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The "world's fastest banjo player," Johnny Butten and his band will perform at the Ulen-Hitterdal School's Top Hat Theatre in Ulen on Satur-day, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will raise funds to offset costs for the 2009-10 season of the Top Hat Theatre. Tick-ets are on sale at the school office and North-western Bank in Ulen, with a discount for advance purchase.
The "world's fastest banjo player," Johnny Butten and his band will perform at the Ulen-Hitterdal School's Top Hat Theatre in Ulen on Satur-day, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will raise funds to offset costs for the 2009-10 season of the Top Hat Theatre. Tick-ets are on sale at the school office and North-western Bank in Ulen, with a discount for advance purchase.

'World's fastest banjo player' in Ulen June 20

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Detroit Lakes' ninth annual Street Faire at the Lakes concludes today (Sunday), with Patchouli set to perform at 11:30 a.m. and Doc & the Scrubs at 2 p.m., both on the Holmes Street stage. String musician Paul Imholte and Ecuador Manta will also perform, and of course, there will be plenty of tasty food and beautiful art selections available for purchase. More information on the Street Faire at the Lakes is available online at www.dlstreetfaire.com.

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Hawley's 50th annual Rodeo Fest celebration continues today with Community Cowboy Church at 10 a.m. and a Benefit Horse Show at 11 a.m., both on the rodeo grounds. There will be a food stand available during the horse show. Other events on the schedule this week include the Little Miss/Miss Hawley Scholarship Pageant on Monday, June 1 at 6:45 p.m., in the Hawley High School Auditorium; a Team Roping event on Tuesday, June 2 starting at 6 p.m. on the rodeo grounds; the Senior Health Fair, Wednesday, June 3; REACH Dinner & Variety Show, Thursday, June 4; and of course, the 50th anniversary presentation of the PRCA Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6, at 7 p.m. each evening.

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Tamarac Refuge presents the movie "Planet Earth Series: From Pole to Pole" at 2 p.m. today in the visitors center. From African herds migrating hundreds of miles in search of water to desperate animal hunts, "Pole to Pole" examines how the seasons produce the greatest spectacles on Earth. Emmy Award winner.

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A Detroit Lakes summer tradition for the past several years, the Tuesdays in the Park concert series resumes this week (June 2) with a 7 p.m. performance by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band. Other upcoming performers will include the Park Rapids Area Community Band, June 9; Vincent and the Van Goes, June 16; Doc & the Scrubs, June 23; Mark Fogelson, June 30; Doc & the Scrubs, July 7; Tim Eggebraaten, July 21; Crashing Down, July 28; Purple Pan Steel Drum Band, Aug. 4; Ulen Community Band, Aug. 11; Doc & the Scrubs, Aug. 18; and the Lakes Area Community Concert Band, Aug. 25. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the City Park Bandshell, and are free and open to the public. Call 218-844-SHOW (7469) for more information.

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On Friday, June 5, the History Museum of East Otter Tail County will present a program on Victorian Courtship. Presenter Jaclyn Theis, who hails from Rochester, Minn., has been thoroughly immersed in the Victorian Era for years and can speak knowledgeably about customs from the Civil War through Victorian times. From the way a lady held her fan to the language of flowers, there were many ways in which the men and women of that era communicated their wishes without actually coming out and saying them. Jaclyn dresses authentically to suit the era in costumes she has researched and made herself. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. To reserve a free ticket call 218-346-7676 or e-mail museum@eot.com. The History Museum is located at 230 First Avenue North, Perham.   

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The four finalists have been selected for the 2009 Great American Think-Off, set for Saturday, June 13 at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. The finalists were chosen based upon their essays submitted in response to the question, "Is it ever wrong to do the right thing?" Arguing on the "yes" side of the debate will be George Holly of Tucson, Ariz., and John Pollock of Montgomery, Ala. Tackling the "no" argument will be Erik Schultz of Vienna, Va., and Rick Nichols of Leavenworth, Kan. The 16th annual Think-Off Debate is set to begin at 7 p.m. on June 13 inside the James W. Mann Performing Arts Auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Call 218-385-3339 for more information, or visit www.kulcher.org, where you can find the complete text of the winning essays.

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Take a walk down memory lane and revisit the songs of one of America's music legends at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Thursday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m., as Cassie Weisner & the Bobs present "The Music of Patsy Cline." Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for students. Call 218-844-SHOW (7469) or visit www.dlccc.org for more information.

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The community of Perham will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Turtle Fest on June 17-21, with a number of features new and old including a parade, at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 19, followed by live music from October Road at the fairgrounds, and fireworks at 10:30 p.m. during the dance. The second annual "Back to the 60s Bash" featuring the music of the Unbelievable Uglies takes place on Saturday, June 20 in the historic Grand View Heights Ballroom; and the Little Miss Turtle Fest pageant, open to girls ages 5-7, will be held Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. in the Perham High School Auditorium. There will also be a hog and turkey cookout; a show by the Perham Area Cruisers Car Club; and of course, the annual demolition derby, set for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at the fairgrounds.

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Banjo player Johnny Butten and his band will perform at the Ulen-Hitterdal School's Top Hat Theatre in Ulen on Saturday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. Butten is the current world record holder as the "world's fastest banjo player," according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The concert will raise funds to offset costs for the 2009-10 season of the Top Hat Theatre. Tickets are now available at Northwestern Bank, Ulen and in the Ulen-Hitterdal School office at $10 for adults and $5 for students. Buy your tickets early, as the at-door adult price will increase to $15 with students staying at $5. You can also call and reserve your tickets at 596-8853.

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Singer-songwriter Tim Mahoney will perform with his band at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes (402 West Lake Drive) on Friday, June 26 at 9 p.m. Mahoney was just announced as the Grand Prize winner of the 2008 Great Lakes Songwriting Contest, and earlier this year won the pop arm of the Durango Song Expo's "Write With a Hit-Maker" Contest as well as the 2008 We Are Listening Contest.  He's also currently a finalist for the pop category of the 2008 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. For ticket information, call Zorbaz at 218-847-5305.

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The Entertainment Calendar appears weekly in the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Submissions, questions and corrections (labeled "Entertainment Calendar") may be sent by fax, 218-847-9409, by mail to Detroit Lakes Newspapers, 511 Washington Ave., P.O. Box 826, Detroit Lakes MN 56502, or by e-mail to Vicki Gerdes at vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com.

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