Saturday is International Women’s Day. If your boots were made for walkin’, get out of town to one of these events with a female focus:
1 The play is the thing in Port Townsend
Women playwrights reading, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8; 3 one-act plays, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 7-8, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9; $10-$15, Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington St., Port Townsend
Shop, sip and sup in a historical seaport, then enjoy original local theater and celebrate International Women’s Day this Saturday at the Port Townsend Playfest. This is Locals Weekend, with the full festival following March 13-16, but go now for smaller crowds. Saturday, sit in on “Here, There & Everywhere: Readings of Women Playwrights from Around the World.” Friday through Sunday: three one-act plays by winning local playwrights.
2 A Women's Film Festival in Portland
Thursday-Sunday, March 6-9, Hollywood Theatre, $6-$8, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland.
International Women’s Day gets a big nod in Portland with this weekend’s POWFest (Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival). Saturday, see the North American premier of “Dog’s Paradise,” a tail-wagging tale of exile and innocence set in 1953 Moscow, by Russian filmmaker Anna Tchernakova. Or “A Self-Made Man,” a candid look at what it means to be transgender, told through an intimate portrait of trans youth advocate Tony Ferraiolo. Short films cover adult relationships as well as family-friendly themes.
3 Vive la France in Victoria
All day Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9, Centennial Square, Victoria, B.C. Live music noon-4 p.m. each day, free
Whether it’s sampling a melt-in-your-mouth pain au chocolat or listening to a lineup of emerging French-speaking vocal artists, bilingual Canada is a good place to get a taste of France. Head for the Victoria French Fest on Centennial Square this weekend. For International Women’s Day, Saturday’s performance lineup is all female, including French-speaking Manitoba native Marijosée, who will launch a new album. Also expect artisans in everything from painting to pastries.