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Buddy Mondlock grew up in a suburb of Chicago and wanted to be an astronaut. “I used to wake up early and watch all launches when I was a kid — Gemini and Apollo and all that stuff,” he said. “I was born in ’59, so right there, that was the biggest thing going on when I was a little guy.” But Mondlock, of Nashville, wasn’t destined for a life enjoying Tang in outer space. “I started taking guitar lessons when I was 10, and I was pretty much hooked from then on,” he said. “I started playing gigs in Chicago in the early ’80s, and then I moved to Nashville in ’88, and that is pretty much all I have done since then.” Mondlock became a professional singer-songwriter who has worked with many industry legends throughout the years, including Garth Brooks. more
“On the Basis of Sex” serves as an engaging, illuminating look at two early but profoundly influential court cases tried by future Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but it succeeds by being so much more. One of the reasons this film struggled to find funding was because of one of its most endearing and realistic aspects, which is its portrayal of the loving, mutually respectful relationship of Ruth Bader and Marty Ginsburg as equal partners in marriage, from their years as classmates at Harvard Law to the tax law case they litigated together before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. more
Surrounded by paintings, drawings and etchings of dogs, cats, bears and other animals at the Jefferson County Historical Society’s “Artists // Animals” exhibit, Gobi, a yellow lab puppy, was working hard. All squishy and fluffy, 4-month-old Gobi wanted to run around and play. But she knew if she stayed still, her human, Emily Niedfeldt, would give her a treat. Niedfeldt and Gobi are part of the Puppy Pilots program and one of five puppy-trainer teams who taught visitors about the joys of puppy raising Jan. 19 at the Jefferson County Historical Museum. more
Amelia Kauzlarich has witnessed the effects diabetes has had on her father and grandfather.  She was intrigued when she learned she could participate in a contest to help raise money to prevent the disease. Kauzlarich, 14, an eighth-grader at Blue Heron Middle School, not only submitted an original piece of artwork at school; she was chosen as the overall winner. Her design will appear on Washington state license plates in the near future if fundraising efforts are successful. more
When Samara Jade is in the spotlight, her usually introverted spirit takes center stage and invites the public into her imagination through song. “It is super vulnerable,” the 30-year-old singer-songwriter said while sitting in a small Port Townsend garden in golden afternoon sunlight. “I have never really been a performer by default. It is not something I have ever wanted to do. It is not something I ever thought I would be doing. “I do not naturally like to be in the spotlight. I’m not that kind of person. I am naturally more introverted and don’t like the attention on me, so there is a great irony in that.” Jade said she has found such personality types are typical for many singer-songwriters she has met during her cross-country travels. more
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
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