Diane Urbani de la Paz

Film festival continues in Port Townsend

The Port Townsend Film Festival continues through today — 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. — with documentaries, narrative features and shorts. Passes… Continue reading


Living in interesting times: Activist film star, director talks about building a better world

Danny Glover rose at 3:30 in the morning on Friday. He had a plane to catch out of New York City, where… Continue reading


Port Townsend Film Fest starts three-day pageant today

Let’s start in Africa’s southwest. Then we can head right over to Brooklyn, N.Y. “Into the Okavango,” one of 23 feature-length documentaries… Continue reading


Film fest venues, special events

The Port Townsend Film Festival spreads out today through Sunday, showing scores of short and feature-length movies, many with actors and directors… Continue reading

Port Townsend Film Festival rolls out welcome mat

Going to the Port Townsend Film Festival, which starts Friday and runs like a freight train through Sunday, isn’t much like moviegoing… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Service dogs, movie houses and randomness

if I pay attention. Take last Friday afternoon. I got an email from Jan Halliday, Port… Continue reading

Port Townsend set to host eighth annual ukulele festival

Get a flock of ukulelists together — from Maui, Boston, Seattle, Wisconsin, Alabama, Oahu — and you’ve got yourself a houseful of… Continue reading

‘Miss Lillian’ steps onto the Port Angeles stage

Standing ovations, a Peace Corps lapel pin and a bear hug as she took her bow: These are gifts “Miss Lillian” has… Continue reading

Award winners join list for Port Townsend Film Fest

Forces behind ‘The Piano,’ ‘My Brother’s Wedding’ added to playbill

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Carol, Jim, Jimmy and Lillian

IT’S A NEW, old story. About 20 years ago, Carol Swarbrick and Jim Dries went out on a blind date. He was a schoolteacher from… Continue reading

Deep Squeeze brings world music to Port Townsend, Chimacum

“the land of festivals,” he calls it — he’d already turned his piano sideways. His band is… Continue reading

Dillon moves from Hamlet to Bob Dylan — then to Kahlil Gibran

All summer, he’s been “Hamlet.” As of Sunday night, that was done. This week Dillon Porter becomes Bob Dylan — the first… Continue reading

A team in two hours: Strangers row together on longboat in Port Townsend

Face it: We didn’t look like a team. A disparate bunch, we were tossed together under the heading Team Longboat, poised on… Continue reading

PHOTO: Painting as the air clears

Squinting into the sun Wednesday afternoon — as the air slowly cleared — artist Robin Weiss creates his latest plein air painting.… Continue reading

Paint the Peninsula to fill Port Angeles Fine Arts Center with just-finished work

Shuang Li, a former graphic interface designer, left high technology for her original dream: making art. Preferably outside, away from any screen.… Continue reading

Paint the Peninsula schedule

Paint the Peninsula, in which 22 painters spread across the North Olympic Peninsula to paint en plein air, begins today. Here is… Continue reading

Port Townsend-area artists open their doors

Havana; Moscow; Tyler, Texas: A bedroom-turned-studio overflows with images of these places. Joyce Hester, a painter relatively new to town, rounded them… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: A fresh look, in full color

IT HAPPENS WHEN least expected. A single still image beams me back to a place, a feeling. We look at scores of pictures in the… Continue reading

Vikings coming to PT waterfront with ‘Hamlet’

Chetzemoka Park, named for the Klallam chief of the 1800s, is a place of towering evergreens and great blue herons. Come summer,… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Live music dips toes into the crick

THE LAST FULL month of summer has come. Is there any way for us grownups to get back that feeling, that barefoot, splash-in-the-crick all day… Continue reading