Around the Arts, July 29


Wildview plans concert at Toddy's Pub and Grub

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji-based band Wildview will perform at Toddy's Pub and Grub at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. The group includes Matt Jensen, guitar; Tony Naylor, vocals; Erik Jensen, guitar; Ben Aube, drums; and Brent Gilge, bass.

The show also will include guests Obstruction of Justice and Sanguinary. There will be no cover charge. Toddy's Pub and Grub is located at 119 Third St. NW.

Mask and Rose announces single performance

TURTLE RIVER—The Mask and Rose Theater will present a single performance of the play "Mary 4 Martha 3—NO Footnotes" at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Old Salem Hall. There will be limited seating.

Written by Cate Belleveau from Puposky, the Mask and Rose will then take the play to the 2018 NY Summerfest competition. It will play over three performances Aug. 21-25 at the Hudson Guild Theater in Manhattan, N.Y.

A free-will offering will be taken during the Aug. 16 performance to help defray the cost of taking the show to New York.

The play focuses not only on the life of Mary Welsh Hemingway who was born in Walker and lived on 12th and Bemidji Avenue in her formative years, but also on the other women in Ernest Hemingway's life, such as his wives, mother and granddaughter.

For more information, call (218) 760-2211 or email

Waterfowl stamp contest seeks artist submissions

ST. PAUL—Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest from Monday, Aug. 20, through 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. The gadwall is the only eligible species for depiction on the 2019 waterfowl stamp. Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Department of Natural Resources headquarters in St. Paul.

The waterfowl stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and for an extra 75 cents purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to waterfowl management and habitat work.

For more information on stamp contests and guidelines for submitting work, visit Contest guidelines are also available from the DNR Information Center by calling (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367.

Spurlin to perform at Legends on Lomond

BAGLEY—Dillon Spurlin will perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, during Farm By the Lake's Legends on Lomond concert series.

Spurlin is a local Minnesotan singer/songwriter who started music at a young age, a press release said. He has self-recorded his own album and performs various gigs throughout Minnesota. His musical inspirations are Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and Glen Hansard, the release said.

All concerts in the summer series will happen rain or shine and are free and open to the public. Some folding chairs are available, but attendees can bring their own lawn chairs.

The full concert list includes:

• July 29—Dillon Spurlin

• Aug. 5—Shannon Murray

• Aug. 12—Samuel Miltich

• Aug. 19—Dirt Road Dixie (Cindy-Jo)

• Aug. 26—Annual Art Festival (Art and live music noon to 6 p.m.)

For more information, call (218) 694-2084 or email Farm By the Lake is located at 17797 366th St. in Bagley.

Theater to present "Shrek The Musical Jr."

FOSSTON—Fosston Community Children's Theater will present "Shrek The Musical Jr." at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, at the Fosston Library Arts Center, 403 Foss Ave. N. Admission is free and donations are accepted.

The family friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others, a press release said.

Hooten Hallers to perform for Second Street Stage

PARK RAPIDS— The Hooten Hallers from Columbia, Mo., will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, during the Second Street Stage concert series. The Hooten Hallers is a trio that's continuing a decade-long search for its roots, drawing from the surrounding agricultural lifestyles, river communities and college kids in the Ozark Mountains foothills, according to a press release. Their music isn't quite Americana and it's not quite punk, but a bit of both, the release said. The Hooten Hallers' 2017 self-titled album is the culmination of their experiences from 10 years of performing and traveling together.

A social hour will begin at 5 p.m. The free concerts in the Second Street Stage series include a beer garden, cornhole tournaments and family activities on Second Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71 in Park Rapids. Bring your own lawn chair.

To see the complete summer lineup, visit

BACM presents scholarship recipients

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Recital Series will feature the 2017 BACM scholarship recipients at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road SW. The recipients include Evan Byler, Lilia Kastner and Sophie Warrick. Byler will perform three pieces for tenor voice including "If With All your Hearts" by Mendelssohn with Kenneth J. Wold on piano. Kastner will play four hymn arrangements for piano. Warrick will perform the folk hymn "Shenandoah" and Vittorio Monti's "Czardas" on violin.

A luncheon will follow the 30-minute concert with a price to be announced. For the past 22 years, the free-will offerings have been used to grant scholarships to students beginning their college music careers. For more information, call Kenneth Wold at (218) 751-2554, Carol L. Johnson at (218) 751-0415 or Shar Paquette at (218) 751-1893.

The remaining schedule for the Bemidji Area Church Musicians includes:

• Aug. 8: New Salem Lutheran Church—Melanie Hanson, violin; Michael Hanson, Saxophone.

• Aug. 15: Calvary Lutheran Church—Jennifer (Paquette) Ellis, piano, folk harp.

• Aug. 22: St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church—First City Handbell Choir, Carol L. Johnson and Vicki L. Stenerson, co-directors.

• Aug. 29: First Lutheran Church—Turtle Island Ensemble: Sarah Carlson, piano; Sonja Connell, cello; Jon Romer, native flute; Bob Madeson, euphonium; Mike Tangen, guitar.

Bemidji Sculpture Walk dates announced

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Sculpture Walk will host several upcoming one-hour tours of the Bemidji downtown sculptures. Local Bemidji history and architecture will also be discussed.

The tours will meet at the Tourist Information Center next to the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues. They will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first and third Sundays through Labor Day, including Aug. 5 and 19 and Sept. 2. The tours will be held rain or shine, and no registration is required. For more information, visit

Farm By the Lake seeks applicants for festival

BAGLEY—In anticipation of its Fifth Annual Festival, Farm By the Lake has posted a call for artists, authors, musicians and classic cars. The festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26. To receive an application, call (218) 694-2084 or email The registration deadline is July 31. Farm By the Lake is located at 17797 366th St. in Bagley.

Vision Theatre produces Long Lake Theater season

HUBBARD—For the 2018 summer season, Long Lake Theater in Hubbard will be managed by Vision Theatre, a local company co-owned by Julie Kaiser and Jennifer Geraedts. Long Lake Theater produced Geraedts' debut play "AH" in 2016. Following that, Long Lake Theater asked Vision Theatre to produce the first summer show of 2017 as well as additional productions later in the year.

One change that Vision Theatre has made is replacing 3 p.m. Wednesday matinees with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Friday and Saturday 7:30 performances will continue. Thursday shows

have been eliminated. A season pass is now available and can be purchased from Kaiser or Geraedts or Beagle and Wolf Books in Park Rapids. For more information, visit or find Vision Theatre on Facebook. Patrons can call (218) 732-0099 to make reservations

The list of upcoming productions include:

• "Always, Patsy Cline" by Ted Swindley, July 13-29.

• "Strangers on a Train" by Craig Warner, Aug. 17-Sept. 2

• "Radium Girls" by D.W. Gregory Sept. 14-23.