QUICK TAKES: Dec. 6, 2017

Korean film

Music lovers can enjoy four bands in one night

LA GRANDE — HQ, 112 Depot St., La Grande, will host four bands on Dec. 15.

Mise (Cooper Trail), Joseph Hein, Catskills and Cig Juice will perform. Music will begin at about 8 p.m. There will be a cover charge of $7 for this 21+ event.

Baker High choral and band programs perform

BAKER CITY — The Baker High School choral and band programs will present the annual Vespers concerts Dec. 10, at BHS, 2500 E St. There will be two performances: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Both programs are the same.

Refreshments and caroling will be held between the two concerts. Admission is free; donations will be accepted to support the choir’s trip to New York City in spring 2018 and to purchase new band instruments.

Library screens ‘Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring’

LA GRANDE — Cook Memorial Library will host Foreign Film Friday at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the
Community Room. This month’s
movie is a Korean film, “Spring, Summer, Fall Winter… and Spring.” There will be subtitles.

Foreign Film Friday events are generally held the second Friday of the month from September through May. Refreshments are provided.

Contact Rose Peacock at the library with any questions at 541-962-1339.

Poet Laureate Program seeks nominations

The Oregon Poet Laureate Program is now accepting nominations for the state’s next poet laureate. Over the course of a two-year term, the poet laureate fosters the art of poetry, encourages literacy and learning, addresses central issues relating to the humanities and heritage, and reflects on public life in Oregon.

Nominations for the position will be accepted through Jan. 13, 2018. The next poet laureate will begin his or her term in April 2018.

To nominate a poet, fill out the online nomination form at oregonpoetlaureate.org. Poets of all subgenres and styles will be considered, including prose, slam poetry and cowboy poetry.

Nominees must be current residents of Oregon and have lived in the state for at least 10 years; be publicly recognized as poets and well regarded for excellence in their work; have a significant body of published or performed work; and agree to the conditions and the term of the appointment.

Elizabeth Woody currently holds the position as Oregon’s eighth poet laureate.

“The position of Oregon’s poet laureate is rich with experiences of many communities, beautiful landscapes and learning of organizations who serve their mission and region with great energy,” Woody said.

During the term, the poet laureate will provide a minimum of 10 public readings/events per year in urban and rural settings across the state that educate community, business and state leaders about the value and importance of poetry and creative expression.

The Poet Laureate program is a collaborative project of the state’s five cultural partners, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and the State Historic Preservation Office, with funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about programs and publications can be found at oregonhumanities.org.

Calling all filmmakers

Oregon Film, Travel Oregon, Danner Boots and the Portland Film Office at Prosper Portland have partnered to bring funding for a new competitive grant, the Outdoor-Adventure Film Grant. The OAFG will enable the selected applicant to create a short film that specifically showcases the spirit, passion and excitement of the outdoor adventure or action sports film genres in the state of Oregon.

Funding of $18,500 as well as equipment, services and support will be provided. Filmmakers from diverse Oregon communities are specifically encouraged to apply (special consideration will be given to filmmakers of color, LGBTQ, women filmmakers and candidates from socio-economically diverse backgrounds).

There is a lack of diverse voices telling outdoor adventure stories. This grant will make it possible for an emerging filmmaker with an interest in specializing his/her career in the outdoor-adventure or action sports film genres to champion inclusivity and representation. The successful film will equally illustrate the inspiration of adventure, the triumph of the human spirit and the distinct possibility that outdoor pursuits can mobilize and empower people to get outside and make their own stories in the great Oregon outdoors.

Further information and an application description can be found at www.oregonmade.org/grants. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Jan. 31, 2018.

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