Joe Kye! family concerts set at libraries
The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) invites families to Hi Joe Kye!, an interactive concert full of songs and looping with Joe Kye, a Korean-American musician, storyteller and educator.
Kye will perform children’s music, share stories about being an immigrant, and teach some short Korean phrases for expressing feelings. Fun electro-pop songs and audience-inspired improvised loops will spark conversations encouraging acceptance, inclusion, and compassion for others, event organizers say.
Kye will perform from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, outdoors at the stage behind the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. In the case of inclement weather, the show will be held indoors at the Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St.
He’ll also perform on Friday, Sept. 22, at the Forks Library (10-11 a.m.) and Port Angeles Library (5-6 p.m.). Event details are available at nols.org/HiJoeKye.
In addition to his family music project Hi Joe Kye!, Portland, Ore.-based musician Joe Kye is the lead composer and music director for the Woori Show, a bilingual educational video series with the mission to make Korean language and culture accessible for an American audience. Kye also writes and produces music for clients, which have included the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and Meta.
Story Slam makes return in PA
Out Loud Story Slam is back for an evening of storytelling at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, at Studio Bob, 118 1/2 Front St., Port Angeles. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and are available online at outloudstoryslam.com, and $15 at the door, if available, cash and card accepted.
The theme for the evening is “Left Out.” Everyone is invited to drop their name in the bag to share a 5-minute true, personal story on the theme. Be it an intentional omission, or an obvious slight, all stories are welcome on the stage. The themes are just a guideline, and the teller is the interpreter, to do with it what they will, event organizers note.
Storytellers are judged by the audience, but the event is all in the spirit of sharing. Audience members can also participate anonymously, or just enjoy the tales of the evening. Ten tellers will be selected in total
The event will be hosted by Nessa Goldman — her last Story Slam until 2024. She will share her own story about being “left out.”
For more information, contact Out Loud Story Slam at email@example.com.
Call for submittals to ‘Celebration of Shadows’ festival
Writers are invited to submit stories, essays and poems featuring the eerie time of year for witches and goblins, or bountiful harvests and autumn fantasies, for the “Celebration of Shadows” reading at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center in October.
The reading is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
Deadline for submittals is Oct. 5. Submittals are asked to be family friendly, as some of the listeners are very young. Submissions should be read able to be read aloud within a 5-minute period.
Send submissions (word documents as attachements) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get more details at pafac.org/calls-for-art.
Storytime returns to NOLS branches
Storytime returns to all branches of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) after Labor Day. The free 30-minute program is offered weekly in Sequim, Port Angeles and Forks, and monthly in Clallam Bay.
Children and their adults can enjoy stories, music, rhymes, and plenty of movement and fun. Storytime activities – including talking, reading, playing and singing – have an important role in early childhood development, organizers say.
Outdoor Storytime is held, rain or shine, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 31 at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.
Libraries’ book discussions continue
The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) hosts four Book Discussion Group meetings each month. The Second Saturday group meets in person in Sequim and the Wednesday Evening group will meet in person in Port Angeles; other groups will meet on Zoom.
Registration is not required. Learn more and access Zoom links at nols.org/book-groups, or call or visit the library for assistance. Reach the Sequim Library at 360-683-1161.
Attendees are welcome to join each month or just drop in. Paperback copies of the titles will be available for pick up any time after the current month’s discussions. Copies in other formats such as large print, book on CD, and eBook may also be available to request through the NOLS catalog (see nols.org).
The remaining September 2023 Book Discussion schedule includes: Novel Conversations Book Discussion Group — “Exhalation” by Ted Chiang, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, on Zoom, with paperback copies available at Sequim Library; and, Wednesday Evening Book Discussion Group — “The Line Becomes a River” by Francisco Cantú, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Carver Room at Port Angeles Library; paperback copies available at the Port Angeles Library
This program is supported by a donation made in memory of Sally Albiso, the Friends of Sequim Library and the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.
‘Abundance’ exhibit featured in PT
Take a stroll through Port Townsend’s Uptown neighborhood and at the corner of Lawrence and Tyler pause to see “Abundance,” the latest 24/7 walk-by exhibit by Olympic and Kitsap Peninsula artists.
Between now and Oct. 29, see more than a dozen examples of textile art in the Peninsula Fiber Artists’ Fiber Habit window at 675 Tyler St. Several of the pieces are available for sale. Exhibiting artists include Sequim’s Kathie Cook, Port Townsend’s Caryl Fallert-Gentry and Cynthia LeRouge, Port Ludlow’s Pamela Raine and Terri Wolf, Poulsbo’s Daera Dobbs and Bainbridge Island’s Donna Lee Dowdney.