Liz Cole to Read at the Hoffman

Liz Cole to Read
Wednesday,  October 25 | 7:00pm
Hoffman Center
Admission: $10

“Bedside Manner Reading:
A Doctor’s Journey of Literary Discovery.”

Local award-winning actor Liz Cole returns to the Hoffman Center for the Arts stage Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. to present “Bedside Manner Reading: A Doctor’s Journey of Literary Discovery.”

The presentation will be based on the work of early 20th-century physician Sir William Osler, known as “The Father of Modern Medicine.”

Osler, a Canadian physician, was one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Medical School, and is remembered for his medical humanism. He was an avid reader who brought literature directly into his practice of medicine.

Cole will share some of those readings and reflect on the ways in which medicine and literature illuminate each other.

The Hoffman Center has presented Liz Cole’s Story Time for Grown Ups five times before to enthusiastic audiences.

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.

Admission to the Oct. 25 reading 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.

 

Diana Abu-Jaber will read from her latest book ~ Life Without a Recipe 

Diana Abu-Jaber reading: Life Without a Recipe
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 | 7pm | Doors open at 6:30
Admission for the evening reading is $7
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita | 594 Laneda Avenue

Abu-Jaber’s new culinary memoir, Life Without A Recipe, has been described as “a book of love, death, and cake.” Ruth Reichl calls it “bold and luscious” and “indispensable to anyone trying to forge their own truer path.”

Abu-Jaber was born in Syracuse, New York to an American mother and a Jordanian father. Her family moved to Jordan a few times throughout her childhood, and elements of both her American and Jordanian experiences, as well as cross-cultural issues, especially culinary reflections, appear in her work.

Her novels and a previous memoir have won numerous awards, including the Arab-American National Book Award, the PEN Center Award for Literary fiction, the American Book Award, the Northwest Booksellers’ Award and the Oregon Book award for Literary Fiction. Her books have been included in many “top books of the year” lists by National Public Radio, the LA Times, the Washington Post, the Oregonian and others.

Diana teaches writing and literature at Portland State University and divides her time between South Florida and Portland, Oregon.

Sweet and Salty: Writing the Food Memoir
Abu-Jaber will teach a writing workshop
Saturday, Oct. 21 | 10-12:30
Tuition is $40

Register using the “Add to Cart” button below.

 
Tell me what you eat, said Brillat-Savarin, and I shall tell you what you are. Lives are filled with stories and plots but none is juicier than the one told with food. Culinary memoirs are wildly popular, taking readers beyond memory into the senses—especially the deep pleasures of the appetite.  Food sharpens the focus, introduces universal themes, and endows writing with imaginative, emotional, and physical layers of complexity.

This workshop will look at ways to write life stories by peering through the culinary lens.

There will be writing prompts, exercises, discussions, and food. We’ll be tasting and thinking and comparing notes, considering all the ways that our connections to eating give rise to remembering and inspiration. Come and see what you cook up. Bring your curiosity and your appetite, a sense of play and a sense of humor.

Following Abu-Jaber’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 “Food Memories.“

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.) For more information contact Kathie Hightower,  kathiejhightower@gmail.com

A Doctor’s Journey of Literary Discovery


A Doctor’s Journey of Literary Discovery
With Liz Cole

Fundraiser for Hoffman Center for the Arts
Wednesday, October 25 | 7pm
Hoffman Cenrer for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR
Admission $10

Liz shares glorious readings from the writings of the early 20th-century physician Sir William Osler  ~
“The Father of Modern Medicine”
~ and reflects on the ways in which medicine and literature illuminate each other.

 

 

Submit Your One-Act Play:  Competition at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

Submit your one-act play! The Hoffman Center for the Arts is hosting a new one-act play competition. Submissions are due January 14, 2017. Each entry will be randomly assigned to one of three judges. All submissions will be blind submissions for judging (guidelines below). The top three submissions will be performed in a Reader’s Theater event at the HCA on Friday, June 9, 2017.

Anyone interested in participating in the Reader’s Theater contact Suzanne Jelineo at sjelineo@nehalemtel.net.

The judges:

Anne Osborne Coopersmith of Nehalem is an accomplished local actor with the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts, The Coaster and Riverbend Players. She has adapted material for  and directed  and read in readers theater as well as acted in multi-act plays.

George Dzundza of Tillamook is well known as a character actor for his roles on stage and in front of the camera, including among others “The Deer Hunter” and “Basic Instinct,” and performances on “Law & Order” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Dzunda has been involved in productions on Broadway, national tours, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, regional theater, dinner theater and community theater. He is founding member of the coastal nonprofit Rising Tide Productions and recently directed the play “I am My Own Wife” at NCRD in Nehalem.

Gail Balden is the author of The Coaster Theatre—A Dream Realized, a twenty-year history of the Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach, and A Place to Play, a humorous tale of backstage life at the Coaster Theater that appeared in Oregon 150, a collection of stories by Oregon State University on the state’s 150 birthday in 2009.  After adapting Charles Dicken’s, A Christmas Carol for the Coaster stage in the 1990’s, she went on to direct and star in numerous stage plays at the Coaster for fifteen years.

She is director of Creative Journeys, a writing institute originated on the Oregon Coast, and teaches writing classes and retreats in Oregon, Arizona, and Michigan.

 

Guidelines for submission of One-Act Play for Competition:

Note: if you’d like a detailed handout on One-Act Play writing please send a request to Suzanne Jelineo at sjelineo@nehalemtel.net.

  1. Format: Microsoft Word document. Play title only on document; do not include your name. One act plays should be 30 minutes or less which equates to a script of 30 pages or fewer.

Play description should begin with brief description of setting and a list of characters, including any important characteristics (age, gender, etc.)  Note: as these will be performed as Readers’ Theater, use stage directions sparingly if at all.

Character name should be in caps followed by dialog. Use one blank line after each character’s dialog, for readability.

  1. Send as an attachment by email to Sue Jelineo at Suzanne Jelineo <sjelineo@nehalemtel.net> . Include in email message: Title of Play; your full name; Short writer’s bio, max 50 words.
  2. Deadline for submission: January 14, 2017.
  3. Judges choices of top 3 plays will be made by March 1. Plays will be performed as Readers’ Theater on Friday, June 9 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

Story Time for Grown Ups Returns on May 5th

liz-cole-pic-crpd-261x300Liz Cole will again perform readings at the Hoffman Center on Thursday, May 5th at 7 p.m.  Called “One Never Knows, Do One?”, she will share stories and poems about surprise, wonder and the unexpected.  As always, the material will be rich in both humor and poignancy.  Audience members can look forward to an evening of beautiful readings followed by thoughtful conversation.

The Hoffman Center has presented Liz Cole’s Story Time for Grown Ups three times before to enthusiastic audiences.

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.

Liz has performed locally for various benefit events (Lower Nehalem Land Trust, 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 this area, is based on the lives of three women who homesteaded in Tillamook County in the 1890s, and blends biographical data with historical imagination.

To find out more about Liz Cole’s career and watch a demo reel of selected TV appearances go to megancole.net.

There is a suggested donation of $10 and all proceeds will go to support the Hoffman Center’s programs.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early, seating is limited. Refreshments will be served.

 

Another Story Time for Grownups with Liz Cole on March 12

liz-cole-pic-crpd-261x300Liz Cole will again perform readings at the Hoffman Center on Thursday, March 12 at 7p.m.  This time Liz has chosen the theme of “Turning Points”.  She will share stories and poems about those surprising events that change our lives forever, whether or not we recognize it at the time.  As always, the material will be rich in both humor and poignancy.  Audience members can look forward to an evening of beautiful readings followed by thoughtful conversation.

The Hoffman Center has presented Liz Cole’s Story Time for Grown Ups twice before to enthusiastic audiences.

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.

Liz has performed locally for various benefit events (Lower Nehalem Land Trust, 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 this area, is based on the lives of three women who homesteaded in Tillamook County in the 1890s, and blends biographical data with historical imagination.

To find out more about Liz Cole’s career and watch a demo reel of selected TV appearances go to megancole.net.

There is a suggested donation of $10 and all proceeds will go to support the Hoffman Center’s programs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early, seating is limited.  Refreshments will be served.