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'Northern Bass' should be caught at Lake Bemidji State Park

July 27, 2014

By Patt Rall, The Bemidji Pioneer, Minn.

July 27----If you enjoy the music of the 50s and 60s, "stroll" on over to the amphitheater of Lake Bemidji State Park. A family group from Akeley -- Northern Bass -- will be rockin' and rollin' at 1:30 p.m. as part of the 2014 Lake Bemidji Concert Series. Headwaters School of Music and the Art, in collaboration with the Lake Bemidji State Park, present these summer concerts. Admission is free for each concert, but you will need to have a valid park pass or purchase a day pass at the gate. Day passes are $5 and the event is family friendly and casual.

--The Northern Light Opera Co.'s annual summer production, "Guys and Dolls," is a musical/comedy with lyrics of memorable songs "Luck Be a Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" all written by Frank Loesser. It is a romantic story of a gambler (Sky Masterson) and Sarah Brown, who runs the local mission that is short on sinners. Performance at 3 p.m. today at Park Rapids High School, 401 Huntsinger Ave. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and can be reserved by calling (218) 237-0400 or buy directly at Beagle Books in Park Rapids.

--The final summer production of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse opens this week at the Historic Chief Theater, "Annie," a family musical based on Harold Gray's comic strip "Little Orphan Annie." The songs are memorable: "Tomorrow," "Hard-Knock Life" and "NYC (New York City)" to name just few. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at paulbunyanplayhouse.com or at the box office, call (218) 751-7270.

--Auditions for the first production of the Bemidji Community Theater upcoming season, "On Golden Pond" are set for 4 to 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday and from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Upstream TV studio (in the basement of Brigid's Pub.) Director Derrick Houle will have scripts for readings. The play will be produced Sept. 19-21 at the Historic Chief Theater.

Wednesday

--Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Recital Series at noon with violinist Melanie Hanson and saxophonist Michael Hanson at the New Salem Lutheran Church in Turtle River. A free-will offering will be accepted to support music scholarships awarded each year to a freshman/sophomore college student majoring in music. The concert is from noon to 12:30 p.m. to be followed by a luncheon for a nominal fee. New Salem is 10 miles north from Bemidji on U.S. Highway 71.

--Long Lake Theater production "Leaving Iowa" by Spike Manton and Tim Clue is "a toast to the classic family road trip, both touching and funny, this is a postcard to anyone who has ever found their self revisiting the fond memories of their youth." Matinee at 3 p.m. today and Saturday. Order tickets onlineat longlaketheater.com or call (218) 732-0099: $18 Adults, $9 children ages 4 to 12, and group rate of $16 for 15 or more tickets. It takes about an hour to get there but always worth the trip, see website for directions.

--The Paul Bunyan Playhouse's final production of the season "Annie" is a family musical based on Harold Gray's comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.thechieftheater.com or at the box office, (218) 751-7270.

Thursday

--Horseshoes & Hand Grenades will light up 2nd Street Stage in downtown Park Rapids from 7 to 9 p.m.Horseshoes and Hand Grenades play progressive, high-energy, old-time folk music with strong roots in old-time and bluegrass. The group will follow Legends & Logging Days Water Wars on Main Street. For more information, go to www.parkrapidsdowntown.com.

--The Northern Light Opera Co.'s annual summer production, "Guys and Dolls," 7 p.m. at Park Rapids High School. See listing above.

--Paul Bunyan Playhouse's production "Annie." See listing above.

--Long Lake Theater's production of "Leaving Iowa," 8 p.m. See listing above.

Friday

First Friday Events are just a few because of the Dragon Boat Festival:

--Gallery North (502 Third St. N) will welcome visitors to their 2 to 5 p.m. reception to meet members of the Bemidji Area Woodcarver's Group, Showcase Artists of the month. Also featured during the open house will be WhipStaff Ranch and Rescue, a non-profit animal welfare organization.

--Wild Hare and Bistro will host a 3-5 p.m. reception for local artist Susan Kenzie, who will display her original illustrations in her children's book about love and healing, "A Thousand Purring Cats." Please note the Bistro will not hold their 1st Friday wine bar and dinner.

--Dunn Bros Coffee will present jeweler Brittany Moore as their featured artist of the month of August. Meet Moore at the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

--Rail River Folk School presents Northwoods Folk Collective, an open stage for writers, storytellers, music, singers or any other performance art for an attentive, enthusiastic and intergenerational audience hosted by Drew Warne-Jacobson. Sign-up for an hour starting at 6:30 p.m. at Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW -- over the Irvine Avenue Bridge.

--The Northern Light Opera Co.'s annual summer production, "Guys and Dolls," 7 p.m. at Park Rapids High School. See listing above.

--Paul Bunyan Playhouse's production "Annie." See listing above.

--Long Lake Theater's production of "Leaving Iowa," 8 p.m. See listing above.

Saturday

--"Minnesota's Lost Towns: Northern Edition," by author Rhonda Fochs will be featured in a presentation and book signing at 2 p.m. at the Blackduck Area History and Art Center, Margaret Avenue and Main Street. The book covers 150 lost towns, vanished villages and long ago places in a narrative tale for the reader's enjoyment.

--The Northern Light Opera Co.'s annual summer production, "Guys and Dolls," 3 p.m. at Park Rapids High School. See listing above.

--Long Lake Theater's production of "Leaving Iowa," 3 p.m. See listing above.

--Paul Bunyan Playhouse's production "Annie." See listing above.

Exhibits

--Neilson Place presents "Connected to Nature," a photo exhibit by Lainie Hiller beginning July and continuing through October. Hiller, Australian by birth and culture is a self-taught photographer whose favorite subject matters are wildlife and landscapes of Australia which she has captured through her lens. Framed and unframed photos as well as greeting cards will be available for purchase at the reception and in the Bistro Gift Shop throughout the display's duration. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW.

--Shannon's Art and Soul is hosting Erja Wiltse as their Featured Artist of the month of August and her vibrant watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings inspired by a trip to the Big Bog State Forest in Waskish. See the installation at 313 Beltrami Ave. (across the street from the Historic Chief Theater).

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