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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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
BEMIDJI—It was the obvious support of the arts within and around the Bemidji community that caught Zach Curtis' eye when he first made contact with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in 2005. So much so that the following year, the Twin Cities actor interviewed and landed a new role as Artistic Director of the playhouse, only the 20th AD in the 64 years of the PBP. After a stellar run, this summer's season will the last as AD for Curtis, who was recently named "Best Actor" in the Twin Cities by The City Pages for his role in "The Whale." Curtis said he is looking forward to this season's excit
The annual Opera Night Gala, produced and directed by Fulton Gallagher, will support upcoming student performers and will feature outstanding voice faculty BSU's Department of Music will be held Friday and Saturday. The Gala will begin with a 5:30 p.m. cash bar on the Lakeside Patio to be followed by a 7 p.m. dinner in the Sunken Island Room, with entertainment sprinkled throughout the formal seating. The Italian menu will include an antipasto, festival soup and three different main course selections (chicken, fish or vegetarian) topped off with tiramisu.
A busy day for theater and music today as there is a 2 p.m. matinee of the mystery play "Murder on the Nile" on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex; and the annual 7 p.m. vocal concert of the Bemidji Chorale, conducted by Patricia Mason and accompanied by Wayne Hoff. Stay and socialize at the ice cream social in the Beaux Arts Ballroom on the campus of BSU. Good-will offerings will be happily accepted. Another avenue is the International Museum Day as observed by the Clearwater County Historical Society in Shevlin; special hours today are 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. with a short 2 p.m.