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Pioneer Previews: Keynote speaker to highlight Book Festival

Roxana Saberi will be the featured speaker and keynote author for the Bemidji Library Book Festival at 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

Saberi, a journalist, has spoken on the situation of human rights, especially in Iran where she was held captive for 100 days for "being a spy" for the United States. Her book, "Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran," and her story have won her the Medill Medal of courage, the NCAA Award of Valor, the Project for Middle East Democracy (POMED) award and the East-West Freedom Award nationally. Back at home in North Dakota, she won the Jaycees' 2010 Outstanding Young North Dakotan and was also honored by the Japanese American Citizens League, Outstanding Woman. Saberi's father is Persian, and her mother is from Japan. They all live in Fargo, N.D. Tickets for the event are free and are available at all the author readings this week, the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and at the door the evening of her appearance.

Author Fair

Don't miss out on the Author Fair which will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until the keynote Roxana Saberi event at 7 p.m. As of this writing, 28 authors have signed up to appear. Vocalmotive parents will sell refreshments as a fundraiser the group.

Third Thursday

Don't forget about Third Thursdays in Park Rapids with authors and musicians at various venues beginning at 5 p.m. in downtown Park Rapids.

Community Band

The Bemidji Area Community Band will kick off another summer season with the annual Father's Day Concert at 7 p.m. on the lawn of Baker Park Apartments, 803 Dewey Ave. N.E. The first of four concerts, Terry Bradley will conduct selections from "Carousel" by Richard Rodgers, "Blue Tango" by Leroy Anderson. Erika Svanoe, professor music at Bemidji State University, will play "Clarinet on the Town" by Ralph Herman. Take a blanket and/or a lawn chair for this outdoor concert. If the weather does not cooperate, the concert will be moved to the BSU Bangsberg Recital Hall, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive N.E.

P.B. Playhouse

"Forever Plaid" at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse will run until Saturday, June 18. A musical romp back to the '50s and '60s, a perennial favorite of theater goes, is a family-friendly show. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Call box office at 751-7270 for tickets.

Long Lake Theater

"Arsenic and Old Lace" is 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 BSU graduate Andy Browers. Performances will be at 3 p.m. Wednesdays until June 29 and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday from June 16 until July 2. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children 4-12. The box office number is 218-732-0099 or go to

TV series

On this week's episode of "Common Ground," a magazine show that demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region, is shown at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. This week's episode is a mix of photography technology, skill and patience as Jim Kasper creates beautiful wildlife paintings, Noel Mills of Backus demonstrates the art of making violins and Bemidji artist Audrey Merschman shows how to paint a garden scene. 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 August 11-14 and 19-21. Characters still open are Norman Thayer, Charlie Martin (mailman), Chelsea (daughter of Norman and Ethel) and Billy (stepson). A gas stipend will be paid for actors traveling 20 miles or more and housing is available. Contact MFT, 6 Broadway Street, Akeley, MN, 218-652-2666 or email at

Music events

- Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present Sarah Carlson (organ), Eric Haugen (cello) and Karissa Korbel (vocalist) at noon today at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. N. 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.

- Aaron and Drew will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. NW. At once hearty and familiar, their music is original acoustic rock with folk, soul and blues influence.

- Timberline with Kari Munson and John Essig will be performing at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Natural Choice Farmers Market at Union Square, Second Street and Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Kiki and Greg Webb (Dancing Light) will appear at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, and the father-and-son duo of Doyle and Tony Turner will appear at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at the Lake Bemidji State Park amphitheater. 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.


National fingerstyle guitar champion Tim Sparks will present a workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Lake Bemidji State Park. No reservations are required. This event is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota.

- Watercolor workshop with Marion Caroline Reil, "Sunshine Aspen," will be given from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 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-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 today, June 15.

- MusiKamp for first-sixth-graders will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday, June 20 to 24, at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. 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.

- "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 Bemidji Community Arts Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. Writers at all stages and working in all genres will share a morning of guided writing and presentation of one-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.

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