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Saoirse Ronan already has delivered a number of Academy Award-worthy acting performances, as evidenced by her three nominations to date, so it’s depressing to think she might finally win one for a film as bland and disappointing as “Mary, Queen of Scots.” This film is based on British historian John Guy’s well-received biography, “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart.” Like the book, the film helps dispel the popular myth that Mary I of Scotland was either a helpless ingenue or a grasping harlot. more
Homer’s Odyssey was first spoken, then written, then performed. Now, the hashtag #HomersOdyssey brings up literary articles, research and thoughts on the epic poem as well as photos of dogs named … more
Drawing from nature and her inner self, singer and songwriter Samara Jade explores natural beauty through music. “I tend to write songs that are deeply inspired by nature and the landscape that I am in, and a cross section of the landscape, and the land around me and my own personal journey and personal narrative,” she said. Jade will sing “Where My Soul Meets the Soul of the Earth” during the upcoming PT Songlines choir concert in Port Townsend. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St. in Port Townsend. PT Songlines was founded by Laurence Cole in 2006 and is co-directed by Gretchen Sleicher. It welcomes all voices; no audition is required. more
The final days before opening night of “The Little Mermaid” at Chimacum High School were filled with last-minute preparations and plenty of butterflies. But the cast of 10 student actors was confident that, when the curtains rose, they would deliver without a hitch. “I am very ready for opening night,” said Brooklyn Palmer, 18, a high school senior who is cast in the lead role of Ariel. “I wasn’t planning on getting the lead this year. I kind of wanted a small part, but (the director) felt the Little Mermaid would suit me.” more
After being adopted into a forever home in June 2018, Max the Jack Russell terrier now spends his days sitting in the limelight. Max, 9, was adopted by Charlie Van Gilder and Mary O’Shaughnessy, both working artists who teach at the Port Townsend School of the Arts and show their work at the PTSA Gallery and Northwind Arts Center. “We met him on June 7, and he is a keeper,” Van Gilder said. “We have had three other Jack Russells and three Australian shepherds. All have been very intelligent and affectionate working pups and have shown up in our artwork: photos, painting, prints, collage and even sculpture. more
When Sophia Elan places a handcrafted cocktail in front of a customer, she hopes one sip will become a conduit to dreams of distant places. “What are you trying to create as an experience for the person who is going to consume that drink?” asked Elan, co-manager of The In Between, a new bar on the second floor at 823 Water St. in Port Townsend. She  often will ask a customer, “How do you feel now, and how do you want to feel?” she said. “‘If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?’ Sometimes they say they would be in a cabin with a book and a warm blanket.” In that case, Elan said she will make something warm and spicy. more
It’s hard to imagine a film director more different from the self-serious Oliver Stone than the often comedic and deeply self-aware Adam McKay. But as I watched McKay’s “Vice,” it reminded me of Stone’s “W,” and not just because both films centered around the central figures of George W. Bush’s presidential administration. This is not a compliment. Stone’s “Nixon” was an epic and operatic profile of its president due to Stone’s stylized direction and Anthony Hopkins’ powerful performance. But “W” felt like a series of Saturday Night Live skits, albeit armed with cinematic production values and an A-list cast. more
Bertram Levy, of Port Townsend, knows how to please an audience with his trusty bandoneon and banjo. The founder of Fiddle Tunes performed live Dec. 28 during the Friday Night Live series at Taps at the Guardhouse. Levy sat up on stage in front of a full house, separated in places by classic prison bars. more
When Ranger Sciacca picks up the violin, he accesses his internal auditory world and shares it through his rosin-covered fingertips. “I love how expressive the violin is,” he said. “The … more
Make way for Saint George who, in a display of bravery, will save the princess from the maws of a treacherous dragon this weekend. Kings, queens, knights and dragons will descend upon the … more
It’s the new year, and you are pretty much done with holiday spirit. You need a palate cleanser to wash the taste of holly-jolly cheer out of your mouth. Just as “Die Hard” is the seasonal 1980s action film that actually embodies the spirit of Christmas, “Less Than Zero” is the ’80s drama that’s also set during Christmas but runs absolutely counter to the spirit of the holiday. more
Aimee Ringle, a musician, teacher and storyteller based in Port Townsend, will be the featured storyteller during the Quimper Storytelling Guild’s Fire from Darkness program. Part of the ongoing … more
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