A pre-Christmas breather
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Attention, Scrooges! Has the season got you down? Are you already sick and tired of seeing notices for performances of holiday-related fare designed to make you feel warm and fuzzy toward your fellow humans? Are you wanting to be entertained, but refuse to enter into the spirit of the season until at least the middle of December? If so, read on for details of a few events that will elevate your senses without making you feel bad that you haven’t even begun Christmas shopping yet.
First up is the sixth annual Aerial Showcase taking place Fri-Sat., Dec. 1-2 at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s Cirque Lab at 1401 6th St. “The name of the game is that aerialists are invited to perform an act already created and are then encouraged to refine, polish or completely retool it to suit their individual artistic expressions,” organizer and performer PJ Perry says. “This is a unique opportunity for the aerialists to perform unrestrained by the demands of a client or particular theme of a show. On the flip side, this is a unique look into each aerialist’s passion for the audience.” As many as 10 adept aerialists will perform during each of the three shows—the first two are all-ages, and Saturday’s 9pm show is 21-and-over—and we’re guessing there won’t be an elevated elf among them. Cost: $10-$20 Info: http://www.bellinghamcircusguild.com
When the Bustle Hustlers present the “Great Unwrapping” at 9:30pm Sat., Dec. 2 at the Shakedown (1212 N. State St.), the performance will likely be more reminiscent of Bad Santa than It’s A Wonderful Life. At the event, the Dirty Bird Cabaret will be joined by a host of other Bellingham-based burlesque performers—as well as “Seedy Santa” and other naughty-not-nice guests—for a night that is sure to warm attendees up from the inside out. Cost: $12 More info: http://www.shakedownbellingham.com
While The Nutcracker will be a subject of discussion in our next issue, it’s worth mentioning that Opus Performing Arts’ annual “Winter White” performances taking place Dec. 2-3 at the Mount Baker Theatre don’t focus on visions of sugarplums or feature a Rat King. Instead, the family-friendly shows feature excerpts from classical ballets such as Sleeping Beauty and La Sylphide, as well as contemporary ballet works danced to big band music of the 1930s and ’40s. And, for both kids and adults who are inspired by what they see onstage, Opus—which is located in the heart of downtown Bellingham—is registering students of all ages for a variety of ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop classes beginning in the new year. By the time you show up for your first class, Christmas will be behind you. Cost: $5-$10 More info: http://www.mountbakertheatre.com or www.opusbellingham.com
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