Local Arts & Entertainment Briefs


Rainy Day Reading

Reviews, Volume 17

Rain or shine, a warm winter tradition continues its 17th season 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 through Feb. 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 www.TRL.org.

Rainy Day Reading Reviews, Volume 17:

• 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.

“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 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. Tickets will be available at the door.

Music teachers to

present “Musicale”

Grays Harbor Music Teachers Association presents its annual “Musicale” scholarship benefit concert at 7 pm, Saturday, Jan. 19 at the First Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen. Admission is free and the public is invited. A free will offering will be collected at intermission for the scholarship fund to aid students from Grays Harbor and Pacific counties who are music majors or minors in college. Local musicians are invited to perform and donate their time and talents to the event.

Performing in this year’s Musicale are: Victoria Schuh, soprano and 2012 GHMTA scholarship recipient, accompanied by Michelle Schuh; Piano Duo — Phyllis Pieffer and Merry Jo Zimmer; The Golden Trio — vocal group featuring Libby Carrico, Cora Foss and Keola Holt; Piano/String Quartet — featuring Merry Jo Zimmer, Jeffrey Freed, Lindell Stacy-Horton and Jenny Leighton; and Erica Hollen, pianist, performing her own original compositions.

A gourmet dessert reception by O’Brien’s Catering will follow the concert. The church is located at the corner of Fourth and Broadway in Aberdeen.

“The Bird Cage” and

drag show at 7th St.

A successful Hollywood remake of a popular French farce, “The Birdcage” comes to 7th St. Theatre at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19, with a pair of fun promotions attached to the screenings.

Released in 1996, “The Birdcage” is Hollywood’s retelling of the 1978 French comedy, “La Cage Au Folles,” a not-who-we-seem tale of a gay nightclub owner whose son wants him to play it straight for a few days, to get through a meet-the-families dinner with his fiancée’s ultra-conservative parents. With a situation like that, it comes as no surprise that almost everything that can go wrong does, with considerable comic complications.

The film overflows with star power, with Robin Williams, Gene Hackman and Dianne Weist owning five Oscars between them and director Mike Nichols with another.

Doors open early, at 6:15 p.m. both nights. From 6:30 to 7, wine will be sold from a lobby bar, with proceeds going to the non-profit 7th Street Theatre. Then at 7 p.m., a “Drag Queen and King Show” for audience members will take place on the theater’s stage. Prizes have been donated by a theatre storefront tenant, Pure Clothing.

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

Corban to perform

at Westport Winery

Grays Harbor singer and songwriter Ericka Corban will perform at Westport Winery from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19. Corban is known for her haunting vocals along with her own keyboard, guitar and ukulele accompaniment. This will be during the winery’s regular dinner service. Reservations are recommended and there is no cover charge.

Ericka’s most recent CD “Live At Westport Winery Autumn Equinox” was released in 2012. This CD along with her Daydreams CD are both available at the winery, 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.

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 www.elmachamber.org.

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. Gillies-Alvarez anticipates more than 20 acts will be performing. 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.

Raymond

Carriage Museum offers

half-off admission

To kick off the new year, the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond extends an invitation to all Pacific and Grays Harbor counties residents by offering half-off admission during the month of January, as well as 10 percent off any purchase in the museum’s gift shop. Just show proof of your Pacific or Grays Harbor County residency.

If you have never visited the Northwest Carriage Museum, or it’s just been a while since your last visit, come in and see one of the finest collections of 19th-century vehicles in the country. The Northwest Carriage Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. It holds over 20 elegant horse drawn carriages, buggies, and sleighs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Northwest Carriage Museum is located at 314 Alder Street next to the Willapa Seaport Museum on the corner of Hwy 101 and SR 6.

Winter hours at the Northwest Carriage Museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call (360) 942-4150 or visit: www.nwcarriagemuseum.org.

Six Rivers Gallery presents a collection of encaustic photography works by Ken Hunt in a show titled, “Time Travel.” The show runs Jan. 11 through Feb. 10. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. During the opening a video will be shown that depicts the process Hunt uses in his encaustic photography, a beeswax-based medium developed more than 2,000 years ago.

Six Rivers Gallery is operated by Harbor Art Guild at 210 6th St. in Hoquiam. (360) 532-9979, www.harborartguild.com. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m, Sunday.

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.

Mardi Gras, garlic fest

at West port Winery

Westport Winery will host its second annual Mardi Gras and Garlic Festival over all four Sundays in February. On Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the winery will offer live jazz, complimentary gourmet garlic product tasting and garlic chicken and wild rice gumbo. The Electric Park Jazz Band will perform on the first two Sundays and jazz guitarist Scott Lindenmuth will play on the final two Sundays.

Once inside, visitors will discover an array of garlic-themed delicacies for sampling from garlic barbecue sauce to garlic dill dressing. Attendees over 21 are welcome to sample up to five of Westport’s 33 award-winning wines for $5. (Wine club members and their guests taste for free.) Those who want to sample a little sweeter libation will be offered a taste of the winery’s New Orleans-style wine hurricane as one of their five tastes.

For more information call Westport Winery at (360) 648-2224.

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