BRIEFLY — New dance floor to be broken in Saturday in Sequim . . . and other entertainment briefs

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

New dance floor broken in

SEQUIM — The Cort Armstrong Band is set to do some springtime reveling on the new dance floor at the Community Barn, near Nash's Organic Produce, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, this Saturday.

Admission is $5, or free if you're a youngster.

To see about the spring music series at Nash's barn, visit

Blues showcase

A new “Original Blues Showcase” will take place at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., next Thursday, April 24.

Cort Armstrong and Getta Rogers, a pair of local singer-songwriters, will host this get-together from 6:30 p.m. till about 8:30 with no cover charge.

Next up for Armstrong is a gig with one of his country-blues-bluegrass bands, FarmStrong, at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road just off U.S. Highway 101 east of Sequim on Friday, April 25.

The quartet, featuring Jim Faddis, John Pyles, Rick Waite and Armstrong, will play from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m.

Information awaits at

'Nebraska' returns

PORT TOWNSEND — The screenwriter behind the Academy Award-nominated movie “Nebraska,” Bob Nelson, will host a discussion after a showing of his film at the Rose Theatre, 235 Taylor St., on Sunday, May 4.

The Port Townsend Film Institute is presenting this event, to start with the screening at noon.

Critics have praised both Nelson and “Nebraska”: Moira Macdonald of The Seattle Times wrote that the screenwriter's decade-long journey to create the script is a memorable story “both on and off the screen.”

Macdonald will join Nelson on stage Sunday to discuss how he wrote the film, which received six Oscar nominations including 2013's Picture of the Year.

Tickets to the “Nebraska” showing and discussion are $12 via, while more information can be found at the Port Townsend Film Institute at 360-379-1333 and

“Nebraska,” the story of Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), an irascible octogenarian on a journey of his own, is rated R and runs 115 minutes.

Call for Fuca Fest volunteers

PORT ANGELES — The 21st annual Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts, a cavalcade of music and dance performances, art shows and workshops May 22-26, is signing up volunteers now.

For each day a volunteer works at the festival, he or she receives a free day pass, valued at up to $25.

Without volunteers, there would be no Juan de Fuca Festival, volunteer coordinator Sam Calhoun notes.

To find out more and obtain an application, visit and click on “Participate,” or phone Calhoun at 360-670-6471.

The festival lineup, with dozens of acts from the Paperboys and Poor Man's Whiskey to Curtis Salgado, Charles Neville (formerly of the Neville Brothers) and the Highlife Band, can also be seen on the website.

Full festival passes cost $55 for teens and adults; children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Once the festival begins Thursday, May 22, passes go to $70, with single-day tickets ranging from $20 to $25.

For more details, phone the festival office at 360-457-5411 or visit the Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts on Facebook.

Last modified: April 17. 2014 7:20PM
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