July 2-14: PT Shorts Presents Readings From John Steinbeck in Honor of July 4

Plus: Auditions for the 2012-2014 Speakers Bureau continue, the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum’s exhibit gets a grand opening, and presentations from the current Speakers Bureau and poet laureate.

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THIS WEEK (July 2-7, 2012)

PT Shorts

PT Shorts director Catherine McNabb (right) and actors Scott and Heather Nollette outside the old Port Townsend Cannery, near where they will perform John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row July 7.

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PORT TOWNSEND – In honor of the Fourth of July, the performance troupe PT Shorts presents readings from the great American author John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. These works highlight Steinbeck’s ability to look at both the goodhearted and greedy sides of humanity. The reading from Of Mice and Men will be broadcast on KPTZ radio at 3:30 p.m. on Friday (July 6) [Details], while selections from Cannery Row and The Grapes of Wrath will be presented at 7:30pm Saturday (July 7) at the Pope Marine Building [Details]. PT Shorts receives support from Humanities Washington’s grants program, and is put on by the Key City Public Theater during Gallery Walk in Port Townsend on the first Saturday of every month.

MONDAY (July 2)

STATEWIDE – The deadline for independent film submissions to KCTS 9’s Reel NW program is today [Details].

THURSDAY (July 5)

Speakers Bureau

Auditions for our 2012-14 Speakers Bureau wrap up July 5-7.

SEATTLE – Auditions for Humanities Washington’s 2012-14 Speakers Bureau [Details].

VANCOUVER – The traveling exhibit A Taste of Native America opens at the Clark County Historical Society & Museum, sponsored by a grant from Humanities Washington. Presenters Sam Robinson, Vice Chair of the Chinook Nation and educator Greg Archuleta of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will help celebrate the exhibit’s opening [Details].

FRIDAY (July 6)

SEATTLE – Auditions for Humanities Washington’s 2012-14 Speakers Bureau [Details].

VASHON – The exhibit Vashon Main Street: The Ever Changed face of Vashon Highway opens at the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum, with support from Humanities Washington’s grant program. The display looks at how the Vashon Highway and transportation on Vashon shaped the island community [Details].

SATURDAY (July 7)

SEATTLE – Auditions for Humanities Washington’s 2012-14 Speakers Bureau conclude [Details].

NEXT WEEK (July 8-14, 2012)

Amy Rubin

Amy Rubin


TUESDAY (July 10)

BELLEVUE – Speakers Bureau’s Amy Rubin, The Fascinating Rhythms of North and South America [Details].

THURSDAY (July 12)

SEATTLE – Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken gives a reading at the Rotary Club of Seattle Northeast [Details].

Jim Kershner

Jim Kershner


FRIDAY (July 13)

HARRINGTON – Speakers Bureu’s Jim Kershner, A Fighting Life: A Boxer-Turned-Lawyer Battles for Civil Rights [Details].

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