Humanity at center of ‘Independence’


LA GRANDE — On the surface, “Independence” is a production about a family’s extreme dysfunction. But for director Cassandra Johnson, it’s relatable on a deeper level. “The human brain is so complex, we can feel many layers of emotions all at once,” Johnson said. “When (a character in the play hits her sister), I was worried about the actors but […]

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EOU plans to replace concert piano

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LA GRANDE — Eastern Oregon University students, community members and guests perform on and alongside McKenzie Theater’s grand piano every year. Choral performances, visiting artists, senior recitals, orchestra concerts and more depend on this center-stage instrument. Daniel Durrell, a sophomore music student from Yamhill, has performed on the concert grand piano several times, most recently for the Holiday Music Festival. […]

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EOU celebrates National Poetry Month with Navajo writer


LA GRANDE — Eastern Oregon University will celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading by Navajo poet and author Sherwin Bitsui. Bitsui is the author of “Flood Song” (Copper Canyon Press, 2009) and “Shapeshift” (University of Arizona Press, 2003). Bitsui’s “Flood Song” is a book-length sequence of lyric poems that evoke Native American traditions in a postmodern idiom of fragmentation […]

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Concert showcases new work by music professor

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LA GRANDE — Eastern Oregon University music professor John McKinnon has been busy outside of his academic career, composing his own works with other faculty members in mind as performers. McKinnon will showcase his new compositions at the university on April 14. The short concert comprises 30 minutes with EOU music faculty playing several of McKinnon’s new works. “Nobody can […]

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Artist and activist shares work at EOU


LA GRANDE — Artist Daniela Molnar will visit Eastern Oregon University’s campus to give a public talk about her work. Presented by EOU’s art department, the discussion will cover Molnar’s advocacy for the “sanctity of all beings,” according to a press release. Molnar works in a range of art forms, including painting, art direction, design, writing and collaborative poetry and […]

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“Don’t Blink” pop-up exhibition features works by recent art grad

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A pop-up exhibition of works by local artist and recent Eastern Oregon University graduate Erica Hitzman, of Pendleton, is coming to the gallery at 103 Fir St. in the Sac Annex next to Earth and Vine. A showcase of Hitzman’s recent studio progress, the exhibit comprises acrylic paintings on un-stretched un-treated canvas featuring a spilling technique in combination with detached […]

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