ART & Entertainment briefs

Rainy Day Reading

Reviews, Volume 17

Rain or shine, a warm winter tradition begins its 17th season in January as lovers of reading gather at the Aberdeen Timberland Library on Friday mornings at 10:30 for coffee, cookies and books. All adults are welcome to join in.

Rainy Day Reading Reviews, an eight-week lineup of fiction and nonfiction book reviews presented by members of the local community, will be held each Friday from Jan. 4 through Feb.y 22 in the library’s Rosalie Spellman meeting room. After each program, listeners may want to add a book or two to their own winter reading lists.

The series is sponsored each year by the Friends of the Aberdeen Timberland Library. The library is located at 121 E. Market St. For more information, contact the library at (360) 533-2360 or visit

Rainy Day Reading Reviews, Volume 17:

• January 4 — Annette Pinckney reviews “Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk across Victorian America” by Linda Hunt.

• January 11 — Wes Brosman reviews “The Mind’s Eye” by Oliver Sacks.

• January 18 — Dina Trapp reviews “Breakfast at the Exit Café: Travels through America” by Wayne Grady & Merilyn Simonds.

• January 25 — Martha Hill reviews “Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Story of an African Childhood” by Robyn Scott.

• February 1 — Gene Woodwick reviews six titles by local authors.

• February 8 Alan Richrod reviews “Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became ‘People’—And How You Can Fight Back” by Thom Hartmann.

• February 15 — Pamela Mehlhoff reviews “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards.

• February 22 — Dale Larson reviews “Whispered Consolations: Law and Narrative in African American Life” by Jon Christian Suggs.

SAL will feature The Alley Cats on Jan. 6

The Alley Cats are on the prowl. They’ll bring their tight harmonies and unbelievable a cappella energy to the Raymond Theatre at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets at $10 are on sale now at South Bend Pharmacy and Sagen’s Pharmacy in Raymond. For more information , call (360) 875-5831. Season tickets are selling for $48 (adults) and $30 (children under 18).

The Alley Cats, who started at Cal State Fullerton in 1987, will launch the first Sunday Afternon Live performance of 2013.

As the opening act for Jay Leno in Las Vegas, The Alley Cats have several members, which allows them to play multiple shows on the same day. Bringing their own unique a cappella style to the stage, they appeal to fans of all ages, breathing new life into everyone’s favorite doo-wop classics.

The Alley Cats began their musical journey with Disneyland’s Blast to the Past salute. They went on to win the Southern California Harmony Sweepstakes, which led to numerous other appearances. Their longstanding relationship with Disneyland took the Cats to New York, where they were featured in the animated movie, “Hercules. “

Beachcombing lecture

at Westport Winery

Beachcombing is one of the best things about living on the coast. If you have ever wanted to know more about everything from the anatomy of a sand dollar to the chemical make-up of an agate, you are invited to attend the next free lecture at Westport Winery.

“Bountiful Beachcoming” will be presented by naturalist Alan Rammer from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. This class is open to all ages and is free to attend. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Guests are welcome to bring their best beach finds for analysis and conversation with Rammer and the rest of the attendees.

Rammer is co-author of the book “Glass Fishing Floats of the World.” He is retired from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and is a graduate from the University of Washington with a degree in shellfish biology and invertebrate zoology. Rammer was the recipient of the 2012 National Marine Educator of the Year award.

The winery is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information call Westport Winery at (360) 648-2224.

“Singin’ in the Rain”

set for 7th St. Theatre

“Singin’ in the Rain,” named by the American Film Institute as the “Greatest Movie Musical” ever made, opens the 2013 Silver Screen Classics Film Series on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13, at the 7th St. Theatre in downtown Hoquiam.

Star Gene Kelly, who also co-directed and did the choreography, was one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood when he decided to film “Singin’ in the Rain” in 1951. He selected co-stars Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds to join him in this musical tale of actors struggling to make the transition from silent movies to talkies in the late 1920s.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. Saturday showing and 1:30 pm for the 2 p.m. Sunday showing. Beginning with this movie, regular movie tickets at 7th Street Theatre will all cost $5 with no discount for students and children. This represents the only price increase since the theater began its classic movie series in 2003 (and this is an increase only for students and children, going from $3 to $5). Tickets will be available at the door. Advance tickets are available at Harbor Drug, Books on 7th, and at For more information call (360) 537-7400 or check the website,

The full schedule of movies at the 7th Street Theatre in 2013 is:

• Jan. 12 & 13 — ” Singin’ in the Rain”

• Jan. 18 & 19 — “The Birdcage”

• Feb. 15 & 16 — “Say Anything”

• March 22 & 23 — “The Blues Brothers”

• April 13 & 14 — ” To Kill A Mockingbird”

• April 19 & 20 — ” Babe”

• May 4 & 5 — ” Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”

• May 17 & 18 — “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid”

• Sept. 14 & 15 — “12 Angry Men”

• Sept. 20 & 21 — ” Forrest Gump”

• Oct. 12 & 13 — “Psycho”

• Oct. 25 & 26 — “Beetlejuice”

• Nov. 9 & 10 — “The Manchurian Candidate”

• Nov. 29 & 30 — ” Home Alone”

• Dec. 7 — “Christmas Vacation”

Elma Chamber’s Wine & Seafood Fest Jan. 19

The Elma Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 6th annual Elma Chamber Wine & Seafood Festival on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Satsop Business Park, 100 Technology Way.

The festival features wine tasting, a beer garden, wine sales, food booths, gift and merchandise booths and live entertainment throughout the day. Hours are noon to 9 p.m.

Pre-sale package admission includes one entry, one keepsake wine glass and six tasting tickets for $15. Pre-sale is available through Jan. 17 at Aberdeen Honda; Whitneys Chevrolet (Montesano); Liquor & the Like, Guesthouse Inn (Elma); Les Schwab Tire center (W. Olympia). You can also charge by phone through the chamber at (360) 482-3055. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Prices will be higher at the door.

Organizers anticipate up to 25 wineries from all over Washington, multiple food booths offering seafood and other coastal cuisine, gift merchandise booths for your shopping pleasure, and a silent auction.

Entertainment kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Music includes Nick Sandy & Friends, Kim Archer Band, Twisted Whistle, The Varmints and Sammy Eubanks Band. A special overnight package is offered by the Guesthouse Inn & Suites and discount RV parking at Elma RV Park. Ride the Aberdeen Honda free shuttle service from downtown Elma to the festival beginning at 1 p.m. until 9 p.m.

For other details check the chamber website

Drag Show fundraiser

celebrates third year

Grays Harbor College’s Gay Straight Alliance presents the third annual “Night at the Drag Show” on Friday, Feb. 8, on the College campus in Aberdeen. The drag show begins at 7 p.m; doors open at 6:30.

Last year, a rowdy, energetic crowd of more than 300 enjoyed the second “Night at the Drag Show” at Grays Harbor College. The show raised $2,000 for scholarships awarded through the Grays Harbor College Foundation.

“When we did the drag show a few years ago we didn’t know what we would get from the community. The amount of people at the past two events was overwhelming,” said Jen Gillies-Alvarez, one of the advisers for the campus club. “The students in the club were so overcome with emotions a few cried when they saw all the faces in the crowd. I hope even more people will come this year, and keep the scholarship going.”

Gillies-Alvarez anticipates more than 20 acts will be performing, featuring lip-synching to dramatic and popular songs by performers dressed in opposite gendered clothing. VIP seating is $10, and general admission is only $5. Tickets are available by calling (360) 538-4155, online at Brown Paper Tickets, or through the GHC GSA Facebook page. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Carriage Museum offers

half-off admission

The Northwest Carriage Museum is offering half-off admission during the month of January to residents of Pacific and Grays Harbor counties. Just show proof of your Pacific or Grays Harbor residency and enjoy a tour of the Northwest Carriage Museum at 314 Alder St. in Raymond.

Markham releases

a new book

Dan’l Markham, a former Pacific County commissioner and former pastor of the Ilwaco Community Church, announced the recent release of his newest book, “The Lost Mandate” by Father’s Press.

Readers will find many references to locations and people in Southwest Washington State, the Seattle area and Oregon.