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Plays and music round out the holiday weekend

July 6, 2014

By Patt Rall, The Bemidji Pioneer, Minn.

July 06--I hope you all had a good Fourth of July holiday, and today finishes off the holiday weekend with plays and music.

--The Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents "The 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" musical comedy today at 2 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. It's a musical comedy where adults playing the characters of quirky teens who freely deliver double entendre, hilarious dialogue and lots of caring. All the cast is embroiled in the organized chaos of a spelling bee under the supervision of the hapless vice-principal played by Paul Reyburn. Yes, both Reyburns are here this season, Suzanne is the musical director for the show. She was last here to musically direct the "Full Monty," a show that was over the top and warmly welcomed by Bemidjians. This show is a bit risquÉ, so probably youngsters under age 13 would not be the target audience unless the parents are prepared to do a lot of explaining. Whatever you choose to do with the children, make sure you get to see this comedy. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased online at paulbunyanplayhouse.com or at the box office -- (218) 751-7270. The box office will be open for tickets. And be prepared to join the cast on stage when they call for a few volunteers.

--The other show is the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical classic "The Sound of Music" with the Bagley Community Theater directed by Marilyn Hood and a cast of 25 from Bagley and surrounding communities. Two accompanists, Nila Bassett and Andrea Hood, fill the stage with music. The final performance is 4 p.m. today at the Bagley High School Auditorium. Make a right turn at the light in Bagley and follow the road to the high school, which is on the right. Tickets for the reserved seating are $10 adult and $7 students. The box office will open 30 minutes before the performance.

--The Bemidji Area Community Band invites you to the Raphael's Fourth of July Concert at 7 p.m. on the lawn south of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex at BSU. Scott Guidry, associate professor and director of bands at BSU and former director of the U.S. Air Force Band, will make his debut as director of the Community Band. Raphael's will provide snacks for the audience. Guidry has chosen an Americana-themed performance featuring U.S. composers, including tunes from "Porgy and Bess," "Washington Grays," "Themes Like Old Times" and "Americans We" march. A free-will offering will be accepted. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to Bangsberg Hall. A reminder to bring a chair (if held outside), sweater and bug spray.

Wednesday

--Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Recital Series will move to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 2220 Anne St. NW -- west of Paul Bunyan Communications. The 30-minute recital will begin at noon and feature two groups. A flute trio of Erin Riess, Katrina Stewart and KiKi Schnackenberg. A brass quintet with players Kyle Riess and Nathaniel Barckholtz on trumpet, Katrina Stewart on French horn, Rachel Barckholtz trombone and Daniel Schnackenberg on tuba. The program will include a variety of pieces including a flute trio setting of "Amazing Grace," a Pennywhistle Jig, music for a brass quintet, a trumpet and trombone duet and a trumpet solo. A free-will offering will be accepted to support the Music Scholarships awarded each year to a reshman/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.

--The Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents "The 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" musical comedy at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. It's a musical comedy where adults playing the characters of quirky teens who freely deliver double entendre, hilarious dialogue and lots of caring. This play is rated PG 13. And be prepared to join the cast on stage when they call for a few volunteers.

Thursday

--The band Soap will bring dance-infused rock music from influences ranging from jazz, blues and funk to progressive, psychedelic and electronic to the 2nd Street Stage from 6 to 8 p.m. The 2nd Street Stage will have shows every Thursday through Aug. 21 with free live bands, a beer garden and family activities on 2nd Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71 (at Armory Square if it rains). Please bring your own chair. For more information, go to parkrapidsdowntown.com. This concert is sponsored by the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association and Thielen Motors.

--The Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents "The 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" musical comedy at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. It's a musical comedy where adults playing the characters of quirky teens who freely deliver double entendre, hilarious dialogue and lots of caring. This play is rated PG 13. And be prepared to join the cast on stage when they call for a few volunteers.

Friday

--Visit Gallery North in the shops at the foot of the Irvine Street bridge from 2 to 5 p.m. for the release of the children's book "Alphabet Jambalaya (An Alliterative Alphabet Book for the Young at Heart)." Alphabet Jambalaya is not your usual alphabet book, rather it captures the imagination with distinct pictures through the use of alliteration. Whether it is piccolo playing penguins, exercising elephants or rabbits racing recklessly, the illustrations will bring smiles to all. Bring the family to meet the authors and illustrators, Mary Knox-Johnson, Marion Reil, and 6-year-old Bella Drevlow, listen to excerpts from the book, play games, enjoy refreshments, and share in the joy of sharing a first-book with your children.

--Come see the "Fear Monsters," the monster that creeps up and keeps us from being our true selves as felt and seen through the eyes of 2013 SummerKids Art Camp's first- through fifth-graders. Meet some of the young artists at the 3 to 5 p.m. opening reception at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW. Open to the public, parents are encouraged to attend.

--Cabin Coffee House presents a new exhibit from the Freehand Collaboration Group called "Sing With Paint." Artists were asked to take time to listen, choose a sound or song that they found moving and visually interpret it, incorporating the color emerald green. Meet some of the artists during the 5:30 to 7 p.m. opening reception at 214 Third St. NW.

--Neilson Place presents "Connected to Nature," a photo exhibit by Lainie Hiller continuing through October. Hiller, Australian by birth, is a self-taught photographer whose favorite subject matters are wildlife and landscapes of Australia, which she has captured through her lens. Meet and talk with Hiller during the opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Neilson Place lobby. Refreshments will be served. 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.

Saturday

--The annual Art in the Park will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Park in Bagley. Local exhibitors and food and drink vendors will be on hand, as well as a youth dance camp from 10 to 11 a.m., youth art projects from 11 a.m. to noon and live music by Caige Jambor, a recent BSU graduate. For more information, contact Linda at (218) 766-2261.

--The Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents "The 24th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" musical comedy at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. It's a musical comedy where adults playing the characters of quirky teens who freely deliver double entendre, hilarious dialogue and lots of caring. This play is rated PG 13. And be prepared to join the cast on stage when they call for a few volunteers.

Ongoing installations

--Watermark Art Center continues its exhibit of "INSIDE AND OUT" by St. Paul artist Joan Cox until Aug. 2. "INSIDE AND OUT" is a collection of recent paintings, mixed media collages and work in oil and wax. The Watermark is located in the upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

--Brigid's Pub presents The Artists of Studio 10 showcasing a new body of work. The theme of this exhibit is "Summer in Bemidji" and includes, dragons, fishing, golf, mosquitoes and Chief Bemidji himself. Brigid's Pub is located in Downtown Bemidji at 317 Beltrami Ave. NW.

--ART INSTALLATIONS for July can be found at watermarkartcenter.org in the pull-down "First Friday Art Walk."

Upcoming events

--Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's Cool Sounds of Jazz with the Jae Sinnett Trio at 7:30 p.m., July 19 at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center.

--Northern Light Opera Co's of "Guys and Dolls" at 7 p.m.July 25-27 and Aug. 1 and 3 p.m. on July 31 and Aug. 2. Tickets (218) 237-400 or (866) 766-7372.

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