10 days of magic!
At Lincoln City Cultural Center
$8 for youth ages 6-18, and $15 for adults 19 and older
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BUBBLES, MAGIC, JUGGLING & TONS OF ETC.!
FESTIVAL OF ILLUSIONS RETURNS TO LINCOLN CITY
March 24th - April 4th 7 pm, with doors open at 6:30 pm
Kids, families and those who love to wonder – you’re all invited to the 8th annual Festival of Illusions, March 24-April 4 at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. This year’s spring break fun fest will offer daytime activities including drop-in art workshops and evening performances by jugglers, mentalists, magicians and physical comedians from around the world. Advance tickets, reserved seating for the first time ever, are on sale now.
New to this year’s lineup is Angel Ocasio, a nationally-recognized physical comedian who performs in both English and Spanish. He’s a graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and has performed with everyone from Pink Martini to Wayne Newton. He’s also been named the Clowns of America International “Clown of the Year.” Ocasio will be the featured act at 7 pm Wednesday, April 3.
The schedule also includes another Festival of Illusions premiere: Iman Lizarazu, on Friday, March 29. Lizarazu is originally from the Basque region of France, the child of a dancer, and she grew up backstage at the Bolshoi Ballet and other companies. She studied juggling and circus skills in Dresden before she dedicated herself to physics and math – in fact, she holds a PhD in astrophysics. Lizarazu is a member of both Clowns Without Borders and Doctors Without Borders, and has taken her special blend of mime, juggling and comedy around the world. In Lincoln City, she’ll perform her engaging 75-minute solo show, “Basquette Quese.”
The 2019 Festival of Illusions schedule also features international mime and comedian Rudi Galindo, magician Jeff Evans, plate-spinner Henrik Bothe, mentalist Brian Ledbetter, Super Perfect Awesome Man Stefano Iaboni, and of course, two shows by The Amazing Bubble Man. The Festival of Illusions is planned to coincide with two special weeks: the Oregon public schools’ spring break March 25-29, and the Washington public schools’ version April 1-5.
“We’ve got one more surprise up our sleeves in 2019: Reserved Seating,” said Niki Price of the Lincoln City Cultural Center. “In the past, all Festival of Illusions seating was first come, first served, and you had to get in line early to sit in the front row. This year we’re offering everyone the opportunity to choose their seats and reserve them in advance through our website, lincolncityculturalcenter.org. You can also drop by the LCCC Thursday through Monday, or call us at 541-994-9994.”
All evening shows begin at the same time: 7 pm, with doors open at 6:30 pm. Thanks to the festival’s premier sponsors, Oregon State Credit Union and Amy Graham at Taylor & Taylor Real Estate, and the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau, evening show tickets are $8 for youth ages 6-18, and $15 for adults 19 and older. Tickets are on sale now at the center’s website, www.lincolncityculturalcenter.org (click “Buy Tickets”), by calling 541-994-9994, or in person at the Lincoln City Visitor Information Center, located inside the LCCC.
The 2019 Festival of Illusions is also sponsored by Meredith Hospitality, Explore Lincoln City and Oregon Coast TODAY. Members of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, which is a nonprofit arts and culture organization that relies upon donations from the public, will receive get $2 off every ticket they purchase. March is Membership Month, and it just takes a few minutes to join; for details, call 541-994-9994.
ABRA CADABRA OPEN ART SPACE
Families are also encouraged to take part in the Abra Cadabra Open Art Space, led by arts educator Krista Eddy and a slew of LCCC volunteers. The workshop will take over Margaret’s Meeting Room, down the hall from the auditorium at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, and will be open for drop-in fun from 1 to 4 pm daily, March 25-March 29. Some projects will be guided (like magical wands, magician’s hats and floating butterflies) and other tables will be “free art” zones, with paper, markers, paints, fabric, notions, and the like. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult, but all others can attend on their own. Entrance fee is just $5. For details, contact Krista Eddy at 541-994-9994.
Other attractions at the LCCC include:
* The official Lincoln City Visitor Information Center & Gift Shop, where volunteers and staff provide brochures, information, and activity ideas for Spring Break entertainment all over the Oregon Coast. Maps, hats, coloring books, handmade gifts and coastal souvenirs, free Cape Foulweather Coffee for the adults and free mini-agates for the kids. It will be open from 9 am to 5 pm every day from March 24-April 5.
* The PJ Chessman Gallery, which during Spring Break will feature “2 Water Ways” by Bill Shumway and Pam Serra-Wenz. Bill Shumway and Pam Serra-Wenz have exhibited extensively in the Pacific Northwest. Both painters believe that water is the key to life on this planet and that people should pay heed to conserving and retaining our clean water resources. As artists, they have decided to bring attention to that issue by focusing on the characteristics of water and the beauty that water beholds in its natural setting. Both artists paint with acrylic and manipulate the surfaces in many intriguing ways, sometimes even leaving paintings out in the rain as part of the process. Free to the public. Open 9 am to 5 pm.
Learn more at www.lincolncityculturalcenter.org or pick up the official Festival of Illusions 2019 program. Produced in conjunction with the Oregon Coast TODAY, the program will be available in stacks all over Lincoln City (and inserted in the March 22 edition of the TODAY). For details, call 541-994-9994.
FOI 2019 LINEUP
Sunday, March 24 FESTIVAL KICKOFF with Rudi Galindo’s “Just Passing Thru,” 7 pm
A man stands alone in the street with only a suitcase. Unexpectedly, a child is invited to join him. Together they begin to improvise and without a word create magic as they open a suitcase full of surprises. Rudi Galindo combines the elements of silent film and European clown and distills it with the passion of the Mexican-American culture. The result is a unique style of physical theatre that has entertained more than a million smiling faces on four continents. This performance is called “Just Passing Thru,” and it was voted the Grand Prix winner at the Gent International Street Theater Festival.
Monday, March 25 Magician Jeff Evans, 7 pm
Jeff’s career in magic began at age 12, when he found a book on coin tricks at his grandparents’ house. Today, Jeff regularly performs for appreciative audiences throughout the Northwest, and he’s one of the Festival of Illusion’s top-sellers. Fan favorites include “Sparky the Trained Chicken” and his “ridiculously dangerous” escape stunt from ropes, chains, and padlocks. No wonder he was named the 2013 Seattle’s Funniest Magician and ParentMap Magazine’s 2013 “Golden Teddy Award” for Best Live Entertainment. www.simplymagic.org
Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27 The Amazing Bubble Man, 7 pm
FOI 2019 presents the triumphant return of The Amazing Bubble Man, back by crazy and frenetic popular demand. The auditorium will be afloat with the bubble magic and comedy of Louis Pearl, aka the Amazing Bubble Man, accompanied by his trusty accordion playing sidekick, Jetty Swart. Pearl is one of the world’s leading bubble-ologists, who has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years, with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. He’s a favorite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he has enjoyed eight years of sell-out success. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles and even people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. www.amazingbubbleman.com
Thursday, March 28 Mentalist Brian Ledbetter, 7 pm
Ace mentalist Brian Ledbetter makes jaws drop with his uncanny display of mindreading: predictions come true, thoughts are read and objects are moved without anyone touching them. Brian’s exciting and interactive show combines comedy and audience participation with truly remarkable feats of mentalism. He was a big hit in the 2017 festival, when he performed with magician Jason Andrews, and solo in 2018. He’s back with new tricks that you just won’t believe. Prepare to be amazed. http://ledbettermagic.com/
Friday, March 29 Iman Lizarazu, 7 pm
“Basquette Quese” starring Iman Lizarazu is a poetic tale about a clown in a war to fall asleep! In her classic comedic battle, Iman, the consummate Pierrot (the iconic character of mime and Commedia dell’Arte) cooks up hilarious strategies to exhaust herself. The result is a rollicking whirlwind of bed-time antics – juggling pillow feathers – a Flamenco ballet while juggling seven rings – a pirate’s adventure atop a rola bola – and even a Tango that brings life to Max, her clothes hanger! Iman’s performance totally mesmerizes the audience. Her world-renowned physical comedy, brilliant mime, dance and juggling deliver original, invigorating, tender and genuine, entertainment. www.imanlizarazu.com
Tuesday, April 2 Stefano Iaboni, 7 pm
Born and raised in Rome, Italy, Stefano Iaboni trained in a professional circus school in Holland and spent 10 years working as an actor and comedian in Barcelona. Stefano will accompany you on an extraordinary journey that includes magic, juggling, comedy, volunteer participation, and everything in between. It’s a family-friendly show, with fun for all ages. www.stefanoiaboni.com
Wednesday, April 3 Comedy for the Kids with Angel Ocasio, 7 pm – Bilingual
Nationally recognized as a top physical comedian in the Pacific Northwest, Angel Ocasio family entertainment combines physical comedy, magic, juggling, music and his unique style of comedy in bilingual (English-Spanish) COMEDIA PARA LOS NIÑOS CON ANGEL OCASIO Conocido nacionalmente como el mejor comediante de físico en el Pacifico Noroeste, el entretenimiento familia de Angel Ocasio combina la comedia física, magia, malabarismo, música, y su estilo único de comedia en blinqué (Inglés-Español). www.ocomedy.com
Thursday, April 4 FESTIVAL FINALE with Henrik Bothe, 7 pm
Danish born Henrik Bothe has entertained audiences around the world with his unforgettable physical comedy show. It spans from plate spinning a la the Ed Sullivan Show to comedy magic and juggling such as escaping a straight jacket while riding a unicycle. This had led to the thrill of being featured on the Tonight Show, on TV in France, Italy and China. Henrik has performed in four languages, 50 states, and 22 countries since 1984. www.nwcorporatecomedy.com