Join Us At The Hoffman Center in 2018

 There’s nothing like the beach to feed your creative soul. And the Hoffman Center for the Arts provides a welcoming place to explore, create, and connect with others.

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The B Side

The B Side
March 24th | 7:00
Admission: $10
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda | Mananita

Get ready for an evening of enjoyable music!

 Many of you know Kate Morrison from her local performances with Kate and the Crocodiles.
Here she is appearing as part of a duo with her musical friend Phillip Lynch in the intimate setting of the Hoffman living room.
The B Side was formed by musicians Kate and Phillip in 2011 when Kate was living in Walla Walla, WA. 
The duo combine jazz standards, obscure rock, pop, a few show tunes, and unique originals with a fun and playful presentation that fits just about anywhere. 
The band completed its first CD, Prince Charming and performed its premiere to a sold-out crowd at The GESA Power House Theater in Walla Walla in 2012. 
Kate is a co-leader of Portland-based band Kate & The Crocodiles and is pleased to welcome her friend and B Side partner to Manzanita to perform.

PoetryFest 2018


Poetry of the Moment – Wendy Willis
Saturday April 14, 2018
9:00am-12:00pm | 1:30-4:30pm
Registration opens March 1
Tuition: $125 until March 31st
$150 thereafter


The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents PoetryFest 2018 — workshops conducted by Wendy Willis will run from 9 am to 12 and 1:30 to 4:30 pm. There will be a reading by Wendy and an Open Mic for workshop participants at 7pm. 

“Using the wonder of the place, the urgency of the times, and poetry of the ages to spur new and different work, we’ll dive beneath the surface and see what we can find!” says Wendy.

“In the morning, we will work on techniques to break through our habits and tics. We’ll use close observation, stillness, and the kismet of association to spur the imagination in unexpected ways. In the afternoon, we’ll work with a variety of revision practices in preparation for the evening’s open mic. Bring whatever writing implement works for you!  All levels welcome.”

Wendy Willis splits her time between her roles as mother, poet, and advocate for democracy.

Wendy’s first book, Blood Sisters of the Republic, was released by Press 53 in 2012. Her second book of poems, A Long Late Pledge, won the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize and was released by Bear Star Press in 2017. Wendy has published poems and essays in a wide variety of journals, including New England Review, Oregon Humanities, Poetry Northwest, The Rumpus, Zócalo Public Square, and ZYZZYVA. Wendy is a faculty member in poetry at the Attic Institute in Portland, Oregon. She has her M.F.A. in poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

Wendy is the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the founder and director of Oregon’s Kitchen Table. She also serves on the Boards of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation and Tavern Books. Wendy has served as a federal public defender and as the law clerk to Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr. of the Oregon Supreme Court. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown Law Center and holds a B.A. from Willamette University.

She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, the poet David Biespiel; his son Lucas; her two daughters, Ruby and Violet.

Registration opens March 1. Tuition is $125 until March 31st, $150 thereafter.

PoetryFest is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR (across the street from the North Tillamook Library). For more information contact Kathie Hightower,








Allison Preisinger Seattle Singer-Songwriter

Allison Preisinger
Friday, March 16 | 7:00pm
Admission: $10
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita 

Northwest musicians and fans have described Seattle singer-songwriter Allison Preisinger’s music as raw and honest. Her folk rock style of  writing and performances provide a combination of the sincerity of an unplugged Eric Clapton with the melodic poetry of a solo Joni Mitchell.

Northwest rooted singer-songwriter Allison Preisinger merges her influences of nature, folk rock, city living, and relationships into acoustic folk that’s like visiting your best friend. Warm and inviting while forcing you to look at some of the tough stuff. With comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Jose Gonzalez, and Carole King, Allison can be found sharing her music in Seattle area coffee shops, listening rooms, house concerts and events.

Allison’s recently released third album, the Jade EP, is five acoustic folk songs recorded, mixed and mastered by Moe Provencher of MoZo at The Duplex in Seattle. Co-produced by Miranda Zickler of Rabbit Wilde, the album explores getting over what you thought was love, questioning where things are headed, having no control, and the reassurance that love is all around. Featuring fiddle by Chandra Johnson of Hot Damn Scandal, cello by Jillian Walker of Rabbit Wilde, percussion by Aimee Zoe of MoZo, backing vocals by Kyle Findley-Meier of The Sky Colony, Miranda Zickler of Rabbit Wilde and Jade .

EP Kickstarter campaign supporters. The Jade EP is now available online and at Allison’s performances.



Brazilian Strings Trio

Brazilian Strings Trio
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita 
Friday, April 6 | 7:00 pm
Admission: $20

The Brazilian Strings Trio returns to Hoffman Center! After a rousing performance last year they return to the welcoming north coast as part of their West Coast Tour.

Ted Falcon, Andrew Finn Magill
& Nando Duarte

Brazilian Strings Trio
Hot & Sweet Jazz
Soulful South American Flair

The Brazilian Strings Trio joins three of the most innovative instrumentalists on the contemporary Brazilian musical scene. Ted Falcon and Andrew Finn Magill are both multi-genre American violinists who after years of living in Brazil have become ambassadors of the growing Brazilian violin movement. Rounding out the trio is Brazilian guitarist Nando Duarte, a giant of the contemporary Brazilian music scene and an award-winning composer and arranger.

Violinist and mandolinist Ted Falcon has released eight CDs, performed with many Brazilian legends including Hermeto Pascoal, Hamilton de Holanda and Dominguinhos and regularly with his various musical projects including 3 Violinos, 3 Continentes, Gypsy Jazz Club and the duo Ted and Pablo, a partnership with harmonica player Pablo Fagundes. Their CD, Ted & Pablo, Transcontinental Music Express, was pre-nominated for best instrumental record of the year in Brazil. Ted has written and published several books about Brazilian choro, forró, and frevo and is a former Adjunct Professor of Music at Whittier College and a current music teacher at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.

All-Ireland fiddle finalist Andrew “Finn the fiddler” Magill has watched his career surge ever since the 2016 release of his 2-disc concept album Roots & Branches. Magill has carved out a name for himself in Irish, American and Brazilian music and has taught these traditions at more than a dozen fiddle camps all over the world. His fifth studio album Canta, Violino! will be released April 6th, 2018on Ropeadope Records, which writes Airto Moreira of Miles Davis & Chick Corea fame: “Finn Magill displays a love and authenticity that can fool you into thinking he is from Brazil. His style is playful and light, yet soulful and passionate. Congratulations!”

Born in Rio de Janeiro, 7-string guitarist Nando Duarte, has become one of the leaders of Brazil’s popular music re-awakening with Dino 7 cordas as his mentor and Luiz Otávio Braga and Hélio Delmiro among his professors. His career as a seven-string guitarist led him to play, arrange, and produce some of the biggest names in Brazilian music, including Elza Soares, Gal Costa, João Bosco, Zeca Pagodinho, Marisa Monte, and Ney Matogrosso. His musical “Sambra” (2015) with Diogo Nogueira was the first Musical ever to be presented on stage at Rio de Janeiro’s New Year’s Eve party on Copacabana beach with over 2 million people and is now competing for a Cannes Golden Lion. He was also the musical director for the “One Year to Go” Olympic show, the only pre-show for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics.




Omar El Akkad will read from his novel American War

Omar El Akkad
American War

Saturday March 17, 2018 | 7:00pm
Admission: $7 – Doors open at 6:30

Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda | Mananita, OR

For 10 years El Akkad led a double life, working as an international war reporter for Canada’s The Globe and Mail and writing fiction between midnight and 5:00 a.m., squeezing in sleep here and there. The grueling schedule allowed him to write three draft novels that never left his hard drive, but his fourth, American War, was not only published, but is creating significant and well-deserved buzz.

El Akkad’s future dystopian tale begins in 2075 during the second American Civil War, in which Red and Blue states clash over the need for sustainable energy. Set in a late-21st century US ravaged by global warming, this ambitious debut encourages western readers to put themselves in the shoes of the world’s displaced peoples.

“Whether read as a cautionary tale of partisanship run amok, an allegory of past conflictsor a study of the psychology of war, ‘American War’ is a deeply unsettling novel. The only comfort the story offers is that it’s a work of fiction. For the time being, anyway.”  – Justin Cronin, The New York Times

“Powerful…If violence and conflict feel distant, journalist Omar El Akkad’s debut novel brings them home.” — GQ

As a Canadian international war reporter, working for The Globe and Mail, El Akkad covered the war in Afghanistan, military trials at Guantánamo Bay, the Arab Spring protests in Egypt, the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri, and the effects of climate change in places like Florida and Louisiana.

“A lot of the world of the book is based on the things I saw while on those assignments,” El Akkad says. “I like to say that a lot of what happened in this book happened; it just happened to people far away.”

“It’s called American War,” he says of the novel, “but I never intended to write a book about America or war; I intended to write a book about the universality of revenge. I wanted to explore the idea that when people are broken by war, broken by injustice, broken by mistreatment, they become broken in the same way.”

El Akkad is a recipient of the National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting for his coverage on the “Toronto 18” terrorism arrests. He has also received the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honorable mentions. He is a graduate of Queen’s University.

Following Omar’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Revenge.“

NOTE: Admission for the evening reading is $7. Doors open at 630.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) Further information is available at <> online or contact Kathie Hightower,

Wheel Class

Wheel Throwing Workshop
Friday, February 23 | 
Fee: $35
Instructor: John Zogg 

The Hoffman Center Clay Studio
in Manzanita will offer
Wheel Throwing

Workshop covers basic clay art and throwing principles, introduction to the studio’s throwing equipment, and plenty of hands-on practice time.

The cost is $35 which includes three pounds of clay and three hours of instruction, plus use of all tools needed.  The fee also includes glazes and kiln firing of your work.  The cost for follow-up work time at the studio is only $2 per hour.

Space is limited, so sign up online TODAY using the Add to Cart button below or by sending an email to

Studio hours:
Tuesdays and Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm
Thursdays 10:00am-8:00pm

Questions? Contact us at:

Alcohol Ink Workshop

Alcohol Ink Workshop
Instructor: Margaret de Haas van Dorsser
Saturday, April 21 | 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $45 | Materials: $40
Registration Deadline: April 16

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a one-day “Making Exciting Fluid Beauty” workshop in April, for students 18 and older.

Portland artist Margaret de Haas van Dorsser, known nationally for her beautiful landscape designs, has explored many forms of art.  She says her latest interest in alcohol inks has “sent me on a creative journey to experiment in making art that is freer and fluid.”

The use of ink and ink washes is an ancient art. Alcohol ink, a vibrant and breathtaking medium, opens a new and wonderful fluid art form for artists of all levels. Alcohol inks come in a wide range of colors that can be used on many mediums such as glass, metal, tile, ceramic, and paper. The versatility of alcohol ink attracts artists fabricating jewelry, decorating ceramics, or glass, multimedia crafts, or painting fine art.

Using the unique medium of alcohol ink, students will create one-of-a-kind works of art on tile, and also experiment with alcohol ink on Yupo, a new type of plastic paper. Each participant will go home with a kit and several finished pieces.

The workshop will meet Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition will be $45.00 plus a materials fee of $40.00.

All materials are provided, and students are encouraged to bring a paint shirt or apron to protect clothing, and gloves to prevent hands from staining.

Interested persons can register for “Making Exciting Fluid Beauty” using the Add to Cart button below.

Two Acoustic Guitar Masters

Eric Skye and Mark Goldenberg
Two Acoustic Guitar Masters

Saturday, March 3 | 7:00 pm
$20 admission
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

Eric Skye and Mark Goldenberg – these two acoustic guitar masters will be playing one of their rare duet performances at Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita March 3rd.


Come listen to them in the intimate setting of Hoffman Center.

Though often billed as an acoustic jazz guitarist, Portland Oregon based Eric Skye occupies a unique niche between jazz, Americana, and blues. He plays in an original style, threaded together with a healthy respect for the groove, and a love of unadulterated acoustic tone. Skye’s most recent solo release, A Different Kind Of Blue, a solo guitar re-imagining of Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue, was listed in the top ten acoustic albums for 2012 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and acknowledged by the Miles Davis family. Eric was honored five years ago with a signature model guitar from the Santa Cruz Guitar Company that has gone on to be one of that company’s best sellers.

Los Angeles based Mark Goldenberg is the consummate A-list session player and sideman. Mark played lead guitar for Jackson Browne for sixteen years. He has played on records for and toured with artists including, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Eels, Chris Isaak, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton, and many others. Mark recently finished a two year world tour with acclaimed pianist and actor Hugh Laurie. He is also a songwriter, whose works have been recorded by Linda Rondstadt, Chicago, Pointer Sisters, Natalie Imbruglia, Eels, and Chris Botti.

“Stunning improvisational performances” –Acoustic Guitar magazine

“Two virtuosic fingerstylists blend lush tones and improvisational telepathy” –Premier Guitar magazine

“These two fine guitarists have put together eight tunes where their fertile musical minds create inventive textures and dynamic harmonic landscapes from beginning to end. Honestly, it took several listens before I began to hear a good amount of what they are doing, and it will take many more to unpack it further.” -Minor 7th Magazine



Story Time for Grownups with Liz Cole‭

Liz Cole – Story Time for Grownups
Reigning Cats and Dogs
Thursday‭, ‬March 1 | 7:00pm‭

Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita
Admission $10

Local award-winning actor Liz Cole returns to the Hoffman Center for the Arts stage for the seventh time on Thursday, Mar. 1 at 7 p.m. to present “Story Time for Grown-ups: Reigning Cats and Dogs.”

The presentation will answer the question: Who are these four-legged creatures that run our households and hold our hearts in their paws?

“The evening will include stories and poems about (and by) cats and dogs,” said Cole, “to share some of the ways our fur friends captivate, annoy and rule. It will be a joyous feast for all animal lovers.”

Admission to “Reigning Cats and Dogs” is a suggested donation of $10, and all proceeds will go to support Hoffman Center programs. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

Liz Cole has had a long acting career on the professional stage, and has also made TV guest-star appearances on Seinfeld, ER, Star Trek, The Practice, Judging Amy, Las Vegas, and many others.

She originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Wit in 1995, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Performance. She also tours with “The Wisdom of Wit,” her solo version of the play, and gives performances related to medical ethics and communication at healthcare venues across the country.

Cole has performed locally for various benefit events (Lower Nehalem Land Trust, Food Roots, Rinehart Clinic, Nehalem Valley Historical Society). She appeared in the original solo play Lost Pioneer, which she developed with Mark Beach and Portland playwright Ellen West. The play, presented seven times in Tillamook County, is based on the lives of three women who homesteaded in the county in the 1890s, and blends biographical data with historical imagination.

A demo reel of selected TV appearances by Cole is available online here.


Monthly Clay Circle

Monthly Clay Circle
Thursday, February 15 | 11:00am-12:00pm
Session: $2

Create a really fun form in one hour with very few tools and a bit of clay. Imagine the possibilities! An orb, a gourd, a fish, a bird?

Mary Roberts will give a demonstration on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 11 to 12.  You will follow along and have an orb at the end of the hour!

No registration required
$2 for the session
Clay available:
$1.50 per pound or bring your own

Monthly Clay Circle
11:00am-12:00pm on third Thursdays