Guest Opinion: Compassion, Empathy, Sustainability After 12 years at Orcas Center, Artha Kass continues to champion the arts


— from Artha Kass, notes from a speech at the Orcas Center reception on Sunday, October 16 — Twenty-three years ago, when I was visiting Orcas, still in the last stages of my decision-making process to move here, by chance I attended a community theatre event at Orcas Center. It … Continue reading

Chamber Music Festival Brings Two Grand Piano Men to Orcas Jon Kimura Parker and student Scott Cuellar play this Saturday afternoon


— from Linda Slone for Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival — For large-hall, big-piano-sound aficionados, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival brings two concert grand pianos to the Orcas Center stage on Saturday, October 22. One week before Jon Kimura Parker performs the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 at Carnegie Hall, hear … Continue reading

Woody Ciskowski Premieres Play in Bellingham "Top of the Food Chain" adapted with filmmakers


–by Amy Kepferle for — When Woody Ciskowski was growing up on Orcas Island, his television choices were limited, so the fact that he discovered the alien invasion spoof known as “Top of the Food Chain” was completely by chance. “About 15 years ago, my father was late-night channel … Continue reading

Mary’s Wedding: A Dreamy, Dramatic Love Story At Orcas Center's Black Box

Charlie and Mary (Kelly Toombs and Cali Bagby) create a powerful love story in the midst of war, onstage at the Black Box tonight, and next weekend.

“Mary’s Wedding” plays this weekend, Thurs-Sat — review by Margie Doyle — In the play “Mary’s Wedding,” the Black Box at Orcas Center becomes a foreign landscape, whether recreating a Canadian farm town or a French battlefield. At its center is a bed, where, from under a white coverlet, with … Continue reading

Fadem Literature Class Reunion

Thursday, October 27, noon to 2 p.m. at the Senior Center — from Andrea Hendrick, Mary Poletti and Howard Barbour — Everybody loves a class reunion, well, maybe not everybody! Regardless, all who attended one or more of Richard Fadem’s Literature Classes are invited to attend Richard’s Class Reunion, Thursday, … Continue reading

Don Giovanni Will Stream at Orcas Center Consumed by flames in a dazzling coup de theatre

Don Giovanni

Sunday, October 23, 1 p.m., Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver — The Met presents Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart streaming Live in HD at Orcas Center Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 pm. If you’ve not yet experienced the Metropolitan Opera streamed from New York City to Orcas Center … Continue reading

Party to Honor Artha Kass’ Retirement


Sunday, Oct. 16 at noon at Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver for the Orcas Center — Join us at Orcas Center this Sunday, October 16 at 12:00 pm for a very special reception honoring our very own Artha Kass, Champion of the Arts for Orcas Center, to celebrate her … Continue reading

Breaking News: Salish Sea Festival Canceled Taste of the Salish Sea also canceled due to high wind warnings


— from Peggy Bill for the County Agricultural Resources Committee — The Salish Sea Festival and the Taste of the Salish Sea are canceled due to the extreme high wind warnings, likely power outages, and uncertain ferry service. Refunds will be provided to those who registered online. Please forward any … Continue reading

OIFF Film Review: “Trespass Against Us”


— from Paula Treneer — In contrast to the warm audience reception received by certain opening films at the 2016 Orcas Film Festival, the Seaview Theatre’s October 7th showing of “Trespass Against Us” provoked lively impromptu conversations around town as some filmgoers debated its merits. Director Adam Smith’s immersion in … Continue reading

Orcas Film Festival Film Review: Frantz First Film Fest review is in


— Guest review by Jule Treneer — Why would a French soldier lay flowers at a German soldier’s grave? That is the opening mystery in “Frantz”, Francois Ozon’s touching film based loosely on Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 classic “Broken Lullaby.” The mystery, it turns out, is unraveled fairly soon. He knew … Continue reading