Arts & Entertainment Briefs 5/9

Lake Quinault

Songs and Stories from WWII at lodge

Wearing vintage World War II military uniforms, vocalist Dina Blade, WWII veteran and storyteller Ray Puddicomb and pianist Hans Brehmer will perform a 1940s USO-style show in honor of Armed Forces Day (May 18 this year). A 15-minute Q & A will follow. The event is free of charge and will be held in the Quileute Room at the Lake Quinault Lodge, 345 South Shore Road, Quinault, on Saturday from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

The performance will feature popular songs from the World War II era featuring vocals with piano accompaniment, matched with stories by storyteller and WWII veteran Puddicomb, who will speak about his wartime experiences. Topics will include anecdotes about the draft, soldier life, films, radio, railroads, returning home to the Northwest and, of course, the timeless music of the era. Puddicomb’s memorabilia such as dog tags, military uniforms, photos, letters, train schedules/tickets, a Nazi flag, armband and helmet will be on display.

Blade is a vocalist who specializes in singing American popular songs from the 1930s and 40s, preserving the work of master composers and lyricists from that era. She has performed and toured in the U.S., Canada, Cuba and Brazil.

Puddicomb is a Seattle resident who served as a soldier on the German front during the Rhineland Campaign of 1944. He has acted in dozens of plays at the Northwest Mountaineers-sponsored “Forest Theater,” playing Merlin, the Wizard of Oz, a gorilla, a tramp, a lifeguard, a knight and other diverse roles.

Brehmer has been working with Blade for 10 years and has performed for more than 25 years in the Pacific Northwest. A pianist, singer, songwriter and arranger, he has also worked as an accompanist for the jazz vocal department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

Sentimental Journey follows an open house at the Lake Quinault Museum, across the street from the lodge. The performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Amanda Park Timberland Library and the Lake Quinault Museum and Historical Society. For more information, please contact the Amanda Park Timberland Library at (360) 288-2725 or visit

GHC to present

original one-act plays

Three original one-act plays will be performed at Grays Harbor College’s Bishop Center next week.

The theatrical works include “Waiting for the Birds” by Julie Oliver; “Family Dinner” by Laura Smith; and “Truth Serum” by Ian Ward. Performances are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 16-18, at 7:30 p.m., with an additional 4 p.m. show on Saturday as well.

GHC instructors Brad Duffy and Lynne Lerych direct the plays.

"God of Carnage" continues at Driftwood

The Driftwood Players will continue their run of the black comedy “God of Carnage this weekend and next.

In this 2009 Tony Award-winner for Best Play, two married couples meet to discuss a playground fight between their sons and gradually degenerate into children themselves. The play features strong adult language.

Remaining performance dates are:

• Friday and Saturday: May 10 and 11

• Friday, Saturday and Sunday: May 17-19

• Friday and Saturday shows curtain time are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee show curtain time is 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $13 and are available at Valu Drug in Montesano, Harbor Drug in Hoquiam, Delores’ and Fay’s in Ocean Shores and Top Foods and City Center Drug in Aberdeen.


S.A.L. offers special Mom’s Day concert

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and if you’re looking for a special something for mom, you might consider a ticket to hear Brownsmead Flats brought to you by Sunday Afternoon Live at the Raymond Theatre.

This group is well-known for playing original and traditional songs that appeal to all ages. Their music explores the historic, political and humorous sides of life.

Pre-sale tickets cost $10 and are on sale at South Bend Pharmacy and Sagen’s Pharmacy in Raymond, or by calling (360) 875-5831. Day of performance tickets are $12 at the box office. Curtain goes up at 2 p.m.

Silver Sizzles Revue

at Quinault Beach

The Quinault Beach Resort and Casino will present the Vegas-style Silver Sizzles Revue at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10. There will also be two Mother’s Day dinner show at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $37. For more information, call 1-888-461-2214.

“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” at 7th St.

The first of a pair of pairings of Hollywood’s hottest heroes, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is an original example of what pop culture today might call a “mash-up”— in this case an unusual combination of film genres: Western, comedy, buddy and drama/tragedy. The 1969 hit screens at the 7th St. Theatre in Hoquiam at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18.

When actors Paul Newman and Robert Redford teamed with director George Roy Hill and screenwriter William Goldman, all were at the top of their game. Goldman grabbed his first of two Oscars, this one with a story loosely based on historical characters.

Newman’s Butch is all ideas, while Redford’s Sundance is action and skill. Together, they’re leaders of the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang in a once-Wild West that is becoming tame in the 1900s. After Butch and Sundance rob a train once too often, an elite posse begins pursuing them relentlessly. When they finally escape through sheer luck, Butch concocts what ultimately proves to be the really bad idea of going to Bolivia.

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. Advance tickets are available at Harbor Drug and at For more information call (360) 537-7400 or check the website,

Dance academy to

present “Magic Garden”

The Gayle Russell Dance Academy will present a themed recital titled “The Magic Garden at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Aberdeen High School auditorium. Tickets — available in advance at Rosevear’s Music Center in downtown Aberdeen or at the door — are $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors.

GHC to hold tryouts

for musical “Rent”

The Broadway musical “Rent” will be performed at Grays Harbor College’s Bishop Center in July. Tryouts for the production are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, May 25, and starting at 9 a.m. the following day, May 26 at the Bishop Center. The cast will be area high school and college students, directed by GHC Theater Arts instructor Brad Duffy. For more information, contact Duffy at (360) 538-4172 or