Posted 2/7/17

Batiste, Hands read at Northwind Feb. 9

Northwind Reading Series presents writers S. Erin Batiste and Julia Hands at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9 at Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St. A $5 donation …

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Batiste, Hands read at Northwind Feb. 9

Northwind Reading Series presents writers S. Erin Batiste and Julia Hands at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9 at Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St. A $5 donation is suggested to attend.

Batiste is an alumna of Soul Mountain Retreat, Voices of Our Nations Arts, Renaissance House and the Key West Literary Seminar. She has also led workshops and been a part of Kahini and the Centrum Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. Her writing has appeared in many publications.

Hands is a recent graduate of Western Washington University’s MFA program. She has served as the assistant managing editor of Bellingham Review and worked as the assistant program manager of the Centrum Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. Her plays have been performed on WWU’s Brit Tour as well as at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington.

Hoot and Holler perform at dance, in concert

Bicoastal singers, songwriters and instrumentalists Mark Kilianski and Amy Alvey, better known as Hoot and Holler, are stopping in Port Townsend for both a square dance and a concert at the Quimper Grange while on their third annual West Coast tour.

The band, which recently released a new album, “Reasons to Run,” is set to play for the Grange square dance beginning at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, as well as in concert from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12.

“These guys have energy and drive, and put a really nice edge on old-time dance music,” said caller and dance organizer David Thielk.

Alvey and Kilianski present a hearty dose of traditional songs and tunes with a contemporary edge, on fiddle, guitar and banjo, in addition to original songs and compositions.

Their songwriting evokes the feeling of a cross-country road trip, through the swamps of Louisiana and the deserts of New Mexico, according to a press release.

Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona St. Suggested donation is $6 for the dance and $10-$20 for the concert.

Writers give readings at Goddard College

Goddard College presents two evenings of readings by award-winning authors Lidia Yuknavitch and Drew Dillhunt.

Yuknavitch is to read on Tuesday, Feb. 14; Dillhunt gives a reading on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Both events begin at 7 p.m., upstairs in Building 204 at Fort Worden.

Yuknavitch is the author of the national best-selling novel “The Small Backs of Children,” winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Awards’ Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. Her widely acclaimed memoir, “The Chronology of Water,” was a finalist for a PEN Center USA literary award for creative nonfiction and winner of a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and the Oregon Book Award Readers’ Choice. She received her doctorate in literature from the University of Oregon and founded the Corporeal Writing workshop series.

Dillhunt is the author of “Leaf Is All,” winner of the 2015 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize and finalist for the National Poetry Series. His writing appears in Volt, Mudlark, Tarpaulin Sky and Jacket2. He has released two albums, including one with the band Fighting Shy, and is currently a member of the Seattle-based band Answering Machines. He lives in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, where he serves as the associate editor of Hummingbird Press.

Artist teaches ‘Printmaking Without a Printing Press’

The Port Ludlow Artists’ League welcomes painter, sculptor and educator Barbara De Pirro for a lecture and demonstration of printmaking with acrylic paints beginning at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15 at The Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place, Port Ludlow.

Attendees leave with new creative possibilities and ideas for small prints, greeting cards, journaling, fabric applications and techniques for larger professional applications, according to event organizers. 

De Pirro is a prolific artist whose work has been exhibited nationally, shown in galleries and art museums, and is included in many private and corporate collections.

Learn to capture ‘what’s right’ with photography

Photographer Alan Bauer presents “Celebrate What’s Right – and Photograph It” at an Admiralty Audubon program set for 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St.

Bauer is to share an image-intensive presentation that includes many of his personal celebrations, from hiking to birding to just standing still looking at what’s nearby.

A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, Bauer is a professional photographer specializing in the natural history of the Pacific Northwest.

‘Crossroads’ show seeks submissions

Local artists are invited to interpret sacred text for “Crossroads 2017: Where Art & The Passion Meet.”

In its 13th year, the installation at First Baptist Church of Port Townsend, 1202 Lawrence St., is based on Christianity’s Stations of the Cross and is intended to be both art exhibition and source of contemplation.

All art mediums and styles are welcome. Each “station” includes a scripture passage (provided by the host), an art piece and pertinent information about the piece and the artist.

Contact Skip or Rebekah Cadorette at 385-5669 or for a list of available stations.

Pieces must be finished and on site by 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 12.  Crossroads 2017 runs from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, April 13-15.

Auditions set for ‘The Heart of Robin Hood’ at Port Townsend High School

The Port Townsend High School drama program is to hold auditions for its spring play, “The Heart of Robin Hood,” from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 13-14. First seen at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2011, this new production is filled with high adventure, epic romance and amazing fight choreography, said director Jennifer Nielsen.

“Robin Hood” has 24 characters, some of which can be played by either boys or girls. Some actors are to be double cast and perhaps even play three roles. The show also requires two younger actors, one boy and one girl, between the ages of 9 and 12.

Attendance at both days of auditions is not mandatory, but it is recommended if students wish to be considered for a major role, Nielsen said. All students auditioning should pick up an audition form, located on the PTHS auditorium doors, and fill it out in advance to make the audition process more efficient.

All students must wear comfortable clothes for the auditions, Nielsen said.

The show opens on April 21 and has performances on April 22, April 28-30 and May 5-6. Scripts are available for perusal in the PTHS library for two-day checkout only.

Contact Nielsen at 379-6761 or with any questions.

(Compiled by Leader staff writer Katie Kowalski.)


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