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Stage Left hosts Shakespeare speakers
Ben Johnson said that Shakespeare was not of an age but for all time. Come find out why.

Through Aug. 13, Island Stage Left is hosting a series of weekly scholarly discussions on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” The discussions, designed to enrich the audience’s experience of the play, are led by Shakespearean scholars in the region who have generously donated their time and expertise to deliver these discussions to our community.

In keeping with Island Stage Left’s mission to “bring top quality professional theater free of charge to all islanders and island visitors, no matter what their economic or social status,” all discussions are free and open to the public.

All discussions are Wednesday evenings at 7 in Friday Harbor House’s San Juan Conference Room. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Discussions will illuminate various aspects of the play, touching on topics such as performance history, interpretations and adaptations of the play, and the social, historical and cultural contexts that make the play as engaging today as it was some 400 years ago when it was written.

— Tonight: Professor John Coldewey, University of Washington.

— Aug. 6: Professor Mary Metzger, Western Washington University.

— Aug. 13: Sebastian Trainor and Jeanmarie Higgins Williams, doctoral candidates at University of Washington.


Music on the Lawn in full swing today
Island Rec’s popular Music on the Lawn concert series is in its eighth season.

Music on the Lawn is a favorite local event for families and adults. The series continues for the next three consecutive Wednesday nights through Aug. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m., on the lawn of the San Juan Historical Museum on Price Street.

The event is free.

Tonight, local singer Kate Schuman teams up with local musician Keith Busha for a delightful evening of entertainment crossing the music spectrum with jazz, blues and country favorites.

Closing out the series is a warm and thoughtful performance by Mona Warner. Warner is often compared to Joan Baez and draws singers in with her music songs in English and Spanish.

Along with Island Rec, this series is sponsored by Islanders Insurance, Island Petroleum Services, Islanders Bank and Waterworks Gallery. San Juan Historical Museum provides the venue and St. Francis Catholic Church provides space for parking.

Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic dinners, blankets or chairs; leave dogs and alcohol at home. As the sun begins to set earlier, sweaters and jackets come in handy.

For more information, visit or call 378-4953.

Playwrights needed for 2009 festival
Playwrights: get ready to share your works in hopes of seeing them come to life at the San Juan Community Theatre.

SJCT is gearing up for its annual Islands Playwrights Festival and is now accepting submissions for plays to be presented in 2009.

All residents of San Juan County are invited to participate. The festival categories have changed and are as follows: 30-minute plays, 10-minute plays and 5-minute monologues.

The deadline for submission is Aug. 15. Submit plays to San Juan Community Theatre, P.O. Box 1063, Friday Harbor 98250, or drop off at the theater business office.

Submission fees, which will be used to pay for professional judges, are $40 for each 30-minute play; $25 for each 10-minute play; and $15 for each monologue. A check for the total fee must be included with four copies of each play/monologue.

A free information packet is available for pick-up at the theater box office. If you have questions, call Merritt Olsen at 378-3211, ext. 29.

The 2009 Islands Playwrights Festival is scheduled for Feb. 6-8 and 12-15 in the theater’s Gubelman Theatre.

Plein-air event will benefit land preservation
For three weeks in July, open-air artists from the Plein Air Washington Association will be painting on San Juan Preservation Trust properties and public lands throughout the islands.

Proceeds from art sales will benefit the San Juan Preservation Trust.

Watch for the artists and their easels on roadsides and in public parks as they capture impressions of the San Juans on canvas. Islanders and art lovers alike will enjoy this unique event.

The San Juan Preservation Trust is a private, non-profit, membership-supported land trust dedicated to helping people conserve land the San Juan archipelago.

Noted for the recent $18.5 million acquisition of Turtleback Mountain on Orcas Island, the Preservation Trust has worked for three decades with private landowners) to permanently protect more than 240 properties, nearly 29 miles of shoreline, and 13,000 acres on 18 islands — including land now managed as public parks, private nature preserves, and working farms and forests.

Juried art exhibit Aug. 9 at Gallery San Juan

Beginning on Aug. 9, Gallery San Juan, 232 A St., will host a juried exhibition and public art sale of the plein air paintings created at the event for the San Juan Preservation Trust.

A reception will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. The paintings will remain on display until Aug. 23.

Those who wish to get first pick of these paintings can do so by attending the San Juan Preservation Trust’s “Summer Social” on Saturday. More information is available at

While the “Summer Social” is for members of the Preservation Trust, those who are not members may join at the event for a nominal suggested donation.

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