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Jeanne and Colin

at Courtyard

DALLAS -- The soulful tunes of Jeanne and Colin will be on tap at the Courtyard Coffeehouse beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28.

Courtyard is located at 156 SE Mill in downtown Dallas, next to the Fox Theatre.

Old Time Fiddlers

at Oak Grove Grange

OAK GROVE -- Members of the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association will be playing old time music Sunday, April 22, at the Oak Grove Grange Hall.

The jam for the public will begin at 1 p.m. and run to 4 p.m. The grange is located off Hwy 22 west out of Salem. Turn north on Oak Grove Road between the cemetery and the Brunk House. The grange is a few miles and on the right. The public is invited. Admission is free but donations are accepted. For more information, please contact Lew Holt at 503-391-5377 or or check out the website at

GFWC invite all

to spaghetti dinner

INDEPENDENCE -- The GFWC Independence Woman's Club will hold their third annual spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at 340 S. Third St., directly behind the Independence Public Library.

Dinner includes spaghetti, a salad, garlic bread and a beverage and cost is $4 per serving.

The Independence Woman's Club was founded in February 1914 as the Civic Improvement League. The club supports community activities. For more information, call Katie at 503-838-6172.

`Speed the Plow'

explores idealism

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's Theatre/Dance Department presents the hard-edged, contemporary comedy "Speed the Plow" Wednesday through Saturday, April 18 to 21 at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Rice Auditorium's Studio Theatre.

It's dog-eat-dog in the world of Hollywood film production and playwright David Mamet shows what that means. WOU theater professor Alan Bird directs this expos‚ of the movie business with fellow faculty members Scott Grim as technical director and Richard Davis as costumer.

"Speed the Plow" concerns Hollywood producer Bobby Gould and Charlie Fox, his friend and subordinate. Fox has just set up a deal for the company and Gould is excited about giving Fox a chance at his first big picture, promising to help him get final approval from the big boss. But before Gould can present the argument for Fox's movie, he falls under the spell of his temporary secretary Karen, who recommends an improbable novel as a better movie project. Will Gould support his friend Fox and a surefire action hit, or will he succumb to his secretary's argument that appeals to his desire to make a truly deep and significant film classic. Factor in Karen's willingness to make their professional relationship more personal, and the play becomes more complex.

"It is clear from this play why Mamet is praised as a playwright whose ear is especially attuned to capturing realistic dialogue, and whose plays often deal with the thematic question of how friendship and idealism can survive in a world of greed and power," said Theatre/Dance Department Head Richard Davis.

Tickets for the Western Oregon University production of "Speed the Plow" are $7 general admission and $5 for students. To learn more, contact the WOU Box Office at 503-838-8426.

Rock band Kick

at Fralieakes

DALLAS -- The rock band Kick performs Saturday, April 21 at Fralieakes, which offers live music every Saturday evening with no cover. Open jam sessions are every Wednesday at 8 p.m., hosted by "Big B." Acoustic music is every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.

Fralieakes is located on the corner of Main and Court streets in downtown Dallas.

Pentacle presents

award-winning musical

WEST SALEM -- A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum debuts Friday, April 20 at the Pentacle. It runs through May 12. There are two Sunday matinees on April 22 and 29. Tickets are $17 for opening night and $16 for all other nights and may be purchased through the Mid Valley Arts Council, 503 370 SHOW, or through any FASTIX outlet.

Spring Fling

at Elks Club

INDEPENDENCE -- Enjoy an evening of entertainment and support the Independence library at the same time. The library is presenting a "Spring Fling" with Dave Upton from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at the Independence Elks Club.

Cost for the evening is $8 per person or $15 per couple. Tickets are available at the Independence Public Library, or may be obtained from local library supporters. All the proceeds from these ticket sales go to support the new library. Watch for posted fliers advertising the event. Guests may choose to come early for the Elks Club's regular buffet dinner, served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for $7 per person. For more information about the Spring Fling contact the library at 503-838-1811.

`Articles' explores

time and space

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University's Campbell Hall Gallery will host an exploration of time and space as the university presents the exhibit "Articles of Space" through Friday, May 4.

An installation of a varied media, "Articles of Space" is jointly curated by Leon Johnson and Megan O'Connell, both of Eugene and on the art faculty at the University of Oregon. Consisting of performance art, installation works, music, poetry, text, painting, photography and video, the exhibit examines the structure of and the relationships between space, language, time and memory. "Or, rather," said Johnson, "recollection. The 10 artists participating in "Articles of Space" deliver interrogations of public, private and sonic space, the immateriality bodies and the languages that delimit memory.

An associate professor of art at UO since 1994, Johnson received his master of fine arts in art and art history (intermedia arts) from the University of Iowa and was an Iowa Arts Fellow from 1991-1993 at that institution. His performance artwork "Faust/Faustus: A Duet for Devils" has taken him throughout the United States to London, and he has been featured in exhibitions, installations and performances in San Francisco, New York City, Tennessee and Iowa.

An adjunct assistant professor of fine and applied arts at UO, O'Connell's work has been featured in Portland; Chicago; Honolulu; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Decatur, Ga., as well as international venues in Brussels, Belgium; Lisbon, Portugal; and Grandfresnoy, France. She received her master of fine arts in multimedia and video art from the University of Iowa in 1994 and earned a bachelor of arts with an independently designed interdisciplinary degree in book arts from the University of Minnesota in 1998.

Participating in the exhibit with Johnson and O'Connell are: Jan Reaves, Eugene. Reaves holds an M.F.A. from University of Oregon, where she is an adjunct assistant professor. Reaves' artwork media include lithography, painting and bookbinding.

Joey Bargsten, Eugene. Music composer and artist Bargsten is a visiting assistant professor in the multimedia program at UO and earned his doctorate in composition from the University of Iowa. With numerous industry awards, Bargsten's media include visual arts as well as musical composition and interactive design.

Anne Naldrett, San Francisco. Naldrett holds an M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston and has been a professional artist since 1984. She has also served as a visiting assistant professor for UO in the photography program. Naldrett's media include photography and drawing.

Other artists include Bill Adams of New York City; Bernard Sonryo Morris, Anna Camille Rowland and Rik Tuan Anh Skibinski, all of San Francisco, and David Dunlap of Iowa.

Campbell Hall Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free and all exhibits are open to the public.

To learn more about "Articles of Space," contact faculty gallery director Suellen Johnson at 503-838-8241.

Pentacle Theatre Announces Governing Board Officers

WEST SALEM -- Pentacle Theatre elected governing board officers for 2001 at a recent meeting. The volunteer leadership positions will be filled by Rob Brunner as President, Jo Dodge as Vice-President, Jeff Baer as Treasurer, and Debbie Aydelott as Secretary.

Other members of the governing board include Wayne Ballantyne, Julie Harrison, Laurel Muller, Gordon "Oz" Osborne, and Stephen Warnock. General Manager, Lee Ann Reed noted the quality of the board, citing the experience, enthusiasm, and talent they each bring. "The new leadership on the board will provide a sound foundation for what we hope is our most successful season serving the tri-county area with quality live theatre productions," noted Reed. Pentacle Theatre is a non-profit community theatre that has been presenting live theatre in the Salem area for 47 years and is located 5 1/2 miles west of Salem just off Highway 22.

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