Arts Night Out In Astoria set for Friday, Nov. 15

ASTORIA - Attend seven art openings in one night during Arts Night Out in Astoria.

Seven galleries featuring dozens of artists have coordinated the opening of new exhibits on one night as the gala opening event for the Astoria Community Festival, a celebration of the people, arts and culture of Astoria. This lively offering of art, music and fun takes place throughout Astoria on Friday, Nov. 15, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Adding to the Arts Night Out excitement will be the Downtown White Lights Illumination, also on Friday evening at 6 p.m. Centering on the Liberty Theater, the white lights outlining historic downtown buildings will be turned on, lighting up the night in four directions.

For Arts Night Out, each gallery will host an opening reception for exhibits showcasing local and regional artists. Dozens of artists will have new work featured.

Participating galleries are: RiverSea Gallery, Pacific Rim Gallery, The Harrington Gallery, The Hair Gallery, Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery, The Compleat Photographer and AVA Gallery.

Arts fans will be able to pick up an Arts Night Out guide map at each of the participating venues and design their own tour, discovering new art, and enjoying music, wine, refreshments and hospitality along the way. The guide maps will be designed as Passports to Art, with event goers collecting a stamp from each gallery on the tour. As a gesture of appreciation, all those who explore each of the seven participating galleries will be eligible to enter a drawing for gifts from each business involved.

Winners of the Arts Night Out gifts, totaling more than $400, will be announced at the Grand Prize Drawing to be held during the Magnolia Chamber Ensemble Concert at the Liberty Theater, Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Prize winners need not be present at the drawing.

The galleries involved recognize that regional art in all media is a powerful community builder and are committed to making it more accessible through planning events such as this one. For more information call (503) 325-1270 or e-mail to

Heartsparkle Players mimic life's subtleties

SEAVIEW - On Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. stage lights in the open-beamed ceiling of the living room in Seaview's Sou'wester Lodge will once again beam down on performers of the Heartsparkle Players.

Like life itself, the performance may be a mixture of humor and poignancy. This unusual theater company uses the "playback" dramatic technique developed by Jonathan Fox and "The Original Play Back Company" in New York. Audience members do not simply watch a playback theater performance. They are invited to tell stories from their experience, and then watch them performed with music, movement and dialogue. The effect at their last performance at the Sou'wester was profound. Not only did tellers from the audience experience a sense of personal validation, but the entire audience could sense the subtle, sometime striking differences and commonalties that resided within their life experiences.

The Heartsparkle Players have performed at international, national and regional conferences, at higher education institutions, community events, juvenile facilities, and primary and secondary schools.

Everyone is welcome at this performance. Admission is by voluntary donation to charity. No one is ever excluded because of a lack of funds. Because of limitations of space in this intimate, informal setting, advance reservations are advised. For information and reservations call the Sou'wester at 642-2542.

Spiritual inquiry at the Ocean set this weekend

OCEAN PARK - A spiritual inquiry weekend retreat is set for Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17, in Ocean Park.

The retreat will be an oceanside event which will focus on meditation, shared inquiry and silence. The retreat is facilitated by Mary Clare, a spiritual teacher and student. Mary has been facilitating spiritual gatherings with the support and guidance of her teacher Gangaji. In these sessions meditative silence is followed by dialogues to support self-inquiry. In her facilitation, Clare draws from the range of spiritual and cultural traditions while focusing on the ordinary experiences of being in a life.

Silence will be observed from Saturday at 10 a.m. to Sunday at noon for people remaining at the retreat site. No prior experience with meditation or spiritual inquiry is necessary. All are welcome, but space is limited. The suggested donation is $100 for the weekend or $30 per session.

Lodging and area information are available at Sleeping/camping accomodations are available at the weekend retreat home, which is located at 29015 "K" Lane in Ocean Park. To register call 665-4769 or (503) 778-6955.

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