African Safari to Kenya

A visit to Kenya with Lynne Gross
Thursday, March 8 | 7pm
Admission: $5
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

A visit to Kenya through picture and narrative by Lynne Gross will be offered on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission for the event is $5.

Nehalem resident Lynne Gross, owner of the business Eagle Tours Kenya, has been arranging safaris to Kenya since 2012, creating customized trips and accompanying clients on the journeys.

“Kenya is my happy place and, no matter how many times I go on safari, I always have a new appreciation for the happy native people and the magnificent animals” says Ms. Gross. “Every person who has gone on one of these trips says it is one of the most wonderful experiences of their life.”

The photos and presentation will take attendees on a virtual safari visiting the geography, the culture, the people and the wildlife of Kenya, including a look at the iconic wildebeest migration.

“Travelogue Kenya Safari” is the fourth in a series of photography shows sponsored by the Hoffman Center to celebrate global culture and community through the lens of our local citizens.

Refreshments will be served and a discussion will follow the presentation.


Burning Man: Desert Dreams

Burning Man: Desert Dreams
Lloyd Lindley and David Newhouse
Thursday, December, 14 | 7pm
Admission $10

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host “Burning Man: Desert Dreams” – a special presentation by Lloyd Lindley and David Newhouse, Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

“The evening will take you on a magical journey into the desert dreamscape of the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada,” said “Yeti” Lindley, of Manzanita, and “Zoom” Newhouse, of Hillsboro. “Where you are always welcomed home as you arrive to begin your own journey of sight, sound, self expression, and wonder.”

Lindley has participated in Burning Man five times, Newhouse four.

Since its beginning on San Francisco’s Baker Beach in the summer of 1986, Burning Man’s attraction has grown year by year into a temporary global city of 80,000 people. “They all, in varying degrees, come to celebrate art making and free expression, contribute without expectations, and enjoy a sense of community and friendship unmatched in our default world,” said Lindley.

“We live in a default world. We get up everyday, do the things we do, go to bed, and do it all over again the next day and subsequent days onward. But for some of us, in mid-August, we are welcomed home to a desert dreamscape, an alternative lifestyle, city, community and world.”

Burning Man is described as “an expansive place guided by 10 principles — simple, complete, inclusive, participatory, generous, self reliant and self-expressive principles that enable each person to be the person they are instead of the person defined by their employment, social status, means, or material possessions.” The attendees are considered the contribution to the humane spectacle that is Burning Man.

The event’s name comes from its culminating act — the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden effigy (“the Man”) that traditionally occurs on Saturday evening.

“Burning Man fashion and Burner wear are optional for our Manzanita presentation,” said Lindley.

The event is a fundraiser for the Hoffman Center. Admission will be $10.

Travelogue to Focus on Greece

Travelogue Greece
Wednesday, December 6 | 7:00pm
Admission: $5

Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host the third event in its Travelogue series — “Greece,” Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

Manzanita resident Mindi Bender has visited Greece more than a dozen times between 1985 and 2017, most frequently to the Island of Lesvos in the north Aegean Sea.

She has had opportunities to live with the Greek people and study their language. She delights in eating delicious authentic homemade Greek foods.

The photos will convey her deep love for the vibrancy of Greek culture and colorful, splendid scenery of this ancient land.

“Travelogue Greece” is the third in a series of photography shows sponsored by the Hoffman Center to celebrate global culture and community through the lens of our local citizens.

Refreshments will be served and a discussion will follow the presentation. Admission is $5.

Last April, Bender did a presentation on the Middle Eastern refugee crisis that has been impacting parts of Greece, particularly the island of Lesvos, since 2015. She plans to provide a separate, in-depth update on that situation, including stories of the refugees she has worked with there, during another talk at the Hoffman Center sometime in the Spring 2018.

Showing of Griefwalker

griefwalker imageJoin us October 11 from 3-5 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts for the showing of Griefwalker, a film about Stephen Jenkinson. A Canadian, he has spent 25 years in what he calls the “death trade, working in care. He now runs the Orphan School of Wisdom which one of our locals has attended.
 A number of us have heard him speak in the past year. Engaging, thoughtful and wise, his premise is that we must pay attention to how we live and that will affect how we die. There will be time for discussion after the showing of the film.
Suggested donation $5

Short Film Festival Returns in January

NWFF41_backgroundThe Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Film Series will host a showing of “The Best of the 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22. Admission will be $5.

The collection of 10 short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center of Portland from its annual juried film festival. Films made in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The total running time is 85 minutes.

The films to be screened are:

  • “Painting John” by Audrey Hall, Livingston, MT. Through the intimacy of life portraiture, a lone rancher and a wandering artist forge an improbable bond. (10 min.)
  • “Maikaru” by Amanda Harryman, Edmonds, WA With inspirational optimism, Maikaru doesn’t let a childhood filled with violence and human trafficking dictate his future (7 min.)
  • “Rez Carz” by Clancy Dennehy, Vancouver, BC. Abandoned cars rest silently in fields for decades, still holding secret conversations within their bodies. (7 min.)
  • “The Beast Inside” by Amy Enser and Drew Christie, Seattle. Told with spoken rap and hand-drawn animations, a teen in a homeless family describes his challenges and celebrates the triumph of his creative self. (4 min.)
  • “The Bear’s Progress” by Malia Jensen, Portland. An inhabited bear costume wanders in the landscape doing what bears do and do not do. (9 min.)
  • “Anxious Oswald Greene” by Marshall Axani, Vancouver, BC. A man visits a fantasical clinic to address his crippling anxiety and his fate falls into the hands of a blind nurse, a talking fly, and an eccentric doctor with a knack for rhyming. (15 min.)
  • “Proximity” by Joshua Cox, Portland. A Victorian gentleman and a sixties cowgirl explore the kitschy depths of love and betrayal. (4 min.)
  • “Cooped” by Mike A. Smith, Portland. Only a doorknob and an non-opposable thumb stand in the way of a housebound dog. (9 min.)
  • “Taco Night” by Kyle Eaton, Portland. Two old friends who haven’t kept in touch drop by a party where they encounter a combative couple. (16 min.)
  • “Dave’s Beard” by Evangeline LaRoque, Eugene. A catchy song elucidates the nocturnal secret life of Dave’s adventurous beard. (4 min.)

Film Series Presents “Wandering Reel” Festival

6 Magnetic ReconnectionThe Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen a series of short films provided by the “Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival” Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

The program will showcase “short movies that demonstrate the power of cinema to tell important stories and effect positive change across cultures and around the globe,” said program director and curator Michael Harrington. “By exposing underserved communities with films that are compassionate in their approach and passionate in their purpose, we hope to inspire conversation and collaboration between individuals and communities through the common experience of cinema.”

The six films and their directors to be featured will be:

“Out of Erasers” (Erik Rosenlund): A woman on her way home becomes a victim of a strange infection. She soon realizes that an epidemic is spreading and there are larger forces at work.

“Trotteur” (Arnaud Brisebois and Francis Leclerc): A settling of accounts between a young man and a locomotive turns into a diabolical race against a merciless opponent.

“House on its Head” Directed by Adam Palenta: A documentary on the family life of Polish architect, set designer and poster artist Wojciech Zamecznik (1923–1967)

“Next Floor” (Denis Villeneuve): During an opulent and luxurious banquet, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage.

“The Chair” (Grainger David): A boy reacts to an outbreak of poisonous mold in his small town.

“Magnetic Reconnection” (Kyle Armstrong): Contrasting the Northern Lights with decaying manmade debris surrounding the Arctic Canadian town of Churchill, Manitoba.
The screening will last 81 minutes and be followed by discussions. Refreshments will be available.

Film Series Presents “A River Between Us”

arbuThe Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2014 documentary film “A River Between Us” Friday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Directed by Jeff Martin and produced by former Oregon State Senator Jason Atkinson, the film tells the story of the oldest and most bitterly disputed water war in the West today – Oregon’s Klamath River.

The documentary focuses on the century-old, sociopolitical battle over water rights and the historic coalition that rose to end it.

The struggle has pitted farmers, fishers, ranchers, native tribes, local and regional industry, environmental activists, state politicians, and the federal government against each other

“We created this film to be a cinematic call to action on behalf of the largest restoration project in American history,” said Atkinson.

The film lasts 90 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

View film trailer here

Film Series Presents “A Place of Truth”

Abigail Mott Pic 1The Hoffman Center for the Arts’ Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2013 feature-length documentary “A Place of Truth” Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Directed by Barrett Rudich, of Portland, the film tells the story of Abigail Mott, a 21-year-old woman traveling from city to city as a nomadic street poet.

Inspired by watching a street poet in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, Mott sets up camp on a city street corner, with chair and typewriter, and offers to write a personalized poem on the spot for passersby.

They decide the subject matter and the fee they’ll pay, and they leave, generally delighted, with a fresh poem all their own.

Mott eventually takes her typewriter to Brooklyn and New Orleans, where she finds a like-minded artists’ community and develops a crush on a fellow poet.

As much about poetry as it is about young romantics in the seemingly impenetrable new economy, “A Place of Truth” offers a case study from the 99%.

The film lasts 65 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

Film Series Presents “I Live for Art”

i Live for Art Graphic 6:72The Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2014 documentary “I Live For Art: A Journey Into Meaning and the Creative Process” Friday, Mar. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Directed by Renee Slade and Ri Stewart, the film offers a humorous, satirical and unique philosophical exploration of the creative process – its angst, its thrills, its purpose and its methods

While any person can be creative, it is the courageous, those willing to entertain uncertainty and are willing to struggle against their own innate feelings of inadequacy who accomplish their victory.

The film lasts 73 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

Hoffman Center Presents “Politics of Sand”

sandThe Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2008 feature-length documentary “Politics of Sand” Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

The in-depth history of Oregon’s beaches focuses on the political ebb and flow of efforts to keep the coast accessible to the public. The fight, which began with Governor Oswald West’s 1913 landmark legislation succeeded, but not without substantial effort.

The film features interviews with many of the living key players as well as voices from the past. It was made by Portland-based Anchor Pictures, directed by Tom Olsen, and produced by the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.

The documentary covers nearly 150 years of history through archival footage, photographs, and interviews, and details the legislative actions taken by Governors Oswald West and Tom McCall. It was written and edited by Matt Love.

The film lasts two hours, and refreshments will be available.