Pride and Prejudice is being put on by the Enso Theatre Ensemble. Two dates have been chosen for us to attend as a group, Friday, July 29th at 7 pm and Sunday, July 31st at 2 pm. The tickets are $25 each, but are offered at a discount if you cannot pay as much. ICanDo ticket prices are $20, $15, and $10. The theater is the same one we saw Emma at in March, 1436 SW Montgomery St in southwest Portland near Portland State University.
More information can be found on their web site: www.ensotheatre.com. You can buy your own tickets here. The tickets for the group have already been purchased but you are still welcome to join us.
The Four Ladies have brought us a second installment their tea house reviews. This time from the Lady Di's British Store and Tea Room.
By Jeanice Brooks
Music is everywhere and nowhere in Jane Austen’s fiction. Everywhere, in that pivotal scenes in every novel unfurl to the sound of music; nowhere, in that she almost never specifies exactly what music is being performed.
For film adaptations this absence of detail can be a source of welcome freedoms, since the imaginative gap can be variously filled by choosing more or less appropriate historical repertoire or by commissioning a new score, depending on the desired tone and effect of the scene. For cultural historians of music and literature, however, it can be a stumbling block in understanding both how music fed Austen’s creative imagination and how her novels illuminate the musical culture of her day.
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Below is a notice about Jane Austen study group classes that might interest our members, courtesy of our own Pauline Beard.
Reading Jane Austen
With Annie Lighthart
Perhaps we shouldn’t find Jane Austen’s novels as fascinating as we do: people from another era sit quietly and talk. They politely drink tea. Characters take uneventful walks to neighboring towns. Yet the tensions, passions, and histories in that world of small gestures make the novels of Austen complex, astute, and, in a word, irresistible. This study group will look at four of Austen’s enduring novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion. We’ll consider the questions Austen’s work raises, especially her recurring and timely inquiry into whether the heart and mind stand a chance in a world dominated by status and money.
We’ll meet four Saturdays from 10:00 to 1:00: September 10th, October 8th, November 12th, and December 10th. Participants are asked to read one novel per session and join in a relaxed and friendly discussion. Since Austen’s characters valued good conversation over tea or a meal, we will too: please feel free to bring your lunch or pick up a cup of tea at the TaborSpace café.
Whether you are new to Austen’s work or a long-time fan, a reader looking to immerse herself in another world or a writer hoping to gain new insights from a past master, this study group welcomes you.
The group will meet in the ArtSpace room at TaborSpace (5441 SE Belmont) where there is ample parking and a bus that stops right outside the front door. https://taborspace.org.
The fee is $60; scholarship are available. The group is limited to 15. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and a check made out to Soapstone, 622 SE 29th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214.
Annie Lighthart is a writer, teacher, and the author of the poetry collection Iron String. Her work has been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye to be placed in Ireland’s Galway University Hospitals as part of their Poems for Patience project. She has taught at Boston College, with Portland’s Mountain Writers, and with community groups of all ages.
Mark your calendars, the Historical Novel Society is coming to Portland June 22-24, 2017. They will have two spectacular guests of honor: Pulitzer-prize winning author Geraldine Brooks and David Ebershoff, acclaimed author of The Danish Girl. There will also be full days of programming that will be open to members and non-members alike. Schedule and details are still getting confirmed. Click the graphic above or link here for more details.
Regional member and author Collins Hemingway will doing another lecture in our area, at the Cornelius Public Library for a lecture and reading on Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. He will be reading from his new novel, The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen.
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To help celebrate Mother's Day, why not enjoy a couple of articles about representations of mothers in Jane Austen's works?
A couple of deadlines coming up for local Jane Austen events:
Sunday, May 1: Send an email to our JASNA ORSWWA Regional coordinator, Margaret Christmann at email@example.com, if you are interested in sitting with other regional members to attend the play, Emma, that will be put on at the Bag and Baggage Theater in Hillsboro. Member Pauline Beard will be doing a talk before the performances on Friday, May 20th and 27th. If you want to sit with other members of our group, send Margaret an e-mail by May 1st and note which day you want to attend. Margaret will then buy tickets together for the shows.
Friday, May 6: The registration deadline for our annual spring tea on May 14. Feel free to invite a friend to join us. Our speaker has an interesting topic in Lending Libraries, and you can find out more about the program and the speaker here on our 2016 Events page.
Welcome to the web site of the Oregon & SW Washington Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). We are a friendly and active group dedicated to the appreciation of Jane Austen's life and works.