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Pioneer Previews for June 9: Sundays in the Park are back

Greg & Kiki Webb of Dancing Light will take part in Sundays in the Park at 2 p.m. today at Lake Bemidji State Park amphitheater.

Greg’s unique approach to acoustic guitar supports a mesmerizing vocal blend, occasionally peppered with Kiki’s percussion. Their lyrics offer a vision of unity, environmental compassion and spiritual connection. This activity is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, in turn, funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the state’s general fund.

-- The matinee performance of "Guys on Ice" begins at 2 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. A musical romp through the adventurous winter escapades within the confines of an ice house is charming audiences. The matinee reduced ticket price of $18 at the door and online at


-- Bemidji Area Church Musicians will continue their summer music series with the Handbell Choir at noon at the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road SW with Judy Emery, who began in choir in 1996. The program will consist of six pieces, each based on an older, beloved hymn with arrangements that will have sparkle, depth and joy within. A free-will offering will be accepted in support of the scholarship fund of BACM. A luncheon of Sloppy Joes with salad bar for a nominal fee will follow in the fellowship hall.

-- Long Lake Theater opens its summer season at 8 p.m. with "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon with performances through July 13. Sticking to the tradition of producing one Simon comedy a season, this classic features clean-freak Felix Unger and ultimate slob Oscar Madison and unlikely roommates. For times and ticket prices, see


-- The Paul Bunyan Playhouse season opener, "Guys on Ice," a musical story of long time pals who have a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer and football begins at 8 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater.


-- The Paul Bunyan Playhouse season opener, "Guys on Ice," a musical story of long time pals who have a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer and football begins at 8 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater.


-- The Paul Bunyan Playhouse season opener’s final performance, "Guys on Ice," a musical story of long time pals who have a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer and football begins at 8 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater.

Area Exhibits

-- The Blackduck Area History and Art Center (Main and Margaret St.) is showcasing a picture display, "60 years ago, Funkley goes to New York" during the month of June through July 13th. Meet some of the "Funkleyites" from 1 to 3 pm. on June 22. "Summer Art Potpourri" in the Tin Pan gALLEry is displaying work by a variety of artists, some new to the History and Art Center. Summer hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday through Aug. 31. Visits by special appointment may be scheduled by calling 835-4478 or 835-8210.

-- For a complete listing of Bemidji Community Arts Center art exhibits, go to

-- Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center at 311 S. Main Ave, Park Rapids, has an exhibit of all participating artists.

-- The technology, art and design faculty of Bemidji State University have an installation in the Talley Gallery, Room 212 of Bensen Hall on the BSU campus. The exhibition will feature the work of nine faculty members: Drew Graham digital and interactive design; Tim Brockman, woodworking; Dennis Peterson, silverpoint drawing; Natalia Himmirska, painting and drawing; Barbara Hanus, painting; Butch Holden, ceramics; David Towley, woodworking; Bonnie Higgins, photography; Steve Sundahl, 3D design.

The show will be open through the summer. The gallery will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through June 28, then reopen Aug. 28 until the Sept. 20

Portrait Workshop

Headwaters School for Music and the Arts is sponsoring a workshop with Cindy Agan, internationally known published watercolor, portrait artist, an author teacher. Attendees will learn to paint realistic portraits of people in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Various techniques such as dry brushing, glazing, graded wash, wet-in-wet, and in using cotton swabs.The workshop will be held on June 27-29 at the Beltrami Electric Roger Spiry meeting room, 4111 Technology Dr. NW. The fee is $150 and contact HSMA at 444-5606.

Bemidji Book Festival

The Bemidji Public Libray Book Festival is calling for authors for the Author Showcase that will be held from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Calvary Chapel, next door to the public library. The author showcase will proceed the presentation by William Kent Krueger and Brian Freeman at 7 p.m. at the same site. Table and chairs will be provided for each author who will display, sell and discuss their publications. To register, please call the library at 751-3963 or access A complete listing for all the events is at the same website. All the programs and presentations are free and open to the public.

The Book Festival begins on June 17 with children’s author Alison McGhee and ends with a poetry workshop and reading with Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen on June 22. More workshops for authors are added to the schedule so be sure to pick up information at the Bemidji Public Library or call 751-3963 because there is a limit on participants. This year, Bemidji will welcome adult mystery authors William Kent Krueger and Brian Freeman, as well as Will Weaver, Susan Carol Hauser and Anton Treuer. Nicholas Jackson will hold an Illustrators Workshop, "From Concept to Life: Visual Story Telling," the art of writing for children and contracts, copyrights and covering traditional, self publishing and e-publishing.

The library’s Poetry Slam will kick-off the Book Festival at 8:30 p.m., June 17 at the American Legion, 217 Minnesota Ave. NW. A poetry slam is a competition at which poets read or recite original work that is given a score by previously selected judges. Registered participants should have three readings prepared in the event they make it through all three rounds. There is a three-minute time limit per round with no props, just the voice and performance of the poet. The slam is limited to 12 poets. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. To enter you must pre-register by contacting the Bemidji Public Library at 218-751-3963. All events are free and open to the public. Musical accompaniment by Julie Johnson and the No Accounts will begin at 7 p.m. Please note that this is considered adult entertainment and children are not encouraged to attend due to language and content.


The "One Voice" GLBTA Mixed Chorus Outreach Tour concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 21 in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University. Tickets are on sale now at Harmon Natural Foods Coop, $10 for adults and $5 for students. This is a family friendly show with music to please all generations of Minnesota State Fair enthusiasts.