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BEMIDJI -- Local musician and songwriter Lance Benson will be the final artist to perform for the 2013 Lake Bemidji State Park Concert Series. Benson's original songs are steeped in his dreams and a life lived well, whether on the road or his hometown. Benson will welcome his "guests" at 2 p.m. today at the amphitheater in Lake Bemidji State Park rain or shine because the visitor's center is next to the outdoor venue. Admission is free but a one day pass for $5 is required if you don't have an annual park pass.
Everyone has the right to expect safety in the streets; secure in the knowledge that one can walk in the dark or in the light without fear of being molested by another person. We take that right for granted until something happens to someone we know and we are once again shocked into reality that "yes, bad things do happen." Local author and playwright DeeJay Arens said that it took the eight years he spent writing his prize-winning novel, "The View From A Rusty Train Car," to exorcise the fears he felt as a young gay man growing up in middle America.
Fall is already in the air with clean, fresh scents remindful of the clean fresh notes the ladies of Blue Bird always bring to the stage at the Lake Bemidji State Park Concert Series.
BEMIDJI -- Although school children in the Bemidji School District know Jesse Whiting as a substitute teacher, his friends in the arts community know him as a gifted young actor and political activist. And that's why the Bemidji Community Theater board decided to help mentor the young actor to directing a well-respected literary play his own way, "The Importance of Being Earnest." Whiting, who was last seen in "Arsenic and Old Lace," another studio works presented by BCT, thought it would be fun to stage a comedy penned with bon mots to spare as well as political satire.
BEMIDJI -- Gwenfrewi Burger will perform in a community concert at 2 p.m. today at the amphitheater in the Lake Bemidji State Park. Admission to the concert is free for those with a yearly pass and $5 for a daily pass, both available at the visitor's gate. No rain dates for these series are set, for the concert is held rain or shine at the park for the Visitors Center is located near the amphitheater. Tuesday
BEMIDJI -- If you want to see what it takes to win a national competition for kindergarten entrants in the PBS Kid's Go! Writers Contest this year, stop by the Bemidji Public Library during the month of August.
A musical Sunday will close out a weekend of exciting Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat races, so stay around for the day visitors, and explore the offerings in music in the park, musical theater at the Chief and a concert in the park that make Bemidji a destination city.
BEMIDJI -- How many times have you heard the phrase, "the movie was good, but I enjoyed the book better because I pictured the main characters differently?" It seems that no matter how carefully cast by professionals, we theatergoers always know how it should have or would have been better with our choices. On Monday, at the Chief Theater, you will have the opportunity to see and hear an original script written for the stage but played out as a radio drama in "Shades Brigade."
When speaking with my cousin in Arizona who was suffering with 112 degree weather, I gave a silent thanks that the fine summer temps in Bemidji continue to invigorate the arts and cultural scene.
Bemidji Area Community Band begins its annual summer concerts at 7 p.m. today on the lawn near the south entrance to Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus...