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Lee Grant and Dinah Manoff in town Thursday

0807_KSFE_LeeGrantThis week Eagle Harbor Books on Bainbridge Island welcomes actress Lee Grant (Detective Story and Shampoo) and her daughter, actress and director Dinah Manoff (Marty from Grease) who is a local resident. This is a great chance to get a peek into Hollywood from Grant’s perspective.

The pair will be discussing Grant’s autobiography “I Said Yes to Everything.” The actress had a busy childhood as a performer, worked on Broadway and made her first hit movie Detective Story with Kirk Douglas in 1951. Shortly afterward she was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the McCarthy era for not testifying against her husband at the time, preventing her from being offered any major screen roles. After 12 years on that list and one child—Manoff—later, Grant went to work again starring in films like In the Heat of the Night and won an Oscar for Shampoo. She went on to direct an award-winning documentary among other works, and continues to act and educate today.

The event is free, and will take place on Thursday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Eagle Harbor Books. Customers who purchase books in advance will get preferential seating and signing.

Music and outdoors meet at Moonfest


MoonFest—started by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Roger Fisher to bring outdoors and music together—is coming August 21-22 in Lake LeLand, just across the Hood Canal. Now is the time to get tickets and reserve camping spots for the festival.

The line-up so far this year includes:

Bill Carter—well-known rock artist on the Austin music scene,

Geoffrey Castle—electric violinist closing out Saturday night,

Ian Moore—another singer-songwriter from Austin rolling together rock, folk and blues,

the Herbivores—a local Seattle favorite with reggae sounds

and Billy Stoopes, Tina Hendrix, Randy Linder and more.

The weekend will include tye-dyeing class (because, why not) on Saturday, a raptor exhibit from Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue, tai chi (you are there to relax) and options to kayak and explore the shore of the Hood Canal. Food available includes everything from vegan spreads to teriyaki chicken, brunch with berry pancakes and later on salmon dinners. Oh, and beer. There will be beer.

And while you are out there, take the time to enjoy the Olympic Peninsula too. Hike, relax, read, and then enjoy the music.

Jaws on the big screen

By Katrina Dahlke:jaws_poster-TCM-40

40 years ago, the tale of a quiet tourist town hunting a shark for vengeance hit the big screen. Steven Spielberg directed the movie based on a Peter Benchley novel that had been published the year before. And it was what we would consider today a summer blockbuster.

I’m going to come right out and admit I have never seen “Jaws.”

And as someone who hasn’t seen it, my own non-memories of Jaws mostly have to do with John Williams’ film score. Actually, just two notes from the film score.

When I was a kid before I knew what sharks were, or the horror that Jaws was for that matter, I would get chased around the pool by my dad going “duhn-duhn, duhn-duhn,” speeding up as he got closer until he caught me. Those E and F notes were part of a game; they were the build up to me screaming in delight and pretending to escape.

In middle school, I was informed that the harmless notes were the sound of a man-eating shark coming to eat my limbs. It therefore made sense for my older cousin to use “duhn-duhn, duhn-duhn” to prepare his sister and me for his attacks in dark, murky lake water each summer. You can bet I scrambled for the boat as fast as my uncoordinated legs could get me.  Shark or no shark, the sound sparked suspense, and the adrenaline that followed was enough to make me move. I was not going to be pulled under and half drowned.

This weekend there will be no need for imagination or false adrenaline. In honor of the 40th anniversary, several movie theaters will be showing “Jaws” with its music, Moby Dick-esque undertones and Spielberg’s direction on the big screen. You’ll be able to hear and watch in a dark, cool theater just like opening day in 1975.

Bainbridge Cinemas: Sunday, June 21 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m.

Olympic Cinemas: Sunday, June 21 at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m

Regal Poulsbo Stadium 10: Sunday, Jun 21 at 2 p.m.

Tonight: Take a hike through the solar system

Ward_YoheTonight NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador,Ward Yohe will be presenting an hour-long talk about the solar system at McCloud’s Grill House off Sheridan in Bremerton. He works with all ages from elementary students to adult groups, keeping things interesting and funny.

The presentation will cover information about human and robotic exploration up through present day. These presentations are great for school age kids and their families interested in science and the universe. Also perfect for adults like me who have forgotten everything they learned in science class regarding solar systems, planets and exploration (and whatever else I have managed to forget).

The event is free and sponsored by the East Bremerton Rotary. You can find the link to the event on Facebook here.

And the link to learn more about local Ward Yohe here.


Real Deal Movies

I often receive late submissions to the calendar that, despite their tardiness, are still worth noting for public interest. Sustainable Cinema’s monthly documentary viewings frequently fall into both categories.

This month Kitsap County’s Sustainable Cinema will be showing “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” The film follows a brief history of plastics in the United States, as well as the lasting effects of plastics today. It works throughout to make the case that the solution will be source control.

The show is Thursday (April 23) at 6:30 p.m. at the Dragonfly Cinema on Bay Street in Port Orchard; this will be followed by discussion.

While on the subject of documentaries, Free Range Films’ last film for this season will be showing at Ground Zero Center in Poulsbo at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 3.

The documentary scheduled is “The Wisdom to Survive.” The film will cover the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived and asks what actions society can take going forward.

Both films are free, but donations are welcome.