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As an Irish and Puerto Rican girl who grew up in Seattle, Savannah Fuentes did not have much exposure to her Latin heritage. That changed when she first saw flamenco dancers on TV. “My parents were hippies, so it wasn’t like I had a real cultural reference,” she said. more
Within the span of two years, Sarah Fitch’s youngest son was shot to death by a police officer in Seattle, her grandson died of sudden infant death syndrome, and her eldest son committed suicide to escape the agony of losing his brother and son. “He hung himself,” she said. “I should have followed him.” But Fitch did not, and she now finds healing through creating art. more
As the Cold War recedes ever further into history, a lot of folks forget it made for some surprisingly sexy storytelling. The opposition of the United States and NATO powers to the USSR and the Warsaw Pact nations made the Iron Curtain quite literal, with the 1961 construction of the Berlin Wall. Many films took advantage of that political reality to fuel their tragic tales of star-crossed lovers, hopelessly divided between the former east Bloc and the West. more
When writer and filmmaker Robin Willis sat down for lunch at Bar Pinotxo in Barcelona’s famous Mercat de la Boqueria, he wasn’t expecting to be cooking behind the bar the next day. “Bar Pinotxo is this tiny restaurant in the famous Boqueria market that is world renowned as a good place to go,” Willis said. “I went there for lunch one day, and one of the things they were serving was baby squid in pinto beans.” Willis, an “adoptive Barcelonian,” who occasionally spends time in Portland, had picked up some of the Catalan language spoken in Barcelona and, to the surprise of those working behind the bar, blurted out the name of the dish in Catalan: “calamarsets amb fesols de Santa Pau.” more
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Growing up in Syria, Saro Babikian was exposed to harsh realities many Americans can only imagine. “I would say, in general, that being born and raised in the Middle East just automatically makes one a little bit more mature from a younger age than being born and raised in Europe or even here in the United States,” said Babikian, a classical guitarist who is set to perform with the Port Townsend Community Orchestra on Feb. 24. more
On any given Wednesday or Friday, Steve Goldenbogen can be found in brutal combat with other Magic the Gathering players in downtown Port Townsend. “We never know how many people are going to come,” said Goldenbogen, the event organizer and owner of Whistle Stop Toys. more
When he sees wheels of his company’s cheese for sale at area grocery stores, Derek Jonsson is filled with satisfaction for a job well done. “I love it,” said Jonsson, who works as the cheese lead at Mt. Townsend Creamery. “I take a lot of pride in that, especially getting feedback from people. It brings me in here everyday and makes it a lot easier to make cheese.” more
Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Check out some of the following events in Port Townsend and Jefferson County on Valentine’s Day and this weekend. Heart Stories Storyborne will host “Heart Stories,” an evening of story sharing through spoken word, music and song, dance, mime and visual art at the Cotton Building at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14. “Heart Stories are stories from the heart,” said Bonnie Obremski, owner of Storyborne. “It is making the holiday our own. It is not just for couples. It is not just for singles. It is for anyone who has a story to tell from the heart about real emotions and feelings, not just candies and chocolates.” The event is designed to explore not only the arts, but also the artists. more
It’s Valentine’s Day, and you’re looking to get into the spirit of things, but you’ve already seen all the tried-and-true classics like “Love Actually,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “It Happened One Night.” So rather than waste your time with the same familiar favorites every movie critic will recommend, we’re going off the beaten path for romantic films featuring more unorthodox depictions of love affairs, one for Valentine’s Day and one for each remaining day of February. more
When it comes to getting sweets for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, the staff at Elevated Ice Cream and Candy Shop stand ready to offer advice and merchandise. “Of course, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are the iconic Valentine’s gift,” said Julie McCulloch, owner of Elevated. “We also sell them with soft centers for those who prefer them not chewy.” McCulloch reported other popular selections for Valentine’s include salted caramels, in milk and dark chocolate, as well as heart-shaped sweets for children. more
When she is onstage, Stormy Ganton feels free and expressive. “I am really comfortable with it,” said Ganton, a tribal fusion belly dancer. “I actually feel a little more awkward talking one-on-one than I do getting on the stage. I think I have to use that gift to connect other women to their internal sacred, feminine selves. I am actually a women’s empowerment coach, and I do women’s retreats and monthly circles.” Ganton said she’s been dancing since she was 17 and belly dancing for about 17 years. more
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