By Janette Turner
Some Valentines arrive early, and by that we mean lovable events and exhibits are already popping up around town just to please you. And we’re filling you in on the week’s sweetest picks starting now.
Thursday: Edmonds Heights K-12 presents “Honk!”
Edmonds Heights K-12 students present “Honk! A Musical Tale of The Ugly Duckling,” running Thursday-Saturday at 7 p.m., and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door, but don’t dawdle because these good-value events tend to play to full houses. Check the website for details.
Friday: Arista’s fifth annual Wine, Chocolate, and Cupcake Tasting
Arista Wine Cellars sent out this message about Friday’s tasting event: “For the fifth year in a row we will host Nama’s Candy along with special guest, dessert chef Stefanie Buono from Frosted Cupcakes. Stefanie will prepare her special mini-cupcakes, Nama’s will bring the chocolates and we’ll provide the wines. It is a tough tasting, but somebody has to do it! $3 per person, refunded with purchase of any tasting wine.” Expect a packed house for this event, Friday, 5-7 p.m. More details on the Arista website.
Friday: EdCC presents annual International Night “Passport to the World”
Edmonds Community College presents “Passport to the World,” an annual international night sharing culture through talent, at Edmonds Center for the Arts on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 at Edmonds Community College Office of Student Life or $9 at ECA.
Friday: Phoenix Theatre’s comedy rises
We haven’t heard a peep from Phoenix Theatre since their holiday show, “Dashing Through the Snow,” so, it’s good to know they’re back in the saddle with “Wild Dust.” Here’s the promo from their website: “In a small western town in 1880, all the women are holed up in the local brothel during a dust storm. Tensions and sparks fly when society ladies are forced to take refuge with fallen women in the only safe building in town. A handsome stranger, who may or may not be a Marshall, suddenly arrives; which makes it difficult for the women to hide the dead body. Love, self esteem and a healthy dose of laughter are the result. This is a rip roarin’ good time!” The show runs Feb. 8 through March 3, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets can be found here.
Saturday: Daddy-Daughter Dance
For a tu-tu cute event, head to the Edmonds Senior Center Upstairs Ballroom for the dance of “daughters and their dads or other male role models,” on Saturday, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required at Edmonds Parks & Recreation, 425-771-0230. Online registration is not available.
Saturday: EdCC delivers a comic Valentine
The beautiful thing about improv is you never know how many belly laughs await you. This Saturday, the humor rolls with local high school students as part of Unexpected Productions North at EdCC Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $10 for the 8:05 p.m. show, and can be found here.
Sunday: Edmonds Lutheran Church hosts Dixieland Mardi Gras
On Sunday, Edmonds Lutheran Church hosts the second annual “Mardi Gras Sunday Service,” at 10 a.m. “Enjoy the sounds of the Duwamish Dixieland Jazz Band….games, face-painting, and a huge pancake breakfast.” All are welcome. For more information, contact the office at 425-744-8090 or visit the Facebook page.
Monday: EPIC hosts author Mary E. Trimble
Mary E. Trimble, author of “TUBOB: Two Years in W. Africa with the Peace Corps,” will speak at EPIC’s Monday morning writing group. The group meets at 10 a.m. and Trimble will speak at 11 a.m. on developing a marketing plan. This free event is open to the public. More information can be found at EPIC Group Writers.
Monday: Chamber hosts Murder Mystery on the Waterfront
Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce hosts dinner and a “Murder Mystery on the Waterfront” at Edmonds Senior Center on Monday, 5-7:30 p.m. More information on this event, along with discounts for members, can be found on the website.
Tuesday: EdCC’s hosts Hazel Miller Conversation with author Shawn Wong
Award-winning author, Shawn Wong, leads a conversation Tuesday on “the creative process” and making a work of fiction from something autobiographical. The talk will be held in EdCC Black Box Theatre at 7 p.m., and is free to the public. More information can be found here.
Reflections: Cole Gallery Sixth Anniversary Party
We recently saw this clip from the Cole Gallery Sixth Anniversary Party a few weeks back. Consider this our moment of reflection on how fast the good times go past, so make sure you raise a glass and pass the love along. And get ready for more Valentine events in our next Artfully Edmonds column. Until then, party on.
Arts reporter Janette Turner is your guide to local culture. In addition to covering visual, performing and literary events for My Edmonds News, Janette is President of EPIC Group Writers, a writing instructor, and a member of the Swedish Hospital Art Committee. (Photo by Jennifer McKinney).