August: Osage County
Experience the dark side of a Midwestern American family when August: Osage County concludes this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St. Tickets to see the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play—which is directed by Marla Bronstein—are $12-$14. Note that this play carries content and language warnings; please see the website or call the ticket office for details.
Bellingham Theatre Guild ::
Mother's Day Weekend Chocolate Lounge
Chocolate, art and live music will be part of a Mother's Day Pop-up Chocolate Lounge from 5-10pm Friday and Saturday, and 12-5pm Sunday at Evolve Chocolate headquarters at 1313 N. State St. All confections will be available as individual purchases or can be gift-wrapped.
Evolve Chocolate ::
Hear hits such as "Food Glorious Food" and "Consider Yourself" when Oliver—the award-winning musical based on Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist—opens this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at Lynden's Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St. Tickets are $8-$12; additional performances happen through May 22.
Claire vg Thomas Theatre ::
Alice in Wonderland
Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth's junior performers present showings of Alice in Wonderland at 7pm Friday, 2pm and 7pm Saturday, and 2pm Sunday at the BAAY Theatre, 1059 N. State St. Tickets are $10. A new cast will present the classic again May 13-15.
BAAY Theatre ::
48 Hour Theater Festival
View two nights of world premiere one-act plays, all written and produced in the prior 24 hours, at the 48 Hour Theater Festival taking place at 7:30pm and 9:30pm Friday and Saturday at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Since this will be the final "48" in the space before the organization moves to the Sylvia Center for the Arts in coming months, the epic event will feature nearly double the usual number of writers, directors and actors, including the return of veteran writers from seasons past. Tickets are $12, and advance reservations are recommended.
iDiOM Theater ::
Music, Magic & Mayhem
Get a sneak peek of On the Precipice Productions and Seattle's Minion Productions' upcoming Bellingham Fringe Series at "Music, Magic & Mayhem" performances at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. At the show, accordion-punk auteur Strangely presents his "rollicking cabaret riot," with accordions, acrobatics, bad jokes and bawdy ballads. Fringe magician Christopher Bange will also share his talents, served up with humor and attitude. Tickets are $15.
Firehouse Performing Arts Center ::
Tarnation and Exchange
Show up to view an improvised Wild West comedy show when "Tarnation" returns to the stage at 8pm Friday and Saturday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 10pm, stick around for "The Exchange Program," which will feature ensemble performers joined by standup comics, poets, actors and musicians from around the region. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Both formats show through May.
Upfront Theatre ::
733-8855 or www.theupfront.com
10:00am - 5:00pm
Books and Plants
Attend an annual Spring Plant and Book Sale from 10am-5pm both inside and outside the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. In addition to books for adults and children, the sale will feature locally grown plants of all types—including shrubs and flowers, house plants, berry plants, hanging baskets and more.
Ferndale Library ::
10:30am - 12:00pm
As part of Children's Book Week, local author Rebecca Van Slyke reads from Dad School at 10:30am in Lynden at Village Books, 430 Front St. With warm, silly illustrations and a fun role-reversal story in which dads act like kids, young readers will love imagining what would happen if their own dads went to Dad School.
Village Books ::
10:30am - 9:00pm
Feelings, Love, and Dodos
As part of Children's Book Week, local author Keith Negley reads from Tough Guys Have Feelings, Too at 10:30am at Village Books, 1200 11th St. At 2pm, author Martha Brockenbrough reads from the YA novel, The Game of Love and Death. At 7pm, Michael Hurwicz reads from The Meltese Dodo, a book featuring a detective on a mission to save the earth. All events are free.
Village Books ::
11:00am - 12:00pm
Matthew Thuney will be reading from and signing copies of his new book, Bucolia: Hijinx in the Hinterlands, from 11am-12pm in Maple Falls at the North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Rd. In a humorous and heartfelt way, the book narrates the author's bewildered attempts to adjust to country living in Whatcom County's South Fork Valley.
North Fork Library ::
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Amy Goodman on Tour
As part of a 100-city tour, Democracy Now radio host Amy Goodman will speak as part of a 20th anniversary celebration of daily, independent, global TV/radio news at 12pm at Mount Vernon's Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. Front St. A book signing of Democracy Now! Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America will follow. Entry is $5.50-$20; all proceeds will go to Skagit Valley College radio stations KSVR-FM and KSVU-FM.
Lincoln Theatre ::
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Tune in for episodes of the radio drama series "Bellingham Terror" at 1:30pm Saturdays and 7:30pm Tuesdays on SPARK Radio (102.3FM). The show features more than 40 local actors and the sounds and locations of 1935 Bellingham. Episodes revolve around historical events and local places, touching on such landmarks as the Mason Block in downtown Fairhaven, the Blue Canyon Mine in south Whatcom County, and the burning of Fairhaven High School in 1936.
SPARK Radio ::
2:00pm - 5:00pm
The Maple Leaf Jazz Band will perform New Orleans/Dixieland music at the Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society’s monthly concert and dance from 2-5pm at the VFW Hall, 625 N State St. Entry is $6 students, $10 members, $12 non-members.
VFW Hall ::
371-7030 or www.btjs.webs.com
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Meet a Random House rep who will buzz about forthcoming books and give readers the inside scoop on Spring 2016 titles at a "Book Buzz" presentation from 2-3:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Entry is free to all adults.
Lynden Library ::
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Veterans of Comedy
Military veterans Will C., Ibo Brewer, and Erik Knowles will deliver their experiences in a hilarious package as part of a "Veterans of Comedy" show hosted by JR Redwater at 7pm in Anacortes at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Dr. Tickets to the 18-and-over show are $10-$20.
Swinomish Casino and Lodge ::
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Kulshan Chorus' Greatest Hits
Experience the beauty of more than 90 voices raised in song when the longtime Kulshan Chorus presents a "Greatest Hits" concert at 7:30pm at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave. The show will reinvent some classics from the choir and showcase a number of recent additions by Artistic Director Dustin Willetts. Tickets are $5-$20.
Bellingham High School ::
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Prom Night with USA Dance
USA Dance will host a Prom Night with live music by Kuhl and the Gang from 7:15-10pm at Presence Studio, 1412 Cornwall Ave. Th evening will begin with an East Coat Swing lesson taught by Mary Evans, and be followed by a dance party. Entry is $7-$10.
Presence Studio ::
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Skagit Symphony Classic Concert
The Skagit Symphony presents its annual "Classic Concert" to end its season with a 7:30pm performance at Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way. Works by Strauss, Britten, Mozart, and Hindemith can be heard. Tickets are $20-$40.
McIntyre Hall ::
7:30pm - 10:30pm
First Saturday Folk Dance
Zakusa will provide the live music at the First Saturday Folk Dance from 7:30-10:30pm at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. No partner or experience is necessary. Suggested donation is $15; all ages are welcome.
Fairhaven Library ::
9:30pm - 11:30pm
Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest's bimonthly "Salsa Night" taking place from 9pm-12am on the first and third Saturdays of the month at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State St. Entry to the all-ages event is $4.
Cafe Rumba ::