With the end of the academic year just around the corner, Peninsula College is devoting nine days in May and June to showcasing student achievements and the arts in the musical, visual, literary and dramatic art fields.
Events will take place at the college, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles.
The second annual Spring Fling festival opens May 28 with the return of Festival of Student-Directed One-Act Plays and ends June 10 with a special reading and showing by winners of the Tidepools literary journal contest.
All events, unless otherwise noted, will take place on the main campus in Port Angeles and are free.
The events and dates are listed below:
May 28-29: Spring Fling officially kicks off with the return of the Festival of Student_Directed One_Act Plays, seven original theatre productions directed and acted by the college’s drama students.
Matinee performances at 3 p.m. both days in the Little Theater.
An evening performance will be held at 7 p.m.
Tickets at the door are $5. Students are admitted free.
The Magic of Cinema Film Series closes its season May 28 with "Chekhov and Maria," the cinematic version of John Stark’s off_Broadway production of Jovanka Bach’s play by the same name.
The film was named Best Picture for the British Film Festival in Los Angeles.
In 2008, it won the Best Feature Drama at the New York International Film Festival and the Genre Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Set inYalta, the film paints a bittersweet portrait of the famed Russian playwright and his sister, Maria. Admission is $5 for general admission and free for students.
June 2: The annual sidewalk chalk art contest takes center stage as visual artists take over the main college plaza to compete for best in show.
Classes and individual students go head-to-head to win top honors.
June 3: Join students and staff in the Pirate Union Building at noon for the grand finale of the Peninsula College Talent Show.
Performing arts students seek to claim the ultimate Talent Show title.
Featured performers include Daniel Jai, Christine Pan and Dennis Lai, first-, second- and third-place winners, respectively, from the fall quarter talent contest and Joey Gish, David Rivers and David Piper first-, second- and third-place winners, in the winner talent competition.
The Associated Student Council sponsors the show on the PUB stage.
Peninsula College’s Jazz Ensemble present its end-of-year concert in the Little Theater, starting at 7 p.m. June 3.
June 5: Pianist Niki Liu presents a recital at 6 p.m.
Liu, a Running Start student, has won first place at the Olympic Chapter Piano Play Off for two years in a row and will represent the peninsula as the Washington State Music Teacher Association Convention in Yakima later in the month.
June 7: Dr. Dennis Crabb directs the music department’s annual end-of the-year concert in the college’s Little Theater at 3 p.m.
June 8: PC music student David Rivers presents a solo recital at noon in the Little Theater.
Rivers is studying music composition under Dr. David Jones and will be performing some original compositions.
Rivers organizes open mic events at Wine on the Waterfront in the Port Angeles’ Landing mall and occasionally performs there with his band, "Rivers."
He also recently performed in the production of "Celebration" at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse.
June 9: Meet some of the writers who contributed to this year’s Tidepools publication at a special Tidepools reading at noon in Peninsula College’s Little Theatre as part of the college’s Foothills Writers Series.
This reading is dedicated to contest-winning pieces.
Copies of the 2009 edition of the literary journal go on sale that day.
June 10: Another Tidepools community reading will be held for those who are unable to make the Tuesday noon event. It will be held at 7 p.m. in the Raymond Carver Room of the Port Angeles Public Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles.
Two student art exhibitions will be open to the public throughout the entire Spring Festival.
An exhibit spotlights two- and three-dimensional art pieces by PC art students in the Peninsula College Art Gallery in the Pirate Union Building.
The work of 21 PC multimedia communications students is on exhibit at the Long Gallery in the Landing mall in Port Angeles.
Digital photographs represent a broad range of themes, with an emphasis on the natural environment of the Olympic Peninsula.
Spring Fling sponsors include the Peninsula College Associated Student Council, the Peninsula College Foundation and the Peninsula College Office of Cultural Events.
Student works on exhibit
The digital photography of 21 Peninsula College multimedia communications students is on exhibit through June 13 at The Long Gallery, upstairs in the Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., Port Angeles.
The photos represent a broad range of themes with an emphasis on the natural environment of the Olympic Peninsula. Students produced them as part of the course work in the college’s digital photography class taught by Mia Boster.
The gallery is open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Students with works in the exhibition are Jerry Dubro, Noelle Johnson, Chris Menges, James Talboy and Zoey Wolfe, all of Sequim; Laura Alisanne, Derek Anderson, Gabe Bagno, Shawn Brown, Rachel Dalman, Arielle Kelly, Patty Jackson, Kaylie Osterberg, Deb Roedell, Michael Ross and Sybil Titus, Port Angeles; Stephanie Cramer of Forks; Melina Moore and Felice Thomson of Port Townsend; Lynn Edgington of Quilcene; and Yanli Zhang of Guangzhou, China.
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