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Take in the White Pine Festival

The third annual White Pine Festival kicked off this week, and events run through Sunday. The interdisciplinary arts festival is held each summer in the St. Croix Valley.

"In our third year, we've really learned from the first two festivals, putting together just the right balance of events that offer up a chance to sit back, relax and take in a mixture of art forms," said Matt Thueson, White Pine Festival president and founder. "But we're also offering great up-close-and-personal experiences with the artists and their creative process. Each year, we've heard that these opportunities were some of our audience's favorite festival experiences. They've really become an essential part of the festival experience."

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Thursday, June 18

--11:15 a.m., master class with pianist Angela Jia Kim, Boutwell's Landing, Stillwater.

--2 p.m., writing workshop with slam poet Roger Bonair-Agard, Arcola Mills, Stillwater.

--7:30 p.m., Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons," The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra keyboardist Skip James, former Children's Theatre Artistic Director Jon Cranney and actress Katherine Ferrand in a multimedia performance.

Friday, June 19

-- 2 p.m., poetry discussion with Roger Bonair-Agard, Arcola Mills, Stillwater.

--5 p.m., meet the artists: dinner with Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis, Michael Steinberg and Karl Paulnack, The Lowell Inn, Stillwater.

--7:30 p.m., Jorja Fleezanis, Karl Paulnack and Michael Steinberg, Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater.

Saturday, June 20

--2 p.m., lecture with painter Kami Polzin and poet Roger Bonair-Agard, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson.

--4:30 p.m., meet the artists, trumpeter Charles Lazarus, The Agave Kitchen, Hudson.

--7:30 p.m., jazz with the Charles Lazarus Group, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson.

Sunday, June 21

--4 p.m., Miró Quartet and poet Matthea Harvey, Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater.