jack Pearson will sing and play his string instruments and assortment of small percussion instruments at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Bemidji Public Library. Pearson's show is appropriate for all ages and is made possible with funding from the Friends of the Bemidji Public Library.

TV series

This week's episode of "Common Ground," a magazine show that demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region, will air at 7 p.m. Thursday on Lakeland Public TV. This week we learn about Project Man High - a pre-NASA space exploration mission starting from the Portsmouth mine near Crosby. The open-air theatrical piece "Showboat" highlights the beauty of Grand Rapids and the town's natural talent. Paul Albright of Akeley carves dynamic and dimensional works of naturalist art from wood. In addition, American Indian artists from all over the United States showcase their talents at the Edge Center for the Arts in Bigfork. The shows will be repeated at 6 p.m. Sundays and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays following the initial show.

Audition call

Auditions will be held for "On Golden Pond" at the Minnesota Folklore Theater. Rehearsals will begin the last week of June, and performance dates are Aug. 11-14 and 19-21. Characters still open are Norman Thayer, Charlie Martin, Chelsea and Billy. A gas stipend will be paid for actors traveling 20 miles or more and housing is available. Contact MFT, 6 Broadway St., Akeley, MN, 218-652-2666 or email at

Art fair

Lot 6 Art Fair sponsored by Bad Cat Creations will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11. (Lot 6 is across the street from BCC, 315 Irvine Ave. NW.)

Musical events

- Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present the 2010 Scholarship recipients, Faith Lundin, Isaac Heath and Jennifer Paquette, at noon, today, June 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 123 29th St. N.E. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. Lunch will be available following each recital at a nominal cost.

- Timberline with Kari Munson, John Essig, John Kingsbury and Dave Sand will perform from 8-11 p.m., Friday, June 10, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. Note that the restaurant stops serving at 9 p.m.

- Timberline will perform from 7-11 p.m., Saturday, June 11, at the Solway Bar and Grill, U.S. Highway 2 in Solway.

- The second concert at the Lake Bemidji State Park amphitheater with Trillium will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5. The concerts are free, but a state park sticker is required. This activity is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.


- Watercolor workshop with Marion Caroline Reil, "Sunshine Aspen," will be given from 1-4 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Gallery North. The class fee is $45 and includes all materials. Participants can be of all levels of skill and will paint the bright summer poplar trees

- Wood Carving Workshop, an introductory three-day class with Richard Vandever, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 20, through Wednesday, June 22, at Northwoods Bank, 1200 East First St., Park Rapids. Each participant will design and carve a 2D crappie. This workshop is sponsored by Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center. To register and get information on cost, contact Jerry at 218-847-3519 or The deadline to register is June 15.

- MusiKamp for first-sixth-graders will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday, June 20-24, at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. N. The cost is $25 per child, and the instructors will be Sarah Carlson and Karissa Korbel with guest clinician Andrew Miller, director of choral activities at Bismarck State University. Registration forms can be picked up at the church office.

- A Creative Art Camp for Kids, "Imagination Soars," sponsored by Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 20, 22 and 24 at Century Middle School, 501 Helton Ave. Park Rapids. The students will explore a variety of media in two- and three-dimensional art projects. For details and information on cost or to register, contact Judy at 218-847-3519 or Class size is limited, and the deadline to register is June 15. The activity is funded, in whole or in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by the Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

- Exploring Silk Painting Techniques will be offered with Jo Hill from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday June 15, and Thursday, June 16, at Hill's Studio, 15391 Cranberry Drive, Park Rapids. The class size is limited and the registration deadline is June 10. For details and information on cost or to register for the workshop, contact Bickey Bender, 218-732-8679, cell: 218-616-0477 or This workshop is sponsored by the Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids

- "Bringing in the Sheaves," a writing workshop with Heid Erdich, will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 18, in the lower level of the Arts Center in the Historic Carnegie Library Building, 426 Bemidji Ave. Writers at all stages and working in all genres will share a morning of guided writing and presentation of one to three pieces of writing that may or may not be headed toward a book manuscript. Participants will bring two or more works to read and discuss during the workshop. Space is limited, and the cost is $35 per person and $20 for students. Call 444-7570 to register or for more information. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and by the 2011 Bemidji Library Book Festival.

Local author

Roy C. Booth's sci-fi/horror thriller, "Diaphanous," the story of a perfect family jolted apart by the disappearance of one of its members is a throwback to the 50's and 60's creature horror films, and now available on Kindle.

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