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Pioneer Previews: 'Evening on Broadway' set for Thursday

Time is running out to make your reservations for "Evening on Broadway" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hampton Inns and Suites.

There will be a cash bar starting at 6 p.m. with a 7 p.m. dinner and program start. The dinner will be a choice of three different entrees: chicken, walleye or vegetarian. Tickets are $50 per person and proceeds go to the student singers and future opera productions.

Performers will include regulars like Matthew Goinz, Mark Christensen and Jessie Fisher with a varied program of Rogers and Hammerstein songs from "The Sound of Music," contemporary musicals and larger ensemble pieces.

Contact Fulton Gallagher at 586-2536 for more information or make reservations.

The Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series will showcase the Pinetones, a "barbershop" group beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the amphitheatre at the Lake Bemidji State Park. An a cappella singing group that can be seen around Bemidji, the Pinetones celebrate the music of times gone by. 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.

The 25th anniversary Bemidji Area Church Musician Summer Concert series will begin at noon at United Methodist Church, Ninth Street and

Beltrami Avenue, with Glenn Seibel on euphonium and Wayne Hoff on piano with Christmas in July. The program will include "Bride of the Waves" by Herbert L. Clark and secular music from Handel to Manheim Steamroller.

All of the concerts are open to the public and 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.

"The Dixie Swim Club," by Jones, Hope and Wooten, is a comedy about five southern women who have gathered for a reunion at a cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks for the past 33 years. The play, which focuses on four separate weekends, shows the miracle of friendships that can last over a lifetime, opens this Wednesday at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.

The performance times for this week are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. The following week, ending July 28, the show time will be 8 p.m. 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

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 are 3 p.m. matinees during the week.

Check the website at for performance times and dates or call (218) 732-0099.

Beverly Everett will give a lecture performance in Baudette about her experience as a Region 2 Arts Council/McKnight Fellowship winner. Her talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 312 3rd Ave SW. This event is free and open to the public.

Matt Ray & Those Damn Horses, a bluegrass band out of the Iron Range, will be featured at 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.

"Nunsense," a comedy about the Little Sisters of Hoboken who need to put on a variety show to pay for the funerals of those who were accidently poisoned by their cook, opens today through July 29 at the Minnesota Folklore Theater in Park Rapids. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sundays. Call 547-4044 for reservations of visit Minnesota

A two-day watercolor workshop with Marion Caroline will be from 1-4 p.m., Thursday and July 27 at Gallery North, 502 3rd St. NW, Bemidji. 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 details.

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

Clearwater Life Center will host a workshop Monday 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., Gonvick.

On Wednesday, the Bemidji Public Library will host the above workshops from 5:30-7 p.m. and 7:00-8 p.m.

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. Thursday.

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

Advance registration is required. Call 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

"Art in the Park," July 21 and 22 at Library Park in Bemidji.

Bemidji Area Community Band concert at 7 p.m., July 22. Free will offering accepted.

Pint Size Polkas for the entire family at 7 p.m. July 23 at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts-Free