Entertainment Briefs 5/2

Polson Museum film

series wraps up

The Polson Museum will show the final film in its spring “First Thursdays” film nights. At 7 o’clock tonight, the film “The Story of SpeedTrak,” which was recently converted from original 16mm film reels to digital format, will be screened.

The film was commissioned by the Lamb Grays Harbor company as an advertising project to promote the track-driven machines developed by the Hoquiam company in the early 1930s. The silent black-and-white film covers the development of the machines from experimental modified Fordson tractors to the rock-hauling “Dump Cat” and log-hauling “Truk” models. As an introduction to the film, Museum Director John Larson will present a short slide show of original factory still photographs of the SpeedTrak models. Notably, the Polson has on exhibit in its Railroad Camp building the only known SpeedTrak still in existence.

Sid Snyder biography discussed by author

Award-winning author and journalist Jeff Burlingame will speak at two Timberland libraries on Saturday. The subject is his new biography on the former Washington State Senate icon Sid Snyder, entitled “Across the Aisles: Sid Snyder’s Remarkable Life in Groceries & Government.”

Burlingame will be at the Raymond Timberland Library from 11 a.m. to noon and the Aberdeen Timberland Library from 2 to 3 p.m.

Refreshments will be provided by the libraries’ Friends of the Library groups, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

“Across the Aisles” includes numerous photos that illustrate Snyder’s life story and an edited compilation of oral history interviews conducted by Sharon A. Boswell, John C. Hughes and Burlingame from 2006 to just weeks before Snyder’s death in 2012.

“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”

coming to 7th St. Theatre

A hit musical comedy from 60 years ago, ”Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” is the next offering of the Silver Screen Classics film series, on Saturday and Sunday at the 7th St. Theatre in Hoquiam.

Under the direction of Hollywood legend Howard Hawkes, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell proved to be a skilled comic team as a pair of lounge singers making their way to Paris via an ocean liner, and finding laughs and love along the way. The film is highlighted by Monroe’s iconic performance of the song, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. Advance tickets are available at Harbor Drug and at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information call (360) 537-7400 or check the website, www.7thstreettheatre.com.

GHC to present

original one-act plays

Three original one-act plays will be performed at Grays Harbor College’s Bishop Center in mid-May. 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.

High School Juried

Art Show opens

The annual High School Juried Art Show is currently on display at Grays Harbor College’s Spellman Library gallery. A reception for participating students and their 11 art teachers and families is planned for Thursday, May 9, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Students participating in the show are eligible to apply for the GHC Arts Department tuition-waiver art scholarship. Winners will be announced at the reception.

Artworks from these high schools will be on display: Hoquiam, Elma, Ocosta, Aberdeen, Montesano, Harbor High, Wishkah Valley and Willapa Valley.

In addition to viewing the students works during the May 9 reception, the gallery is also open during regular library hours, which are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays until 6 p.m., Fridays until 4:30 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.


Old Timer’s Fair

is this weekend

Been a while since you’ve seen a steam donkey? You have never seen one? What the heck is a steam donkey?

Well, you can not only learn about the steam-powered winch used in early-day logging operations, but you can see one in operation at this weekend’s Old Timer’s Fair at Mary Knight School in Matlock.

Hours for the free admission festival are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to the steam donkey, visitors can visit both indoor and outdoor displays that will include many old-time motors, tractors, other farming implements and machinery, antiques and collectibles. There will be activities for kids too, including a slide (weather permitting) and carnival.

There will also be live music from local-area entertainers, Rich Travers, who wrote a song about John Tornow, and George Madden, who calls himself “the best unknown guitar player in the world.”

And come hungry. There will be plenty of good food in the vending booths.

Young Artist Showcase coming May 10

Nineteen of the Harbor’s most talented young vocalists, pianists, and instrumentalists will perform Friday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. during the “Young Artist Showcase” at Hoquiam’s historic 7th Street Theatre. Students in the program range in age from middle school to college and come from Aberdeen, Hoquiam, and Montesano. The concert will be hosted by Miss Grays Harbor’s Outstanding Teen, Erin Kuhn.

The 2013 Young Artist Showcase will feature Kelly Barr (voice), Devan Bland (voice), Bri Bonell (voice), Eden Burton (violin), Libby Carrico (voice), Kendall Cavin (voice), Kaitlin Donohoe (voice), Tim Ebling (piano), Melody Estella (piano), Cora Foss (voice), Haylee Hamilton (piano), Keola Holt (voice), Autumn McGiveron (voice), Linnea Nixon (piano), Clara Park (piano), John Redding (voice), Bonnie Rowe (violin), Katie Scott (double bass), and Sadie Smith (piano).

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at Harbor Drug and at the door, beginning at 7:00 p.m. For more information call 360-537-7400 or check the website, www.7thstreettheatre.com.


Sunday Afternoon Live offers Mom’s Day concert

Mother’s Day is May 12 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.

“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 www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information call (360) 537-7400 or check the website, www.7thstreettheatre.com.

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 bduffy@ghc.edu.

Rehabilitation Center hosts art exhibit

The Pacific Care & Rehabilitation Center’s second annual Resident Art Exhibit opened Thursday, April 25, showcasing the talents of 25 resident artists with more than 60 paintings. Many of the paintings were created in a monthly painting class led by Ocean Shores artists Linda Parisi and Geri Stubb.

The exhibit will be on display through May 31st.