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**3-3-15–NEWS FLASH!! Artists Repertory Theatre is offering a special “PAY WHAT YOU CAN” deal to see its highly praised production of TRIBES this SATURDAY, MARCH 7 at 2pm! To take advantage of this offer, simply show up and mention “PDX BACKSTAGE”. This is the closing weekend of the show that was extended due to its popularity! “TRIBES is a scintillating contemporary drama centered around Billy, the only deaf member of his family, whose search for family acceptance sparks often funny, but fierce, tensions at home.” The play’s Portland debut follows triumphant productions Off-Broadway, at London’s Royal Court and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATRE is located at 1515 SW Morrison in Portland. http://www.artistsrep.org/

**3-2-15–PABLO GRABIEL is a former activities director specializing in MEMORY-stimulating music activities and customizing music for any themed programs or special events. Typical programs include “Name that Tune”, “Tour of Composers” to “Tour of the Decades”, “Gershwin”, ”Cole Porter”, all holidays and seasonal programs. PABLO GRABIEL is Portland-based but TRAVELS widely! Read more about him and be sure to check out his music samples: http://www.elderaudience.com/pablo-grabiel/

**3-2-15–A few FREE EVENTS coming up at Lewis & Clark College (0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd in Portland)…(Parking is free after 7pm on weekdays and all day on weekends) **PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT “Reinventing Documentary: The Art of Allan Sekula”. Sekula was a renowned photographer whose artistic output centered on the political consequences of maritime commerce and global trade. Through MARCH 15, 11 am-4pm. Tuesday-Sunday. Location: Hoffman Gallery **Film Screening and Discussion: “Granito-
How to Nail a Dictator” chronicles the making of a documentary film and its aftermath. Footage from the documentary When the Mountains Tremble was used 30 years after its creation to help indict former Guatemalan dictator Ríos Montt. This complex, compelling story of international crime and justice will be followed by a discussion with Kate Doyle, senior analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America at the National Security Archive. THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 5:30pm, in Miller Hall, Room 105; **Senior Art Exhibition. This year’s exhibition will feature works by more than 20 graduating art majors. The opening reception is APRIL 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. APRIL 3-MAY 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, Hoffman Gallery. For more information on these and other LC events, go to http://www.lclark.edu/visit

**3-2-15–Enjoy the HARMONICA? DOUG FULTON uses his background in Music Therapy as he sings “FEEL GOOD MUSIC” of the last 200 years, accompanied by Harmonica and Guitar! He has a very wide range of familiar tunes–music of Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Sinatra, Rogers and Hammerstein and many, many more. **DOUG ALSO teaches classes on HARMONICA along with breathing exercise.
http://www.elderaudience.com/doug-fulton-feel-good-music/

**3-2-15–Have you paid a visit to the TWO RIVERS HERITAGE MUSEUM? It’s about 30 minutes from Portland, in Washougal Washington. You’ll see a huge variety of historical items–Art, antiques and memorabilia (antique dolls and toys,kitchen gadgets, clothing, 6000 photographs, and oral histories) from East Clark County, Camas and Washougal’s historic business and pioneer heritage. There’s also a Carriage House building with buggy, sleigh, blacksmith display, and more!  Stop by the Museum Store too. Senior admission to the Museum is only $2. Learn more: http://www.elderaudience.com/two-rivers-heritage-museum/

**3-2-15–“ILLINOIS” DOUG TRACY is a Folklorist and Troubadour Musician (Banjo and Guitar) who travels WIDELY, sharing historic songs and stories from the era of Abe Lincoln! Listen to this sample song of his, “Three Cheers for Abe on Andy” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LlNlhXnjuU Read more about “ILLINOIS” DOUG TRACY: http://www.elderaudience.com/illinois-doug-tracy/

**3-2-15–REMEMBER that if you need to find an entertainer or presenter on short notice (for example, if you’ve had a cancellation) then you can check out the “CONTACT ON SHORT NOTICE” category. I have included here those who have told me their schedules are often flexible enough to accommodate requests with little lead time. Good to keep in mind!  http://www.elderaudience.com/category/contact-on-short-notice-ok/

**3-2-15–Chalk up another terrific review for MARY AND MIKE HUTCHENS, who portray Portland historical figures Mrs. Georgiana Pittock and her Chauffeur, Mr. Hawkinson! Here’s what Lisa O. from The Springs at Carmen Oaks wrote to me: “It was an honor to host Mrs. Georgiana Pittock and her chauffeur, Mr. Hawkinson! They are particularly well-suited as character portrayers for older residents,speaking clearly and knowledgably about an especially interesting bit of Portland history. I knew they would be a hit in our independent living community, but was even more pleased at how well-received they were in our Assisted Living community. I highly recommend them.” Read more about MARY AND MIKE HUTCHENS and invite them to give a program. They TRAVEL!  http://www.elderaudience.com/mary-hutchens-georgiana-pittock/

**3-2-15–Celebrate Nature’s bounty by inviting PAMMIE PAYNE to bring her PAMinals VISITING ANIMALS program to you! This longtime Veterinary Technician shares her various exotic creatures including Insects, Arachnids, Rodents, Reptiles, Amphibians and Mammals. PAMMIE takes the utmost care to protect the safety and welfare of her animals as well as the welfare of the audience. Read more: http://www.elderaudience.com/paminals-visits-with-animals/

**3-2-15–IRILLA SWANSON presents ART CLASSESWATERCOLOR PAINTING, FUN & EASY at senior facilities in the Portland/Gresham/Vancouver/ areas as well as Woodburn and McMinnville. She gets great reviews for her FUN, RELAXING, and ENERGIZING classes. IRILLA’S classes are for ALL levels of painters. Give her a try! http://www.elderaudience.com/art-classes-irilla-swanson/

**3-2-15–Take a listen to some of these samples by BODACIOUS, a rollicking group with its roots in Blues, Rock & Roll, and Zydeco-Cajun-Irish-German music: http://bodaciouslive.com/albums.php  Their core trio includes guitar, piano, WASHBOARD, accordion and vocals. Invite BODACIOUS to entertain you with CAJUN, original, and cover tunes. They TRAVEL! Learn more: http://www.elderaudience.com/bodacious/

**3-2-15–PORTLAND CENTER STAGE, Gerding Theater at the Armory 128 NW Eleventh Ave in Portland) offers a special ELDERAUDIENCE deal for senior GROUPS! See the hit Broadway comedy “Other Desert Cities” (February 21 -March 22, 2015); the very fun show about our favorite weird city “The People’s Republic of Portland” (March 21 – April 19, 2015); the 17th century romantic comedy “Cyrano” (April 4 – May 3, 2015); the one-man folk musical receiving rave New York reviews “The Lion” (May 2 – June 14, 2015); and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated, family mystery-drama “Three Days of Rain” (May 17 – June 21), featuring stars of the hit NBC show, GRIMM. ***Mention “ElderAudience” when booking your group of 10 or more, and your group will receive 30% OFF the price of adult tickets. PLUS, every 11th ticket is FREE. For pricing and dates, please call Mandy Morgan at (503)445-3794 or email mandym@pcs.org  http://www.elderaudience.com/portland-center-stage-gerding-theater-at-the-armory/

**3-2-15–REMINDER to check out the newly listed PICKLED PEPPERS KITCHEN BAND, a group of 5 professional women who sing and play guitar, banjo, ukulele, washboard, washtub and percussions. They entertain with Folk and Country music, including songs by Pete Seeger, John Denver, Tom Paxton and others. Be sure to click on their music samples at their listing, read the recent terrific review, and then contact them for a program. They are mainly available Friday evenings and Weekends.  http://www.elderaudience.com/pickled-peppers-kitchen-band/

**3-1-15–ANOTHER CONTEST DRAWING! Win 2 FREE TICKETS to your choice of performance for SANDY ACTORS THEATRE‘s production of the comedy MORNINGS AT SEVEN, a “charming and timeless comedy of how small town life back in simpler times could still be awfully complicated”. The show runs from APRIL 3-26; FRIDAY AND SATURDAYS at 7:30pm and SUNDAYS at 3pm. Senior Tickets $12. Location: 39181 Pioneer Blvd in Sandy (behind the Ace Hardware) Venue Fully Accessible, and Hearing Assisted Devices are available! More info at http://www.sandyactorstheatre.org **ENTER TO WIN 2 FREE TICKETS** by sending pam@elderaudience.com 1) your name; and 2) your phone number, just in case. DEADLINE for this contest is FRIDAY, MARCH 13. I will notify the winner and let you know how to claim your tickets for your preferred show date.

**3-1-15–This just in from Suz Ruddock of Skylark Tappers…BROADWAY ROSE THEATRE’s Guild is hosting a Grease Sing-A-Long on SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2:00pm at Broadway Rose New Stage 12850 SW Grant Ave, Tigard. Don those pink jackets & slick back your hair. Come dressed as your favorite Grease character & get ready to hand jive! There will be a Costume Contest, Prizes, Goody bags, and Popcorn too! $20 tickets on sale at (503)620-5262 or online http://www.broadwayrose.org  ALSO, you can help BROADWAY ROSE THEATRE by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards card. Freddie’s will match your rewards points for Broadway Rose. You still earn your rewards points, fuel points & rebates. Go to http://www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards It’s that easy.

**3-1-15–A few FREE events this month sponsored by the Oregon City Public Library: **SOON! First Friday Film: “THE HUMAN FACE OF BIG DATA” on FRIDAY, MARCH 6 at 6:30 PM. Location: End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 1726 Washington St. in Oregon City. Description: With the rapid emergence of digital devices, an unstoppable, invisible force is changing human lives. Big Data now governs the day for many of us from the moment we awaken to the extinguishing of the final late-evening light bulb. This massive gathering and analyzing of data in real time allows us to address some of humanity’s biggest challenges. Yet the accessibility of all this data can come at a steep price. Clackamas County Library Network Manager Greg Williams leads a discussion afterward. **StoryTeller Will Hornyak gives a program for mature audiences on THURSDAY, MARCH 12 at 7pm. Location: Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St. in Oregon City Description: Storyteller extraordinaire Will Hornyak transports us into an imaginary world of tall tales with Cauldron: A Brew of Celtic Myth, Legend, Songs and Lore. **Concert by Whispering Roses on THURSDAY, MARCH 19 at 7pm. Location: Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St. in Oregon City. Description: With a dynamic combination of mellow airs, lively Celtic dance tunes, and rich vocal harmonies, WHISPERING ROSES are sure to charm you!

**3-1-15–Put on your calendars…a country outing! The MARKETPLACE AT RAINDANCE RANCH provides a unique country shopping experience. In addition to local food, art, gifts, holiday items and llama yarn, they provide a covered “picnic” area. Their friendly LLAMAS are always ready to be fed! Wheelchair and Walker accessible, too. Be sure to read the lovely reviews they’ve gotten!  http://www.elderaudience.com/rain-dance-marketplace-in-newberg/

**3-1-15–Make some time for healthful LAUGHTER! Lighten things up by inviting LAURA LOU PAPE-MCCARTHY, Certified LAUGHTER YOGA LEADER to lead LAUGHTER YOGA  sessions! LAUGHTER YOGA cultivates playfulness and joy as it increases oxygen to the brain and heightens body awareness. LAURA LOU‘s background in theatre and circus clowning adds to the fun. She offers Tai Chi Basics and Chair Yoga too! Be sure to read her super testimonials.  http://www.elderaudience.com/laughter-yoga-tai-chi-laura-lou/ 

**3-1-15–REMINDER! Lovers of classical music!! Attend OREGON PRO ARTE‘s next Chamber Orchestra concert on SAT.  MAR 7 at 7:30 pm, at the Chapel at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst, 17400 Holy Names Drive in Lake Oswego. SENIOR TICKETS $10. The program includes Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony #6 (“The Pastoral”). More info at http://www.elderaudience.com/oregon-pro-arte-chamber-orchestra/ 

**3-1-15–REMINDER! Catch the WILLAMETTE HERITAGE CENTER‘s latest exhibit, “MADE IN THE VALLEY”–Explore unique products of Polk, Marion, Linn, Yamhill and Benton Counties in the 5th annual Heritage Invitational exhibition.Participants in this year’s exhibit include: Albany Regional Museum, Oregon State Hospital Museum, Oregon State University Brewers Archives, Nineteenth Century Operative Letterpress & Hand Bindery Museum, North Santiam Historical Society, and the Polk County Historical Society. WHEN: NOW THROUGH MARCH 14 WHERE: Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE in Salem Free with museum admission (SENIORS $6). Guided Tours available by prearrangement. More info: http://www.elderaudience.com/willamette-heritage-center/  

**3-1-15–SOON!!  Head northward to the SEATTLE MINIATURE SHOW on SATURDAY, MARCH 7 (10 AM-5PM) and SUNDAY, MARCH 8 (10 am -4pm). Lots of artisans displaying and selling dollhouse miniatures, amazing exhibits, and workshops. Adult Admission $7. Learn more:  http://www.SeattleMiniatureShow.com 

**3-1-15–REMINDER! Get your tickets to see NEW CENTURY PLAYERS‘ production of Arthur Miller’s intense drama, “All My Sons” that runs MARCH 13-MARCH 29, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. SENIOR TICKETS $12. LOCATION: Rex Putnam Blackbox Theater, 4950 SE Roethe Rd in Milwaukie. Groups please call for possible discounts! (503)367-2620 Learn more: http://www.elderaudience.com/new-century-players/

**3-1-15–REMINDER! WELL ARTS INSTITUTE, in partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of Portland and SW Washington present “FIERCE LOVE” written by mothers of children with CP. Over the course of a 10 week writing workshop six funny, smart women met to talk about their experiences raising their families. FIERCE LOVE is a testament to the tenacity and heart that guides many parents as they and their families make their way in this world. WHEN: TUES. MARCH 17 @ 7:30; SAT MARCH 21 @ 2pm; WED MARCH 25 @ 7:30; SAT MARCH 28 @ 2pm; WED APRIL 1 @ 7:30; SAT APRIL 4 @ 2pm WHERE: Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark st in Portland. Senior Tickets $5. More info: heath@wellarts.org

**3-1-15–Plan a Spring mealtime outing to the very pretty STONE CLIFF INN, overlooking the Clackamas River and Carver Bridge in Oregon City! They have a large and varied Northwest inspired menu, for lunch and dinner. Learn more: http://www.elderaudience.com/the-stone-cliff-inn-oregon-city/

**3-1-15–“Everybody just loved you!” is what Kim O. wrote of KAY HANSEN, who sings and plays old American songs (many with a Western flavor) on her guitar. She also YODELS, encourages folks to sing along, and even gives an easy YODELING LESSON! KAY has a beautiful, lilting voice that can be heard in this sample of “Roll Along, Prairie Moon”  https://myspace.com/kayhansen30/music/songs Read about KAY HANSEN and check out her other great reviews, too. http://www.elderaudience.com/kay-hansen-western-singer-and-guitarist/

**2-24-15–THE MELLOW TONES (the singing Duo of Kitty Collins and Luke Moore) are excited to share that they have been asked to sing with the USO in Yuma, Arizona in a benefit for the Wounded Warriors Project! Read about them and invite them to perform for you!  http://www.elderaudience.com/the-mellow-tones-singing-duo/

**2-24-15–REMINDER! You can have some critters visit!  Here are some options to consider: BUNNIES IN BASKETS http://www.elderaudience.com/bunnies-in-baskets/ PAMinals http://www.elderaudience.com/paminals-visits-with-animals/ and MOUNTAIN PEAK THERAPY LLAMAS http://www.elderaudience.com/mountain-peak-therapy-llama/

**2-24-15–PORTLAND FLAMENCO EVENTS graciously offers demonstrations of dramatic
FLAMENCO dance at Portland area facilities–NO CHARGE (Sundays only) http://www.elderaudience.com/portland-flamenco-events/

**2-24-15–Personal Trainer BELINDA BALOGH specializes in exercise for mature bodies, of any age. She brings her fitness programs to your doorBALANCE ENHANCEMENT, STRENGTH TRAINING, FALL PREVENTION, FLEXIBILITY IMPROVEMENT, PAIN REDUCTION, CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH, and more–even for those with Hip/Knee/Shoulder replacements. She works with INDIVIDUALS and SMALL GROUPS, traveling between PORTLAND and WILSONVILLE. Try her out! http://www.elderaudience.com/boomer-fitness-solutions-belinda-balogh/

**2-24-15–ALLEN MATHEWS is a local college and private instructor of Classical Guitar, and he specializes in BRAZILIAN music. He has lived, studied and performed in Rio de Janeiro and played throughout the US and internationally! In his programs at senior facilities he enjoys interacting with the audience and discussing the background of composers and the music he plays. Read about ALLEN MATHEWS http://www.elderaudience.com/allen-mathews-classical-guitarist/

**2-24-15–I recently received news of kind words about CHIHUAHUA DESERT that I am passing along. Janice N., from The Springs at Carman Oaks wrote to them “You played for our Father’s Day BBQ last year here at the Springs at Carman Oaks and you were awesome. I’m hoping we can get you to play for us again this year…” Read about CHIHUAHUA DESERT, who play “Borderline Fiesta” and traditional Country Western music, be sure to listen to their samples, and read the other terrific reviews! They TRAVEL WIDELY http://www.elderaudience.com/chihuahua-desert/

**2-24-15–Looking for some soothing mealtime music or pleasant background music for special occasions? KEIKO MATSUO plays the LEVER HARP, also known as the Celtic Harp. She has a broad repertoire that includes Classical, Celtic, Jazz, and even pops. Originally from Japan, Keiko has a music degree from the US, and for years she has played harp as a volunteer at Providence Hospital. Think of KEIKO for HOLIDAY events–plus, she can team up with a FLUTIST.  She TRAVELS too! http://www.elderaudience.com/keiko-matsuo-lever-harp/

**2-24-15–Visit the OLD AURORA COLONY MUSEUM to see its 33rd Annual Antique Spinning Wheel Showcase! SAT MARCH 14 and SUN MARCH 15. 30 Antique Spinning Wheels on display. Watch and learn about Sheep Shearing, Carding and Spinning Wool. Senior Admission is $5. More info about this showcase, other activities and exhibits of the OLD AURORA COLONY MUSEUM at http://www.auroracolony.org/ or call (503)678-5754.

**2-24-15–As you plan your outings, consider a visit to the PHILIP FOSTER FARM in Eagle Creek! From April – October, Travel back in time to experience life as the Pioneers did–Costumed Interpreters lead tours of the original 1883 house, 1860’s barn and replica General Store ( stocked with toys, games, candy, household goods, books, textiles, clothing, etc. ranging from the 1800s to the early 1900s, as well as local hand-crafted items such as candles, knitted and woven goods, woodcraft items, and iron work), blacksmith shop and other buildings. The site has bus parking, modern restrooms, picnic tables, and is wheelchair accessible. The FARM also hosts a number of fun events such as a Dutch Oven Cook-off in June; Mary Charlotte’s Garden Party in July; Family History Day in August; Cider Squeeze in late September; Haunted Farm in October; and Christmas in the Country in early December. Learn more: http://www.elderaudience.com/philip-foster-farm-national-historic-site/

**2-24-15–SWING STREET BAND DANCING FRIENDS has these dances to tell you about: **SHAMROCK BALL Big Band Ballroom Dance on FRIDAY, MARCH 13, with featured vocalist Kathy Stanton. Dance lesson–Fast Foxtrot–at 7 pm and Dance begins at 8 pm. This is a non-alcoholic event with all ages, singles and couples welcome.  Location: Clark County Dance Center, 10713 NE 117th Ave in Vancouver** SWING STREET 7 PIECE SWING BAND plays at the Charbonneau Country Club located just south of Wilsonville on FRIDAY, MARCH 20, from 8-10:30pm. Admission $10. Come early at 7 pm for a dance lesson ($5 extra). Singles and couples welcome. For more events and information go to: http://www.swingst.com or call 503-769-5598.

**2-24-15–A couple of Storytelling events happening in March…First, on SAT. MARCH 14 from 7:30-9:30pm, attend “Harvest the Spring”, Portland Storytellers’ Guild Concert at HIPBONE STUDIO, 1847 E. Burnside #104, (enter building from parking lot side) in Portland. Adult Admission $10 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1149473 and at the door if space is available. And also attend “American Tales – An Afternoon of Stories from Across the Continent” presented by Portland Storyteller’s Guild member Eric Foxman, on SUN MARCH 29, from 3:30 – 5 pm. Location: 10666 SE 42nd Ave in Milwaukie. Suggested Donation of $12.50 at the door. (Benefit for the Milwaukie Community Club) 

**2-24-15–BENNIE (Pat) PATRIDGE began his singing career in the 1940’s as a child in California, where he appeared in movies, performed with Count Basie’s band, and was a regular at Hollywood’s legendary Rag Doll nightclub! With a voice influenced by Frank Sinatra,  Johnny Mathis, Harry Belafonte, Nat “King”Cole, Tony Bennett, and others, he presents his show, “BEN’S MUSICAL SMILES”–featuring music from Broadway, “Oldies but Goodies”, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel and Christian music. Pat Travels Widely! Learn more: http://www.elderaudience.com/bens-musical-smiles-with-bennie-pat-patridge/

**2-24-15–The CARROLL RAAUM SWING ORCHESTRA is an 18-piece Big Band playing the best of Big-Band music from the 20’s to today! They can TAILOR THEIR BAND (size and instruments) to your needs and event, have affordable rates, and they get positive reviews. Listen to a sample: http://www.portlandbigband.com/repertoire.html More info about CARROLL RAAUM SWING ORCHESTRA: http://www.elderaudience.com/carroll-raaum-swing-orchestra/

**2-24-15–REMINDER! SPECIAL ELDERAUDIENCE DISCOUNT on Saturday or Sunday matinee performances for STUMPTOWN STAGES’ production of “RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL”, an “aggressively outrageous musical hit” that garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run. WHEN: FEB 19-MARCH 8. WHERE: Brunish Theatre, Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 1111 SW Broadway in Portland. Call (503)381-8686 and mention ELDERAUDIENCE for $26 matinee tickets (plus service charge) OR mention ELDERAUDIENCE at the DOOR to get $26 matinee tickets. http://www.elderaudience.com/stumptown-stages-musical-theatre/   

**2-24-15–Are you familiar with GREG GARRISON? He gets great reviews for his programs at senior facilities. One activity director wrote: “…His personality and sense of humor are part of his charm…” GREG sings and play the guitar, in the styles of COUNTRY & WESTERN, BLUES, old FOLK CLASSICS, and more. He can stroll through the room or stay put, adds background vocal and instrumental accompaniment to produce a fuller sound, AND he takes requests! Be sure to check out his music samples at his listing, then contact him for a program. http://www.elderaudience.com/greg-garrison-singersongwriter/ 

**2-23-15–Here are some FREE PUBLIC events coming up at Portland State University, Lincoln Recital Hall (Room 75) 1620 SW Park Avenue, **Unless otherwise noted… TUESDAY, MARCH 3 @7:30pm: University Choir Concert; THURSDAY, MARCH 5 @ Noon: The Julains, Female Vocal Quartet; SATURDAY, MARCH 7 @ 9:30 am: Introduction to the Guqin (traditional Chinese instrument) with overview and musical performance presented by Retired Professor Jim Binkley. **LOCATION: Academic & Student Recreation Ctr Aud (Room 001); THURSDAY, MARCH 12 @ Noon: Student Chamber Music Recital Series; and THURSDAY, MARCH 12 @ 7:30pm: PSU Wind Symphony & Concert Band with Olympia High School Wind Ensemble

**2-23-15–Next up at Artists Repertory Theatre (1515 SW Morrison in Portland) is the political thriller “The Invisible Hand” from the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar. The show runs March 10-April 5, 2015 with a “Pay-What-You-Can” preview performance on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30pm, an 11 am MATINEE on Wednesday, March 25, and a Saturday 2pm MATINEE on April 4. 20% DISCOUNT ON GROUPS OF 10+! Group Sales contact: Devin McCarthy at (503)241-9807 ext. 101 or DMcCarthy@artistsrep.org  **SPECIAL ELDERAUDIENCE PRICE ($35) ON WEDNESDAY 11 AM MATINEE SHOWS! USE “ELDERAUDIENCE” PROMOTION CODE ONLINE OR MENTION ELDERAUDIENCE ON PHONE ORDERS. ($5 fee per order applies) http://www.artistsrep.org

**2-23-15–FREE Classical Music Concerts! The OREGON SINFONIETTA COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA presents two FREE concerts, joining with the Concordia University Choir to perform Brahms’ Requiem on FRIDAY, MARCH 13 at 7pm, and SUNDAY, MARCH 15 at 3pm, both at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 6700 NE 29th ave in Portland. More info: http://www.elderaudience.com/the-oregon-sinfonietta-community-orchestra/

**2-23-15–SOON! Catch renowned LEAPIN’ LOUIE LICHTENSTEIN in 2 family-friendly SUNDAY MATINEE shows featuring cutting-edge physical comedy, cowboy lasso and whip tricks, juggling, 6 foot unicycle, and lots of audience participation, at Portland’s Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton) on MARCH 1, and MARCH 8, both at 2pm. Admission $12.    https://clinton-street-theater.seatengine.com/venues/clinton-street-theater/events/6123/shows  OR, invite LEAPIN’ LOUIE LICHTENSTEIN to bring his program to YOU: http://www.elderaudience.com/leapin-louie-comedy-variety-shows/

**2-23-15–Invite JASS TWO PLUS ONE “Hot Swing Jazz” Trio to provide first class entertainment! These veteran musicians (clarinet/sax; singer/guitar; and bassist) can perform stage or “unplugged” strolling format. They get TOP NOTCH reviews for their Swing Jazz 20’s and 30’s style music. Read about them: http://www.elderaudience.com/jass-two-plus-one-hot-swing-jazz/

**2-23-15–Have you recently talked with ABRAHAM LINCOLN? One of the country’s leading Lincoln portrayers, STEVE HOLGATE lives in the Portland area! STEVE makes a 30-minute presentation on Lincoln’s life and presidency in the form of a press conference.  The audience takes on the role of journalists and asks him questions. Hear HOLGATE, who bears a remarkable resemblance to our 16th President, discuss the dark years of the Civil War and the momentous decisions Lincoln made. STEVE HOLGATE travels WIDELY and gets superb reviews! Learn more: http://www.elderaudience.com/steve-holgate-as-abraham-lincoln/

**2-21-15–Reminder! STORYTELLER KEN IVERSON wants you to know that he can bring a special ST. PATRICK’S DAY show to senior facilities from late February through early April. It is filled with Irish stories, laughter, and heart, and many have “unique twists that bring Irish stories to life.” KEN is a well known and well loved award-winning storyteller with more than 30 years experience. Read more about KEN IVERSON and book him for a show: http://www.elderaudience.com/ken-iverson-storyteller/ 

**2-18-15–The ladies who comprise the well loved Flute and Harp Duo, CELTIC TRILL, want you to know that they still have some room in their schedule to perform Celtic and Irish music during March to honor St. Patrick’s Day! They get super reviews, and they travel! Check them out, and be sure to click on their music samples too:  http://www.elderaudience.com/celtic-trill-flute-and-harp-duo/

**2-18-15–WILL SPILLETTE has been a program coordinator for an Alzheimers/dementia facility, where he entertained residents with songs from the 20’s-40’s, as well as country, jazz, folk, HOLIDAY songs, early rock tunes, and HYMNS! WILL produces a “One-Man Band” sound using electric and acoustic guitars along with a Boss RC-300 Loopstation. Be sure to read the 2 lovely reviews at his listing!  http://www.elderaudience.com/william-spillette-one-man-band/

**2-18-15–SALTY’S ON THE COLUMBIA offers gorgeous views of the Columbia River and Mt Hood while you enjoy a great meal–Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunch. Private space available for groups, too! Learn more:  http://www.elderaudience.com/saltys-on-the-columbia/

**2-18-15–Veteran MAGICIAN, BOB EATON offers Stage and Strolling Magic with lots of audience participation! BOB travels throughout the Portland Metro and Mid-Willamette Valley areas:  http://www.elderaudience.com/bob-eaton-magician/

**2-18-15–CABARET COLLECTIVE is the name of a group of VOLUNTEER singers–3 female singers and a male singer/pianist–who perform song medleys from the 40’s through the 70’s, as well as “Motown” hits and Holiday medleys. They keep racking up lovely testimonials. They are mostly available Saturdays after 4pm and occasional Sunday afternoons. Check them out! http://www.elderaudience.com/cabaret-collective/

**2-18-15–A KOTO is a traditional Japanese musical instrument. KEIKO TWISS is a KOTO player who enjoys performing a variety of music as well as chatting with listeners about the instrument and its history! Learn more: http://www.elderaudience.com/keiko-twiss-on-koto/

**2-18-15–I love this combination! BONNIE CHIPMAN guides seniors in GENTLE YOGA (seated, if desired); MEDITATION; and **BELLY DANCE**! BONNIE has worked for years at a senior facility’s life enrichment department. A testimonial I received for her said, in part: “…Our residents look forward to a class with Bonny and are excited to watch their lives improve from the time spent in her class…” Invite BONNIE CHIPMAN to bring Belly Dance, Gentle Yoga, and/or Meditation to your facility! http://www.elderaudience.com/bonny-chipman-wellness/

**2-18-15–Actress and One-woman show performer CYNTHIA SCHWELL has a special adaptation of her program for MEMORY CARE audiences! Her show “Family Stories & other Guests” features audience interaction, storytelling and humor. Grace, who works in Memory Care at Farmington Square wrote: “Cynthia connected very well with the residents to which they responded happily. Everyone was settled in the audience & at attention to an hour long show. It was wonderful.” Brooke at Russellville Memory Care wrote: “It was amazing how comfortable, confident & appropriate Cynthia was in interacting with our residents. They were highly responsive & expressive.This show really meets the needs of the memory care wing.” Learn about CYNTHIA SCHWELL  http://www.elderaudience.com/cynthia-schwell/

**2-18-15–“POP MUSIC HISTORIAN AND DJ” JIM PRITCHARD shares with you his stories of celebrities and pop music from his days as a radio DJ. AND he can also be a DJ for your event, bringing you a vast amount of music “of yesteryear”. JIM has a booming voice and great sense of humor. Read the glowing testimonial in his listing, then contact him! He TRAVELS WIDELY! http://www.elderaudience.com/jim-pritchard-pop-music-historian-and-dj/ 

**2-18-15–There is something special about having a meal at a longtime family-owned restaurant. The REEDVILLE CAFE in Hillsboro has been family owned and operated since 1950! They serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner every day, have an extensive menu, and HOMEMADE DESSERTS (their dessert chef learned her craft at Papa Haydn’s in Portland). **Senior Discount – 20% off any entree on Wednesdays all day. http://www.elderaudience.com/reedville-cafe/

**2-18-15–BETTE LONGDEN has a one-woman variety show called “PROPS, PROPERLY DONE”, which is filled with skits, stories, humor, audience interaction and PROPS! She brings this program to facilities in the PORTLAND area. http://www.elderaudience.com/bette-longden-variety-show/

**2-18-15–Have you heard one of RICHARD THOMPSON’s “TROLLEY TALKS”? He gives fascinating illustrated presentations on the HISTORY OF PORTLAND’S STREETCARS. He gets great testimonials for these programs and he is available in the Portland/Vancouver area as well as Mid-Willamette Valley. Read about him: http://www.elderaudience.com/trolley-talks-with-richard-thompson/

**2-18-15–Listen to this great sample of COWBOY music from musician DOM FRANCO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ2edjTI450&feature=youtu.be Even though DOM plays Hawaiian Steel Guitar, he wants you to think of him for other types of music too– including Cowboy and Country Western tunes, along with Hymns, contemporary Christian music (and yes, Hawaiian Luau’s)Julie, Marketing Director at Gilman Park wrote: “…He was fabulous!” Read more about DOM FRANCO and invite him to perform.
http://www.elderaudience.com/dom-franco-steel-guitar/ 

**2-17-15–TOM MCCARLEY and JANE NASH bring you their “FUN WITH TOM & JANE” Arts and Crafts Activities. These two experienced and accomplished art instructors work with EVERY level of artist. JANE is a creative professional with many years experience in designing and producing original artwork for private clients, galleries, ad agencies, retailers and designers. TOM is an established potter whose work has appeared in numerous national and international juried competitions. TOGETHER they get splendid reviews for their programs! Jenn at Regency Park wrote: “Don’t fail to contact them…I had residents participate that I could NEVER get to do art!” Learn more: http://www.elderaudience.com/fun-with-tom-and-jane/

**2-17-15–Catch a PLAY READING of Neil Simon’s “The Gingerbread Lady” (a dark drama with comic overtones) presented by Gresham Readers Theatre, on MONDAY, MARCH 16 at 7pm. WHERE: Gresham Chapel and Evening Event Center, 257 SE Roberts ave in Gresham. Tickets $9 at the door. More info at http://www.sandyactorstheatre.org/readers-theatre.html

**2-16-15–EXPRESSIVE AWAKENINGS is an innovative program offered by KEIL MOSES. It combines Storytelling, Theater, Art and Creative Writing for seniors and those with disabilities. These interactive sessions at Portland Metro area senior facilities are meant to unlock partipants’ “personal wisdom and creative voice”. Check out EXPRESSIVE AWAKENINGShttp://www.elderaudience.com/kiel-moses-expressive-awakenings/ 

**2-16-15–Head down to Eugene’s EMERALD VALLEY OPRY for their March show on SATURDAY, MARCH 21. On the Opry stage you’ll hear Gospel music by Hickory Smoke; Country music by Cowboy Cadillac, Judy Chartier, and XtraMile; and Bluegrass music by Coast Folk Ramblers. Houseband at 5:15 and concert from 6-9:30pm. LOCATION: Powers Aud., 1801 Echo Hollow Rd in Eugene. Senior Tickets $5. More info: http://www.emeraldvalleyopry.com 

**2-15-15–What a great resource!! THE ACTIVITY CONNECTION.COM has as its sole focus providing essential tools for Activities professionals. This Portland-based company has SO much to offer–monthly activity planners, an online printing service, Continuing Education courses, and even an online program training activities professionals to become Certified Cognitive Stimulation Instructors. Learn more: http://www.elderaudience.com/activity-connection/ 

**2-8-15–The tremendously popular KIM & TERRY CAMPBELL recently sent me a link to TERRY’S version of the song “16 Tons” (by Tennessee Ernie Ford) that was recorded during the duo’s “Classic Country” show. Take a moment to listen: http://notationservices.com/16.mp3 Invite KIM & TERRY CAMPBELL to entertain you with one of their MANY different shows. They TRAVEL too! Learn more: http://www.elderaudience.com/kim-n-terrys-musical-show/

**2-8-15–Are you in Washington County or Portland’s West side? JOE SZABO, “The Accordion Man”, is a STROLLING ACCORDIONIST who both plays and SINGS a wide variety of songs–Italian (“That’s Amore”, “O Solo Mio”, “Arrivederchi Roma”), Irish/Celtic (“Danny Boy”, “My Wild Irish Rose”), German, Love Songs, Movies & Musicals,Patriotic, Western, Luau, Oktoberfest, other Holidays, etc. He comes in COSTUME to suit the occasion. **Ask JOE about his SINGING TELEGRAM Service! He prefers performing on Portland’s Westside and Washington County. Learn more about him, and see his video sample:  http://www.elderaudience.com/joe-the-accordion-man/

**2-8-15–How about some lively Dixieland Jazz to get toes tapping? SUNSET TRAFFIC JAM JAZZ BAND can deliver! They play TUBA, DRUMS, TROMBONE, CLARINET, TRUMPET, WASHBOARD, and PIANO, and they sing too. PLUS, they tell jokes. (“family-friendly”) Lisa from Friendsview Retirement Community wrote “…Nobody wanted the night to end!” Be sure to click on SUNSET TRAFFIC JAM JAZZ BAND‘s music samples at their listing, and contact them to play at your PORTLAND/VANCOUVER area facility or event:  http://www.elderaudience.com/sunset-traffic-jam-jazz-band/

**2-8-15–EMMY HOROWITZ has been serving seniors for years as a licensed massage therapist, but recently began bringing her considerable vocal talent to senior facilities! Growing up in New York City, she sang in bands with the sons of folk icon Judy Collins. She loves to bring back the 60’s Classics and Jazz Standards, especially those originally performed by Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick, Frankie Valli, and The Shirelles. EMMY brings all her own equipment, and sings accompanied by high quality instrumental background tracks.  Be sure to read the lovely testimonials she’s received, too!  http://www.elderaudience.com/emmy-horowitz-sings/

**2-8-15–Audience members of Folk Music Specialist MIKE SANDS were raving about his recent program of Railroad Songs at Harvest Homes Senior Living. Here are some excerpts: “…It was incredible. In addition to being well paced and musically rich, Mike brings a degree of scholarship and passion to the performance that ought to reach as wide an audience as can possibly find him. His program engages an audience on so many levels. History, Popular Culture, Music, Community. He held us all for the entire performance. I wish it had been longer.” …well-organized, informative, and entertaining. He presents songs that feature human aspects of U.S. railroad history, from the Irish and Chinese who worked as laborers to famous railroad figures. Some of the songs are familiar to the audience and prompt audience participation. I would recommend Mr. Sands’ programs to anyone desiring an educational and entertaining program.” “Mike is very entertaining and has a wonderful way of expressing factual railroad events thru songs. Thank you so very much for ur visitation to Harvest Homes residence. Truly enjoyed.” Read more about MIKE SANDS and invite him to entertain!
http://www.elderaudience.com/mike-sands-folk-music-specialist/

**2-8-15–GARY ROBERTS is a veteran Folk and Rock musician whose early career was in clubs in Chicago. GARY sings and plays acoustic guitar along with pre-recorded band and orchestral tracks. “My goal is audience involvement; everyone has a ball!” Hear Classic Standards, Country, Folk and Rock, including familiar songs made famous by SINATRA, ELVIS PRESLEY, TONY BENNETT, RAY CHARLES, JOHNNY CASH, THE BEATLES, PETER,PAUL & MARY, and others. Check out some of the song titles in his listing. GARY ROBERTS travels throughout the Portland/ Vancouver and the Mid-Willamette valley area. http://www.elderaudience.com/the-gary-roberts-show/

**2-8-15–Hear the recently listed MINIDOKA SWING BAND in a Spring Concert on SAT MARCH 7 from 2-4:40pm, at the Community of Christ Church, 5170 NW 5 Oaks Drive in Hillsboro. Suggested $5 donation at the door. OR invite the MINIDOKA SWING BAND to play for you. They are VOLUNTEERS (donations appreciated). Learn more: http://www.elderaudience.com/minidoka-swing-band/ 

**2-8-15–Planning a PARTY or themed event? Think of CRAIG BROWN! This widely experienced DJ and PARTY HOST provides Props and Costumes and can involve Residents and Staff with fun music, line dances and table activities! He’ll also lead game shows and karaoke and will work with your theme. He’s great for anniversaries, birthdays, and New Years. PLUS, he rents Juke Boxes and even Photo Booths! CRAIG BROWN travels WIDELY throughout the Northwest. http://www.elderaudience.com/high-fidelity-entertainment-craig-brown/

**2-8-15–Magician STEVE PETERSON presents “Minor Miracles Magic”– family friendly entertainment that includes sleight-of-hand stage acts as well as strolling close-up magic! He has more than 50 years (!) experience. STEVE is based in Corvallis, but travels from Portland to Eugene. Learn more: http://www.elderaudience.com/minor-miracles-magic-steve-peterson-magician/ 

**2-8-15–JILL HEARING encourages you to “Rock to the Oldies” with her KARAOKE and SINGALONG sessions! This retired nurse of 35 years decided “when I grow up I want to be a musician.” JILL’s music sessions span tunes from the 20’s through the 60’s. Laura E., Executive Director at Homewoods on the Willamette wrote. “…(Jill) draws quite a crowd and has a lot of devoted, repeat attenders. Jill’s presence is supportive and fun without being overpowering. She has a lot of energy and knows how to draw people in by encouraging them. This is a no-fail activity with many positive benefits the biggest of which is community building.” Learn more about JILL HEARING http://www.elderaudience.com/jill-hearing-rock-to-the-oldies/

**2-8-15–Do you know about JOHN CANNON? This unassuming singer says of himself, “I’m un-young and un-pretty, but I’m the real deal, riding my own horses (Jake & Gus) in the back-country where I am grateful, seeing our nation’s beautiful land!” Invite JOHN to bring you his SMOOTH COUNTRY BLUES–WONDERFUL CLASSIC country songs. He accompanies himself on rhythm guitar and has background pre-recorded instrumentals. JOHN gets SUPER reviews, and he travels! http://www.elderaudience.com/smooth-country-blues-with-john-cannon/ 

**2-7-15–SALLY COHN is still doing her thing!! She is celebrated for her HAND WHISTLING–She “whistles” through her cupped hands-–Folk, Celtic, Religious music and more. She is accompanied either by recorded music or with live guitarists and pianists. SALLY rose through the ranks on the tv show, “America’s Got Talent!” Read more about SALLY COHN and invite her to entertain with this distinctive talent: http://www.elderaudience.com/sally-cohn-hand-whistler/

**2-7-15–“Gentleman Scientist” DR. ROY TORLEY, PhD., gets high marks for his presentations (with visuals) on lots of scientific topics including Oregon Geology, Volcanoes, Crystals, Wind Energy, and even Orchids. Read about ROY TORLEY and invite him for a program! http://www.elderaudience.com/roy-torley-gentleman-scientist/ 

**2-7-15–Are you familiar with  ANGELICA “ANGEL” PILATO ? She wrote an engaging memoir, titled “Angel’s Truck Stop”, about a woman’s struggle to fit into a man’s world–As a young woman in the military who managed an Air Force officers’ club in Thailand during the Vietnam War, Captain Pilato was warned her assignment was in a war zone “unfit for a woman.” Her book has been described as hilarious and at times, heart-wrenching. Invite ANGELICA PILATO to share her memories and stories from those days. http://www.elderaudience.com/angelica-angel-pilato/

**2-7-15–Invite longtime vocalist GAIL RASMUSSEN to sing for you–Any of these song titles grab you? “Hello Young Lovers”; “Fly Me to the Moon”; “Girl from Ipanema”; “On a Clear Day”…You may know GAIL from local Jazz Clubs. Her music spans Popular Vocal Standards from the 1930’s to the 70’s–she has a repertoire of 75 songs, including for Holidays.  Learn more  http://www.elderaudience.com/gail-rasmussen/ 

 

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