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National poet Bao Phi performing at '2nd Sat Hap'

Bao Phi will be reading Aug. 11 from his newly released book of poetry, "Thousand Star Hotel," as part of his national book tour. He'll be joined by musicians and solo performers at 2nd Sat. Hap at the Nemeth Art Center.(Submitted photo)

The Nemeth Art Center 's "2nd Sat Hap" series resumes Saturday, Aug. 11 with performances by Bao Phi, Buffalo Skin, Chasing Clarence, Rhoda Jackson, along with a screening of the film "My Ocean."

A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Phi has appeared on "HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry." Phi's poems and essays are widely published in numerous publications, including "Screaming Monkeys" and "Spoken Word Revolution Redux." Phi has also released several CDs of his poetry, such as "Refugeography" and "The Nguyens EP." A short story of his, "Revolution Shuffle," appeared in the anthology "Octavia's Brood: Stories from Social Justice Movements," and an essay of Phi's was included in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth, edited by Sun Yung Shin, Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Adam Dagen, aka "Buffalo Skin," calls his work "dreamy emo indie music from Wadena." Started in 2008 to fulfill his dream of creating and recording original music, Buffalo Skin has followed up his 2011 debut "To. Island From. Dream Island" with a recent full length release in 2017 entitled "14 Lions."

The international indie ensemble "Chasing Clarence" finds its soul deeply rooted in the forests of Minnesota and Malaysia. With musical influences as wide ranging as the Mississippi river, their tenacious blend of vocal harmony and acoustic wittiness provide a true feeling of fresh. Prone to wander into territories uncharted they offer up soul stirring songs with a pinch of sonic salt.

Rhoda Jackson has been involved with Long Lake Theater in Park Rapids since 2002 and has recently developed solo historic portrayals, including Emily Dickinson and Elaine Goodale Eastman. Jackson will present a short dramatic presentation of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe, drawing partly from letters she wrote while in New Mexico.

The film "My Ocean" documents the experience of an outdoor, site-specific sound and performance installation that took place at Ordway Prairie Nature Preserve in Pope County in August 2016.

Performance artist Bethany Lacktorin leads audiences on an hour-long walk through a carefully composed environment of sound, music and storytelling. Along the walk, Lacktorin shares stories ranging from her family history and personal memoir, to naturalist interpretations of the local ecology, Dakota history and Immigrant legends.

Held the 2nd Saturday of every month at the NAC in Park Rapids, the event is comprised of an evening of free music, poetry, films and performance from 5 to 8 pm.

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The Nemeth Art Center is located at 301 Court Ave. in the upstairs of the Historic Hubbard County Courthouse and the gallery hours are noon to 6 pm, Thursdays through Saturdays.