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What: My Circus Valentine Retrospective Love Fest

Where: Zoom

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WHEN: 6pm and 9pm Sat., Feb. 13 and 3pm, 6pm and 9pm Sun., Feb. 14

Cost: $7.50-$40

Info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

If memory serves, “My Circus Valentine” was one of the last shows I attended before coronavirus-related closures dimmed stage lights across the nation. 

The Cirque Lab was abuzz with action that February night. A longtime friend and I were attending an early, kid-friendly version of the annual blowout celebrating love in all of its many iterations, and her 9-year-old daughter buzzed around the roomy warehouse space with a buddy as her mom and I procured a few sweet treats from a costumed vendor and then secured seats near the aisle. By the time the lights dimmed and the show started, we were among more than a couple hundred humans of all ages who were in thrall of the talent unfolding before us.

I’d give anything to rewind the clock and be back at the Bellingham Circus Guild’s headquarters, whispering to my friend as jugglers, aerialists, trapeze artists, magicians and more entertained the masses—making us laugh and gasp and feel our hearts swell with the beauty of what happens when performers give of themselves so completely.

Turns out, we can go back in time. Sort of. Late last week, event founder and producer Anneka Deacon announced that those who were bemoaning not being able to gather together and revel in the magic of a live circus show were in luck. After poring over a decade’s worth of archived material from past shows, she and fellow organizers had determined there was plenty of material to provide a needed boost for those missing creative connections.

At five “My Circus Valentine Retrospective Love Fest” viewings taking place virtually Feb. 13-14, Deacon and company will hearken back to some of their favorite acts since the event debuted at a “ramshackle” space behind a Cornwall Avenue antique store before going on to become a sought-after Valentine tradition.

“Reconnect with your favorite Circus Valentine superstars from your cozy nest,” Deacon says. “Get gussied up or watch in your jammies. Invite your friends to meet up at our Zoom pre-show party, ‘chat’ it up before the show, and watch together. You may even see some of your favorite circus superheroes there in the Zoom with you! Reminisce about your favorite acts from the past decade of shows, or discover a taste of what you’ve been missing all these years.”

Deacon points out the COVID-19 pandemic has hit circus artists especially hard, and says proceeds from the event will go straight to the performers to help sustain them through continued closures in the industry. (If you’re able to, consider donating even more than the stated ticket price.)

For those who’ve previously attended a gig at the Cirque Lab, it’s likely you already know you’ll get your money’s worth. If you’ve never been, consider that last year’s 10-year anniversary show ended with a group finale on an infinity rope loop—an aerial rope that runs continuously through two pulleys at the top. Those of us who were there to see the nine artists pull off the fearsome feat were gobsmacked, and I’m hoping it’s one of the acts that will be integrated into this weekend’s virtual viewings.

Deacon says you may want to watch more than one performance, as there will be two distinct shows, each with 25 percent unique content. This means about a quarter of the acts in the all-ages shows will be different than the adult shows, and vice versa. The later shows may also be a bit less kid-friendly due to some brief sword-swallowing, “sexy stuff” and dicey language. Use your discretion when ordering, and then settle in for a love fest.

“Our bubbles may be small, but our hearts are big,” Deacon says. “So order in, fix yourself a hot tea or a frosty beverage, and rediscover the joy, magic and community that circus can bring.”

Photo by Carolyn Watson

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Briggs Shore at Good Earth

11:00am

Vases, planters and drinking vessels by Briggs Shore will be on display and for sale from 11am-5pm Mondays through Saturdays (closed Tuesdays) and 12pm-5pm Sundays through April 30 at Good…

Whatcom Art Market

11:00am

Works by as many as 45 Whatcom Art Guild members can be viewed from 11am-5pm Tuesdays through Sundays at Whatcom Art Market, 1103 11th St.

Tulip Poster Artists, Past and Present

11:00am

The fifth annual “Tulip Poster Artists, Past and Present” exhibit can be seen from 11am-5pm Wednesday through Sunday through May 2 in Anacortes at the Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave.…

Scatter Sunshine

11:00am

From 11am-5pm Wednesday through Sunday, visit La Conner’s Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St. Currently on display are “Scatter Sunshine: La Conner in Bloom…

The Work of Jesus Guillén

11:00am

“The Work of Jesus Guillen: An Artistic Legacy of Love and Courage” can be seen from 11am-4pm Fridays through Sundays through May 2 in La Conner at the Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S.…

Rock, Paper, Paint

11:00am

“Rock, Paper, Paint” shows from 11am-4pm Fridays through Sundays through April 25 in Edison at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court. The exhibit features new “drop” oil paintings by Allen Moe, rock…

Sculpture Northwest Exhibit

11:00am

The works of 15 Sculpture Northwest artists can be viewed both indoors and out from 11am-5pm Fridays through Sundays (and by appointment) through April 23 on Camano Island at Matzke Fine Art…

A Road Well Traveled

12:00pm

“Max Benjamin: A Road Well Traveled” can be seen from 12pm-4pm Thursdays through Sundays at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. The solo exhibit featuring the work of the…

Seeds of Culture at Whatcom Museum

12:00pm

View “Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Voices of Native American Women,” “Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest,” “Jac Trautman: The Specter of the Indigenous,”…

Art-iversary Exhibit

10:00am

From 10am-5:30pm Mondays through Saturdays through April 30, celebrate 20 years of ownership for Sheri Wright of Fourth Corner Frames, 311 W. Holly St. A wide variety of works are for sale as…

Seeds of Culture at Whatcom Museum

12:00pm

View “Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Voices of Native American Women,” “Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest,” “Jac Trautman: The Specter of the Indigenous,”…