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The UPTOWN THEATRE -- in partnership with KEY CITY PUBLIC THEATRE -- presents


Our All-Musical Motion Picture Series!

The last of our tributes to the late great Bob Fosse...

Saturday September 27 at 4:00 and 9:45 p.m.

and Sunday September 28 at 4:00 p.m.

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger in


"CHICAGO" (2002)


Directed by Rob Marshall

Based on the Broadway Musical Stage Play written by Bob Fosse

Winner of SIX Academy Awards including BEST PICTURE!




All Tickets available at The Uptown Theatre's box office on day of show

1120 Lawrence Street, Port Townsend, WA
(360) 385-3883


Tickets Prices:

Age 21 and Over VIP Section -- $11  (Beer and Wine service coming soon!)
General Admission -- $8
Senior (Age 65+) or Students (17 and under with valid ASB card) --  $7
12 and under - $7



Coming Soon -- Our look at the work of Stephen Sondheim

October -- WEST SIDE STORY       November -- GYPSY



And -- A Brand New Stephen Sondheim work for Christmas --  INTO THE WOODS

Watch this space for on-going news and details.  Updates also on The Uptown Theatre website.



Pastures of Plenty: A Tribute to Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie -- Sunday September 14



Pastures of Plenty: A Tribute to Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie


Date:  Sunday September 14
Show Time:  7:30 p.m.
Tickets:  $15



Judith-Kate Friedman

Daniel Deardorff

Michael & Vickie Townsend

Ash Devine

Tracy Spring

Joe Breskin


This concert is co-produced by KCPT and Songwriting Works



"Pastures of Plenty" is an All-Star Tribute to Folk Heroes


Seven songwriters from around and beyond Puget Sound join voices on Sunday September 14th to honor and celebrate the lives and songs of American music pioneers Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.

Performers Daniel Deardorff, Judith-Kate Friedman, Tracy Spring (of Bellingham), Michael and Vickie Townsend, Ash Devine (returning to Port Townsend from Ashville, NC), and Joe Breskin will share well- and lesser-known songs and stories spanning more than 70+ years of performance and activism – individually and collaboratively – between Pete and Woody.

Icons of Song and Social Change

From ‘We Shall Overcome,’ ‘This Land is Your Land’ ‘Turn, Turn, Turn,’ ‘If I Had a Hammer’ and ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone’ to ‘Roll On Columbia,’ ‘Pastures of Plenty,’ ‘Deportees’ and ‘Do Re Mi’ the songs Seeger and Guthrie penned have become anthems the world round for generations seeking justice, a living wage for working people, a clean environment, a great melody and an end to war abroad and oppression at home.


Carrying It On – Collaboration and Instigation

Both life-long musicians, with resonant voices, wry wits and a knack for melody and rallying communities in song, Seeger was 21 and Guthrie 27 years old when they met In New York City in 1940, the same year Guthrie wrote “This Land is Your Land” (though a recording of the song would not be released until 1952.) They soon teamed up with Lee Hays, Millard Lampell and at times Sis Cunningham, Josh White, Bess Lomax Hawes and Burl Ives, among others, as the Almanac Singers, releasing albums of Sea Shanties and Songs of the Pioneers in addition to classic collections of original political, topical and pro-union/pro-worker songs.


From New York City to the Great Northwest

The younger Seeger was greatly influenced by Woody’s musician-ship, presence and lyrical vision.  The two started performing and traveling together, which Seeger later called his own “big, big education in learning about America.” Then, in 1941, Guthrie accepted an invitation to work on the Federal payroll with the Bonneville Power Administration to write songs about the building of the Grand Coulee Dam. 

Of his time in the region, Guthrie wrote: "The Pacific Northwest is one of my favorite spots in this world, and I'm one walker that's stood way up and looked way down acrost aplenty of pretty sights in all their veiled and nakedest seasons.


The Pacific Northwest has got mineral mountains. It's got chemical deserts. It's got rough run canyons. It's got sawblade snowcaps. It's got ridges of nine kinds of brown, hills out of six colors of green, ridges five shades of shadows, and stickers the eight tones of hell.

I pulled my shoes on and walked out of every one of these Pacific Northwest Mountain towns drawing pictures in my mind and listening to poems and songs and words faster to come and dance in my ears than I could ever get them wrote down..."

Folklorist Alan Lomax commented: “To Woody, poet of the rain-starved Dust Bowl, this mighty stream of cool, clear water, coursing through evergreen forests, verdant meadows, and high deserts was like a vision of paradise. He saw the majestic Grand Coulee Dam as the creation of the common man to harness the river for the common good – work for the jobless, power to ease household tasks, power to strengthen Uncle Sam in his fight against world fascism.”


The Birth of Folk Hootenanys

Seeger was also beloved in the region and credits a trip to Seattle in the 1930’s as introducing him to Hootenany’s – a Scottish term for good old fashioned variety shows full of audience participation. He’d say “I’d rather put songs on people’s lips than in their ears.” Seeger performed many times in Western Washington including with the Seattle Labor Chorus.  When he passed away at the age of 94 last January, Olympic Peninsula music lovers held several community song tributes including two sold out multi-artist concerts at Key City Playhouse, and most recently at last week’s Wooden Boat Festival where the community honored Seeger’s singing activism and his river stewardship through his work with the tall ship sloop Clearwater.


Concert details

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 14th at Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington Street, Port Townsend. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (360) 385-KCPT, or here online.

Ticket sales support co-sponsoring Songwriting Works Educational Foundation and Key City Public Theatre to continue local community programming.


The Performers


Daniel Deardorff is a "Singer" in the old sense of the word, which involves being a musician, a storyteller, and a maker of ritual. A composer and performer for more than four decades he is also independent scholar of myth and author of The Other Within: The Genius of Deformity in Myth, Culture, & Psyche. http://www.mythsinger.com/#sthash.D6uC9Csq.dpuf 


Judith-Kate Friedman is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist and producer, who blends folk, roots, jazz, blues, choral/world music traditions and improvisation in concerts full of grace, groove and heart. Her music and rapport with song form, and with audiences,  has been described as “cinematic,” “mesmerizing,” and “masterful.” 

A pioneer in arts and health, she founded and directs Songwriting Works Educational Foundation, the Port Townsend-based non-profit which brings songwriters into care and community settings to compose group songs across generations and champion the role of music in brain health. www.judithkate.com www.songwritingworks.org


Appalachian songstress Ash Devine is an award winning songwriter, musician, caring clown, actor and social activist. On tour from her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, Ash gained a loyal Port Townsend following during her recent year in residence here. Her wide-ranging music style includes contemporary folk, traditional, jazz, world and experimental, played on Guitar, Ukulele with powerful vocals “that whisper like an old timey back woods wind.” (Beth Simpson). http://ashdevine.net/


With their combo Beatnik Zydeco, Michael and Vickie Townsend have brought blues, cajun and latin styles to the saloons and salons of the Olympic Peninsula for over 20 years. Both musicians started with folk guitar as teenagers, and continue to be inspired by outspoken troubadours of truth.


Based in Bellingham, WA, 4th generation Washingtonian Tracy Spring has toured with her compelling vocals (“Steamier than an August night in New Orleans”) and distinctive blend of blues, swing, old R&B, jazz and folk to festivals and folk venues throughout North America and Australia. Her songs and humanitarian anthems have been used for soundtracks promoting philanthropy, one of which was recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary on their 2004 reunion album. http://www.tracyspring.com/index.htm


Joe Breskin Renowned in Port Townsend and beyond for his guitar artistry and consummate work as an accompanist, arranger and all-around musical wizard, Joe Breskin brings decades of experience to the stage and behind the scenes, ever-expanding creative possibilities. http://www.breskin.com/





Past Event: Pete Toyne Presents: An Evening with Babazot


Pete Toyne Presents:
An Evening With Babazot

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

Humor like Port Townsend has never seen!  If you liked George Carlin and “Carnac the Magnificent,” you’ll love BABAZOT!
On the F.B.I.’s Least-Wanted list for Bad Comedy, BABAZOT is known to be unharmed and harmless. Unwanted, DEAD or ALIVE!


General Admission -- $10

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





Recent Events: 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)


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.

Key City Playhouse 

"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.





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.

Key City Playhouse


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.



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