QUICK TAKES: Jan. 31, 2018


Cook Memorial Library hosts Teen Movie

LA GRANDE — Cook Memorial Library’s free Teen Movie will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Community Room. Teen Movie is open to anyone in middle or high school. Call 541-962-1339 or visit the library or its social media pages for the current movie title.

HQ hosts Misty Mouth,  Correspondence School

LA GRANDE — Pendleton’s Misty Mouth will bring its self-titled album to the HQ stage
Feb. 9. Misty Mouth’s music features high pitched vocals, a drippy guitar style and “melodies that hearken back to the FM-radio friendly alternative pop-rock of the 1990s,” according to the event details on HQ’s Facebook page. Go to mistymouth.com to listen.

La Grande’s Correspondence School will also perform. Jeff Grammer, Wayne Marvin Callahan, Lea Over and Andy Steele are eager to test new music on fresh ears. Doors open at 8 p.m., and music starts at 9 p.m. The cost is $7.

Contest invites actors to ‘get your bard on’

LA GRANDE — Art Center East invites artists to participate in the Shakespeare Monologue Contest starting at 6 p.m. March 2 at 1006 Penn Ave. The contest is free and open to the public.

Contestants should prepare a memorable monologue from one of Shakespeare’s plays, using dramatic skills and/or ingenuity. Monologues may be delivered in any style, including as a serious recitation, rap song, collaborative choral production or accompanied by clogging — whatever the actor(s) prefer(s). Monologues should last no more than five minutes. A microphone will be provided, if needed. 

Contestants should arrive at 5:30 p.m. to sign up. There is no entry fee. The judges will be Steve Clements, mayor of La Grande; Grant Turner, founder of the
La Grande Shakespeare Company and owner of Looking Glass Books; and Kenn Wheeler, associate professor of theatre at Eastern Oregon University.

The prize will be $25 cash, a $25 ACE gift card and a commemorative Yorick Skull trophy that may need to be defended in the future. All contestants will receive a $10 coupon for ACE classes.

The monologue contest kicks off Union County’s Big Read, a partnership with Fishtrap, Inc. to build community conversations around Emily St. John Mandel’s novel “Station Eleven.” Big Read events will take place in Wallowa and Union counties from Feb. 22 to March 24 and will include guest speakers, book discussions, workshops and films. There will also be an interactive Museum of Civilization inspired by the one in “Station Eleven,” to which community members are invited to contribute items of personal or cultural significance.

Find out more at www.artcentereast.org/bigread or www.fishtrap.org/for-wallowa-county/the-big-read/.

Tickets on sale for ‘Star Trek’ dinner theatre

LA GRANDE — Tickets are now on sale for “A Tale of Two Star Treks,” a dinner theatre show held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9. Call 541-963-7341 for tickets, which cost $35. The show will be held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 1002 L Ave., La Grande.

Tickets on sale for upcoming theatre productions

Tickets are now available for the following shows:

  • “Independence”  — Feb. 8-10
    A family struggles with their responsibilities to one another and finding their own independence; directed by Cassandra Johnson; held at Eastern Oregon University; visit www.eou.edu/theatre/ and click “Purchase Tickets Online” or “Box Office Information” for tickets.
  • “A Tale of Two Star Treks” — opens Feb. 9
    Two great captains fight over who should lead the greatest battleship, the USS Wallowa; dinner theatre; held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 1002 L Ave., La Grande; call 541-963-7341 for tickets.
  • “Bus Stop” — Feb. 9-18
    A comedy about a romance at a bus stop diner; directed by Scott Violette; performed by Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre, held at the Iron Gate Theatre; visit www.bakerlivetheatre.com and click “Purchase Tickets.”
  • “The Fantasticks” — Feb. 16-24; a musical and romantic comedy about a boy, a girl and their fathers who try to keep them apart; directed by Grant Turner; performed by the La Grande Shakespeare Company, held at the Elgin Opera House; visit www.elginoperahouse.com/box-office and click “Order Tickets Online” for tickets.
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