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Today's Features

  • Many artists know from a young age that they want to explore their artistic talent as a vocation. Others can pinpoint a defining moment later that changed the course of their lives forever. Travis Thomason is the latter — having had an epiphinal moment of discovery that has led him down the artistic path he still follows today.

  • The Evergreen Chamber Orchestra presents its fall concert on Nov. 23. The afternoon program features two unique solo pieces for flute and guitar, as well as a lively and varied orchestral program.

    The orchestra is pleased to welcome Masakazu Ito, who is recognized as one of today’s top guitarists, acclaimed by musicians, composers, conductors and critics for his mastery of the instrument and its repertoire.

  • To children and adults across the world, Santa Claus has become a symbol of kindness and the holiday spirit. For an artist, re-creating Santa, the most iconic Christmas character of all, is a huge responsibility. It is a responsibility that Kittredge artist Tom Newsom takes seriously.

  • Dave Voth has woodworking in his genes. His great-great-great-grandparents’ relatives were woodworkers in Prussia. His great-grandfather was featured in a book on Mennonite furniture making. The aged black-and-white photograph shows Voth’s ancestor standing next to the wooden house that he built by hand in Minnesota.

  • It’s a chilly October night. Leaves blow outside, and shadows flit across a darkened stage. Or were they only shadows? Creaks and groans fill Center/Stage. Is it just the old building settling? Or is something lurking across the way?

    There’s nothing better than a cold autumn evening to set the mood for a suspense thriller. And there’s nothing better than the Evergreen Players’ latest production of “Night Watch” to leave you looking over your shoulder with fear and delight.

  • Every year, the Center for the Arts Evergreen selects an Arts Person of the Year. The center solicits names from all of the different arts organizations in Evergreen. Nominees are selected from the performing as well as visual arts. This year’s winner, glass artist Kate Loomiller, will be honored at an Evening for the Arts on Oct. 14.

  • What do a 2-foot wooden Viking named Sven, a song about Mad Cow disease and three follicularly challenged men singing “Bald guys are happenin’ ee” have in common? One man ee Wayne Faust.

    The talented singer/songwriter/comedian is appearing at Sammy’s Tavern on Oct. 11. And as disparate as those three things may seem, Faust has a way of making his audiences roll with laughter at all of them.

  • It is a warm “summer” day, even if fall has arrived. While out on the patio enjoying the warm temperature, I noticed several patches of pine resin that were gathering the fallen scales of pine cones in their viscous, gooey puddles. Why, I wondered, are they oozing sap in the fall? Then I remembered that evergreen trees, unlike deciduous trees, retain sap in their evergreen needles (modified leaves) all year. The resin acts like an antifreeze to prevent the needles from being damaged by frost.

  • One of the universal joys of music is that it can be enjoyed in myriad settings with audiences large or small. One day you might get a kick out of singing along with the radio in your car. The next, you might settle into an audience with hundreds of listeners for a musical extravaganza.

    The Evergreen Chamber Orchestra knows that setting and company can accentuate a musical experience for even the most veteran listener. For this reason, the ECO is kicking off its 2008-09 season with two unique concerts.

  • “I get no kick from champagne ee So tell me, why should it be true that I get a kick out of you?” You’ll be singing Cole Porter’s immortal words at the Evergreen Chorale’s latest production of “Anything Goes.” This high-stepping, side-splitting show is filled with undercover cops, unrequited loves and unbridled tap dancing. The production harkens to the days of classic Broadway, and you’re sure to get a kick out of it.