QUICK TAKES: Feb. 7, 2018

Quick Takes

LG Brewskis presents Shannon Gray

UNION — Musician Shannon Gray will perform at LG Brewskis  at 7 p.m. Feb. 9. The Baker City artist has described her music as being influenced by folk and blues.

For more information, find “Shannon Gray – music” on Facebook. To listen to her tracks, visit www.soundcloud.com/shannon-gray-916926030.  For more about LG Brewskis, which regularly hosts live music, visit www.lgbrewskis.com.


Side A Brewing posts February schedule

LA GRANDE — Side A Brewing has announced its February schedule of events.

  • Feb. 7: Trivia Night
  • Feb. 8: EOU Spirit Night
  • Feb. 10: Sum People Acoustic
  • Feb. 13: Beer Choir
  • Feb. 14: Trivia Night
  • Feb. 16: Cellotronik (Portland)
  • Feb. 21: Gleewood (New Mexico)
  • Feb. 23: Brent Smith Trio
  • Feb. 24: Dog Bite Harris/ Cory Peterson
  • Feb. 28: Trivia Night

Tunesmith Night held Feb. 10 in Enterprise

ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance presents another edition of Tunesmith Night at 7 p.m. Feb. 10. The show features songwriters Mike Mallory, May Arden and Eric Sinclair.

This month’s program moves to a new location — Sugar Time Bakery, 107 North River Street, Ste. A, Enterprise. The newly renovated space will provide the perfect atmosphere for our listening audience.

For Mike Mallory, the song is the thing. Mallory has been playing music professionally since age 15. He is comfortable strapping on his Telecaster and turning up to 11 or finger picking his acoustic.

“That is the beauty of the players my age, we did not realize there was a division between acoustic and electric music,” said Mallory, who is a member of the La Grande alt-country/Americana band The Wasteland Kings, along with son Kris Mallory who is lead vocalist and main songwriter for the group. This is Mallory’s fourth appearance at Tunesmith Night.

May Arden was born and raised in Hood River. Her passion is to bring operatic music, which is rooted in the minds and hearts of working people, back to the people who gave birth to it. In her original, beat driven music, she combines a humming technique from her operatic training that creates a gateway between a form that takes decades of training and the everyday people that originated it.

Eric Sinclair is a talented songwriter and musician who was part of the band Saigon County, performing around the region for a few years. Sinclair has an accessible style, quick wit and knows his way around a guitar.

Tunesmith Night is presented in a round-robin format. Admission is $10 at the door or by season pass. Doors open at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome. Sugar Time will have the kitchen open for soups, sandwiches and sweet treats. Bring your own adult beverages.


EORT to hold auditions for upcoming shows

BAKER CITY — Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre will hold auditions for “Save Me a Place on Forest Lawn” and “Oh Baby” auditions at 6 p.m. Feb. 12-13.


Fishtrap announces 2018 summer fellows

ENTERPRISE — The 2018 Summer Fishtrap Fellowship recipients have been announced.

Sarah Aronson writes poems and essays from Missoula,
Montana. Her work can be found in the Portland Review, Big Sky Journal, Camas, and Cirque among others. She is also the host and producer of the Montana
Public Radio program and
podcast, The Write Question.

Cynthia Carmina Gómez, of Portland, was raised on the
Mexican border speaking
Spanish as her native language. She moved to Oregon in 1993 where she spent over 10 years working for the nonprofit Latino Network, operated her own
consulting firm, and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the Environmental Justice Task Force. In 2015, she was awarded the Governors’ Gold Civic Leadership Award. Today, Cynthia serves as the Executive Director of the Cultural Resource Centers and works as faculty at Portland State University where she is also a candidate in the MFA Creative Writing Nonfiction Program. Her biggest inspirations are her life partner Kirk and two children Leia and Nadia.

Cameron McGill, of Moscow, Idaho, is a third-year MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Idaho, a musician, and the poetry editor of the journal Fugue. He is the recipient of a Silver Creek Writers’ Residency and a scholarship to the New York State Summer Writers Institute. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Fogged Clarity, The Harvard Advocate, La Presa, and Grist.

Anne Terashima is a writer and editor from Salt Lake City, Utah. She is completing a master’s degree in writing and publishing at DePaul University, where she is a graduate assistant to the English department. Her work has appeared in Poetry East and the anthology Red Rock Stories: Three Generations of Writers Speak on Behalf of Utah’s Public Lands. Anne loves to hike, bike, and bask in the mountains and red rock of her home state.

This year, Fishtrap provided a fourth Fellowship thanks to the 2017 Summer Fishtrap faculty who saw the value of this opportunity and donated funds to cover the costs.


Visiting author reads at Cook Memorial Library

LA GRANDE — Cook Memorial Library will host M.F. Lorson, a children’s librarian in Eastern Oregon, at 1 p.m. March 3.

M.F. Lorson will briefly discuss her newest book for young adults, “Stage Kiss,” but will focus primarily on her experience writing with co-authors across the country and how publishing has changed in the past 10 years.

Her books will be available for purchase at this free event in the library’s Community Room.

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