Diane Urbani de la Paz

‘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

Acoustic Blues festival to warm up Fort Worden stages

Surrounded by lovers and players of the blues, Robert Birman started Sunday night at the Wheeler Theater by expressing his feelings. “You’re… Continue reading

Jazz Port Townsend artists get together with joy

There’s a whole lot of hugging going on. Men and women, young and old, white, black and brown: They’re together in music… Continue reading

A fort filled with jazz: Jazz Port Townsend offers public performances

We meet here, said John Clayton, all for “the F bomb.” “Fun,” Clayton told his audience of students and faculty at the… Continue reading

Sweet-smelling purple fields draw visitors to Peninsula

You can talk about the healing nature of lavender. It soothes bug bites, cools anxiety and brings relief from restlessness, say studies around… Continue reading

Take your time … Lavender Weekend is here

Take it slow and easy. This weekend gives you the reasons. An orchestra of lavender farms. Pick-your-own herbal bundles. Reggae music. And, let’s… Continue reading

Shakespeare in the Woods to open for a three-week run

In this forest, our heroine Rosalind challenges society’s rules. Shaking them off, this whip-smart woman makes a rule set of her own,… Continue reading

Staffers Julie Christine, seated, and Teresa Verraes coordinate classes and programs such as The Bunker at Fort Worden’s Port Townsend School of the Arts. photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz

Creative haven: Friday night Bunker gives space to young artists

Friday night, the music’s on and so are the colors. Collage materials, charcoal, paper and paint are ready for you, the artist.… Continue reading

Staffers Julie Christine, seated, and Teresa Verraes coordinate classes and programs such as The Bunker at Fort Worden’s Port Townsend School of the Arts. photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz