By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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■ PT Shorts, Key City Public Theatre’s literary reading, will go deep into the lands of J.R.R. Tolkien this Saturday.
Admission is free to the 7:30 p.m. reading, with actors Zac Nesmith, Catherine McNabb and Art Reitsch bringing excerpts from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to the Pope Marine Building, 603 Water St.
For details about this and other theatrical activities in Port Townsend, see www.KeyCityPublicTheatre.org.
■ The freshly merged Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books, now together at 820 Water St., have a pair of best-selling authors giving a reading this Saturday.
The duo is Pam Houston, whose books include Cowboys Are My Weakness, Waltzing the Cat and most recently Contents May Have Shifted, and Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water and Dora: A Headcase, her debut novel optioned by Big Easy Pictures.
Admission is free to the 7 p.m. event, while information about this and other activities at the bookstore can be found at www.WritersWorkshoppe.com.
■ “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Stanley Kubrick’s landmark movie from 1968, will screen just one time this Saturday night. Part of the “Late Night at the Rose” series, “2001” will arrive at 10 p.m. at the theater at 235 Taylor St. For tickets and information, see www.RoseTheatre.com or phone 360-385-1089.
— Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
“I am ‘normally’ a nature photographer,” said Stephen Cunliffe, the award-winning artist whose wild images grace the Port Townsend Gallery.
But when he traveled to Cuba, Cunliffe became a street shooter, a man seeking the essence of Havana.
The results, 14 selected images, are on display at the Port Townsend Gallery in “En las Calles: Street Scenes of Cuba and Mexico,” a show Cunliffe shares with painter JoAnne Heron. Heron adores Mexico, adores painting there, even if she sometimes cannot find watercolors bright enough to represent what she sees.
“The Mexicans are not shy about color in their houses, their clothes, their everyday household items. Nearly every building is either white or a bright color punctuating clear blue skies,” said Heron.
The Port Townsend Gallery, 715 Water St., will host a free reception with the artists from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Neighboring art spaces will do the same; here’s a cross-section of Gallery Walk stops.
■ The Wine Seller’s Loft Gallery, 1010 Water St., presents “Silhouettes,” the Port Townsend Photo Club’s juried show, opening Saturday.
Art lovers are invited to the reception — and to vote for their favorite works in the exhibit — from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
■ Gallery Nine, the artists’ cooperative at 1012 Water St., is celebrating its 10th anniversary throughout April with a show titled “Art Journey.” The featured artists are Mitch Poling, maker of Alaskan baidarka kayaks, and his wife Sandra Smith-Poling, painter of Port Townsend scenes. A party with the couple — and the whole co-op — is set for 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday with birthday cake and other treats.
■ The Red Raven Gallery, in the Undertown shops at 211 Taylor St., is placing Quilcene-bred artist Braden Duncan’s art in the spotlight. Duncan, a cofounder of the Seattle Arts Coalition who shows her art and curates shows around the Northwest, has brought to Port Townsend a show titled “Clockwork Coterie.”
■ The Northwind Arts Center, 2409 Jefferson St., presents “Wood x 2,” a show starring Michael McCollum and Mare Tietjen and their “rescued” wood creations.
The show runs through April 28 at Northwind, and has its opening party from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday; then the artists will give a free talk on their work there at 1 p.m. Sunday.
For more information about these and other activities at the center, see www.NorthwindArts.org.