"}
On Stage

Staged for Summer

Don’t go indoors, ever

Thursday, July 3, 2014

If you’re anything like me, once summer hits in full force in the Pacific Northwest—typically on July 5—you want to spend as much of it as humanly possible outdoors, including when you’re eating, drinking, sleeping, playing, talking to friends, watching music, and, yes, even enjoying the creative arts. Lucky for us, opportunities to stay outside abound.

In fact, by the time you read these words, students from Western Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance’s Advanced Acting Topics will likely have perfected the mannerisms and character traits for the stock characters they’ll be portraying at “Commedia in the Park” performances July 3-5 at Bellingham’s Maritime Heritage Park. Expect to see everyone from tricky servants to young lovers and foolish old men make appearances in the highly physicalized masked comic performance, which first originated in the Italian Renaissance and continues to draw audiences to this day. Oh, and did I mention it’s free?

Once the “Commedia” performances wrap up, look to Sunday, July 6 for another free offering—this time in the universe of dance and music. Put on by Linda “Fiddlin’” Fox, the aptly named “Fiddlin’ Fox Dance Concerts” see the Fairhaven Village Green come alive every Sunday afternoon in July with live music, dancing and dance instruction. The all-ages events are sponsored and organized by Fox—who, every summer, also pays to promote them in a variety of publications and other news outlets. The series starts this Sunday with the swing jazz sounds of the Salt Water Octet, and continues July 13 (Swamp Soul), July 20 (Balkanarama), and July 27 (Alma Villeges). Fox has been fiddling and bringing live music to dancers in Bellingham and beyond since 1981, so we’re confident the world-music-based lineup for this month will get citizens moving to the music.

Starting July 10 and continuing on various dates through Aug. 16, actors, directors, costumers and volunteers from Shakespeare Northwest will be returning to the Rexville Grange’s Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheater to ply their Shakespearean trade. Set away from the grange in an old rock quarry, the stage for this year’s theatrical offerings—more on those in a minute—provides a rare acoustic and sensory experience. In fact, if you leave your cell phone in your car and enter into the performance without the tethers of modern life, you might just be in for some time traveling.

Both comedy and tragedy are on the Skagit River Shakespeare Festival’s bill this season, with the murderous Macbeth kicking things off on opening night. According to a recent press release, audiences will be able to “discover just how far one man will journey to embrace a foretold destiny in this timeless tale of unbridled ambition.”

On the lighter side, an updated version of the comedic Much Ado About Nothing will bring the Bard’s timeless themes of mistaken identity and matchmaking gone awry to the mix. Set on the Amalfi coast of Italy in the late 1920s, the characters “dizzyingly pivot through scandal, subterfuge and deception, wrestling with their affections.”

If you’ve got stamina—and still don’t want to go inside—you may want to wait until Sat., July 26 to make your way to the Rexville Grange. On that day, the annual “Iron Man” performances will include showings of both of the aforementioned classics, plus a “To Be or not TV2” performance. Can you do it? Yes, I think you can.

Ticket Cascadia
More On Stage...
Election Selections
Broadway Takes on Politics

What do the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, Groucho Marx, gangsters, suffragettes, Mamie Eisenhower, an elephant and a donkey have in common?

You’ll find the definitive answer by procuring tickets to Bellingham Music Club’s new cabaret-style musical, Broadway Takes on Politics, which runs…

more »
Women's World
Love, Loss and What I Wore

The five women who tell their tales in Love, Loss, and What I Wore don’t shy away from touchy subjects.

Whether they’re discussing the death of a child, ex-husbands, being raped at college, dressing room anxiety or aging, the 28 monologues comprising the play penned by sisters Nora and…

more »
Improv 101
A back-to-school guide

If year-round residents have noticed more U-Hauls awkwardly parked in alleys and on sidewalks and lawns throughout Bellingham neighborhoods of late, it’s a sure sign Western Washington University students are returning to town en masse, swelling the city’s population and looking for…

more »
Events
Today
Whatcom Water Week

10:00am|Whatcom County

The Music Man

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Little Women

7:30pm|Whidbey Playhouse

The Miracle Worker

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival

10:00am|La Conner

Get an edible education

4:00pm

Love, Loss and What I Wore

7:30pm|Heiner Auditorium

Hellingham

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Handling the truth

9:35pm

Run Like a Girl

8:00am|Fairhaven Park

Anacortes Farmers Market

9:00am|Depot Arts Center

Benefit Garage Sale

9:00am|T.G. Richards Building

Cabbage Class

9:00am|Garden Spot Nursery

Mount Vernon Farmers Market

9:00am|Riverfront Plaza

Model Train Show

9:00am|Northwest Washington Fairgrounds

Twin Sisters Farmers Market

9:00am|Nugent's Corner

Healthcare Film

9:30am|Bellingham Public Library

Fermentation Fun

10:00am|Blaine Library

Fall Family Fun

10:00am|Glen Echo Garden

Birding Walk

10:00am|South Whatcom Library

Fall Fruit Festival

10:00am|Cloud Mountain Farm Center

Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms

10:00am|Skagit County

Film is Truth Anniversary Party

10:00am|Bellingham Public Market

Blaine Gardeners Market

10:00am|Peace Portal Drive

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour

10:00am|Whatcom County

Porpathon

10:00am|Salish Sea

Buddy Walk

11:00am|Fairhaven Village Green

National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photos Opening

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building

Boating Center Open

12:00pm|Community Boating Center

Banned Books Week Read-In

12:30pm|Village Books

Intro to NaNoWriMo

1:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

Artist Lecture

1:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Matched Makers Opening

2:00pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Timber Rose

2:00pm|North Fork Library

Traditional Jazz

2:00pm|VFW Hall

Blessing of the Animals

3:30pm|Cornwall Park

Poetry Palavers

4:00pm|Village Books

Matzke Art Auction

5:00pm|Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park

Edison Opening

5:00pm|Smith & Vallee Gallery

Celebrating Jack Prelutsky

5:30pm|Western Library

USA Dance

7:00pm|Presence Studio

Fred Morrison

7:00pm|Littlefield Celtic Center

The Aimees

7:00pm|BAAY Theatre

George Winston

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Tannahill Weavers

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Folk Dance Party

7:30pm|Fairhaven Library

Bellingham Chamber Music Society

7:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Mount Baker Theatre Northwood Steak and Crab
Tomorrow
The Music Man

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Little Women

7:30pm|Whidbey Playhouse

The Miracle Worker

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival

10:00am|La Conner

Love, Loss and What I Wore

7:30pm|Heiner Auditorium

Handling the truth

9:35pm

Benefit Garage Sale

9:00am|T.G. Richards Building

Model Train Show

9:00am|Northwest Washington Fairgrounds

Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms

10:00am|Skagit County

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour

10:00am|Whatcom County

Fall Fruit Festival

10:00am|Cloud Mountain Farm Center

Boating Center Open

12:00pm|Community Boating Center

Community Breakfast

8:00am|Rome Grange

Rabbit Ride

8:00am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Fueling Education Fun Run

9:30am|Washington Park

Sunday Market

1:00pm|Alger Community Hall

Walk the Wall

1:30pm|Lake Padden

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

2:00pm|Lake Padden Park

Sunday Night Fusion

7:00pm|Presence Studio

Bruce Molsky

7:00pm|YWCA Ballroom

White Christmas Auditions

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Everybody’s Store Andrew Subin
Monday
Handling the truth

9:35pm

White Christmas Auditions

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

The Land That Remains

3:00pm|Perry and Carlson Gallery

Educators Afternoon Social

3:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher Building

Raw Desserts

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op

Pumpkin Particulars

6:30pm|Gretchen's Kitchen

Selector Dub Narcotic

8:00pm|Bellingham Alternative Library

Poetrynight

8:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

Guffawingham

9:30pm|Green Frog

see our complete calendar »

MBT Wynton Marsalis Everybody’s Store Northwood Steak and Crab Zoots Side Bar CW BOB 2016 Swinomish 2016 Bellingham Farmer’s Market Artifacts Wine Bar Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Village Books Andrew Subin