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Out &Amp; About

A guide to area entertainment

Vintage Dance

this weekend

DALLAS -- A vintage dance is planned for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Guthrie Park Community Center.

Caller Alan Ede will lead the evening event with called dances such as old time squares, big circles, contras, longway sets, waltzes and more. Music will be provided by The Appersons.

People of all ages are welcome to join the community for some great family fun!

Admission is $4 for adults and free to kids 12 and under. Family admission is $15 for immediate family of four or more, when kids are 12 or older.

Guthrie Park is located three miles south of Dallas on the Kings Valley Highway (Hwy. 223).

Japanese art

exhibit at abbey

MOUNT ANGEL -- Mount Angel Abbey Library will host a Japanese Art Exhibit by Nanette Davis-Shaklho from Feb. 1 to 28.

Ms. Davis-Shaklho uses a mixed media technique called "arashi shibori", which is a Japanese dye-resist process for her three dimensional wall sculptures, collages and wall hangings. Her art is displayed across the United States and has won numerous awards.

Ms. Davis-Shaklho describes her motivation in this quote, "Nature has always been a constant source if inspiration for my art. I frequently "borrow" colors, textures, and designs I see in nature and translate them abstractly for use in my work. The second most important influence that is visibly reflected in my work, is my personal experience of my inner journey as a spiritual being. Inner states of mind and emotion, dreams, and a sense of sacred space are the spiritual backbone of my art."

Library hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 4:30, Saturdays and Sundays; and from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.

Mount Angel Abbey Library is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Salem off Highway 214. For more information, call Paula Hamilton at 503-845-3361.

Western Oregon University

Hosts Bulgarian Folk Celebration

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University will host a day-long celebration of Bulgarian folk music and dance on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Monmouth campus.

The event is sponsored by the International Students Organization at WOU and by the Center for Bulgarian Culture in America.

The afternoon workshops will begin in Rice Auditorium with a Bulgarian folk dance session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Two sessions will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m., one focusing on Bulgarian folk singing and the other focusing on playing Bulgarian folk music in an ensemble. Participants in the latter are encouraged to bring their own instrument, Bulgarian or other.

The evening hours will feature a Gala Concert of Bulgarian Folk Dance, Song and Music at 6:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium, featuring the Bosilek Bulgarian Folk Dance Ensemble with vocalist Petrana Koutcheva and musicians Ivaylo Koutchev and Krasimir Karamfilov. The only exclusively women's Bulgarian folk dance performing ensemble in the United States, the ensemble strives to bring the beauty of the Bulgarian folklore to its American audiences. Said Director Cathie Springer of Bosilek: "With the bright colors of our costumes and flowers; the variety of rituals and dances of celebration; our music, which is created specially for us on the basis of the old traditional melodies; and in what we tell to the audience about our material, we are able to bring diverse American audiences a glimpse of the magical landscape of Bulgaria."

Following the gala concert will be a Bulgarian folk dance party in the Werner University Center's Pacific Room, where participants of the afternoon workshops can join concert-goers to celebrate the Bulgarian traditions and show off what they learned during the day.

Costs for the afternoon workshops are $5 general admission and $3 for students. Tickets for the evening performance in Rice Auditorium are $7 general admission and $5 for seniors, students and children. To learn more about the Bulgarian Folk Celebration at Western OregonUniversity, call 503-606-4546.

Tap Dance benefits

hunger program

DALLAS -- Plans are being made for a food drive to benefit the Dallas Emergency Food Bank. A program entitled "Tap Hunger Away" featuring the Hot Shot Tap Dancers from Portland will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 in the multipurpose room at Whitworth Elementary School.

The Hot Shot Tap Dancers are three brothers and a sister, ages 10 to 16 who perform professionally but are donating their talents in this program as a benefit to the food bank.

The Hot Shot Tap Dancers have performed at county fairs throughout Oregon and southwest Washington, the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Roundup, schools and numerous functions including corporate parties.

The tap dancers are grandchildren of Carl and Melba Black of Dallas.

Other entertainment features are also being planned for the benefit. Admission is two cans or packages of nonperishable food items per person.

Call Carl Black at 503-623-3608 for details on how to get involved.

Western Oregon University Offers

Opera, Vocal Workshops and Performances

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University invites students, faculty, staff and community members alike to join operatic vocalist, director and producer Mark R. Clark for two days of workshops and master classes on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 24 and 25.

Clark will begin his work at WOU with an opera master class at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 in Smith Recital Hall, where he will conduct a rehearsal of scenes from Leonard Bernstein's "Trouble in Tahiti." He will hold a vocal master class, "Singer-getics: Acting Techniques for Singers" on Jan. 25 at 11 a.m., also in Smith Recital Hall. Both classes are free of charge and open to all who wish to attend.

Following Clark's sessions at Western Oregon, the opera workshop performances for "Trouble in Tahiti" will be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall. Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 for students and seniors and free for WOU students with ID.

An associate professor at Indiana University since 1997, Clark has directed "La Traviata," "The Magic Flute," "La Boehme," "The Barber of Seville" and "Madame Butterfly," among other popular operas. He will make his European debut this August, directing "Macbeth" in London. As opera production director, he produces eight operas and three ballets each year. In addition to directing and producing, Clark teaches the graduate opera workshop, opera skills and dramatic coaching courses.

Prior to his work at Indiana, Clark sang for a number of years as a soloist with the Roger Wagner Chorale in Southern California and on tour around the world; created and sang in his own touring community concert program of all American music; was in residence as a singer in the Stadttheater Giessen, Germany; and taught voice and opera at universities in Northern and Southern California. He has produced and directed more than 25 operas for a number of regional opera companies on the West Coast and in the Midwest. His progressive "singer-getics" workshops have made Clark an in-demand instructor at universities and opera company intern programs throughout the United States.

To learn more about the Mark Clark workshops in January and the "Trouble in Tahiti" performances in February, contact WOU music professor Kevin Helppie at 503-838-8876.

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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