Day: July 10, 2013

Play it again, Sam

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Erin Zysett is on the floor wrapping a pink scarf into the shape of the No. 9 on top of another green scarf which represents “Muffins,” the turtle that never was. Even at this early point in Salem Playback’s interpretation of the story I’ve told them, I realize I should have been more courageous. Playback Theatre is theater based on stories told by audience members. Life stories are shared, cast, and then enacted on the spot by a team of actors, dancers and a musician. Zysett is me, or one of my co-conspirators, in a memorable week spent in Los Angeles in June 2012. Muffins is getting “bedazzled” with pink jewels and the No. 9 in preparation for the turtle races at Brennan’s Pub off Lincoln Boulevard in Marina Del Rey, Calif. She’s just about finished with the adornment when someone unseen tells her the plan isn’t moving ahead. “What do you mean we aren’t doing it?” Zysett says, and then puts on her best forlorn look. Here is the story I told the players: While working on my master’s degree in LA, my housemates and I would drive past Brennan’s Pub daily, which advertised turtle racing every Thursday night on the side of its building. We became enamored with the idea of going to watch, but it rapidly escalated into wanting...

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Gubser area garage sale planned

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Looking to sell off items, but don’t want to go through the hassle of advertising your own garage sale? If you live in Keizer’s Gubser neighborhood, you are in luck. The Gubser Neighborhood Association is holding a one-day Gubser Neighborhood Yard Sale on Saturday, July 20. The sale will go from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various houses around the neighborhood. The GNA organization is taking care of advertising for the event and will print and publicize a map of participating homes for a $5 donation. The donation can be given to Michele Nowlin, who agreed at the June 20 GNA meeting to serve as chairperson of the event. The donation must be sent prior to July 12 for the map placement. Nowlin can be reached at Brad Coy, president of the GNA, suggested at the June 20 meeting modeling the event after the annual garage sale held at McNary Estates. “Maybe we can focus maps at garage sales that will be by the main entrances into the neighborhood,” Coy suggested. Alex Olsen suggested the $5 donation to be included on the map, which would be used to cover the costs. Others at the meeting agreed with the idea. Fliers are being put up in the Gubser neighborhood to advertise the event, which is being held for the first...

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