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Pioneer Previews: Right time for 'She Wrights'

June 8, 2014

The Bemidji Pioneer, Minn.

June 08--A performance of songs, theater and films written by women will be the premiere event of the newest established arts nonprofit organization in Bemidji. It will start at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on a farm north of Bemidji.

Cate and Al Belleveau are quickly working toward their dream of molding the Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space into a fine arts retreat located on 160 acres of mixed forest.

This coming Saturday's event is dubbed "She Wrights," which will feature music, original theater works and film. Attendees should plan to bring chairs, hats or whatever they need for a full day of the arts, which starts at 2:30 p.m. with Kari Pickett, followed by Kim Lindell, Maggie Carlson and Barb Houg and will feature a sing-along. At 5:30 p.m., the show shifts to original theater works written by women, featuring Minneapolis playwright Jane Curry and her "Sisters of the Quill and Skillet," a comic send-off of an Erma Bombeck clone. At 7 p.m. will be "Legend of White Creek Woman," a narrative by Katie Hartman featuring 13 original folk songs based on a West Kansas ghost story with the music of Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. At twilight, the focus shifts to film with "Salma," a story about a Tamil Muslim woman who is imprisoned in her home for 25 years in a forced marriage.

To get to Belle Thalia, travel 14.75 miles north on state Highway 89 and watch for the signs.

Wednesday

--The 2014 Summer Recital Series of the Bemidji Area Church Musicians begins at noon with String Ensemble led by Melanie Hanson at the Sacred Heart Church, U.S. Highway 2 W and Third Street NW in Wilton. Performers include Hanson on violin, Sadie Hamrin on violin, Sarah Hamrin on viola, and Patrick Riley on cello. A luncheon will follow the concert. A free-will donation will be accepted. The series will run each Wednesday until the final performance by Sarah Carlson on Aug. 27 at First Lutheran. There are some returning musicians and new players to see and hear this summer.

--The 2014 Paul Bunyan Playhouse's first show of the season continues this week, with the comedy "Noises Off" at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. The play is described as "the funniest farce ever written." They comedy actually is a type of play-within-a-play as it follows a group of actors as they rehearse their own play. Other shows scheduled this season are "I Do! I Do!," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "The 39 Steps" and "Annie."

Thursday

--The 2014 Paul Bunyan Playhouse's first show of the season continues this week, with the comedy "Noises Off" at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. The play is described as "the funniest farce ever written." They comedy actually is a type of play-within-a-play as it follows a group of actors as they rehearse their own play. Other shows scheduled this season are "I Do! I Do!," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "The 39 Steps" and "Annie."

Friday

--Headwaters School of Music and the Arts hosts the State Park Concert Series, which will feature the Fiddle Campers starting at 1:30 p.m. in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park, 10 minutes north of Bemidji off of U.S. Highway 71 N. The concert is free but visitors will need either a daily or annual state park pass. Call 218-303-2300 for more information.

--The 2014 Paul Bunyan Playhouse's first show of the season continues this week, with the comedy "Noises Off" at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. The play is described as "the funniest farce ever written." They comedy actually is a type of play-within-a-play as it follows a group of actors as they rehearse their own play. Other shows scheduled this season are "I Do! I Do!," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "The 39 Steps" and "Annie."

--Information about the First Friday Art Walk can be found at www.watermarkartcenter.org at the pulldown "First Friday Art Walk."

Saturday

--TThe 2014 Paul Bunyan Playhouse's first show of the season continues this week, with the comedy "Noises Off" at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. The play is described as "the funniest farce ever written." They comedy actually is a type of play-within-a-play as it follows a group of actors as they rehearse their own play. Other shows scheduled this season are "I Do! I Do!," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "The 39 Steps" and "Annie."

Art installations

--Neilson Place presents the multilayered artwork of Paula Swanson, "Hurry Summer" through June. Swanson explores and interprets ideas, emotions and experiences creating a dialogue between the artist and viewer. Neilson Place is located on Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW.

--Brigids Pub presents The Artists of Studio 10, showcasing a new body of work. The theme of this exhibit is "Greening Up," now through July. Brigids Pub is located downtown at 317 Beltrami Ave. NW.

--Watermark Art Center opening of "Inside and Out" by artist Joan Cox, 5-7 p.m. in the upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. The exhibit is a collection of recent paintings, mixed media collages and work in oil and wax. The exhibit runs through Aug. 2. For more information call 444-7570, email watermark@paulbunyan.net or visit www.watermarkartcenter.org.

Upcoming events

--The Bemidji Public Library Book Festival is scheduled for June 16-21. A quick summary of the schedule will show that there is a children's book author giving a presentation daily at 10:30 a.m. At 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. on Saturday, there will be a workshop on writing or publishing. The workshops do have limited seating for a small group and intimate settings, so they require advance registration. Every evening Monday through Thursday, there is an author of adult books giving a presentation. The festival's Friday late afternoon and evening schedule features our very own area writers hosted at the American Legion. The event begins at 5 p.m. with "Area Author Showcase" featuring a dozen or more area authors available to meet and greet readers and sell books. At 7 p.m., the event segues to the "Evening of Poetry" with Minnesota poet Matt Mauch, which leads into the ever-popular Poetry Slam.

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