Winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t always make you a loser…
The Wayne Horvitz Septet is joined by numerous Pacific Northwest literary luminaries for a celebration of poet Richard Hugo.
The 2015/2016 Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival commences on October 16, with a three-part concert series and weeklong chamber music workshop.
With its maritime heritage, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend is an easily accessible base camp to the Olympic Peninsula and beyond. Whether on land or sea; indoors or outdoors – Port Townsend has activities for every taste.
Port Townsend gets a little “krazy” and “kwirky” in October, beginning with the 33rd GREAT Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race, October 3-4 (http://www.ptkineticrace.org/). The theme this year is “It’s a Bug’s World After All.” Whether you crawl on all fours, or all eights. Or you slither, slide or roll. Whether you glide or flutter. Come join the fun for an all Bug race! The Kourse is split into two days: Saturday is the Glorious Parade and Water Kourse, while Sunday includes the Road, Sand and Mud Kourse.
A kinetic skulpture is a human powered, artistically enhanced vehicle that must go through sand (Kwick Sand), mud (The Dismal Bog), float on water (The Great Bay), and transverse hilly, silly neighborhoods. Some skulptures are engineering marvels while most are a mixture of bicycle parts, styrofoam, duct tape, imagination and prayers. Awards are given to each racer whether they want it or not, but the most highly prized award is the “Mediocrity Award,” the skulpture that finishes in the middle of the pack. Kinetic racers as well as glorious spectators must be kapable of having fun without taking the event too seriously.
At 8 pm on Saturday, at the American Legion Hall, there will be a Koronation Ball where a new Rose Hips Kween will be chosen. An unbelievable display of talent and jokes will help the crowd choose the winning kontestant!
At Key City Public Theatre (http://www.keycitypublictheatre.org/), “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” opens October 1 and runs through October 25. KCPT Artistic Director Denise Winter comments, “The theme of this musical, which centers on diverse individuals finding success in their own quirky ways, seems particularly relevant to Port Townsend, a place where talent abounds and ‘weirdness’ is welcome. In recent years we have focused on small cast cabaret musicals, a genre in which we excel. It’s now time to return to a larger ensemble musical that showcases KCPT ‘song and dance’ performers on a grander scale.”
Called “irresistible, riotously funny and remarkably ingenious” by the New York Timeswhen it opened on Broadway in 2005, “Spelling Bee” is a Tony Award-winning musical comedy that follows six middle-school overachievers as they navigate the chaos of their local spelling bee competition. Overseen by a group of adults, who have barely escaped adolescence themselves, this group of misfits overcome a series of increasingly outlandish trials before revealing the true lesson of the play: winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t always make you a loser.
Centrum presents An Evening of Music and Poetry with Wayne Horvitz on Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 pm at the Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden State Park (tickets). Known for his multipfacted musical prowess, composer/performer Wayne Horvitz ventures into progressive acoustic jazz and modern classicism in his latest project, Some Places Are Forever Afternoon. Written in honor of the iconic Northwest poet Richard Hugo (1923-82), the complete work is a suite of 11 compositions based Hugo’s poetry. Pacific Northwest literary luminaries will read Hugo’s poems prior to each song. Not to be missed!
Rock out and help the trails! Freddy Pink has joined forces with the Peninsula Trails Coalition, Jefferson Health, Henery Hardware, Port Townsend Paper, and Fort Worden, for an all-ages benefit concert at the McCurdy Pavilion on October 17, from 5-10 pm, at McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park. Enjoy great music, food, and drink, plus a silent auction with donations from local merchants.
Proceeds from this concert will benefit the connection of the Larry Scott Trail (LST) to the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) in Discovery Bay. When the connection between these two segments of the trail is complete, Port Townsend will become the gateway to the ODT spanning 130 miles of scenic beauty, beginning at the Larry Scott Trailhead at the Port Townsend Boat Haven, around Discovery Bay, through Sequim and Port Angeles, around Lake Crescent, and on to La Push on the Pacific Coast.
Halloween brings so much fun to Port Townsend!
…for the kiddos, don’t miss the Port Townsend Main Street’s Downtown Trick or Treat, October 31 beginning at 4 pm with a parade down Water Street. Our merchants will be offering treats…and, you never know, maybe some tricks too!
…and for the adults, there’s an eerie light shining from the old red Victorian on the hill. Many years ago, on a dark October evening, something bad happened in Port Townsend’s finest pleasure palace. An evening of tantalizing fright you’ll never forget will be at the Haunted Bordello, 313 Walker St., October 30 and 31, from 7-10:30 pm.
Port Townsend’s Haunted Bordello is a guided tour running 7-10:30 pm, offering titillating and terrifying entertainment. One intimate group of three to five guests will be admitted to the house at at time. Preferred-entry tickets and more information are available atwww.hauntedbordello.com. Participants must at 17 or older (ID may be required).
Visit us in October and enjoy everything Port Townsend!
Join us October 3-4, 2015 for the 33rd Great PT Bay Kinetic Race. There will be thrills, there will be chills, songs and of course there will be Glory!
Whether you crawl on all fours, or all eights. Or you slither, slide or roll. Whether you glad or flutter. Come join us for an all Bug race. Its a Bug’s World After All.
A Kinetic Skulpture is a human powered, artistically enhanced vehicle that must go through sand (Kwick Sand), mud (The Dismal Bog), float on water (The Great Bay), and transverse hilly, silly neighborhoods. Some skulptures are engineering marvels while most are a mixture of bicycle parts, styrofoam, duct tape, imagination and prayers. Awards are given to each racer whether they want it or not, but the most highly prized award is the “Mediocrity Award”, the skulpture that finishes in the middle of the pack. Kinetic racers as well as glorious spectators must be kapable of having fun without taking the event too seriously.
What started out to be a friendly, creative home town race has now grown up to be a philosophical, artistic, engineering movement, with a devoted following worldwide. It has become an appealing visual attraction drawing international media attention. The Kinetic Sculpture Race enjoys the reputation as a fun spectator sport, entertaining fans from all corners of the globe. These kineticnauts and their wacky Kontraptions; have won the hearts, and imaginations of all who witness this eccentric, eclectic pageantry of human powered machinery.
The Port Townsend race is the third oldest race on the ever growing Kinetic Racing circuit, and is one of the few remaining kinetic races that are not owned by a corporation. It is an independent race, with the volunteer organizers priding themselves on keeping the grass roots & kinetic spirit alive.
Saturday’s festivities start at Low Noon beginning with a parade downtown, followed by a break test, and then the water portion of the race! At 8:00pm there will be a Koronation Ball where a new Rose Hips Kween will be chosen, an unbelievable display of talent, jokes and recipes will help the crowd choose the winning kontestant! Live music will be played by a live band to keep everyone dancing well into the night.
Sunday the race continues, but first, in front of City Hall, the racers will be required to sing their way into the hearts of the krowd, and perform a sobriety test to prove that the Ball libations did not dull their senses. The racers begin pedaling at Low Noon, Kinetic Kops will issue citations, kontrolling khaos and konfusion at the event, while the glorious judges look on to find their favorites. Bribes given freely may help to keep the judges marking you high and help persuade the kops to ignore felonious indiscretions, and bribing the Kinetic Konsortium is always wise. Racers complete the route around 5pm if they are lucky, and arrive at the awards ceremony muddy, sore, and yet brimming with well earned Glory!
Come to the 16th Port Townsend Film Festival to meet more than 70 directors and producers, and see 84 films!
Actors Beau Bridges and Chris Cooper will be the special guests at the 2015 Port Townsend Film Festival, September 25-27. Films screen in eight theatres from 9 am to 9:30 pm daily, as the Festival welcomes 84 films from 16 countries.
The Festival was featured in September’s Sunset magazine and included in the September in-flight Alaska Airlines magazine, and last year was lauded by Variety as one of the best small film festivals in the country. The Festival is held in Port Townsend’s walkable National Historic Landmark District, an area of about six square blocks.
A free outdoor movie is screened each night under the stars on Taylor Street and is the only theatre where children under 16 are allowed; the Peter Simpson Free Cinema offers 1,500 seats free of charge during the weekend. Festival passes range from $35 for a one-pass to $1,050 for a mogul pass with concierge service. The Festival Pass, $185, includes a free salmon dinner with wine and dessert late Friday afternoon.
Bridges appears in person Friday night for Q&A after screening of “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” in which he stars with Michelle Pfeiffer and his brother, Jeff. Cooper appears in person Saturday night with his film, “Adaptation,” for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Both actors appear together on stage Saturday afternoon for “The Conversation: The Art of Acting,” moderated by Rose Theatre owner Rocky Friedman.
Actress and author Marianne Leone Cooper appears at 3:30 pm Sunday afternoon with “My Left Foot,” as the Festival’s Formative Film author. Following the Q&A (she and Chris Cooper are the parents of a child with cerebral palsy) she will sign her memoir, “Jesse: A Mother’s Story.”
Featured films are both narratives (fictional) and documentaries. They include features such as “Unbranded,” “Honor Totem,” “The Breach,” “Romeo is Bleeding,” “Red Knot,” “Boy and the World,” a documentary on New Yorker cartoonists, and over 40 short films. The director and producer of the acclaimed “Sweet Land,” will attend for Q&A and to celebrate a decade of their film in release.
Pass sales have been brisk. The Festival, for the first time in its 16-year history, may have to cap pass sales in the next two weeks (although single ticket Rush seats will be available). To see the Festival’s schedule of films, trailers and information, and to buy passes online: www.ptfilmfest.com