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Turn, Turn, Turn: A Tribute to Pete Seeger -- ENCORE on Sunday April 27


        Turn, Turn, Turn

        A Tribute to Pete Seeger

First concert was Friday February 28 at 7:30 p.m. and was SOLD OUT.


Tickets $15

We have scheduled an encore of this event for Sunday April 27 at 7:30 p.m.  The April 27 encore will feature Daniel Deardorff and Judith-Kate Friedman and musical friends now listed below.

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Daniel Deardorff
    Kat Eggleston
        Judith-Kate Friedman
            JJ Jenkins
                Gretchen Sleicher
                    Mike James
                        Joe Breskin
                               with host Marcia Perlstein



This concert is

co-produced by KCPT

and Songwriting Works



Encore Tribute to Songwriting Legend Pete Seeger

“Turn, Turn, Turn: A Tribute to Pete Seeger” Commemorates the Folk Icon and Activist


Port Townsend, Wash – On Sunday, April 27th Salish Sea voices will resound once again in a musical celebration and encore concert honoring the life and songs of Pete Seeger.


Six acclaimed Puget Sound musicians will perform well- and lesser-known Seeger songs. Host Marcia Perlstein will serve as narrator sharing stories that span the folk legend’s 70+ years of performance and activism.  While many songs will be familiar, several will be new arrangements of classics.


The concert, titled “Turn, Turn, Turn: A Tribute to Pete Seeger” is a co-production of Songwriting Works Educational Foundation and Key City Public Theatre. Doors open at 7pm.  The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Key City Playhouse.





Six vocalists and musicians will commemorate Seeger’s music, each with their own personal connection to the folk icon. The ensemble includes Daniel Deardorff, Judith-Kate Friedman, Gretchen Sleicher, Jim “JJ” Jenkins, Mike James and Joe Breskin accompanied by host Marcia Perlstein.  


Songwriting Works’ director Judith-Kate Friedman who is coordinating the event first heard Pete Seeger as a high school student in New York City.  “The way he stood on the stage and let his high tenor ring with joy and truth-telling was like nothing I’d heard or seen before.  The impact and invitation were immediate: our job was to sing together in harmony! Years later I learned more from him about song leading and how musicians can be central to building community.” Vocalist and guitarist JJ Jenkins describes himself as being ”influenced heavily by Pete Seeger and the Weavers” when he started his performing career during the 60’s folk revival. For Mike James, know throughout the Northwest for his music and oft-leading of local Shanty Sings, Seeger has “been my hero since the beginnings of the great folk scare of the 1950’s.” Adds Perlstein “We gather to pay homage to a man of kindness and conscience; a lifelong gentle activist who kept folk music alive across generations. He was an original. An evening of his music helps us come together and feel energized to both continue our struggles and celebrate our communities.”





Folk music icon Pete Seeger was a monumental figure in American culture for his influential music and outspoken social activism. He wrote folk classics such as “Turn, turn, turn”, and “Where have all the flowers gone?” which became hits recorded by The Byrds, and Peter, Paul and Mary, among others.


Socially and politically conscious from an early age, he championed the voices of working people and social causes throughout his prolific career. At 20 years old, he met and toured with fellow folksinger and songwriter Woody Guthrie with whom he founded the Almanac Singers. His founding of the Weavers (with Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman and Ronnie Gilbert) followed; the group saw chart success for several songs until they were blacklisted under McCarthyism.


In the 1960’s, Seeger remained a folk music legend and activist, continuing to perform and speak out on civil rights, international disarmament, and environmental issues up until his death this February at age 94.


Judith-Kate Friedman
is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter and recording artist, a well-respected vocal and performance coach, and an internationally recognized pioneer in arts and health. Musician, storyteller, author and maker of ritual Daniel Deardorff has been writing and performing songs for more than four decades. Mike James has been part of the northwest music scene for about 30 years.  His genres include folk, maritime, jazz, and music for kids. He and wife Val James also perform as a duo at diverse venues. JJ Jenkins toured and recorded throughout the folk revival and started performing again after moving to Port Townsend in 2009. Gretchen Sleicher is a singer, songpasser, songwriter, facilitator and co-director of PT Songlines Choir. She delights in weaving singing, harmony-making, meaning and message in the joy of collective song. Joe Breskin is renowned for his guitar artistry will accompany the ensemble on the domra, a vintage Ukranian folk instrument once outlawed for inciting musical unity. Marcia Perlstein, the inimitable host of KPTZ radio’s “Pleasures and Treasures” will serve as host sharing her stories from the 60’s forward of Seeger’s impact on culture and community


The concert is one of a series of musical events produced by Port Townsend’s Songwriting Works Educational Foundation. The non-profit brings professional songwriters into care and community settings to compose group songs across generations. They also work to champion the role of music in brain health and musicians in a healthy society. Learn more at www.songwritingworks.org


The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27th at Key City Playhouse. Tickets for the Port Townsend performance are $15 and can be purchased by calling (360) 385-KCPT, or here online: 


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Jefferson Clemente Course Lecture Series


Key City Playhouse is pleased to host two lectures in the Jefferson Clemente Course Lecture Series in May and June.  Jefferson Clemente website


Tickets:  General Admission -- $15    (Complimentary to Clemente Course Students)




Jonathan White -- Tides: The Ocean's Dance with the Moon


A ten-year quest to understand the science and romance of tides.


Sunday May 18 -- 3:00 p.m.

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Clemente Eclectic Lectures -- A benefit for the Bard College Jefferson Clemente Course

Co-sponsored by the Port Townsend Leader, Port Townsend High School, and Port Townsend Public Library.  Special co-sponsor for Mr. White: Port Townsned Marine Science Center.

“In the fifteenth century, Leonardo da Vinci was convinced that tides were caused by the breathing of a large creature, and he set out to calculate the size of its lungs. If he had been right about this, and if he had traveled in his studies far enough, he would have found not one but hundreds of creatures, each with its own breath, inhaling and exhaling at different intervals, all overlapping. . . . Two hundred years after Leonardo, Isaac Newton found the greatest lungs of all—if there was to be only one pair—in the body of the moon.” — from Tides

White takes readers on a quest around the world -- from the Bay of Fundy in Canada to the Qiantang River in China -- to explore and experience tides in a unique and unforgettable way. Join us to share Jonathan’s journey through science and folklore, natural history and art, to unravel the mystery and power of tides.

“I got interested in the tides because, as a sailor, I’ve gone aground more times than I care to count. After I nearly lost my boat in a severe gail and extreme tide in Alaska, I figured it was time to learn more about this phenomenon. I knew the moon had something to do with it, but what? How? As I studied, I found surprising levels of complexity, mystery, and poetry. Twenty years later I’m still a student of the tide.”

         -- Jonathan White

Jonathan White is a writer, sailor, educator, marine conservationist, and custom homebuilder. His first book, Talking on the Water (Sierra Club Books, 1994) describes the relationship between humans and nature via a collection of conversations with such renowned writers and scientists as Gretel Ehrlich, David Brower, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Snyder, Lynn Margulis, James Hillman, and Peter Matthiessen. The title essay from Tides was published in Orion (Winter 1996). His writing on a variety of topics has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Sun, Sierra, The Whole Earth Review, and Fine Homebuilding. His photographs have been published in several magazines, including Orion and Sailing.



Susan Kieffer -- The Dynamics of Disaster


"In The Dynamics of Disaster, famed geoscientist Susan Kieffer merges stories and science in a fascinating introduction to the dangerous side of the Earth, with key insights for citizens and enough excitement to captivate the full range of students."

            -- Richard B. Alley, author of Earth: The Operator’s Manual

            "The Dynamics of Disaster" book website



Sunday June 8 -- 3:00 p.m.

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"Great earthquakes, immense landslides, enormous waves! Geologist Susan Kieffer calmly and clearly explains how and why such disasters are part of living on a dynamic planet. With many surprising and compelling examples, she shows that reality is more dramatic, and far more interesting, than any disaster movie."   — Sean B. Carroll, author of Brave Genius and Remarkable Creatures

“When a true expert such as Susan Kieffer shares her insights on events from rogue waves to tsunamis, tornadoes to hurricanes, dust storms to floods, we get a much deeper understanding not only of the extraordinary but also of the ordinary. Kieffer’s descriptions of extreme events fascinates even as it informs, and as a result will rivet your attention.” — Richard A. Muller, author of Energy for Future Presidents and Physics for Future Presidents

In our hyper-connected world, it feels like hardly a week goes by without a major natural disaster ravaging a region somewhere in the world.  In 2011, there were fourteen disasters that cost over a billion dollars in the U.S. alone, including the destruction of Joplin, Missouri by a tornado and the devastation of northeastern Japan by an earthquake and tsunami.  In 2012, Hurricane Sandy swept up the east coast of the U.S. and summer heat waves and droughts plagued the U.S. and the Sahel Desert.  Wildfires beset the U.S. and major earthquakes struck in Italy, the Philippines, Iran and Afghanistan. In the first half of 2013, we've already seen a monster super-tornado strike Moore, Oklahoma, the deadly Ya'an earthquake in Sichuan, China, the destructive cyclone in Queensland, Australia, massive floods in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the largest wildfire in Colorado history.


Yet, we humans still behave as if natural disasters are outliers; why else would we continue to build new communities near active volcanoes, on faults, and on flood plains?  Susan W. Kieffer, in her unique book THE DYNAMICS OF DISASTER shows why natural disasters are not outliers, and how they are, in fact, interconnected by a small number of natural laws.


In the book’s concluding chapter (“Earth and Us”), Kieffer outlines how we might better prepare for and in some cases prevent future disasters. She suggests that the key to disaster preparedness and prevention is communication and cooperation—scientists and engineers working together with policy makers and existing government organizations. She also calls for the creation of an organization, something akin to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but focused on pending natural disasters. Kieffer also emphasizes the importance of educating the public and describes how that might be accomplished.


About the Author:  Susan W. Kieffer is professor emerita of geology at the University of Illinois and a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.  She is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Kieffer hosts a popular blog called Geology in Motion.  She lives on Whidbey Island, Washington.



Pete Toyne Presents: An Evening with Babazot on Wednesday July 23


Pete Toyne Presents:
An Evening With Babazot

Key City Playhouse
Wednesday - July 23rd
7:00 p.m.


General Admission -- $10

VIP --  includes reserved seating & a copy of the book "This Book Will Never Be Written" by Babazot -- $20


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