Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Brach highlights CB Arts Symposium

Join this three-day literary arts symposium (Jan. 28-30) centered on the civil rights movement of the 1950s and1960s.

The year 2011 marks a half century since the historic Freedom Rides of 1961, where busloads of volunteers traveled to the South to register African American voters in a politically turbulent time.

Taylor Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, "America in the King Years." The trilogy's first book, "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63," won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989.

Registration fee is $120. For a symposium schedule, registration and other information,, call the Cannon Beach Arts Association at (503) 436-0744, or send an e-mail to cannonbeacharts@gmail.com.

Coaster sets dates for Winter Break Camp

The Coaster Theatre Education Department will offer winter classes Saturdays through March 19.

Let's Put on a Play, a class for for ages 5-8, will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Through fun theatre games, zany improvisation, and unscripted scene work, students are introduced to dramatic concepts like characterization, story structure, and conflict. Students will create a performance piece based on a favorite story utilizing basic theatre skills including stage directions and vocal projection. Tuition: $75

Show Tunes, for ages 9 and up, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Exploring different composers than previous sessions, students will sing and dance to some of Broadway's greatest hits while learning basic musical theatre skills. Group songs as well as solos will be explored. Tuition: $75.

Each class culminates in a presentation for family and friends.

The Coaster Theatre is at 108 N. Hemlock in Cannon Beach. For more information, call (503) 436-1242.

Yoga Festival coming Feb. 25-27

Christen Allsop, a Tolovana Arts Colony yoga instructor, is organizing a coastal Yoga Festival for which exercise mats will unroll over the weekend of from Feb. 25-27.

The event welcomes yoga students of all levels for a weekend of yoga, meditation, music, art, food, massage and bodywork, shopping, and celebration at locations throughout Cannon Beach.

The faculty of yoga teachers will include Alan Finger, South African Tantric and Kriya Yoga Master, founder of ISHTA Yoga and cofounder of Yoga Zone, Be Yoga and Yoga Works; Sarah Platt-Finger, director of the ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training program; Julie Gudmestad, a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and licensed physical therapist, director of Gudmestad Yoga Studio and author of Yoga Journal's anatomy column for seven years; and Tiffany Cruikshank, who directs her own yoga teacher training program, teaches yoga classes, retreats and workshops worldwide, and is the acupuncturist at Nike World Headquarters in Oregon.

Additional events during the weekend will include Kirtan, Sacred Chanting, where the audience is invited to participate through call-and-response chant, dance and meditation.

There will also be optional music and art workshops that relate to yoga.

For details and registration, go to http://cannonbeachyogafestival.com or call Christen Allsop at (503) 440-1649 or e-mail info@cannonbeachyogafestival.com.

The Wine Bar hosts weekend music

The Wine Bar at Sweet Basil's Cafe, at 271 N. Hemlock Street in Cannon Beach, has announced its weekend, no-cover-charge entertainment schedule.

Every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Richard T. of Astoria will perform solo vocal and guitar shows covering many styles, from blues to jazz to classic rock and more. Richard is a well-known member of The Swing Cats and The Thomasian Trio.

On Saturday, Jan. 8 and Saturday, Jan. 22 from 6 to 9 p.m., Randy Weese will show off his extensive music background and liven up the town with bluegrass and rock.

On Saturday, Jan. 15, comes "A Night in Spain," featuring Spanish wines, tapas and flamenco guitarist Brian Johnstone. A very authentic, fun and romantic evening! Dinner from 5:30-9 p.m., music from 6 to 9 p.m.

Parking is available in the Heather's Courtyard Parking Lot, located off of N. Spruce St. across from the Christian Conference Center. Patrons of The Wine Bar must be 21 years or older, while Sweet Basil's Cafe (in an adjoining room) accomodates all ages.

Reservations are encouraged. For more information, call (503) 436-1539.

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Jan. 27, 2011