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What Are We Fighting For?

Shortly after Osama Bin Laden was killed, Spc. William Baxter, a parachute rigger with the 101st Sustainment Brigade, was quoted as saying, “OK, he’s dead, can we go home?”  Much as the “Global War on Terror” has been billed as much more than merely killing its leader, Baxter’s remark struck a responsive chord around a war weary country.  Well over sixty per cent now want out of Afghanistan.  And while the assassination of the terrorist mastermind was supposed to burnish the oft doubted warrior credentials of the president, it was not supposed to ignite congressional antiwar sentiment.  But that is in fact what it has done.

The prevailing wisdom in the Democratic Party for over a generation has been that the Vietnam era antiwar movement, drawing strong congressional support from Democratic doves, created a patriotic backlash that eventually led to the ascendancy of Republican conservatism.  But as the collective memory of Vietnam fades, people have grown increasingly impatient with the social and financial costs of today’s smaller but more costly, interminable wars.  Liberal hawks, including President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, now find themselves on the defensive, as they try to maintain national commitment to relentless counterinsurgency against a shadowy, stateless enemy.  Thus once the terrorist symbol was at last eliminated, smoldering antiwar sentiment in Congress and around the country suddenly broke into the open.

The Obama administration, which in 2009 sharply escalated the war in Afghanistan, following the Bush surge model in Iraq, had postponed any significant draw down of troops there to 2014.  And that is obviously contingent upon the president’s reelection.  But now an odd combination of progressive Democrats with a smaller number of determined conservative Republicans mustered 204 votes in the House for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act calling for speeded up withdrawal from Afghanistan. Its authors were long time Massachusetts antiwar Democrat Jim McGovern and a North Carolina conservative Republican, Walter Jones. Jones now regrets his vote authorizing the Iraq War, and while maintaining the need to intervene in Afghanistan in 2001, he now believes that the war there has long outlived its purpose and is serving only to prop up a hopelessly corrupt government.  Deeply religious, Jones recently converted from his family’s warrior Baptist tradition to Roman Catholicism, whose popes have increasingly opposed resort to war as a means to settle international and civil disputes.

Failing passage by only six votes, the McGovern-Jones amendment must give pause to the Obama administration’s war planners. It drew support from a broad cross section of the president’s own party with no less than former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Steny Hoyer, known for his center right positions, signing on. Another sign that antiwar sentiment has been heating up follows the administration’s lack of consultation with Congress prior to its decision to back the rebels and bomb Kaddafi’s positions in Libya, thus placing us in a third protracted war.  Rep. Dennis Kucinich, arguably the most antiwar person in Congress, now teams up with the same Walter Jones, to author a bill disputing the constitutionality of the administration’s Libyan bombing and invoking the War Powers Act, requiring authorization from Congress to continue that intervention.

Administration policy in the wake of Arab Spring, the popular uprisings against Middle Eastern dictators, has been to ride the crest of the pro-democracy wave.  This is complicated by long established US policy of strong support for many of those very dictators, particularly Hosni Mubarak, who went along with US support of Israel. Post-Mubarak Egypt is already altering this by opening its border with Gaza in support of blockaded, suffering Palestinians there.  The Obama administration now finds itself caught between growing domestic antiwar sentiment and the need to support new forces rising to power in the Middle East. They would do well to turn toward diplomacy, beginning with the Taliban.

Beach Dance Serves up Good Vibrations

Beach Dancing

WE ALL OF US, in our hearts, long to be free. Free from stress, worry, self-consciousness, inhibition. Free to express our individual selves. How that looks for any given person will vary, but there are elemental ways that humans, across cultures, give voice to the uniqueness of who they are. Creative expression: to sing, talk story, create visual representations of one’s world. And to dance—especially to dance.

Though we adults have, in our busy Western culture, lost touch with our dancing selves—except at wedding receptions and nightclubs—there is a worldwide literal movement toward reclaiming the celebration of the body’s desire to move. This is the “conscious dance,” movement, and the permutations of styles, names, and formats are as varied as there are minds and bodies to conceive of ways to move. The threads that weave through most forms of conscious dance are that it is practiced in community, and the movement is free-form; no steps to follow, no right or wrong way to move, no end result. Just pure unadulterated freedom to be yourself.

Like what you’re hearing? Well like this even more: Beach Dance in Cannon Beach, hosted by movement artist and facilitator Lisa Evans, is back for a fourth season.

“I’ve had nine rainy months to collect new music,” smiles Lisa, “and I’m rarin’ to go!”

Beach Dance is a conscious movement form that allows folks to don a tiny iPod Shuffle and headphones, loaded with one lovingly crafted playlist, that is shared by others participating in the session. The group gathers (on the beach), Lisa shares a few words, and it’s ready, set, play! And play is the word, essentially, for what happens next. Immersed in a private world of music, yet linked in community with the other dancers, the mover begins to experiment. To dare to let go, let down, let their creative spirit out. The dance may look big or small—the beach offers a jumbo-sized dance floor—and there is no limitation beyond the participant’s desire and imagination. Dancing outdoors offers a unique opportunity to connect both with self and the natural world, a canvas which itself is perpetually in motion.

Lisa Evans

Lisa Evans, Beach Dance Founder

“Dancing with the elements is about involving nature in the creative process. What happens to your dance when you see an eagle fly overhead? What do you incorporate into your dance? The water, the horizon, the wind, a sandcastle?” enthuses Lisa. “It’s a dynamic environment, unlike a studio.”

One of Lisa’s gifts as a facilitator is that she embodies a deep, insightful spirit and an effortless attitude of spontaneity and fun. Her own journey in conscious dance began at the Body Moves studio in Portland in the late ‘90s.

“The Sunday dance at Body Moves became my church,” Lisa remembers. “Moving in freedom spoke deeply to my soul, it became my practice.” When she relocated to Cannon Beach in 2001, she couldn’t always make the drive back into Portland for that Sunday dance. “I missed it. So I started dancing on the beach.” At first a morning beach run with a Walkman—remember those pre-iPod days?—would incorporate a little booty shake. Gradually her time on the beach became more about the dance than miles logged. And the dance on the beach became her passion.

Fast forward to summer 2008. Lisa and a friend and fellow dancer had been offering conscious dance inside for about a year. And Lisa was hungering to bring others out onto the beach with her to share that experience. She had recently seen herself in photos taken by a visitor to Cannon Beach—a professional photographer who found himself touched by Lisa’s spirit as she danced on the beach. What she saw in the pictures made her realize what others had witnessed in her dance: the joy, freedom, and inspiration to express oneself.

“I knew I had to just do it,” Lisa states, “to offer that opportunity to others.” So she presented an initial beach dance to the newly forming local conscious dance community and friends from around the NW. Fifteen dancers came, another photographer friend showed up to capture the magic.

“That dance was confirmation for me. I knew that this was how I could be of service in the world,” Lisa remembers with tears in her eyes. “I could just see the expressions on people’s faces. I could watch their bodies, hear how they felt and what it was like for them. That first dance helped me overcome my fear . . . is anybody going to get this besides me? Is someone going to love it as much as I do?” And how: Lisa is on the cover of the summer issue of Conscious Dancer magazine, an international publication that serves the dance community.
The summer of 2011 will offer 30 opportunities to get free and funky with yourself on one of the most inspiring dance floors in the world: the North end of Cannon Beach (Chapman Point). And beyond that?

“There’s a lot of beautiful beaches in the world,” Lisa laughs. “And I want to dance on them with others!”
Stay tuned in and turned on to the Beach Dance scene via www.beachdance.com. Reach Lisa at Tel: 503-860-7711 email: lisa@theplayfulspirit.com.

Conscious Dancer MagazineBEACH DANCE FOUNDER AND FACILITATOR LISA EVANS is on the cover of Conscious Dancer Magazine summer issue. The photo was taken on Maui, at a dance retreat presented by Studio Maui; Tribal Spirit and Spirit Body. In addition to dance facilitation Evans also contributes as a writer to the magazine which covers many facets of the ecstatic/free-style dance movement. Subscriptions to Conscious Dancer are available at consciousdancer.com. You can also download on the web.

Portland, Oregon has developed a strong conscious dance movement, with numerous regular studios and halls where people gather to practice and enjoy dance and a dance community. The studio setting (see ww.somaspace.us) offers a deeper training aspect, with a limited number of participants, while other locations attract groups of up to 100 people. For example; Sacred Circle Dance comes together on a Sunday morning, beginning with a meditative circle, before everyone boogies out on their own for the next hour –  the music ranging from slow and meditative, to ethnic, drums, electronic trance, hip-hop, classical and everything in between.

Manzanita offers a Wednesday night ecstatic dance night, Wednesdays, 6:30pm at the Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave. This group also includes instruments of any sort, and reminds, no exp. necessary. A $5-$7 sliding fee. A dance group in Astoria has taken a break for the summer, but has been meeting for over three years now – begun initially by Lisa Evans.

Portland Dance Sites:
www.pdxecstaticdance.com lists all the free form and contact improv sites in portland with links to websites:
www.somaspace.us
www.ecstaticdancers.com
www.sacredcircledance.com

OPPORTUNITIES TO BOOGIE ABOUND!
Beach Dance Schedule:
Fridays 6:30-8pm (a little earlier once September comes—details on website)
Saturdays & Sundays 10-11:30am
Cost: $20 per event
Location: meet at the top of the beach trail at Chapman Point in the North End of Cannon Beach (more details on the website)

Friday night session themes will be announced on the website, Saturdays are a surprise, and Sundays offer a mellower more contemplative dance—though some calories will still likely be burned! Lisa offers a unique playlist for each event. Participants should wear layered clothing and bring what they need to feel comfortable outdoors—water, appropriate footwear etc. and arrive 10-15 minutes before the session starts. Individual iPods and headphones are furnished, plus a refreshing beverage. Cash or check for payment. Pre-registration required.

Lisa also does group events for up to 20 participants. Birthdays, bridal parties, reunions—she is happy to work with specific needs or themes.

Watcha waitin’ for? Come on and dance!

Himani Indian Cuisine Made with Love!

Himani Indian CuisineCUSTOMERS lined up early for the complimentary buffet offered at the much-anticipated opening of Himani Indian Cuisine in Astoria, this last week in May.   It was a generous gift from the Kancharla family to the community.

The Kancharlas have lived in Astoria for nearly two decades, operating several adult foster care homes in the area. Three years ago, Mani Kancharla, wanting to share Indian culture and her love of cooking with her fellow Astorians, opened a food booth at the Sunday Market. The high quality of the fare offered at the stand soon generated many loyal customers who lobbied strongly for a restaurant. Although they have no previous experience operating a restaurant, the Kancharlas have obliged.

Himani Indian CuisineThe first impression upon entering the restaurant is from the warm aroma of exotic spices that infuses the entire space. In contrast, the dining area is appointed with understated elegance. The food is of a level beyond what one might expect to get at an Indian restaurant in a small town like Astoria. Mani Kancharla, who is functionally Himani’s Executive Chef, translates her love of cooking and hospitality into her cuisine. You can taste the love and care that goes into every item, the food is that good.

The ambitious menu offers nearly 50 entrees originating from all over India, with an emphasis on dishes from the south. Southern Indian cuisine revolves around rice or meat. It is rich and aromatic, with a liberal use of exotic spices and ghee (clarified butter).

Nearly half of the entrees are vegetarian with a large variety of curries available. Especially good is Hyderabadi Bagara Baigan, a curry of eggplant stuffed with peanut, coconut and sesame seed paste; flavored with tamarind and served with Basmati rice. The complex layering of flavors in the curry marries well with the eggplant resulting in a satisfying dish that this writer will want to eat again and again.

Himani Indian Cuisine

Executive Chef Mani Kancharia (r), and son Will, restaurant manager.

South Indian specialties available at Himani include dosa: crepes made from lentil and rice flour served with coconut chutney and sambar (a spicy vegetable stew).  Biriyani: rice with seasonings and meat and/or vegetables slow-cooked in a sealed pot is another traditional Southern dish.

A favorite of this writer is the Biriyani with Lamb. Rice with succulent chunks of lamb marinated in yogurt and spices is slow-cooked to perfection. The tender lamb nearly melts in the mouth; the rice absorbs all of the flavors of the meat juices and seasonings. A cool riata of seasoned yogurt is served on the side.

Himani Indian CuisineAnother personal favorite, not listed on the menu, but available at the Lunch Buffet is Rasam: a broth-like soup made with tamarind, tomato, chili and spices. The sweet-sour of the tamarind together with the subtle heat of the chili will cause me to crave Rasam some cold winter day when I am feeling under the weather.

Prices at Himami are moderate with appetizers and sides running from $2 – $8, entrees $9 – $18, beverages and desserts are $2 and $4, respectively. The all-you-can-eat lunch buffet is $10.

Himani Indian Cuisine is located in downtown Astoria at 1044 Marine Drive.

Open Monday – Saturday with only the lunch buffet available from 11am – 2:30pm, and dinner from the menu at  5 – 9pm. Himani will also be at the Astoria Sunday Market from 10am – 3pm until October 9.

Astoria Music Festival 2011 • June 17-24

Sergey Antonov

Cellist Sergey Antonov, Festival Favorite

BICENTENNIAL BEETHOVEN is the theme this year for the 9th Annual Astoria Music Festival. While the Columbia River shore was in raw transition, a place of hope for immigrants and pioneers, a place of loss to American Indians, one of the world’s most influential composers was creating the stirring Symphony No. 7, known for its expression of spontaneity, and a favorite work of Beethoven himself.  Written in 1811, Russian cellist Sergey Antonov, beloved returning festival artist, performs this ode to Astoria’s founding year with one of Ludwig’s most romantic themes and opens the festival on Friday, June 17.

A second theme stands out for AMF 2011. VOCAL EXPLOSION. And a third . . . AWARD Winners! This year the corridors of the Liberty Theater will fill with unadulterated vocal forte. Honoring the maturity of AMF, and its ever-growing respect for excellence in summer music festivals, 20 year Met vet, and one of America’s finest sopranos, and by all measures the embodiment of the Coloratura Diva, RUTH ANN SWENSON, makes a rare Northwest appearance. San Francisco Classical Voice describes her, “with technique to spare; power, agility, effortless projection!!!!!

Ruth Ann Swenson

Ruth Ann Swenson graces the AMF Stage

Ms. Swenson will appear in solo with the Festival Orchestra on Sunday, June 19 in a concert of Mozart and Mahler. Not to miss. In addition, in a mid-week music event at the CCC PAC,  Swenson and opera coach David Burnakus lead a rare public master class with AMF vocal apprentices, as they put the finishing touches on “The Marriage of Figaro.” (This year the Vocal Apprentice Program will return in July to stage the opera in OPERA FOR 5 BUCKS at the Astoria Arts and Movement Center.) The second part of the program will view the Academy Award winning film In the Shadow of the Stars, featuring Swenson and Burnakus in a behind-the-scenes view of the San Francisco Opera Chorus.  In addition to AMF formal classical performances, these sideshows, so to speak, bring accessibility, and shear fun to the festival music.

Angela Meade

Angela Meade, Richard Tucker Award Winner

The winner of the 2011 prestigious Richard Tucker award, is an up and coming soprano, born and raised in Centralia, Washington, ANGELA MEADE.  The operative guideline for the Richard Tucker Award is that it be awarded to an American singer poised on the edge of a major national and international career. It is hoped that the award acts as a well-timed catalyst to elevate the artist’s career to even greater heights, in addition to a $30,000 cash award. Previous winners include Ruth Anne Swenson and Rénee Fleming.

Angela Meade will be featured in the festival season’s concert production opera selection, Verdi’s “Il Trovatore.” She is joined by principal and founding member of the festival and foremost American baritone Richard Zellar, (whose gutsy rendition of “Bill” from Carousel at AMF 2010 blew everybody joyously away). The duo, which performed last summer in Portland’s Washington Park have Oregonian critics steering audiences to this coming AMF performance.

VERDI’S IL TROVATORE tells of Gypsies, love triangles, unrelenting revenge and many a familiar opera theme, not excluding the ANVIL CHORUSThe North Coast Chorale will do the honors, as well the Coast’s favorite baritone Deac Guidi plays the role of Ferrando. Go early, at 6:30pm – Robert Kingston of the Portland Opera delivers a preview on the work. Go earlier and enjoy a Happy Hour Concert, ($10), featuring violinist Roy Malan, Ian Scarfe, piano and friends for Gypsy-inspired music. Saturday, June 25.

Richard Zeller

Baritone Richard Zellar

Astoria’s Music Festival Director Keith Clark is a busy conductor who graces the AMF stage with his conducting as well as his unmatchable charm and prowess when it comes to educating audiences in performance previews – bringing a fresh and always timely context to the works. This year due to his schedule, qualified stand-ins will continue the tradition, so important to Clark in expressing the connection to classical themes and to the significance of keeping symphonic music alive and well in the 21st century.

So important that Clark and last year’s AMF production of WOZZECK are semi-finalists in the new AMERICAN PRIZE, a national organization with a mission to bolster small company opera performance and conducting. AMF and Clark are the only West Coast candidates in the opera division.

The formation of the The American Prize,  is based on excellence, not restricted to famous names, or any single city on either coast, or the most prestigious companies, but according to its chief judge David Katz is based on “talent, love of the art, hard work and commitment that makes the difference.”

In 2009, AMF saw a noted 15% in ticket sales. In 2010, a 20% increase in sales. And in 2011, an unprecedented increase in pre-sales. It has steadfastly become a summer opera opportunity par excellence on the west coast, while other opera companies are taking a rest.

BeethovenPresident of the Board of AMF LEENA RIKER is happy to report these numbers. While funding is always the challenge in the arts, it is the people behind the organizations that either make it work, or it doesn’t. This is Riker’s third season. Riker is the person who makes sure the singers are coming, she is the business backbone behind the scenes. An all-volunteer position, Riker in her 70’s, proves that life experience is of the utmost value.  In addition to a gracious commitment of time and care for this festival, you can’t really put a price on that.  A collective operatic BRAVO to Ms. Riker for doing the hard work so that we can all reap the benefits of this amazing musical feat that occurs every June.

Ticket sales don’t pay the piper for any festival, but then again, they speak loudly to benefactors. And quality of performance speaks loudly to audience. This is why ticket buyers and critics are catching on to AMF. This publication puts the music festival on the cover every year. Yes, the publisher is a biased music lover – a biased music lover who voraciously encourages you to get some tickets. You have two weeks not to screw-up.  Live orchestral music is on the up, as is acoustic music of all genres, and people dancing! Despite our new dependency on a different kind of lit screen – lets hope it’s our new version at a chance for more freedom to experience “human” potential, and that “art”remains our essential.


Handel and His Mad King • Sat June 18
This promises to be an exciting evening as AMF 2010 tenor John Duykers returns. Duykers memorably portrayed the Captain in AMF’s Wozzeck, and is a prominent American operatic tenor, known for his work in modern and contemporary opera. Duykers career has involved testing the waters on new projects.
One of his most celebrated roles was that of Mao Tse-Tung (an extraordinarily testing part) in the 1987 world-premiere of John Adams’ Nixon in China, which was televised (winning an Emmy Award), and recorded (winning a Grammy Award).

The Mad King

John Duykers is The Mad King

AMF 2011 Duykers brings to the stage, EIGHT SONGS FOR A MAD KING. This is a staged theater piece for singing actor and instruments. Composed in the 70’s by Peter Maxwell Davies, it was written specifically for a South African actor who specialized in advanced vocal technique. It requires the performer to sing in both bass and alto registers as well as produce a vast range of other sounds. In essence, to express madness. In an interview with Davies, he stated it was not a piece that he had considered for additional performances, and thus the work has probably not been performed too frequently. The inspiration behind the piece was a musical box, with which George III (who did eventually die through a long mental illness), had reputedly tried to teach his birds to sing. Classical reviewer Robert Hugill describes it as a music-theatre piece that gives a visceral thrill in performance.

Also on the performance roster for the eve, is music by Handel, (the Kings favorite composer) with SOPRANO AMY HANSON, ORGANIST JULIA BROWN and the North Coast Chorale; Music from Solomon and Samson and Organ Concerto in F Major, (a virgin instrument to AMF 20011).  A Prelude show at 6:30pm features Amy Hanson singing English Lute Songs.  Featured concert at 7:30pm at the Liberty Theater.

Joanne RideoutON the Road with Mozart: An Evening of Words and Music
Thur. June 23
Coast Community Radio’s Joanne Rideout tells the story of “Mozarts Journey to Prague, ” a romantic fantasy depicting the composer and his wife on the way to the opening night of Don Giovanni. Funny, moving, the story paints a picture of Mozart’s creative genius – it heights and depths. The work is based on Edward Morike’s masterpice of German Literature. Joanne is joined by soprano Amy Hanson, Baritone Deac Guidi and the Festival Chamber Players. 7:30pm at the CCC PAC. Tickets are available at the door, $15.

Too Much Coffee Man • The Comic Book Opera
Tues. June 27
Its back – with a refill!  AMF 2010, Too Much Coffee Man stole the show, as they say, and charged up even the decaf drinkers in the audience. Comic book author SHANNON WHEELER collaborated with opera composer Daniel Stevens Craft, and debuted the work to sold out audiences at the Portland Center for Performing Arts in 2006.  Since then there has been a sequel, and for those who attended last years performance, there’s more. The brilliantly funny comic chamber opera is certainly worth a second cup, sequel or not. (and yes, we find out what happens to the hot Barista).

Too Much Coffee Man

Too Much Coffee Man is in for a refill!

Too Much Coffee Man, is a caffeine-addled Superhero-Everyman who’s in love with his barista. Trouble brews when Espresso Guy, a cynical opportunist, also makes a play for the ambitious but frustrated young barista. The characters must resolve the age-old dilemma: Can coffee and relationships co-exist?

Accompanying the trio of performers is a trio of musicians; piano, string bass and clarinet. The score is refreshingly modern, and quirky. STACEY MURDOCH ( a former AMF opera performer), embodies the anxious-ridden, over-the-top Coffee Man with continual internal dialogues on love and insecurities, (sporting a very large mug on his head and red lycra body suit). Murdoch is a talented singer with a healthy set of pipes and dollops of comic genius. Its one thing to put on a ridiculous get-up, and another to give it life.

A treat this year for comic book enthusiasts, author Shannon Wheeler will be in Astoria for the performance and will sign copies of Too Much Coffee Man. AMAZING STORIES Comic Book Store in Astoria will have fresh copies in soon. Wheeler is also currently up for a 2011 EISNER COMIC BOOK AWARD.

7:30pm, CCC PAC, 16th & Franklin, $15.

Kid Classics 4 Kids •  Sat., June 18, June 25
Family Concert and Troll Radio Review Radio Broadcast
Musical stories for kids of all ages hosted by Debbie Twombly and featuring Astoria Music Festival musicians, the Troll, Stinky Toadwort, and the Troll Radio Review Theater Troupe. Broadcast live on Coast Community Radio, KMUN and KTCB. 11:00am. Both dates. Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center. Free admission with a contribution of canned goods to the Clatsop County Action Food Bank at the door.

Chamber Music At the Churches •  Sun., June 19, 26
Enjoy short informal recitals of chamber music at Astoria Historic Churches at 11:30pm. FREE and post concert refreshments. First Presbyterian Church, 1103 Grand, and First United Methodist Church , 1076 Franklin, respectively.

This year the Music Festival honors Steve Forrester, Publisher/Editor of the Daily Astorian and leader in the Liberty Theatre Restoration. This is a tradition closing AMF, with music and dinner, this year to be held at the Bankers Ballroom following the Beethoven X3 Grand Finale Concert on Sunday, June 26.

AMF Tickets and Full Schedule
The AMF office in downtown Astoria is located at 1271 Commercial in Astoria. 503.325.9896. You can pick up a brochure with a full schedule of events to help you pick and choose events. SINGLE TICKETS are available ranging from $15 – $35. FIRST AND SECOND WEEKEND PASSES are available – these are Best Seat Tickets for 3 events, $80. A Platinum Card includes ALL 9 EVENTS including the Awards Dinner, $250. Festival Gold, ALL 9 EVENTS $175.

Tickets are available through the Liberty Theater Box Office, Tue. – Sat., 2pm – 5:30pm, 503.325.5922, Ext. 55, or on the web, www.ticketswest.com. For more info go to: astoriamusicfestival.org.

Sweeping Away the Broom

Peter Iredale Rd 1935

Peter Iredale Road 8, Fort Stevens State Park, circa 1935

Take a drive, walk or bike ride through Fort Stevens State Park, and at your feet is European beachgrass (more about this invasive species in a future column) along with Scotch broom and the ubiquitous shore pine among other trees. But as you can see in the photo, this landscape is relatively new, having been planted in the 1930s as part a Civilian Conservation Corps project to stabilize sand that had been blowing all over the Clatsop Plains since the construction of the South Jetty was completed around the turn of that century. It turns out that the jetty helped to accrete sand at a much faster than natural pace, causing a huge annoyance to the local population. The project has been a success, with the dunes stabilized, but its legacy includes the introduction of Scotch broom into the area.

Dane Osis, a ranger at Fort Stevens, heads the effort to control invasive species at the park, and is using a broad toolbox of methods to control the spread of Scotch broom. In addition to using the herbicide Garlon and hand pulling (Osis mentioned that an Americorps crew had just finished a project at the park), a biological control agent, the Scotch broom beetle (Bruchidius villosus), was introduced in 2007. This beetle is supposed to only eat the Scotch broom plant, and its main effect is the destruction of seeds, which the larvae eat as they develop in the seed pod. Bruchidius was introduced into the Willamette Valley in 1998, and has successfully established colonies there.

Scotch broom

Cytisus scoparius

Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) is a member of the pea family, and is “native” to northern Africa and parts of Europe, from Sweden and the British Isles east to Ukraine. Introduced as an ornamental in the 1800s, and widely used for roadside erosion control since the early 1900s, Scotch broom has spread along the Atlantic coast from Nova Scotia to Georgia, and along the Pacific coast from British Columbia to central California.

With up to 18,000 seeds per plant, and a seed dormancy period of up to 60 years, Scotch broom is a textbook example of an invasive species. Here in Oregon, the Department of Agriculture has estimated that it costs almost $50 million a year in lost timber production, and covers about 7 million acres of western Oregon. Dave Ambrose, of the Clatsop Soil and Water Conservation District, says that Scotch broom is “uncontrollable and inextinguishable”. The district is not currently doing any work on controlling Scotch broom, except in cooperation with the project at Fort Stevens.

The North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC), as part of habitat enhancement activities on their land, is controlling Scotch broom with mechanical methods – a combination of mowing and hand clipping and gathering. NCLC’s Scotch broom program has been successful, according to Celeste Coulter, NCLC Stewardship Director, with a noticeable reduction of flowering plants in the last 5 years.

For the average property owner, spending a little time each spring (around now) – when the brilliant yellow blooms make Scotch broom easy to spot – with some loppers can prevent the spread of this most prolific plant to unsuspecting neighbors. Just cut off all the flowering branches of the plant and compost them. For insurance, plant something near that will shade out the broom in the future.

Or you can look into using your Scotch broom to make a soothing tea, beer, salad, or even a broom! All of these have been tried in the past in the native lands of the plant, and the Plantagenet kings, who ruled England from 1154-1485, took their name from the Latin for “common broom”, another name for Scotch broom. And their namesake has been spreading its seeds across the world since!

June 2011 Goings On

Friday 3


MUSIC
Locust Street Taxi. 3:30 – 6:30pm at the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market in Long Beach, WA

Bill Hayes. Rock/Folk/Bluegrass. No cover, 5 – 8pm at the Cannon Beach Cookie Company.

Dave Drury. Jazz guitar. No cover, 6 – 9pm at the Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria.

Seaside High School Cabaret. $3 – $7. 6pm at the Cafetorium at Seaside High School.

Sunny O’Dell. No cover, 6 – 9pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Tom Trudell. Jazz piano. No cover, 6 – 9pm at Clemente’s in Astoria.

Asleep at the Switch. Blues, Country,  40’s, & 50’s. Free (donations accepted), 6 – 8pm at the City Hall in Garibaldi.

Richard T. Jazz/Blues/Classic Rock.  No cover,  6pm at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

Jackson Andrews Trio. No cover, 7 – 10pm at the Lazy Spoon Café in Astoria.

Sonny Hess Trio. Blues. No cover, 7pm at McMenamins Sand Trap in Gearhart.

Kingston Trio Folk Sing-Along. $5, 7:30pm at the Astoria Arts & Movement Center.

FOOD & DRINK
Wine Tasting. At Taste of Tuscany in Seaside. 503-738-5377

HAPPENING
Vernonia’s First Friday. Arts, entertainment, live music, culture, & special events. 5 -8pm at Scout Cabin in Vernonia.

LITERARY
Author Reading. A River of Words with Michael Pyle & Brian Doyle. A benefit for Rain Magazine. Suggested donation $10, 6pm at the Baked Alaska Expedition Room in Astoria.

THEATER
Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect. Comedy. $10, 7pm at NCRD in Nehalem.

The Sound of Music. Musical. 7pm at the Fort Columbia Theater, east of Chinook, WA 360-665-6530

Saturday 4


MUSIC
Musician’s Jam. Free, 2 – 4pm at the Tillamook Library.

Niall. No cover, 6 – 9pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

The Slick Skillet Serenaders. Jazz/Blues/Ragtime. No cover, 8pm at Hazel’s Tavern in Astoria.

ART
Seaside Art Walk. 5 – 8pm at Galleries and businesses in Seaside & Gearhart.

Art Opening. Opening reception for sculptor and painter Stephen Seable, BCAC’s Artist of the Month. 5 – 7pm at the Bay City Arts Center.

FOOD & DRINK
Wine Tasting. Sineann. 1 – 4pm at the Cellar on 10th in Astoria

Wine Tasting Special. $9 for 4  2-oz pours + complimentary appetizers. 4 – 6pm at the Wine bar at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

A Night in Spain. A Spanish inspired dinner menu with paired wines and the Flamenco guitar music of Brian Johnstone. Reservations recommended. 6 – 9pm at Sweet Basil’s in Cannon Beach. 503-436-1539

HAPPENING
Rod & Reels Rod Run. Free for spectators. 8am – 3:30pm at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds in Skamokawa, WA

United Paws Adopt-a-Cat. 11am – 3pm at the Garibaldi Museum. 503-842-5663

Blessing of the Fleet. At the Cape Kiwanda Boat Launch in Pacific City.

OUTSIDE
Derby Dollars for Scholars. BBQ & Sturgeon fishing derby. BBQ is $8 and $5. 1 – 4:30pm at the Wahkiakum County Fairgrounds in Skamokawa, WA   Derby entry form at wahkiakumchamber.com

Beach Soccer Tournament. Free for spectators. On the beach near the Broadway Turnaround in Seaside.

Radio Control Aircraft “Fun Fly”. At the North Coast RC Modelers’ Airfield at 13990 Hwy 101, 7 miles south of Tillamook.

THEATER
Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect. Comedy. $10, 7pm at NCRD in Nehalem.

The Sound of Music. Musical. 7pm at the Fort Columbia Theater, east of Chinook, WA
360-655-6530

Junior Shanghaied. Musical Melodrama. $10 & $6, 7:30pm at the ASOC Playhouse in Astoria.

The Land of the Dragon. A stylized Chinese play. 7:30pm at the Coaster Theater in Cannon Beach.

Sunday 5


MUSIC
The Bobbers. 10am – 3pm at the Astoria Sunday Market.

Dan Golden. Jazz. 10am – 1pm at McKeown’s Restaurant & Bar in Seaside.

Bluegrass Music Jam. 1 – 3pm at the Tillamook Forest Center.

All That Jazz. Jazz. No cover (donations accepted). 2pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Swingcats. Swing/Jazz/Blues. No cover, 6pm at Lil’ Bayou in Seaside.

Renegade Minstrels. Blues/Jazz/Roots. No cover. 8pm at Fort George Brewery & Public House in Astoria.

CINEMA
Edie & Thea. A PFLAG event. Free, 3pm at the Columbian Theater in Astoria.

FOOD & DRINK
All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Feed. Door prizes, raffles, and information booths. Proceeds to help upgrade emergency communication equipment for Clatsop County. 4 – 9pm at the Seaside Fire Hall.

HAPPENING
Annual Community Gardens Tour. From noon – 4pm, the public is invited to get acquainted with their community gardens at four different locations. Emerald Heights Garden at 1 Mitscher, in Astoria; The Hope Garden at 725 33rd Street in Astoria; The Hammond Garden at 448 Pacific Drive, in Hammond; and the Railroad Garden at Avenue J and Highway 101 in Seaside.

LITERARY
Authors in the Theater. 11 local authors will read from their current works, and books will be available for purchase. $5, 6:30pm at the River City Theater in Ilwaco, WA

OUTSIDE
Beach Soccer Tournament. Free for spectators. On the beach near the Broadway Turnaround in Seaside.

Radio Control Aircraft “Fun Fly”. At the North Coast RC Modelers’ Airfield at 13990 Hwy 101, 7 miles south of Tillamook.

THEATER
Frogtown. An all ages musical (with frogs) featuring new songs and cast members. $12, with a family rate of 4 for $39. 2pm at the Liberty Theater in Astoria.

Junior Shanghaied. Musical Melodrama. $10 & $6, 2pm at the ASOC Playhouse in Astoria.

Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect. Comedy. $10, 2pm at NCRD in Nehalem.

The Land of the Dragon. A stylized Chinese play. 3pm at the Coaster Theater in Cannon Beach.

The Sound of Music. Musical. 3pm at the Fort Columbia Theater, east of Chinook, WA
360-655-6530

Tuesday 7


MUSIC
Richard T. Blues. No cover, 5:30 – 8:30pm at T Paul’s Supper Club in Astoria.

Brian O’Connor. Jazz guitar. No cover, 6pm at the Shelburne Inn in Seaview, WA

Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 6:30pm at the Harbor Bite in Seaside.

Open Mic Night. Hosted by Barney Perrine. No cover, 7 -9pm at Creekside Restaurant & Lounge in Seaside.

Wednesday 8


MUSIC
Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 6pm at the Rio Café in Astoria,

HAPPENING
Ecstatic Dance. Spirit-filled, freestyle, yogic trance dance. $5 – $7, 6:30 – 7:45pm, at Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita.

Team Trivia Tournament. Free, 7pm at the Seaside Library.

Open Mic Night. 7 – 9pm at Lush Wine Bar in Cannon Beach.

Thursday 9


MUSIC
Thomasian Trio. Jazz/Blues. No cover, 6pm at Lil’ Bayou in Seaside.

Basin Street NW. Jazz. No cover, 6:30pm at the Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria.

Eric John Kaiser Band. Acoustic/Classic Rock/Pop. No cover, 7pm at McMenamins Sand Trap in Gearhart.

Jam Session. No cover, 7pm at the Triangle Tavern in Astoria.

Jim Wilkins. 7pm at the Voodoo Room in Astoria.

Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 9pm at Sam’s Seaside Café in Seaside.

HAPPENING
Knitting/Spinning Group. 3 – 5pm at the Astoria Fiber Arts Academy.

Poetry Open Mike. No cover, 8:30pm at the Wine Bar at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

Friday 10


MUSIC
Hanz Araki. 3:30 – 6:30pm at the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market in Long Beach, WA

Bill Hayes. Rock/Folk/Bluegrass. No cover, 5 – 8pm at the Cannon Beach Cookie Company.

Barney Perrine. Blues. No cover, 6 – 9pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Tom Trudell. Jazz piano. No cover, 6 – 9pm at Clemente’s in Astoria.

Asleep at the Switch. Blues, Country,  40’s, & 50’s. Free (donations accepted), 6 – 8pm at the City Hall in Garibaldi.

Richard T. Jazz/Blues/Classic Rock.  No cover,  6pm at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

Bobby Bare, Jr with Carey Kotsionis. Pop/Rock/Southern Rock. No cover, 7pm at McMenamins Sand Trap in Gearhart.

Hanz Araki and Kathryn Claire. Celtic. $5, 7:30 – 9:30pm at the Old Train Depot in Long Beach, WA

Mister Wizard. 9pm at Roadhouse 101 in Lincoln City.

Street Level Devil. 9pm – 1am at Chinook Winds Seafood Grill Lounge in Lincoln City.

HAPPENING
Comedy on the Coast. Featuring Kenny Bob Davis, Rick Pulido, Tim Haldeman. $15, 8pm at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City.

THEATER
The Sound of Music. Musical. 7pm at the Fort Columbia Theater, east of Chinook, WA
360-655-6530.

Saturday 11


MUSIC
Musician’s Jam. Free, 2 – 4pm at the Tillamook Library.

Columbia Crew. Folk. No cover, 6 -9pm at Charlie’s Chowder House in Astoria.

Bill Hayes. No cover, 6 – 9pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Mighty Ghosts. Country/Bluegrass/Americana. Free, 7pm at Waikiki Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park, WA.

Franco & The Stingers. 9pm at Roadhouse 101 in Lincoln  City.

Kathryn Claire & Hanz Araki. Celtic. No cover, 9pm at Hazel’s Tavern in Astoria.

ART
Astoria’s Second Saturday Art Walk. 5 – 9pm in downtown Astoria.

Art Sea Festival & Street Fair. All day events including live music, vendors, Plein Air Paint-Out and Quick Draw Contest, Skylantern Release, and much more. On 51st St and at the Cultural Center in Lincoln City. For schedule, go to: oregoncoast.org/PleinArtFest/index2.php

Community Art Project. Members of the public are invited to work with artist John T Unger to create a fish mosaic from recycled bottle caps. Noon – 6pm on SW 51st St in Lincoln City.

FOOD & DRINK
Pancake Breakfast. $5, 8 – 11am at the Peninsula Activity & Senior Center in Klipsan Beach, WA

Wine Tasting. Summertime Roses. 1 – 4pm at the Cellar on 10th in Astoria

Wine Tasting Special. $9 for 4  2-oz pours + complimentary appetizers. 4 – 6pm at the Wine bar at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

HAPPENING
Hazardous Waste Disposal Day. Clatsop County Residents can dispose of household hazardous waste on a special collection day Western Oregon Waste’s Administrative Office near the airport in Warrenton. Household pesticides, herbicides, and cleaners will be accepted. Medical wasted, medications and radioactive waste will not be taken.9am – 3pm.

Lower Columbia Pug Socializing Club. Pugs and their people meet monthly for fun and socialization. Free, 11am at Carruthers Park in Warrenton.

Yappy Days. An entire weekend celebrating canines.  Previous festivals have included doggie yoga classes, talent and fashion shows, and guided expeditions. At the Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City. Note: date is tentative please check pcnvchamber.org/ for more information.

Comedy on the Coast. Featuring Kenny Bob Davis, Rick Pulido, Tim Haldeman. $15, 8pm at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City.

OUTSIDE
Annual Nehalem Crab Derby. Presented by Jetty Fishery 27550 Hwy 101 N, Rockaway Beach. 503-368-4988

Free Fishing Day. 8am – noon for children 8 and younger, noon – 3:30pm for children 9 and older. At the Trask River Fish Hatchery near Tillamook. 503-842-4090

Birding Field Trip. Hosted by Lincoln City Audubon. You will see nesting colonies of the Common Murre and a multitude of other birds. Binoculars and guide books will be provided. 9 – 11am at Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

THEATER
The Sound of Music. Musical. 7pm at the Fort Columbia Theater, east of Chinook, WA
360-655-6530.

Storms, Stories & Songs. An original one act musical celebrating Cannon Beach. Free, 7pm at the Coaster Theater in Cannon Beach.

Junior Shanghaied. Musical Melodrama. $10 & $6, 7:30pm at the ASOC Playhouse in Astoria.

Sunday 12


MUSIC
Buoy 10. 10am – 3pm at the Astoria Sunday Market.

Dan Golden. Jazz. 10am – 1pm at McKeown’s Restaurant & Bar in Seaside.

All That Jazz. Jazz. No cover (donations accepted). 2pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Swingcats. Swing/Jazz/Blues. No cover, 6 – 9pm at Lil’ Bayou in Seaside.

Holden Young Trio. Funk/Jam Band/Rock. No cover. 8pm at Fort George Brewery & Public House in Astoria.

HAPPENING
Yappy Days. An entire weekend celebrating canines.  Previous festivals have included doggie yoga classes, talent and fashion shows, and guided expeditions. At the Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City. Note: date is tentative please check pcnvchamber.org/ for more information.

LECTURE
Nestucca History Discussion. Free, 2pm at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

OUTSIDE
Fore the Furballs Golf Tournament. A benefit for the South Pacific County Humane Society. $25 per person, tee-off is at 10:30am at the Peninsula Golf Course in Long Beach.

Annual Nehalem Crab Derby. Presented by Jetty Fishery 27550 Hwy 101 N, Rockaway Beach. 503-368-4988

Soap Box Derby Race. Car must be built according to AASBD guidelines. Age limit 8 – 13 years, weight limit 125 lb. Fee to race: $50. 9am at Grace Alley in Lincoln City. 541-996-1233

THEATER
Junior Shanghaied. Musical Melodrama. $10 & $6, 2pm at the ASOC Playhouse in Astoria.

The Sound of Music. Musical. 3pm at the Fort Columbia Theater, east of Chinook, WA
360-655-6530

Monday 13


MUSIC
Soundwaves Music Festival. For Art’s Sake. With the Soundwaves Chamber Players. Free, 7:30pm at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

Tuesday 14


MUSIC
Soundwaves Music Festival. Open Rehearsal. Free, 2:30pm at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

Richard T. Blues. No cover, 5:30 – 8:30pm at T Paul’s Supper Club in Astoria.

Brian O’Connor. Jazz guitar. No cover, 6pm at the Shelburne Inn in Seaview, WA

Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 6:30pm at the Harbor Bite in Seaside.

Open Mic Night. Hosted by Barney Perrine. No cover, 7 -9pm at Creekside Restaurant & Lounge in Seaside.

Wednesday 15


MUSIC
Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 6pm at the Rio Café in Astoria

Open Mic Night. All acts welcome. 5 – 7pm at the Three Cups Coffeehouse in Astoria.

Open Mic Night. Hosted by Ann Tierney. All levels welcome. 5 – 7pm at Wheelhouse Coffee Company in Astoria.

Open Mic Night. 7 – 9pm at Lush Wine Bar in Cannon Beach.

Soundwaves Music Festival. A Musical Mix. With the Soundwaves Players. $25, 7:30pm at the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort.

HAPPENING
Ecstatic Dance. Spirit-filled, freestyle, yogic trance dance. $5 – $7, 6:30 – 7:45pm, at Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita.

Thursday 16


MUSIC
Thomasian Trio. Jazz/Blues. No cover, 6pm at Lil’ Bayou in Seaside.

Basin Street NW. Jazz. No cover, 6:30pm at the Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria.

Jam Session. No cover, 7pm at the Triangle Tavern in Astoria.

Redwood Son. Americana/Lyrical/Roots Music. No cover, 7pm at McMenamins Sand Trap in Gearhart.

Jim Wilkins. 7pm at the Voodoo Room in Astoria.

Deb Montgomery. Acoustic/Folk Rock/Rock. 9pm at Lush Wine Bar in Cannon Beach.

Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 9pm at Sam’s Seaside Café in Seaside.

FOOD & DRINK
Fundraising Dinner. $7 for adults and $5 for children includes. 5 – 6:30pm at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center in Klipsan Beach, WA

HAPPENING
Knitting/Spinning Group. 3 – 5pm at the Astoria Fiber Arts Academy.

Poetry Open Mike. No cover, 8:30pm at the Wine Bar at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

LECTURE
Jeanne St John. Of Oregon Central Coast PFLAG. Free, 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Arts & Cultural Exchange in Astoria.

LITERARY
Author Appearance. Sisters and bestselling authors Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush will discuss their Wicked Series as well as their individual bestsellers. Free, 7pm at the Seaside Library.

Friday 17


MUSIC
Teri Baber. 3:30 – 6:30pm at the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market in Long Beach, WA

Bill Hayes. Rock/Folk/Bluegrass. No cover, 5 – 8pm at the Cannon Beach Cookie Company.

Tom Trudell. Jazz piano. No cover, 6 – 9pm at Clemente’s in Astoria.

Asleep at the Switch. Blues, Country,  40’s, & 50’s. Free (donations accepted), 6 – 8pm at the City Hall in Garibaldi.

Barney Perrine. Blues. No cover, 6 – 9pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Rhonda Ringering. Light classics and jazz standards on the piano. No cover, 6 – 9pm at the Shelburne Restaurant in Seaview, WA

Richard T. Jazz/Blues/Classic Rock.  No cover,  6pm at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

Astoria Music Festival. Gala Opening: Bicentennial Beethoven. $15 – $35, 7:30pm at the Liberty Theater in Astoria.

Soundwaves Music Festival. “What I Did for Love.” With the Soundwaves Symphony Orchestra. $25, 7:30pm at Salishan Spa and Golf Resort.

Ty Curtis. 9pm at Roadhouse 101 in Lincoln City.

theXploding Boys. A Cure tribute band. With special guest DJ. $7 cover, all ages, 9:30pm at Astoria Arts  & Movement Center, 11th & Harrison in Astoria.

HAPPENING
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Music, dance, food, vendors, beer garden, Viking Encampment, and more. astoriascanfest.com for complete schedule. $6 admission for all 3 days. 2pm – midnight at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds near Astoria.

St Alban’s Rummage Sale. 9am – 4pm at St Alban’s Episcopal Church in Tillamook.

Oregon Coast Exotic Car Show. $5 admission. At Salishan Spa & Golf Resort. web.me.com/photokas.com/OCECS.com/Schedule.html

THEATER
The Star Spangled Girl. Romantic Comedy. $9 – $12, 7pm at the Barn Community Theater in Tillamook.

California Suite. Comedy. $8 – $20, 8pm at the Coaster Theater Playhouse in Cannon Beach.

Saturday 18


MUSIC
Astoria Music Festival. Classics 4 Kids. Free admission with donation of canned goods at the door. 11am at the PAC in Astoria.

Musician’s Jam. Free, 2 – 4pm at the Tillamook Library.

Niall. No cover, 6 – 9pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

North Coast Blues. Blues. No cover, 7 – 10pm at Lil’ Bayou in Seaside.

Soundwaves Music Festival. The Magic of Mozart. With the Soundwaves Symphony Orchestra. $25,  7:30pm at the  Salishan Spa and Golf Resort.

Beth Willis Rock Band. 9pm at Roadhouse 101 in Lincoln City.

ART
Local Artist Trunk Show. Paintings, drawings, jewelry, photography, sewing, and much more including delicious baked goods. 10am – 5pm at Long Beach Coffee Roasters in Long Beach, WA.

FOOD & DRINK
Wine Tasting. Oregon Pinot Gris. 1 – 4pm at the Cellar on 10th in Astoria

Wine Tasting Special. $9 for 4  2-oz pours + complimentary appetizers. 4 – 6pm at the Wine bar at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

Wine Tasting 101 Class. $20 includes hors d’oeuvres, class materials and a gift bag. 6 – 7:30pm at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach. Reserve by June 15, 503-436-1539

HAPPENING
Northwest Garlic Festival. Garlic food & condiments, garlic crafts, live entertainment and more. Free admission, 10am – 5pm at Wilson Field on Sandridge Road near Oceam Park, WA

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Music, dance, food, vendors, beer garden, Viking Encampment, and more. astoriascanfest.com for complete schedule. $6 admission for all 3 days. 7am – midnight at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds near Astoria.

St Alban’s Rummage Sale. 9am – noon at St Alban’s Episcopal Church in Tillamook.

Juneteenth Reggae Festival. $5 cover, BBQ & beverage available for purchase. Starts at 5pm at the Nehalem Bay Winery in Mohler.

Oregon Coast Exotic Car Show. $5 admission. At Salishan Spa & Golf Resort. web.me.com/photokas.com/OCECS.com/Schedule.html

Riverside Belly Dance Revue. 3 belly dancers, 3 performances, and DJ Lucky spinning al night. $5 cover, 10pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

LECTURE
Great Speaker Series. Matt Love presents “Gimme Refuge: the Education of a Caretaker.” 1pm at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum.

LITERARY
Manzanita Writer’s Series. Author Jennifer Lauck will read from her newest work, “Found.” Q&A and open mic sessoion.  $5 admission, 7pm at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita.

Nye Beach Writer’s Series. An evening of poetry and music with Matt Schumacher and Colette Tennant.  Plus: Q&A and open mic session. $6 (students free), 7pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

OUTSIDE
Sand Castle Day. All-day events on the beach at Cannon Beach.

Relay for Life. From noon at the Taft High School football field in Lincoln City.

THEATER
Storms, Stories & Songs. An original one act musical celebrating Cannon Beach. Free, at noon at the Coaster Theater in Cannon Beach.

The Star Spangled Girl. Romantic Comedy. $9 – $12, 7pm at the Barn Community Theater in Tillamook.

Junior Shanghaied. Musical Melodrama. $10 & $6, 7:30pm at the ASOC Playhouse in Astoria.

California Suite. Comedy. $8 – $20, 8pm at the Coaster Theater Playhouse in Cannon Beach.

Sunday 19


MUSIC
Dan Golden. Jazz. 10am – 1pm at McKeown’s Restaurant & Bar in Seaside.

Leanne Trevelyan & Greg Parke. 10am – 3pm at the Astoria Sunday Market.

Astoria Music Festival. Cantatas, Croissants and Coffee. Free, 11:30am at the First Presbyterian Church in Astoria.

Country-Folk Music Jam. Americana. Bring your instruments and take part. 1pm at the Tillamook Forest Center, on Hwy 6, east of Tillamook.

Howlin Houndog. Blues/Country/Folk Rock. BBQ on the deck. No cover, 1- 3pm at Fort George Brewery & Public House in Astoria.

All That Jazz. Jazz. No cover (donations accepted). 2pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Astoria Music Festival. Ruth Ann Swenson Sings Mozart and Mahler. $15 – $35, 4pm at the Liberty Theater in Astoria.

Soundwaves Music Festival. The Great American Songbook and All That Jazz. $75, 4pm at the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort.

Swingcats. Swing/Jazz/Blues. No cover, 6 – 9pm at Lil’ Bayou in Seaside.

Folk Rock/Glam/Lyrical. No cover. 8pm at Fort George Brewery & Public House in Astoria.

ART
Local Artist Trunk Show. Paintings, drawings, jewelry, photography, sewing, and much more including delicious baked goods. 10am – 5pm at Long Beach Coffee Roasters in Long Beach, WA

FOOD & DRINK
Pancake Breakfast. All-you-can-eat for $5, 8am – noon at the Bay City Arts Center.

Cannon Beach American Legion Breakfast. $7 adults, $3 children under 6. 9 – 11:30am at the American Legion Hall in Cannon Beach.

HAPPENING
Northwest Garlic Festival. Garlic food & condiments, garlic crafts, live entertainment and more. Free admission, 10am – 4pm at Wilson Field on Sandridge Road near Ocean Park, WA

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Music, dance, food, vendors, Viking Encampment, and more. astoriascanfest.com for complete schedule. $6 admission for all 3 days. 7am – 4pm at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds near Astoria.

School’s Out Party. Activities include a fun run at 10am, followed by a swim party, touch a truck, live music, food, games and more starting at 11am at the Astoria Aquatic Center.

Oregon Coast Exotic Car Show. $5 admission. At Salishan Spa & Golf Resort. web.me.com/photokas.com/OCECS.com/Schedule.html.

OUTSIDE
Relay for Life. Until 8am at the Taft High School football field in Lincoln City.

THEATER
Junior Shanghaied. Musical Melodrama. $10 & $6, 2pm at the ASOC Playhouse in Astoria.

Monday 20


FOOD & DRINK
Ice Cream Social. The public is invited for cake & ice cream + birthday celebration. $1 suggested donation, free if it’s your birthday month. 2pm at the Peninsula Senior Activity Center in Klipsan Beach, WA

OUTSIDE
Interpretive Paddle Trips. Free, 5pm at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. 541-867-4550

Tuesday 21


MUSIC
Richard T. Blues. No cover, 5:30 – 8:30pm at T Paul’s Supper Club in Astoria.

Brian O’Connor. Jazz guitar. No cover, 6pm at the Shelburne Inn in Seaview, WA

Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 6:30pm at the Harbor Bite in Seaside.

Open Mic Night. Hosted by Barney Perrine. No cover, 7 -9pm at Creekside Restaurant & Lounge in Seaside.

Astoria Music Festival. Comic Book Opera: Too Much Coffee Man! $15, 7:30pm at the PAC in Astoria.

OUTSIDE
Interpretive Paddle Trips. Free, 5:30pm at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. 541-867-4550

Wednesday 22


MUSIC
Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 6 pm at the Rio Café in Astoria,

Open Mic Night. 7 – 9pm at Lush Wine Bar in Cannon Beach.

Astoria Music Festival. Ruth Ann Swenson Master Class and Film. Showing “In the Shadows of the Stars.” $15, 7:30pm at the PAC in Astoria.

HAPPENING
Open Mic. All Acts are welcome. No cover, 5 – 7pm at the Three Cups Coffeehouse in Astoria.

Ecstatic Dance. Spirit-filled, freestyle, yogic trance dance. $5 – $7, 6:30 – 7:45pm, at Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita.

LITERARY
Local Author Showcase. Writers and friends are invited to come share and listen to original works being read by local authors. Free, 6 – 8pm at Olde Towne Trading Post in Ilwaco, WA.

OUTSIDE
Interpretive Paddle Trips. Free, 6pm at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. 541-867-4550

Thursday 23


MUSIC
Thomasian Trio. Jazz/Blues. No cover, 6pm at Lil’ Bayou in Seaside.

Basin Street NW. Jazz. No cover, 6:30pm at the Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria.

Chris Robley & The Fear of Heights. Folk/Indie/Pop. No cover, 7pm at McMenamins Sand Trap in Gearhart.

Jam Session. No cover, 7pm at the Triangle Tavern in Astoria.

Jim Wilkins. 7pm at the Voodoo Room in Astoria.

Astoria Music Festival. On the Road with Mozart. $15, 7:30pm at the PAC in Astoria.

Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 9pm at Sam’s Seaside Café in Seaside.

HAPPENING
Knitting/Spinning Group. 3 – 5pm at the Astoria Fiber Arts Academy.

Poetry Open Mike. No cover, 8:30pm at the Wine Bar at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

THEATER
California Suite. Comedy. $8 – $20, 8pm at the Coaster Theater Playhouse in Cannon Beach.

Friday 24


MUSIC
Double J & The Boys. 3:30 – 6:30pm at the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market in Long Beach, WA

Bill Hayes. Rock/Folk/Bluegrass. No cover, 5 – 8pm at the Cannon Beach Cookie Company.

Doug Rupe. No cover, 6 – 9pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Tom Trudell. Jazz piano. No cover, 6 – 9pm at Clemente’s in Astoria.

Asleep at the Switch. Blues, Country, 40’s, & 50’s. Free (donations accepted), 6 – 8pm at the City Hall in Garibaldi.

Richard T. Jazz/Blues/Classic Rock.  No cover, 6pm at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

Barney Perrine & Dan Golden. 6:30pm at Lil’ Bayou in Seaside.

Country Music Jam. Free, 7 – 9pm at the Wickiup Senior Center in Svensen.

Jon Koonce & One More Mile. Rock. No cover, 7pm at McMenamins Sand Trap in Gearhart.

Astoria Music Festival All-Stars. Bicentennial Beethoven and Tchaikovsky Goes to Italy. $15 – $35, 7:30pm at the Liberty Theater in Astoria.

Aaron Lewis of Staind. $15 – $30, 8pm at Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

The Tommy Hogan Band. 9pm at Roadhouse 101 in Lincoln City.

ART
Plein-Air & More. Art festival in Cannon Beach.  FMI:  cbgallerygroup.com/old-docs/pem2011.htm.

THEATER
The Star Spangled Girl. Romantic Comedy. $9 – $12, 7pm at the Barn Community Theater in Tillamook.

California Suite. Comedy. $8 – $20, 8pm at the Coaster Theater Playhouse in Cannon Beach.

Saturday 25


MUSIC
Astoria Music Festival. Classics 4 Kids & Troll Radio Review. Free admission with a contribution of canned food at the door. 11am at the PAC in Astoria.

Musician’s Jam. Free, 2 – 4pm at the Tillamook Library.

Bill Hayes. No cover, 6 – 9pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Misty Mamas. Bluegrass/Gospel/Folk. Free, 7pm at Waikiki Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park, WA

Astoria Music Festival Opera. Verdi’s “Il Trovatore.” $15 – $35, 7:30pm at the Liberty Theater in Astoria.

Aaron Lewis of Staind. $15 – $30, 8pm at Chinook Winds Casino Resort.

Rhythm Culture. 9pm at Roadhouse 101 in Lincoln City.

ART
Plein-Air & More. Art festival in Cannon Beach.  FMI:  cbgallerygroup.com/old-docs/pem2011.htm

FOOD & DRINK
Crab Feed. Starts at noon at the Tillamook Elks Lodge.

Wine Tasting. Worldwide Sauvignon Blancs. 1 – 4pm at the Cellar on 10th in Astoria.

Wine Tasting Special. $9 for 4  2-oz pours + complimentary appetizers. 4 – 6pm at the wine bar at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

HAPPENING
Tillamook June Dairy Festival. “Tillamook – Our Slice of Heaven in 2011.” Children’s Parade at 10:30am, Grand parade at 11am in downtown Tillamook.

OUTSIDE
Doggie Olympic Games. Well-behaved, leashed dogs, and their owners are invited to compete for gold, silver and bronze paw-shaped medals in 12 events. Registration for participants is $10 per event, or $40 for 5 or more events. Spectators free. 1 – 5pm at the Bolstad beach approach in Long Beach, WA   FMI: doggieolympicgames.com/.

Tillamook County Rodeo. $10 adults, $5 children. Starts at 3pm at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds.

Tillamook YMCA Milk Run. 2 mile walk, 5k & 8k run/walk & kid’s course. 8am at the Tillamook YMCA. 503-842-9622

Rose Planting Festival. 10am at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum.

Summer Kite Festival. Kite-flying demonstrations, kid’s events, and more. 10am – 4pm at D-River State Wayside in Lincoln City.

THEATER
Storms, Stories & Songs. An original one act musical celebrating Cannon Beach. Free, at noon at the Coaster Theater in Cannon Beach.

Junior Shanghaied. Musical Melodrama. $10 & $6, 7:30pm at the ASOC Playhouse in Astoria.

The Star Spangled Girl. Romantic Comedy. $9 – $12, 7pm at the Barn Community Theater in Tillamook.

California Suite. Comedy. $8 – $20, 8pm at the Coaster Theater Playhouse in Cannon Beach.

Sunday 26


MUSIC
Columbia Crew. 10am – 3pm at the Astoria Sunday Market.

Dan Golden. Jazz. 10am – 1pm at McKeown’s Restaurant & Bar in Seaside.

Astoria Music Festival. Cantatas, Croissants and Coffee. Free, 11:30am at the First United Methodist Church in Astoria.

All That Jazz. Jazz. No cover (donations accepted). 2pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Astoria Music Festival Grande Finale. Bicentennial Beethoven and Festival All-Stars on Parade. $15 – $35, at the Liberty Theater in Astoria.

Swingcats. Swing/Jazz/Blues. No cover, 6pm at Lil’ Bayou in Seaside.

Hillfolk Noir. Blues/Country/Swing. No cover. 8pm at Fort George Brewery & Public House in Astoria.

ART
Plein-Air & More. Art festival in Cannon Beach.  FMI:  cbgallerygroup.com/old-docs/pem2011.htm

HAPPENING
PNPW Pro Wrestling. $10, 5 – 8pm at the Astoria Event Center

OUTSIDE
Tillamook County Rodeo. $10 adults, $5 children. Events start at 8am at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds.

Summer Kite Festival. Kite-flying demonstrations, kid’s events, and more. 10am -4pm at D-River State Wayside in Lincoln City.

THEATER
Junior Shanghaied. Musical Melodrama. $10 & $6, 2pm at the ASOC Playhouse in Astoria.

The Star Spangled Girl. Romantic Comedy. $9 – $12,  2pm at the Barn Community Theater in Tillamook.

California Suite. Comedy. $8 – $20, 7pm at the Coaster Theater Playhouse in Cannon Beach.

Tuesday 28


MUSIC
Richard T. Blues. No cover, 5:30 – 8:30pm at T Paul’s Supper Club in Astoria.

Basin Street NW. Jazz. No cover, 6:30pm at the Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria.

Brian O’Connor. Jazz guitar. No cover, 6pm at the Shelburne Inn in Seaview, WA

Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 6:30pm at the Harbor Bite in Seaside.

Open Mic Night. Hosted by Barney Perrine. No cover, 7 -9pm at Creekside Restaurant & Lounge in Seaside.

Wednesday 29


MUSIC
Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 6pm at the Rio Café in Astoria,

Open Mic Night. 7 – 9pm at Lush Wine Bar in Cannon Beach.

HAPPENING
Mary Shaver Marionettes. Monkey & Crocodile. A puppet play for all ages. Meet the puppets afterwards and take home a small puppet. Free, 11 – 11:45am at the Library in Ocean Park, WA.

Ecstatic Dance. Spirit-filled, freestyle, yogic trance dance. $5 – $7, 6:30 – 7:45pm, at Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita.

Thursday 30


MUSIC
Thomasian Trio. Jazz/Blues. No cover, 6pm at Lil’ Bayou in Seaside.

Jam Session. No cover, 7pm at the Triangle Tavern in Astoria.

James Faretheewell and The Foolhardy. Acoustic/Electroacoustic/Folk Rock. No cover, 7pm at McMenamins Sand Trap in Gearhart.

Jim Wilkins. 7pm at the Voodoo Room in Astoria.

Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 9pm at Sam’s Seaside Café in Seaside.

HAPPENING
Buck & Elizabeth’s One World, Many Stories. Join in an hour of skits, songs and laughter with Buck and Elizabeth. Visit with puppets Peter and his animal friends through the magic of ventriloquism. Get in the act, dance, and sing along to the duo’s new song, “One World, Many Stories.” Free, 2 – 3pm at the Library in Raymond, WA.

Knitting/Spinning Group. 3 – 5pm at the Astoria Fiber Arts Academy.

Poetry Open Mike. No cover, 8:30pm at the Wine Bar at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

OUTSIDE
Sand Trap Golf Tourney. $180 per team, $240 per team with carts. 1pm check-in, 2pm start. At McMenamins Sand Trap in Gearhart.

Friday 1


MUSIC
Terri Baber. 3:30 – 6:30pm at the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market in Long Beach, WA

Bill Hayes. Rock/Folk/Bluegrass. No cover, 5 – 8pm at the Cannon Beach Cookie Company.

Barney Perrine. Blues. No cover, 6 – 9pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Tom Trudell. Jazz piano. No cover, 6 – 9pm at Clemente’s in Astoria.

Asleep at the Switch. Blues, Country,  40’s, & 50’s. Free (donations accepted), 6 – 8pm at the City Hall in Garibaldi.

Richard T. Jazz/Blues/Classic Rock.  No cover,  6pm at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

Whiskey Puppy. Bluegrass/Country/Other. No cover, 9pm at Hazel’s Tavern in Astoria.

FOOD & DRINK
Wine Tasting. At Taste of Tuscany in Seaside. 503-738-5377

HAPPENING
Vernonia’s First Friday. Arts, entertainment, live music, culture, & special events. 5 -8pm at Scout Cabin in Vernonia.

THEATER
The Star Spangled Girl. Romantic Comedy. $9 – $12, 7pm at the Barn Community Theater in Tillamook.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Comedy. $8 – $23, 8pm at the Coaster Theater Playhouse in Cannon Beach.

Saturday 2


MUSIC
Musician’s Jam. Free, 2 – 4pm at the Tillamook Library.

Troll Radio Revue. Americana. $2 for adults, free for children. 11am – noon at the PAC in Astoria.

Niall. Wines for Summer. No cover, 6 – 9pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

ART
Seaside Art Walk. 5 – 8pm at galleries and businesses in Seaside and Gearhart.

FOOD & DRINK
Wine Tasting. 1 – 4pm at the Cellar on 10th in Astoria

Bourbon Tasting. Served with a menu of hearty appetizers. $40, reservations required.  7pm at McMenamins Sand Trap in Gearhart. 503-717-8150

Wine Tasting Special. $9 for 4  2-oz pours + complimentary appetizers. 4 – 6pm at the Wine bar at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

HAPPENING
Clover’s Day. Parade and all day events in and about Cloverdale.

Fireworks. At dusk at the beach at Pacific Ave and Bob Straub Wayside in Pacific City.

THEATER
Storms, Stories & Songs. An original one act musical celebrating Cannon Beach. Free, at noon at the Coaster Theater in Cannon Beach.

The Star Spangled Girl. Romantic Comedy. $9 – $12, 7pm at the Barn Community Theater in Tillamook.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Comedy. $8 – $23, 8pm at the Coaster Theater Playhouse in Cannon Beach.

Sunday 3


MUSIC
Brownsmead Flats. 10am – 3pm at the Astoria Sunday Market.

Dan Golden. Jazz. 10am – 1pm at McKeown’s Restaurant & Bar in Seaside.

All That Jazz. Jazz. No cover (donations accepted). 2pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Swingcats. Swing/Jazz/Blues. No cover, 6pm at Lil’ Bayou in Seaside.

North Coast Symphonic Band. A Bicentennial Fourth. Patriotic and familiar music. Free, 7pm at the Liberty Theater in Astoria.

The Cowpokers. No cover. 8pm at Fort George Brewery & Public House in Astoria.

HAPPENING
Fireworks. At dusk at Boiler Bay.

THEATER
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Comedy. $8 – $23, 7pm at the Coaster Theater Playhouse in Cannon Beach.

Monday 4


MUSIC
North Coast Symphonic Band. Concert in the park at Cannon Beach.

Ma Barley. Reggae. No cover. 8pm at Fort George Brewery & Public House in Astoria.

FOOD & DRINK
Pancake Breakfast. 8:30am – 11am at the Fire Hall in Manzanita.

HAPPENING
July 4th Parade. Starts at 11am in downtown Seaside.

Independence Day Parade. 11am in Cannon Beach. Following the parade enjoy strawberry shortcake at US Bank and hot dogs and other goodies at the Cannon Beach Fire Station.

Old Fashion 4th of July Parade & Fireworks. Parade, auction, kid’s activities and more at 11am. Fireworks at dusk. At Rockaway Beach. 503-355-8108

Old Fashioned 4th of July. Parade and Art in the Park. Parade starts at noon. Art at Sheldon Park in Ocean Park, WA

Independence Day Celebration. 1 – 5pm at the Nehalem Bay Winery in Mohler.  888-368-WINE

Independence Day Parade. 1pm in Manzanita.

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Fireworks Excursion. 8:30pm in Garibaldi. 503-842-7972

Flamebouyant Fire Dancers Performance. 9pm. Free in the park at Cannon Beach.

Independence Day Fireworks on the Beach. 9:30 – 10pm set off in front of the boardwalk in Long Beach, WA

Fireworks Show. 10pm on the beach in Seaside.

Fireworks on the Beach. 10pm at the Beach in Manzanita.

Gleneden Beach 4th of July Celebration. Pancake Breakfast from 8 – 11AM, Craft & Food Fair from 10AM – 3PM, and 17th Annual Parade at 1PM. FMI 541-764-8916 or www.glenedenbeach.org.

Tuesday 5


MUSIC
Richard T. Blues. No cover, 5:30 – 8:30pm at T Paul’s Supper Club in Astoria.

Basin Street NW. Jazz. No cover, 6:30pm at the Bridgewater Bistro in Astoria.

Brian O’Connor. Jazz guitar. No cover, 6pm at the Shelburne Inn in Seaview, WA

Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 6:30pm at the Harbor Bite in Seaside.

Open Mic Night. Hosted by Barney Perrine. No cover, 7 -9pm at Creekside Restaurant & Lounge in Seaside.

OUTSIDE
Beach Clean-Up. 8 – 11am from the turnaround in Seaside. 9:30am – 12:30pm at any main beach approach on the Long Beach Peninsula, WA

Wednesday 6


MUSIC
Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 6pm at the Rio Café in Astoria,

HAPPENING
Ecstatic Dance. Spirit-filled, freestyle, yogic trance dance. $5 – $7, 6:30 – 7:45pm, at Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita.

Baga’s Front Room. Join other music lovers every first Wednesday for song and conversation and maybe to sip a little wine or other beverage. Food available too. 7pm at Lush Wine Bar in Cannon Beach.

OUTSIDE
Interpretive Paddle Trips. Free, 5pm at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

THEATER
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Comedy. $8 – $23, 8pm at the Coaster Theater Playhouse in Cannon Beach.

Thursday 7


MUSIC
Thomasian Trio. Jazz/Blues. No cover, 6pm at Lil’ Bayou in Seaside.

Jam Session. No cover, 7pm at the Triangle Tavern in Astoria.

Jim Wilkins. 7pm at the Voodoo Room in Astoria.

Salty Dogs. Folk/Blues/Classic Rock. No cover, 9pm at Sam’s Seaside Café in Seaside.

HAPPENING
Knitting/Spinning Group. 3 – 5pm at the Astoria Fiber Arts Academy.

Poetry Open Mike. No cover, 8:30pm at the Wine Bar at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

OUTSIDE
Interpretive Paddle Trips. Free, 5:30pm at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

THEATER
Shanghaied in Astoria. Musical Melodrama. $12 – $20, 7:30pm at the ASOC Playhouse in Astoria.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Comedy. $8 – $23, 8pm at the Coaster Theater Playhouse in Cannon Beach.

Friday 8


MUSIC
TwoRivers Music. 3:30 – 6:30pm at the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market in Long Beach, WA

Bill Hayes. Rock/Folk/Bluegrass. No cover, 5 – 8pm at the Cannon Beach Cookie Company.

Sunny O’Dell. No cover, 6 – 9pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Tom Trudell. Jazz piano. No cover, 6 – 9pm at Clemente’s in Astoria.

Asleep at the Switch. Blues, Country,  40’s, & 50’s. Free (donations accepted), 6 – 8pm at the City Hall in Garibaldi.

Richard T. Jazz/Blues/Classic Rock.  No cover,  6pm at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

OUTSIDE
Interpretive Paddle Trips. Free, 9am and 6pm at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Relay for Life. From 6pm on at Neah-Kah-Nie High School in Rockaway Beach.

THEATER
Shanghaied in Astoria. Musical Melodrama. $12 – $20, 7:30pm at the ASOC Playhouse in Astoria.

California Suite. Comedy. $8 – $20, 8pm at the Coaster Theater Playhouse in Cannon Beach.

Saturday 9


MUSIC
Musician’s Jam. Free, 2 – 4pm at the Tillamook Library.

Bill Hayes. No cover, 6 – 9pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Columbia Crew. Folk. No cover, 6 – 9pm at Charlie’s Chowder House in Astoria.

Low Tide Drifters. Roots. Free, 7pm at Waikiki Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park, WA

ART
Annual Art Show, Music & Garden Tea. “A Tidal Wave of Blooms.” $15, 1 – 4pm, at 28565 Sandlake Rd in Tierra del Mar. 503-965-6363

Second Staurday Art Walk. 5 – 8pm at Galleries and businesses in downtown Astoria.

FOOD & DRINK
Pancake Breakfast. $5, 8 – 11am at the Peninsula Activity & Senior Center in Klipsan Beach, WA

Wine Tasting. Oregon Pinot Noir, Part 3. 1 – 4pm at the Cellar on 10th in Astoria

Wine Tasting Special. $9 for 4  2-oz pours + complimentary appetizers. 4 – 6pm at the Wine bar at Sweet Basil’s Café in Cannon Beach.

HAPPENING
Lower Columbia Pug Socializing Club. Pugs and their people meet monthly for fun and socialization. Free, 11am at Carruthers Park in Warrenton.

Emergency Preparedness with the Red Cross. Free, 6pm at the Garibaldi Museum.

OUTSIDE
American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Goes until 2pm  at Neah-Kah-Nie High School in Rockaway Beach.

Gary Anderson Open Golf Tournament. At Alderbrook Golf Course and Bay Breeze Putting Course in Tillamook. 503-322-3331

THEATER
Shanghaied in Astoria. Musical Melodrama. $12 – $20, 7:30pm at the ASOC Playhouse in Astoria.

California Suite. Comedy. $8 – $20, 8pm at the Coaster Theater Playhouse in Cannon Beach.

Sunday 10


MUSIC
Dan Golden. Jazz. 10am – 1pm at McKeown’s Restaurant & Bar in Seaside.

Greg Parke. 10am – 3pm at the Astoria Sunday Market.

All That Jazz. Jazz. No cover (donations accepted). 2pm at the Wet Dog Café in Astoria.

Swingcats. Swing/Jazz/Blues. No cover, 6 – 9pm at Lil’ Bayou in Seaside.

Low Tide Drifters. Blues/Country/Folk. No cover. 8pm at Fort George Brewery & Public House in Astoria.

OUTSIDE
Gary Anderson Open Golf Tournament. At Alderbrook Golf Course and Bay Breeze Putting Course in Tillamook. 503-322-3331

THEATER
Shanghaied in Astoria. Musical Melodrama. $12 – $20, 2pm at the ASOC Playhouse in Astoria.

Nature of Things

Nature of Things
Eight years away and I have gone back to church. Not just once a week, but twice. My churches are an “ecstatic dance” group and a late-evening Spanish-language mass in Manzanita. What lured me back were the people and the communal sharing of spirit that, in my mind, defines church. My definition of church is formed in defiance of old norms. It fills the vacuum created by my conscious, if temporary, jettisoning of the institution and is as wide and rich as the spectrum of religion and ideology. It is a definition that allows me to share spiritual community, on some level, with almost anyone.

Institutions of all stripes can draw bold lines that exclude people, or elevate to supreme importance doctrines that divide. Yet spirit unifies—in spite of those who wish to meld it to their purposes, to stake a claim to it. The divine spirit in us all is identical and one can no more sculpt and contain it than wind. Spirit unifies, and thus rattles the bigoted religious as well as the bigoted non-religious (whose bigotry is often aimed at the religious). It unseats those who would use it as a tool to dominate. Spirit breathes life into everyone, even those so resistant to spirit, so dedicated to burying it that they seem to be holding their breath.

In truth, I tend to choke on the edges of religious creed. I carry into any religious or spiritual experience more doubt than actual belief. Yet I can simultaneously honor the life-giving religious and spiritual creeds we humans have developed. A creed is nothing more than a system or formulation of core beliefs, and most of us have core beliefs. We may not recite them communally as creeds, and hopefully we do not use our core beliefs as weapons. Yet this doesn’t change the fact that we have them. When the hard angles of creed are used like sharp elbows, to shove people out, to define who is unwanted rather than to iterate vitalizing understandings, then I believe creeds can do more harm than good. Otherwise, they are formulations by groups of like-minded individuals that infuse life with meaning.

The pinnacle of the church experience for me is the connecting of spirit in myself and others. At Santa Catalina, I most experience this in the “passing of peace.” This is a moment in the service, characteristic of liturgical traditions, when people walk around the sanctuary and share “the peace,” shaking the hand of one person after another and saying “la paz.” With each passing of the peace, my spirit goes on a little mating mission, if you can pardon the earthiness of my analogy. The spirit in me looks into the smile of another, touches the radiant fingers of another, and connects with his or her spirit for a potent moment. One hand bony and fragile, another rough, another gentle and passive, almost limp, another childlike, tiny and sweaty and velveteen. Each hand, the portal to a soul.

Yoshihiko Yoshida Master Potter • CCC Art Center Gallery

YoshidaClatsop Community College (CCC) welcomes Yoshihiko Yoshida, a master potter from Mino, Japan, to the College’s Art Center Gallery for an exhibit of ceramic pottery in the Mino tradition. The show opens May 20, 2011 and runs until June 30, 2011. There will be an opening reception on Friday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. in the CCC Art Center Gallery to welcome Yoshida and his work.

“In my responsibilities to find artists who could contribute to my teaching at Clatsop Community College and the professional art and general community, I traveled to Japan to look at traditional ceramics and its thousands of years of history,” says Richard Rowland, CCC Ceramics instructor. “I began my study by looking at the ancient work of Joman, Aichi and the traditional 6 ancient kiln sites. I also investigated through maps and museums the migration routes of peoples into Japan from Korea and China. I visited many well-known potters but when I was invited to visit potters in Mino and Shigaraki I was lucky enough to meet Yoshihiko Yoshida, and was instantly impressed by his humble and honest demeanor.

After meeting with him and his wife, I realized that he could show my community how to hold on to the best of traditional values by using them as a springboard for contemporary reflection. The timing seemed right to ask him if he could come to Astoria.”

In addition to the gallery exhibit, Yoshida will conduct a ceramic workshop the next day for students and professional artists on Saturday, May 21, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Art Center ceramic studio. He will do a pottery throwing demo and answer specific question about ceramics in Japan. Cost is $20 for CCC students and $30 for the public. A tea ceremony is included during the day’s event.

Contact rrowland@clatsopcc.edu for workshop information and availability. Space is limited.

Saturday evening, Yoshida will finish his visit to CCC with a lecture and slide presentation at the CCC Performing Arts Center (PAC). The presentation, “In the Mino Tradition”, is at 7:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Larry Tyrrell will perform Shakuhachi—traditional bamboo flute. Yoshida will lecture about his life and work as a traditional potter in Japan; as well as his apprenticeship with Arakawa Toyozo (1894-1985), one of Japan’s First National Living Treasures.

FMI: about the artist, Yoshihiko Yoshida, visit www.clatsopcc.edu.

Yoshida Lobed Bowl 2008 Yoshida Carved Vase 2008

“Once described as a sennin (mountain hermit)…. Yoshida lives amid a forest in the hills of Toki City in Gifu Prefecture. Located near his secluded home are the ruins of many kilns that fired the masterpieces of medieval Mino wares. I imagine that while walking by these kilns, looking for shards, some unseen force entered into Yoshida’s soul like water silently seeping into sand. How else can one describe the feeling he energizes his pots with?……..That is why potters such as Yoshida are so vital for this country. They anchor Japan in these changing times and question the frivolous fashions that appear, and disappear, like the moon in a cloud. They put “soul” in our hands. Yoshida works in a few different styles, including the aforementioned Shino, aka-Shino (red Shino), shirokesho (white-slip wares), hai-yu yohen ash-glazed wares, and his stellar Setoguro (Black Seto).”

“Yoshida studied with the late Living National Treasure Arakawa Toyozo (1894-1985) starting in 1956 and established his own kiln in 1969. His work is subdued, understated, refined, contemplative, graceful, and honest. I asked him upon viewing a lovely pastel Shino vase how he gets the colors, he turned to me and said matter-of-factly, “Shizen (it’s natural).” It best describes the man himself, and his work.”

-Excerpt from To See a World in a Bowl of Tea, By Robert Yellin
for The Japan Times, Nov. 14, 2001

Columbia River Maritime Museum: Cleveland Rockwell (1837-1907) Opening: Friday, May 20 through July 20

Scow SchoonersThe Columbia River Maritime Museum hosts a special exhibit for the opening weekend of Astoria’s Bicentennial Celebration. This new exhibit is a collection of works by Cleveland Rockwell focusing on the region: Astoria, the Lower Columbia River & the Coast.

Cleveland Rockwell was the foremost painter of the Pacific Northwest. Although he did not become a full-time painter until his retirement in 1892, the many sketches he made on his expeditions with U.S. Coast Survey served as the basis for his later oil and watercolor paintings. With a life-long passion for fishing, hiking and climbing, Rockwell knew his scenes intimately. Showing sketches, watercolors and oil paintings of this area from over a century ago, this exhibit depicts the stunning beauty of the unspoiled local landscape. With the eye of a surveyor and an engineer, Cleveland Rockwell captured the natural beauty and grandeur of his subjects, documenting the Columbia and the coast at a time when change was occurring rapidly and before photography was readily available.

All exhibits are free to Museum members or with paid admission to the Museum. Children (ages 6-17): $5.00 • Children under 6: Free.

Flash Cuts – Movies & Musings

Summer movie season hits full stride with the release of two popcorn extravaganzas – Marvel’s latest superhero flick and the return of Jack Sparrow in the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, possibly the most unusual and controversial Hollywood release of the year, the return of your favorite group of bachelors and Dreamworks much-anticipated sequel to Kung Fu Panda.

ThorThor (May 6) Marvel rolls out another individual comic book character, gearing up for their big Avengers movie next summer which will feature Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Captain America among others.  Although not the most popular Marvel book, Marvel has not skimped on Thor, making the unusual choice of Kenneth Branagh, mostly known for his Shakespearean films and acting than big budget directing.  Also unusual was the choice of unknown Australian actor Chris Hemsworth for the title role of the Norse God of Thunder.  Samuel L. Jackson makes an appearance as Nick Fury as he has in the Iron Man films.  Synopsis:  After precipitating a war in the Norse god kingdom of Asgard, Thor is cast out by Odin, king of Asgard (Anthony Hopkins) to Earth and stripped of his godly powers.  Found in New Mexico by astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Thor has problems adjusting to life as a mortal.  He begins a romance with Jane, but Loki, his nemesis in Asgard, sends the Destroyer to Earth to kill him.

Brides MaidsBridesmaids (May 13) SNL star Kristen Wiig and comedy producer/director Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) team up for this distaff version of The Hangover.  Single and broke, Annie’s life is a disaster.  But after Annie (Wiig) is asked by her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) to be her maid of honor, she and her colorful group of bridesmaids must navigate the pitfalls of the wedding process from fittings to reception to a wild trip to Vegas.  Earthy, blatantly sexual and funny, this is not Sex and the City.  Co-written by Wiig and directed by Paul Feig (the TV show Freaks & Geeks), Bridesmaids is a frank look at female friendship and how it is tested by the frightening ritual of marriage.  Jilly Clayburgh plays Annie’s Mom in her last screen appearance.

The BeaverThe Beaver (May 20) Perhaps the strangest Hollywood release of the year is this dark comedy directed by Jodie Foster and starring Mel Gibson.  Kyle Killen’s script topped the 2008 Black List, Hollywood’s insider list of most-liked screenplays.  After Steve Carell and Jim Carrey signed on and dropped out of the project, Foster came on board as director and convinced her old friend Gibson to take the lead.  Suffering from severe depression, Walter Black (Gibson) has hit bottom.  His sons are embarrassed by him, his wife Meredith (Foster) can’t deal with him and his toy company nears bankruptcy.  After being kicked out of the house and going on a drunk, Walter tries suicide but fails at this, too.  When he wakes up, a beaver puppet is on his hand which speaks with a  British accent (another part of Walter’s personality).  With the puppet giving him confidence, Walter turns his life around.  Patching things up with Meredith and saving his company by manufacturing hand puppets.  Only his teenage son Porter (Anton Yelchin) pushes him away.  However, with things finally looking up, Walter finds the puppet totally in control of him.  Already a pariah in Hollywood after a DUI where he made anti-Semitic comments, Gibson’s standing hit rock bottom after the film was shot and a phone call of his angry tirade to his ex was made public.  Foster asked for understanding, while the rest of Hollywood ran the other way.  Referring to the film’s tone, Foster called it “probably the biggest struggle of my professional career” in The New York Times.

Pirates of the CaribbeanPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (May 20) Captain Jack Sparrow returns with the fourth installment of the phenomenally successful series. This time Jack has the playing field to himself with no co-stars.  Also, for the first time in the series Jack has a love interest played by Penelope Cruz, something Depp requested after taking the back seat romantically to Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley in the first three films. As implied by the third installment, in Stranger Tides Captain Jack takes on the quest for the legendary Fountain of Youth.  On his quest he encounters killer mermaids, zombies and, most threatening,  a woman from his past, Angelica (Cruz), every bit his equal as a pirate.  Angelica forces Sparrow on board the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), also seeking the Fountain, leaving Sparrow to wonder if Angelica is his ally or a ruthless competitor.  Geoffrey Rush returns as Captain Hector Barbossa.  Rob Marshall (Chicago) directs.

The Hangover Part IIThe Hangover Part II (May 26) Smelling a hit, Warner Brothers asked writer/director Todd Phillips to write a sequel to The Hangover even before the first film opened.  When the bachelor party in Vegas comedy was a worldwide hit, Part II hit the ground running.  To no one’s surprise, the plot to Part II is nearly the same as Part I, except the story is transplanted to Thailand and an actual wedding takes place. Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) travel to Thailand for Stu’s wedding.  After the insanity in Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and wants a safe pre-wedding brunch.  Of course, things don’t go as planned.  Controversy hit the production when Phillips cast Mel Gibson in the cameo part of a tattoo artist.  Coming on the heels of Gibson’s abusive phone calls, members of the cast and crew (including Galifianakis) refused to work with the actor, forcing Phillips to replace him with Liam Neeson before shooting.  Ironically, months later, due to editing choices Phillips had to re-shoot the scene with Nick Cassavetes replacing Neeson due to Neeson’s unavailibility.  Mike Tyson appears again as himself.

Kung Fu PandaKung Fu Panda 2 (May 26) In 2008, Dreamworks animated story of Po, a panda who dreams of being a kung fu master was a surprise hit, racking up $600M worldwide.  Synopsis: Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five – Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Jack Black (Po), Angelina Jolie (Tigress), Jackie Chan (Monkey), Seth Rogen (Mantis), Lucy Liu (Viper), David Cross (Crane) and Dustin Hoffman (Master Shifu) all return in their respective roles.  Gary Oldman, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Danny McBride and Michelle Yeoh are new additions.

Seaside Library Writer Series

Wanted: Gentlemen Bank Robber
Author Dane Batty

WantedThursday May 19, at 7pm Seaside Library hosts Dane Batty author of “WANTED: Gentleman Bank Robber”.  The event takes place in the Community Room and there will be book sales, signings, and refreshments.

Author Dane Batty provides readers with a seldom seen look behind the scenes of the life of an expert bank robber.  He gives voice to his uncle, Leslie Rogge, who was once one of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and featured on the television show America’s Most Wanted, robbing nearly 30 banks and stealing over $2 million dollars.  The chase lasted over 20 years, with three escapes, a sailing trip around the Caribbean, and adventures from Alaska to Antigua.  But it all came to a halt when a 14 year old in Guatemala forced him to turn himself in.

Author Dane Batty resides in Oregon and still finds time to visit his uncle who now lives out his prison sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Beaumont Texas.

Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway, across from the Youth Center and Swimming Pool.  For more information call (503)738-6742 or visit us at www.seasidelibrary.org and www.facebook.com/seasidepubliclibrary.
River of Words RAIN Fundraiser

Brian DoyleGather together for an evening of  exceptional literary company on Friday, June 3 at 6:30pm.  Northwest authors Robert Michael Pyle and Brian Doyle, are the featured guests on the roster for Clatsop Community literary magazine RAIN.

Needing no introduction in these parts, Robert Michael Pyle, noted naturalist and resident of Grays River, Washington has published 12 books and hundreds of papers, essays, stories and poems. His acclaimed 1987 book Wintergreen describing the devastation caused by unrestrained logging in Washington’s Willapa Hills near his adopted home was the winner of the 1987 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing. His latest, “Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year”, chronicles his adventures across the continent in 2008 to view and document as many of the native butterflies as possible.

Robert Michael PylePyle is joined by Doyle, award-winning author, essayist, and editor of the University of Portland’s award-wining Portland Magazine. Doyle’s books include Saints Passionate & Peculiar, Credo, & Two Voices. Two Voices won a Christopher Award and a Catholic Press Association Book Award.

A suggested $10 donation includes a copy of RAIN. Baked Alaska is located  at the foot of 12th, on the River Walk in Astoria.  Sponsored by RAIN Magazine, Cannery Pier Hotel, Baked Alaska, and Hipfish.
On Seeing, and Being Seen By, a Mink,
Early One Morning by a Serious River,
By which I mean, you know, a river with some sprawl in it,
Some wet fat, a river ludicrously deeper than it seems to be,
A river you can’t throw a rock over no matter how cool you
Think you are, a river with residents you never hardly really
Actually see, but give you the willies when you do, like this
Mink looking at me with, God bless us, a snake in its mouth.
All sorts of thoughts cross my mind and almost certainly his,
And I am sure the mink is a guy, from the I’d come up there
And kick your ass but I am busy stare, which I have received
Many times in life. I think about having snakes for breakfast,
And about how a mink is mostly a muscle, and how the river
Must savor many mink, and what the local geese think about
All this, and what the mink thinks of a mammal with glasses,
Sipping coffee on the bench. Probably I’d come up there and
Kick your ass but I am busy, but you never know, and I think
This is the point of the lesson this morning and every blessed
Morning, yes? There are many mink and we just never know.
— Brian Doyle
SurvivalOn The Edge of Survival
Deadliest Catch Author Spike Walker

Thursday May 26, at 7pm the Seaside Public Library welcomes acclaimed author Spike Walker whose books inspired the hit television show “Deadliest Catch”.  The event will take place in the Community Room and there will be book sales, signings, and refreshments.

Spike Walker spent more than ten seasons aboard some of the most successful crab boats in the Alaskan fleet, and rode out one of the worst storms in Alaska’s history.  His first book, “Working On the Edge” was hailed by James Michener as “the definitive account of this perilous trade”.  He is the author of “Nights of Ice” and “Coming Back Alive”.  His latest book, “On the Edge of Survival”, is the account of the daring rescue of a freighter that was grounded off the Aleutian Islands.  Spike provides a minuet by minuet account of the rescue mission that was compounded when a USCG helicopter was hit by a rogue wave, sending it into frigid waters.

Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway across from the Youth Center and Swimming Pool.  For more information call (503)738-6742 or visit us at www.seasidelibrary.org and Border Songswww.facebook.com/seasidepubliclibrary.
Northwest Author Jim Lynch
Reads at CB Library

Acclaimed Northwest Author Jim Lynch comes to the Cannon Beach Library. Lynch’s latest book BORDER SONGS was a 2009 best pic by numerous literary reviews across the nation.
A magnificent novel of birding, smuggling, farming and extraordinary love on the Canadian border, Lynch is noted for his originality and ability to create the most memorable characters in recent fiction. His humor and metaphoric prowess compared to Ken Kesey and Tom Robbins. Border Songs is also Lynch’s second novel be adapted for stage by Book-It theater n Seattle.
CB Library, Saturday, May 14, 2pm, 131 N. Hemlock.

Artist Call

THE CANNON BEACH GALLERY is pleased to announce that Carl Annala, the Cultural Arts Program Supervisor for the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro, will be the guest juror for our next All Juried Show.  Artists interested in submitting work to the show should bring their submissions to the gallery on Thursday, June 2 between 10am-4pm.  The exhibition will run from June 4-June 20, 2011.

The Juried Show program at the non-profit Cannon Beach Gallery is one of the unique offerings of the Cannon Beach Arts Association.  It provides both emerging and professional artists the opportunity to submit their original artwork for consideration by a guest curator.

TAMI’S BARBERSHOP IN GARIBALDI is still looking for artists to create 3’ x 3’ paintings with a coastal theme.  The paintings will be mounted on an outside wall of the barbershop to create a collage effect.  Please give Tami a call at 322-2228 if you are interested, or drop in at the barbershop to see Tami.

There are no deadlines for this project.  Tami will provide the boards for artists to paint on.  (How about making this a  group project?  The group could meet at the Arts Center to discuss design ideas, present them to Tami for approval, and then work together on creating the collage (or perhaps just  part of the collage) for the barbershop.  Contact Bay City Arts Center FMI: 503.377.9620.

Geometric Origami Class: Folding Paper into Modular Shapes

Origami CollageTEACHING will be primarily through demonstration.  Students will also learn to follow written directions with origami folding symbols for each shape. Students are asked to bring 36 sheets of 6” by 6” origami paper. Recycled maps will be available for the 12 piece “ring”. This class is appropriate for beginner and intermediate folders, ages 10 to adult.

Barbara Baum Freethy, M.Ed. is a private practice therapist in Portland, ME., working with children who are challenged by attention deficit and autism spectrum disorders.  She frequently uses origami as an expressive therapy tool to enhance children’s self-esteem and creativity. Barbara is also a paper artist who has been teaching paper folding to adults and children for the past 15 years.

Sunday, May 22, 1:00 – 3:30 pm Hoffman Center, 594 Landeda Ave., Manzanita.

Cost: $30. To register, please visit http://hoffmanblog.org/.

Seaside High School Student Art Show

Seaside High School Art ShowDuring the month of May, the Seaside Public Library will host its annual exhibit of art work created by Seaside High School students.  The show explores a range of media including clay, collage, paintings, drawings and multi-media.  The title of this year’s show is “Spring Gleaning”.  The exhibit will run from May 3rd to May 31st and will be in the Community Room, foyer, and main library.

Located at 1131 Broadway, across from the Youth Center and Swimming Pool.  For more information please call (503)738-6742 or visit us at www.seasidelibrary.org and www.facebook.com/seasidepubliclibrary.

Rosie Bergeron At PPP

Grocery ShoppingIN MAY, Pier Pressure Productions, is featuring the work of Rosie Bergeron, gallery manager, artist, and resident of Brooklyn, NY, with the original piano compositions by Christopher Andrew Corbell. Bergeron’s dramatic wood block prints are images of daily life.  They are a celebration of the mundane, be it washing dishes, buying groceries, or walking about the neighborhood. She likes to use the images as a meditation on contemporary femininity and an examination of her autobiographical “theater”.

“As a native of the Pacific Northwest I was taught relief and sculptural wood carving by my father in our basement. He is an avid fan of native American woodworking and when I was growing up I would assist him in classes he taught to the locals. When I entered college and took my first woodcut print class I was hooked. The transformation of carved wood to multiple paper prints was a way to link my past with things I wanted to talk about in the present.”

Artist reception for Astoria 2nd Saturday Art Walk, May 14, 5-9pm. PPP is located at 260 10th St.

Dale Flowers at Old Town Frame

Dale Flowers

Daffodils by Dale Flowers

LIKE MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY, Astoria artist Dale Flowers, gets up close and personal with Prismacolor pencil in a series of work dedicated to “flowers” cultivated on the Pacific Northwest coast. “Each flower that is used as the subject matter is drawn in a series of six to eight drawings over a period of a month, refining and exploring the design.” These bright studies, most 22” by 28” are big in color and form. The artist is featured through the month of May. Artist Reception is Sat, May 14, Astoria 2nd Saturday Art Walk. Old Town Frame is located 1287 Commercial, 503.325.5221.

The Art & Psyche Show

Nancy

Nancy Karacand

Art and the Psyche are mystically intertwined.  Life passages, transitions, changes in health, job, or  relationships– all of these Transformative  areas of life – can be brought to life  in artistic form – and often are in the area of art therapy.

On May 14, 5-9pm The Art & Psyche Show will be on display at the Astoria Music Festival Office located at 1271 Commercial Street, during the Second Saturday Astoria Art Walk.

Presented by Yvonne Edwards and Nancy Karacand, both trained psychotherapists who share a love of art as a creative therapeutic medium for  emotional growth and healing– the Art & Psyche show will offer a variety of unique art processes.

According to Edwards, “Art & Psyche is a creative multi-media process that I use as an adjunct to psychotherapy.  We are always growing, developing, transitioning and evolving from a familiar state of being to an unknown state of becoming. These art exercises enhance psychological self-discovery and insight – for people who are in therapy – as well as those who are not.   It leads to self-directed evolution, experiential dialogue with our art, and a renewed appreciation for the richness of our own inner world – one with heart and meaning.”

Yvonne

Yvonne Edwards

Karacand’s work for the show will center on creating a series of stone and beaded pendants that will reflect the colors and qualities of the chakras.  She has been a Healing Touch practitioner for the past 10 years and incorporates her awareness of energetic healing into the creation of each unique piece.
The Art & Psyche show developed after several workshops the pair held, and exhibits  include: The Maori drawing, The Five Universal Shapes, the Illustrated Journal, the Mandala, the tile mosaic of one’s Life Path, mask-making, dream painting, drawing a safe place, doll making and other art.  Janet Maher also brings samples of her work with Soul Collage.

Karacand and Edwards will continue throughout the year with workshops, women’s gatherings, children’s Art Camps, and other community focused events. FMI: contact Yvonne Edwards at 503 338 7202 or Nancy Karacand at 503 325 9217.

Impressions of New Zealand – Marie Powell at RiverSea Gallery

New Zealand art

Bouquet at Dusk by Marie Powell

Vibrant, energetic imagery of exotic plant life takes on a celebratory nature in artist Marie Powell’s newest series of monotypes, “Impressions of New Zealand”.  Resident of both the Long Beach Peninsula and New Zealand, Powell is constantly exploring new ways, mediums and subject matter. Her most recent art endeavors involve her passion and fascination with printmaking. Attend the reception held for Astoria’s Second Saturday Artwalk, from 5 – 8 pm, May 14th. The artwork will remain on display through May 31st.

Powell has been an artist on the Long Beach Peninsula for many years.  After a 19 year high school teaching career, she now devotes full time to creating prints, oils, and mixed media work. Having grown up in a semi-rural environment of the Pacific Northwest, she has always been drawn to the outdoors and the natural world and incorporated the scenes and feelings of the coast and its natural flora and fauna into her paintings and prints. Eventually, this carried over into her work in New Zealand, where she has been a part-time resident for many years. Working independently at the Te Kowhai Print Trust in the township of Whangarei, Powell produced her newest series of monotypes where native plants have actually been “embossed” into the paper, leaving the lovely textures and shapes of the plant images on each piece.

RiverSea Gallery is open daily at 1160 Commercial Street, call 503-325-1270, or visit the website at www.RiverSeaGallery.com.

The Motherhood Show at CB Gallery

Lady Takes the Stairs

Lady Takes the Stairs by Sophia Pfaff-Shalmiyev

Northwest artists Nikki McClure, Liz Haley and Sophia Pfaff-Shalmiyev are the featured artists presented in The Motherhood Show exhibited through the May at the Cannon Beach Gallery.  The Motherhood Show highlights the dynamic artistic abilities of the three women who all have ties to the DIY (do-it-yourself) art movement of Olympia, Washington.  A celebration of the ultimate act of creation, the Motherhood Show is also an exploration of how women continue to develop their careers as artists after having children.

In celebration of this exhibit, art patrons are encouraged to come into the gallery during the month of May and ask for the “Mother’s Discount,” which is 10% off of any purchase for anyone with a mother (that should cover you, dear reader).

Girl in Lake

Source by Nikki McClure

The most well known artist of the group, Nikki McClure, creates intricate paper-cut illustrations that celebrate the grace of everyday domestic scenes and nature.  McClure’s work appears nationally in books, an annual calendar, cards and posters.  McClure will be showing 14 original paper-cuts in the Motherhood Show.

A recent transplant to Cannon Beach, Oregon; Sophia Pfaff-Shalmiyev has quickly become involved in the northern Oregon Coast’s burgeoning art scene.  An active gallery docent at the Cannon Beach Gallery, Pfaff-Shalmiyev has been in many of the galleries recent juried shows.  She is also a member of Astoria’s Lightbox Photographic, where she has been doing the majority of her darkroom work for her “Your Love Will Break My Heart,” series of autobiographical photographs, writing, and mixed media works.

A self described, “bicoastal feminist artist,” Pfaff-Shalmiyev calls New York City home as well as Cannon Beach, Oregon. Born in Russia in 1978, Pfaff-Shalmiyev immigrated to New York City in 1990 and then attended college at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In Olympia, she deepened her interest in feminist politics and art, joined bands, wrote fanzines and curated art shows that explored the validity of confessional and confrontational narrative.

Space Homestead

Space Homestead by Liz Haley

“Expected to hide our disappointment, and unable to name the void that aspects of mothering can create in other parts of our lives, the artist asks herself if “things” have gotten “better” for women, “ Pfaff-Shalmiyev explained.

“The friendships and the body you remember are gone, but somehow no amount of humiliation and alienation could make the tugs on your heartstrings feel any less magical,” continued Pfaff-Shalmiyev.

Inspired by the many women she has met since moving to Cannon Beach, Pfaff-Shalmiyev aims to capture the ecstatic joy and the humbling vulnerability explored in her images for the Motherhood Show.

Another recent transplant to the coast, Liz Haley is living in Seaside, Oregon with her young family. Born as the youngest of six children in 1972, Haley is equally inspired by the concepts of community and escape.  An artist, filmmaker, musician and curator, Haley’s work has been widely exhibited, including at the Anthology of Film Archive, New York; the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle.  In 2005, she co-founded Valentines, an art, music and performance space in Old Town, Portland, Oregon.

The Cannon Beach Gallery is located at 1064 S. Hemlock St. 503-436-0744 or go to www.cannonbeacharts.org.

2011 Oregon Legislative Session

Betsy Johnson and colleaguesA K-12 budget no one likes, a highway renamed for a man everyone respected, and a legislative process that may drive everyone crazy. Welcome back to the . . .

The Biggest Deal: K-12 Budget
In April, the Senate and House passed, and Gov Kitzhaber signed, the K-12 budget (SB 5552). The $5.7 billion budget is, agrees every member of the Legislature, far short of adequate. But, as Sen Betsy Johnson put it, “We don’t have enough money to fund everyone at the level they think is optimal.” The Senate voted 30-0 for the bill, an extraordinary feat according to Johnson.

The vote in the House was 32-28; each caucus undoubtedly agreed who would vote for and against the budget. The bill had to pass — too much was riding on the need to pass this budget early, including continuing a good working relationship with both the Senate and the Governor — but as members on both sides of the aisle as possible were allowed to vote No. Rep Deborah Boone was one who either choose, or agreed, to vote Yes. Her statement on voting Yes was almost identical to that of Rep Brad Witt: this is the money we have, and it’s not enough. But she will also be supporting efforts of House Dems to tap more reserve funds for schools, an effort Witt also supports.

Sometimes the politics forces these kinds of results: Witt and Boone are in agreement on the K-12 Budget, but it was her duty, or choice, to vote to pass the bill.

IN OTHER LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS…
Even after the passage of the K-12 budget, which represents about one-quarter of the state’s spending from the General Funding, budget matters dominate. The state’s massive budget gap, approximately $3.5 billion short of what would be needed to fund existing programs at existing levels (with inflation), means that policy matters won’t necessarily pass on merit; everything will be scrutinized in unprecedented ways through the lens of funding.

Johnson, who sits on the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee said, “We are going to be doing inhumane budgets” in human services. The state, she said, may be pushing cuts to health providers of up to 19%. “A facility like Clatsop Care is in jeopardy; conceivably the hospital is in jeopardy,” she said. Witt explained that for rest of budget, “much of this is a zero-sum game … we can’t spend the same dollar twice.”  To exacerbate the problem, he said, many of the cuts will lead to the loss of matching federal funds: a $1 cut grows to potentially to a $6 or $7 loss.

All three local representatives are continuing work on both legislation and constituent service. Johnson noted the recent damage to the dock at the City of Warrenton Wauna Mill and her efforts to coordinate with state agencies to move repairs forward as quickly as possible. Witt spoke about bills moving through the legislative process regarding jobs, noting efforts in alternative energy and fuels using biomass and even recycling of plastic. He also has a bill that would make the possession and sale of shark fins in Oregon illegal, a ground-breaking bill that attacks the cruel practice of shark-finning (cutting off the fins and then returning the maimed fish back into the sea to slowly die).

Boone had a number of legislative successes, including a bill to fix a hole in the worker compensation that had removed podiatric care from the list of approved treatments; extending the sunset on wave energy rules beyond 2022; and a series of bills that are moving forward as amendments to other bills. These include bills on dangerous operation of ATVs and an animal abuser registry.

Finally, the House passed HB 3354 unanimously: this will rename a portion of Highway 30 between St Helens and Rainier in honor of slain Police Chief Ralph Painter; the Senate will act on this bill in early May.

MAY
On May 12th, the State Economist will release the “May Forecast” and, at that point, all remaining budget bills will begin to scramble for final funding. A positive forecast won’t mean a sudden flood of money; even the rosiest forecast will still be relatively grim for the state. More likely is that additional funds would be released from reserves with the assurance those will be recovered via economic improvements. And the fact that the Leg will be back in session next February means they can provide necessary adjustments to the 2011-13 budget at that time.

Meanwhile, as the month moves along, committees will struggle to hear as many bills as possible, to pass the most vital, and to try to avoid politically damaging votes. That won’t be easy. On May 11th, for example, the House Rules committee will hold a public hearing on Tuition Equity, allowing undocumented residents to attend Oregon colleges and pay in-state tuition. If that gets to the House floor, a lot of Representatives are going to be facing a volatile decision.


GOOD BILLS MOVING TO THE SENATE

Bill to link Community Colleges and Universities
A bill that creates a clear path for students to transfer between community colleges and universities passed the Oregon House unanimously. HB 3251, championed by Representative Val Hoyle (D-West Eugene/Junction City), earlier received unanimous support in both the Higher Education and Education Committees.  The bill makes it easier to transfer credits from community colleges to universities, said Hoyle.

Buy Oregon First Bill – HB 3000
HB 3000 allows state agencies to choose Oregon goods when bidding out contracts.  The House passed HB 3000, the Buy Oregon First Bill.  The bill, chief sponsored by Representative Brian Clem (D-Salem) and Representative Ben Cannon (D-SE Portland), allows state agencies to give preference to goods and services produced in Oregon when bidding out contracts.

“Oregon government purchases a lot of goods and services.  We should be buying Oregon products first. We think as many of these products as possible should be purchased from small businesses within our state, particularly when the price of those products is very similar. This bill allows Oregon companies to take advantage of the state’s purchasing power to grow their businesses and create more Oregon jobs,” said Rep. Clem.

Oregon House Passes Bottle Bill Update – HB 1036
An improvement to Oregon’s iconic Bottle Bill passed out of the House on a 47-12 vote.

“Just a shade over 40 years ago, this chamber passed HB 1036, Oregon’s Bottle Bill,” said bill sponsor Rep. Ben Cannon (D – Portland). “It turned out to be one of the most effective recycling tools ever devised, but it’s showing signs of age. Today’s vote helps bring the Bottle Bill into the 21st Century.”

HB 3145 updates the Bottle Bill by expanding the system to include containers for most juice, tea, and sports/energy drinks, no later than January 1, 2017.

The bill also encourages the development of a robust system of redemption centers, which will maintain consumer convenience while improving the redemption experience. It creates an incentive for the beverage industry to keep the redemption rate high. Only if redemption rates fall below 80% after 2016 would the deposit increase to 10 cents per container.