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Pioneer Previews: Community Band to feature American standards

The Bemidji Area Community Band will play the second summer concert at 7 p.m. today, July 3, in Baker Park. The concert, sponsored by Ground Round, is titled "Celebrating the Music of America and American Composers" and will feature well-known classics to celebrate Independence Day, such as Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," "A Scott Joplin Retrospective," "The Blue and the Gray" (recognizing the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War), "America the Beautiful" and a Sousa march. The band will be under the direction of Erika Svanoe. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to BSU's Bangsberg Recital Hall.

First Wednesday

First Wednesday at the Sanford Center is an open house from noon-3 p.m. with refreshments (gourmet cupcakes and beignets, coffee from Dunn Bros. Coffee) and entertainment by local musicians. Drew and Tracy from Pelican Railroad will perform and tours of the center will begin at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. and includes the Bemidji State University Hockey portion of the center. This event is free and open to the public.

Church musicians

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present musicians Mary Thoreson, Jon Romer, Jacque Tinsley and Andrew Ronnevik, and vocalist Steve Reznicek at noon Wednesday, July 6, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. A luncheon will be served following the concert for a nominal cost.

Dessert party

Third Annual Desserts by Design fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is looking for volunteers to donate desserts or to design a table. The event will take place Friday, Sept. 23, at the Hungry Bear conference Center. Contact Jeanette Halcrow at 444-2689 or Carol Milowski at 444-4344 for further information.

Writers' conference

"20X20," a collaboration with the Jackpine Writers' Bloc and Blank Canvas Gallery, will be on display through mid-July. Twenty artists have created artwork and 20 writers have written poems or short stories inspired by the art. The show is open to the public and may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon-4 p.m., Sunday at Blank Canvas Gallery, 311 Main Ave. S., Park Rapids.

Folklore Theater

Minnesota Folklore Theater presents the return of "An Evening with Patsy Cline" for eight performances. A popular musical that is returning by popular demand will begin at 7:30 p.m. July 7-10 and 11-14 and a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, July 10, at the Minnesota Folklore Theater, 6 Broadway, Akeley. Call 218-652-2666 for reservations.

Audition calls

- The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is looking for one male actor, age 9-14, to play Nathan Lukowski in "The Full Monty." He should be a smart, mature kid who looks about 12 years old and he does not need to sing. The performer must be comfortable with a good amount of stage time and dialogue. This show contains adult content and language, including some said by Nathan. Parent/chaperones must be comfortable with the show's content and language. Rehearsals begin July 25 and the show runs August 3-13 in Bemidji with a week long run in St. Cloud, MN from August 16-20. Housing will be provided for the actor and parent/chaperones, and this role is paid. Those interested in auditioning or who have any questions should send an email to . You will be contacted about scheduling an audition. PBP is looking to fill this role immediately.

- Actors needed for "Guys on Ice," an ice fishing musical comedy about three men between the ages of 30-55 by Minnesota Folklore Theater. Rehearsals begin on July 18 and opens on August 25 at the theater, 6 Broadway St., Akeley. Call 218-652-2666 for audition appointment, stipend for gas and housing is available. For more information about the play, please see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or

Art galleries

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., has on display, "Put a Bird on It," a collection of pieces from artists in all mediums, focusing around a bird theme. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique that features art and fine craft by over 60 different area artists and an eclectic collection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., has two separate exhibits: Main gallery will feature "A Creative Partnership," by John Kolb and Linda Acklund Kolb. He works in acrylic and she with pastels on a beeswax ground and they complement each other with form. Photographer Sean McCroy in Gallery X2 explores a different side of our city that takes us through the overlooked alleys and side roads that have a beauty of their own in "Walking Behind Bemidji." Gift Shop 426 is open during museum hours of noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display an exhibit of painting by Terry Honstead and her work, "Imagine," a collection of acrylic and mixed media based upon ideas gleaned from reading books.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., will exhibit the work of impressionist painter Alice Blessing for the month of July. Brigid's Cross is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes painter Pat Shough/Sillimandi and her newer works: landscapes, flowers and birds for the month of July. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

- Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave., display, "Navigating the Aftermath: The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project," will run from July 1-14. Co-sponsored by Bemidji Community Arts Center and Saarens Productions, this traveling art exhibit explores Iraq's present and future. The exhibit will conclude with the film "The Unreturned" with director Nathan Fisher at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at the Wild Rose Theater. The exhibit and film will explore the effects of the Iraq War that charts a course towards healing and reconciliation. Extended gallery hours will be from noon-4 p.m., groups by appointment. The Bemidji visit is part of the Navigating the Aftermath Tour that addresses the question: "After eight years into an ongoing war in Iraq, where do we go from here?"

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., with showcase artist for July Joan Wilson who paints portraits, outdoor landscapes and is also a photographer. Featured gallery artist of the month is Marion Reil, watercolor instructor and painter. For more information see

- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., will welcome artist Mary Lingen whose display will remain in place July through October and a price list of her work will be at the front desk.

- Northwoods Gallery and Frame Shop, 218 Third St. N.W., has original artwork from Jane Freeman, Don Houseman, Kathy Gustafson, Pat Schnell, Pat Shough/Sillimandi, Terry Honstead and Duane Shoup.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café and its artists of the month, painter Audrey Merschman and her daughter Cheryl Windels a wildlife and landscape photographer. The cabin is open seven days a week.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Maureen O'Brien and her acrylics on canvas and prints on metal substrate which focus on the serenity of the northern Minnesota forest. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

- Yellow Umbrella, 202 Third St. N.W., features the work of local artisans: wood carvings, prints, watercolors, photos, etc.

- 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 artwork The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

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

Upcoming events

- July 6: "Lend Me A Tenor": at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse until July 16.

- July 9: Art in the Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bagley City Park with youth activities from 10 a.m., music by Northern Bass from and CLIMB theater productions.

- July 16 at 6 p.m., "Mudsong," a swamp tale sung in the blues at Lake Bemidji State Park.

- July 16 at 7 p.m.: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops concert with "Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome" and the "Mystery Maestro."

Ongoing events

- Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Mondays at 7:30. Free to play.

- Open stage at 7:30 p.m. third Wednesdays: For writers, poets and dreamers with Patty Byers at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

- Pelican Railroad performs at Backyard BBQ Wednesdays and Jammers on Thursdays.

- Open Stage at 8 p.m. Thursdays for performing artists and writers, Brigid's Cross.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. SE. The public is invited to attend. For details, call 759-2952.

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month; contact

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