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Mombo shares magic of drums with students


Mombo encourages a student to “talk to me” using his hands on a djembe drum Wednesday. The Pilot/Scott Graves

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.

Eight energetic and squirmy third graders scurried to the front of the room and sat down in front of eight conga drums, eager for a chance to play.

After a few minutes of drumming up a storm, the eight students returned to their seats, and another eight took their place. Then another, and another.



Air Force band plays free Crescent City concert

 CRESCENT CITY – The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West’s jazz ensemble, The Commanders, will perform a free concert of classic big band jazz at  7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, 421 Highway 101 N.

The concert will feature a variety of styles, from traditional big band swing to Latin and contemporary.

The Commanders is a newly revived ensemble from the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, under the direction of Master Sgt. James Butler.  



Brookings grad Blake Heiss wrapping up his first film


Blake Heiss, who has been making films since his days at Brookings-Harbor High School, is wrapping up his first original film and sending it to film festivals. Submitted photo
Blake Heiss has loved filmmaking since his days at Brookings-Harbor High School.

“Even back then, I decided this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and career,” Heiss said.

At BHHS, he was involved in the B-TV program, participating in a weekly news broadcast and short comedy sketches.



Artisans find publicity within range

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When Nola Range moved to Brookings in 2007 she saw local art everywhere she went – restaurants, businesses, a title company – but every time she tried to look up the artists online there was no information.

She said “this is wrong.”

One year later, she started the website wildriverscoastart.com.



Intersection performs Tuesday

Intersection will perform Tuesday at Crescent Elk Auditorium. The Pilot/Submitted photo

CRESCENT CITY – Renowned for their connection with audiences worldwide, international piano trio Intersection performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St.  

Violinist Laura Frautschi, cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper and pianist John Novacek, and their group Intersection was formed in 1998. The group’s recordings have been best-sellers in Asia and have topped the classical and crossover charts. In Japan, album sales have been well in excess of 100,000. In addition to their best-selling CDs, Intersection has released more than half a dozen DVDs.

An essential component of their concert activity has been their guest appearances, often televised, with major orchestras such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Osaka Symphony, the Yomiuri Orchestra, and the Tokyo Philharmonic. In addition to Asia, the group has toured Europe and the U.S.



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