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Fishing and seafood in Oregon are the focus of May 18 discussion at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Fish Tales: Traditions and Challenges of Seafood in Oregon,” a conversation about Oregonians’ relationship with ocean life and products of the sea, will be held on Thursday, May 18,  beginning at 7 p.m.at The Center for the Humanities at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Food and travel writer Jennifer Burns Bright will lead the conversation on topics including the impact of the global seafood market, cultural traditions related to fishing, and challenges to the ocean and its bounty.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project. It will be held in the lecture room at the Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave. in Corvallis.

Bright, of Port Orford, recently retired from teaching at the University of Oregon, where she researched desire in 20th-century literature, led a faculty research group in the emerging discipline of food studies and won a national pedagogy award for a team-taught, interdisciplinary class on bread.

She holds a doctorate from the University of California, Irvine and a Master Food Preserver certification. As a community organizer linking local producers and consumers, Bright often speaks and teaches at events. Her writing appears in Gastronomica, Oregon Quarterly, NPR’s The Salt, and AAA’s Via.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to daily life and the state of Oregon’s future.

 


 

About Oregon Humanities: Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Joy Jensen, 541-737-2450, centerforthehumanities@oregonstate.edu

Auditions for OSU’s summer Bard in the Quad production to be held May 15-16

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Open auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s popular summer event, Bard in the Quad, will take place May 15-16 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. Call-backs may be held May 17, if needed.

Bard in the Quad is an annual production featuring Shakespeare plays in a casual, outdoor summer atmosphere. The 2017 production will be the romantic comedy “Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

Auditions are open to all OSU students, faculty, staff and area community members. The production will be in the style of a Wild West melodrama featuring bold physical comedy, music, dance and a dog.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and improvisational games. Contact the director in advance if you are able to play an instrument. Director Elizabeth Helman hopes to cast an ensemble of 12-14 performers.

Rehearsals for Bard in the Quad will begin with a read-through June 17 and then run Sundays through Thursdays starting June 25. Performances are scheduled Aug. 3-6 and Aug. 10-14. All cast members must be able to attend all tech rehearsals (July 29 to Aug. 2) and performances.

For more information or questions, contact Helman at Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu.

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Boston Brass to play at Oregon State University May 24

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Boston Brass, a quintet that plays a combination of classical repertoire, jazz standards and original compositions, will perform on Wednesday, May 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

The concert is part of “SAC Presents,” a visual and performing arts series sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication at OSU.

Boston Brass has established a musical experience that includes classical arrangements to burning jazz standards and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire. The group, which formed more than 30 years ago, performs more than 100 concerts annually and appears with orchestras, bands, marching bands, jazz bands and a variety of other ensembles.

The quintet has performed in 49 states and 30 countries and has conducted master classes around the world including sessions and residencies at the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School and the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Boston Brass also has teamed with Yamaha Band Instruments as ambassadors for the Give A Note Foundation, which provides musical instruments to schools in need.

The public performance in Corvallis will include the OSU Wind Ensemble on a portion of the program. The group’s appearance also is part of a mini-residency that will include clinics with OSU brass students and a recording session with the Wind Ensemble for Mark Records.

The LaSells Stewart Center is located at 875 S.W. 26th St. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $25 and $30 for the main floor; $10 for limited balcony seating; and free to OSU students, one per person. Tickets are available online at http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/SACpresents; at The LaSells Stewart Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m; and at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. the night of the performance. OSU students who are not on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays may call 541-737-5592 to obtain one free ticket.

The performance is part of Corvallis Arts for All; up to two tickets may be purchased for $5 each by those in the SNAP program with an Oregon Trail Card. CAFA tickets must be obtained in person at The LaSells Stewart Center during ticket selling hours or at the door the night of the performance, and may be limited. For more information and for accommodations for people with disabilities, call 541-737-5592.

SAC Presents is funded in part by donations made during the Cornerstone Campaign for the Arts and by OSU Friends of the Arts.

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Erin O’Shea Sneller, 541-737-5592, erin.sneller@oregonstate.edu

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Annual OSU gathering of ‘world’s largest’ Native American flute circle set for May 12

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The annual gathering of the Oregon State University Native American flute circle, led by instructor Jan Looking Wolf Reibach, is set for 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 12, in the Student Experience Center plaza, 2251 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

The flute circle gathering, thought to be the largest in the world, brings together past and present students of Music 108, one of the most popular baccalaureate core courses at OSU, in a celebration of cultural diversity and togetherness. In May 2016, 375 participants joined in the largest iteration of the OSU event to date.

“Since time immemorial, music has brought people together for many different purposes. The students of the Native American flute course here at OSU are playing their flutes to celebrate cultural diversity and break the world record for the largest Native American style flute circle,” Reibach said. “The circle will consist of many different ethnicities and cultures, all playing together with one heart.”

The gathering is free and open to the public. Participants in the flute circle must be current or past enrollees of OSU’s Music 108 course. For accommodations relating to a disability, please call 541-737-4671.

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

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Jan Looking Wolf Reibach, jan.reibach@oregonstate.edu, 971-241-9804

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Author Karen Russell to read at Oregon State University May 19

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author Karen Russell will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Russell is the author of two collections of short stories, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” and “Vampires in the Lemon Grove,” and two novels, “Sleep Donation” and “Swamplandia!,” which was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. 

Her short stories have been featured in The New Yorker, Oxford American, Conjunctions, Granta and Zoetrope, and three of her stories have been selected for volumes of “The Best American Short Stories.”

In 2009 Russell was named one of the “5 Under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation, and in 2010 she was included in The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” list. She also won the 2011 Bard Fiction Prize and the 2012 National Magazine Award for fiction. 

Russell holds a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Cullman Center, and the American Academy of Berlin, and in 2013 was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She has taught writing and literature at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, Williams College, Bard College, Bryn Mawr College, and Rutgers University.

This reading is part of the 2016-17 Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music.

The event is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

Canadian piano virtuoso Jon Kimura Parker to perform at OSU May 7

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Canadian piano virtuoso Jon Kimura Parker will perform on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 4 p.m. at Oregon State University as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Series.

A gold medalist at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition, Parker has emerged as an unusually versatile musician with solo credits including performances with the major orchestras of New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and others. He also has jammed with jazz musicians Doc Severinsen and Bobby McFerrin, and collaborated with noted “Police” drummer Stuart Copeland.

The wide-ranging concert program includes three preludes by Sergei Rachmaninoff (the Op. 32 G Major, No. 5, Op. 23 G minor No.5 and Op. 23 B-flat Major No.2 ); Ludwig van Beethoven’s popular Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”; William Hirtz’s “Bernard Hermann Fantasy”; “Scenes from a Jade Terrace,” a 1996 work by Canadian composer Alexina Louie; “Jeux d’Eau” (“Water Games”) by impressionist composer Maurice Ravel;  and Hirtz’s “Fantasy on the Wizard of Oz,” originally written for four-hand piano and adapted as a solo work especially for Parker.

During his visit to Corvallis, Parker also will present a free master class at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, in Benton Hall Room 303 (1650 S.W. Pioneer Place). In addition to working with invited student performers, he will take audience questions about his upcoming recital and life as an international touring concert pianist.

The Sunday concert will be held in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at corvallispiano.org or in Corvallis at Grassroots Books & Music and Rice’s Pharmacy.

Students ages 8-18 and all college students with valid ID are admitted free. Corvallis Arts For All discounts apply and are valid for purchase of up to two $5 tickets at The LaSells Stewart Center starting one hour prior to concert with SNAP card. For accommodations relating to a disability, call 541-737-4671, preferably at least one week in advance.

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

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OSU Theatre to present ‘The Upward-Beating Heart’ in May

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will present in May the premiere of “The Upward-Beating Heart,” an original, devised work developed by OSU students.

In theater, devised plays are those where the script originates from collaborative, often improvised work by a group of people, rather than by a writer or writers. “The Upward-Beating Heart” is based on Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet.”

Performances will be held May 11-13 and May 19-20, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and on May 21 beginning at 2 p.m. in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The play is a romantic drama set during the historic battle over the town Teruel, Spain, in the winter of 1938. When Federico, a young and aimless poet and musician, befriends a ragtag group of political activists, he is torn between loyalty to his brother, a Nationalist soldier, and the fight against Fascism during the Spanish Civil War.

The tale explores themes of passion, fear and the role of art in political resistance. The script, written by a group of OSU students, includes original music and brings to life the complexities of the intersections of love, politics, and ideals.

“This has been an ambitious year-long project and demonstrates the incredible talent of our OSU students,” said Elizabeth Helman, director and member of the OSU Theatre Arts faculty. “The story is funny, thoughtful, and ultimately extremely moving. I’m very excited to share it with our campus and Corvallis community.”

The cast features OSU students Casey Collins as Hermana Clara; Sedona Garcia as Carla/Emilia; PJ Harris as Carmen; Sydney King as Lucia; Ben Lawrence as Luís; Thomas McKean as Federico; Annie Parham as Ana; Elena Ramirez as Adelita; Alex Small as Desi; Mike Stephens as Guillermo;  Kyle Stockdall as Martín; and Sarah Sutton as Maria. The cast also includes Corvallis community members Matt Holland as Carlos and Rick Wallace as Rico.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors; $8 for youths/students; and $5 for OSU students. Tickets will be available for purchase online beginning May 1 at: http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ. They are also available through the OSU Theatre Box Office by calling 541-737-2784. Contact the box office for disability access accommodations and/or group ticket sales.

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OSU Center for the Humanities hosts ‘Blackout’ exhibit featuring work of Kerry Skarbakka

CORVALLIS, Ore. – “Blackout,” an exhibit of work by Oregon State University’s Kerry Skarbakka, is on display at the OSU Center for the Humanities now through June 8. The center is located at Autzen House, 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave., Corvallis. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Skarbakka is assistant professor of photography at OSU and teaches courses in photography and sculpture. Blackout is Skarbakka’s second solo exhibition in Corvallis in the last year. The site-specific installation is comprised of objects of art and understanding, encapsulated in the medium used to line the beds of trucks, and thus blacked out, or rendered void.

Skarbakka said the Center for the Humanities exhibition, which coincides with the March for Science and Earth Day on April 22, provides “a message of solidarity against attempts to defund and silence the arts, the sciences and the humanities.”

Skarbakka’s performance-based photographic work depicting existential anxieties and loss of control through the acts of falling, drowning and fighting have been exhibited internationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel; and The North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.

His work has been featured on the cover of notable publications such as Aperture and The Missouri Review, and in other publications including Afterimage, Art and America and ArtReview International. 

Skarbakka has received funding from Creative Capital, Seattle's 1% for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. Skarbakka received his B.A. in studio art from the University of Washington in 1994 and his M.F.A. in photography from Columbia College, Chicago in 2003.For more information, visit www.skarbakka.com

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Kerry Skarbakka, 541-737-1256, kerry.skarbakka@oregonstate.edu

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Writer Chris Anderson to read at Oregon State University April 28

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Writer and Oregon State University Professor Chris Anderson will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, in the Valley Library Rotunda on the OSU campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Anderson has written, co-written, or edited 14 books in a variety of genres on subjects ranging from writing style to nature to spirituality. 

His most recent book, “Light When It Comes: Trusting Joy, Facing Darkness, and Seeing God in Everything,” is a collection of collage essays published by Eerdmans in 2016. The book draws on an ancient prayer tradition, the Ignatian “Examen of Conscience,” to explore the struggle, joy and doubt of contemporary spirituality.

Anderson’s other books include “Free/Style: A Direct Approach to Writing”; “Edge Effects: Notes from an Oregon Forest,” which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction; “Open Questions: Critical Thinking, Ethical Writing”; and “Teaching as Believing: Faith in the University.” He has also published two books of poetry, “My Problem with the Truth” and “The Next Thing Always Belongs.” 

Anderson is a professor of English at OSU, where he teaches a variety of courses in writing, pedagogy and literature in translation. In addition to his doctorate in English from the University of Washington, Anderson holds a master’s degree in theology from Mount Angel Seminary and serves as an ordained Catholic deacon.

The reading is part of the 2016-17 Literary Northwest Series, which brings accomplished writers from the Pacific Northwest to OSU. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press; the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film; the College of Liberal Arts; Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele; and Grass Roots Books and Music. 

The event is free and open to the public. The Valley Library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

OSU’s 2017 EdFest to focus on literary citizenship

CORVALLIS, Ore. – EdFest, a biennial festival that brings in panels of editors, publishers, agents and writers to address a range of topics related to professional development for emerging writers, will be held Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 in Corvallis.

This year’s events explore the theme of literary citizenship. EdFest is hosted by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film. Events include: 

  • Writer Aaron Burch will read from his book “Stephen King’s The Body” at 6 p.m. April 20 at the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis. A screening of the film “Stand by Me” will follow. The theater is located at 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis.
  • Amanda Bullock will facilitate a panel discussion on “Opportunities in the Literary World Beyond Writing and Teaching” at 4 p.m. April 21 in the Valley Library Special Collections Room. The library is located at 201 S.W. Waldo Pl., Corvallis. 
  • Authors Wendy S. Walters, Caryl Pagel, and Kevin González will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. April 21 in the Valley Library Rotunda.

The events are free and open to the public. 

EdFest is part of the 2016-17 Creative Writing Program’s Visiting Writers Series, which brings nationally acclaimed writers to Oregon State University. This series is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at OSU, with support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu