Good biographies offer insightful profiles of extraordinary individuals, but great biographies use those individuals' life stories as a lens through which to examine the eras that molded them as men and women.
In television lingo, a bottle episode is a program that takes place in one location with the core cast of characters. Notable examples could include “Fly and “4 Days Out” from “Breaking Bad,” or the self-referential “Cooperative Calligraphy.” At times, they’re plugged into a season to save m…
“We were rollin' and rockin' before there was rockin' and rollin',” one of the roller-skating enthusiasts said during the opening of the documentary “United Skates,” a film that opens up the world and lifestyle of roller-skating, specifically within roller rinks. He couldn't be any more corr…
As writer-director Diane Bell's “Of Dust and Bones” languorously unfolded before me, I was reminded of “Twin Peaks” writer-director David Lynch's edict, with the show's controversial third season on Showtime last year, that scenes should be allowed to breathe.
Across cultural and political barriers, environmental challenges with no simple solutions range from silently lurking epidemics to those more readily apparent. The documentary “Inventing Tomorrow,” chronicles six teenagers who not only seek to find answers to a mere handful of these types of…
With barely more than an hour of running time, Dan Habib's documentary “Intelligent Lives” manages to interweave the life stories of four young adults with intellectual disabilities, along with a history of how those with intellectual disabilities had their rights stripped from them, and the…
For singer/songwriter Anna Tivel, her pull to music is not the music itself, it is what she can depict to the listener in the music’s lyrics.
In her corner office on the fourth floor of the Mount Baker Block Building, Port Townsend Film Festival Executive Director Janette Force has a paper proof for a poster, not of the approaching 29th annual festival, but of next year's.
“I admire Holly to the ends of the earth. She's someone who walks her talk,” Gail Benvenuta said of Holly Near, a lifelong activist who will make an appearance in Port Townsend this week.
The Jefferson County History Museum got a few furry visitors on Sept. 14 as dog trainer Georgia Towle brought her two Leonbergers to the museum to demonstrate training tricks.
With one album in the books and another on its way, a Port Townsend hard rock group is looking to expand their reach, even after playing just two shows so far, with the help of a new local record label.
When a comedy opens with seemingly endless shots of highway overpasses, followed by a woman crying in her car before the start of her work shift, it's definitely succeeded in setting a tone for the grounded humor that follows.
Those who knew Charlie Glassie, a Tacoma resident but Port Townsend frequenter who died last November, through his words and works will have a chance to remember his legacy of watercolor throughout September.
The 2018 Olympic Music Festival came to an end Sept. 9, as Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrández and artistic director and pianist Julio Elizalde enchanted the audience with a recital of romantic chamber music.
An evening of music, storytelling, video and comedy will culminate in a dance party when Seattle-based artist and personality Caela Bailey brings her new album, “Gospel of the Gutter Queen” to a Port Townsend audience.
Joy at Mudville at Finnriver
As dark carabet music rang throughout Finnriver Cidery Sept. 2, Paul Rogers, one organizer behind the third annual Port Townsend Deep Squeeze Festival, pointed around to the throngs who listened to Avian Velvet’s tunes while sipping hard cider.
Despite school being out for the summer, a rogue bus could be seen throughout in Port Townsend in August either parked wherever it could fit, or navigating its way through downtown streets looking for a space.
The final shabang for the Port Townsend Main Street’s Concerts on the Docks saw the sounds of Kevin Mason and the PT All Stars in full swing on Thursday, Aug. 30.
A series of lights at night, acrobatics and song will arrive at Point Hudson Sept. 12 - 15, as the Caravan Stage Company docks in Port Townsend.
As the season turns from summer to fall, a young man's fancy turns to getting ready for Halloween.
Susong's Grand Park Tales
The Community Chorus of Port Townsend and East Jefferson County embarks on its new season with both a familiar face and a new one at the baton.
Back-to-back nights turned out thousands of concertgoers to Fort Worden's McCurdy Pavilion, bringing in a considerable amount for the host.
Backlit by red, white and blue lights, Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse raises his arms during a performance at Fort Worden on Aug. 25. For a story and more photos, see page B-4.
At a first glance of Michael Hales’ new artist book’s cover, “Remarkable Port Townsend,” one can surmise what lies between its covers: Port Townsend’s whimsey.
Modest Mouse came with all the bells and whistles, nearly literally.
It all starts with a picture he takes himself, which is later transformed into a heightened realistic colored pencil on watercolor, meant to bring the idea of the animals to its viewer.
Memories were conjured and experiences shared after a series of short films was shown before the eyes of those with dementia and their caregivers.
The first time I saw Kelly Macdonald in 1996's “Trainspotting,” probably the last film I would have expected to see her in 22 years later was an understated slice-of-life film like “Puzzle.”
Libraries spend their summer months delivering programs to promote reading, inspire curiosity, and encourage use of the library’s expansive resources.
The 150th year of the historic Rothschild House in uptown Port Townsend was celebrated not only by descendants of the original Rothschild family, but also by members of the Jefferson County Historical Society and the Washington State Parks system.
From far and wide, performers of the accordion, the instrument known for its German and Russian origins, will take center stage to profit a pair of local organizations.
Starting Sept. 1 and running throughout the month, businesses and galleries will be open for the monthly art walk. Here is a preview of what art viewers should expect.
Constantine featured at Artist Showcase
“We have with us tonight a true writer,” said Rocky Friedman, owner of the Rose Theatre, to a packed Starlight Room audience. “I know this because she gave me some of her bio to read. When she got here, she completely edited it.”
There was no curtain to draw or costumes to don - though one DJ took the liberties - Chetzemoka Park was stirring with music and dance.
When short-film director Kit Wilson made a visit to Port Townsend a year ago, the Palace Hotel was one of the various architectural wonders on Water Street catching his eyes, so much so it led him to write a screenplay and eventually shoot a film in one of its vintage rooms.
Every so often, one musician can be seen at the Food Co-Op in Port Townsend, busking for loose change any willing passers-by want to throw in his guitar case.
Writer-director Spike Lee showcases the full range of his impressive versatility in “BlacKkKlansman,” a story so improbable it had to be based on real-life events and a film that could just as accurately have been titled “Code-Switching: The Movie.”
KCPT Variety Show
Editor’s note: The Leader will list submitted events that include a $5 or less charge to attend on the community calendar for free when room permits. Any event, meeting, workshop, gathering and more requiring a $5.01 or more charge will be directed to take out a billboard or retail display a…
A two-night-only event will bring to one of American folk’s godfathers, Bob Dylan.
While traveling from one end of the country to the other, one of the Pacific Northwest’s musical acts, Modest Mouse, will make a stop off the beaten path for a pair of concerts.
Though the Pacific Northwest rain pummeled, it did not do anything to dampen any music-lovers’ spirits.
For the past 18 years, Publisher Josh Colvin has been wrapped up in writing, gathering articles and everything else needed to produce a bi-monthly magazine focused on small boats and sailing.
One piece to be displayed during this weekend’s Northwind Arts Center’s Studio Tour will be the Sense of Place sculpture. As part of the Washington State 1 Percent for Art project, the collage will be installed at Ocosta Elementary School in Cohassett Beach the last week of August.
Anyone who remembers their own adolescence accurately will understand exactly what I mean when I say I am genuinely glad to have watched first-time writer-director Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade,” but I do not think I have the fortitude to watch it ever again.
Square dance with The Horsenecks
With its 4,042 lines, Shakespeare’s heart-wrenching tragedy, “Hamlet,” is virtually Wagnerian in both length and the operatic nature of its denouement. As eloquent as the Bard’s writing may be, the play simply will not work in its original form for an evening in Port Townsend’s Chetzemoka Pa…
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