April – FESTIVAL – Silverton Poetry Festival. From readings to open
mics, if you are a poetry enthusiast Silverton is where you want to
be to celebrate National Poetry Month. Part of the celebration
will pay homage to Mount Angel College, an experimental liberal
arts college which existed in the `60s and `70s. Poet Mark Sargent, a
graduate of Mount Angel College, will reunite with more than 20
artists, writers, and photographers associated with the college in a
traveling extravaganza of art and poetry. The viewing will begin at
5 p.m. with a reception at 7 p.m. on April 18 at St. Edwards Church,
211 West Center St. For information on other festival events, visit
www.silvertonpoetry.org.

April – KARAOKE CONTEST – Talent Quest is sponsoring a karaoke contest, with the ultimate prize being a chance to record with former American Idol contestant Ryan Baysden. There are categories for both rock and country singers, so get your song on and check out these locations for times to qualify: Gaslight Bar and Grill (503) 399-8282; Silver Inn (Silverton) (503) 364-9498; Sapphire Lounge (503) 485-2880 and Big Kahuna (503) 588-1880. For more information and a complete list of locations,
visit 5entertainmentguide.com or call (503) 399-0187. Finals will be held in July.

April 7 – CONCERT – Willamette University presents “New Music at Willamette,” featuring flutist and
adjunct professor Molly Alicia Barth. She is a specialist in contemporary music and will perform this free concert with a small ensemble. An informal Q & A session will follow. Concert will take place in Hudson Hall at Willamette University at 7:30 p.m. Info: (503)370-6255.

April 8 – CONCERT –  List every genre of music that you know; this would be similar to Claudia Schmidt’s resume as musician. Her repertoire includes folk, Celtic, blues, gospel, rock and roll, spoken word and jazz. Wow. It’s tiring just reading them all. The performance is part of Salem House Concerts, which take place in Central Salem at 468 21st St. NE. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance: (503) 378-7704.

April 12 – LECTURE –  According to the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission’s Web site editor and poet Sam Simpson once said, “Once, in an evil hour, we drank of the bittersweet of journalistic life, and never knew perfect peace again…” We at Salem Monthly have drunk and drunk from said bittersweet drink and indeed, truer words were never spoken. Which is why we are so excited about Lee Lau’s upcoming lecture on the life and times of Sam Simpson. Lau is a retired English and journalism teacher who spent twelve years researching and writing about the life of Sam Simpson. The lecture will give an entertaining biographical account of Simpson’s life as a journalist, poet, and educator, and will highlight his involvement with public figures of his
time. The lecture will be presented at Freres Auditorium at Santiam Memorial Hospital in Stayton at 7 p.m. The lecture is free. Donations for the restoration of the Charles and Martha Brown House will be accepted.

April 15 – CONCERT – Camerata Musica presents Ensemble Des Amis at the Salem Public Library. The ensemble consists of five local musicians: Carole Orloff on piano, Jenny Gleason on cello, Tim Duffy on clarinet, Cathy Heithaus on violin and Gene Connell on viola. This will be their first public performance. It begins at 3 p.m.

April 18 – PROGRAM – British Travel Fans are presenting a Scottish program for their upcoming meeting to commemorate April’s Tartan Day. William Duncan, owner of Kilt and Thistle will be on hand to present a history of the tartan, which is known today as the kilt, and bagpipes. Bonus: Duncan will be dressed in his full Scottish regalia, and you can, too, if you’re brave enough. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Louck’s Lecture Hall at the Salem Public Library. For more information contact British Travel Fans at (503) 364-4410.

April 23 – POETRY CONTEST – The Willamette Bookstore is sponsoring their first-ever poetry contest, just in time for National Poetry Month. So brush up on your Dickenson — or maybe your Seuss (to each his own) — and craft your deepest thoughts into poetic verse. Awards will be given to both children and adults for best rhymed, unrhymed and haiku. Deadline for original poetry is April 23; winners will perform on May 5 in the Hatfield Room at Willamette University. For more information and contest guidelines call (503) 370-6772 or e-mail notes@willamette.edu.