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


Our All-Musical Motion Picture Series!


In December our series takes on a fun Christmas Theme

with the beloved holiday classic:




Irving Berlin's



Saturday, December 20 -- at 1:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Sunday, December 21 -- at 1:00 p.m.



All shows and tickets at The Uptown Theatre




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



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


KCPT Benefit on Sunday, Dec. 7 -- Hank & Claire and The Guitar Hooligans


On Sunday December 7 at 7:30 p.m. four local artists will come together for a night of musical revelry to benefit Key City Public Theatre.

The Guitar Hooligans, consisting of Jonathan Strattman and John Koschnick, will start the evening out with a set of meticulously composed, yet effortlessly performed contemporary acoustic music. These fretboard wizards will channel masters such as Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel as they navigate seamlessly through a vast array of musical styles that will be sure to have audiences stomping their feet and whistling along by the end of the set.

Following the Hooligans are Hank and Claire, a tight-harmony folk duo renowned for their extensive catalog of songs that aim to tickle your funny bone and touch your heart. In addition to playing faithful interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk-influenced songs, the duo has an ever-expanding repertoire of originals and instrumentals featuring Claire’s exquisite playing on the bowed psaltery. "Every song takes you somewhere special and you’ll be glad you went there. This is duet music at it's very best!" says Bob Nelson, Co-founder of Pacific Northwest Folklore Society.

There will be beer, wine, and spirits as well as some tasty treats from the kitchen of Debbi and Dennis.

Please join us for this wonderful evening of music and philanthropy at Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington Street, Port Townsend. The suggested donation of $15 will go to directly to KCPT. Tickets are available at the playhouse box office, by phone at (360) 385-5278, or here online.

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Paul Rogers Holiday Hi-Jinx Show!


Paul Rogers Holiday Hi-Jinx Show    (his website)


Witty and irreverent holiday song send-ups

Tuesday December 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Key City Playhouse


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Paul Rogers brings his "Holiday Hi-Jinx" show to Key City Playhouse again this year!  Along with musical guests, Rogers presents this special holiday performance in Port Townsend full of humor and holiday hum-alongs.

The event is a co-production with George Rezendes and Toolshed SoundLab.

Rogers, member of the renowned San Francisco Bay-Area Christmas Jug Band and longtime front man for Those Darn Accordions, shares his hilarious original tunes that put a new twist on the holiday season will be the order of the evening.

"Santa Don't Do It (Shave on Christmas eve)”, "Plant A Santa", Rockin' the Nativity Scene" and NPR's 2002 Christmas song of the year, "Santa Lost A Ho" are just a few of the yuletide gems to be performed.

Rogers will be joined by an all-star cast of musicians comprised of Dirk Anderson on bass, Tom Svornich on drums, Kurt Festinger on Sax and Clarinet and George Rezendes on guitar, plus special guest Carla Main. Christmas attire is optional, but encouraged for this festive evening of musical merriment.


Past Event: "Lulu Belle & Skyland Scotty" on Sun. Oct. 19


Date:  Sunday October 19
Show Time:  7:30 p.m.
Tickets:  $15



Michael & Vickie Townsend

Doug Warren

Brian “Buck” Ellard

Sally Chapin

David Schroeder



Skyland Scotty Wiseman was a prolific composer who with his wife Lulu Belle performed on the WLS Barn Dance radio show out of Chicago.  Both were born in the Big Smokies of North Carolina, but didn’t meet until the Barn Dance, where their romance and marriage was widely celebrated.


Known as “The Hayloft Sweethearts”, Lulu Belle and Scotty used homespun humor and wholesome, catchy songs to launch a career that lasted over three decades.  “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You”, which Scotty wrote, is undoubtedly their biggest hit.

As fate would have it, Scotty is Michael Townsend’s uncle by marriage, and Michael grew up seeing old promotional photos and hearing stories about the country duo playing at family gatherings.


When Vickie, his wife and longtime music partner found the sheet music to “Have I Told You Lately…” at a local rummage sale, the Townsends began to seek out Scotty Wiseman’s songs in earnest. They found a vintage songbook from the 1940’s with over seventy tunes, and on Sunday, October 19th they will share the best of these with a Port Townsend audience.

“Some of Scotty’s songs are corny and fun, but many are heartfelt, even tragic,” says Townsend. “We’ll try to honor the legacy with stories about hard times, train wrecks, and whistlin’ women.”


Michael and Vickie played with the trio Beatnik Zydeco and have hosted previous shows at KCPT.  Country crooners Doug Warren and Brian “Buck” Ellard and songbird Sally Chapin will join the Townsends in this celebration of old time radio.  Master of ceremonies is theater ace David Schroeder, who may sell some patent medicine on the side.

Join the hayloft sweethearts and friends at the Key City Public Theatre on Sunday, October 19th at 7:30 pm. KCPT is located at 419 Washington Street, admission is $15.




Past Event:  Nina Sajeske & Andrew Wohlsen at the Playhouse -- October 27 & 28

Nina Sajeske & Andrew Wohlsen in Concert
Dates:  Monday, October 27 & Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Tickets:  $12.00

Let's Begin Here
A minimalist performance piece on things lost and found, forgotten and remembered.

Written and directed by Nina Sajeske and brought to life by Sadie LeDonna and Shawn Kellogg.

Live music by Bodie LaBrie.  Sound design by Nathan Chapman.

... AND ...

Gloom (or The Fabrication of Sanity): A Quasi-Autobiographical Morass.
A rousing rendition of one man's foray into the lamentable filth of wretched despair.

Written, directed and performed by Andrew Wohlsen.   




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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