‘Pity Party’: This one’s for you

Portland writer Kathleen Lane and her smart new novel for middle schoolers turn the table on anxiety and spark creativity.

Niki Price of the Lincoln City Cultural Center

Hitting the coastal arts trail

Niki Price plans to create a series of itineraries for people who like to hike and "tour art and see beautiful things.”

Ludovic Houplain’s 2019 animated film, "My Generation," is an eight-minute drive down a freeway where the scenery is a glitzy panorama of capitalism, finance, surveillance, sports, politics, religion, and mindless entertainment.

McMinnville Short Film Festival: Good things in small packages

The 10-day festival starts this week, bringing 127 films, none longer than 20 minutes, to the comfort of your home.

Violinist Alistair Kok will host Newport Symphony Orchestra musicians in his home for a virtual Valentine's Day concert.

String trio offers a virtual valentine

Newport Symphony brings a concert to your living room, and the Coaster Theatre gets Shakespearean.

“Chocolate Cake & Ice Cream,” an animated short about friendship between a dog and cat by Steve Cowden of Lake Oswego, is on the schedule for the McMinnville Short Film Festival.

Bright spots peep through in Yamhill County arts forecast

Many events are canceled or scaled back for 2021, as gathering in crowds remains unlikely, but it’s not all bad news.

Huehca Omeyocan is among the groups that will participate in the Olalla Center's Cultural Festival.

Coast calendar: Cultural Festival, mosaic art, writing contest

The Olalla Center's event and a gallery tour are virtual, but Siletz Bay Music Festival is hoping to be live next summer.

Marley’s Ghost (played by Richard Bowman) confronts Scrooge (Darren Hull) in 2017’s production of “A Christmas Carol: The Musical.” Photo by: George Vetter, courtesy Coaster Theatre Playhouse

‘Christmas Carol’ harks back to another trying time

Coaster Theatre will present, virtually, the Dickens classic as radio theater set during the Great Depression.

Crop of art by Evie S.

Storytelling without words

From pets to the pandemic, a Sitka Center project spurs discussion among second-graders about the year's events.

Belle Kea has a heart-to-heart with Santa during last year’s holiday celebration at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Photo courtesy: Lincoln City Cultural Center

Lincoln City’s small-town celebration gets a little smaller

COVID has put the kibosh on the popular reindeer room, but the community still has holiday plans.

In February, the Taft Jazz Band makes is last performance before going online due to the pandemic shutdown. Photo courtesy: Music Is Instrumental

Helping the bands play on

The Music is Instrumental program pays for mentors to keep music education alive in Lincoln County schools.

Elnaz Resaei plays Nahal, recipient of a surprise birthday party, in “We Were There,” a film by Saeed Vahidi and a 2020 award-winner at the McMinnville Short Film Festival. Photo courtesy: McMinnville Short Film Festival

McMinnville Short Film Festival marches on — pandemic or no

Organizers are coming up with two scenarios for February, and a virtual fundraiser this weekend will feature greatest hits.

Oswald, sea otter at Oregon Coast Aquarium

Music to see otters by

Coast calendar: Cellists perform for aquarium residents; online talk about Rick Bartow; Andean music.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center’s “Invest in Inspiration” campaign will turn the yard around the historic Delake School, which houses the center, into a plaza, park, paths, and parking. Photo courtesy: Lincoln City Cultural Center

Finding freedom in adversity

A pandemic, a wildfire – while the hits keep coming, the Lincoln City Cultural Center responds online.

The Adventures of Fred and Aurore

A musical tale with mules, trolls, a bumblebee, a dog, a cat, a composer, a writer, and a little imagination.

Members of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts’ Online Summer Drama Club meet twice weekly in preparation for their virtual performance later this month.

When the proscenium arch is a computer monitor

Technology challenges an online drama club, but the tradeoff is lessons in creativity and self-reliance.

Artist Sam Jacobson writes of “Discombobulated II” (clay, 11.5 by 6 inches), her piece in the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts Online Art Show: “Sometimes things don’t quite come together the way they should (wink).” Jacobson will host an online tour of her Otis studio on Aug. 23 as one of the Oregon Coast Art Talks.

Coast calendar: Getting back in the swim

Oregon Coast Aquarium partially reopens this week and other news from the art and animal worlds.

Caught in the coronavirus doldrums

Carrie Lewis, CEO of the Oregon Coast Aquarium, says the Newport attraction awaits the governor's OK to reopen.

Peter Frajola, associate concertmaster with the Oregon Symphony, sits in on violin during the 2017 performance. Photo courtesy: Newport Symphony Orchestra

And the band plays on

The Newport Symphony Orchestra has to forgo its July Fourth concert, but an encore broadcast keeps the spirit alive.

A virtual take on a total art form

Kids in Newport’s Online Summer Drama Club will learn all about theater -- and put on a play -- via computer.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center’s “Invest in Inspiration” campaign will turn the yard around the historic Delake School, which houses the center, into a plaza, park, paths, and parking. Photo courtesy: Lincoln City Cultural Center

Lincoln City Cultural Center’s plaza project reaches its goal

The "Invest in Inspiration" campaign will add greenery, paths, and patios around the Delake School.