A&E briefs — June 22, 2022

Teen programs on tap at library

As part of the Summer Reading Program, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) and its Teen Advisory Board have designed three virtual programs for teens this summer. Visit nols.org/srp-events for more information and registration details for these free events.

Teens can join Trivia at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, on Zoom, to test their knowledge about pets, Marvel and other themes.

A Virtual Escape Room with puzzles completed live by email is set for 5 p.m. Friday, July 29 at 5 p.m. Teens can work alone or team up with friends and family members to break out of the “Library of Doom.”

Cartoonist Kori Michele teaches a Comic Drawing Workshop at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, on Zoom. Teens can learn about the mechanics of comics and draw a four-panel cartoon. No experience is needed.

For more information, visit nols.org/srp, call 360-417-8500 or email to discover@nols.org.

Stardust Big Band comes to OTA stage

With the theme “All American Jazz,” the Stardust Big Band hits the stage at the Olympic Theatre Arts Center, 414 N. Sequim Ave., at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 1.

Tickets are $20, $5 for students.

Current and retired music teachers unite as members of Stardust Big Band: Tom Guenther (director), Marge Rosen (trumpet), Ed Donahue (trumpet), Vern Fosket (bass), Hannah Reed (trombone) and Al Thompson (baritone sax) are each current or retired music teachers at the middle or high school level.

Founded in 1990, Stardust has long been known for its presentations of cherished favorites from the Big Band era of the 1930s and 1940s. Often playing for dancers, this time Stardust will be presenting some of its favorite arrangements in concert format.

Vocalist Tess Teel will sing several well known standards, and the ensemble will present instrumental classics made famous by Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Glenn Miller, Tom Kubis and others.

Featured soloists are Bill Cole, tenor sax, Ed Donahue, trumpet, Dick Thorsen, Tenor Sax, and George Radebaugh, piano.

NOLS offers new Books & Locations program

As part of the Summer Reading Program, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) offers Books & Locations, a new spin on its popular Books & Libations program from years past.

Books & Locations pairs unique and amazing North Olympic Peninsula places with book titles matched in tone and mood to each location. Starting with a virtual kick-off party at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, readers can take part in six weeks of self-paced exploration with guidance from audio files and “tasting notes” that will be posted online every Thursday, revealing each week’s location and book title.

The program culminates with a virtual wrap party at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, when readers can share their favorite Books & Locations experiences and have the chance to win prizes. Visit nols.org/BL for registration and weekly audio files.

Readers can check out the titles that interest them to read at their own pace throughout the summer and beyond. The location “tasting notes” may include history facts, plant identification tips, how to spot birds or animals, and more. Each week also has an accessible alternative location that shares something in common with the primary location while being more accessible for participants with limited mobility.

Toastmasters to pass along tips

Have you ever wondered how really good public speakers get to be good? On three separate evenings, attendees can witness the transformative magic of speaker coaching without being in the pressure-filled hot seat and learn how to be a better presenter (and a better competitor) from Toastmasters members.

The Skwim Toastmasters Club boasts two World Championship of Public Speaking third place winners: Kyle Hall (2003) and Lindy MacLaine (2020). On three separate evenings, Hall and MacLaine will offer their skills and experience to District winners of the International Speech Contest, assisting them in making their bid for the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Learn as MacLaine and Hall coach two different District International Speech Champions. The champs will give their speech, receive feedback, go off to apply that advice and come back to deliver their transformed speech.

From 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, the two champions will be Christopher Rahla (District 2, Seattle area) and Kunal Moon (District 41, India). Register at skwimccc_1.eventbrite.com.

The second event is 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, and will feature Nazeer Alqasem (District 79, Saudi Arabia) and JA Gamache (District 61, Toronto, Canada). Register at skwimccc_2.eventbrite.com.

The third evening of this series is 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 7-8:30 p.m., featuring Santosh Akella (District 98, India) and Shantia Crowley (Poulsbo, District 32 Champion). Register at skwimccc_3.eventbrite.com.

PC releases first season of Carver podcast

Peninsula College has launched a new audio podcast honoring poet and short story writer Raymond Carver. Carver lived the last 10 years of his life in Port Angeles and is buried in Ocean View Cemetery.

The Raymond Carver Podcast is produced with the permission of Carver’s widow, Tess Gallagher, the Port Angeles writer and poet who brought Carver to the Olympic Peninsula in 1978. Gallagher, when not writing and promoting her own books, is the executor of Carver’s literary estate.

Gallagher aided the host of the show, Peninsula College professor Michael Mills, in recruiting high-profile guests. Most episodes are named for Carver short story or poem titles, and each includes an interview with a guest writer, director or actor. Episodes range from 15-96 minutes. There are also special episodes, including visits to Carver locations and events. Episode three was recorded in Clatskanie, Ore., the small town where Carver was born.

Guests include Academy Award-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu and acclaimed novelist Haruki Murakami. The first season also includes an interview with Gallagher, Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest, a graveside poetry reading on Carver’s birthday, and an hour-long sit-down interview with novelist TC Boyle.