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All That Jazz by Judie Hanel

All That Jazz by Judie Hanel

Bar Mingo in Portland was the perfect place for dinner, and to our surprise and delight Michael Raynor and his Jazz Trio were playing. I was in heaven, and the more they played the more I knew we had to…

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“An Epic Novel about A Little Life”

“Yanagihara’s immense new book, A Little Life, announces her, as decisively as a second work can, as a major American novelist. Here is an epic study of trauma and friendship written with such intelligence and depth of perception that it…

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What Remains

Sarah Sullivan, Executive Director of Gorge Grown, was a participant in our 2015 Plein Air Writers Workshop. This wonderful piece was inspired by the Mt. Hood Winery, where the Plein Air writers spent a morning during the workshop. (Thanks to…

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Meet CCA Artist Carolyn Crystal

This month's In the Nook artist is glass bead and jewelry maker Carolyn Crystal. We asked Carolyn to tell us in her own words about her work. I LOVE GLASS!! by Carolyn Crystal When I was a child, my parents…

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5 Reasons to Love Community Theatre

Here at the Art Center, community theatre is an integral part of our programming. Our CAST theatre troupe puts on a full season of plays each year, with works that are funny, challenging, and thought-provoking. Here are 5 reasons why…

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Why Art Matters

This topic, usually in the form of a question, is something we hear a lot at the Art Center. Donors, visitors, parents, kids, patrons, audiences--they ask about this all the time. What does art do for us? Why should we…

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What We’re Reading

It’s summertime in Hood River—the perfect time to kick back with a good book. Here’s what we’re reading at the Center. Sally, Gallery Manager: The Goldfinch by Donna Tarrt. Besides the fact that one of the main "characters" was a painting…

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Next to Normal Study Guide

The Cast Theatre Production of the musical Next to Normal starting tomorrow, July 10 (and running through July 25) offers a unique look at a "normal" suburban family living with the challenge of bi-polar disorder. The play is, surprisingly, funny…

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Win a “Normal” Night on the Town

What’s your favorite musical? When you email us at marketing@columbiaarts.org with your answer, we’ll enter your name in our drawing for the following “Normal” Night on the Town prize package from Columbia Center for the Arts: Two tickets to Columbia…

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What is Normal?

Summer after summer director Mark Steighner has been surprising and delighting our audiences at the Columbia Art Center with his spectacular musicals. This year will be no different with his production of Next to Normal (July 10-25), a musical that…

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