Stories that ‘Jump’ set for Greenwood Playhouse

Storytelling series the Solo Speak Sessions returns to Greenwood Playhouse, 148 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend, at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday.

Storytellers Shay Knorr, Andrew Hickman, Gail Menasco, Matilda Konigsberg, Mike Ficher and Ralph Steadman will tell stories related to the theme of “Jump.”

Admission is $15 in advance, plus fee, available at the website below, or $18 at the door (cash or check only).

Contact: or 503-860-5733.

Red Chair announces student show results

In April, Red Chair Gallery, 103 N.W. Oregon Ave., Bend, held its high school student show, “Emerging Artists 3.”

This year’s event introduced a new recognition, the People’s Choice Award. Sariah Moss from Mountain View High School won first place with her watercolor painting “Strength of a Lion.” Second place went to Nicole Bitterlich from Bend High School with “Day Dreaming.”

Honorable mentions were issued to Hailey Kavanagh from Mountain View High School for “Party Dress,” Makenna Allison from Bend High School for “Swimming Through Clouds” and Hailey Brink from Sisters High School for her jewelry.


Teen wins Young Artist of the Year competition

Kiarra Saito-Beckman, 15, of Bend, took first in the PepsiCo Young Artist of the Year Competition April 27 in Charleston, S.C.

The violinist played the first movement of Violin Concerto in F-sharp minor, by Henryk Wienawski, for the competition, organized by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

“I chose the Wieniawski concerto because it’s always been one of my favorites, and I thought it would be fun to bring it into a competition,” she said.

Saito-Beckman bought a new violin case with her prize of $1,000, but plans to save the rest. She has participated in two other national competitions this year, including the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition in which she placed second. She will solo with the symphony in August.

—David Jasper