Chalk Art Celebration

Children, adults, locals, tourists and artists of all stripes are invited to create and transform the sidewalks of the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Saturday, July 13. There will lots of fun and plenty of prizes at the sixth annual Lincoln City Chalk Art Competition and Play Day, held on the west side of the Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101.

Competitors may register in one of six categories: Age 7 and Under, Ages 8-12, Ages 13-18, Adult (Age 19 and older), Group (mixed ages OK) and Theme (all ages, individuals and groups). This year’s theme is “Plastics in the Ocean.”

The entrance fee is $5 for individuals and $10 for groups. Registration will be open from 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with the creation window open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entrance fee includes a 4-foot sidewalk square and a box of pastel chalk (outside chalks are not allowed). Artists also have access to water, sponges, spray bottles and carpet squares (for easier kneeling on the ground). Square assignments are first-come, first-served.

Judging will be held at 3 p.m. and prizes awarded immediately after. There will be prizes in all categories, as well as $50 check for the winner of the People’s Choice. The Judges’ Choice Grand Prize winner will receive a certificate for a free commemorative 4 x 8 brick, with text of the winner’s choice, to be placed in the Lincoln City Cultural Plaza (a $125 value). Competing artists may create and leave (you need not be present to win, as long as you leave a valid phone number). Prizes may be picked up later on Saturday or on Sunday in the LCCC Members Gift Shop.

“The Lincoln City Chalk Art Competition is one of our favorite annual events,” said LCCC Executive Director Niki Price. “It allows children, families, and artists of all skill levels to come together in a creative and communal way to share in the joy of making art outside.”

The event will also include a free chalk play area, with supplies provided, for artists of all ages to enjoy. Water and snacks will be available for sale. Volunteers (and judges) are welcome.

Rio Mira at LCCC

Fans of marimba and South American music in general pay heed: the international touring ensemble Rio Mira is coming to Lincoln City. This band, fronted by singer Karla Kanora, will perform at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Sunday, July 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at lincolncityculturalcenter.org.

Rio Mira is a recording collaboration between artists from neighboring Ecuador and Colombia. Their debut album, released on a ZZK's sub label AYA Records is produced by Iván Benavides (involved in Latin Grammy-winning groups like Choq Quib Town and Los Giateros de San Jacinto) and Ivis Flies (producer of Latin Grammy-winning social heritage project De Taitas y Mamas) and is guided by the distinctive percussive tones of the marimba, an all-important ingredient of this socially conscious project.

Based out of the coastal town of Esmeraldas in Ecuador, the project organizers are also developing a festival aiming to shift the negative attitudes toward Afro-Ecuadorian music, a multi-pronged initiative channeling the region’s UNESCO-recognized musical history. A symbol of the border-spanning, Afro-Pacific identity, the marimba’s story is closely intertwined with that of the escaped slaves, known as maroons, who made the region their home from the early 16th century onward. Reflecting that history of self-realized liberation, there’s a celebratory feeling to the music that’s tangible. In the carefully preserved tradition of the marimba, there’s a joyous feeling that’s infectious.

For the Sunday, July 14, performance the LCCC will offer reserved table seating. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12 for youth ages 18 and under. Current LCCC members may take advantage of their $2 per ticket discount. Tickets can be purchased at the LCCC Information Center, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday, or online at lincolncityculturalcenter.org.

Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser

The Lincoln City Cultural Center is proud to present a screening of the ground-breaking “Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser”, an episodic made-for-the-screen opera composed by Lisa Bielawa on a libretto by Erik Ehn and directed by Charles Otte. This screening will also feature a discussion and Q & A with the composer, coming to Oregon just for this event, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101, Lincoln City. An optional Thai dinner can be ordered, with complimentary delivery at intermission.

Witchcraft … psychoanalysis … fantasy … for generations, visionary young girls have inspired fascination and fear. Enter the world of Vireo, a gifted teenage girl who finds herself slipping through time between centuries past and present. From award-winning composer Lisa Bielawa, visionary director Charlie Otte, and acclaimed librettist Erik Ehn, this ground-breaking episodic opera weaves a tale of witches, doctors, priests and one girl’s journey of self-discovery. The eponymous heroine Vireo, played by soprano Rowen Sabala, is a 14-year-old girl genius entangled in the historic obsession with female visionaries, as witch-hunters, early psychiatrists, and modern artists have defined them.

Filmed in 12 parts, Vireo’s story takes viewers to iconic locations across the country (including Alcatraz) and features performances by world-renowned musicians like the Kronos Quartet, violinist Jennifer Koh, soprano Deborah Voigt and many more.

The Lincoln City screening will begin at 6 p.m., with a break at 8 p.m. At intermission, there will be a complimentary delivery of dinner from M & P Thai in Lincoln City (Pad Prik Khing, Pa Kee Mow or Spicy Basil, with your choice of tofu, chicken or pork). Northwest beer and wine will be available for sale. Tickets are $25 for the screening and Q & A, and $35 to include dinner.

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