By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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LOVE, IN MUSIC and story, takes over many venues today (Friday) through Sunday on the Olympic Peninsula.
Here's a cross-section of the Valentine's Day-weekend dances and performances from Port Angeles to Port Townsend.
■ Photographer Trey Hensley will set up a lovers' photo booth while Howly Slim, Sandy Summers, Jon Parry and the Raindance Kid play love songs at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., tonight. Admission is $3 for this 8 p.m. episode of Second Friday Art Rock, the live-art-and-music party also known as 2FAR.
■ The Masquerade Ball will bring a mask contest, music by DJ Ideambeats and an array of guest performers to Studio Bob, 118½ E. Front St., tonight. This steampunk-flavored ball for the 18-and-older revelers will go from 9 p.m. till midnight, with music and dance by performers including Dark Jester, Matthew McCarthy and Lauren Jeffries-Johnson of Shula Azhar. Advance tickets ar $10 in advance at Odyssey Books, 114 W. Front St., or $12 at the door.
■ “So Full of Sweetness” is the theme of the Valentine's Day dance at the Madrona MindBody Institute from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight.
Everyone's invited to bring and share chocolates and other sweets during this event, which also features Zipper Dance instructors James and Maia Schaberg with a light-hearted lesson.
Tickets are $12 at Madrona, inside Fort Worden State Park at 200 Battery Way. Zipper Dance will also be the subject of blues and swing dance workshops Saturday afternoon at the institute, and more information awaits at 360-344-4475.
■ Dinner, dancing and a burlesque show will converge at 7 Cedars Casino's Club Seven, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, tonight. The “Pretty Twisted” choreographed rock 'n' roll show will start at 9 p.m., while other activities include a champagne-and-roses reception for $15 and a dinner package for $45. For details, phone 360-683-7777 or see www.7cedarsresort.com.
■ The Valentine Optional Ball is open to singles and couples Saturday night at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road.
Admission is $15 at the door to enjoy the Stardust Dance Band from 7:30 p.m. till 11 p.m., and dressy attire is encouraged.
This dance is organized by instructor Carol Hathaway of Port Angeles, so her current and past students will get in for $10. For more details, email Hathaway00@gmail.com.
■ A Sweetheart Ball, complete with dance lessons, rhythm and blues comes to the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 2333 San Juan Ave., on Saturday night.
Singles and couples are welcome, and seasoned dance instructor Janice Eklund will give an intermediate lesson at 6 p.m. and a beginners' lesson at 6:30 p.m.
Jim Nyby & the F Street Band will dish out the music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., while dancers are welcome to bring snacks, desserts and beverages to share. Tickets are $12 if purchased today, and $15 at the door.
■ Key City Public Theatre brings Mark Twain's “Diary of Adam and Eve” to the Alchemy Bistro for one night only this Sunday.
In this world's oldest love story, Richard Clairmont is Adam — based on Twain himself — while Erin Lamb plays his mate.
The performance will begin at 6 p.m. at the bistro, 842 Washington St. in Port Townsend, with a four-course dinner themed to match.
Tickets are $48 for dinner and show, not including drinks and tip.
For reservations, see www.keycitypublictheatre.org or phone 360-385-5278. Advance purchase is recommended, as space is limited, and remaining tickets will be available at Alchemy's door.