Last October, cinema buffs descended on our little island from all over the region for the inaugural Friday Harbor Film Festival. The theme was the Pacific Ocean and its Rim, with films about island cultures, marine ecology, environmental issues, great adventures and individuals who live and work near the world’s largest ocean. Many of the showings were accompanied by discussion panels with the directors and stars of the films, a very exciting thing to happen in Friday Harbor. My personal highlight was to see the now famous Blackfish for the first time, followed by an incredibly stimulating Q&A that had passionate opinions flying around the room.
This year’s festival will focus on the same theme, “Stories of the Pacific Rim.” Last year’s festival was a huge hit, with many of the films being sold out and getting rave reviews in local papers. The Journal named it one of the top 10 stories of 2013. You can donate now to help make the 2014 festival a success. Contributors of $300 or $500 will receive one or two All-Access Film Festival Passes with admission to all films, priority seating, plus admission to the special opening night soiree for film-makers, their guests, and event sponsors.
Throughout the spring, the festival will be showing thought-provoking films every Tuesday evening at the San Juan Island Grange to continue their mission to entertain, inspire and enlighten through film. Admission is by donation.
More information on when and where to purchase tickets will become available as the 2014 festival approaches.Admission: Crew Pass – $15 adults, $12 adults – single film ticket on a single day Deck Hand Pass – $55 adults, $45 students – one day pass for all films and events that day Mariner Pass – $150 adults, $120 students – 3-day pass for all films and events; priority seating included
Captain Pass – $250 adults, $200 students – 3-day pass for all films and events; priority seating above all others Dates/Times: November 7-9, all day
Location: San Juan Community Theatre, 100 2nd St. N.
Saturday, September 6……..7:30 pm
Chamber Music San Juan starts off its 27th anniversary season presenting some of the world’s most popular composers—from Haydn to Mendelssohn, Milhaud, Schubert and others.
San Juan Island cellist Sasha von Dassow will join the group of other Northwest and internationally-acclaimed artists: violinists Artur Girsky and Natasha Bazhanov; violist Julie Whitton; cellists Rowena Hammill and Doug Davis; and CMSJ Artistic Director clarinetist Patricia Kostek.
Many critics agree. The Washington Post says the group members “prove that the human voice remains the most powerful instrument of all.”
Student Reserved $13
The aptly named Good Lovelies are best friends Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, sharing music that is part folk-roots, part Western Swing. Their self-titled full-length album release in 2009 not only won the group “New Emerging Artist” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards but also a Juno (Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys) for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year in 2010. Their latest album, Live at Revolution, was released in December 2013, showcasing their glorious harmonies and playful songwriting. Canada’s Globe and Mail columnist Brad Wheeler says of the trio: “…they make three-part harmonies divinely—all sun, serotonin and retro-radio.”
Student Reserved $14
Student Rush (door only) $5
The San Juan Island Yacht Club proudly announces the 44th Annual Shaw Island Classic Yacht Race and invites all eligible boats and crews to participate.
Race Description: The course starts in Friday Harbor, heads around Shaw Island in either direction, and returns to Friday Harbor for the finish. A hearty lasagna dinner and awards ceremony will follow at the San Juan Island Yacht Club. For more information contact the SJIYC Race Committee via email: Fleetcaptain@sjiyc.com or contact Dave Aas, SJIYC Fleet Captain at 425-864-0840.