On Stage

Field Guide

Of entertainment and expeditions

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

n a new “field guide” sent out by the Mount Baker Theatre, executive director Brad Burdick claims to have spent two-thirds of his adult life collecting experiences from around the globe for the historic hub—making him the perfect person to act as a liaison for those searching for entertainment-based expeditions.

“Consider this book a personal tour guide in your pocket as you map out new adventures for this year,” Burdick writes of the upcoming season’s offerings.

The handbook to “exceptional outings and general wonderment” continues with a color-coded key. A green “harmony” icon delineates music-based events, while the blue “inspiration” symbol points to Broadway hits and spectacle-based entertainment. The red “elevation” promises new vistas, and the purple “togetherness” sign focuses on family experiences.

Before the 2017/2018 begins in earnest in mid-September with a performance by Sawyer Brown, the theater will host a free Sat., Aug. 26 show by the U.S. Air Force Commanders Jazz Ensemble. At the Walton Theatre, Help! My Husband Has Gone Missing, My Daughter is Getting Married and I Am Having Hot Flashes (Aug. 10-20) and The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? (Aug.23-27) will feature solo shows delving into what makes the opposite sexes so mysterious to each other.

From there, enter fall and winter secure in the knowledge that the doldrums brought about by the waning sun can be countered by mainstage outings with the likes of “A Night with Janis Joplin,” oceanic travels with Undersea Bubble Fantasia, Shemekia Copeland and Matt Anderson, Bela Fleck, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Wizard of Oz, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Ladies of Laughter, Roseanne Cash, We Banjo 3, and beyond. Spring and early summer will brings acts like Lonesome Traveler, A Chorus Line, visits by David Sedaris and Ira Glass, Cabaret, Olate Dogs, and Dailey & Vincent.

If you’re not sure how to begin your journey, consider signing up for an “Embark!” Open House taking place from 2-5pm Sun., July 23 throughout the theater.

In addition to being able to purchase tickets for the 29 events that are part of the upcoming season, attendees can tour the building, have their picture taken on the main stage, identify different elements in the building for prizes, compete in trivia contests, enjoy videos of upcoming performances, listen to the pipe organ and potentially win a series package of four shows.

Burdick will be on hand to direct the way, so consider him to be your tour guide, and follow his lead.

BTown
More On Stage...
No Borders
Asperger’s Are Us

The members of Asperger’s Are Us appreciate it when people enjoy their shows, but they’d also like it to be known that the sketch comedy they’ve been generating together off and on since meeting in 2010 isn’t designed to do anything other than make themselves—and other people—laugh.…

more »
A Fluffy Affair
Comedy and country in Lynden

“The fair is getting Fluffy!” read a recent missive on the Northwest Washington Fair’s website.

Having seen standup comedian Gabriel Iglesias at a gut-busting Valentine’s Day appearance at Bellingham’s Mount Baker Theatre four years ago, I guessed correctly they were talking about the…

more »
At the Mic
Sip, tip and repeat

Google the phrase “open mic” and you’ll find a few line items are prerequisites for successful performances. For one thing, the live shows require an actual microphone plugged into a PA system—a no-brainer that makes it possible for the audience to figure out what’s happening onstage.…

more »
Events
Today
Sounds by the bay

9:41am

Look to the skies

8:43pm

Sounds by the bay

9:41am

Look to the skies

8:43pm

Sounds by the bay

9:41am

Look to the skies

8:43pm

Sounds by the bay

9:41am

Boating Center Open

12:00pm|Community Boating Center

Bard on the Beach

4:00pm|Vanier Park

Look to the skies

8:43pm

Northwest Washington Fair

9:00am|Northwest Washington Fairgrounds

Wednesday Farmers Market

12:00pm|Fairhaven Village Green

Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market

3:00pm|Hammer Heritage Square

Rodeo Dreams Reception

5:00pm|Inn at Lynden

Group Run

6:00pm|Skagit Running Company

Music at Maritime

6:00pm|Maritime Heritage Park

Creekside Open Mic

6:30pm|South Whatcom Library

Brewers Cruise

6:30pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Bicycle Noir

7:30pm|Cafe Velo

Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1
Tomorrow
Sounds by the bay

9:41am

Look to the skies

8:43pm

Sounds by the bay

9:41am

Look to the skies

8:43pm

Sounds by the bay

9:41am

Look to the skies

8:43pm

Sounds by the bay

9:41am

Look to the skies

8:43pm

Northwest Washington Fair

9:00am|Northwest Washington Fairgrounds

Bicycle Noir

7:30pm|Cafe Velo

Sounds by the bay

9:41am

First Tee Golf Tournament

10:00am|Swinomish Golf Links

Boating Center Open

12:00pm|Community Boating Center

Lynden Farmers Market

12:00pm|Front Street

Skagit Tours

12:00pm|Highway 20

Bow Farmers Market

1:00pm|Samish Bay Cheese

The Art of Adaptation

2:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

Blues and Brews

5:00pm|Hotel Bellwether

Riverwalk Summer Concert Series

6:00pm|Riverwalk Plaza

Bard on the Beach

6:00pm|Vanier Park

Elizabeth Park Concert Series Finale

6:00pm|Elizabeth Park

Concerts in the Columbia

6:00pm

Brave Deeds

7:00pm|Village Books

Balkan Folk Dance

7:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Skagit River Shakespeare Festival Finale

7:00pm|Rexville Grange Amphitheater

An Iliad

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

The Cemetery Club

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Help!

7:30pm|MBT's Walton Theatre

Trove Lester and Hyldahl
Friday
Sounds by the bay

9:41am

Look to the skies

8:43pm

Sounds by the bay

9:41am

Look to the skies

8:43pm

Sounds by the bay

9:41am

Look to the skies

8:43pm

Sounds by the bay

9:41am

Look to the skies

8:43pm

Northwest Washington Fair

9:00am|Northwest Washington Fairgrounds

Bicycle Noir

7:30pm|Cafe Velo

Sounds by the bay

9:41am

Boating Center Open

12:00pm|Community Boating Center

Skagit Tours

12:00pm|Highway 20

Bard on the Beach

6:00pm|Vanier Park

Skagit River Shakespeare Festival Finale

7:00pm|Rexville Grange Amphitheater

The Cemetery Club

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

An Iliad

7:30pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

Help!

7:30pm|MBT's Walton Theatre

Wild Things

9:30am|Lake Padden Park

Plover Rides

12:00pm|Blaine Harbor

Plover Ferry Rides

12:00pm|Blaine Harbor

Books and Bites

1:00pm|Blaine Library

Ferndale Farmers Market

3:00pm|Centennial Riverwalk Park

Sin & Gin Tours

4:00pm|Downtown Bellingham, historic Fairhaven

Food Not Bombs

4:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Commercial Street Night Market

6:00pm|Commercial Street

Port of Anacortes Summer Concert Series

6:00pm|Seafarers Park

Family Story Night

6:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Farm Tunes

6:00pm|BelleWood Acres

Salmon Dinner Sail

6:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

USA Dance

7:00pm|The Majestic

Dancing on the Green

7:00pm|Fairhaven Village Green

Burlington Summer Nights

7:00pm|Burlington Visitors Center Amphitheater

Participle Poetry

7:00pm|Village Books

Art of Rappelling

7:30pm|Backcountry Essentials

The Heroes

9:00pm|Upfront Theatre

see our complete calendar »

MBT Help Village Books Trove MBT Male Lester and Hyldahl Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Bellingham Farmer’s Market