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i 2000 :- FOR THE COMMUNITIES OF NORTH SNOHOMISH COUNTY o:- THE MARYSVlLLE GLOBE. help out- gated find ng and fish- Year. Page C2 School Stu- I drama orm the fools around -~d by Against Page C1 Mary DmOng gOd- POol of SARAH ARNEY The Weekender Stillaguamish Senior Center residents Tony and Laris Ruiz practice old time country music songs in preparation for their performance at the Stillaguamish Senior Center Friday They will be joined by their friends Joe Rosson, who also lives at the center, his vocalist partner Fern Benoit and another friend, Johnny O'Keefe, on steel guitar by Sarah Arney __ on my lap," said Ruiz, with a premature baby Friday' luncheon con- she was too young, The Weekender after singing a couple who died a few cert there this Friday, and a rich girl, so I songs in his apartment months later and her March 3, although they didn't think twice 'i~' n the face of last week. own set of disabilities, have performed forabout her," said Tony. adversity, play- Laris, too, has a The two musi- friends and When he found out ~ ing guitar gives good share of prob- cians, who just got casual gather- she was poor, too, and Tony Ruiz a lems. She spent six married last ings there, only 16 years his reason to live. And his months in the hospital March, have Tony and junior, things changed. wife Laris Ruiz is by in 1980 after getting been resi- Laris met They got married last his side with her vio- botulism from a tea- through their March and spent their lin. spoon of canned 4 involvement with the honeymoon in hospital Having lost both spinach. The Old Time Country when Tony had his legs due to diabetes, crisis left Music Association in second leg amputated. and with cirrhosis of her dents Everett when they Tony has been play- the liver, a bad heart of the Stil- lived separately at ing guitar most of his and bad kidneys, Tony laguamish Baker View apart- life, but only started plans to continue play- Senior ments. They knew performing for others ing guitar as long as Center each other for a year in 1993, soon after his he lives, community before Laris asked "I told my doctor I since Decem- Tony for a ride to a was gonna die on ber 1999. They will music outing. stage with this guitar present their first "I always thought GUITAR page C2 FILM FESTIVAL Special to The Weekender EVERETT -- Women will explore their sense of self and search for meaning within the family and society as a whole at the third annual Everett Women's Film Festival, which begins with a gala reception in the Monte Cristo Ballroom Fri- day evening, March 3. All films will be screened at the Historic Everett Theater, 2911 Colby Ave., in Everett. The Friday evening pro- gram includes two deeply moving documentaries on family and war. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., "One of Us," by Susan Korda, documents a young woman attempting to come to terms with the trou- bled sacred history' of her Viennese-Jewish family. Barbara Sonneborn's Academy Award-nominated "Regret to Inform" follows Sonneborn's visits to post-war Vietnam to examine the long-term effects of war from the perspectives of both Vietnamese and American women. Sonneborn's husband was killed in Vietnam when she was 24. Saturday morning screenings begin at 8:45 a.m. "Gracious Curves," by Kiti Luostari- nen, "On Her Baldness" by Wendy Rowland and "The Famine Within," by Katherine Gil- day all examine women's obsessions with their bodies -- perfect inspiration for the round-table discussion at the Saturday lun- cheon. Admission to the luncheon is $10. Films on Saturday afternoon begin at 1:l 5 p.m. with Peter Friedman's "I talk to Ani- mals: A Portrait of Samantha Khury." This film about the special powers of an animal therapist delves into the mysteries of the animal psyche. Also on Saturday afternoon two short films are on the program. In the animated "Second Debut," by Peter Doucet, Sophie Brown retires after 35 years with the same company. Amy Harrison's "Guerillas in our Midst," looks at the art world from the perspective of an anonymous group of art terrorists wearing gorilla masks. The festival concludes with Dariush Farsi's "Leila," a powerful drama about a young Iranian couple whose continued child- lessness exposes them to relentless family and societal pressures. Brochures with a complete schedule of the film festival are available at the Everett Library, 2702 Hoyt in Everett. Several ticket packages are available with special rates for seniors and students. Tick- ets are available at the door as space allows. For information call 425.259.9088 or email to ~O II ld fatal- the s Film :riday Monte b v Sarah Arney The Weekender startling, unsettling drama, "Bang, Bang You're Dead," was pre- sented by Lakewood High School drama students for Lakewood Mid- die School students last Thursday. Written by Northwest play- wright Bill Mastrosimone, "Bang, Bang You're Dead," illustrates a high school student's mental anguish after he shoots a group of classmates. The project is cosponsored by the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and Moth- ers Against Violence in America (MAVIA),. Representatives from the prosecuting attorney's office moderated a discussion after the performance. Funds for the pro- ject came from a federal grant to communicate antiviolence mes- sages in schools, said LHS drama teacher Scott Moberly. Through a combination of flashbacks, dreams of the night, and flash forwards, the drama por- trays Josh as a seemingly typical teenager who wants all the toys and who pushes his parents until he gets what he wants. The story flashes back to the argument he had with his parents when he begged them for a rifle so that he could go hunting with his grandfa- ther. But the gun backfires for Josh. SARAH ARNEY The Weekender Lakewood drama student Ben Miracle plays the lead character, Josh, who kills five class- mates in the dramatic production "Bang, Bang You're Dead," sponsored in part by the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the Snohomish County Sheriffs Office and Mothers Against Violence in Amer- ica (MAVlA) After killing his first deer, Josh is girlfriend dumps him because he were given an opportunity to ask surprised to find himself emotion- prefers to go hunting instead of questions. One younger student ally distressed at the death, but meeting her at the mall, he feels asked the actor who played Josh, his grandfather congratulates him rejected and writes a threatening "Did you want to play the bad and takes a snapshot for the mere- note on a blackboard at school, guy?" ory. His anger and frustration culmi- Ben Miracle, one of two who But the kids at school, and nates with the unthinkable, and played the lead character, Josh, in especially his girlfriend, were not the voices of five dead students two presentations Thursday after- impressed. When they rejected his forever haunt him. noon, said he did want to play the enthusiasm for killing animals, he After the hour-long presenta-bad guy, but not because he relat- becomes angry. Then when his tion, the middle-school students ed to him. "I'm not that kind of guy" he clarified to his younger fellow student. It was the chal- lenge of taking on the lead role that he really wanted. "Killing is stupid and I wanted to act the role to communicate that," he told the younger students. The play will be presented by the two casts at other schools around the county during the next few months. They will present the drama at Granite Falls Middle School Friday, March 3 and later in the month they'll be going to a middle school in Snohomish. Students in the double-casted play are Steven Kempf and Ben Miracle as Josh, Zach Hansen and Emmet Brost as Michael, Lyndsay Kelley and Laura Harrett as Katie, Sarah McCreadie and Jamie Pepin as Jessie, Amanda Criger and Hope Duncan as Emily, Kevin Stride and Alan Smith as Grandpa and Josh's Dad, Matt Paul and David Soss as the judge, Beth Ford as Josh's Morn and Alex Butler as a witness, Kim Pharris and Malady Johnson as prosecutor and therapist, Seth Robbins and Kileah Becker as jury foreman and school principal and Wendi Ortiz and Heather Brown as the drummer. For information call Lake- wood High School drama teacher Scott Moberly at 360.652.4505 or Bonnie Tweeten at the attorney's office 425.388.6302. ~O