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In the summer, Nathaniel Talbot is but a humble farmer of organic vegetables, tilling his vegetable plot on Whidbey Island. When winter comes, he can turn his attention to another passion, performing music. more
Tucked into the backpack of a cyclist who speeds downtown. Hiding the face of a girl in a coffee shop. Sticking out of the back pocket of a man walking through the boatyard. more
Even during the height of the Cold War, American country music thrived in the Eastern Bloc of the Soviet Union. Radim Zenkl was born and raised behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia, and said he relied on smuggled albums to get his Americana fix. more
Before coffee lovers can enjoy a hot cup of java, the beans must be grown, transported across the globe and roasted, a process that takes constant vigilance. more
Professionally Relaxed Musicians to perform in PT Professionally Relaxed Musicians will perform as part of the Candlelight Concert Series at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 609 Taylor St. in Port Townsend. Entry is by donation. more
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The ability to sharpen a knife is no less important today than it was in ancient times, said Alex Moro, owner of Al’s Blade Repair. “I don’t think it will ever go away because there are so many types of blades that we use every day,” he said. “Most of what I do is kitchen knives and garden tools. They always get dull.” more
In the modern era of streaming digital music, the turntable continues to enjoy a renaissance. Chuck Moses, a vinyl record collector and event organizer for the upcoming Port Townsend Record Show, believes the audio quality of analog recordings beats digital recordings. more
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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