I wrote about the choirs at the Reno Jazz Festival last year. I said I was disappointed that they are performing more original compositions and no longer swing. I have been watching the TV show Glee, about a singing (and dancing) high school choir for the last two years, so I was curious to know if the popularity of Glee had impacted the middle and high schools that compete in Reno. I was sure that I was seeing changes the first day. The choirs were bigger and the songs were more traditional. I was less sure the second day when more original compositions were sung. So I asked the choir director of Hamilton School for the Arts in LA, a school that wins first place at least every other year. His answer was a definite Yes! For the first time ever, he had more boys that girls try out for the choir. And, like Glee, I assume these singing boys are also playing football.
May is Longview Historic Preservation Month and five events are planned. May 5, talk at the Cowlitz County Historical Museum (See First Thursday Activities). May 7, 1pm. Opening events, including two films, at the Longview Public Library. May 14, 10am. Walking Tours of Lions Island and Japanese Island. May 21, 10am. Walking (or bus) Tour of Old West Side homes. May 22, 2pm. Family Bike ride around historic Lake Sacajawea. Info: Bill Kasch 360-423-6704.
May is also the first anniversary for Lord & McCord Art Works. Stop by on First Thursday and congratulate Linda for a good year and a great gallery.
First Thursday Activities – May 5
Broadway Gallery, 1418 Commerce, Longview www.the-broadway-gallery.com/
Becky Knold (paintings and whimsical dolls), Marie Wise (paintings) and Della Moore (tables)
Reception 5:30-7:30pm. Music by Dian Norman and Mike Therault.
Longview Public Library Koth Gallery, 1600 Louisiana, Longview www.longviewlibrary.org/
Longview Historic Preservation Commission
Open until 8pm.
Lord & McCord Art Works, 1416 Commerce, Longview www.lindamccord.com/
First Anniversary featuring Sue Jensen (encaustics). 6pm talk.
Reception 5–7pm. Live music.
LCC Gallery at the Rose Center, 15th & Washington, Longview lowercolumbia.edu/
Art Faculty Biennial
Open until 7pm.
Teague's Interiors, 1267 Commerce, Longview www.teaguesinteriors.com/
"Trinity" Arts of Faith, an invitational show
The Bistro, 1329 Commerce Avenue, Longview www.thebistrobuzz.com/
Wine tasting. Live music. Door prizes. Reservations recommended.
Cowlitz County Historical Museum, 405 Allen St, Kelso www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/museum/
"Reading Between the Lines: the Stories Old Buildings Tell Us" by Michael Herschensohn of Humanities Washington.
Program begins at 7pm; museum open until 9pm.
May 1-May 23: May Day Show. Broderick Gallery. Reception May 1 from 1-6. 313 E “B” Street, Rainier, Ore. Info: www.broderickgallery.com/
May 1: Columbia River Handbells Free Concert. 3pm. St Stephen's Church, 1428 22nd Ave, Longview, Wash. Info: 503-556-2524.
May 1: Peter Pan – the musical. Longview Stageworks. 7:30, Sun. 2pm. $20-35. Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook, Longview, Wash. Info: www.longviewstageworks.com/
May 3: WordFest. Spike Walker True Adventures. 6-8pm, The Brits, 1427 Commerce, Longview, Wash. Info: 360-425-3430x280.
May 3: “The 39 Steps.”7:30pm. $25-$45. Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook, Longview, Wash. Info: 360-575-8499.
May 6: “Jazz from the Heart.” Northwest Jazz Orchestra. 7pm. Suggested donation $5 adults, $4 Students/ Seniors, Free 12 and under. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2021 Washington Way, Longview, Wash. Info: 360-636-7362.
May 6-22: “Dirty Work at the Crossroads” A Gay 90’s Melodrama. 7:30pm; Sun 2pm. $10. Loves Street Playhouse, 126 Loves Ave, Woodland, Wash. Info: www.lovestreetplayhouse.com/.
May 8: St. Stephen’s Kaleidoscope Concert Mostly Mozart Program. 2pm. St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 22nd and Louisiana, Longview, Wash. Info: Gary Lindstrom 360-431-8653.
May 10: Wind Soloists of New York. Community Concert Association. May 10, 7:30. $25 adults, $10 students. Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook, Longview, Wash. Info: Betty Houten at 360-425-5136.
May 13: Justin Shandor-Elvis tribute artist. 7:30pm, $25-$35. Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1231 Vandercook, Longview, Wash. Info: 360-575-8499.
May 13-21: “Done to Death” Student Production of Murder Mystery Spoof. Mainstage Theatre. 7:30pm; May 21, 2pm. $5. Dana Brown Mainstage Theatre, R.A. Long High School, 2903 Nichols, Blvd., Longview, Wash. Info: Susan Donahue 360-575-7733.
May 19-28: “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Kelso High School Theatre. 7:30pm.
Call for Artists: West Gallery of Spokane, Wash invites artists to enter a Juried Exhibition to be held at the gallery during August. Prizes for Pottery and Painting. Deadline: May 20. Prospectus and entry forms available at www.avenuewestgallery.org/.
Call for Artists: Columbian Artists Association seeking artists to exhibit and sell fine arts and crafts at the third annual juried Art in the Park event scheduled for August 20. Deadline is May 15. Info: www.columbianartists.org/ or 360-425-0142.
Call for Vendors: Kelso Downtown Spring Fling looking for crafters, artists, food vendors, etc. June 4, 10-4. Booths available for $15. Info: 360-423-4816.
Call for Artists: Eco Park Resort, located at mile post 24 on the Spirit Lake Highway, is looking for artists to feature each weekend this summer. Lots of space for set up; no charge or commission fee. Check out the facility at www.ecoparkresort.com/. Info: Dawn Smith at: email@example.com/.