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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 12, 2014 11B ARTS a00:,d E NTEI00.TAINMENT Art and photography created exclusively with the iPhone is the focus of an upcoming presentation by Michael Clawson at the Plumas Arts Gallery in Quincy. Photo courtesy Plumas Arts Workshop focuses on iPhone photography The Plumas Arts Gallery will host Graeagle artist, photographer and designer Michael Clawson for a free presentation entitled "Creative iPhone Photography and Art" on Saturday, March 15, from noon to 2 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artist and listen as he shares the process of how he creates digital photography and art exclusively with his iPhone. Clawson began communicating as an iPhoneographer in late 2011 when he discovered the power wrapped inside his tiny telephone camera. As a professional photographer, he began to explore the limitations of the iPhone, and thus learned its strengths. He soon began to exploit various facets of his creativity with the device. He credits Instagram as his first artistic sharing community where iPhoneography and art have flourished, giving him inspiration toward new opportunities and new discoveries. Clawson has been a featured speaker on this and other topics at several industry-specific conferences including Adobe Max and MacWorld. Clawson is "chief fish" at Big.Fish Creations, an advertising and digital media company located in Graeagle. His background began in Silicon Valley when Apple Computer and Adobe Systems first made their mark in desktop publishing. He was introduced to interactive media early in his career, and transitioned to production artist and, later, creator and lead principal of an interactive department at a major Nevada advertising agency. Specializing in branding across multiple media platforms, his diverse repertoire includes a hybrid combination of designer and developer with emphasis on graphic design, branding, photography and communication. This presentation will be part of the Arts & Entrepreneurship Series co-sponsored with the Feather River College Business Entrepreneurial Center and made possible with funding from the California Arts Council's Creating Places of Vitality Program and The Common Good Foundation. To find out more about the programs, projects and services of Plumas Arts, check its website at Meet ......... the .......... new" ...... mustc00" ....... teacher." Mr. Barnes00' Suzi Brakken Special to Feather Publishing Quincy's newest school music instructor, Luke Barnes, 28, is a self-described nerd whose affinity for physics and quantum mechgnics almost led him down a different path. "I was a science whiz. I missed only one question on the state physics exam," says Barnes. "But I was convinced to switch (to music) by a music professor." Barnes began working for Plumas Unified School District in fall 2013, and has kept a hectic schedule leading both the Quincy Junior-Senior High School band, choir and ensemble programs as well as the five-days-a-week music program for fourth- through sixth-graders at Quincy Elementary School. That hasn't given the self-effacing Barnes much time to meet parents or even make many friends. But in a small town like Quincy, he was bound to run into fellow music enthusiasts soon enough. Indeed, retired Feather River College director John Probst has already drafted Barnes into his local chorale group, Le Panache, and Barnes recently volunteered to be the pit conductor in FRC's upcoming production of "Beauty and the Beast." Likewise , private music teacher Johnene McDonald got Barnes to join her High Sierra Community and Youth Orchestra. Barnes' main musical instrument is the tuba, but he started out on clarinet and in competition marching band while growing up in Napa. He graduated from Sonoma State University in 2004 with a degree in music education, and did his student teaching at Foothill College in Palo Cedro. He also started a community band in Redding prior to finding his way to Quincy. It wasn't playing music that motivated Barnes into music education, but, rather, the study of it. "My love of music history came first," Barnes explains. "I grew up hearing Bach at church, and gravitated toward classical. I listened all the time, and was interested in how it worked. I understood the structure of music before I ever played." Although his father was a guitarist in a Christian rock band, Barnes never shared an interest in learning the guitar. He was more interested in having access to music scores and learning to compose, which led to writing commissions for community events. During college, Barnes studied musicology and specialized in 20th-century music. He developed a lecture titled "How Innovations in Music Reflected the Romantic Period." Yet his musical tastes range widely, "from ancient Greek recreations, all the way to modern day," Barnes says. At a recent assembly at Quincy Elementary School, he delighted the kids with a Lady Gaga dance mix performed by the Quincy High School concert band. The love of science Barnes developed at an early age is still very evident. In his rare Last contra dance Saturday The last contra dance of the season will be held this Saturday, March 15, at the Feather River Grange Hall in Quincy. The evening starts with a brief introduction at 7:30 p.m.; contra dancing is easy, family-friendly and does not require a partner. Admission is $7, and those under 16 are free. Live music accompanies the dancing, and all dances are taught and called. For more information, call Leslie Mink at 616-1892. spare time, he tries to keep current on what's going on with science, reading up on quantum mechanics and such through a variety of publications. "This is an exciting time in neuroscience," says Barnes. "With new technology and MRIs, we're beginning to really see how music impacts the brain." Explaining further, Barnes begins to talk about how music is proven to subconsciously force the brain to use both hemispheres at the same time, especially during the onset of adolescence. "It was extremely healthy for me... at that difficult time ... when I was going through it," he muses. Barnes, who is single and noticeably shy, looks forward to meeting more of the Quincy community and finding a hiking partner. He is considering offering a music appreciation class for adults if there's enough interest. Meanwhile, he's also working with administrators and parents to improve the music education program next year in hopes of bringing back more participation. "I have a to-do list," he says. "As a beginning teacher, I Self-described "music nerd" Luke Barnes looks forward to meeting parents and community members and hopes to attract more students into band and choir. Photo by Amber McMichael ' kind of put myself in the frying pan. It was a good learning experience and I'm ready to get holistic." A good opportunity to meet Barnes will be at the next Concert on the Green, Wednesday, May 28, on the Quincy Junior-Senior High School lawn. The outdoor evening concert will feature nearly all of his students and is free and open to the public. SAINT PATRICK'S DAY MARCH 17, 2014 (I can boast of in-laws Finnigan, McGhee, McGee, Cagney & Kelly) Now soon, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day By wearing clothes of brilliant Irish green. No matter if the skies are blue or gray In all our towns, parades will then be seen. And, too, such Irish sayings will be heard: "May the wind be always at your back;" "In death I am the swift uplifting rush of birds;" "Be rich in fortunes, blessings never lack." when in a crowded local green canteen We'll hear the soulful lilt of Irish songs That stir the heart and praise a fair colleen Or grieve a loss or curse oppressive wrongs. And if you fail to wear some green, it is a cinch That on that day you will receive a friendly pinch. Salvatore (Sam) Catalano February 28, 2014 Reasor to play at Words & Music The Thursday, March 13, edition of Quincy Words & Music, hosted by Patti's Thunder Cafr, brings well-known local musician Todd Reasor to the stage with his guitar and hand-crafted songs. Reasor, a frequent contributor to the open mic portion of Words & Music, is excited to bring his singing and songwriting to the program's loyal, enthusiastic audience. "I feel so grateful to be a part of this beautiful community of people. I'm humbled by the generosity, consideration and kindness of the friends and neighbors, known and unknown, who truly care for each other. I have benefited greatly by living here," says Reasor. He adds, "I play guitar and sing original songs, mostly about natural beauty, rivers, cascading water and the sea. I'll attempt a few covers. Hope you can all make it out to Words & Music. Plumas Arts adds a lot to my life. Thank you!" Doors open at 7 p.m. and the Todd Reasor prepares to perform original music at Quincy Words & Music on Thursday, March 13. Photo courtesy Plumas Arts show starts at 7:15. An open mic sign-up is available to all interested parties and open mic begins at 8. Words & Music is sponsored by Plumas Arts and there is a $3 entry charge at the door. Beverages are available for purchase. Words & Music is a program of Plumas Arts, featuring acoustic performances of music and the spoken word. For more information about this or other programs sponsored by Plumas Arts, call 283-3402, visit or stop by the Plumas Arts Gallery located at 525 Main St. in Quincy. Office hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fiddler returns to Town Hall Plumas Arts is pleased to present the "Pure Dead Brilliant Fiddle" of the Hanneke Cassel Trio at the Town Hall Theatre on , Thursday, March 27. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; showtime is 7. Tickets are $15 general admission, and $10 for Plumas Arts members. Member tickets can only be purchased presale. Presale tickets are available at the Plumas Arts Gallery during its winter hours (Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), at Quincy Natural Foods or online ( To charge tickets by phone, call 283-3402. Cassel and her trio have graced the Town Hall Theatre in a previous concert, in which she was surrounded by the many local musicians who have attended her fiddle camps and others who know of her status as a musician. She also earned herself a new devoted following. Accolades from peers and the press include the following: "(Cassel is) one of the most talented and fun-loving young fiddlers you could ever hope to meet! This is fiddle music played with great stylistic integrity and personal flair-- definitely a joy to listen to!" says Alasdair Fraser. Fiddler Magazine wrote ". ....... the sound of Cassel's fiddle is mature, it also exudes spunk, which makes her music playful and dance-inducing." Check out her website to preview her music and see some live clips of her performances: TOWN HALL THEATRE Presents THE LEGO MOVIE Fri., Mar. 14- Mon., Mar. 17 7pro Show 4pm Sunday Matinee Rated PG 100min. Action/Comedy The LEGO Movie is a 3D animated film which follows lead character, Emmet, a completely ordinary LEGO mini-figure who is identified as the most "extraordinary person" and the key to saving the Lego universe. An ordinary guy, Emmet is mistaken as being a" Master Builder" or one who can save the universe. Emmet and his friends go on an epic journey to stop the evil tyrant, Lord Business, who is hell bent on destroying their LEGO universe by gluing it all together. THE MONUMENTS MEN Tentatively scheduled for Fri., Mar. 21 - Mon., Mar. 24 7pro Show 4pm Sunday Matinee Rated PG-13 118min. Drama Based on the true story of the. greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is a dramatic thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys, seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 "possibly hope to succeed" But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. Monthly movie schedules are created with the most current information at the time of their creation. Limited film print availability sometimes results in last minute booking cancellations. Patrons are advised to call the Town Hall Theatre movie line at 283-1140, check the website at or "Like" us on Facebook for the most currefit film schedule. 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