On Saturday, May 4, the Lincoln City Cultural Center will be setting sail – dressed up like a classic cruise ship and visiting ports of call around the Mediterranean – to support the arts in our community. It’s the fifth annual Culture, Of Course! Gala, and this year’s theme is “An Affair to Remember.” Tickets for this gala evening, featuring entertainment by cabaret vocalist Rocky Blumhagen, are on sale now at lincolncityculturalcenter.org or by calling 541-994-9994.
The adventure will begin at 5:30 pm, with the opening of the Jazz at Sea Lounge and the Desert Sands Game Room in the south end of the center. In the jazz lounge, there will be live music by Greg Ernst and Greg Berton, along with a silent auction filled with baskets and gift certificates. Next door in the game room, the adventurous can choose a surprise from the “Pyramids of Giza” – with every building block box guaranteed to contain a prize worth at least $25 and most boxes, a whole lot more. Or, have a little fun at the carnival-style wine ring toss, where you aim for the vintage you desire. Guests can enjoy a signature cocktail, the Pomegranate Royale, or a glass of Northwest wine or beer, as well as Mediterranean appetizers prepared and served by the students from the Taft High School Culinary Team.
At 6:30 pm, master of ceremonies Keith Altomare will move the guests into the auditorium, decorated in the luxurious style of a 1950s cruise ship like the one where Deborah Kerr met Cary Grant, in the classic film, “An Affair to Remember.” Dinner will be served buffet style, with food inspired by Mediterranean Sea ports of call and donated by generous local chefs and restaurants. At press time, the menu included seafood paella by The Side Door Café, halibut with mushroom risotto by Kyllo’s Restaurant, a vegetable lasagna by Lord Brixxton’s, lamb kofta by Old Line Lanes, spanakopita from Melany Berry/Full Heart Productions, and bisteya (a Moroccan carrot salad) by Donna Riani. The buffet adventure will continue with even more delicious French pastry contributions by Dede Mettle of Volta Bakery. Northwest wines will be sold by the glass and by the bottle throughout the evening.Rocky Blumhagen at the Siletz Bay Music Festival About the Entertainment
The romance of the classic film will be everywhere, especially when the microphone is handed to this year’s Culture, Of Course! featured performer, Rocky Blumhagen. He will perform a tribute to American composer Harry Warren (1893-1981) who created more than 400 songs for 90 different movies including the famous theme to “An Affair to Remember.” The 11th of 12 children of Italian immigrants, Warren grew up in Brooklyn and became a “song plugger” in the famed Tin Pan Alley and a renowned contributor to the Great American Songbook.
Rocky Blumhagen has performed in the Lincoln City area for more than 10 years, with shows honoring Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, and Irving Berlin at the Siletz Bay Music Festival. “Harry Warren certainly belongs in the company of these famed Broadway composer/lyricists.… Read more “Get ready for Culture, Of Course!”