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Pioneer Previews: Sunday filled with arts events

Offerings in the Bemidji area today include music, theater and poetry workshops and readings.

The Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series will showcase Bill and Kate Isles, a singer/songwriter duo from Duluth beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the amphitheatre at the Lake Bemidji State Park. The Isles tell the stories of life with catchy melodies and memorable songs. Admission to the park requires a current sticker and one-day passes are available. The concert is open to the public at no charge because this series is funded by a Region 2 Arts Grant.

"Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music," a comedy by Lee Blessing, will have a 2 p.m. performance at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. The story line is complemented by snippets of "good country music" from the hall-of-fame jukebox.

The performance times for the rest of this week are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Located in the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji, the tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students with a valid ID and $15 for the matinee. The box office number is 751-7270 or order tickets on line at

Poetry Workshops with two nationally acclaimed writers will be at the Wild Rose Theater in the Masonic Templ, Fifth Street North and Bemidji Avenue.

Jules Nyquist, as part of the Appetites Book Tour 2012, will be giving a workshop from 12-2 p.m. on the Sestina poetry form.

John Roche will be offering a workshop from 3-5 p.m. on poetic memoir.

The workshops are $25 each or $45 for both. You may pay at the door the workshops. Contact Erin Marsh at 218-333-8979 for more information.

Poetry Reading with published Bemidji poet Erin Marsh, Nyquist and Roche will be at 7 p.m. in the Wild Rose Theater.

Eric Dregni will be reading from his book, "Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America" at 7 p.m. at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW. For all the tales his grandparents told him, Dregni quickly discovered there are quite a few they neglected to mention, such as Swedish egg coffee, which includes the eggshell, and Lutheran latte, which is Swedish coffee with ice cream. Vikings in the Attic goes beyond the lefse, lutefisk, and lusekofter (lice jacket) sweaters to reveal little-known tales that lie beneath the surface of Nordic America. This program is free and open to the public.

The 25th anniversary Bemidji Area Church Musician Summer Concert series will begin at noon Wednesday with Beverly Everett in an organ recital at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1800 Irvine Ave. NW. The program will be "Carillon" by Louis Vierne; Two Settings of "Now Thank We All Our God" as transcribed by Virgil Fox; "All Things Bright and Beautiful" by Wilber Held; "Blades of Grass by Cascarino with Gretchen Rusch on English Horn and Final from Symphony No. 1, Op. 14 by Louis Vierne.

All of the concerts are open to the public. Free-will offerings will be accepted for the BACM Scholarship fund. A post-concert luncheon will be provided at a minimal cost, a service of each member church to support their fund raising efforts.

Long Lake Theater presents "A Don't Hug Me County Fair," a musical comedy set in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota and directed by BSU alum Andrew Browers. There will be a 3 p.m. matinee. Check the website at for performance times and dates or call (218) 732-0099.

The Color Pharmacy, a trio out of the Twin Cities, will be the featured band for the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association 2nd Street Stage events from 6-8 p.m. with music, beer garden, snacks and family events. The stage is located on Second Street between Main and U.S. Highway 71 South.

Beware the Vine, a neo-cabaret musical duo, will perform at 6 p.m. at the Cabin Coffeehouse, 213 3rd St. NW.

Kent Dudley, Christian singer and songwriter, will perform a national release concert at 7 p.m. at the Sanford Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and seating is limited to 600 people. Parking and admission at no charge; a free will offering will be accepted.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Summer Pops Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Bemidji High School. "Music and Message" will feature popular song writer and singer Chuck Suchy known for his storytelling. The program will also include patriotic favorites and popular songs. Special ticket price for this concert is $10 for general seating with no charge for students K-12.

A two-day watercolor workshop with Marion Caroline will be from 1-4 p.m. July 19 and July 27 at Gallery North, 502 3rd St. NW. Participants will study the thrown paint method of flicking watercolor paint mixture onto dry paper and spraying it with a fine mist of water. The fee is $80 and art materials are included. The class size is limited to eight and pre-registration is required. Call 444-9813 for more information.

Grant Writing Workshops sponsored by Region 2 Arts Council will be at the following locations and dates:

On July 16, Clearwater Life Center will host a workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. for grants for organizations, schools and units of government and from 7:30- 8:30 p.m. for individuals. The center is located at 226 Elm St. in Gonvick.

On July 16, Bemidji Public Library workshop times will be 5:30-7 p.m. and from 7:00-8 p.m. for the above mentioned groups.

On July 19, Coldwell Banker, 101 Main St. S., Park Rapids, will host the above mentioned workshops from 6-7:30 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m.

The Depot in Baudette will host the workshops from 4-5 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.

Advance registration is required: 1-800-275-5447, 751-5447 or email

A complete listing of all the artists and venues can be found on the Bemidji Community Arts Center website at