Professor Aniruddh Patel to Speak on “Singing and the Brain” Orcas Currents Lecture

Saturday, March 18, 5 p.m., Orcas Community Church — from Michael Riordan — Humans may be the only species that speaks, but we are just one of many that sing, observes Tufts University Professor Aniruddh Patel. On Saturday, March 18, he will deliver an Orcas Currents lecture on the subject, … Continue reading

Marine Lecture Series Highlights “A Sea of Glass”

Tuesday, March 14, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Emmanuel Parish Hall — from Jean M Lyle — Anyone who has ever stood before the work of 19th-century father-son glassmaking duo Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka will understand how their exquisite pieces inspire obsessions that can span years. The Blaschkas lived in landlocked … Continue reading

Salish Sea Early Music Festival to Celebrate 250 Years of Telemann Early music on period instruments

Sunday, March 12, 1 p.m., Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church — from Jeffrey Cohan — Two internationally renowned German period instrument soloists return to Seattle to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the lifetime of Georg Philipp Telemann, the 18th century’s most prolific composer, with flutist Jeffrey Cohan in Telemann Celebration: 250 … Continue reading

Orcas Center to Unveil New Moves at Annual Meeting New things are happening at Orcas Center and you’ll want to be in the loop

Sunday, March 12, 4:30 p.m., Orcas Center — from Cynthia Abolin, Orcas Center Board of Trustees – Come to Orcas Center on Mar. 12 for the Annual Meeting, when members new and old — and not-yet-signed up — can find out why we call ourselves Orcas Center and what our … Continue reading

The Island Is Alive With the Sound of Music Music Advocacy Group celebrates 20 years of supporting school music program

Sunday March 5, 3 p.m., Old School Gym — from Sharon Ho — Keeping music education in public school classrooms in today’s school budget climate is as challenging today as it was 20 years ago. That the Orcas Island School District has managed this since 1997 is even more of … Continue reading

Something to Intrigue Everyone at Art Exhibition Exhibitions open March 4 at San Juan Island Museum of Art

— from Diane Martindale — The three new exhibitions opening March 4 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art truly are for everyone who loves working with wood, painters, bookworms, collectors of odd objects in the forest, and those who care about forest destruction and erosion. Morse Clary, a … Continue reading

Music in Every Student’s Reach on Orcas The 20th anniversary concert for school music

Sunday, March 5, 3 p.m., Old School Gym — from Sharon Ho for the Music Advocacy Group — Every first Sunday of March, for twenty straight years, there has been an Orcas Island musical tradition as reliable and affirming as the coming of spring. The annual Music Advocacy Group concert … Continue reading

Orcas Center Spamalot Production Gets Ready for Opening Night It takes an island

Thursday – Saturday, March 16 – 18 & 23 – 25, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center — by Lin McNulty — In what promises to be an irreverent, extraordinarily funny production at Orcas Center, Monty Python’s Spamalot is nearing the last weeks of rehearsal before unfolding before an audience on opening night, … Continue reading

Students Treated to Private “Hidden Figures” Viewing

— by Lin McNulty — Orcas Middle and High School students were treated to a private showing of the new film “Hidden Figures” on Friday afternoon at Sea View Theatre. The movie reveals an incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at … Continue reading

Author Spagna to Read at Darvill’s on Living Lightly Artsmith Salon Series at Darvill's Bookstore

Friday, February 24, 5:30 pm at Darvill’s Bookstore — from JoEllen Moldoff for Artsmith — Ana Maria Spagna returns to read from her nonfiction book, Reclaimers, about removal of the White Salmon River dam, and her new middle-grade novel, The Luckiest Scar on Earth, about the adventures of a back-country, … Continue reading

Dvořák’s Rusalka Streaming to Orcas Center Dvořák’s fairy tale— Rusalka, a water nymph and her ‘song to the moon'

Sunday, February 26, 1 p.m, Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver — Orcas Center presents the New York Met’s Rusalka by Dvořák streaming Live in HD on Sunday, February 26 at 1 pm. Islanders will be smitten by the enchanting opera about a mermaid who gives up her voice to … Continue reading