Monthly Archives: February 2009

“Summerplay” Readings Will Take Two Nights

Overwhelmed by the number of submissions for this summer’s "Summerplay 2009: A Festival of New Works ," the folks at the Changing Scene Theatre Northwest have culled the field down to 15 plays (from a list of more than 30), which will be aired out in two evenings of staged readings March 8 and 15 at the theater, 5889 Highway 303 (behind the Orowheat Bakery outlet).

Though it wasn’t immediately known which plays would be read on which nights, the submissions that "made the cut" (so to speak) include (in no particular order):

"That’s What I Love About Art," by Craig Abernethy

"Kitchen Sink Drama," by John Davenport

"Belief," by David Schroeder

"You Don’t Say," by Miryam Gordon

"Dad and the Cell Phone," by Flip Wingrove

"The Enemy," by Shannon Murdoch

"Truckstop," by Art Reitsch

"Sam and Dotty," by John Davenport

"Before the Holy Temple," by David Brendan Hopes

"A Question of Ethics," by Flip Wingrove

"Who’s Afraid of Geo and Alice," by James Daly

"Tiny Little Gods and Big Giant Men," by Michael C. Moore

"Doing Lunch," by Ron Ford"

Chance," by Fedra Yadzi


"In The Shade of the Koran," by Ned Condini

Flip Wingrove, who had two plays selected, also has a one-act — "The Bingo Wars" — in this year’s Playwrights’ Festival at Key City Public Theatre in Port Townsend. James Daly also has a play — "Signs of Change" — in that collection, which runs through March 8.

If I remember right, the readings are supposed to be at 7 p.m. both nights; but don’t hold me to that. I’ll get the official info up as soon as I know it. Information: (360) 792-8601,

More later … — MM

Ovation! Music Director Moonlights at 5th Avenue

Corinna Lapid-Munter , known to local theater buffs as the music director for Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge , is in the chorus for the 5th Avenue Theatre’s upcoming production of "Hello Dolly ." The show, which opens March 7, stars Jennifer Lewis as Dolly, with longtime Seattle radio and TV personality (and Taco Time shill) Pat Cashman and revered Seattle actress Suzanne Bouchard .


More later … — MM

‘Timecrimes’ Brings Critical Acclaim to Orchard Booking

Reviewers seem to like the science-fiction yarn "Timecrimes ," the feature-film debut of director Nacho Vigalondo , which will play at the Orchard Theatre in Port Orchard beginning March 6.

Here’a a sampling:

“A FASCINATING, NAIL-BITING SUSPENSER. Director Vigalondo handles the intricate plotting with faultless execution and the narrative strands are never less than perfectly cohesive.” – Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine


“IT”S ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. Elegant, tight and brilliant with no loose ends – a perfect film.” – Harry Knowles, Ain’t It Cool News

“ADMIRABLE AND AUDACIOUS.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

“**** AN INTIMATE THRILLER.” – Daniel Holloway, Metro NY

“A TRIPPY BRAINTEASER.” – V.A. Musetto, New York Post


“Witty and well-made, with some real surprises.” – Andy Klein, LA City Beat

“FASCINATING AND FUN. It has long-running cult status written all over it.” – Lewis Beale, Film Journal

“PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST TIME TRAVEL MOVIES OF ALL TIME. Truly a gem to behold.” – Brad Miska, Bloody

“A GEM.” – Debbie Day, LA Magazine


“A wickedly dense seriocomedy. The best genre film at Sundance.” – Eric Kohn, New York Press

I’m going to have a look at it myself, and will post a review ASAP.

More later … — MM

It’s Still Winter, But We’re Talking ‘Summerplay’

This from our pals at Changing Scene Theatre Northwest , the bestest li’l theater in East Bremerton:

"Due to an overwhelming (and wonderful!) response to our call for entries for "Summerplay 2009: A Festival of New Works," we are already behind schedule putting together the readings for the competition.

"We will now host readings of at least 15 of the plays (half of those submitted) over two reading days, March 8 and 15, both at 7 p.m. We are still in the process of recruiting readers for the plays, and welcome any candidates that you might suggest to read as well (we would love some of the playwrights to get involved as well!) The only extra obligation will be a read-through earlier on the reading day.

"We will announce the plays to be read via email by Feb. 28. We apologize to all of you for the delay, but please be encouraged! The delay is because of the number and quality of the scripts submitted — we are having a difficult time narrowing down the field, and that speaks to all of your expertise in your craft."

"Summerplay," for those of you not in the know, is CSTN’s annual production of original one-act plays submitted from around the country. This year, the early submissions and "read-downs" are an added twist that should be a lot of fun.

Information: (360) 792-8601,

More later … — MM

SK Acting Ensemble Strut Their Stuff

The South Kitsap Acting Ensemble, a group of 12 students, is presenting “A Night with Ensemble” at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Win Granlund Performing Arts Center, 415 Mitchell Ave. in Port Orchard.

Each student will perform a Shakespeare monologue and a contemporary monologue at audition level. The group also will perform a play they wrote themselves dealing with domestic violence.

The event is free. Information: (360) 874-5600.

More later … — MM

The Steppenwolf Music Will Flow Like Water …

Goldy McJohn & Friendz will be back in Port Orchard on March 20, according to a call today from GM&F guitarist Glenn Bui .

The band will headline an evening at Slip 45 (formerly J.A. Michaels, formerly Mako’s), 715 Bay Street. The lineup has changed somewhat, according to Bui, with only McJohn — keyboardist from the legendary 70s band Steppenwolf — and Bui back from the bunch that played last year at Moondogs, Too.

"We’re playing a lot of Steppenwolf songs nowadays," Bui said. "We’ve got like 20 Steppenwolf songs we’re playing."

Former Heart guitarist Roger Fisher is on the bill, too, with local-guy William Thomas Anderson opening.

Bui also said GM&F will be playing in April at the Puyallup Spring Fair .

And … a look at Slip 45’s calendar shows an upcoming visit from Hendrix channeler extraordinaire Randy Hansen .

Some big happenings at the Slip …

More later … — MM

It’s a Man’s World in the KING-5 Weather Center

Meteoroligist Shannon O’Donnell has been riffed, apparently, by KING-TV, a little more than a year after she came back from San Jose. She found herself on the bottom of the seniority list under Jeff Renner , Rich Marriott, Don Carson , Chris Warren and Nick Allard .

(If you’re scoring, that’s Boys 5, Girls 0 at the Big Fiveski.)

Rumors are that O’Donnell — a Redmond homie who really seemed to have a handle on the convergent zones and weather patterns around Puget Sound, plus a real grasp of the newfangled weather-predictin’ technology — might surface at KOMO, at least for the short haul. That’d certainly boost KOMO’s cred come weather-report time. Let’s hope the rumors pan out.

More later … — MM

Beware ‘Burlesque Night’ in Kitsap County

Beware the Ides of March.

But if you’re not a Burlesque fan, you might want to start bewaring a day early. On March 14, Kitsap gets a double dose of the bawdy art form with shows on Bainbridge Island and in Bremerton .

The Atomic Bombshells will strut their Seattle-based stuff in a 7:30 p.m. show at Bainbridge Performing Arts , 200 Madison Ave. N. Tickets are $20. Information: (206) 842-8569,

The Voodoo Dollz , a mainstay of the flourishing Vancouver, B.C. Burlesque and alt-entertainment scene, will be onstage with Big John Bates as part of an evening’s merry mayhem at Winterland , 1220 Sylvan Way in East Bremerton. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. with sets from local units James Hunnicutt and Hard Money Saints . Cover is $7. Information: (360) 479-5686,

If you time it just right (remember to drive safely), you can see ’em both. More tassles and feather boas and pasties than you’ve seen in one night in a long, long time, I’ll wager.

More later … — MM

Straight from the Sasquatch’s Mouth … er, Web Site

Here’s lineup and other information for Sasquatch 2009, straight from the Abominable Snowman’s Web site:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Official Lineup!!!

Here is the Official Lineup from the Official Website :

Saturday, May 23th
Kings of Leon / Yeah Yeah Yeahs / The Decemberists / Animal Collective / Bon Iver / Devotchka / M. Ward / Doves / Sun Kil Moon / The Gaslight Anthem / King Khan & The Shrines / Ra Ra Riot / Shearwater / Passion Pit / Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band / Vince Mira / Blind Pilot / Owl City / Arthur & Yu / Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele / Death Vessel / Hockey

Sunday, May 24th
Jane’s Addiction / Nine Inch Nails / TV On The Radio / Peter Bjorn and John / of Montreal / The Avett Brothers / Calexico / M83 / The Airborne Toxic Event / The Walkmen / The Wrens / St. Vincent / The Dodos / John Vanderslice / The Submarines / Viva Voce / The Builders And The Butchers / AA Bondy / Fences / Point Juncture, WA / Jon Benjamin

Monday, May 25th
Ben Harper and Relentless7 / Erykah Badu / Silversun Pickups / Fleet Foxes / Gogol Bordello / Santigold / Grizzly Bear / Explosions In The Sky / Girl Talk / Blitzen Trapper / The Knux / Monotonix / Bishop Allen / Black Moth Super Rainbow / Beach House / Mugison / The Dutchess And The Duke / School Of Seven Bells / Horse Feathers / The Pica Beats / Loch Lomond / BLK JKS

Ticket Information

Beginning February 28th (on sale weekend only):
A discounted 3 DAY FESTIVAL PASS is available for a very limited time / $154.50
Offer ends Sunday, March 1st at midnight.
Single tickets, per day / $56.50

Beginning March 2nd:
3 day pass / $199.50
Single tickets, per day / $66.50

Beginning May 11:
3 day pass / $229.50
Single tickets, per day / $76.50

V.I.P. package tickets with special amenities also available.
Full details on the festival
(Applicable service charges may apply)

Tickets go on sale Saturday February 28th at 10AM and can be purchased online at,, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone in Seattle (206) 628-0888, in Oregon (503) 224-4400, and in Eastern Washington (509) 735-0500

Camping is available for May 22, 23, 24, 25 and can be purchased online at For more details, directions and further information on camping at The Gorge Amphitheatre go to

Stay tuned to for more announcements and information at

More later … — MM

RIP Louie Bellson

One of the great drummers of our time, Louie Bellson, passed away Feb. 14 at 84.

In my dealings with Audio Librarian magazine, I was lucky enough to have had the chance to review a concert DVD in which Bellson and his big band hosted another pretty fair drummer, Billy Cobham. Both men were at the tops of their games, particularly in some explosive back-and-forth one-upsmanship early in the show. Throughout, Bellson more than held his own with the much younger Cobham, both in terms of innovation and imagination and in sheer technical skill.

If you remember Bellson and his band from when they used to turn up on variety shows on TV, you’ll know how great he was. But if you need an introduction, that DVD — “Cobham Meets Bellson” contains some pretty unbelievable stuff.

More later … — MM