Entertainment Briefs

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.

Elkton Butterfly Run and Garden Celebration set for June 20

June 3, 2015 — 

This year’s Elkton Butterfly Run is set to take off on June 20 this year, the Elkton Community Education Center announced.

The colorful, family-friendly 5K fun-run-and-walk will start at 10:30 a.m. at ECEC, 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 $20 per person through June 8 and include a free T-shirt. After that date, including on the day of the event, registration will be $25, with T-shirts not guaranteed.

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

UVAA to celebrate 'Honey in the Horn' with public reading on June 10

June 2, 2015 — 

The Umpqua Valley Arts Association will celebrate the work of “Honey in the Horn” by H.L. Davis on June 10 by hosting a live reading and commentary on Davis’ life.

“Honey in the Horn” tells the coming-of-age story of an orphan named Clay Calvert at the turn of the 20th century. The novel also entwines the histories of pioneers who ventured to Oregon in pursuit of the American dream.

The work earned Davis a Pulitzer Prize in 1936, becoming the first and only native Oregonian to win in the fiction category.

Robert Heilman will read Davis’ novel beginning at 7 p.m. at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association, 1624 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg. Karen Tolley will provide commentary on Davis’ life.

Information: 541-672-2532.

Riverbend Youth Theatre summer camp accepting applications

May 28, 2015 — 

Riverbend Youth Theatre will host a theater camp that will culminate in a staging of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Riverbend Live! concert series in Winston at the end of July.

The camp will run from June 15 to July 25, Monday through Thursday at Winston Middle School, 330 Thompson Ave., Winston. Camp will run from 8:45 a.m. to noon, and the camp is free of cost. The campers will then produce their play at Riverbend Live! on July 24 and 25.

The camp is available to children in the Winston and Dillard areas only, but there is no limit on the number of campers. Campers will make their own costumes as part of the activities offered.

Applications are available by contacting camp director Melody Schwegel at 541-378-7568 or melodyschwegel@gmail.com.

Summer Arts Festival slated for June 26-28

May 27, 2015 — 

The Umpqua Valley Arts Association will present its 47th Annual Summer Arts Festival at the end of June.

The arts festival, which will display over 100 local and regional artists, will be held at Fir Grove Park just behind the Umpqua Valley Arts Association at 1624 W. Harvard Ave.

Other features will include The News-Review Kids’ Zone, a food court featuring local barbecue, McMenamins Roseburg Station and Umpqua Dairy, as well as craft beer and local wine, and music from local talents such as Mo’ Jo Boogie and Kenny Holmes and the Blues Daddys.

Headlining musicians also include Norman Sylvester and Eugene-based rockers Etoufee.

The festival kicks off at 12 p.m. Friday, June 26, and starts at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission will be $3 per person or $10 per family, with children under the age of 6 admitted free.

Information: 541-672-2532.

Live On Stage Roseburg! membership campaign underway

May 27, 2015 — 

The membership campaign for the Live on Stage Roseburg! 2015-16 season is underway through Sunday.

Throughout the year, the concert series will present four regular concerts and a special program at the Jacoby Auditorium at Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Rd., Winchester.

Opening the series will be Fireworks Ensemble, a group of six performers with a jazzy repertoire, on Sept. 22. On Oct. 12, singer-songwriter David Myles will play, along with a backing trio of two guitarists and a bassist.

“An Afternoon of Comic Opera” will be staged on Nov. 8 and will feature soprano Heather Homquest and will be directed by Jason Heald. On March 12, 2016, pop group The Diamonds will perform hits from “American Bandstand.”

Closing the series on April 29, 2016, will be the quartet Stringfever, playing electric violins, viola and cello.

Memberships for Live On Stage Roseburg! cost $55 for adults, $20 for students and $125 for families of two adults and children. Prices may increase after Sunday.

Information: www.roseburgcommunityconcerts.org.

UCC to broadcast 'Man and Superman' from London

May 27, 2015 — 

Umpqua Community College is set to broadcast George Bernard Shaw’s “Man and Superman” from London’s West End. The play, starring Ralph Fiennes (“Schindler’s List”) as protagonist Jack Tanner, follows a celebrated radical thinker and bachelor who flees to Spain before he is captured by bandits and meets the devil.

The show is presented through National Theatre Live, which uses carefully positioned cameras set up at the famed London stage to broadcast performances to theaters around the world.

The show will run at 3 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at UCC’s Centerstage Theater, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Roseburg.

Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and UCC staff, $8 for UCC students and people under the age of 18. The show is not recommended for young children.

Information: 541-440-7700.

Live On Stage Roseburg! membership campaign underway

May 22, 2015 — 

The membership campaign for the Live on Stage Roseburg! 2015-16 season is underway through May 31.

Throughout the year, the concert series will present four regular concerts and a special program at the Jacoby Auditorium at Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Rd., Winchester.

Opening the series will be Fireworks Ensemble, a group of six performers with a jazzy repertoire, on Sept. 22. On Oct. 12, singer-songwriter David Myles will play, along with a backing trio of two guitarists and a bassist.

“An Afternoon of Comic Opera” will be staged on Nov. 8 and will feature soprano Heather Homquest and will be directed by Jason Heald. On March 12, 2016, pop group The Diamonds will perform hits from “American Bandstand.”

Closing the series on April 29, 2016, will be the quartet Stringfever, playing electric violins, viola and cello.

Memberships for Live On Stage Roseburg! cost $55 for adults, $20 for students and $125 for families of two adults and children. Prices may increase after May 31.

Information: www.roseburgcommunityconcerts.org.

Control-Line Regionals coming to Roseburg Airport this weekend

May 19, 2015 — 

The 44th annual Control-Line Northwest Regional Championships will be held this year from May 22 to 24 at the Roseburg Regional Airport.

Different than regular radio-controlled aircraft, these are large model aircraft that are attached to the pilot via two wires, and the pilots maneuver the planes manually. Contestants compete in numerous categories and are judged at various levels, from novice to expert. Some of the planes can have wingspans of 5 feet or more.

The championships kick-off at 10 a.m. Friday, May 22 and continue at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24.

Admission is free.

Information: 503-871-1057.

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