Singing Out Some Notes


Those I’ve spoken with who have joined community chorus groups have said they’ve had a blast. You get to sing, learn about music, meet new friends. What’s not to love?

On that note, Simpson University is inviting community members over 16 to join its community chorus. The Trinity Repertory Singers, under the direction of Dr. Hoffmann Urquiza Pereira, will begin its fourth season on Thursday, Sept. 9.
There are no auditions. Those interested will have a short interview to determine prior vocal experience, basic ability to match pitch, vocal range, and part placement. Weekly rehearsals will be held on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in room HC-1 of the Simpson University Heritage Center (2211 College View Dr.) in Redding. The first rehearsal will be Sept. 9.

For more information on the group, contact Dr. Urquiza Pereira at 226-4952 or hpereira@simpsonu.edu.


Sometimes you forget, don’t you, that one of the most toxic sites in the world sits just minutes away from Redding. Here’s a recent San Francisco Chronicle article about a visit to the toxic hellhole that is Iron Mountain Mine.

There was no mention of the 200-foot-tall statue of Jesus that owner wants to build on the site.


American Indian artist Frank LaPena’s current exhibit at Shasta College is worth a visit. The works are so rich in color and powerfully deep in theme. To me, some had a bit of a Chagall quality.

Born in San Francisco in 1937 of Asian and American Indian parents, LaPena spent part of his youth in government-run Indian boarding schools after his father was killed. He and his sister were later placed in a foster home in Shasta County where he regained contact with the Wintu community.

Pretty fascinating stuff. LaPena, now a resident of Sacramento, will discuss his art and more during a talk at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Room 400 at Shasta College.

For more information, call 242-7500 or click here .


Jim Dyar is a news, arts and entertainment journalist for A News Cafe and the former arts and entertainment editor for the Record Searchlight’s D.A.T.E. section. Jim is also a songwriter and leader of the Jim Dyar Band. He lives in Redding. E-mail him at jimd.anewscafe@gmail.com .

Jim Dyar

is a journalist who focuses on arts, entertainment, music and the outdoors. He is a songwriter and leader of the Jim Dyar Band. He lives in Redding and can be reached at jimd.anewscafe@gmail.com

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