Arts and Entertainment

Arts festival returns to P.A.

The 17th Annual Juan de Fuca Festival celebrates Memorial Day weekend with live music, performing arts, comedy, dancing, bands and children's activities.

Held every year on the North Olympic Peninsula at Port Angeles' Vern Burton Community Center, the festival brings performers from a variety of cultures and genres over the four days on six indoor stages.

Traditional folk and bluegrass, blues, jazz, and acoustic instrumental and vocal groups, comedy and children's shows, dance groups and ethnic presentations are scheduled.

The four venues used for performances are the Burton Center, 321 E. Fifth St.; the Naval Elks Lodge, 131 E. First St.; the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.; and the Port Angles Community Playhouse, 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd., all in Port Angeles.

Local playwright Max Mania's production of "Don't Touch That Dial," a spoof of old-time radio dramas, and

Rebecca Redshaw's "The Sitting Room," where art comes to life, will run at the Playhouse Theater stage.

Visit www.jffa.org. for a list of the performers and the times and places they will be on stage.

Four-day passes, $45 or $55, and single-day passes, $12 or $14 Friday and Monday and

$15 or $17 Saturday and Sunday, can be bought online at www.jffa.org, by phone at 457-5411, or at the festival ticket booth starting at noon on Friday, May 28. The lower prices are for JFFA members.

The Juan de Fuca Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational and arts organization. Proceeds from the festival are used to bring art and music presentations to area schools.

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