Entertainment Briefs

Pianist John Nilsen to play Tri City Presbyterian Church

August 26, 2015 — 

Celebrated pianist John Nilsen is set to perform at the Tri City Presbyterian Church for its “Music on the Labyrinth” show Sept. 19.

Nilsen will perform a one-hour show beginning at 4 p.m. outdoors at the church, 355 Meadow Lane, Myrtle Creek. The concert is free to attend and bottled water will be made available.

Nilsen has sold over 1 million CDs over the course of his nearly 30-year career and performed across the country, Europe and Asia.

Information: 541-863-4363.

Douglas County Youth Orchestra registration opens Sept. 8

August 25, 2015 — 

Douglas County residents 8 years old and up can register for classes with the Douglas County Youth Orchestra beginning Sept. 8.

Offering classes on the violin, viola, cello and string bass, the DCYO offers classes for advanced players through beginners who have never picked up a string instrument. Students will learn to read sheet music in a few months, the organization said.

A parent-student meeting will precede registration and auditions to place prospective students in the appropriate classes.

Registration will open at 4:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1771 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg.

Information: 541-672-7511.

Douglas County Library hosting 'Family Funfare' on Sept. 16

August 25, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Library will host a “Family Funfare” on Sept. 16.

The library will host a book club for students spanning elementary school ages all the way through high school, beginning at 3 p.m., followed by a 3:30 p.m. presentation from the Search and Rescue K-9 team. Then, at 4:15 p.m., open play will begin with Legos, board games and crafts.

Children and teens are all encouraged to come and participate.

Information: 541-440-4305.

Movie Listings through Aug. 27

August 20, 2015 — 

For today through AUG. 27

Garden Valley Cinema,

1750 N.W. Hughwood Court


Hitman Agent 47, R – An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry. Hannah Ware, Angelababy, Rupert Friend. NEW

American Ultra, R – A stoner, who is in fact a government agent, is marked as a liability and targeted for elimination. But he is too well-trained and too high for them to handle. Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace. NEW

Sinister 2, R – A young mother and her twin sons move to a rural house that is marked for death. Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Tate Ellington.

Man from U.N.C.L.E., PG-13 – In the early 1960’s, CIA agent Napolean Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander.

Straight Outta Compton, R – The group NWA emerges from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes hip-hop with their music and tales about life in the ’hood. O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell.

Fantastic Four, PG-13 – Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate universe where their physical forms are altered in shocking ways. They must now learn to harness their abilities in order to save Earth from an old friend turned enemy. Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara.

Ricki and the Flash, PG-13 – A musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock ’n’ roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family. Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer.

Gift, R – A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after 20 years. Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton, Rebecca Hall.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, PG-13 – Ethan and his team face one of their most impossible missions yet, trying to eradicate the syndicate — an international rogue organization bent on destroying the IMF. Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg.

Vacation, R – Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a trip to Walley World in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his two sons. Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chevy Chase.

Ant Man, PG-13 – Armed with a super suit that allows him to shrink and increase his strength, Scott Lang must help his mentor Dr. Hank Pym pull a heist to save the world. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly.

Minions, PG – Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he is a person in a court of law. Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Jessica Barth.

Inside Out, PG – Uprooted from her Midwest life and living in San Francisco, young Riley and her emotions — joy, fear, anger, disgust, sadness — come into conflict on how to best navigate a new city, house and school. Kaitlyn Dias, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader.

Jurassic World, PG-13 – Twenty-two years after the events of the original Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar is now a fully functional dinosaur theme park. After 10 years of operation, with attendance declining, a new attraction is created to spark visitor interest, which backfires terribly. Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio.

Pet Parade to give prizes for best costumes, look-a-like

August 18, 2015 — 

On Saturday at 11 a.m., the Pet Parade will take place in Roseburg, starting at the First Christian Church. At 10 a.m., there will be contests for best costumed pet, smallest pet, largest pet, and which pet looks most like its owner. Sponsors of the event include Companion Animal Clinic, Stinky Dog Grooming, Douglas County Farmers Co-Op, Deb’s Grooming, Downtown Roseburg Association, Heart of Roseburg, and the Douglas County Low-Cost Veterinary Clinic.

Myrtle Creek author signing books at Ye Olde Art Shoppe on Friday

August 12, 2015 — 

Ye Olde Art Shoppe in Myrtle Creek will host a book signing for author and native son Dan Oliver.

Visitors to the signing, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, will have the chance to pick up one of Oliver’s books and a CD while listening to him play guitar. Refreshments will be available.

Ye Olde Art Shoppe is located at 106 N.E. Oak St., Myrtle Creek.

Information: 541-863-6843.

The Waifs to play the Half Shell on Tuesday

August 12, 2015 — 

Australian folk rock band The Waifs is set to play the final show for Music on the Half Shell at Stewart Park on Tuesday.

The five-piece band is known for both its music as its storytelling abilities, displaying brutal honesty, passion and humor. The group consists of sisters Vikki Thorn and Donna Simpson, guitarist and vocalist Josh Cunningham, drummer David MacDonald and bassist Ben Franz.

The band has toured across the world and recorded albums that have gone platinum.

The show will start at 7 p.m. at Nichols Band Shell at Stewart Park, Roseburg, and is free to attend.

Information: 541-677-1708.

Backside Brewing to host country music show

August 12, 2015 — 

Up-and-coming musician Jessie Goergen is slated to play at the local brewery Backside Brewing Co. on Saturday.

Goergen, a native of Brookings, has been honing her skills in Nashville, Tennessee and has worked alongside fellow singer-songwriter Gretchen Wilson.

The concert will start at 8 p.m. Saturday at Backside Brewing Co. at 1640 N.E. Odell Ave., Roseburg. There is a $10 cover charge. All ages are welcome and food is available for purchase.

Information: 541-580-1926.

Robert Cray to play the Half Shell on Tuesday

July 29, 2015 — 

Georgia-born blues legend Robert Cray is set to play at Music on the Half Shell at Stewart Park on Tuesday.

The five-time Grammy Award winner will make his third appearance at the summer concert series after debuting in 1997, and returning in 2007. Cray, who has released over 20 albums, has played alongside Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

The show will start at 7 p.m. at Nichols Band Shell at Stewart Park, Roseburg, and is free to attend.

Information: 541-677-1708.

Wild Rose Vineyard hosting artist reception Saturday

July 29, 2015 — 

Wild Rose Vineyard, 375 Porter Creek Road, Winston, will host an artist reception Saturday for photographer Linda Shingler. The reception will go from 1 to 5 p.m. at the winery and will be free to attend.

Shingler is a mostly self-taught photographer whose works have appeared in galleries throughout the Umpqua Valley. Her photographs of local scenes will be on display for the months of July and August at the winery.

Information: 541-580-5488.

Local music promoter retiring with 6-band celebration at Delfino Winery

July 22, 2015 — 

Five bands will play at Delfino Winery on July 30 to honor the retirement of local musician and music promoter Shasta Ray.

The event, titled “Thanks for the Memories,” will kick off at 4 p.m. that Thursday, at Delfino Winery, 3829 Colonial Road, Roseburg, and will feature the music of Acoustic Blend, Hat Trick, Homemade Jam Band, Dawn Day Blues Band, and Andy Anderson & Friends. A surprise guest is also in store.

Food will be available for purchase, as well as wine and beer from Delfino Winery. A $20 donation is recommended but not required.

Information: 541-673-7575.

Riverbend Live! Youth Theater to stage 'The Wizard of Oz' on Friday and Saturday

July 21, 2015 — 

The Riverbend Live! Youth Theater will take audiences over the rainbow on back-to-back nights with stagings of the classic L. Frank Baum story “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

The musical follows wide-eyed Dorothy Gale from her quaint Kansas farm to life in Oz, trekking the yellow-brick road with the scarecrow, the tin man and the cowardly lion on their way to the Emerald City. However, the Wicked Witch of the West is in pursuit of the magic ruby slippers adorning Dorothy’s feet.

Riverbend Live! Youth Theater will stage the show at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Riverbend Park, 243 Thompson Ave., Winston. The event is free to attend.

More information is available at www.riverbendlive.org or at 541-679-9732.

Reporter Troy Brynelson can be reached at 541-957-4218 or tbrynelson@nrtoday.com. Or follow him on Twitter @TroyWB .

California Guitar Trio to play Half Shell on Tuesday

July 21, 2015 — 

Nichols Band Shell and the Music on the Half Shell concert series will play host to California Guitar Trio on Tuesday.

California Guitar Trio, or CGT as the group is also called, is chiefly comprised of three guitarists hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Affligem, Belgium and Tokyo, Japan respectively. The trio founded the group over 20 years ago after meeting in a guitar-craft course. Together, they’ve released 17 albums laced with their technical virtuosity.

Concertgoers can expect to hear myriad genres at play. The group’s discography features a version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” as well as Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.” And the trio is not afraid to mash The Ventures’ “Ghost Riders in the Sky” with The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” into a single track.

The event is free to the public and begins at 7 p.m. at Nichols Band Shell at Stewart Park, Roseburg.

Reporter Troy Brynelson can be reached at 541-957-4218 or tbrynelson@nrtoday.com. Or follow him on Twitter @TroyWB .

After-hours show at My Coffee and Wine tonight

July 17, 2015 — 

Two Seattle-based pianists and songwriters will be playing an after-hours show at My Coffee and the Wine Experience tonight.

Aaron English and Jessa Young are coming to Roseburg to perform at the café in their unique styles. English, who will take the stage first, performs world beat-influenced rock music while Young describes her particular style of music as “electro-acoustic ethno pop.” She said the sound fuses pop music with classic orchestration and world beats.

Both performers have been playing music for over two decades and are also music teachers when they’re not performing.

The show will start at 8 p.m. at the coffee house, 1700 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg. There is no cover, but donations are appreciated.

Information: 541-229-1230.

Reporter Troy Brynelson can be reached at 541-957-4218 or tbrynelson@nrtoday.com. Or follow him on Twitter @TroyWB .

Jonatha Brooke to take the stage tonight at Riverbend Live!

July 17, 2015 — 

Folk-rock singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke will be performing at Riverbend Live! tonight. The Massachusetts-born performer will take the stage at 7 p.m. at Riverbend Park, 243 Thompson Ave., Winston.

Brooke began playing music as part of folk-rock duo The Story, which released two albums before disbanding in 1994. Since then, Brooke has embarked on a solo career, and after a falling-out with her record label, MCA Records, she formed her own label. She released her album “The Works,” in 2008.

Recently, Brooke has cowritten songs with the likes of Katy Perry and The Courtyard Hounds. Brooke’s music has also appeared in films and on television.

This summer’s remaining acts will be Riverbend Live! Youth Theater presents “The Wizard of Oz” on July 24 and 25, followed by western singer Dan Roberts and cowboy poet Andy Nelson on July 31.

Admission into Riverbend Live! is free. More information is available at www.riverbendlive.org or at 541-679-9732.

Local authors meet for Poetry and Prose in the Garden on July 18

July 15, 2015 — 

Poetry and Prose in the Garden, during which local authors read poetry, fiction, nonfiction and sing, will be held at River Forks Park on July 18.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. and will last until 3 p.m. at the pavilion at River Forks Park, 380 River Forks Park Road, Roseburg.

Books from local authors will be available for purchase, and the event, sponsored by An Association of Writers, will be free.

Information: 303-514-3362.

Ye Olde Art Shoppe to host artist reception July 18

July 8, 2015 — 

Ye Olde Art Shoppe will celebrate its latest galleries from Ginger Clarke with an artist reception on July 18.

Starting at 10:30 a.m., attendants can meet with Clarke and observe her works in oils, watercolor and pastels. Her subject matter varies from people to landscapes and more. Light food will be provided. The reception, which ends at 1 p.m., is free to attend.

Ye Olde Art Shoppe is located at 106 N.E. Oak St., Myrtle Creek. Clarke’s works will be on display throughout July and August.

Information: 541-863-6843.

UVAA's 'Annual Members Show' kicks off July 17

July 7, 2015 — 

Umpqua Valley Arts Association’s “Annual Members Show” — described as “one of the most diverse and cherished exhibits that UVAA puts on display each year” — is set to kick off July 17 and will last through Sept. 10.

The works, supplied by numerous supporting members of UVAA, are displayed on various media. A free reception is planned for 5 p.m. July 17 at the arts center, 1624 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg.

Also opening that day will be the “Summer Camp Show” in the center’s student gallery. Every year, from June through August, UVAA provides art camps for children who then get to display their pieces.

Information: 541-672-2532.

Woody Hite Big Band, Rebecca Kilgore to replace Sunny Adé at the Half Shell

July 6, 2015 — 

The Music on the Half Shell lineup is undergoing some late revisions.

King Sunny Adé & His African Beats will no longer play the July 21 show at the Nichols Band Shell as the group can’t even get into the country. A glitch with computers at the U.S. State Department, which issues visas to travelers coming into the country, has stalled numerous issuances since early June. As a result, the Nigerian world-music band cancelled its date with Roseburg and its entire North American tour.

Organizers for the summer concert series managed to fill the vacant slot with a jazz and swing band from Portland called Woody Hite Big Band, featuring Rebecca Kilgore.

The replacement didn’t come as a huge surprise to organizers of Music on the Half Shell. The state department had been unable to issue visas for travelers coming into the United States since early June. And since the department receives upwards of 50,000 applications a day, visa applications for medical and humanitarian purposes were given priority.

Clint Newell, president of Music on the Half Shell, said the organizers had been receiving updates from King Sunny Adé’s camp for a couple of weeks because the group was concerned it would have to cancel the early shows of its tour. Those cancellations snowballed until the band was forced to cancel its North American tour entirely.

“It’s just unfortunate when it’s our own government,” Newell said. “We initially thought we were going to be OK, but then it was like this problem isn’t going to get fixed in a short amount of time at all.”

Rebecca Kilgore, a Portland-based jazz vocalist who has performed at Carnegie Hall and has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s show “Fresh Air,” will headline the replacement group. She has released over 40 CDs and has been called “one of the best interpreters of the Great American Songbook” by her contemporaries in the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

Newell said the committee was prepared, as it has handled musical acts backing out within 24 hours of taking the stage.

“We’ve had one-day cancellations and we had to re-book a new act literally within a day. It happens, not very often, fortunately,” Newell said.

King Sunny Adé, a Nigerian-born singer and songwriter, had been slated to play this year’s Music on the Half Shell since early May. Adé, born Sunday Adeniyi, has been nominated for a Grammy Award and was poised to deliver this year’s world music, a popular genre every summer for the Half Shell.

Big band music has been popular among concertgoers, Newell said, and the acts can be hard to come by. However, missing out on world music is unfortunate since it has been a semi-regular genre at the concert series.

“We’ve done a number of world-music shows over the years so when we have an opportunity to present one, especially one of this caliber, we like to do what we can,” Newell said. “It would have been nice to get a world-music show but it just wasn’t there.”

Reporter Troy Brynelson can be reached at 541-957-4218 or tbrynelson@nrtoday.com. Or follow him on Twitter @TroyWB .

UACT to present three one-act plays

July 6, 2015 — 

The Umpqua Actors Community Theatre is set to premiere three one-act plays under the title “The Ties That Bind.”

The plays, helmed by three separate directors, were all written by local playwright Richard Packham. The directors are Chase Gilley, Sarah Layton and Daniel Squire.

The plays, “Just Like Old Times,” “What Goes Around” and “Your Soul, My Soul,” explore the themes of relationships and why men and women stay together, for better or worse.

The plays will run at 7:30 p.m. on July 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the Betty Long Unruh Theatre at 1614 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg. Tickets cost $5 and are available at the UACT box office or by calling 541-673-2125.

Aces Wild to play Delfino Winery

July 1, 2015 — 

Local rock ’n’ roll crew Aces Wild is set to entertain guests at Delfino Winery.

The Roseburg-based group will hit the stage at 5:30 p.m. on July 18 at the winery, 3829 Colonial Road, Roseburg.

Tickets will be $10, available at the door or ahead of time. Food from Smokehouse Catering & BBQ will be available.

Seating is first-come, first-served.

Information: 541-673-7575.

Eugene Symphony Association to play concert with local musicians on July 19

July 1, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Youth Orchestra and Eugene Symphony Association will come together for a concert at the Nichols Band Shell at Stewart Park.

The two musical groups will perform together for the Summer Pops Concert, playing classical music, Broadway favorites and popular tracks.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. on July 19 at the Half Shell, 1700 W. Stewart Park Drive, Roseburg.

The concert is free, though donations are accepted.

Information: 541-863-2102.

Roseburg's 'Movies in the Park' continues Friday

June 24, 2015 — 

Roseburg’s Parks and Recreation Department will show another movie at the Stewart Park Band Shell on Friday.

This week’s film is “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” a movie adaptation of the hit show from Nickelodeon.

Pre-movie activities begin at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will start around 9 p.m., with food and beverages available from vendors on site. Blankets are recommended.

Artist reception at Fisher's Flowers on June 26

June 17, 2015 — 

Local art gallery and flower shop Fisher’s Flowers will be hosting a reception for the artists of their latest pieces.

Bend artist Judy Hoiness will display her work “Impressions of Oregon III” alongside the work of local artist Paul Zegers, whose work is titled “Treks in the City.” The works will be on display from Monday through September 11.

The reception will start at 5:30 p.m. on June 26 at Fisher’s Flowers, 638 W. Harrison St., Roseburg.

Information: 541-672-6621.

The Delgani String Quartet to play Delfino Winery on June 27

June 17, 2015 — 

The Delgani String Quartet, a nonprofit organization that has recently performed at local benefits for the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Mozart Players, will take the stage at Delfino’s Winery on June 27.

The quartet, comprised of cellist Kelly Quesada and violinists Jannie Wei, Morgan O’Shaughnessey and Wyatt True, will play while attendees eat and taste wine.

The event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m., June 27 at Delfino Winery, 3829 Colonial Road, Roseburg. Tickets cost $10, which includes wine tasting, music and door prizes.

Information: 541-673-7575.

Elkton Butterfly Run and Garden Celebration set for June 20

June 17, 2015 — 

This year’s Elkton Butterfly Run is set to take off on Saturday.

The colorful, family-friendly 5K fun-run-and-walk will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Elkton Community Education Center, 15850 Highway 38 W., Elkton, and continue along the Umpqua River. Awards will be handed out to the first-place male and female finishers in two age groups: 40 years old and younger, and 41 and older.

That day, the ECEC will also present its annual Blooms & Butterflies Garden Celebration, featuring live music, barbecue, craft and vendor booths and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the same location.

Entry fees are $25, but participants are no longer guaranteed to receive T-shirts.

Information: 541-584-2692 or info@elktonbutterflies.com.

Freed Estate Winery's Summer Celebration coming Saturday

June 17, 2015 — 

Freed Estate Winery will host its Summer Celebration Saturday, complete with hula dancers, rock music and wine tasting.

A Hawaiian-style lunch, served by Smokehouse Catering at noon, will be available for purchase; and, at 2 p.m., local rock band American Goulash will perform.

There is a $5 admission charge, which includes wine tasting. Reservations appreciated. Freed Estate Winery is located at 430 Hooten Road, Winston.

Information: 541-236-4993.

Roseburg's 'Movies in the Park' continues this Friday

June 17, 2015 — 

Roseburg’s Parks and Recreation Department will continue to show movies at the Stewart Park Half Shell on Fridays throughout the month.

This Friday’s film is “Penguins of Madagascar,” a spin-off of the animated “Madagascar” franchise following the eccentric penguin spies on a new mission.

Pre-movie activities begin at 7:30 p.m. each Friday, and the movie will start around 9 p.m., with food and beverages available from vendors on site. Blankets are recommended.

Chitwood Studio of Dance to perform at UCC on June 17 and 19

June 3, 2015 — 

Chitwood Studio of Dance is set to perform its 46th annual recital on June 17 and 19 this year.

The event, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will be held at the Jacoby Auditorium at Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Winchester.

Both days will feature a two-hour program full of ballet, tap dance and jazz from students, ages 7-years-old to adults.

This year’s featured works are an original, 18-minute ballet set to Claude Bolling’s “Hispanic Dances (With a Blues Touch)” and a shorter piece set to “Amazing Grace.”

Tickets will be $5 per seat and are available at the door or at Chitwood Studio of Dance at 3782 Hooker Road, Roseburg.

Information: 541-673-5792.

Belly dancing competition returns to Seven Feathers on June 13 and 14

June 3, 2015 — 

The Belly Dancer USA competition is returning for its 32nd year.

The two-day competition, which pits about a hundred dancers on stage to vie for the people’s choice awards, will return to Seven Feathers Casino Resort, at 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville on June 13 and 14. Dancers will be placed in brackets based on their years of experience and age.

Festivities will kick off at 10:30 a.m. June 13 and will feature music and the dance competition, then performers will take the stage for a separate evening show at 8 p.m. Competitions will continue the following morning.

Admission is $10 each for the competition and evening show on June 13, and $15 for June 14.

Deadline for entrants to participate will be June 6.

Information: 541-315-5550.

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