LOOKING GLASS BOOKS IS MOVING! – Weekly Newsish Roundup: April 27 – May 3

Check out your weekly Newsish Roundup for April 27 – May 3.

In the news today:

  • New Nook for Looking Glass Books
  • Coffee with Will and Armondo Borboa
  • Get Out and Go
  • Around the Mountain
  • Local Sports

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New Nook for Looking Glass Books

Looking glass books is moving to a new nook. Specifically down Adams Avenue a couple blocks where the bookstore will now house the permanent home for the La Grande Shakespeare Company, according to Grant Turner, the owner and operator of the store. Several weeks ago Grant was approached by his landlady of his current building who said they were going to sell the building he was in. And so he didn’t waste time, he said. He found a new location several blocks down from the old one and, well, he hop skipped quickly into new space and is currently in the process of redesigning it for his vision: a half bookstore, half-black-box theater venue which will be the new stomping grounds of his Shakespearean productions.

The new location is, well, smaller than the old one. But Grant says he likes small, intimate theater spaces. He thinks it makes the plays more of a shared experience, heightens the intimacy, and forces the audience to be active participants in the Shakespeare plays.

The Grand Opening of the new store is going to be June 1st, Grant said, followed by the opening of the first Shakespeare play in the new space Henry the 5th the following day. Keep an eye out of the trailer for the new play only on La Grande Alive.

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Coffee With Will and Armando Barboa / Doolittle Raiders Gala

Writers can’t all be professionals. Most writers, unfortunately, have to spend eight hours of their precious writing time going to jobs outside their writing passion in order to, well, eat, squeezing their obsessive scribbling between the hours of 5pm and 1am (or 1 am to 5am depending on your inclination) assisted by egregious amounts of caffeinated beverages. Armando Barboa is one of those writers. Armando was my guest this week on Coffee with Will. He’s a member of the US Armed Forces, a staff sergeant to be exact, and a writer. And these two aspects of his life, he said, oftentimes cross over.

Armando said that he uses writing to connect with the places he travels, his experiences, and his own creative side.

And one of those places he’s traveling is Pendleton Oregon for the Doolittle Raiders Gala coming up this weekend, Saturday, April 29, from 9 am to 11pm. So here’s a little history lesson: on April 18, 1942, sixteen B-25 bombers took off from the platform of US Navy Aircraft Carriers 650 nautical miles from the coast on a mission to bomb Japanese cities. Each of the crews knew that, bottom line, the damage they caused would be like a papercut on a grizzly bear, but that wasn’t the point. The real point was to show Japan that America wasn’t down and out, and that we still had the power to resist. What they really wanted to do was give a morale boost to thousands of Americans discouraged by the recent attacks on Pearl Harbor. And their mission was successful. And the bravery of these airmen who agreed to pilot these planes has become a symbol for the spirit of the United States resistance to foreign invaders ever since. And this weekend, the last surviving pilot of these missions will travel to Pendleton to speak and participate in a celebratory event for the raid.

Overall the conversation with Armondo was full of fun and nerdiness you wouldn’t expect from an interview with a die-hard serviceman. The rest of this interview can be viewed on lagrandealive.tv or our Facebook page. And be sure to check out the Doolittle Raiders Gala in Pendleton Oregon, this Saturday starting at 9 am at the Pendleton Army Air Field.

Get Out and Go! 
And what else is going on this weekend? Well, I’m here to tell you along with my partner in crime Emily Adair from Go Magazine with this week’s Get Out and Go!

One more quick event, this Sunday, April 30, 11 am to 2:30 pm there will be a workshop for Milonga Tango at the Art Center East in La Grande. Milonga is a dance form from the Southern Cone countries of Uruguay and Argentina. Exotic, I know! But still, no experience is necessary, and it’s 15 bucks a person or 25 bucks per couple. Visit the art center east website for more information.

Local Sports

The La Grande Tigers Softball team went two for two this weekend against Ontario winning 4-1 and 6-1 back to back at home. Union/Cove also had a double-win, beating Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii 4-1 and 8-5 also here in the valley. Elgin, on the other hand, was the black sheep of the weekend, losing both their games at Burns by rather different margins 5-23 and 10-12. Next softball games are scheduled for the 28th when La Grande plays Baker/Powder Valley at home, Elgin plays Grant Union / Dayville / Prairie City away, and Union / Cove plays Heppner / Ione right here in the valley.

In the boys Baseball world, La Grande had a little less success than in softball. They lost one, won one v.s. Ontario playing at home, the first game a 6-5 win followed by Ontario’s comeback at a similarly slim margin of 4-5. Two very close games. Union/Cove instead of winning two lost two against Durfur / South Wasco 1-12 and 5-11 and put them down and out for the weekend. Continuing the valley’s bleak baseball end of the week, Elgin also lost two to Pilot Rock / Nixyaawii, 0-7 and 2-9, making this weekend pretty much a big fat strikeout for the valley’s baseball teams. Next games are this weekend: La Grande plays Baker / Powder Valley on the 29th, Union / Cove plays Grant Union/ Prairie City on the 28th and Elgin plays Heppner / Ione the same day.

Around the Mountain

An speaking of sports, here’s your Around the Mount in 90 seconds with Evan and Chris for our special 21st anniversary episode.

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And that’s your weekly Newsish Roundup