Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cronin Tierney to play at Niche

Cover of Cronin Tierney's album

Cronin Tierney plays tonight! Feb 19th at 8 PM

At ten-years-old Cronin Tierney studied classical piano. Outside, the California sunshine made the thought of more piano lessons a tad tiring and at thirteen he picked up a more mobile instrument and taught himself to play the guitar. During high school he gathered friends for a band and showcased some of his original compositions at many famous clubs in Hollywood with band member Curt Piar who he later partnered with to purchase a music studio.

The band released their first single when Tierney was nineteen. It became a local sensation bringing the band gigs at The Troubadour, Wolf and Rissmiller's Country Club, Gazzarri's, and The Whiskey-A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip, to name just a few.

College, more gigs, travel, relocation to Oregon with music the thread through his life, Cronin Tierney continues to perform and record.

Hear Cronin tonight, February 19 at 8 pm.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Poet Laureate Report: Open Mic Poetry

Open Mic Poetry
Every Second Thursday since 2004!

*While Cover to Cover Books rebuilds after a recent fire, Christopher Luna is taking the open mic series he founded in 2004 on tour to various poetry-friendly locations in or near downtown Vancouver.

This month’s reading will be held in a special location:

Turiya Autry
Anam Brugh Studio
Home of Marcia McReynolds
3512 F Street, Vancouver, WA 98663
Behind the YWCA

Thursday, Feb 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm

The Studio is behind the house. Go down the driveway to the right of the garage. Follow the sidewalk all the back to the colorful door.

Bring a pillow or a low lawn chair, and any food or beverages that you would be willing to share. There is seating for about 25 as is.

This month’s featured reader is Turiya Autry: A firm believer in the power of art to heal, transform and inspire, Turiya works with students of all ages. Full-time faculty at Portland State University, she also works independently through several artist-in-residency programs. Since the late 90‘s, she has provided workshops and performances at over twenty universities and over fifty schools k-12, reaching thousands each year.

Turiya’s shared stages with well known figures like Angela Davis, bell hooks, John Trudell, Nikki Giovanni, Ursula Le Guin, Lyrics Born, Spearhead, Saul Williams, Kevin Garnett and Hillary Clinton. She has toured nationally, performed internationally, and co-hosted a talk radio show.

Whether teaching university courses or youth workshops, rocking the mic or working behind the scenes, Turiya is a positive motivational force. She encourages people to look more critically and lovingly upon the world around them.

Available for sale: the anthology Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution, $15.

A special world premier chapbook of love poems Turiya is creating just for this reading, a collection so new that the title is a mystery not to be revealed until Thursday night, $5.

Open Mic is hosted By Christopher Luna and Toni Partington .

Saturday, January 22, 2011

February at Angst

February is the month of love...

Angst Gallery is hosting local mixed-media and photography creatives Anni Becker and Kelly Keigwin as our featured artists!

Also there is still time to submit artwork for the coupled Chance Encounters show in for February. What's Behind Angst. (What's Behind Angst is the salon area of the gallery). The show is non-juried and open to all. Artists are expected to make something that fits the 'personal ad love' theme. All artwork submissions should be inspired by or have inspired a personal ad, found online or from print and the clipping should be brought in with the artwork submission. For more information stop into Angst or send Greg Bee a message.

Angst Gallery, 1015 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: 360-253-1742

Sunday, January 16, 2011

COASTER CONTEST: Seeking poetry submissions of five lines or less

Niche Wine & Art is embarking on a 'coaster printing spree.' To make the coasters memorable they will be printed with short poems.

Submit your poem of five lines or less prior to February 1. Winners will see their contribution to the written word bandied about the restaurant and beyond.

These special coasters will be produced in a limited edition set exclusively for Niche.

Here are the submission guidelines which are very simple:

Submit no more than 5 lines of poetry (excerpts are okay) via email to poet laureate Christopher Luna.
Include contact information and a one-line bio.
Deadline: Tuesday, February 1, 2011. 

Leah Jackson (proprietor of Niche), Toni Partington, and Christopher Luna (resident poet laureate) will choose ten winners from the bevy of submissions. Each winner will receive a set of the coasters and the glory of knowing that their work will be read as someone engages in some serious merriment. Later this year the winners will also be invited to read their winning entries to an adoring crowd at Niche.

If you have never been to Niche, and would like to get a sense of the atmosphere so that your poem can reflect its special ambiance, stop in Wednesday through Saturday for a meal and beverage. "I think you will find that there is no place like it in town.," says judge Christopher Luna.

Niche Wine & Art: 1013 Main Street, Vancouver, Washington 98660.
Right next door to Angst Gallery. Both are just north of the historic Kiggins Theatre, now known as The New Kiggins Theatre.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Hidden Clark County, Photography by Dale Strouse

The show "Hidden Clark County" consists of a group of black and white urban landscape photographs. All images were taken in and around Vancouver, Washington over the past several years. Often tinged with a sense of mystery, irony, or simple whimsy, the images are more than documents of particular places, they are also visual evidence of humankind's hand on the landscape.

Strouse has been making traditional photographs for over 30 years. He is self taught and continues to use film and silver based media to print his negatives. He is currently a full time student at WSU Vancouver pursuing a Digital Technology and Culture degree.

View this show at Angst Gallery through Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Poet Laureate Christopher Luna announced

Local artist, businesswoman, and gallery director Leah Jackson announced the appointment of a poet laureate for both her businesses, Angst Gallery and Niche Wine and Art Bar.

She bestowed the honor on local poet Christopher Luna.

Jackson made this decision in order to acknowledge Christopher Luna’s seven years of service to the local poetry community as a teacher, event organizer, mentor, and the host of the popular open mic reading series at Cover to Cover Books. The series, which Luna founded in 2004 and moved to Cover to Cover in 2007, has also hosted nationally and locally renowned writers including David Meltzer, Charles Potts, Neeli Cherkovski, Jack McCarthy, Walt Curtis, Judith Arcana, Sage Cohen, Dan Raphael, Washington State Poet Laureate Sam Green, and Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen.

Leah Jackson and Christopher Luna have organized several events together at both Sixth Street Gallery (where she was the director from October 2004 - October 2007) and Angst Gallery. These included a 50th Anniversary reading of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” which Luna arranged for 14 voices, and “Words,” an exhibit that showcased text-based art. Jackson has charged Luna with developing several projects to serve the community, beginning with a contest seeking submissions for lines of poetry to be printed on a limited edition set of coasters for Niche.

Leah Jackson made the following statement about the honor she has bestowed upon Christopher Luna:
“As the proprietor of Angst and Niche it is my honor to appoint Christopher Luna as poet laureate for my businesses for the year 2011. I have created this position to call attention to the art of poetry, a branch of the arts that can be easy to overlook. Christopher has the skill and the dedication to this art that will allow us to pursue poetry focused projects in Vancouver, the city that I choose to call home.
“In the following year, Christopher will work on three poetry-based projects. These projects will be funded by Niche. It is my hope that this is just the beginning of the exciting work that will be done. Thank you to Christopher Luna for accepting this position.”

Leah Jackson and Christopher Luna are available for interviews. Click on their links to email either one.

Christopher Luna
Poet, Editor, Teacher

Co-author (with David Madgalene and Toni Partington)
of “To Be Named and Other Works of Poetic License,” a limited edition
art book and 200+ page poem

Columnist for Sage Cohen's Writing the Life Poetic E-Zine

Angst Gallery, 1015 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: 360-253-1742

Niche Wine and Art Bar, 1013 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: 360-980-8352

Cover to Cover Books, 1817 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: 360-514-0358