Get jazzed about Oregon’s history with ‘From Maxville to Vanport’

Maxville to Vanport

The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble is currently touring with a thoughtfully curated collection of original songs and short films that tell the story of two little-known Oregon towns and the diverse residents that made them unique. “From Maxville to Vanport” celebrates the shared history of African-American Oregonians, focusing on the distinctive viewpoints of the state’s under-discussed black history. “It isn’t […]

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QUICK TAKES: April 4, 2018

Painting lake

Murals to be unveiled Friday (pictured above) BAKER CITY — Two murals by Megan McGuinness were installed at the Royal Building at Court Plaza on March 30, and these works of art will be unveiled at 6 p.m. April 6. The event is open to the public. The artist and members of the Baker City Public Art Commission will be […]

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‘Devil Boys from Beyond’ delightfully absurd

Devil Boys

LA GRANDE — Featuring campy dialogue and eerie otherness, “Devil Boys from Beyond” is seemingly ripped from classic 1950s science-fiction horror flicks, but there are a few notable distinctions. Overt sexuality makes up most of the play, as “everyone knows aliens like to party.” The line, delivered by news photographer Gregory Graham (played by Sam Shown), doesn’t begin to explain […]

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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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Guest choreographers join EOU’s song and dance concert

Benton and Rugh

LA GRANDE — Two professional choreographers are visiting Northeast Oregon for a concert “that takes you places.” Billy Rugh and Michelle Benton said the annual song and dance concert at Eastern Oregon University has something for everyone. “There’s going to be a lot of variety,” Rugh said. “There are modern hits and some older songs,” such as “Proud Mary” and […]

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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 […]

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