Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Saintly Seven Devils

What are you doing with the rest of your life?

Maybe that's too big a question for mid-week, so let's bite of a smaller bit and ask what are you doing tomorrow night?

You should be going to Seven Devils brewery, not for the beer although that is a very good thing to go for, but not on this occasion, no you should go for St Cinder.

Now what is St Cinder you may ask?

It is not a weighty philosophical question, nor a metaphysical problem to perplex the very wisdom of the ages, you won't need a yogi, llama, rabbi or even Yoda to unravel this mystery, you might even get it right with a SWAG. (Ask your kids.)

St Cinder is a band and they are unique, exotic, delightful and different.

Now if you lived through the Sixties, and you have any memories of that time, you might recall a band named Spanky and Our Gang. No, that was a different Our Gang. This Our Gang featured the song writing talents of Malcolm Hale and Nigel Pickering and the soaring, incomparable voice of Elaine Macfarland. Spanky and Our Gang burst on to the scene, produced five number one hits including, Sunday Morning, Like to Get to Know You, and Sunday Will Never be the Same and then tragically with the sudden and unexpected death of Malcolm Hale, vanished.

Their hit making kept them alive, but their real spark was in the old Blues and novelty numbers they revived or introduced. The Five Definitions of Love, Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary's exact definition put to song and the wickedly funny and wry “Pot’s too Good To be Just for the Young” were too smart for their audience.

They also introduced, “Jet Plane”, and Everybody’s Talkin at me” and reminded the World that Hoagy Carmichael wrote more than just Stardust.  Hong Kong Blues and Nagasaki sparkle and the a capella version of Stardust is a gem.

But back to the point which is a very reasonable thing to do and important to the flow of this article and Seven Devils and St Cinder, so I will stop beating around that tired ole bush and say, go see St Cinder at Seven Devils!

They ain’t the usual struggling rock band and you might just learn something and you could have a good time and then you wouldn’t have to be told to go see St Cinder cause you’d be yelling it from the rooftops and then the place would sell out and they’d have to be held over and you wouldn’t be able to get in even though you were one of the first to discover St Cinder and that would be horrible so don’t wait, go to Seven devils brewery and see St Cinder while you still can!

They played for the Farmer’s Market so the word is out and you can’t delay, call now and you won’t be left out when St Cinder plays at Seven Devils Brewery tomorrow night. Ole Trawler says check it out.

You'll Get a Lecture

For Immediate Release                                                           Contact: Stephanie Donaldson
October 7, 2015                                                                      Director of Art Education
                                                                                                Coos Art Museum
                                                                                                (541) 267-3901 ext. 105

Coos Art Museum Fall Lecture Series

Fall lecture series themes are based upon the Coos Art Museum exhibitions taking place during the same time.  This year’s lecture series is free to both Coos Art Museum members and non-members.  Donations are gladly accepted.

October 15, 2015
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
From Eye Makeup to Pyramid Power presented by Steven Broocks
Steven Broocks, Coos Art Museum’s Executive Director, discusses the basic attributes of Ancient Egyptian art and thought developed immediately before and during the reigns of the earliest pharaohs.

October 22, 2015
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Printmaking and the Permanent Collection presented by Pat Snyder
One of the area’s most imaginative and skilled printmakers Pat Snyder provides insight into the fine art prints within Coos Art Museum’s Permanent Collection.

October 29, 2015
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
The Artistic Expression of Inter Dimensional Harmonics presented by Emily Ashworth
One of North Bend’s best known cultural leaders and artists Emily Ashworth discusses her inspiration and artistic process.

November 5, 2015
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
A Sense of Place Discussion presented by Mayor Crystal Shoji
Coos Bay Mayor Crystal Shoji leads a conversation with A Sense of Place artists and members of the public about the past, present and future of the “Bay Area”.

Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies the historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The Museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday.  Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.


Thank you for sharing.

Stephanie Donaldson
Director of Art Education
p. (541) 267-3901 ext. 105

Coos Art Museum
235 Anderson
Coos Bay, OR 97420
p. (541) 267-3901
f. (541) 267-4877
Hours of Operation:
Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Museum Admission:
$5 general admission
$2 for students (K-12), seniors (60 & above) and veterans

Free to CAM Members

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


For Immediate Release                                               Contact: Stephanie Donaldson
September 10, 2015                                                    Director of Art Education
                                                                                    Coos Art Museum
                                                                                    (541) 267-3901 ext. 105

Title:                            Day of the Dead Shrines and Shadow Boxes with Mary Humphrey
What:                          shadow box workshop
Dates:                          Friday & Saturday, October 23 & 24, 2015
Time:                           11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Age Range:                 teens and adults
Skill Level:                  all skill levels, no previous experience necessary
Where:                         Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson, Coos Bay, OR
Materials Included?    Most. Students required to bring some tools.
Cost:                            $95 CAM Members / $110 Non-Members
Registration Ends:      October 15, 2015
For more info:             call (541) 267-3901 or email

Coos Art Museum will host a Day of the Dead Shrines and Shadow Boxes workshop from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on both Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 2015. With the guidance of instructor Mary Humphrey, participants will construct a shrine or shadow box reflecting a loved one, pet, saints, or travel destinations. All skill levels are welcome to come create a special keepsake using acrylic molding pastes, paints, and glazes and then embellish with beads, flowers, and other miniature items.

Mary Humphrey has a B.F.A from the University of Oregon and over 30 years of experience in bookbinding, paper art, weaving and a multitude of other art and craft genres.

This workshop is open to teens and adults. Participants of all skill levels are welcome. Space is limited to a maximum of 8 participants. The fee is $95 for CAM members / $110 non-members. Most of the materials are included in the class fee. Students will be required to bring some tools. Registration ends October 15, 2015. For registration visit or stop by Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson in Downtown Coos Bay.


Thank you for sharing.

Stephanie Donaldson
Director of Art Education
p. (541) 267-3901 ext. 105

Coos Art Museum
235 Anderson
Coos Bay, OR 97420
p. (541) 267-3901
f. (541) 267-4877
Hours of Operation:
Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sat. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Museum Admission:
$5 general admission
$2 for students (K-12), seniors (60 & above) and veterans

Free to CAM Members

Monday, October 5, 2015

Here All Week

Visit for a complete schedule and workshop descriptions. We have something for everyone. There are contra dances for complete beginners; workshops for song leaders, musicians, dancers, and aspiring callers; a sing-along; and a concert. Admission to everything is by donation. Seriously -- just come.

Have a friend who's never been to a contra dance? Bring him or her to a contra dance during Folk Week -- we have dances Sunday night, Friday night and Saturday night -- and you'll both get a free ticket to a South Coast Folk Society contra dance, redeemable in October or November.

This month our contra dance schedule is a bit disordered by Folk Week. We have contra dances Oct. 10 at Harding School and Oct. 17 at Greenacres Grange and our fourth-Friday international folk dance Oct. 23 at Greenacres Grange).

Also, there's no Second Sunday Sing-along this month. It's been replaced by the song-leader workshop Sunday, Oct. 4, 2-3 p.m. followed by a sing-along 3-4 p.m. at which the budding song-leaders will practice their new skills. Even if you don't want to learn about song leading, come at 3 p.m. and let us lead you in song. It's at the North Bend Public Library, just like the regular sing-along.

There's also no session at Liberty Pub, on Wednesday Oct. 7. Come to the contra dance workshop instead! Session will resume on Oct. 21. In fact, there are sessions at Liberty Pub every Wednesday now -- but the South Coast Folk Society is organizing only the first (Celtic), third (contra) and occasional fifth (old-time) Wednesdays. Watch for a non-pub, all-ages monthly session starting in November, too.

Wavecrest Discoveries, Coquille Tribal Community Fund, New Community Coalition/The Guild, Ocean Ridge Assisted Living, Bayside Terrace, 7 Devils Brewing, K-DOCK, Cedar Electric, and Liberty Pub all sponsored South Coast Folk Week. Also donating goods, services or cash were Cash and Carry, Abby’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Safeway, and McKay’s Markets. Please let them know that you appreciate them!

See you at Folk Week!

Gail Elber, Secretary
South Coast Folk Society

Friday, October 2, 2015

Have Fling

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

NVAL Regional Photography Show

Hi Roland,

This show is open to all photographers residing in Northern California and Southern Oregon defined as follows: Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, El Dorado counties and all counties north to the California border, and the southern Oregon counties of Coos, Douglas, Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Harney, and Malheur.  Work may be shipped or hand-delivered to the NVAL Carter House Gallery. 
Images previously accepted into a NVAL Juried Photography Show are not eligible - with the exception of images accepted into a NVAL International Juried Photography Show as a Silver Selection.

All forms of photographic expression are encouraged, with the stipulation that all images must be the original work of the artist, i.e. both capture and post-processing, excluding resizing and printing. 

AWARDS -- $700
  • First Place -- $400
  • Second Place -- $200
  • Third Place -- $100
  • Honorable Mentions
  • Only juror-accepted work submitted to the Carter House Gallery exhibit is eligible for awards
JURORS -- We are proud to have Michael Eichwald from Redding, CA as the juror for the 2016 show.   

Michael Eichwald is an award winning photographer living in Redding. While in Europe as a young student he was strongly influenced by an uncle who was a professional photographer in London, and also by a second uncle who was active in the academic study of art and visual perception. From these early experiences came a continuing interest in visual aesthetics.
            For many years his personal photography took a back seat to the practice of dermatology. With retirement, however, he was able once again to pursue his interest in what makes one image art and another simple craft, as well as to actively support the local appreciation of creative photography.
            He is an active member of the North Valley Art League, and for some years was the chairperson for the league's Regional Juried Photography Show. His participation in the local visual art world includes membership in the North State Photography association, Artist's Gathering, and the Salon Artists Group.
            Mike's interest in judging comes, then, from a broad perspective that includes a continuing desire to recognize, define, and encourage photography as an art form. He has judged local competitions and was named a preliminary judge for the prestigious Michael Kellicutt Juried Competition of 2011.
  • Entry period opens October 1
  • Entry deadline is Monday, November 30, 2015
  • All entries will be online.  The procedure is quite easy and is explained in the Prospectus
  • You may enter as many images as you wish
  • Entry Fees -- $33 to enter three images, $8 each additional

Go to the NVAL website, -- select Shows, Photography, Regional, 2016 Regional Photography Show or  Click Here  

The entry link is at the bottom of the Prospectus

QUESTIONS -- Contact show chairman, Andrea Penners
  • Email --
  • Phone -- 530-474-1746
The North Valley Art League is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the visual arts in the northern California region.  Your entry fees cover prize money and show expenses.  Any remaining monies will help fund the operating expenses of the NVAL Carter House Gallery.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Flicker Little Firefly

BAY AREA — Learn how to swing your partner, pick a tune for dancers or lead a group in a sing-along during South Coast Folk Week Oct. 4-10. 
It’s a week of contra dances, concerts, singing and workshops for people of all ages who want to have fun with traditional American song, music and dance. 
The South Coast Folk Society is presenting South Coast Folk Week with help from its affiliated national organization, the Country Dance and Song Society. The Country Dance and Song Society chose the South Coast Folk Society as one of six communities in North America to throw a week-long festival to celebrate the national organization’s 100th anniversary.
The Country Dance and Song Society is sending Bob Dalsemer, a dance caller, and Firefly, a string band, from North Carolina, to the South Coast for Folk Week. By day, Bob and the band will visit local schools and introduce high school and college students to contra dance, a traditional American dance form similar to square dancing. Evening activities for the whole community include three contra dances, concerts, and a sing-along. Bob and Firefly will also teach workshops about how to lead groups in singing, how to play music for dancers, how to be a better contra dancer and how to get started as a contra dance caller.
Absolutely no experience is needed to attend the contra dances or sing-alongs; if you can walk, you can contra dance. The caller walks you through every dance; just wear comfortable clothes and clean shoes. All events are admission by donation.
A schedule of some of the Folk Week events is below. To learn more about workshops for song leaders, dancers and musicians, visit
Sunday, Oct. 4, 3-4 p.m.: Sing-along. Songbooks provided. North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave.
Sunday, Oct. 4: 7-7:45 p.m.: Firefly in concert. Appalachian tunes and songs peppered with gospel, blues, swing, and old-time country. Harding Learning Center755 South Seventh St., Coos Bay.
Sunday, Oct. 4, 7:45-9:30 p.m.: Contra and square dance for everyone. Harding Learning Center755 South Seventh St., Coos Bay.
Friday, Oct. 9, 7-10 p.m.: Contra and square dance for college and high school students and other young adults. Southwestern Oregon Community College Recreation Center, 1988 Newmark Ave.
Saturday, Oct. 10, 7-10 p.m.: Contra and square dance for everyone. Harding Learning Center755 South Seventh St., Coos Bay.
South Coast Folk Week is sponsored by the Coquille Tribal Community Fund, New Community Coalition, Ocean Ridge Assisted Living, 7 Devils Brewing Company, Wavecrest Discoveries, Bayside Terrace K-DOCK 92.9, Cedar Electric The Liberty Pub, Play it Forward, and The Guild.
South Coast Folk Society also puts on contra dances, folk dances, sing-alongs and other events year-round. For full information, visit

PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the North Carolina string band Firefly -- Pearl Shirley, Laurel Willoughby, Julia Weatherford and Barbara Ann Davis -- will visit from North Carolina, along with internationally renowned dance leader Bob Dalsemer, to lead workshops and play stirring dance music during South Coast Folk Week Oct. 4-10