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Did it seem crowded to you this week? As I was reminded often, "It's All School Reunion." No wonder there are so many smiling faces around town. We can hope that returning alums will also take advantage of this arts centered town such as "Art in the Park" and the 2 p.m. matinee performance of Paul Bunyan Playhouse's "I Ought to Be in Pictures," a Neil Simon play about a young woman who travels to California seeking to reconnect with her long-absent father, despite the doubts of her East Coast mother.
You can enjoy Music Under the Pines with Kari Grace at 2 p.m. today in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park. Grace is a vocal soloist whose performance will cover songs from several decades — from the soft rock of Carole King to Jewel. You need a park pass (which will allow you to see all the performances this summer) to enter and the concerts are free.
BEMIDJI—On this Fourth of July weekend, the Bemidji Area Community Band will present a patriotic summer concert at 7 tonight on the south lawn of Bangsberg Hall at BSU. The concert program will feature well-known classics to celebrate American music and Independence Day.
A big "Welcome" to the visitors to Bemidji for the Fourth of July celebration and the Water Carnival. Start the week off with a 2 p.m. concert today in the amphitheater at the Lake Bemidji State Park, as sponsored by The North Country Snowmobile Club, by vocalist Shyanne Kaml. Shyanne sings a mix of original music, country and country covers to acoustic guitar. The concert is free but you will need a sticker to enter the park.
The time-honored tradition of summer band concerts by the Bemidji Area Community Band continues at 7 p.m. today on the south lawn of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University. The first of four outdoor concerts this season is sponsored by the Ground Round restaurant. The band is conducted by Scott Guidry, assistant professor of music and director of bands at BSU. Guidry retired from the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington D.C. as the Director of Operations.
Happy Father's Day to all fathers, to-be fathers and wanna-be fathers. This is a full day of entertainment, look and choose carefully for you will not be disappointed by any choice. Today at the state park, singer and guitarist Lou Samsa will be performing at 2 p.m. in the amphitheater. The concert is free but you will need a sticker to enter the park. Take the family, and if raining, the concert will move to an inside venue. Today is also the 2 p.m.
I love dragonflies, especially this summer, when they are the featured painted figures on the Bemidji Sculpture Walk. The Dragonfly bought by the Heltzer family some years ago, is back at its spot at Fifth Street and Beltrami Avenue having been donated back to the city by the family. Up until this time, one had to go the Heltzer's yard to be amazed, and that was an open secret.
There is a 3 p.m. matinee today of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," the musical that is a comedic romp, where four actors play 40 roles on love, romance—"where husbands, wives and in-laws are all fair game"—at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Tickets for Sunday matinee is $17, with $12 for student prices. Call the ticket office at 751-7270 or online at www.thechieftheater.com . If you have already seen the play, but still want to see some festival offerings, drive out to The Farm By The Lake in Bagley.
BEMIDJI—Turning 80 is a landmark for Marlon Davidson, but for many artists and friends in and around Bemidji, loyalty is the touchstone many point to as his outstanding feature. He remains loyal to mentors now passed on, the late Tyne Tantella Mike of Grand Rapids, his high school teacher and later on she was a friend and colleague.
The Least of These Social Change Boutique and Art Studio has joined the First Friday Art Walk event. The store and studio are located at 310 Fourth St. NW and for this week's First Friday, they will feature artist Jessie Marianiello and her larger-than-life original animal paintings. A reception will be held 5 to 7 pm with live music on the acoustic stage featuring Corey Medina and guests. For more information, contact Jenn Anderson at email@example.com .