The Rapp for May 23

Fourth (Estate) Friday

Our monthly public story conference is at 9 a.m. this Friday (May 24) at Tula’s Off Main – out on the patio, if the weather’s nice. Whether inside or out, we’ll be there to hear your thoughts and ideas for the newspaper – and, since we’re working on some major upgrades this summer and welcome your feedback, our website. The coffee’s on us; the suggestions (complaints, cautions) are your responsibility. Call us at 540-675-3338 or email if you have questions – or just bring them to 311 Gay Street in Washington.

Your stay-cation options

Sticking close to home this weekend and looking for something to do when you can no longer do yard work? There are two options in Sperryville and Amissville to consider.

In Sperryville, you could stop by Coterie between 10 and 6 Saturday (May 25) and check out what’s being created. Craft tents will be set up with handmade pottery, amber jewelry, hand-forged iron, leather goods and unique walking sticks. There’ll be demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving, leather hand-sewing, sculpture, rustic woodworking and more. Josh Perrot of Savory Smoke will have pork and beef brisket sandwiches and more, Triple Oak Bakery will have gluten-free baked goods – and, next door at the Sperryville Schoolhouse proper, you’ll likely find there’s a new pub in town.

At the other end of the worldwide menu in Amissville, Narmada Winery offers lunch platters this weekend (both Saturday and Sunday) featuring Tandoori chicken or curried spinach and potato. Each will be accompanied by spicy dhal and vegetable pakora, and served over rice with raita on the side. Narmada also begins its summer music-on-the-lake series at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Guitarist Laurence Juber

Celebrated guitarist Laurence Juber returns to the Theatre at Washington at 8 p.m. next Saturday, (June 1) for a solo concert during his tour of the East Coast from his home base in California.

Acoustic guitarist Laurence Juber performs at the Theatre June 1.
Acoustic guitarist Laurence Juber performs at the Theatre June 1.

Juber is a two-time Grammy Award-winner, including one for his arrangement of “The Pink Panther.” He received his first Grammy as a young musician when he was lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s “Wings.” Acoustic magazine recently wrote that “when a guitarist has played with Paul McCartney for two years, naturally, it’s the aspect of his career that tends to stand out. It shouldn’t though, because in terms of his overall career output, Laurence Juber’s time with McCartney’s post-Beatles band Wings represents a fraction of what he has done, and continues to do.”

Since those far off days with Wings in London, Juber moved to California, where he composes, arranges and performs extensively, recording at least 22 solo albums.

Juber’s annual concerts at the Theatre attract an audience from far afield. “The Theatre is one of my favorite venues to play. It has just the right combination of intimacy and pure acoustics. I always look forward to my return visits,” Juber said recently.

Tickets for the concert are $25 ($10 for students 17 and younger). For reservations, call 540-675-1253 or email

June’s ‘Beauty Around Us’

“Pretty in Pink” by Jo Levine.
“Pretty in Pink” by Jo Levine.

Photographer Jo Levine and painter Nancy Brittle are the featured artists at Sperryville’s Middle Street Gallery from May 31-June 30. Their exhibition, called “Beauty Around Us,” is inspired by a Native American invocation, “Beauty before me, beauty behind me . . . beauty around me.”

A free reception is 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8. At the end of the month (June 28), both artists host a reception at the gallery and talk about the processes involved in their work from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of Sperryville’s monthly Fourth Friday events.

The works by Levine, a photographer from Washington, D.C. and Sperryville, feature atmospheric images of flowers and leaves. Many were taken during a project last summer that involved taking and posting for comment at least one photo a day.

“The pressure to produce something every day really stretched me creatively,” Levine says. Levine’s photographs have won several awards and hang in private collections throughout the greater D.C. area and across the country.

Detail of “Forsythia Girl” by Nancy Brittle.
Detail of “Forsythia Girl” by Nancy Brittle.

Remington artist Brittle chose the garden, early summer landscapes and figures with flowers in interpreting the show’s theme. The daughter of a farmer and herself a lifelong gardener, she has always believed that beauty can be found everywhere. Having painted most of her life, Brittle has studied in France several times, as well as with instructors at American University, the Pennsylvania Academy of Art and VCU.

Her work can also be seen at the Back Door Gallery in Fredericksburg, the ZigZag Gallery in The Plains and Crossroads Art Center in Richmond. Her paintings are in private and public collections in the U.S., Europe and South America.

The Middle Street Gallery is located at 3 River Lane in Sperryville. The gallery is open 10 to 5 Friday-Sunday. For more information, call 540-987-9330 or visit, which also has directions to the gallery.

RAAC’s open casting call

Have you wondered what it was like to act in a play, but weren’t sure you could memorize a lot of lines?

Well, the RAAC Community Theatre is holding open auditions for a staged reading, in which actors use scripts. Auditions are scheduled 1 to 3 p.m. this Sunday (May 26), as well as 2 to 4 p.m. next Saturday (June 1) at the theatre (310 Gay Street, Washington).

This all-female play, “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” by Nora and Delia Ephron, is based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman. Director Patty Hardee is looking for five to 10 adult women of all ages and experience levels.

“The play is a series of monologues and scenes that can accommodate flexible casting,” said Hardee, a local actor who has appeared in numerous RAAC Community Theatre productions. “I hope women from across the community will come to auditions for this funny and poignant play.”

“As a community theatre, we welcome anyone interested in working with us,” says Peter Hornbostel, the theatre’s artistic director. “This play is a great chance for those who want to dip a toe in theatrical waters.”

Because monologues feature prominently in the play, Hardee has enlisted Amissville resident Charlene James Duguid to coach the cast members in approaching their monologues. “This is an excellent play for actors to hone their monologue skills,” says Duguid. “It has variety and juicy possibilities for the actor.” Duguid, an experienced actor and acting coach, also leads a monologue workshop for area actors interested in improving their craft.

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Rehearsals are scheduled to begin in mid-June, depending on cast schedules. At auditions, please be prepared to note any schedule conflicts between mid-June and the performance dates, which are slated for the weekend of Sept. 20-21.

For more information, contact Hardee at 540-675-2506 or

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