Things to Do Week of April 18 to April 24

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Spring is definitely here. As I’m writing this I believe it’s in the 70’s and my garden is loving it. I hope you enjoy some or all of my recommendations for this week.

If you haven’t seen one of these HD productions at our San Juan Community Theater please indulge yourself. It’s almost as good as being there.

Bolshoi Ballet Only in Cinemas: “Don Quixote” – Monday, April 18, 2016, 07:00pm
Bolshoi Ballet Only in Cinemas production of Don Quixote will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2016 in San Juan Community Theatre in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Music Leon Minkus Choreography Alexei Fadeyechev (after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky).
Cervantes’ eccentric hero Don Quixote leaves on journey full of adventures with his loyal squire Sancho Panza in search of his perfect woman. On the way he meets Kitri, the dazzling daughter of an innkeeper who he thinks might be his ideal love.
The Bolshoi’s panache and excellence are combined in Fadeyechev’s critically acclaimed staging of this exalting performance with Leon Minkus’ famous score.
Featuring brand new sets and costumes to accompany this colorful and technically challenging production, DON QUIXOTE is quintessential Bolshoi, abounding with life!
Tickets are Adult/$20, Student Reserved/$10, Member $18 (box office only) can be purchased online or at the Box Office.
The presentation of our HD productions—including from the most renowned ballet company in the world: Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet! — is made possible through a generous bequest from the late Dodie Gann and underwriting by the McGee Foundation.
Due to a financial agreement with Bolshoi Ballet Only in Cinemas, no SJCT coupons are accepted for these productions.

Meet the OPALCO Board, the people who decide how much you pay for your electricity and when you will get high speed internet to your home. Ask pointed questions.

OPALCO Board Candidate Forum – Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 05:00pm – 07:00pm
OPALCO Board of Directors Candidate Forum candidates takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. April 20, 2016 at San Juan Island Grange Hall, 152 First Street North in Friday Harbor. Hear the candidates make their pitch for why they deserve your vote for a seat on the OPALCO Board of Directors.
Candidates speak from 5 to 6 p.m., OPALCO staff Q&A 6 to 7 p.m.

Come see this amazing production of “Venus in Fur” an exploration of gender roles and sexuality.

Venus in Fur – Thursday, April 21, 2016, 07:30pm
Island Stage Left has hired John Langs, the artistic director of Seattle’s ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) to direct Ty and Cassandra Boice in David Ives’ “Venus in Fur”. Performances take place April 7 to May 1, 2016 in the Marie Boe Building at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.
Langs is currently rehearsing Island Stage Left’s two-person cast in Seattle, getting ready to open this Tony award-winning, provocative, smart and hilarious play by David Ives.
Helen Machin-Smith of Stage Left says “We’re very excited as this represents another move forward for ISL and will showcase our two new Associate Artistic Directors for this season, Ty and Cassandra Boice.”
A young playwright, Thomas, has written an adaptation of the 1870 novel Venus in Fur by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (origin of the term “masochism”). At the end of a long day during which none of the actresses auditioning impresses him, in walks Vanda, very late and seemingly clueless, but she convinces him to give her a chance. As they perform scenes the lines between writer, actor, director, and character begin to blur.
An exploration of gender roles and sexuality, Venus in Fur is also a witty and unsettling look at the art of acting—onstage and off.
Performances: April 7-May 1 at the SJ County Fairgrounds Marie Boe Building. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays – Saturdays and at 4 p.m. Sundays except May 1 at 2 p.m.

NOT TO BE MISSED. This is opening night at the SJIMA of “Fragile Waters”, a fine art photography exhibition.

Fragile Waters opens at SJIMA – Saturday, April 23, 2016
Fragile waters

FRAGILE WATERS, a traveling fine art photography exhibition, opens Saturday, April 23, 2016 Earth Day weekend, and will run through Labor Day September 5, 2016 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA), Friday Harbor, Washington.

Opening events on Earth Day weekend in and around Friday Harbor:
Landscape Photography Walk: “Seeing with the Inner Eye”, Dorothy Kerper Monnelly – 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 location TBA, Tickets: $30 available at SJIMA or online at
Museum Gallery Walk, Ernest H. Brooks II – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2 pm, SJIMA, Free to ticket holders and members
Book Signing, Dorothy Kerper Monnelly – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 3 pm, SJIMA
Art As A Voice Lecture “Ansel Adams: Artist and Conservationist” Michael Adams, MD (Ansel Adams’ son) – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Brickworks on Nichols Street in Friday Harbor. Tickets: $20 non-members, $15 members, $10 students, Available at SJIMA or online at Remaining tickets will be available at the door.
The exhibition is further supported by educational programs focused on relevant global as well as Salish Sea issues. The exhibition and its related programs will provide learning opportunities for a wide audience of all ages through Labor Day.
FRAGILE WATERS is a powerful aesthetic and environmental statement, blending inspiring black-andwhite photography by three renowned photographers; Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, who feel a deep reverence for the marine environment and understand the integrity of place. Water is essential to all life we know. Yet our oceans, rivers, lakes and other sources of water are in crisis. Extreme weather events, aquifer depletion, toxic contaminants, fracking, pollution, spills, ocean acidification, floods, desertification, and the impact of rising seawater, are just a few of the urgent issues that confront us.
The FRAGILE WATERS exhibition was born out of these concerns. The 117 black-and-white photographs present a powerful collective statement. In technique and time these photographers span a century. These artists communicate the beauty and vitality of water, focusing on nature and engage the viewer in affirming the intrinsic aesthetic, emotional and essential life value of water.
Ansel Adams laid a foundation for his legendary technical mastery, as he traveled burdened with a cumbersome 8 x 10 camera and glass plate negatives, in pursuit of unspoiled nature. Adams pre-visualized images, expertly crafting elegant iconic landscapes where he intensified and purified the experience of natural beauty, capturing the sublime magnificence of wilderness. His work has been used to persuade lawmakers time and time again to preserve special environments, and create parks for a permanent public legacy.
Ernest H. Brooks II is one of the foremost underwater photographers and a trailblazer in the development of underwater photographic equipment and technique. Brooks has chronicled a wilderness unknown to most of us, including more recently, capturing infrared images of light on eerily calving Antarctica icebergs. He remains a tremendous voice for oceanic exploration, and an advocate for the preservation of critical marine environments.
Dorothy Kerper Monnelly’s intimate portrayal of the beauty of conserved marshland in Massachusetts takes on greater importance as swamps and marshes increasingly vanish in the face of urban development. She has played a key role in the protection of these vulnerable wetlands. Monnelly still forays through the marshes to catch the magic of dawn, but also explores coastal landscapes across the continent in all seasons. These three artists demonstrate the beauty of and reverence for the nature that inspires them.
FRAGILE WATERS was curated by Jeanne Falk Adams, former CEO of the Ansel Adams Gallery, and daughter-in-law of Ansel. Her expertise in the field has made her a much-sought-after reviewer, juror, and lecturer. Adams’ long involvement in environmental issues has convinced her that aesthetics, and black-and-white photography in particular, can alert, inspire, communicate, and motivate. Her goal was to inspire and engage visitors in dialogue and offer direct opportunities for advocacy and involvement. Photokunst LLC in Friday Harbor, developed FRAGILE WATERS, and is honored to represent and travel this vitally important exhibition.

This is an amazing performance of “Madame Butterfly” presented in HD at our own San Juan Community Theatre. You won’t be disappointed.

The Met: Live in HD: Madame Butterfly – Sunday, April 24, 2016, 02:00pm – 05:00pm
The Met: Live in HD production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at San Juan Community Theatre in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.
The title character of Madama Butterfly—a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage—is one of the defining roles in opera. The story triggers ideas about cultural and sexual imperialism for people far removed from the opera house, and film, Broadway, and popular culture in general have riffed endlessly on it. The lyric beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless.
Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. Kristine Opolais reprises her acclaimed portrayal of the title role, opposite Roberto Alagna as Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart. Karel Mark Chichon conducts.
Tickets are Adult/$20, Student Reserved/$10, Member/$18 (at box office only) can be purchased online or at the Box Office.
SJCT is in its third year of partnership with The Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live high definition performance transmissions to theaters around the world. The presentation of these operas is made possible through a generous bequest from the late Dodie Gann and underwriting from The McGee Foundation.
Due to a financial agreement with The Met: Live in HD, no SJCT coupons are accepted for these productions.

Have a great week and till next time

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