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Pioneer Previews: Entertainment options pack schedule

Today in Bemidji is one of those occasions when there are many options for entertainment.

The Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series will showcase Mark Fogelson, a folksinger and traditional artist whose songs span generations, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the amphitheatre at the Lake Bemidji State Park. Fogelson's songs are stories of the lives of everyday people in their triumphs and trials. 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.

"Seussical," a splashy, family friendly musical from the Paul Bunyan Playhouse will begin at 2 p.m. for the Sunday matinee of the season. There also will be a matinee at 2 p.m. Thursday. Children, their parents and grandparents will be clapping and jumping in their seats for this musical loosely based on the first "Horton the Elephant" books by Dr. Seuss. It's fun for Seuss lovers with the Cat in the Hat as moderator and many of the other familiar characters: the Lorax, Mayzie, the Grinch and so many more. If you haven't been to a summer stock performance yet, don't let the season go by without seeing this last show.

The performance times for this week are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Located in the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji , the tickets are $25 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

"The Legend of Paul Bunyan the Musical," a celebration of Paul's 75th birthday will begin at 2 p.m. in the main auditorium of Bemidji High School, 2900 Division Street. This original play with added scenes conceived by director Cate Belleveau and musical director Karen Bradley is filled with familiar faces playing the roles of Paul, Babe the Blue Ox, Paul's girlfriend, Carrie McGinty, and a female Brimstone Billy in a cast of 17 actors ranging in age from fourth grade to post college.

The show is priced so that entire families can go together for $15, individual tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors because of a grant received from the Region 2 Arts Council. Tickets will be sold at the door beginning one hour before curtain time.

The Bemidji Area Community Band will welcome Les Torgerson to the podium for its last concert of the summer starting at 7 p.m. on the Bangsberg Hall Green, 14th Street and Birchmont Dr. The sun promises to shine today, but, just in case it does not, remember that the concert will move indoors to the Thompson Recital Hall. The program will feature a memorial salute to former member Don MacKinnon, "In the Miller Mood" by Warren Barker. Also on the program will be music from troubled times beginning with "A Civil War Rhapsody" by Jack Lee and the famous "The Homefront, Musical Memories from WWII" by James Christensen. So take those chairs, men, and ladies don't forget your wraps and definitely some bug spray and be prepared to sit back and enjoy the show. A free will offering will be accepted to offset the cost of the concerts and to buy music for future concerts.

"An Evening with Patsy Cline," will begin at 3 p.m. at the Minnesota Folklore Theater, 405 Minnesota Avenue in Walker. Krista Norquist returns as Cline with some new songs and a live band for a show that has played to area audiences for the past three years. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and reservations may be made by calling 218-547-4044.

Bemidji Public Library monthly book discussion group will meet at noon for approximately one hour. The August sessions will focus on "Testimony," by Anita Shreve, a story that explores the dark impulses that sway the ways by which "our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions." The session will be repeated at 7 p.m. Thursday. Extra copies are available at the library and on sale at Book World.

CLIMB Theater will present "The Tortoise and the Hare" at 10:30 a.m. at the Bemidji Public Library. This Legacy Event is open to families and is a mini-play about bullying and Slow Sal's determination as a way to deal with bullying. After the performance, there will be related activities for children age 3-8 years-old. This event is free.

The 25th Anniversary Bemidji Area Church Musician Summer Concert series will begin at noon with Wayne Hoff on the organ and Carol L. Johnson on the piano, BACM scholarship winner clarinetist Kayla Kami from St. Olaf's college and vocalist Tiffany Seibel. The concert will be held at Aardahl Lutheran Church, about two miles east of Paul Bunyan Drive on Roosevelt Road and then one mile south on Van Buran (County Road 403).

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.

"Barefoot in the Park" by Neil Simon opens at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. Directed by Andrew Browers, this romantic comedy is set in 1964 and tells the story of two newlyweds who are establishing their first apartment, a meddling mother-in-law and eccentric neighbors. The play will be on stage at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays until August 25.

For shows times and dates, see or call 218-732-0099.

Legends and Logging Days Water Wars will start at 6 p.m. at the 2nd Street Stage between Main Street and U.S. 71. Following the "wars," the 2nd Street stage will welcome Thankful Dirt with Darren and Molly Matthews. The Indie/Americana Des Moines based duo's musical artistry is steeped in Iowa's music scene. This family friendly event will have a beer garden, snacks and family activities from 7-9 p.m. and is sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association.

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