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Packys: Theater honors its best of 2015

Aaron Axel, who played Gomez, the lead character in “Addams Family,” receives an award from Ariel and Sean Farris during annual Packy awards gala.

Packy Awards for Chetco Pelican Players’ productions in 2015 were evenly split, indicating audiences may have enjoyed all of the plays.

However, it was “Addams Family” that received the award for Best Overall Production, which broke the tie with “The Miracle Worker” in the number of awards received.

“Play On!” and “Little Shop of Horrors” also tied for the number of awards — four each. 


Duo returns to venue

Kate Power and Steve Einhorn will perform in Pistol River Feb. 13.

The Pistol River Concert Association announces that Kate Power and Steve Einhorn will return to the Pistol River Friendship Hall for a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. 

Power and Einhorn have appeared as special guests on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Power’s song “Travis John” won the grand prize at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas for songs that make a difference.


Festival a success

Volunteers serve whole crab to diners. Photo by Bill Schlichting / Curry Coastal Pilot.

The sinkhole didn’t stop nearly a thousand hungry citizens from making their way down to the Port of Brookings Harbor for the second annual Crab Festival Saturday. 

“We couldn’t have gotten better luck with our weather,” said Crissy Cooper-Perry, event coordinator for the Port of Brookings Harbor. “I feel for a wintertime event, it was highly successful.”

Many who attended were pleased with the outcome of the event that provided plenty of shelter under large tents set up at the Port of Brookings-Harbor boardwalk.


Dustbowl Revival: A youthful twist on traditional Americana

Dustbowl Revival will perform bluegrass and swing in a concert at the Chetco Grange Community Center. Submitted photo.

Known for its roaring live sets, Dustbowl Revival will perform its mix of old-school bluegrass, gospel, pre-ward blues and swing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Chetco Grange Community Center in Harbor.

Tickets are $10 and available at the Curry Coastal Pilot office, 507 Chetco Ave. For more information visit www.stagelights.us.


Down the road

Like Gary Lundgren’s two earlier films, “Black Road” was shot in the Ashland area and on the Curry County coast, including this scene at Burnt Hill Beach.

Backers of the local State of Jefferson movement in 2014 envisioned a haven free of stifling regulations where even the smallest community would have a voice. 

They probably wouldn’t recognize the lawless, almost post-apocalyptic, frontier filmmaker Gary Lundgren dreamed up for his third full-length film, “Black Road.” 

Filmed in Ashland and on the Curry County coast south of Gold Beach, “Black Road” tempers comfort of the familiar with dread as the main character, an ex-military cyborg named Dylan, played by “The Office’s” Sam Daly, explores the Free State of Jefferson.

“Black Road” opened in theaters at Crescent City Cinemas on Friday and will play through next week. The film will also be shown at Coming Attractions Theaters in Eureka, Coos Bay and Klamath Falls. 

“Jefferson is sort of this lawless empty place,” said Lundgren, whose films ‘Calvin Marshall’ and ‘Redwood Highway’ were also shot in Oregon. “It’s almost like driving out deep into Oregon through small towns where people are left to their own devices. You can be free out here, but you’re also going to be a lot more vulnerable.”


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