Artfully Edmonds: Annual DeMiero Jazz Fest comes to town March 6-8


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Evening Programs Feature:
Dee Daniels, Thursday night, March 6 at 7 p.m.
Kathy Kosins & the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, Friday night, March 7 at 7 p.m.
Soundsations, Saturday night, March 8 at 7 p.m.
Location: Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds, WA

This year the DeMiero Jazz Fest will open its evening program with jazz singer Dee Daniels. Friday’s program will include Kathy Kosins & the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet. The jazz festival will close with a special Saturday night appearance by Soundsation.

Also included in the line-up of talented jazz festival artists is Charenee Wade, Josh Nelson, Jay Leonhart, Alvester Garnett & Bruce Forman.

Over the years the DeMiero Jazz Fest has “presented jazz legends and rising stars” that include the New York Voices, Dee Daniels, Greta Matassa, Anita Kerr, Four Freshmen, Joe Williams, Mark Murphy, Diane Schuur, John Pizzarelli, Carmen Bradford and Karrin Allyson.

From the playbill: “Our community’s finest jazz ensembles: the Kennelly Keys Music All Star Big Band, Seattle Jazz Singers and Soundsation” have performed at this annual event.

“Not only do these artists lend their talents to our stage during the magical evening concerts, but more than 1500 students will be learning from these musicians in an intimate and inspiring environment, as well as from some of the nation’s finest jazz clinicians.”

During the day, throughout the three-day DeMiero Jazz Fest, clinicians will offer educational performances and clinics for elementary, middle and high school, college/university and community jazz choirs. It’s during the ECA evening performances that the line-up of top talents will heat up the performance hall with their notes.

Established in 2005 by music educator Frank DeMiero, the Jazz Fest has become an annual Edmonds event. DeMiero, whose career spans over five decades, has been honored in recent years with the City of Edmonds “Community Service Award” (2007), the Edmonds School District “Celebrating Edmonds Music” Community Partner Award in 2009, and the KSER-FM “Voice of the Community Award” in 2010. In addition, DeMiero received the Washington State American Choral Directors Leadership and Service Award in 2013.

Tickets for the 2014 DeMiero Jazz Fest range from $25/students; $35/general admission; $45/preferred admission; and $70/VIP seating and reception. Ticket may be purchased by calling the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9595, online at or in person at the ECA Box Office located at 410 Fourth Av.
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Large Stage Events:

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds, WA
Friday, Feb. 28th at 7 p.m.

iStock_000007007712Small35th Annual International Night
“Amazing performances representing cultures from around the world.”

Edmonds Community College presents the “35th Annual International Night: Sharing Culture Through Talent!”

Celebrate international cultures represented by the EdCC student body.
Tickets: $9 and available by calling the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9595, online by clicking here or in person at the ECA Box Office located at 410 Fourth Avenue North.
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Sunday, March 2 ~ 7:30 p.m.

Project Trio
Project Trio. (Photo by Philip Sharp)

From the playbill: “A passionate, high energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers from Brooklyn, NY, Project Trio will perform a high-energy, family-friendly show.
 Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, PROJECT Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages.

Bursting onto the scene with their landmark videos, right out of the internet generation, PROJECT Trio is a musical experience defining a new level of entertainment!

PROJECT Trio performs to enthusiastic audiences of all ages in concert halls, clubs, and classrooms around the world. Acclaim for the Trio and its members runs the gamut from Downbeat Magazine, which praises PROJECT Trio as “packed with musicianship, joy, and surprise” to the New York Times, calling beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo “the best in the world at what he does.” The Wall Street Journal hails the group’s “wide appeal, subversive humor and first-rate playing.” PROJECT Trio is a musical experience not to be missed.”

Ticket Discount: ECA is offering a special “TWO FOR ONE” for this performance.
Use the code: TRIO2FOR1 when purchasing tickets

Regular-priced Tickets: $17, $22 & $27, $15 Youth/Student and are available by calling the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9595, online by clicking here or in person at the ECA Box Office located at 410 Fourth Avenue North.
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Tuesday, March 4 
10 a.m. for students 4th through 6th grade
12:30 p.m. for students 1st through 4th grade

Doktor Kaboom

For kids: Doktor Kaboom
“It’s Just Rocket Science!” From the playbill: “Doktor Kaboom performs original interactive Science Comedy shows for audiences of all ages. Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. Doktor Kaboom keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter!”

Recommended for 1st-6th grades. Tickets for the event are $8 and may be arranged by calling Gillian Jones, Education and Outreach Manager at 425-275-9483.
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Theater News

Phoenix Theatre
Firdale Village
9673 Firdale Avenue, Edmonds, WA
Continues through Sunday, Mar. 2nd

Beyond Therapy

Shows: Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m.
Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Beyond Therapy by playwright Christopher Durang. See “My Edmonds News” Jan. 25 coverage of this production here.

Directed by Eric Lewis with Edmonds’ thespians Jasmine Jacoby and David Bailey in the leading roles.

General admission is $18.50; juniors/seniors/military admission is set at $15.50. Tickets are available by calling 206-533-2000 or online.

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Caravan Kebab

Caravan Kebab ~ the perfect way to begin to your theater evening, at 9711 Firdale Avenue, across the parking lot from the Phoenix Theatre.
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Wade James Theatre
950 Main Street, Edmonds
Continues through Sunday, March 2

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Shows: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.

The Driftwood Players continue their run of Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias”, featured in a recent My Edmonds News preview:

This memorable, impeccably acted classic, which features Laura Couch, Anne Arnhold, Sarah Karnes, Molly Hall, Rebecca O’Neill, and Cindy Giese French is as poignant as it is powerful. Remember your hankie!
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19_Feb Bowery jPegEdmonds Woodway High School
Players Productions
EWHS Theatre, 7600 212th St. S.W.

Life on The Bowery

Feb. 27 – Mar. 2, 2014
Thurs., Fri., Sat. at 7 p.m.
Sun. matinees at 3 p.m.

From the Playbill ~ “Life on the Bowery follows the musing of a wealthy Manhattan family during the early 1900s. This quirky comedic play takes the audience through hilarious ups and downs including arranged marriage, romantic affairs, murder and even burglary on none other than the Bowery.”

By playwright, Tim Kelly “Life on The Bowery” features Mrs. Drayton, who has matched her daughter, Alice, for marriage to the rather wicked Thurlow Bleekman. However, Alice is in love with Jack Hobart and things become both dramatic and comedic as Alice thwarts the attention of Bleekman. Kelly graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor’s degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His plays have been performed at Seattle Repertory Company, and many other theatres internationally.

Directed by Edmonds-Woodway High School Drama Department Chair Bruce Mindt, casting showcases the talents of 18 EWHS students.

Tickets are $7 adults; $5 for seniors, children, and students w/ASB cards and can be requested through the school’s website.  For ALS Interpreted productions, and further information call 425.431.7900.
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Talent and Fun!

Kids Talent 01 Mar 2Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre
Shoreline Conference Center
18560 1st Ave N.E., Shoreline

Saturday, March 1, 5 p.m.

A fundraiser and talent competition hosted by Master of Ceremonies Tony Ventrella (former TV anchorman and sports reporter) will celebrate a line-up of talented and poised child performers at the “Kids Got Talent Showcase.”

Sponsored by Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre the exciting event will include an opportunity for attendees to vote for their favorite child actor/group; a raffle featuring – among other dazzling prizes – a diamond necklace from Ben Bridge Jewelers; dinner catered by Liam’s Restaurant, Eureka! Restaurant, and Elemental Pizza – and much more!

Katie B. Wilkinson of Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre tells Artfully Edmonds, “Families are encouraged to attend this fun night for a great cause!

Attendees will hear from several groups of kids (about 80 kids total ranging in age from 5-17) as they perform a medley of songs from musicals in front of a panel of celebrity judges.”

Ticket information and event details are available here.
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women of the middle east
Photo courtesy of Edmonds Community College.


Black Box Theater
Edmonds Community College (EdCC), Lynnwood

Thursday, Feb. 27 ~ 3 p.m.
Free Admission.

Women of the Middle East:
Between Recession and Tradition
A panel discussion and celebration, featuring:
Robert Huffman – Education
Oreib Khaliefah – Clothing
Yasmin Alptekin – Early Marriage and Gender Roles
Therese Saliba – Political Empowerment
Nada Elia – Activism
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Gallery Showings

Howell-Wolfe:  The Forgotten Goddess
Howell-Wolfe: The Forgotten Goddess

“The Forgotten Goddess” is a mixed media sculpture using a mannequin, air dray clay, paper, acrylic paint and fiber created by Susie Howell and Tonnie Wolfe.

Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation Gallery
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St.

Tuesday, Feb. 4-Mar. 14, 2014.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation and the Edmonds Arts Commission are pleased to present “Collaboration: an exhibit by members of ArtistsConnect of Edmonds” at the Frances Anderson Center.

The Collaboration Project emerged from ArtistsConnect, a group of Edmonds-area artists that receives support from the Edmonds Art Festival Foundation and ArtWorks. The exhibit will showcase the collaborative pieces of 19 artists. Artists worked in pairs or trios to create both two and three dimensional works. Many will add an individual piece to the show, so the viewer can compare the artist’s usual style with what emerged from the collaboration.

The EAFF Gallery is located in the Frances Anderson Center, Main Entrance – 700 Main St. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information call 425-771-0228 or 425-771-1984.
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image001Gallery North
401 Main St.

Saturday, Mar 2 ~ 1 p.m.

An Artist’s Reception, open to the public, will be held celebrating the opening of “Annual Minuature & Small Painting Show”. For information regarding presenting artists visit the gallery website at
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NW Special Artists
ArtWorks Gallery
201 2nd Ave. S.
“2014 Inspire!”
Saturday, Mar 8 ~ Opening Reception 1-4 p.m.

NW Special Artists mission is to create opportunities in our community making the Arts accessible to individuals with disabilities.

This year’s gallery showing features the work of Lupita Cano, John Gregory, Matthew James, Emily Locke, Forrest Sargent, Matt Whittaker, and Kristy Yawman, among others.

Additional information about NW Special Artists is available at

Music News

Taki Tiki jPeg 2bA Very Taki Tiki Bar & Grill
518 Main St.

Saturday, March 1 ~ 9 p.m.

Mainstay talent, DeeJay Manny, continues his tattles and tunes, rockin’ and rioting at A Very Taki Tiki Bar this Saturday, and every Saturday, according to bar and grill owner Bryan Benn.

The Taki Tiki?? It’s the type of place the phrase “Be There or Be Square” provoked as indicated by this raucous YouTube video.
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Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band
Photo Courtesy of Uptown, Lowdown, Dixieland Jazz

Mardi Gras and “Uptown, Lowdown, Dixieland Jazz”
Edmonds Lutheran Church
23525 84th Ave. W.

Sunday, March  2 ~ 10:30 a.m.

The Uptown, Lowdown, Dixieland Jazz, a Seattle-based seven-piece ensemble will perform at Edmonds Lutheran Church this Sunday. Seattle’s “Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band” specializes in authentic sounding Dixieland jazz and ragtime and was established in 1971. The service will include traditional hymns as well.

The church will feature a New Orleans atmosphere in a celebration of Lent, with the church service being preceded (and followed) by a traditional “Fat Tuesday” Pancake Breakfast that will go from 9:30 until noon. The community is welcome to attend.

For more information, call the church at 425-744-8090.
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Kafé Neo ~ Traditional Greek Music
21108 Highway 99

Every Sunday 5:30-8 p.m.
Beginning “around 5:30-6 p.m.” John Novakis and The Grecian Sounds play traditional Greek music and take requests every Sunday. To follow what is happening at Kafé Neo visit their website.
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Engel’s Pub ~ “Classic Rock, Rockin’ Blues”
113 5th Ave. S., Edmonds

Every Tuesday 8-11 p.m.
Engel’s Pub features “Lou and Friends” with an Open Mic Join In! invitation to all every Tuesday. Lou Echeverri leads a four-piece Classic Rock, Rockin’ Blues band with Dano Mac on drums, Curtis Moore on keys, and Al Smith on bass.

— By Emily Hill

Emily ~ Square jPegEmily Hill is an author and long-time resident of Edmonds. She is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. If you would like your event listed, or venue featured, in Artfully Edmonds, Emily invites you to contact her at [email protected]

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