Local Arts & Entertainment Briefs


Talent show field

whittled down to 6

Six contestants remain for the inaugural Q-star talent show that continuess at 8 p.m. Friday in the Ocean Lounge at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. Admission is free.

The six are: Anitize with Justin Sansom, Jason Sansom and Aaron Blevins from Raymond, Chad Blevins from Aberdeen, David Torveik from Olympia, Joe Ty from Olympia, Russell Wilson from Aberdeen and Vaughn Johannes from Copalis Beach.

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.

Remaining Rainy Day Reading Reviews, Volume 17 are:

• 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.

“Hearts for the Arts”

art auction Saturday

The Willapa Heritage Foundation will hold its 18th annual art auction from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The foundation sponsors this “Hearts for the Arts” auction to help support artists, art projects, scholarships and performances in the area. This year's event will take place at the Willapa Harbor Community Center, Second and Alder in South Bend. There will be a silent auction, raffle and a live auction of art pieces, many that have been graciously donated by local artists. Throughout the evening there will be hors d'ouvres, desserts and a no-host bar. Tickets are $20 per person and are available at South Bend Pharmacy and Sagen's Pharmacy. They also will be available at the door.

Print-making show

at GHC gallery

Artwork hanging in the Grays Harbor College Spellman Library currently focuses on the skills of hand-pulled print-making, an exhibit co-curated by GHC art instructor Erik Sandgren and Cara Beth Stevenson. The all-media invitational display may be viewed during regular library hours through Feb. 15.

The show includes 62 prints, plus instructional displays on each of four print processes, including screen prints, lithography, intaglio and relief prints. Actual tools used in print-making are also on display and a DVD may be viewed, showing how each type of print is produced.

Works by Sandgren and his late father, Nelson Sandgren, are part of the collection, as well as those by Stevenson and the late Elton Bennett. Other artists represented include Jim Bailey, Marcus Benavides, Midge Black, Liz Born, Mika Boyd, Meredith Cleveland, Craig Cornwell, Anthony James Cotham, Kathryn Cotnoir, Michael Dal Cerro, E. Dove, Sasha Edmundson, Barry Herem, Robert Huck and Ann Johnston-Schuster. The exhibit also includes works by Helmi Juvonen, Nayla Kaly, Morgan Knowles, Kathe Kollwitz, Anne Lambert Buie, Angee Lennard, Carol Marriot, Dominic Senibaldi, Patrick Smyczek, Jason Sobottka, Austin Stiegemeier, Eric Stubb, Debby Sundbaum-Sommers, Dee Vadnais and Lucy Warnick.

The Spellman Library is open 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.

Drag Show fundraiser

celebrates third year

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

Last year, an 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.

“Say Anything” is 7th St.

Valentine’s movie

The 7th St. Theatre’s 10th annual “Take Your Honey to Hoquiam” Valentine’s event features the 1989 romantic comedy “Say Anything,” starring Jon Cusack and Ione Skye. It plays Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m.

“Take Your Honey to Hoquiam” is a dinner-and-movie promotion that has grown to include additional sponsors. When you buy dinner for two at any of the participating restaurants and pubs, or make a qualifying purchase at any other sponsor, during the week of Feb. 10, you will receive two free tickets to the movie. Each participating restaurant and sponsor has 50 free movie tickets available through this promotion.

The participating restaurants and sponsors are: 2 Margaritas Grill, 8th Street Ale House, Al’s Hum-Dinger, Casa Mia, Deidra’s Deli at Farmers’ Market, El Jalapeno Mexican Restaurant, Flowers By Pollen, Foggy’s Bar & Grill, Golden Dragon, Kathy’s House of Roses, Lana’s Hangar Café, The Oriole Restaurant, The Recipe Box, Rose’s Taqueria and Tully’s.

Filmed mostly in Seattle, “Say Anything” was the directorial debut of Cameron Crowe, a teenage writer for Rolling Stone magazine who eventually became an Academy Award winner for his mainly autobiographical screenplay, “Almost Famous,” in 2000.

Driftwood offers “House

of Agatha Mystrie”

The Driftwood Players will present “The House of Agatha Mystrie,” a comedy in two acts directed by Jason Whited, beginning Saturday, Feb. 16.

Mystrie, the famous and prolific mystery writer, gathers a group of the world’s finest and most peculiar detectives at her home for a weekend of rollicking and relaxation. Once all together, she convinces them all to solemnly promise not to solve any mystery for two whole days. Unbeknownst to Ms. Mystrie, and everyone else, each of them has decided to find a way to find a murderer without solving the mystery.

Performance dates are:

* Saturday: Feb. 16

* Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22, 23

* Friday and Saturday, March 1, 2

* Friday, Saturday and Sunday: March 8-10

Friday and Saturday shows curtain time is 7:30 p.m., while Sunday matinee show curtain time: 1:30 p.m.

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

Polson Museum winter

and spring film series

The Polson Museum in Hoquiam will host movie nights on the first Thursday of each month from February through May. Films start at 7 p.m., are free to the public to watch, and attendees are welcome to bring their own snacks and beverages.

It kicks off tonight with sn assortment of classic educational films — 1940s & 1950s 16mm films such as the “Crooked Railroad,” “Succession from Sand Dune to Forest,” and “Great River of the West: Columbia.”

On March 7, there will be a 1954 advertising film from Jeep Willys. This film was discovered in the former Grays Harbor Motors building, prior to the fire that destroyed it this past summer. Also in the lineup is the seldom seen “Schafer Story”, narrated by Stuart Holbrook, who also authored the 1945 book, “Half Century in the Timber: A Narrative of Schafer Bros. Logging Co.”

The Polson Museum is located at 1611 Riverside Ave. in Hoquiam and for more information, call (360) 533-5862.

Accordion virtuoso

returns to Raymond

Award-winning accordionist Alexander Sevastian makes a return appearance at the historic Raymond Theatre at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17

The three-time prize winner of the International Accordion Competition began to play the accordion at the age of 7. He finished musical school in 1991, attended Glinka Musical College, and entered the Academy of Music in Moscow. Since April of 1996, he has lived in Toronto and played with the Toronto Woodwinds, an ensemble that was awarded first prize at the Golden Accordion International Competition. He has received numerous awards, including the ATG Galla-Rini International Competition for classical Accordion at San Antonio, Texas. Since September 2002, Alexander has been playing with an internationally recognized group, Quartetto, touring regularly in both the United States and Canada with this ensemble.

Tickets are $10 at South Bend Pharmacy, Sagen’s Pharmacy and the theater in Raymond; by mailing check or money order with self-addressed stamped envelope to SAL, P.O. Box 221, South Bend, WA 98586; by email at sundayafternoonlive@comcast.net; or by calling (360) 875-583l. Day of performance tickets are $12 at the box office.

Elma

Around the Block

quilts at fairgrounds

The Grays Harbor Fairgrounds in Elma will host the seventh annual Around the Block quilt show on Feb. 16 and 17. The show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The show will have vendors, displays and demonstrations. There will be a vintage quilt display and a patriotic Wounded Warrior quilt display. Admission is just $4 and kids 12 and under are admitted free.

If you have a quilt you would like to share, quilts may be entered Feb 13 and 14 from 2-6 p.m. You get a free pass to the show if you display a quilt There are a few vendor spaces still available. For an application form or additional information contact the Grays Harbor County Fair at (360) 482-2651 or email petersonk@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.

Tokeland

Shoalwater presents

Stierle’s Dylan tribute

“Mr. Tambourine Man” Paul “Buck” Stierle plays guitar and sings songs from Bob Dylan’s early years, 1962-1974, at a free performance at the Shoalwater Bay Tribal Gym (located across from Tokeland post office) on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The show begins at 4:30 p.m.

Stierle focuses on Dylan’s early hits, such as “Blowing in the Wind,” “Don’t Think Twice,” “The Times they are a’ Changing,” “My Back Pages,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Maggie’s Farm,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” and more, including “Like a Rolling Stone,” voted No. 1 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of the 20th century.

Stierle’s performance traces Dylan’s progress through folk music, protest song, folk rock and rock-n-roll to country rock and Christian music. Stierle’s CD recording, titled “Mr. Tambourine Man, a Tribute to Bob Dylan’s Music,” includes 19 of Dylan’s greatest early hit songs. A former member, manager, and songwriter for the internationally acclaimed recording group, the New Christy Minstrels, Stierle has performed with the Kingston Trio, Jan and Dean and the Marshall Tucker Band, as well as the Mamas and the Papas and Barry McGuire. Today, Stierle and his wife perform as “Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth” at schools, libraries, fairs and festivals throughout the state.

Free pizza and refreshments will be served. CD’s will be available for purchase.

2nd annual mystery dinner and benefit to be held

The Dispute Resolution Center for Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties will present “Murder at the Manor,” a murder- mystery dinner at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Aberdeen at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

The light=hearted evening of murder and intrigue includes a gourmet dinner and dessert. During dinner, guests will become involved in an interactive “who-done-it” mystery where they will be called upon to find the clues and catch the murderer. Guests are welcome get into the spirit and dress in period clothing, and prizes will be awarded for the best sleuths. Tickets are still available.

Proceeds benefit the Dispute Resolution Center. Tickets are $45 each/$80 for two. For more information or to get your tickets contact the Dispute Resolution Center at: (360) 532-8950 or donnah@drcghp.org

Mardi Gras, garlic fest

at Westport Winery

Westport Winery will host its second annual Mardi Gras and Garlic Festival over all four Sundays in February. On Feb. 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.

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