Monthly Archives: July 2015

Marshall Tucker Band plays at the Fair

If you remember with any fondness songs like “Can’t You See” (1973) and “Heard It in A Love Song” (1977), then you’ll be pumped to learn that the Marshall Tucker Band — purveyors of those two hits and many others — will play the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede on Aug. 26.

TuckerThe concert on the fair’s opening night will follow the popular Xtreme Bulls performance.

The fair, which offers daily live entertainment, midway games and rides, rodeo action and lots and lots of food, runs Aug. 26-30. There’ll also be Kitsap Destruction Derby action at noon on Aug. 30.

Information: 360-337-5376,

— MM


Abigail’s adventures in Orlando

The last time I saw Abigail Dominguiano on stage, she was playing Gabriella Montez (that’s the female lead, y’all) in “Disney’s High School Musical” and in the ensemble for “Willie Wonka” at CSTOCK.

Since thenAbigail, though, she’s been doing her thing on a different kind of stage, winning local and state titles to advance to the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2016 competition. The Central Kitsap High School student is on her way to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the junior version of the Miss America competition, July 28-Aug.1 at the Linda Chapin Theater.

Her CSTOCK experience actually goes back to 2009, and she has compiled a number of credits at the Silverdale theater ever since. Her musical-theater background shows in the scholarship competitions, too — she performs songs from that canon for the talent portions.

Her platform for the competition is “Helping Hands, Changing Lives — Getting Active in Your Community.”

— MM


PTFF has not one, but two special guests for 2015

Like it’s not enough to have Beau Bridges come to your film festival …

The Port Townsend Film Festival announced last week that veteran actor Chris Cooper also will be a special guest of this year’s celluloid celebration, which takes over downtown Port Townsend on Sept. 25-27.

According to a release from festival director Janette Force, is the first time PTFF, now in its 16th year, has had two star headliners for their three-day event. More than 80 films will be screened at a half-dozen venues sprinkled around Port Townsend’s walkable National Historic District.

Bridges will host a Sept. 25 screening of “The Fabulous Baker Boys” at the Uptown Theatre. Shot in Seattle, Bridges co-starred in the film with his brother Jeff Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer. A Q&A with Bridges follows the film.

Cooper will be on hand Sept. 26 for a screening of his film “Adaptation.” Based on Susan Orleans “The Orchid Thief,” the film stars Meryl Streep and Nicholas Cage. A Q&A with Cooper follows the screening.

Bridges is one of the most versatile character actors in television and film, often playing radically different characters back to back. He currently is in his third season with Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” a fictional account of sex therapists, Masters & Johnson.

CooperCooper (pictured at left) won both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Adaptation.” He also starred in John Sayle’s film, “Lone Star,” and was a supporting actor in “American Beauty,” “October Sky,” “The Bourne Identity” and “Sea Biscuit.” Oh, and did we mention that he was July Johnson in “Lonesome Dove?”

Bridges and Cooper will discuss their long acting careers in “The Conversation,” an hour-long afternoon event on Sept. 26 in the 250-seat American Legion Theatre. With a grant from First Federal and Centrum, the Festival purchased soundproofing last year and a gigantic screen to convert the Legion’s auditorium into a theatre, transforming it into the Festival’s largest theatre.

Cooper’s wife, Marianne Leone Cooper, an author and actress will also appearnSept. 27 as the Festival’s “Formative Film” guest author.

An actress in HBO’s series “The Sopranos,” Marianne most recently finished a David O. Russell film with Robert DeNiro and Jennifer Lawrence. Marianne has chosen to screen “My Left Foot,” about a brilliant man (starring Academy Award winner  Daniel Day Lewis) who is challenged by cerebral palsy. (Marianne and Chris are the parents of Jesse Cooper, a bright young poet who was also severely affected by cerebral palsy. Marianne’s acclaimed, transformative memoir, “Jesse: A Mother’s Story” speaks to all parents who try to do the best for their children. Following the film is a book signing, hosted by The Writers’ Workshoppe.)

To purchase passes online,  call PTFF at 360-379-1333 with your credit card number (all cards accepted) The festival accepts checks delivered in person or by mail to their office at 211 Taylor Street, Ste. 401-A, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

The Festival’s program of curated, independent, narrative and documentary films will posted on PTTFF’s website in early August.

Information: 360-379-1333,


Music in Manette well under way

The Music in Manette summer concert series’ second 2015 show will be July 16, when The Shy Boys play at Basnight (1101 Wheaton Way, above the Boat Shed restaurant) from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The free concerts continue on Thursday nights through Aug. 20. The remaining schedule looks like this:

July 23 — Jim Basnight (pictured at left)

July 30 — Silver City 6

August 6 — Basement Band

August 13 — Alejandro Fleites

August 20 — Passages

— MM

PAGSK family reunion July 18 in Port Orchard

Anyone who’s been following the Kitsap theater scene (that’s theatre theater, not movie-house theater) for very long will remember the Performing Arts Guild of South Kitsap (PAGSK). They performed for a number of years in downtown Port Orchard, in the mall off Mile Hill Drive and in a couple of other locations before falling by the wayside six or seven years into the current millennium.

Well, folks who were involved in PAGSK in just about any capacity are invited to a reunion starting at 5 p.m. on July 18 at the Masonic Lodge, 1025 Sidney Ave. in Port Orchard. The party, which is pot luck and BYOB, is slated to go until 9:30ish … but who knows with these theater people?

There’s a $5 admission, to cover the cost of the venue.

More information is available from Linda Jensen (Linda Jagger Jensen on Facebook, mind you). She’s also been posting on the Kitsap Theater Artists Facebook Page.

— MM


BCT groundbreaking, 1975: Were you there?

My esteemed and talented co-worker Meegan Reid found this photo in the archives here at The Flamethrower. It shows a bulldozer breaking ground for construction of the current Bremerton Community Theatre building on Lebo Boulevard.

We posted a little while ago to ask if anybody recognized the folks in the picture. We should’ve just called Bob Montgomery.

Bob knows a little bit about BCT — he’s the official historian for the venerable venue, and a board member emeritus. He related that the lady at left is Eddy (supposedly “Eddie” back in the day) Hammond, BCT’s founder and first president. The name of the man at the control of the dozer — a volunteer — is unknown, however.

— MM

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Afton Prater to sing Anthem at Richard Sherman event

Emerging Kitsap-based country singer-songwriter Afton Prater will sing the National Anthem at the July 19 Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Tournament at Safeco Field.

It’s the third annual edition of the event, which is described thusly on Sherman’s Web site:AftonSherman

“Join Richard Sherman and an entourage of local and national celebrities as they take to the diamond to showcase their softball skills for the 3rd annual Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Game! More than 22,000 fans attended last year’s game, which featured stars including Kobe Bryant, Russell Wilson, and Seattle rapper Macklemore. This event promises to be a fun, family affair and a one of a kind experience for all attendees while raising support and awareness for charitable causes. A portion of the proceeds of this event will go to Richard Sherman’s Blanket Coverage Family Foundation as well as other local charities. This year’s game is destined to be bigger and better than last year!”

That’s Afton (a student at Klahowya Secondary School) in the photo above, in which Sherman (a pretty decent cornerback with the Seahawks) is asking for her autograph …


— MM

Bloedel is part of the show for BPA’s ‘Midsummer Night’

A tip for anyone planning to attend the current run of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” being presented by the Bainbridge Performing Arts Shakespeare Society in the meadow at :

Go early.

The gates to the meadow open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. “curtain,” and an early arrival reaps multiple benefits. First, you get a better pick of where to plop down your lawn chairs, blankets or whatever. Second, you have time to go take a stroll. The adjacent forest is the perfect mood-setter for Shakespeare’s faerie-land comedy, and the grounds of the normally by-admission reserve are0717_KSFE_Midsummer1 breathtaking.

An added plus is that the reserve has waived its normal no-food restriction, which means you can bring a picnic with you for consumption at your seats.

(On a personal note, if I hear about any of you not cleaning up after yourselves, I will come and find you, and the chiding will be severe …)

Here’s the review of the July 10 performance:

Information: 206-842-8569, From what I hear, performances (Thursdays through Sundays at 7 p.m.) are selling out quickly, if they haven’t already.

— MM

BPA regulars featured in Sound Theatre’s ‘Jesus Moonwalks’

Folks who’ve been to shows at Bainbridge Performing Arts in recent seasons will recognize two of the cast members in Sound Theatre Company‘s “And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi,” which opens on July 18 at Center Theatre at the Seattle Center Armory (the old Center House).

SmithJesse Smith (left) plays Damascus and Brace Evans is Brer Bit in the play by Marcus Gardley (directed by Tyrone Brown). It’s the Seattle premiere of the play inspired by the myth of Demeter and Persephone and set on the banks of the Mississippi River during the Civil War.

Smith has been in a number of BPA productions, notably “The Who’s Tommy” and “Avenue Q,” but made his first splash on this side of the water in Paradise Theatre‘s 2010 production of “Hairspray.”

Evans (below) has appeared in BPA’s Shakespeare Society 2014 production of “Twelfe Night” at Bloedel Reserve and in the mainstage offering of “The Kentucky Cycle” (also 2014).

EvansThe producing artistic director of Sound Theatre Company is Teresa Thuman, who also has a list of BPA credits — including “The Who’s Tommy.”

The show runs through Aug. 2. Information: 206-856-5520,; Brown Paper Tickets — 800-838-3006,

— MM

Drummer Shrieve will join Rolie’s band for show at The Point

To update an earlier post about the Gregg Rolie Band‘s July 17 show at The Point Casino, it sounds like drummer Michael Shrieve — like Rolie a founding member of Santana, and a card-carrying Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member — will join Rolie onstage.

The show is at 8 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.).

Rolie (at right in the photo) is a founding member of not one, but two heavy-duty classic-rock bands, Santana and Journey. He played keyboards and was the original lead vocalist with Santana, then split off with guitarist NShrieve and Rolieeil Schon to form Journey. He was born in Seattle.

Shrieve has been based in Seattle for much of his time since Santana, including a stint as curator of the Bumberdrum attraction at the Bumbershoot music and art fair. He’s indelibly stamped into the memories of anyone who was at the original Woodstock — or anyone who’s seen the movie — for his “Soul Sacrifice” solo.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the show. The casino is at 7989 Salish Lane west of Kingston.

Information: 360-297-0070, 866-547-6468,

— MM