Rumor Has It

Sing Loud:

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

I’m not much for singing, mostly because I don’t participate in things, but I enjoy watching other people sing, and I especially love weird events, and the coming week offers both of those things.

First up is Choir! Choir! Choir!, who will bring themselves and their exclamation points to Bellingham for a Thurs., Oct. 10 show at the Wild Buffalo. As monikers go, theirs is a bit misleading, as there are three “choirs” in their name, but only two guys in the band—which isn’t really a band at all.

Allow me to explain.

Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Canadian duo—Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman—who travel around creating impromptu choirs wherever they go. If you buy a ticket to the show, you’re in the choir. Simple as that. They’ll teach you an original arrangement of a famous song—past examples include Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”—and at the end of the night, everyone will sing it together. Evidently, the whole process is so transformative and heartwarming that Adilman and Goldman are often asked to lead team-building exercises for large companies and other groups. But mostly Choir! Choir! Choir! just wants everyone to have fun, so no need to worry that you’ll be inducted into a singing cult if you learn to sing Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” with a few hundred friends and strangers.

I must confess that I have never really had a strong desire to see local political candidates sing karaoke, but now that the Shakedown is hosting Karaoke with the Candidates (I see Shakedown owner and city council candidate Hollie Huthman’s fingerprints all over this) on Sun., Oct. 13, I now think every election cycle should include such an event. Pretty much since it was announced, I’ve been trying—and failing miserably—to imagine such folks as Satpal Sidhu, Seth Fleetwood, and Natalie McClendon singing karaoke and it is some real food for thought. What songs will they pick? Am I allowed to vote for people based solely on their karaoke performances? (The answer is, of course, yes. But please don’t do that.) The night is a fundraiser for Whatcom Forward, which is the arm of the Whatcom Democrats aimed at getting out the vote in the November election. They’re asking for a $5 donation at the door, but if you’re feeling especially generous and would like to get face time with a candidate or two, you can shell out $50 for a VIP ticket that nabs you a meet-and-greet with current and potential politicos, as well as snacks.

But seriously, what is Brian Estes going to sing? How about Bobby Briscoe? What’s Joy Gilfilen’s karaoke tune of choice? The possibilities are endless. The mind reels.

Past Columns
Drink it up

February 19, 2020

Apologies in Advance

February 12, 2020

All-Ages Action

February 5, 2020

Music at the Movies

January 29, 2020

Hot in Herre

January 22, 2020

Chicken and egg:

January 15, 2020

Say It Ain’t So:

January 8, 2020

Passages:

January 1, 2020

A necessary update:

December 25, 2019

Questions and answers:

December 18, 2019

It’s Baaaack:

December 11, 2019

Of Art and Artists:

December 4, 2019

Fundraising and Family Time:

November 27, 2019

Of beginnings and endings:

November 20, 2019

Of love and loss:

November 13, 2019

Dream All Day:

November 6, 2019

News of the Muse:

October 30, 2019

But wait, there’s more:

October 23, 2019

Comings and goings:

October 16, 2019

Road to somewhere:

October 2, 2019

Events
Today
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Bellingham City Club Meeting

11:30am|Northwood Hall

Mapping Mountains

4:00pm|Western Library

Beginners Welcome

4:00pm|Village Books

Group Run

6:00pm|Skagit Running Company

Wild Church

6:00pm|Marine Park

Food and Wine Pairing

6:30pm|Cordata Community Food Co-op

The Slacks

7:00pm|Thousand Acre Cider House

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Tomorrow
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

Jazz Lecture Series

2:00pm|Anacortes Public Library

Exploring Equity

2:00pm|Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

Keenan's Dinner

4:00pm|Keenan's at the Pier

Trivia Night

6:00pm|Burlington Public Library

Life Between the Pages Dinner Book Club

6:00pm|Evolve Chocolate + Cafe

A date with democracy

6:30pm

Bottle Club

6:30pm|Thousand Acre Cider House

Pasta Party

6:30pm|Community Food Co-op

The Woman's Hour with Elaine Weiss

6:30pm|Performing Arts Center Mainstage

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

Balkan Folk Dancers

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

An Iliad

7:00pm| Firehouse Arts and Events Center

The True Cost

7:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Jazz and Mariachi Night

7:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Good, Bad, Ugly

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

WWU Wind Symphony

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

House Concert with Meghan Yates and Louis Ledford

7:30pm|Chuckanut Center

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Friday
Fiction 101 Short Story Contest

10:00am

Human Rights Film festival turns 20

6:30pm

Fame, the Musical

7:30pm|Lincoln Theatre

My Fair Lady

7:00pm|Ferndale High School Auditorium

All the Great Books (Abridged)

7:00pm|Squalicum High School

Godspell

7:00pm| Burlington-Edison High School

The Curious Savage

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Typhoon of Tenderness

8:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Wild Things

9:30am|Interurban Trail

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition

10:00am|Whatcom County

Cultural Arts Festival

12:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Valley Writers

1:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Fourth Friday Art Walk

5:00pm|Historic Fairhaven

The Hobbit

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Sanford-Hill Piano Series

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Concert Hall

Cupid's Arrow, Fifty Shades of Velvet

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Comedy Night at Chair 9

9:00pm|Chair 9

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