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Orcas Center will present the second of the 2008 Slightly OffCenter Local Artist Showcase on Sunday, April 27. In celebration of National Poetry Month, the showcase is curated by JoEllen Moldoff and will feature 15 Orcas poets.
See the stars of tomorrow, today, when the Orcas Center and Orcas Island Recreation program team up to present “Whale of a Show as part of the third annual Kidsfest on May 22.
The Actors Theater of Orcas Island announces the third annual festival of short plays written by local playwrights. This year, the festival has a great range of plays by both first-time writers and writers from the first two festivals. As usual, the presenters will be a collection of the best actors on Orcas as well as several novice actors. The 2008 Playfest also features six directors, and is another showcase of experienced and new talents.
As an old Chinese proverb says, “If we don’t change our direction, we are likely to wind up where we are headed.” The Lopez Island based Citizens Stop Climate Change is sponsoring a conference on Friday, April 25 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the Lopez Community Center to examine the environmental impacts, changes in sea level projections and citizen solutions for climate change.
Curious about the origins and context of a piece of music or how to follow the developing theme central to a composer’s work? Music Lovers’ Seminars (MLS) focus on the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s (OICMF) concert programming and intriguing topics close to the hearts and minds of musicians and music lovers. First initiated during the ’07 Festival Season, MLS are also planned to be offered during the spring and fall. An enthusiastic participant during the ’07 Season described her experience after attending a seminar: “One would think you could not make the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival more intimate and approachable than it is and always has been, but no! The Music lovers’ Seminars add a dimension and opportunity for appreciation for all levels of musical sophistication.”
Dressed in a wide array of period costumes including poodle skirts, bobby socks and tie-dye t-shirts and carrying purple hula hoops, members of the Orcas Island Yacht Club and their guests, including members of the Orcas Island Dance Club and Members of the Orcas Island Community Band held their 2008 Rock and Roll Dance on Friday, March 21 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Eastsound. The acclaimed Fabulous Rhythmatics Band of Friday Harbor performed an eclectic mixture of top ten hits from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. The Hall was decorated for the occasion with hundreds of balloons and large bouquets of pink carnations. In keeping with the car culture of the period, a vintage 1966 Ford Thunderbird Landau, and a 1963 Corvette Stingray Coup were parked by the front door. One of the guests later said that when he left, he saw Elvis at the wheel of the Thunderbird !