Entertainment Briefs

ROSEBURG: Sorrel’s work to hang this month

October 8, 2014 — 

Gallery Northwest will host a reception Friday to open an exhibit by local painter Nancy Sorrel.

The reception will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 625 S.E. Jackson St., Roseburg. Sorrel’s work will hang through October.

The Roseburg artist works mainly in pastel.


Information: 541-817-2784.

ROSEBURG: UACT closes up ‘Shop’

October 8, 2014 — 

Stagings of the campy cult classic “Little Shop of Horrors” by the Umpqua Actors Community Theatre run this weekend at the Betty Long Unruh Theatre, 1624 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg.

The musical horror-comedy shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The play closes Sunday, Oct. 12.

It features actors Brandon Dahl as flower shop attendant Seymour Krelborn and Erika Pennington as the object of his affection, Audrey.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $5 for children.

Information: 541-673-2125 or email uactor@cmspan.net.

WINCHESTER: School to hold fundraising dinner

October 8, 2014 — 

The Cobb Children’s Learning Center will hold a gala dinner tomorrow night from 6 to 9 at the Danny Lang Event Center, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Winchester.

The Cobb School will hold events this weekend in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Appetizers and a no-host bar.

Tickets: $30 or $200 for a table of eight.

Call 541-957-9357 or email admin@cobbschool.org for tickets.

WINSTON: Brosi’s welcomes fall with harvest festival

October 8, 2014 — 

Brosi’s Sugar Tree Farm will celebrate another year’s yield with its third annual Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the farm on Winston Section Road in Winston.

The event includes hayrides, a corn maze, petting zoo, pie walk, kiddy ride, nature crafts, pumpkin painting, apple slingshot, bow-and-arrow shooting, festival food. Music by Mark Conrad Baratta. Family photo booth by Krystal Stone Photography.

Full access $8. Hayride $5. General access $2.

Information: 541-679-1472.

WINCHESTER: Pianist Strickland to play Jacoby

October 1, 2014 — 

The Umpqua Symphony Association presents pianist Mike Strickland at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Jacoby Auditorium at Umpqua Community College, 1409 Diamond Lake Blvd., Winchester.

The composer from Eugene presents his arrangements of pop, jazz, blues, boogie and original music. His work was featured on CBS Sports’ PGA Golf for seven seasons and also on NBC, Fox and ABC.

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $5 students and $40 for families. Information: 541-863-2102 or email info@umpquasymphony.org.

WINSTON: Charity pumpkin patch to open at Safari

October 1, 2014 — 

Camp Millennium’s pumpkin patch is now open weekends this month at the Wildlife Safari, 1790 Safari Road, Winston.

The area is open Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

The area features carnival games, bounce house, train and pumpkin coach rides, Santa Claus, pumpkin wheel, face painting, lollipop forest, treats and a gem and treasure hunt.

The event is a fundraiser for Camp Millennium, a camp for kids with cancer.

Information: 541-378-4237.

CANYONVILLE: LeRoy Bell headlines pumpkin fest

October 1, 2014 — 

Organizers of Canyonville’s annual Pumpkin and Music Celebration have announced LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends will headline this year’s festival.

The celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at Canyonville’s Pioneer Park. Scheduled this year are a classic car show, pumpkin carving, pie-eating contest, recipe contest, giant pumpkins, scarecrow contest, tall tale-telling, animals from the Wildlife Safari, live music, barbecue and beer garden.

Singer-songwriter LeRoy Bell of Seattle has appeared in the U.S. version of the television contest show “X Factor.”

Information: 541-430-6681 or canyonvillepumpkinfestival.com.

ROSEBURG: Bird talk heading for Douglas County Library

October 1, 2014 — 

The Umpqua Audubon Society hosts a talk by “Birding” magazine associate editor Noah Strycker next week at the Douglas County Library, 1409 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg.

Strycker will present his speech “Bird World: Insights for Humans from the Amazing Lives of Birds” in the Ford Room at 7 p.m. Oct. 8. He will discuss how humans relate to birds, with attention given to the navigational abilities of pigeons, speed in hummingbirds, scent in vultures and the physics of starling flocks.

Information: info@umpquaaudubon.org.

DOUGLAS COUNTY: Auditions set for local performance of ‘Nutcracker’

September 24, 2014 — 


Auditions set for local performance of ‘Nutcracker’

A representative of the Eugene Ballet Co. is coming to Roseburg on Sept. 28 to audition dancers for parts in “The Nutcracker.”

Children 7 and older are needed, all of whom must have ballet experience. The auditions will take place at the Knights of Pythias Hall, 638 S.E. Rose St., while the show itself will run Nov. 23 at Umpqua Community College. There is a $5 fee for those selected to be in the ballet, and no latecomers will be allowed to try out.

Audition schedule:

Waltz of flowers — noon to 1 p.m., audition and instruction. Girls are needed who are 14 and older, between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall. They need at least two years of serious pointe training, and they must come with their toe shoes.

Party guests — 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., audition and instruction. Boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 14 are needed. They must be between 4 feet to 5 feet 7 inches tall, and they need a minimum of three years of ballet training.

Bon bons — 2 to 3:30 p.m., audition and instruction. Boys and girls between the ages of 9 to 12 are needed. They must be between 4 feet to 5 feet tall, and they need a minimum of two years of ballet training.

Angels — 3 to 4 p.m., registration and warm up, audition and instruction. These parts are for girls between the ages of 7 to 9. They must be between 4 feet to 4 feet 7 inches tall and have at least one year of ballet training.

Baby mice — 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., audition and instruction. Boys and girls between the ages of 6 to 7 are needed. There is no height requirement, and two months of training is preferred. No one under the age of 6 will be allowed to audition.

A pre-audition rehearsal will take place Saturday, Sept. 27 at Chitwood Studio of Dance, 7382 Hooker Road, Roseburg. Rehearsal starts at 2:15 p.m. Call for times.

Information: 541-673-5792.

ROSEBURG: Final swift watch set for this weekend

September 24, 2014 — 

As part of its month-long swift watch viewing events, an educational event sponsored by the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society will be held 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26, near the Clay Place chimney in the Fir Grove section of Stewart Park off Harvard Avenue in Roseburg.

Society members will provide information about Vaux’s swifts and birding in general. Artists will host art events for children.

WINCHESTER: Symphony hosts Eugene pianist Strickland

September 24, 2014 — 

The Umpqua Symphony Association presents a solo piano concert from composer Mike Strickland next month at the campus of Umpqua Community College.

The Eugene musician will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Jacoby Auditorium, UCC, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Winchester. Strickland grew up in Jackson, Miss. His catalog includes popular, blues, boogie-woogie and jazz.

Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $5 for students and $40 for families.

Information: 541-863-2102.

Next up, the Oregon Mozart Players perform Dec. 21.

ROSEBURG: Dance class offered; newbies wanted

September 21, 2014 — 

The Buckeroo Barn is accepting beginning dancers this month.

Classes are Tuesday evenings from 6:45 to 9, beginning Sept. 16, at the Buckeroo Barn, 5151 N.E. Stephens St., Roseburg.

September lessons are free. Starting in October, classes are $4.

Couples and solos are invited to attend. Organizers say of particular need are solo men.

Information: 541-672-0964 or umpquaareasquaredancers.org.

OAKLAND: Winery hosts evening of Bach

September 21, 2014 — 

Oakland winery MarshAnne Landing hosts a night of Bach this weekend as Eugene pianist and composer Alexander Schwartzkopf performs the “Goldberg Variations.”

The show starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at 175 Hogan Road, Oakland.

The Goldberg Variations are said to be rarely heard live, due to the Baroque piece’s difficulty.

Admission: $30.

Reservations required. Call 541-459-7998.

WINCHESTER: Gay mens chorus to perform at Jacoby Auditorium

September 21, 2014 — 

The Portland Gay Mens Chorus sings at Jacoby Auditorium at 2 p.m. Sunday on the campus of Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Winchester.

The show is hosted by the Associated Students of Umpqua Community College. Proceeds will go to the HIV Alliance, which has offices in Eugene and Roseburg. The show is part of the chorus’ “Celebrate Oregon” tour.

Tickets: $12 adults in advance, $7 students and children younger than 18 an $12 for seniors.

Information: 541-440-7700.

ROSEBURG: Shemekia Copeland to play Half Shell

July 30, 2014 — 

Blues singer Shemekia Copeland will perform at Music on the Half Shell at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Nichols Bandshell at Stewart Park.

From Chicago, and the daughter of noted blues musician Johnny Copeland, Shemekia Copeland has been one of the country’s prominent female blues singers for two decades.

Performing Aug. 12 at the Half Shell will be Portland orchestral band Pink Martini.

Information: Halfshell.org.

CANYONVILLE: Music in Park to host skilled songsters

July 9, 2014 — 

Pioneer Park will be the scene of a performance by Andy Anderson, Moonglow and Dave Kennedy starting at 6:30 p.m. July 16.

The show is part of Canyonville’s summer Music in the Park series.

Anderson is the co-spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Living in Roseburg, where he is also the music director and choir leader. Kennedy is a 20-something sax phenom, and Moonglow is made up of musicians Jerry Ashford and Beth McNamara, originally of San Francisco.

The show is free but donations go toward the Canyonville Chamber of Commerce’s park bleacher awning fund and the Canyonville Lions Club. Seventy percent of donations go to the Chamber’s bleacher awning fund and 30 percent go to the Lion’s Club.

DOUGLAS COUNTY: Artist Carnate to brighten kids’ summer days with bugs

July 9, 2014 — 

Artist Victoria Carnate presents a free, educational art program for kids, “Illuminated Insects,” next week at all 11 branches of the Douglas County Library system.

Carnate will teach kids to make wearable insects, with a bit of science mixed in. The program is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program. A parent should accompany children younger than 8.

Check The News-Review’s entertainment calendar for dates and times.

Information: 541-440-4305

WINSTON: Drops to drop by Riverbend Park

July 9, 2014 — 

The Riverbend Live! music series continues July 11 with the old-time black folk band Carolina Chocolate Drops performing from 7 to 9 p.m. at Riverbend Park in Winston.

The show is free.

The banjo- and fiddle-based band won a Grammy Award for its 2010 debut album, “Genuine Negro Jig.”

The series continues July 18 with blues singer Janiva Magness.

Information: Riverbendlive.org.

SUTHERLIN: Country Music Express to make Central Park stop

July 9, 2014 — 

Western band Country Music Express performs from 6 to 8 p.m. July 11 at Sutherlin’s Central Park.

The show is part of the city’s Music Off Central summer music series. The show is free. No dogs allowed. No alcohol over 12 percent by volume.

Dial-A-Ride will be available but call 888-232-8121 during business hours to set up a ride.

Information: 541-459-4522.

DOUGLAS COUNTY: Learn about the science of song

July 9, 2014 — 

Musician Joe Ross will present an original, informational music program July 11 at branches of the Douglas County Library system.

The interactive family concert, “The Science of Sound,” features demonstrations of instruments, sing-alongs and original music by Ross and Lana Walter Graff.

Performances will be in Riddle at 12:30 p.m. and Glendale at 3 p.m.

The free show is part of the library system’s “Fizz, Boom, Read!” summer reading program.

Information: 541-440-4305 or visit http://dclibrary.us or email rossjoe@hotmail.com.

SUTHERLIN: Christian motorcyclists to make noise

July 9, 2014 — 

Sutherlin’s weekly gospel music series continues with the Christian Motorcyclists Association singing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 13 at Central Park.

The CMA is a national organization that hosts rides and spiritual events. Chapter 374, The Cross Road Riders, operates out of Roseburg, and Chapter 22, The Heaven Bound Riders, is based in Eugene.

The outdoor performance is free.

Next week, John and Jill Keller perform at the gospel series.

Information: 459-4522 or 459-4155.

ROSEBURG: Righteous vibes to rattle Half Shell

July 9, 2014 — 

Up next at Music on the Half Shell will be Bob Marley’s famous backing band, The Wailers, which plays 7 p.m. July 15 at the Nichols Bandshell in Stewart Park.

A crowd of approximately 10,000 people gathered the last time the Wailers played here. Singing lead this time will be Jamaican musician Dwayne “Danglin’” Anglin.

Performing next will be Irish band Dervish, which play July 22.

Information: halfshell.org.

CANYONVILLE: Temptations coming to casino

July 9, 2014 — 

Classic rhythm and blues combo The Temptations performs at Seven Feathers Casino Resort at 9 p.m. July 11 at 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville.

The original Motown act has sold tens of millions of records since the early 1960s. One original member, Otis Williams, still sings in the group.

Tickets are $20 and $30.

Doors open at 8 p.m.

Information: 877-772-5425.

Oakland winery hosts Eugene Opera in an evening of arias

July 3, 2014 — 

Reggie Tonry’s is an interesting opera story.

The son of the house manager of the Metropolitan Opera House (“I literally grew up in the theater”), he first appeared onstage at age 10 at the Met, in Giacomo Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi.”

At the Met.

Though a trained vocalist, he went in another direction professionally, becoming a locomotive conductor. But he never let opera go.

“For me, it’s just the love of music,” he said.

Tonry, 75, will be among approximately two dozen singers performing individual and ensemble arias July 12 at Oakland’s MarshAnne Landing Winery. The evening is a result of complementary efforts: the winery’s ambition to present classical music in Douglas County and the opera’s outreach-minded Artist Mentor Program.

“The whole idea is to promote the arts,” said Tonry, the Eugene Opera’s outreach coordinator.

In this vein, the Eugene Opera has been serious about presenting modern works, not just big, serious tragedies from opera’s golden age. The company recently staged “Nixon in China” (which is just what it sounds like), “Dead Man Walking” (based on the same book as the movie) and Puccini’s little-known, schlocky “Girl of the Golden West,” complete with sheriff, Native Americans and a chorus of shabby miners.

Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is scheduled for next season.

Tonry says he’s one of two or three “true” basses in the Eugene area. Those who sing in the lowest register can perform well into their senior years, provided one takes care of his instrument.

“Opera is the most difficult of the performing arts because not only do you need the singing, but you have to have the costumes and the acting everything else that goes into a performance,” Tonry said.

“Opera singers are the Olympic athletes of musicians.”

This being the off-season for opera singers, performances like the one at MarshAnne help keep singers honed. For now, keeping match fit is a priority, said soprano Brooke Cagno, who will also sing in Oakland.

Along with Italian, prominent operas have been written in German, French, Spanish, Latin, English and Russian.

“I haven’t had to sing in Russian yet,” Cagno said.

The 34-year-old soprano added it’s not enough to phonetically sound out the words of a foreign language. Diction coaching is required to get the right sound to a native speaker.

Cagno can hold a note for nearly a full minute. Onstage she can hit a high E flat, and in the privacy of her home, a high F.

Cagno is a “compramario,” an opera bit player. She’s never died onstage, though she’s often been the grieving attendant.

She has also been asked to serve as a “cover study,” filling in for featured performers at rehearsal. Marquee soloists, even working for the relatively tiny Eugene Opera, get flown in and don’t rehearse as much with the full cast, Cagno explained. She had this role in the modern English-language opera “Dead Man Walking,” which was surprisingly affecting.

“The joy for me comes from bringing opera to smaller communities,” she said.

Greg and Fran Cramer have hosted the Eugene Opera at their MarshAnne Landing Winery for eight years. The couple came to Oregon from Washington D.C., where they worked for the Food and Drug Administration until heading west to make wine in 2001. They’ve made the deck overlooking their 17 acres the site of numerous classical music performances.

Greg Cramer, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry, said he tested levels of environmental contaminants in seafood supplies while Bill Clinton was president. He’s been hooked on opera since hearing Maria Callas sing Verdi’s “La Traviata” in 1976.

“It’s a rare treat to host this level of talent in the Roseburg area, because you don’t hear opera in Douglas County,” he said.

The Cramers have other higher-brow offerings planned for 2014. On July 19, MarshAnne hosts a Brazilian jazz concert by the seven-piece Tom Bergeron Brasil Band. Soprano Siri Vik will perform Aug. 9. Pianist Alexander Schwartzkof will play Bach’s Goldberg Variations Sept. 21, tenor David Gustafson will perform Italian arias Nov. 29 and the Oregon Bach Collegium will perform period holiday music on early instruments Dec. 7.

“It’s going to be an elegant affair,” Cramer said.

• You can reach reporter Garrett Andrews at 541-957-4218 or at gandrews@nrtoday.com.

ROSEBURG: AmberLee will ring in the Fourth at Delfino

July 2, 2014 — 

The blues band AmberLee and the Mix performs from 6 to 9 p.m. July 4 at Delfino Vineyards, 4829 Colonial Road, Roseburg.

The Oregon-based touring house band of Pacific Northwest Artists features a diverse group of seasoned artists, including Amber Lee, Jackie Rivas, Kenard Barral, Anothony Rivas and Benny Valdez.

Bring a chair or blanket. Social hour starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10.

Information: 541-673-7575 to reserve tickets.

ROSEBURG: UACT auditions for ‘Little Shop’ up next

July 2, 2014 — 

Umpqua Actors Community Theatre is seeking fresh blood for its next effort, “Little Shop of Horrors.” Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. July 13 and July 14. Twelve actors are needed: six women and six men. Actors older than 16 are preferred. Come with a piece of music prepared to perform. No experience is required.

The musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken follows hard-luck floral assistant Seymour, who discovers an exotic plant that develops a taste for blood.

Information: 541-673-2125.

ROSEBURG; Winery to host singer Beth Wood

July 2, 2014 — 

Abacela Winery hosts an evening of music and wine with a back patio performance by Beth Wood at 6 p.m. July 5 at 12500 Lookingglass Road, Roseburg.

The Eugene singer-songwriter grew up in Lubbock, Texas. She has recorded eight albums and has a background in classical music. Wood’s acoustic music has been described as soulful, organic, intelligent and “barefoot.”

Information: 541-679-6642.

ROSEBURG: Street band up next at Half Shell

July 2, 2014 — 

The Playing for Change Band is the next act to play the Music on the Half Shell series, 7 p.m., July 8, at the Nichols Band Shell in Stewart Park in Roseburg. The show is free.

The band is a collection of one-time street performers gathered by producers of a popular web series.

The Wailers will perform next, July 15, followed by Irish band Dervish.

DOUGLAS COUNTY: Learn about the science of song at the library

July 2, 2014 — 

Musician Joe Ross will present an original, informational music program next week at all 11 branches of the Douglas County Library system.

The interactive family concert, “The Science of Sound,” features demonstrations of instruments, sing-alongs and original music by Ross and Lana Walter Graff.

Performances will be in Oakland and Winston July 7; Drain, Sutherlin and Roseburg July 8; Reedsport and Yoncalla July 9; Myrtle Creek and Canyonville July 10 and at Riddle and Glendale July 11.

The free show is part of the library system’s “Fizz, Boom, Read!” summer reading program.

For times call 541-440-4305 or visit http://dclibrary.us or email rossjoe@hotmail.com.

CANYONVILLE: ‘Temptations’ coming to casino

July 2, 2014 — 

Classic rhythm and blues combo The Temptations performs at Seven Feathers Casino Resort at 9 p.m. July 11 at 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville.

The original Motown act has sold tens of millions of records since the early 1960s. One original member, Otis Williams, still sings in the group.

Tickets are $20 and $30.

Doors open at 8 p.m.

Information: 877-772-5425.

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