Topic: Arts

Blues Music Award-Winner in Friday Harbor March 18

Written on March 15, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Blues guitarist Walter Trout’s Alive in Amsterdam tour (which stops at San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.) celebrates a successful comeback for the veteran musician.  Following a bleak diagnosis of life-threatening liver failure and hepatitis C in 2013, his rebirth began with a successful transplant in May 2014. And in 2016, his  Continue Reading

Music at SJCT This Weekend

Written on March 8, 2017 at 5:56 am, by

We have three nights of music coming up this weekend at San Juan Community Theatre… First, let’s start in the middle with Heart by Heart, on Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 pm, and a mega dose of classic rock featuring TWO original band members from the BILLBOARD chart-topping band, HEART. Led by Heart’s Rock and Roll  Continue Reading

Town Seeks Bench Sculpture Proposals

Written on March 8, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor seeks artists’ proposals for Ed Warbass memorial bench sculpture The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals for an Ed Warbass memorial bench sculpture sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). The artwork is to be located on a park bench near the First Street entrance to Sunshine Alley. Proposals  Continue Reading

Spring Talent Show

Written on March 6, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have a letter from Frank Penwell about the upcoming Spring Talent Show… Friday Harbor Grange and Community Treasures are planning and sponsoring an open local talent contest for April 6th, 2017. We would like to ask for your help in promoting an opportunity and learning experience for  Continue Reading

Why is Everyone Laughing?

Written on March 2, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Proud mom Cynthia Burke shares some happy news from her daughter Hanna… Hanna Burke wrote, produced, directed and starred in her show based on Madeline Kahn’s life.  The one hour show is a mixture of stories & songs from Madeline’s life and career and Hanna has been performing the show in New York over the  Continue Reading

Three New Exhibits at SJIMA

Written on February 28, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Woodworkers, artists, carvers, fishermen, book lovers, hikers, naturalists, scientists, conservationist-Something to intrigue everyone. The three new exhibitions opening March 4 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art truly are for everyone who loves working with wood, painters, bookworms, collectors of odd objects in the forest, and those who care about forest destruction and erosion.  Continue Reading

Annabelle Accepted to Summer Intensive

Written on February 27, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Jeanne Peihl of Salish Sea Ballet shares this good news for one of her students… San Juan Island Ballet Student Accepted to Oregon Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Anabelle Mountford, an 11 year old Friday Harbor resident, has been accepted to the Oregon Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. Entrance to the program is competitive and by audition only. Oregon  Continue Reading


Written on February 23, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Just got this note from Sarah Hansen to share with you… Carnevale – A Masquerade Ball at the Fairgrounds this Saturday! Carnevale, a Venetian-themed masquerade ball kicks off its first annual bash this Saturday, February 25th at 7:30 pm at the Fairgrounds main building. The host is a fledgling non-profit, On Sacred Ground, hoping to build Carnevale to an  Continue Reading

Julie Teaches Dancing

Written on February 20, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Spring Street School 2012 graduate and long time islander Julie Hagn is back from college and teaching dance at Dance Workshop 2. Passionate about dancing which she says is her first love, Julie has been dancing since the age of 3. She was classically trained in ballet when living in California and then, after moving here at  Continue Reading

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

Written on February 15, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

  “Fantastical” Comedy Fun at SJCT Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone opens THIS Friday, February 17 at 7:30 pm in the Gubelman Theatre at San Juan Community Theatre. And audiences can expect the unexpected in this unique theatrical experience. The story centers on Jean, a woman who encounters a dead man and his cell  Continue Reading

Another Children’s Book About the San Juan Islands

Written on February 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm, by

The Adventures of Hayley Cat, book 3, Hayley Cat Sails the San Juan Islands By Rhonda Banuelos, Illustrated by MaryAnn Holley Want to inspire children to find freindship and adventure? Curious Hayley Cat and his friends will show you how. In the latest release, Hayley Cat is off on another adventure to experience the famous San Juan  Continue Reading

Children’s Festival Theme & Poster Contest

Written on February 14, 2017 at 11:52 am, by

Mark your calendars, folks! San Juan Island’s 27th Annual Children’s Festival is happening Saturday, May 6th, 2017! We are pleased to announce…  Around the World Island Rec needs your help to design the poster for this year’s Children’s Festival! Kids of all ages are invited to submit poster designs that incorporate this year’s festival theme. Artworks  Continue Reading

Intermediate Acting Class for Youth

Written on February 10, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

A new afterschool class is being offered for experienced island actors in sixth through eighth grades. San Juan Community Theatre’s Youth and Family Program Director Penelope Haskew is leading the “Intermediate Acting” classes in the Gubelman Theatre on Tuesdays, February 28 through March 28, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The five-session workshop will be  Continue Reading

Roméo et Juliette

Written on February 9, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Shakespeare Love Story in HD February 12 The Met: Live in HD reunites the electrifying team of Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau in a new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, screened at San Juan Community Theatre on Sunday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. Hailed by The New York Times for singing “with white-hot sensuality  Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day Dance!

Written on February 7, 2017 at 9:43 am, by

Are you looking for some evening fun on Valentine’s Day? Join us for dancing and great listening under the lights as we celebrate with the One More Time Band featuring singer Debbie Nash Strasser! Old Swing/Jazz standards with that big band sound will have you out on the dance floor or swaying in your seat!  Continue Reading

Book Carts at the Hospital

Written on February 7, 2017 at 9:42 am, by

Lori Stokes shares this with you… Perhaps you have noticed the book carts at Peace Island Medical Center, containing a variety of children’s books that are free for kids to take home and enjoy. Recently, students at Paideia gave the carts a fun, new look under the wonderful and wildly creative leadership of Francie Hansen.  Continue Reading


Written on February 6, 2017 at 4:11 pm, by

Here’s a nice panorama photo of Spring Street from Kevin Holmes. Thanks Kevin! To see the full size image, right-click here and choose “Open link in new window” (and then you might have to click the image there again to see it full size). 

No Man’s Land

Written on February 2, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in London in  National Theatre Live’s No Man’s Land, screened at San Juan Community Theatre THIS Friday, February 3 at 7:00 pm. Harold Pinter’s comic classic takes us to a summer evening when two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and  Continue Reading

Stacked Swans

Written on January 30, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

Local wildlife photographer John Miller checks in again with this recent photo of swans at Skagit Flats. Here he is with the details… This is a shot I captured this morning at sunrise on the Skaget flats. I call it “Stacked Swans” Tech info – Nikon D500 w/200mm f2, shot @ f2.8, 1/1000 sec and 100  Continue Reading

The Eagle Huntress

Written on January 30, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Larry Soll… Next week, the Palace Theatre will be showing The Eagle Huntress, a beautiful film about a young Mongolian (Kazakh) girl who wishes to follow her family’s heritage and become an eagle hunter. While there are questions about some of the movie’s assumptions  Continue Reading

Chicago Auditions at SJCT

Written on January 26, 2017 at 5:38 am, by

Spring Musical Auditions 29 & 30 Adults and teens 15 years and older are invited to audition for San Juan Community Theatre’s jazzy spring musical: CHICAGO. Director Margaret Hall will be holding auditions at the PARC Building (70 Saltspring Drive) on Sunday, January 29 at 1:30 p.m. and Monday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. CHICAGO is  Continue Reading

“Winter Moonlight” Piano-Style at SJCT

Written on January 25, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Northwest and internationally-acclaimed pianist Kay Zavislak presents a solo concert at San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. Zavislak’s “Winter Moonlight” features an interesting mix of miniatures and masterworks, highlighting various musical eras and styles ranging from the sublime Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, to jazzy Gershwin and the epic Dante Sonata  Continue Reading