Festival of Illusions
This year’s Lincoln City Festival of Illusions will be the biggest one yet, with 10 days of indoor magic, comedy, lariats, animals, juggling and art that will make spring break absolutely weather… poof! FOI 2017 will offer daily activities and evening spectacles at an affordable price, March 26 through April 4 at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
Featured headliners include champion magician Jason Andrews, the whip-cracking Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein and the physical comedy of Rob Lok & Miss Jane. The festival will kick off on Sunday, March 26, with the fun-filled vaudeville style Western comedy act of Karen Quest, America’s Funniest Cowgirl, and will end with the inventive music and comedy of Al Simmons. In between, on March 27, will be the much-anticipated return of Louis Pearl, The Amazing Bubble Man, whose astounding work with soap bubbles of all sizes was the highlight of last year’s festival. Performers are coming from Belgium, Canada, Las Vegas and throughout the Northwest, to combine for the most star-studded Festival of Illusions yet.
Thanks to the festival’s premier sponsors, the Historic Anchor Inn and the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau, tickets will range from $7-$9 for youth ages 6-18, and $12-$14 for adults 19 and older. Tickets are on sale now at the center’s website, www.lincolncityculturalcenter.org (click “Buy Tickets”) or by calling 541-994-9994. Current LCCC members get $2 off every ticket they purchase, so it’s a great time to support the nonprofit Lincoln City Cultural Center.
The drop-in Abracadabra Art Workshop (1-4 pm daily at the LCCC) offers guided projects and “free art” zones, for just $5 per person. This year’s schedule will include a free Sunday (April 2) matinee with the Oregon Bird Man, and his collection of colorful parrot friends, thanks to our supporting sponsors: Oregon State Credit Union and Windermere Larry Garrison Distinctive Coastal Properties.
On Saturday, April 1, the LCCC and the Oregon Coast TODAY will present the Fool’s Day Cabaret. This inaugural and possibly one-time-only evening of songs, dances, tricks, jokes, skits and music (and a delicious dessert of raspberry fool) will raise money for the Lincoln City Warming Shelter – because homelessness is no joke. Showtime is 7 pm.
More activities will be added in February and March, so check in with www.lincolncityculturalcenter.org or pick up the official Festival of Illusions 2017 program. Produced in conjunction with the Oregon Coast TODAY, the program will be available in stacks all over Lincoln City (and inserted in the March 24 edition TODAY). For details, call 541-994-9994.