2021 marks my 20th anniversary as a columnist for Seattle-area theatre. When I happily accepted the gracious invitation from the 5th Avenue Theatre to come on over, I had no idea my life would be changed in ways I never anticipated. The invitation turned out to be far more than attending cou…

Thrillers remain a staple of the film industry, and in recent years, the number and quality of mystery movies has grown notably. These include Hollywood and independent American productions as well as international films from a diverse range of countries. The scope of works, too, is versatil…

Note to readers: Beginning now, I will be expanding my periodic column for the Daily Record to include book reviews, as well as the film and television commentary I have written about over the past years. I am renaming the column “Other Worlds,” and hope to introduce readers and viewers to b…

Films do not need to be wildly fictional to captivate viewers. Sometimes those with a historical context can capture the imagination as powerfully as films with a contemporary setting.

As the holiday season moves along, the usual Christmas cheer has been muted by dreary weather, the persistent onslaught of Covid 19, and post-election tensions. What better way to ward off the blues than entering the magical world of movie make-believe.

In the past year, movie production has declined significantly due to the COVID-19 virus, meaning that there are fewer feature films to view. But the entertainment industry has been active nonetheless, offering up numerous dazzling series available for streaming on Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu,…

It’s that time of year when the ghouls and goblins flit around, benignly haunting our streets and neighborhoods, and putting us in the mood for some movie frights. I love a well-done journey into the dark world of the uncanny, the ghostly, and the best such films produce chills of the psycho…

If you’re like me, you occasionally feel saddened by the end of perhaps the greatest saga in TV memory, the multi-seasoned Downton Abbey. I watched the series avidly, then re-watched the whole thing on Netflix, then raced to the theater to view the Downton Abbey movie, and now, several years…

In the past decade, streaming services such as Amazon Video and Netflix, along with cable channels and even mainstream networks, have produced a prolific number of high-caliber mystery series, featuring blue chip production values, star casts, and outstanding writers.

We are all experiencing stress these days — from the anxiety of a toxic virus, the inability, for many, to go to work, the strain of confinement, and other current pressures that assail us daily.

With the first confirmed case of the corona virus in Kittitas County last weekend and news that Seattle-area colleges have moved their classes online, is a community-wide quarantine next for us?

This March the Central Washington University Theatre Ensemble presents a New York Times Critic’s Pick and Pulitzer Prize finalist, “The Wolves.”

The First Friday Art Walk runs from 5-7 p.m. in downtown Ellensburg and at the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery at Central Washington University. Here’s a look at what’s showing:

The Ellensburg High School winter musical “State Fair” concludes this weekend, with shows at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, all at the Morgan Performing Arts Center.

In the days leading up to the Oscars each year, trade magazines and newspapers like the L.A. Times run anonymous opinions from voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences about the films nominated for the industry’s top awards.

The First Friday Art Walk runs from 5-7 p.m. in downtown Ellensburg and at the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery at Central Washington University. Here’s a look at what’s showing:

Christmas is extended farther into the New Year of 2020 with Village Theatre’s exquisite production of “She Loves Me.” Even if you are unfamiliar with this under- appreciated musical, you are likely familiar with the plot. The plot has been through a variety of variations.

“Mrs. Doubtfire,” playing a Pre-Broadway “tryout run”; extended by popular demand through Jan. 4, is the 22nd new musical produced by the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, and the 10th to move directly to Broadway; expected to debut in Spring, 2020.

The First Friday Art Walk runs from 5-7 p.m. in downtown Ellensburg and at the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery at Central Washington University. Here’s a look at what’s showing:

Musical theatre is the most “American” of art forms, and I have always regarded Frank Loesser’s sassy song-fest “Guys and Dolls” (1950) as the quintessential American musical comedy. I love the songs and the fantasy version of life in New York City. Adapted by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows fro…

Every quarter, the talented students and faculty in Central’s Theatre Department put on various productions to showcase their talents. This quarter, one of those productions is “Stupid F##king Bird,” a tragic comedy about unrequited love, conflict between the generations, and the search for …

As you may have gleaned over time, I love a good thriller: the intrigue, the mystery, the suspense, all of which make a compelling cinematic experience for viewers like myself who enjoy feeling temporarily off-axis, excited to enter a world where things are not what they seem.

It is more than appropriate to revisit “Dracula” as fall transforms into cold and chilly winter. ACT Theatre artistic director John Langs states that Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic novel established Dracula as “the most mesmerizing supernatural villain ever to swoop through the dark corners of ou…

Bright marigolds and the sounds of mariachi will abound on Nov. 2 at Central Washington University’s annual Día de los Muertos celebration in the Student Union and Recreation Center.

While visiting England in the summer of 1986, I drank tea in the garden of Jane Austen’s home. Her home had been converted into a museum or some sort of tourist attraction. I recall her novels, including “Sense And Sensibility” and “Pride And Prejudice,” were displayed and for sale in the ki…

Last Friday night, the Ellensburg Film Festival (an impressive venture over the years), showed Hitchcock’s masterwork “Rear Window,” starring Stewart in one of his most memorable roles (more on that later). For 55 years, and through more than 80 films, James Stewart graced silver screens wit…

The First Friday Art Walk runs from 5-7 p.m. in downtown Ellensburg and at the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery at Central Washington University. Here’s a look at what’s showing:

Village Theatre kicks off its 40th Anniversary Season with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” definitely one of the most wacky shows I have ever seen.

Since 1999, Gallery One has invited artists to create art in the streets as a way to connect the community to art during Paint Ellensburg. This year’s event takes place over two weekends, with the art in action portion taking place Saturday, and the auction Sept. 21.

Whether you are a rodeo fan or prefer other forms of entertainment, the culture from which it emerges — farming, ranching, livestock husbandry, and cattle driving — is vibrant in our part of the world, still central to our Western way of life.

The First Friday Art Walk runs from 5-7 p.m. in downtown Ellensburg and at the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery at Central Washington University. Here’s a look at what’s showing:

An annual tradition since 2012, giant puppets will roam the streets during the Buskers in the Burg parade. Hours and hours of work are done to prepare these larger-than-life works of art, and you can be a part of that process.

Valley Musical Theatre’s summer musical “The Music Man” is continuing its run this weekend with shows at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.