A&E briefs — April 10, 2024

BirdFest sets screening of ‘The Big Year’

To celebrate Olympic BirdFest, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS), Dungeness River Nature Center and Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library are partnering to host a free film screening of “The Big Year” at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Registration is required at nols.org/birdfest, or by contacting a NOLS branch.

In the comedy starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson, three bird watchers compete to spot the highest number of species and find there is more to life than beating the competition. Adapted from Mark Obmascik’s book, “The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession,” the 2011 film is rated PG, and has a running time of 100 minutes. Subtitles will be provided in English.

For more information about this and other library programs, visit nols.org, call 360-417-8500 or email to discover@nols.org.

Local ‘Old Time’ Fiddlers to meet

Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association members meet for a jam session from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 525 N. Fifth Ave.

The group play “Old Time” music, a genre of North American folk music played on acoustic instruments, generally centering on a combination of fiddle and plucked string instruments including the guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobros, dulcimers, autoharps, bass and ukuleles.

Attendees are welcome to play or just to listen and learn about this traditional style of music. There is no charge to attend, though donations in support of the group’s youth scholarship program are welcome. Snacks to share are also appreciated.

High School art exhibit set at Civic Center

The High Schools of the Olympic Peninsula Creative Crafts and Arts Exhibit will be on display in the Karen Kuznek-Reese Gallery at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St., April 12-26, with hours set for 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. An opening reception for the exhibit and artist reception is scheduled for 5-6 p.m. on Friday, April 12.

The Sequim Arts Commission invited high school students across the Olympic Peninsula to submit entries for the exhibit; 27 entries were selected from 20 students, who attend Sequim, Quilcene and Crescent high schools, and submitted art for the exhibit.

Awards were given to three students. First place was awarded to Jerry Taylor, a 12th-grader at Quilcene High School for his mixed media sculpture, “Cracked House.” Second place was awarded to Anna Munn, an 11th-grader at Quilcene High School, for her charcoal drawing, “Melancholy Clown.” Third place was awarded to Jennica Nino, a ninth-grade student at Quilcene High School, for her acrylic painting, “Jellyfish.”

For more about the exhibit, contact Sarah Hurt, City of Sequim arts coordinator, at shurt@sequimwa.gov or 360-582-2477.

Irish storyteller comes to OTA stage

The Story People of Clallam County presents “Tales from the Hedgerows” with William Kennedy, set for 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

storyteller William Kennedy Hornyak brings the spirit of a late-night Irish hedgerow gathering to life with stories, songs, poems and toasts in honor of those who educated and inspired the minds and hearts of the people during the brutally repressive era of the penal codes.

Tickets are $20 and are available at olympictheatrearts.org or by calling the box office (360-683-7326) between 1-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

The show is for mature audiences aged 14 and older.

Craft fair at grange

The Sequim Prairie Grange Craft Fair & Flea Market is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at 290 Macleay Road. The grange hall and outdoor kitchen will be filled with homemade crafts. There will also be a bake sale and lunch for a modest price.

’Singin’ in the Rain’ screening set

Olympic Theatre Arts, sponsored by Laurie Stewart and Sound Community Bank, is offering a classic movie series in 2024.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, the series offers “Singin’ in the Rain” in the Elaine and Robert Caldwell Main Stage Theatre at OTA, 414 N. Sequim Ave. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for pre-film trivia.

In “Singin’ in the Rain,” a silent film star falls for a chorus girl just as he and his delusionally jealous screen partner are trying to make the difficult transition to talking pictures in 1920s Hollywood. This classic stars Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor.

Tickets are $10 and are available at olympictheatrearts.org or by calling the box office (360-683-7326) between 1-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

Upcoming films include “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” (May 18), “Grease” (May 25) and “Hamlet” (June 22).

Check out Sound Advice at casino

The Sound Advice Band takes the stage from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at 7 Cedars Casino’s Club Seven, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, Blyn. There is no cover.

Sound Advice is a dance band that plays Motown, classic soul and hits from the 1960s and ’70s that “will get you movin’ and groovin’,” band members say.

‘Funky Ladies’ exhibit in Port Townsend

Art quilts, art dolls and sculptures are among the dozen-plus examples of textile art on display now in the 24/7 walk-by Fiber Habit window exhibit at 675 Tyler St. in uptown Port Townsend.

Created by members of Peninsula Fiber Artists, “Funky Ladies” features work by a group of women artists who work in multiple and diverse fiber art techniques.

“Our goal was to express fun, whimsy and passion and to explore themes of female empowerment,” curator Evette Allerdings of Port Angeles said. “We hope you enjoy the exhibit as much as we enjoyed creating it!”

Participating Sequim artists are Linda Carlson and Liisa Fagerlund.

From Port Townsend are contributing artists Cyndy Bratz, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry Pat Herkal, Annie Karl, Cynthia LeRouge, Lynne Morrow, Debra E. Olson and Larkin Van Horn.

Port Angeles artists include Evette Allerdings and Barbara Houshmand.

“Funky Ladies” will be on exhibit until the first week in June, when “Banners,” curated by Port Townsend’s Debra E. Olson, will be installed for a two-month display.

Peninsula Fiber Artists meets the second Wednesday of each month with sessions alternating between the Gardiner Community Center and the Northwind Art space at Fort Worden. For information about its meetings and the group’s forthcoming exhibits at the A. Milligan Gallery in May and June, Field Arts & Events Hall in June through early August, and the Mead Werks tasting room at Wilderbee Farm, Port Townsend, opening in August, see sda-np.com.