A&E briefs — May 1, 2024

Shuttle, spindle guild to meet

The North Olympic Shuttle and Spindle Guild meets next from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1033 N. Barr Road, between Sequim and Port Angeles.

The gathering includes a short member meeting, show-and-tell session, social time and a guild program: “Spinning Dog Fur.”

The group meets at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month except for the months of​ June, July, October and December, when members participate in guild and local events. For more information, email to n.o.shuttleandspindleguild@gmail.com or visit NOSSG.org.

Auditions scheduled for PACP’s ‘Men on Boats’

Auditions for the Port Angeles Community Players’ (PACP) summer offering, “Men on Boats,” are set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11 — both at the PACP Playhouse stage at 1235 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.

There are roles for 10 women, ages 18-60+.

The show runs July 12-July 28 with 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays.

Director Anna Andersen is returning to the Directors chair at PACP for this historic comedy with a modern twist.

In 1869, ten explorers set off to chart the Green and Colorado Rivers, under the guidance of John Wesley Powell, a one-armed Civil War Veteran and personal friend of President Grant, a government-sanctioned journey following in the footsteps of the deserters, lone adventurers, and countless indigenous people who have previously braved the wild rapids leading through Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, and through the most dangerous waterway of all: the Grand Canyon. Along the way they make friends, they get on each other’s nerves, they suffer loss of boat and supplies, they doubt, struggle, and name mountains after themselves, they posture and pretend, they quit while they’re ahead, and they repeatedly brave dangerous rapids to reach the other side.

In “Men On Boats,” Jacklyn Backhaus’ original, hilarious, and delightful adventure dramedy, the conquering men out to chronicle the land in service of America, God, and Manifest destiny, are given voice and movement by actors who are anything and everything but white and male, and the bravery, determination, foolishness, humanity, and true grit of the historical explorers is memorialized, while the historical moment of their journey is viewed with a critical lens.

Perusal copies of the script are available at the Sequim and Port Angeles public libraries.

Altered paper demo slated

Jane Smith, gourd and repurposed item artist, will be providing a free demonstration for everyone who has wondered what to do with those old National Geographic magazines and similar items from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at the Blue Whole Gallery, 129 W. Washington St.

For more about the gallery, visit bluewholegallery.com.

Smith’s principle art form is gourds. She carves, paints, wood-burns but her favorite is a pine needle coiled gourd with beading using altered paper as the background. She will demonstrate how she alters paper, dries, cuts it into pieces and then decoupages the results on to a gourd.

Attendees will have a chance to practice decoupage using pre-made altered paper.

“No one attending should wear their good clothes,” states Smith. “It’s decoupage and a new skill and supply list won’t be the only thing that goes home with participants!”

Sequim Accordion Social event scheduled for May 19

The Sequim Accordion Social will be held from 1:30-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St.

The featured player will be Paul Bria. All accordionists are invited to bring their instruments and play a selection or two. Accordion lovers and dancers are welcome too.

A suggested donation of $5 is requested to help with room rental.