QUICK TAKES: May 2, 2018

Nika Blasser

‘Romeo and Juliet’ in the park on May 4

BAKER CITY — The Baker High School drama department will present “Romeo and Juliet” (with a modern twist) at 7 p.m.  May 4 in Geiser Pollman Park.

Attendance is free, but donations will be accepted. Proceeds will help fund a play called “The Loser’s Club,” which focuses on anti-bullying and will be toured around the region.

For information, visit www.bakerhighdrama.com.


Shakespeare Company presents ‘Twelfth Night’

LA GRANDE — The La Grande Shakespeare Company will perform “Twelfth Night” May 4-6;  11-13 and 18-20 at Looking Glass Books, 1304 Adams Ave., La Grande.

The Friday and Saturday performances will start at 7 p.m., and the Sunday shows are matinees at 2 p.m. The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets can be reserved by going to the bookstore or calling 971-244-3740.


New works by Pendleton artist on display in LG

LA GRANDE — Art Center East will present an exhibit of new works by Nika Blasser from May 4 to June 22 with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 4. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Pendleton artist Nika Blasser’s work seeks out natural forms that result, sometimes unexpectedly, from the process of exploring her chosen medium.

“Some of the most mundane materials unfold in remarkable ways when given the opportunity,” Blasser said. “Charcoal powder becomes a sooty waterfall, carborundum discloses patterns of sound, and a reflective surface trembles to a visible heartbeat —all of which are able to transcend their ordinary origin.”

This curiosity allows Blasser to turn art-making into a process of discovery. The organic forms that emerge from her investigations hint at the biological, like a collection of new life forms exploring their environment. In her most recent work, Blasser has honed her focus on landscapes. Rock, sky, vegetation and water intermingle with the less tangible: the space between things, reflection, luminosity and even time itself.

Originally from Portland, Blasser lives in Pendleton and works as the marketing director for Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. She holds an MFA from the University of Alberta in Drawing & Intermedia, and a BFA from Portland State University in Painting, Drawing, & Printmaking.

ACE is located at 1006 Penn Avenue in La Grande. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. For more details visit www.artcentereast.org or call 541-624-2800.


Students hold events to raise funds for operatic singing, acting intensive

LA GRANDE — Four EOU students are planning to attend a month-long opera intensive in Italy this summer, but to make the dream a reality, they are first holding several fundraisers.

Among the scheduled events is a street performance during Hood River’s First Friday celebration on May 4 and a Mothers Day Brunch on May 13. One of the students who qualified for the Music in the Marche program, Avalon Bloodgood, will be accompanied by Hannah Flower at the Wallowa Lake Lodge brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 13. Call 541-432-9821 for reservations.

See later issues of Go! magazine for additional fundraising events. Students Jessica Durfee Grove and Aubrey Slaughter have also qualified for the opera program.


GRV Arts Round Table to hold first meeting

LA GRANDE — The first GRV Arts Round Table meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 7 at Art Center East, 1006 Penn Ave, La Grande. The GRV Arts Round Table is intended as a collaborative space for the Valley’s arts organizations.

Possible agenda items include:

  • Introductions – Learn how we each represent/support/contribute to the arts in our region.
  • What do we want from an Arts Round Table?
  • What are we up to and how can we help each other?

Diverse program wraps GRSA chamber season

LA GRANDE — The Grande Ronde Symphony Association will close out the chamber concert season with Diverse Music for Flute, Violin, Cello and Keyboard at 7 p.m. May 5 at 60751Wood Road, La Grande. This concert will feature former concertmaster of the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, Lisa Robertson, and her friends in performance for the last chamber concert of the musical year.

Robertson will be joined by Lanetta Paul on piano, Cathy Muller on flute and Sammy Elwell on cello. Paul is a locally grown pianist and organist extraordinaire. Muller is from Pendleton but many folks will know her as the daughter of Ted and Mary Brown and the daughter-in- law of Marilyn Muller. Elwell is from St. Louis, Missouri, and is currently teaching music in Monument through the Ethos Program.

This chamber concert brings together music originally written for either two flutes or two violins but Lisa and Friends have re-mixed for violin, cello, flute and piano. The group will perform Sonata in G Major, K. 98, by Karl Friedrich Abel, Bagatelles, Op. 47, by Antonin Dvoák, Five Pieces for Flute, Violin and Piano by Dmitri Shostakovich, Sicilienne, Op. 48, and Pavane, Op. 50, both by Gabriel Fauré.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Following the concert, attendees will enjoy conversations with refreshments, wine and punch provided by the board of directors of the GRSA.

Admission is by chamber concert season pass or $25 at the door. For more details, visit www.granderondesymphony.org or contact Patty Sandoz at grsymphony2@gmail.com or 541-963-7595.


The Future is Equal artwork unveiled

LA GRANDE — A large art piece will be revealed as women and men talk about fighting for an equal society and equal rights. Participants are encouraged to wear black to show support of the movement and to create a collective and unified atmosphere among everyone in attendance.

The event will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 4 at Art Center East, 1006 Penn Ave., La Grande.


EOU theatre presents ‘Into the Woods’

LA GRANDE — Everyone’s favorite storybook characters are twisted together in “Into the Woods,” a musical presented by Eastern Oregon University’s theatre department May 16-19. Tickets cost $15 for adults or $10 for seniors, non-college students and military veterans or current service members. EOU students get in for free with a student ID.

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