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.

 

Brownsmead Flats to Perform

 

Brownsmead Flats
Saturday | October 28th
7:00 pm | 
$10 admission
Hoffman Center for the Arts



The Brownsmead Flats play acoustic music that may be best described as “Crabgrass,” a style they liken to folk/bluegrass with a maritime flavor. They sing with a strong emphasis on tight vocal harmonies and the quintet plays a variety of acoustic instruments. Dan Sutherland is featured on hammered dulcimer, mandolin, and fiddle. Ray Raihala picks banjo, guitar, and mandolin. Larry Moore plays the mandolin. John Fenton is on bass and mandolin, and Ned Heavenrich plays harmonica and guitar.

The Brownsmead Flats create a fun loving atmosphere where audiences are encouraged to participate by singing along and doing hand motions. The versatility of the band allows them to generate music for all ages. Their tight harmonies and enjoyment of making music together translate into an event guaranteed to fill audiences with joy and mirth.

Three Winning One-Act Plays to be Performed as Reader’s Theater Friday June 9

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a Reader’s Theater performance of the three winning one-act plays selected in a new competition this year. The performance will be at 7pm on Friday June 9, 2017.  Fee for the performance is $7.

Thirty-three plays were submitted for the competition. The plays were judged by Anne Osborne Coopersmith of Nehalem, George Dzundza of Tillamook, and Gail B. Frank of Nehalem and Arizona to determine the top three to be performed.

Submissions came from around the country and overseas even though the original press release announcements were all local to the coast and Northwest. The response likely says something about how much playwrights want to see their work performed.

The winning plays are Gertrude and Alice Go to War by Douglas Rees, from the bay area; A Man’s Home by Donna Hopkins, from CA; and Human Refuse, by Dorianne Emerson, a Canadian.

The winners were chosen in blind judging. Each judged considered eleven plays. By coincidence each of the winning plays have a lesbian experience theme. In fact they happen to reflect society’s historical acceptance of lesbians: Gertrude and Alice reflecting attitudes during WWI, (no tolerance or understanding); A Man’s Home, a grudging partial acceptance but maybe not understanding, in the 1950’s: and Human Refuse, current tentative acceptance characterized by close scrutiny. Because of the subject matter, we chose to present these plays at the same time as Astoria’s Gay Pride Week.

Sue Jelineo, who has been active in local Reader’s Theater and the theater at NCRD, championed this first play competition at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. She will be directing the reader’s theater. She has a number of readers lined up but could use a few more men to read. Contact her atsjelineo@nehalemtel.net if you are interested in reading.

Soulful Americana Duo Silver Lake 66 to Perform

Come listen to the soulful Americana duo Silver Lake 66
in the intimate setting of Hoffman Center in beautiful Manzanita.

 
June 24, 2017 | 7pm 
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda
Manzanita, OR
$10
         
Silver Lake 66 is the soulful, Americana duo of Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo, based in Portland, OR. Their duet stylings combine tight harmonies, strong duets, and sharp guitar work steeped in classic country, rock, and blues. The duo released their debut album in August 2016Let Go or Be Draggedto critical acclaim. It features a collection of songs drawn from personal experiences of travel, love, loss and adversity. A group of local veteran musicians from the Portland Americana community round out the vocally driven, warm tremolo laden sound. The CD has been well received, hitting #19 on the Roots Music Report (a national Americana radio airplay chart) and the song “San Francisco Angel” reached #18 on the singles version of the same chart.
Originally from the Midwest, the couple began playing and writing music together during their time in Minneapolis. After several years of recording, touring and playing locally, they packed up the van, guitars, and their trusty dog Bernie, and headed to Southern California. While living in LA for nearly a decade, their band The Ruby Trees performed locally in Los Angeles clubs, including appearances at Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance and the World Famous Palomino Club. 
The next chapter for the duo was a move to Portland, Oregon. The genesis of their music in the Pacific northwest was fueled by jam sessions and performances at an under the radar, honky-tonk on the edge of town called “The Barn.” Silver Lake 66 performs regularly in Portland, and throughout the Pacific Northwest, both as duo and with their trusty rhythm section; sometimes rounding out their sound with pedal steel and Hammond organ.
More information about Silver Lake 66 here
 

Brazilian Violin Trio in the intimate setting of Hoffman Center for the Arts

Hoffman Center for the Arts
Saturday, May 27, 2017 |7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Tickets: $20.00

Brazilian Violin 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.

Ted Falcon has released seven 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 an Adjunct Professor of Music at Whittier College and a music teacher at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.

Multi-genre fiddler/violinist Andrew Finn Magill has toured four continents playing traditional Irish, bluegrass, jazz and choro and has performed with everyone from his own choro conjunto to Mike Marshall. He is a two-time All- Ireland fiddle finalist, Fulbright-MtvU fellow, and bandleader, leading O Finno and co-leading Violino no Choro. In 2014 he moved to Rio and began studying choro with Luís Barcelos, Nicolas Krassik and Pedro Paes. In less than two years he had formed O Finno which has been featured in Rio performance series Viva o Talento, on MEC 98.1FM and twice in the prestigious Casa do Choro. His 2016 double-release Roots & Branches debuted at #47 on the folk DJ charts and he is regularly featured on NPR.

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.

To learn more about the music and the artists visit Finn McGill’s web site here

 

 

Indalo Wind – An Evening of Acoustic World Music

INDALO WIND

In the intimate setting of
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Saturday, April 29, 2017
7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Tickets $10

 

Indalo Wind is a Portland based acoustic ensemble led by father and son, Eric and Jacob Walter. Specializing in eclectic instrumental music, Indalo Wind offers up a unique blend of folk, blues, classical, and jazz, with melodic seasonings from around the world. With a repertoire that includes traditional songs from Italy, Ireland, and the Americas – as well as gypsy swing, Renaissance dance, flamenco, Japanese pop, and a host of unique originals – Indalo Wind plays music that is dramatically diverse, poetic, energetic, and thoughtfully entertaining.

For a third consecutive year, Indalo Wind will present a concert of acoustic world music at the lovely Hoffman Center for the Arts in the beautiful seaside town of Manzanita, Oregon. For this engagement, Indalo Wind founding members, Eric and Jacob Walter, will be joined by accordionist, Steve Cleveland.

BIOGRAPHIES

ERIC WALTER is a poet, performer, and musician whose interests span diverse artistic worlds. He received a BA in Theater from Reed College in 1983 and worked for many years as an actor, director, and producer in Oregon, North Carolina and Colorado. He began writing poetry in 1992 and has since authored six books. He has played in numerous bands and performance ensembles, and created soundtracks for theater, dance, video, and spoken word projects.

JACOB WALTER is a senior pursuing the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Tigard Senior High School in Tigard, Oregon. He is a prize-winning guitarist and composer, and a dedicated volunteer at his school and in his community. He is employed part-time as an intern at Youth Music Project in West Linn, Oregon. Jacob released his debut solo album, Surfing in the Rain, in 2015

STEVE CLEVELAND is a musician, poet, and playwright currently living in Portland. He plays piano and accordion with various groups, including The Sportin’ Lifers, Johnnie Ward and the Sharkskin Revue, and The Hot Club Time Machine. He is also church musician at Mt. Carmel Lutheran. His book of poetry, The Gold That Falls onto the Table, is available from StringTown Press.

Another Story Time for Grownups with Liz Cole

Another Story Time for Grownups with Liz Cole
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Apr. 5

Liz Cole will again perform readings at the Hoffman Center on Wednesday, April 5 at 7p.m.  In “You’ll Understand When You’re Older”, she will share stories from our childhoods–both traditional and unfamiliar – to see what we take away from these “simple” tales all these years later.  Children’s stories aren’t just for children!

Audience members can look forward to an evening of beautiful readings followed by thoughtful conversation.

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.

The event will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) (Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org <http://hoffmanblog.org> online or email hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net.)

 

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Publishing Your Chapbook

CLASS IS FULL

The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a workshop “Publishing Your Chapbook: for poetry chapbooks, books of short stories/essays” on April 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

We are currently enjoying a small press renaissance, with countless publishing options for emerging authors. From submitting to reputable chapbook publishers to creating handmade, locally printed, limited editions of your work, the world has never been more open to an author’s specific vision.

Join award-winning poet and literary agent John Sibley Williams for this hands-on workshop exploring the ins-and-outs of organizing and publishing your chapbook. For writers of both poetry and prose, “Publishing your Chapbook” will guide you all the way from inspiration to publication.

John Sibley Williams serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as both a literary agent and Marketing Director of Portland-based Inkwater Press. He is the editor of two Northwest literary anthologies and the author of nine poetry collections, including Disinheritance and Controlled Hallucinations. A five-time Pushcart nominee and winner of the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry, John has an MA in Creative Writing from Rivier College and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40

Register online by using the Add to Cart button below.

The Lasses and Kathryn Claire

April 9th, 2017 | 7pm | $12
Hoffman Center for the Arts, Manzanita, OR
Portland Oregon based musician, Kathryn Claire, met Margot Merah and Sophie Janna (Amsterdam based folk-duo, The Lasses) at a singing session in Amsterdam in 2013. Sharing a love for harmony singing and story-telling through music, they soon realized that together they could deliver both heartfelt ballads and foot-stomping songs with equal measures of joy and musicality. After playing several concerts together in The Netherlands and Germany in 2014, Kathryn offered to help bring The Lasses to the Pacific Northwest for their first US tour in the Spring of 2015.  It was a huge success and the three realized they had begun not only a strong musical collaboration, but also a network of touring between the US and Europe.  The following fall The Lasses booked a tour of concerts in churches and folk venues across The Netherlands.  
By 2016, the Pacific Northwest tour and the European tour had established fans not only for the co-bill of The Lasses and Kathryn Claire but for the music they created as a trio.  After being asked frequently when they were going to make an album together, they decided to finish their European tour in 2016 with a sold out live album recording at De Parel van Zuilen” in Utrecht.  The result is a deeply personal and heartfelt album featuring original and traditional songs.  The album highlights each woman’s unique style of songwriting and singing while weaving in the trio’s highly acclaimed three part harmonies and engaging performances on guitar, fiddle and bohdran.  They are thrilled to be releasing this new album during their Pacific Northwest tour this spring.  Expect an evening of stories, songs and harmonies straight from the heart. 
 
Come see them and hear them in the intimate living room setting of Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Concert: Swing Cats on March 4th

Swing Cats
at the Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita
Saturday, March 4th, 7:00
$10 admission
The Swing Cats are a four piece jazz group from Astoria.
They play a variety of music from the swing era, jazz standards, bossa nova, blues, and even a rock and roll song or two.
With two hot guitarists and a tight rhythm section this small combo can really swing.
Come listen or dance in the intimate setting of the Hoffman Center for the Arts.
No big drive, no big lines, no big price – enjoy great music in your local house concert setting.