March is Women’s History Month!
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. To learn more, click Here.
The first all-female spacewalk will take place this month!
If all goes according to plan on March 29, astronauts aboard the International Space Station are scheduled to conduct the first all-female spacewalk. Anne McClain and Christine Koch will venture out together about 240 miles above the Earth, and make history! Expedition 59, which launches next week on — what else? — Pi Day at 3:14 p.m. (EST). Women will be at the controls as well; Mary Lawrence will serve as Lead Flight Director and Jackie Kagey will be the lead spacewalk flight controller.
To find out more about Expedition 59, click Here.
Cascade Crescendo at 7-Devils on Friday, March 22!
Cascade Crescendo is a high-energy bluegrass, jamgrass and Americana band hailing from Portland, Oregon. The group formed in 2013 with original members Hunter White (lead vocals, guitar), Taylor Skiles (upright bass) and Aden Beck (mandolin, vocals). Duluth, Minnesota’s native son Harrison Olk (banjo, vocals) joined the band in 2015. Cascade Crescendo’s debut album, “Caught in the Rain,” appeared in 2016 to warm reviews. The group toured throughout the United States in 2017, expanding their fanbase well beyond their Pacific Northwest home. Cascade Crescendo has performed at festivals across the U.S. including Boats and Bluegrass in Minnesota, YarmonyGrass in Colorado, Silver Cloud Campout in Montana and Northwest String Summit in Oregon.
On February 15, 2019, Cascade Crescendo released their second album, “Chasing the Sun.” The album features returning guest performances from Allie Kral (fiddle, Yonder Mountain String Band) and Nick Werth (drummer, Yak Attack). Singles “Spun Like a Record” and “Every Little Thing” (featuring Anders Beck from Greensky Bluegrass on dobro) will be released on January 18 and February 1, respectively. “Sailboat,” the lead single from “Chasing the Sun,” was released in July 2018. Cascade Crescendo will tour throughout 2019 in support of their new album with major festival appearances including Bender Jamboree and Blue Ox Music Festival.
Friday, March 22 – 8 PM – 11 PM, 7 Devils Brewing Co, 247 S 2nd St, Coos Bay
Disney’s Mary Poppins Junior, March 15 – March 24!
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins Jr. will be presented by New Artists Productions, Inc., a South Coast Youth Theatrical Group based in Bandon. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it”. Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins JR. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers.
Thinking about starting a Youth Theater? Visit New Artists Productions, where they are dedicated to providing theatrical opportunities for youth, and where imagination spurs creativity, and creativity spurs opportunity for personal development Here!
Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup, Saturday, March 23
Join SOLVE for a day at the beach, in partnership with AAA Oregon, as we celebrate over three decades of spring beach cleanups along the entire Oregon coast! Since 1986, this home-grown tradition of twice-yearly beach cleanups has benefited people and wildlife alike, supporting clean seas and healthy communities for present and future generations. This is a family friendly event and SOLVE invites all Oregonians to participate.
For the Bandon Beach Cleanup, head to Bandon City Park’s gazebo from 10 AM – 1 PM to see what you can find that doesn’t belong on our beautiful ocean beaches. Once you check in at the gazebo, the Beach Captain will recommend the best beach area to clean. Bags and gloves are provided. Help make the event more sustainable by bringing your own bucket and/or sturdy gloves, and don’t forget your reusable water bottle!
Registration or questions? Click Here, and help us protect marine life and maintain the beauty of our coast. Thank you to the Washed Ashore Project for helping to re-purpose collected debris at this site – to learn more about the Washed Ashore Project, which builds and exhibits aesthetically powerful art to educate a global audience about plastic pollution in oceans and waterways and spark positive changes in consumer habits, click Here.
Bandon Community Radio is thrilled to announce a new album drop from renowned folksinger Michael Johnathon!
Among the throngs of artists in the music world, few have elevated “dreaming” to such a high art form as folksinger Michael Johnathon. He has a successful career as a touring songwriter, author of four published books, playwright of the Walden Play performed in 42 countries, composer of the opera, Woody: For the People, organizer of the national association of front porch musicians called SongFarmers, and as the host of the live audience broadcast of the WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour with a radio audience with over two million listeners each week on 500 public radio stations, public television coast-to-coast, American Forces Radio Network in 173 nations and now on the RFD-TV Network nationwide.
His latest release, Dazed & Confuzed, is a musical statement about our modern life, world, society and politics. The first single, “The STATUE” is a song about the political divide remaining between people, black and white, conservative and liberal. The point is simple: unless you solve the reason the statues where put up in the first place, bringing them down will accomplish nothing.
Have a listen to The Statue:
The STATUE is NOT about statues or taking them down. It is a song about the symbols of racism and hatred, political divide remaining between people and communities, black and white, conservative and liberal. It is a lyrical condemnation of prejudice and racism and the hurt it causes.
There is an accompanying video that goes from the Civil War into 2019. The video opens with the words of Abraham Lincoln who set the template for the new America, the new society … and ends with the words of Martin Luther King Jr who shows that we really haven’t achieved that goal of peace between communities. The video uses bold imagery to show the foolishness and injury of racism. You won’t want to miss it (and share!), Here.
For more information on Micheal Johnathon, his works and music, and to purchase Dazed and Confuzed, visit his website Here.