Diane Urbani de la Paz

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: No camera, just connection

AN UNMEDIATED ENCOUNTER: It’s what I hoped for on the whale-watching boat. Stepping aboard with a jumble of strangers, I wondered how close we might… Continue reading

Violist Cheryl Landry Swoboda returns to her home town of Port Angeles for a concert of Brahms, Bartok and Berlioz this Saturday, March 31.

Port Angeles Symphony concert to pair Berlioz with Brahms

A Port Angeles High School graduate who has gone on to an international career will perform with more than 70 musicians at… Continue reading

Violist Cheryl Landry Swoboda returns to her home town of Port Angeles for a concert of Brahms, Bartok and Berlioz this Saturday, March 31.

Port Angeles Symphony welcomes back guest artist, alumna

Seventy local musicians — plus one former local who now lives in Europe — will get together this Saturday to create something… Continue reading

Spring brings African dance to Port Townsend

Rae Kala is a traveler — Central America, Mexico, Santa Cruz in California, West Africa — but Port Townsend pulls her back,… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Story Slams: Drawing moths to a flame

EIGHT DAYS TO go before the next Story Slam: a convergence of people telling and listening to true, personal tales. This slam thing is practiced… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Singalongs at the movies

THE PICTURE PALACE. It’s a place many of us have never seen. Esther Morgan-Ellis takes us there: on a time- and space-travel jaunt, to grand… Continue reading

(for PlayFest Denise Winter) Denise Winter, artistic director of Key City Public Theatre, shows off a brochure for PlayFest. photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz

PlayFest goes local and national in Port Townsend

A flock of stories — on love, art, miracles, parenthood, gambling and middle school — are soon to play out here. Key… Continue reading

(for PlayFest Denise Winter) Denise Winter, artistic director of Key City Public Theatre, shows off a brochure for PlayFest. photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz

Two casts interpret characters in ‘Heisenberg’

Up she walks to the stranger. Onto his neck she plants a kiss. Uh-oh. Meet Georgie Burns, a sexy, middle-aged receptionist with… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Theater is sustenance for actor, audience

SWEET, BITTER, SPICY: The fare at the local playhouse varies. It comes to us fresh, thanks to those working in the theatrical kitchen. This column… Continue reading

Cellist returns for concert with Port Angeles Symphony

Young Julian tried out 10 or 12 musical instruments before finding the one. This formidable stringed… Continue reading

Shooting range draws fire: Moratorium brings crowd to debate D’Amico’s Tarboo plans

The sound of automatic weapons fire filled the Superior Court. Stone-faced, Noah Frisch stood before the crowd, turning his body slowly around… Continue reading

LifeRing recovery network comes to Port Angeles

The evening get-together is just starting. People walk into the room, eyeing the strangers who are already there. Each one takes a… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Read, speak, connect: Your tribes are out there

THIS KID JUNIOR is one of the great heroes of literature. Near the close of Sherman Alexie’s novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time… Continue reading

‘Meet Me at the Movies’ program debuts Tuesday at Rose Theatre in Port Townsend

When you see a good movie, one that sweeps you off your feet, you bring with you an emotional memory. It’s the… Continue reading

Young women shine in Peninsula-wide music competition

With a little-known piece from a female composer, Lauren Waldron wowed the judges. Waldron, 18, took first prize in the 32nd annual… Continue reading

‘Small town’ vigil in Sequim caps day of gatherings

The big marches in Port Townsend and Seattle were all done by Saturday evening, yet the people of Sequim had plans of their… Continue reading

Young Artist Competition set for Saturday

A new name, 14 competitors and a day of live music. All are part of a public event Saturday. The Nico Snel… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Extravagance of our longing

WE’RE HUNGRY, WE humans, sometimes starving: for splendor, love, experiences that make us feel alive. Some years back, Alice Derry started out writing about the… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: The Advice Lady’s secret

I WAS CURIOUS about this woman, this traveler. So I sent a note asking for an interview, thinking she’d never have time, what with the… Continue reading

DIANE URBANI DE LA PAZ: Another kind of year-end list

THE WORDS OF Salvadoran priest Oscar Romero (1917-1980) are a salve to me, a meditation to which I return. “It helps, now and then, to… Continue reading