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When a record is captured live at a recording studio, not dubbed track by track, the musical relationship between players is front and center. That is the abstract essence, the “magic,” that Matt Sircely decided he wanted to capture when he entered Rainshadow Recording in Fort Worden to work on his newest album. more
Bobbie Schaller has sewn quilts for the past 15 years, and for the past five she’s pitched in for Quilts of Valor, making about a dozen quilts for the Jefferson County chapter of the national nonprofit organization. more
Building a sense of community through wellness, and ensuring it is accessible to all is the common thread that unites the three co-owners of Madrona MindBody Institute. more
Art can be made out of anything. Kim Simonelli’s medium of choice is steel, and the resulting abstract geometric shapes represent an idea or emotion. “I am not trying to make a thing,” Simonelli said. “I am just trying to make a shape that has energy, motion and balance.” Simonelli’s works, along with those of the late Mary Lou Kostal, will be featured this month at the newly renovated Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St. in Port Townsend. Simonelli will be at the center Feb. 2 during the Port Townsend Art Walk to discuss his art. During Art Walk, which is held from 5 to 8 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, several venues will be open to the public with various art forms on display. more
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Peter Chaffee is used to filling custom orders for odds and ends needed for all manner of marine trades. “I never build the same thing twice,” said Chaffee, owner of Peter’s Marine, 315 10th St. in Port Townsend. “Everything is always different. Soup to nuts.” But his latest project, a one-eighth scale railroad drawbridge, was something he did not expect. “I did work for the local guys here who build the track, and they are train enthusiasts all over the U.S., and he had a client in Lincoln City, Oregon, and he came and said, ‘I want a bridge to go over my driveway. Here is a design for you.’ They built a wood prototype to test it, and then said, ‘Here is what we got.The length will be different, but it will work.’” The 23-foot drawbridge, expected to be completed by the end of January, is made out of aluminum and will be topped with extruded aluminum railroad tracks, Chafee said. more
As someone who grew up watching Laurel and Hardy films, I have to confess I was going into “Stan & Ollie” a bit biased. Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly are proven comedic talents, and much like Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone’s “The Doors,” they don’t merely play Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy so much as they become the duo on-screen. I’ve already gone on record opposing mimicry posing as acting in my review of Christian Bale’s performance as Dick Cheney in “Vice.” But Coogan and Reilly clearly connect on an emotional level with the real-life comedians they’re playing. more
When luthier Michael Colbert is crafting a new guitar, he lets the wood decide what it wants to become. “They are all unique, and they all have their own character, and I like all of them,” he said. “They all have a different voice. I don’t want it to sound like a Martin. I want it to sound like what it wants to sound like.” Colbert is a retired construction worker who grew up in Portland, Oregon, and moved to Port Townsend in the early 1970s. His former company, Townsend Builders Inc., was disbanded when he retired in 2013. When he starts a new guitar project, Colbert picks pieces of wood from a bin in his basement workshop. Much of it is sourced from Edensaw Woods of Port Townsend. “I will take stuff off the pile and throw it up on the in-process bench,” Colbert said. “I will just start throwing parts up there, and one day I will say, oh, that is a pretty piece of wood. That one’s next. Let’s take that and turn that into something.” more
When Tristan Riley takes the stage Feb. 1 in the One Time Players’ debut of “The Cripple of Inishmaan” it will be his first time in a title role. “I am ready,” he said during a recent dress rehearsal at Port Townsend High School. “I am just working with the rest of the actors, going through the scenes and really just trying to get into the mindset of the character. I am doing everything I can to try and get inside of Billy’s mind.” The One Time Players are a troupe of adult thespians who put on shows in Jefferson County. Riley portrays Billy Claven, a disabled resident of the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland. “This island is not highly populated,” director David Hillman said. “It is very rural. It is pretty harsh conditions, rough seas, all of that. This takes place in the 1930s. The basic setting is that there is a guy who is sort of like the news teller. He goes from house to house, trying to find out what is going on. He exacts prices from people for providing his services.” more
In the afternoon, golden rays of sunlight glint off Discovery Bay and fill Meg Kaczyk’s southward-facing Cape George basement studio. But it is in the twilight hours when the painter does most of her work. “I work in the night a lot,” she said. “There is so much during the day that takes the business side of art, whether it is teaching or doing my own marketing or phone calls. more
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When he gets a rare moment away from managing the Wine Seller in downtown Port Townsend, Joe Euro delights in picking up his classical guitar and performing in front of an audience, especially if it’s for a good cause. “I have been in this community since 1979, and there is no danger getting wealthy doing what I do,” Euro said. “But it has still kept a roof over my head for many years, and there are a lot of people hurting. It is nice to help out.” Euro will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 as guest artist for the ongoing Candlelight Concert series at Trinity United Methodist Church. Entry is by donation, although no one will be turned away at the door. more
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