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hallie Loren florenceWine, Art & Jazz
March 31−April 1, Florence

Seven jazz acts, including rapidly-rising international star Halie Loren, a dozen wineries of regional and global renown, and a juried art show will lure aficionados of discerning tastes to FlorenceFest ’17 at the Florence Events Center, March 31−April 1. The festival showcases talented jazz musicians, including The Michael Anderson Jazz Trio, Michelle and Dave Van Handel, Toni Glausi and his 9-piece Funk Band, headliner Halie Loren, Paul Biondi & Gus Russell Quartet, The Miles To Go Quartet, and Don Latarski & D’Trio. While enjoying the good vibes, attendees can peruse the juried artwork, selected by preeminent artist and former gallery owner, Robert Canaga.

Pre-event tickets are $20 (available for purchase on the website) or $25 at the door. Admission restricted to adults 21 and over. (541-997-3128; www.FlorenceFestOregon.com)

fest illusionsMagical Spring Break
March 26–April 7, Lincoln City

Get your magic on at the Lincoln City Cultural Center’s Festival of Illusions—12 days of indoor magic, comedy, lariats, animals, juggling, and art that will make spring break absolutely weather . . . poof!

Featured headliners include the whip-cracking Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein, champion magician Jason Andrews, Rob Lok & Miss Jane, vaudeville-style Western comedy with Karen Quest, the Amazing Bubble Man, Coup De Foudre, comedian Al Simmons, magician Jeff Evans, mentalist Joe Black, and the Oregon Bird Man and his flock of parrots. April 1 brings the Fools Day Cabaret, a benefit for the Lincoln City Warming Shelter.

Families are encouraged to take part in the Abra Cadabra Open Art Space at the Lincoln City Cultural Center; open for drop-in fun from 1–4 p.m. daily, March 26–April 4. Entrance fee is $5. (541-994-9994; www.lincolncityculturalcenter.org)

March 25, April 1 & 8

Classic opera arrives in style when OperaBend performs Puccini’s La Bohème at three locations along the coast this spring. The opera follows the passionate and timeless story of love among young artists in Paris—with stunning melodies sung in Italian with English subtitles.

OperaBend kicks off its coast tour of La Bohème on March 25 at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center in Astoria. Tickets to that show are $5 and $25. Other performances take place at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts in Coos Bay on April 1 and at the Florence Events Center on April 8. (800-838-3006; www.operabend.org)

St. Patty’s Celebration, March 16 &17, Lincoln City

The fifth annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC) features a world of fun with a traditional Irish dinner along with music and dance performances on two days: March 16 and 17 at the LCCC. The dinner includes homemade corned beef and cabbage, carrots and potatoes, Irish soda bread, and dessert.

Entertainment will be led by Pipedance—with Gary Burman playing the Irish uilleann bagpipes, flutes, whistles, and guitar—and Nora Sherwood playing the bodhrán and whistles along with performances of sean-nós dance. Pipedance will be joined by Irish bouzouki player Jason Courtney and Bobbie Lou Stirling on bodhrán, along with performers from the Claddagh Dancers of Salem.

Advance tickets are $30 for the dinner and show. Show-only seating is $16 for adults, $5 for youth. (541-994-9994; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

Joan JettJoan’s Blackhearts, March 3–4, Lincoln City

Don’t miss your chance to see the iconic rocker Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, March 3 and 4 at at Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Jett and her band have had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.”

Reserved seating tickets are $35–$50 (must be 16 or older to attend). Tickets may be purchased at the Chinook Winds box office, online, or by phone. (888-624-6228; www.chinookwindscasino.com)

Sharing the Coast ConferenceCoast Conference - March 3−5, Waldport

This year’s Sharing the Coast Conference takes place in Waldport on March 3−5. The topics the conference covers, ranging from birds and marine mammals to creatures found on the shoreline, to rocky shores and estuaries, would be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the coastal environment.

On Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Waldport Community Center, marine mammalogist Leigh Torres will discuss the latest research on the lives of gray whales and other “marine megafauna” inhabiting Oregon’s coastal waters, and touch on ways in which citizens can help monitor whale populations. The event is free and open to the public.

On Saturday the conference moves to Waldport High School; registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Suggested cost is $25 for members of the public. Pre-register online or at the door. (541-270-0027; www.oregonshores.org)

Wild Hog in the WoodsOld Time with Wild Hog - March 4, Lincoln City

Wild Hog in the Woods, an Oregon string band that plays a mix of old-time, swing, sleaze-jazz, ragtime, blues, and tin-pan alley tunes will perform at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC) on Saturday, March 4 at 7 p.m. 

“The sheer fun that these guys have playing the tunes that they love is infectious. Their motto, ‘Nobody leaves without a grin,’ keeps people coming back for more. They play an armada of fine instruments with fresh abandonment true to their music,” said a press release from the group.
Tickets for the March 4 concert are $14 in advance and $16 at the door (youth ages 18 and under admitted free), on sale at the LCCC box office or online. (541-994-9994; www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org)

Ocean Artistry Art Quilt ShowCoast Quilt Show - March 10−12, Yachats

Quilters, quilt-aficionados, and those who enjoy the beauty of well-made art won’t want to miss the Ocean Artistry Art Quilt Show, held in Yachats March 10−12. The juried quilt show features more than 100 fabric art pieces made from artists living in five different countries. The theme of the inaugural show is “Gems of the Ocean,” so expect to see a lot of marine-themed works.
“One of the goals of the show is to introduce art quilting to both locals and visitors to the area,” says festival promoter Ruth Bass.“We thought the ocean theme would allow artists to explore the beauty of this area and make interpretations based on their own whimsy.”
The Quilt Show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Yachats Commons on W 5th Street at Hwy 101. Admission is a $5 suggested donation. (www.oceanartistry.org)

MerlinBirding Ops - March 11−October, Gold Beach & Brookings

The Kalmiopsis Audubon Society offers a series of bird-watching outings held throughout the South Coast area. As part of the Let’s Go Birding schedule, the group will go owling along the Rogue River during the evening of March 11. The next outing, scheduled for April 22, will take place at the Mill Pond. Other trips include the Jim Hunt Loop along the Rogue River on May 6, the G.O. Road on June 10, the Orchard Bar Loop along the Rogue River on July 8, Crissey Field on August 19, Arizona Beach State Park on September 9, Pistol River on October 7, and a return to the Jim Hunt Loop on October 28.

No birding experience is required to attend and trips are weather-dependent. Contact Gary Maschmeyer for information (541-412-0806; gmasch@charter.net or www.kalmiopsisaudubon.org/letsgobirding)

Alexander SchimpfClassical in Newport - March 25−26, Newport

Pianist Alexander Schimpf, conductor Adam Flatt, and the Newport Symphony Orchestra (NSO) will perform a springtime concert on March 25−26 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. The concert features the works of Mendelssohn’s overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Schumann’s Introduction and Allegro appassionato, and Liszt’s Totentanz for piano and orchestra.

Concerts take place on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. and March 26 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $39 plus ticket fees, $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the NSO online or at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office. (541-265-2787; www.newportsymphony.org)

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