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‘poTENtial’ series starts Feb. 11

“How Recipes Can Preserve History & Nourish Community” and the experimental music of MOsley WOtta start the second “poTENtial” performance series next month at Columbia Center for the Arts.

In 2016 the center launched its new performing art programming series, titled poTENtial, which consisted of 10 performing arts events. Each of the 10 events featured one facet of the arts. The series was such a success that Columbia Center for the Arts decided to continue the series and has recently announced their lineup for the 2017 poTENtial Program Series.

2017’s events focus on culinary arts, experimental, dance, music, theater, film, photography, cultural, storytelling, and performance art. Each event will include a brief interview with the artists or a talk back immediately following, and a performance or presentation.

“When we conceived of the idea for this series in 2016, we had no idea it would be so successful and would spark such a terrific response from the community,” said Kristyn Fix, events manager for the art center. “These events bring a higher caliber of art expression and artists to the Gorge, and as a series they form an extraordinary and dynamic range of experiences for audience members to enjoy and share. This series truly embraces our mission of ‘touching the heart, challenging the intellect, and sparking conversation.’”

Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. — Culinary Arts: How Recipes Can Preserve History and Nourish Community.

Kick off poTENtial 2017 with a Fresh Start Culinary Arts Program catered, New Orleans-style breakfast at Riverside Church. Oregon Humanities Conversation Project Speaker Jennifer Roberts and local chef Kathy Watson will discuss how recipes and the culinary arts can preserve history, connect family, and nourish communities. Ticket price includes breakfast ($28 adults, $23 students and seniors).

Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. — Experimental: The Music of MOsley WOtta and Third Seven.

MOsley WOtta is a consummate creative; he has been featured internationally as a speaker, performer, slam poet, visual artist, and educator for over a decade. Third Seven is an experimental musician who is known for resonant cello, frequently adorned by piano, voice, unconventional percussion, and whatever other sounds seem right at the time.

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