Monthly Archives: February 2009

Richie Havens Back in the Northwest … Just Not Bremerton

If you enjoyed folk icon Richie HavensAdmiral Theatre concert in November, you’ve got another chance to see him perform. You just have to go to Kirkland to do it.

Havens will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Kirkland Performance Center (with opener Harry Manx).

In Bremerton, I found Havens a little bit on the spacey side, but very affable and engaging. Still capable of moments of great power, too. If you missed him here, it might be worth a trip over there.

Information: (425) 893-9900,

More later … — MM

Moscow Cats Scratch Admiral Date

The Feb. 20 appearance at the Admiral Theatre by Moscow Cats (not a Russian jazz band; real felines) has been canceled. The theater was busy giving ticketholders the word Monday.

There are a lot of catty jokes we could make here, but we’ll pass. The fur’s gonna be flying enough already.

So, suffice to say, "Check with the theater for information about refunds." (360) 373-6743,

More later … — MM

CVG Show Announces Award Winners

Collective Visions Gallery announces that the following artworks have been selected by the 2009 CVG Show juror, Gary Faigin to receive awards in three categories plus a best of show and peoples choice award.

Photographic Art:

1st place – “Kirby Mayview Road” – Kay Walsh, Bainbridge Island
2nd place – “Mirror Mirror OFF the Wall” – Beverly Hanson, Bremerton
3rd place – “Picnic Gazebo Soledad Mission”- Malcolm Edwards, Seattle

2 Dimensional Art:

1st place – “Demolition # 6” – Tom Hall, Seattle
2nd place – “Bay Bowl” – Kellie Talbot, Seattle
3rd place – “Page’s Baked Beans” – Susan Price, Seattle

3 Dimensional Art:

1st place – “Last Stand” – Karen Rudd, Seattle
2nd place – “Comparative Portraiture: The Hoagie Suite 1” – Margaret Murch,
3rd place – “The Pecking Order” – Bernadette Vielbig, Spokane

Best of Show (Mayor’s Award)

“In My Element” – Kathy Liao, Seattle

People’s Choice Award will be announced during the Bremerton First Friday Art Walk on Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Also to be announced are $2,000 in purchase awards by the Kitsap County Arts Board.

More later … — MM

BSYO Winter Concert Full of ‘B’ Music

Music by Brahms, Bach and Beethoven will be performed by the Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra during their winter concert a5 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Bremerton Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th St.
The young musicians, under the baton of first-year music director Michael Woods , will play Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 and and Symphony No. 4, third movement; Bach’s chorale prelude “Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme;” and “Ludwig’s Celebration,” an unlikely “collaboration” between Beethoven and Kool and the Gang.
General admission tickets for the concert are $5. Information: (360) 373-1722,

More later … — MM

Thespians, Step Into the ‘Light’ at BPA

Bainbridge Performing Arts auditions for the musical "The Light in the Piazza " are Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 23 and 24, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at BPA’s Hodges Hall, 200 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island. Interested parties are requested to contact BPA’s stage manager Deirdre McCollom for an appointment at or (206) 714-5766. The production, directed by Steven Fogell , will run from May 14 to 24.

More later … — MM

Kingston Artist Up for NICHE Award

Jennifer Umphress , a Kingston-based glass artist, has been announced as a finalist for the prestigious NICHE Awards for her lamp-worked piece "Coral Octopus."

Winners will be announced Feb. 15 at an awards ceremony in Philadelphia, and winners will be featured in the Spring 2009 issue of NICHE magazine .

Umphress’ signature octopus has been purchased by several Hollywood celebrities and was highlighted as one of House Beautiful magazine’s "Best Things" in its May 2007 issue. She relocated to Kingston in 2006 and recently opened the 2 Birds Gallery glass shop on Main Street.


More later … — MM

Blue Highway Heads to Wintergrass

Blue Highway will be among the high-profile bands to perform at this year’s Wintergrass Festival Feb. 19 to 22 in Tacoma.

The band will play sets Feb. 21 (8:20 p.m.) and Feb. 22 (4 p.m.) in the 2,000-seat Murano Pavilion in the Hotel Murano, 13th and Broadway.

The Pavilion and four other venues will hop throughout the festival with a parade of local, regional and national musicians, while the California Bluegrass Association Tent will host wall-to-wall jam sessions for anyone who brings along something to strum, bow, pick, shake, drum or otherwise render music from.

More information and a detailed schedule of performances, workshops and other events is available at

More later … — MM