QUICK TAKES: May 23

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Fort Vine front couple to perform at JaxDog

LA GRANDE — The front couple behind Fort Vine, a New York City-based indie band, brings their happy grooves to town during a stop on their U.S. tour this month.

Trevor Tunison and Nyna Nelson will perform May 30 at JaxDog Café & Books, 1118 Adams Ave., La Grande. The free show will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The duo is on tour promoting their new album “Stay Magical.”

Folk and art rock –– a subgenre of rock music –– may best describe Fort Vine’s sound. Their songs feature strong harmonies resonating with meaningful poetry and themes of connectivity and looking on the bright side of life.

Tunison and Nelson have been on the road since March promoting their new album, “Stay Magical,” which garnered more than 30,000 listeners on Spotify within the first three weeks of its release. They are traveling and living out of their beloved sprinter van, Gypsee Bungalow.

Fort Vine is named for a secret tree fort the songwriting duo built in Manhattan. Since forming in 2013, the group has been noted as one of NYC’s best unsigned bands by The New York Observer.

Drummer Luke Markham and bassist Kenny Johnson, who are not on this tour, round out the ensemble.

Fort Vine’s first album, “One in the Same,” was pressed to vinyl and distributed worldwide by Feedbands, a crowdsourced record label that enables artists to retain all rights to their music.

For more information about the La Grande show, see the Facebook event by @jaxdogcafe or call 541-962-6390.


Please note, the date of the “Sleeping Beauty” performance was inaccurately listed in the print edition. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

‘Sleeping Beauty’ features pro dancers

LA GRANDE — La Grande School of Ballet will perform “The Sleeping Beauty” with two guest artists from Ballet Idaho in Boise. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Mckenzie Theatre at EOU.

This is an opportunity to see professional dancers on a local stage, as Andrew Taft and Elizabeth Barreto are principals with Ballet Idaho. The pair will join students ages 4 to adult in this timeless classic set to the music of Tschaikovsky.

Many fairies bestow gifts on the princess Aurora (played by Barreto) at her christening. These include Beauty (portrayed by Emma Coulter), Kindness (Jordan Null), Wisdom and Grace (Ahnica Shoemaker), Song (Loree Holmquist), Passion (Gwen Harrison) and the Lilac Fairy (Freedom Coston).

An evil fairy, Carabosse, who was not invited, arrives with her bats and pronounces a curse, that the princess will prick her finger on a spindle and die when she is 16. The Lilac fairy softens the curse to cause her to go into a sleep for 100 years. Aurora will then be awakened by a prince (Taft).

The story weaves through court scenes, in the woods and a final wedding celebration including the famous “Sleeping Beauty Waltz.”

Participation of the Ballet Idaho dancers was made possible by local sponsors and Red Cross Drug.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5. Children ages 4 and younger get in free.


Go! has new policy

Due to schedule changes, Go! magazine is now asking Union and Wallowa county event organizers to submit detailed press releases to gonortheastoregon@gmail.com. Baker County submissions will still be made as usual to Lisa Britton at the Baker City Herald.


Fiddle show Saturday

SUMPTER — Blue Mountain Old-Time Fiddlers will perform at 1 p.m. May 26, at the little white schoolhouse in Sumpter, during the flea market. The cost is $5 for general admission, $4 for members of the Blue Mountain Fiddler Association or free for ages 12 and younger.


Railroad season opens

SUMPTER — For the opening weekend of operation, the Sumpter Valley Railroad will run several round trips this weekend between McEwen Station and Sumpter.

Trains leave from McEwen at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and from Sumpter at 11:35 a.m. and 2 p.m. This also coincides with Sumpter’s Memorial Day weekend flea market. Fares are $21 adults, $18 seniors, $12 children and $57 per family (two adults and two children).  For details, visit www.sumptervalleyrailroad.org or call 541-894-2268.


BHS presents ‘The Losers Club’

BAKER CITY — The Baker High School drama department will present “The Losers Club” at 7 p.m. May 25, at BHS, 2500 E St. BHS students are touring this production, which has  an anti-bullying message. Admission is free, although donations will be accepted.


Catfish derby returns

HUNTINGTON — Huntington’s 32nd-annual catfish derby runs Saturday through Monday. Registration is Saturday morning, with the tournament beginning at noon. The last fish weigh-in is 4 p.m. Monday. The weekend includes a catfish cookoff, bingo, flea market and a street dance Saturday night. Sunday’s duck derby begins at 1 p.m. The steak feed runs from 2-7 p.m. Sunday (ribeye, $18; hamburger, $8).

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