The Art of Death: Workshops, presentations, music and more will be part of "The Art of Death: Shifting the Way We Look at Death" Conference taking place Fri., Oct. 2 through Sun., Oct. 11 at the Fairhaven Library, Fairhaven Park, Whatcom Cremation, Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building and beyond. Most events are free; some have a fee and will require pre-registration.
Forever Plaid: Expect classic barbershop harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies when Forever Plaid continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Wednesday through Friday, 3pm and 7:30pm Saturday, and 3pm Sunday at Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The popular musical focusing on four young musicians who have returned from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory is MBT's Fall Rep show. Tickets are $35; additional shows take place Oct. 14-18. more »
Spamalot: King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table—as well as a bevy of beautiful showgirls, cows, killer rabbits and loads of French people—will make appearances when Monty Python's Spamalot concludes this weekend with showings at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets are $8-$14. more »
Oliver: The world of Charles Dickens will be given a fresh voice when the musical Oliver continues this weekend with 7:30pm performances Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday, at the Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave. Tickets to see the musical about an orphan and his adventures are $20; additional showings happen through Oct. 24. more »
Lynden Farmers Market: Procure goods from local growers at the Lynden Farmers Market from 12-5pm at 324 Front St. (across from the Jansen Art Center). The market continues Thursdays through Oct. 29. more »
Knife Skills: Chef Erik Morris leads a hands-on "Knife Skills" class from 6:30-8:30pm in Mount Vernon at Gretchen's Kitchen, 509 S. First St. Students will practice on fruits, vegetables and meat that will be put to good use in a communal meal at the end of class. Entry is $30.
Art of Poaching: Cookbook author Mary Ellen Carter focuses on the "Art of Poaching" at a class from 6:30-8:30pm at the Community Food Co-op, 1220 N. Forest St. Entry is $39; a $7 wine option is payable at class. more »
Chuckanut Radio Hour: Stephanie Kallos presents her new novel, Language Arts, as the featured author at the live taping of the Chuckanut Radio Hour at 7pm at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. The monthly event also features poet Kevin Murphy, Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, an episode of the "Bellingham Bean," and more. Tickets are $5. more »
Reclaimers: As part of the "Nature of Writing" series, Ana Maria Spagna reads from Reclaimers at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St. In the autobiographical book, Spagna drives an aging Buick up and down the long strip of West Coast mountain ranges and alongside rivers to meet the people, many of them wise women, who persevered for decades with little hope of success to make changes happen. more »
Tig Notaro: Grammy Award-winning standup comedienne Tig Notaro brings her funny business to Bellingham at a 7pm show at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Notaro—a breast cancer survivor—is helping raise funds and awareness for Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood's early cancer detection and prevention programs. Tickets are $20 general, $50 for a post-show reception with Notaro. more »
Bellingham Book: Cecil Jentges presents his book Bellingham (Images of America) at 7:30pm at Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Published last spring, the book is part of the Arcadia Publishing series on the Pacific Northwest. It includes many photographs, and is a great reference for anyone interested in local history. Suggested donation is $3. more »
Party with Porter: Megann Schmidt, Sherrie Kahn, Ben Buchanan, Martin Bray, and Martha Benedict will sing more than 30 wry, romantic and "downright hysterical" songs when the Bellingham Music Club presents A Swell Party with Cole Porter at 7:30pm at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. The musical can be seen again Sat., Oct. 24 at the Firehouse and Sat., Nov. 21 at Lynden's Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. Tickets are $15. more »