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Loch Lomond. (Image courtesy Loch Lomond) 

Loch Lomond’s New Tune

Portland indie folk/rock/pop legends Loch Lomond have had a busy month. Still smack bang in the middle of a West Coast tour, they’ve also just released a new track, “A String”, a lush, melodic ballad out on Tender Loving Empire this week.Have a listen here:

The track will be on Tender Loving Empire’s Friends and Friends of Friends compilation, out next month. Loch Lomond is also heading back in the Portland direction soon, though, with an October 10 Hood River gig at Cebu Lounge en route. Rumor has it there’s a new album in the works, due out early next year. Stay tuned . . .

Eckard and Lesperance Receive Fellowship Awards

Two Portland-based artists have received RACC’s 2015 Fellowship Awards, which come with a cash grant each of $20,000. Sculptor David Eckard and Ellen Lesperance, whose work using the visual language of knitting has garnered her critical acclaim, are the two recipients of what is one of the biggest awards in the region for individual artists.

Calling All Elves!

Eager to break out your inner elf? Lakewood Theatre Company may be able to help. The Lake Oswego company is holding auditions for seven actors and a chorus of elves this Sunday (September 27) to take part in their holiday spectacle, The Peppermint Bear Show 2015: Taming of the Shoe, with most of the roles for ages 14-20. Auditions by appointment will be held at the Lakewood Center for the Arts. Get a full break down here. 

RACC Call For Art of Leadership Applications

The Regional Arts & Culture Council is calling for applications to its Art of Leadership professional development program, aimed at preparing people to serve on the boards of arts and culture organizations. Led by arts consultant George Thorn, the program includes a series of six half-day workshops, with past “graduates” now serving on the boards of Post5 Theatre, Independent Publishing Resource Center, and Blue sky Gallery among other arts organizations. Click here for a complete schedule and curriculum guide.

Third Angle Goes Green

Contemporary music outfit Third Angle is going green—or at least, their box office is. This season, the company announced it will go paperless, with ticket options including smartphones and door lists or will calls. Third Angle still offers patrons the opportunity to print tickets at home, and will, on request, print tickets for them, but is actively encouraging a paperless box office “to help protect this noble earth.” Kudos! 

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