Artfully Edmonds: Irreverent theatre, Broadway roast, Madrona’s ‘Oz’ in store for you


    Coming Soon!

    GREATER Tuna Driftwood jPegGreater Tuna

    Wade James Theatre
    950 Main St., Edmonds
    Thursday, Friday, Saturday ~ March 13-15 at 8 p.m.
    Sunday, March 16 ~ 2 p.m.

    A TIPs Production by The Driftwood Players

    Written by Jaston Williams, Ed Howard, and Joe Sears “Greater Tuna” is an irreverent look at small town morals and mores. The Texas small town-themed production debuted in Austin in 1981 and the following year premiered off-Broadway.  “Greater Tuna” has gone on to become a four-part series with the addition of productions “Greater Tuna: Funeral for the Judge”,  “A Tuna Christmas” and “Red, White and Tuna”.

    Two local actors, Kevin Boze and Terrence Boyd, will manage the portrayal of a myriad of unusual and entertaining residents of Greater Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas. Maybe you’ve visited towns like Greater Tuna, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal, and the library bans such risqué works as Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”.

    Scene One opens as the actors, portraying radio personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie, chatter to their listeners from the microphones of Radio OKKK about the daily goings-on in Greater Tuna. Madcap humor is the mainstay of “Greater Tuna” made famous with such lines as the quip from the town’s high school football coach explaining why his football team lost 48-0: “We lost mainly because we couldn’t score.”

    From the playbill: Driftwood Players Director Paul Fleming will have you gasping for breath during this rapid-fire comedy of quick-change artistry and gut-busting bravado.”

    Tickets are $14 at or call 425-774-9600.
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    Forbidden Broadway

    Forbidden Broadway jPeg2Edmonds Center for the Arts
    410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds, WA
    Saturday, March 15 ~ 7:30 p.m.

    This infamous musical roast of Broadway productions – updated and re-written – is on its way to Edmonds after re-opening at New York’s Davenport Theatre this past month!

    From the playbill: “Audiences can expect to be regaled in a fresh view of the highs and lows of recent seasons including Porgy and Bess, Anything Goes, Follies, Spiderman, Book of Mormon, Once, and Death of a Salesman, and features outrageous costumes, hilarious rewrites of the songs you know, and dead-on impressions by a stellar cast!”

    “Forbidden Broadway” is created and written by Gerard Alessandrini, who is known for works that include “Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening” and “Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab”. Alessandrini co-directs this season’s production alongside Phillip George. David Caldwell serves as musical director, with Mark T. Simpson as lighting designer.

    According to, “Over the course of its three-decade history, Forbidden Broadway has been the recipient of a special Tony Award, as well as Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, Obie Awards . . . and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Musical Revue.”

    Want a peek at what’s in store for the audience of the Saturday, March 15 performance?

    Tickets are priced at $27/$32/$37 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 4th Ave. N.
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    Wizard_Madrona 05 MarWizard of Oz

    Madrona Children’s Theatre
    Performing at: Mountlake Terrace High School Theater
    21801 44th Ave W., Mountlake Terrace
    Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. (ALS interpreted)
    Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, March 22 at 2 p.m. (ALS interpreted) and also 7 p.m.
    Sunday, March 23 at 12:30 p.m. and also 5 p.m.

    Based on the book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Frank L. Baum and published in 1900; this spectacular story has become legend in publishing circles, on stage, and the Big Screen.

    The Edmonds-area theatre community is waiting with delighted anticipation to see how the Madrona Children’s Theatre Company adapts this well-known classic.

    Madrona Children’s Theatre is known for providing a pathway to musical theatre for its students. From a young age, participants have the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of a full-scale musical production.

    Tickets are available by calling Kerry at 425-772-1421 or by contacting [email protected]. General admission for ages over 14 is $10; and $5 for children under 14 years of age.
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    Chamber of Commerce Arts Awards 2014
    Edmonds Conference Center
    201 4th Ave., Edmonds

    Thursday, March 20 ~ 8 p.m.

    The Chamber’s Arts & Culture Committee, chaired by former Chamber president Jack Loos, will make the 2nd annual Chamber Arts Awards presentations in just two weeks!

    The public is cordially invited to attend the free event.
    RSVP by calling Valerie Claypool at the Edmonds Chamber, 425-332-7114.
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    Large Stage Events:

    Photo by Linda Ross
    Photo by Linda Ross

    DeMiero Jazz Fest

    Edmonds Center for the Arts
    410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds, WA
    Thursday – Sunday, March 6 – 8
    7 p.m. each evening

    Evening Programs Feature:
    Dee Daniels, Thursday night, Mar. 6 ~ 7 p.m.
    Kathy Kosins & the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, Friday night, Mar. 7 ~ 7 p.m.
    Soundsations, Saturday night, March 8 ~ 7 p.m.

    See last week’s Artfully Edmonds column for highlights of this year’s DeMiero Jazz Fest.

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    Storybook Theatre 06 Mar jPegFor student groups: Storybook Theatre
    Goldilocks & The 3 Bears

    Edmonds Center for the Arts
    410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds, WA
    Tuesday, March 11
    10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

    This charming adaptation by Lani Brockman asks the question, “Can a famished little girl put her spoiled behavior on the back shelf and learn how to be a friend to a lonely baby bear who hungers for a playfellow?”

    Through listening and taking turns, these two misfits discover the power of fun and friendship. Music by Susan Brockman.

    School group tickets of $9/group rate may be arranged by contacting Gillian Jones, Education and Outreach Manager at Edmonds Center for the Arts 425-275-9483.
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    Author’s and Poet’s Podium

    Edmonds offers so many opportunities for writers to engage with readers; and for authors to meeting their admirers. From the annual October writer’s conference, “Write On The Sound” to the weekly year-round coaching workshops offered by EPIC Group Writers, to a podium-from-which-to-read your work coined as “Edmonds Story Time” it’s clear that everyday is a Writer’s Kind of Day in Edmonds.

    Many of our local authors’ books are showcased at the popular gathering spot for readers and writers – Edmonds Bookshop, which is owned by an extraordinary book-to-reader matchmaker, Mary Kay Sneeringer. Visit the bookshop’s Facebook page here —then go in for a visit! The store is located at 111 5th Ave. in downtown Edmonds.
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    Edmonds Story Time

    Café Louvre
    210 5th Ave., Edmonds
    Sunday, March 9 ~ 4-5 p.m.

    “Polish that prose and join your fellow lovers-of-the-written-word for readings and poetry, invites Kathy McMullen, author of “How to Save A Life”.
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    Author Margot Page

    EPIC Group Writers
    .at Edmonds Bookshop
    111 Fifth Ave., Edmonds
    Thursday, March 20 ~ 5-8 p.m.
    Monday, April 7 ~ 11 a.m.

    On Thursday, March 20th, from 5-8 p.m., author Margot Page will visit the Edmonds Bookshop. Her recent memoir, Paradise Imperfect: An American Family’s Move to the Mountains of Costa Rica, will be available for purchase and signing. Margot will return to Edmonds to share her writing journey with EPIC Group Writers at the Edmonds Public Library on Monday, April 7, 11 a.m.

    We are informed by EPIC Group Writers that “Margot Page’s work has recently appeared in The New York Times, Brain, Child and the Huffington Post. She is the creator of the popular Dear Drudgery column on the Brain, Mother blog and writes about Pope Francis, among other topics, for the Mamalode magazine web site. Her memoir, Paradise Imperfect: An American Family’s Move to the Mountains of Costa Rica (11/13, Yellow House Press) is getting rave reviews, and an excerpt, “Hola Jerry! Donde esta George?” was nominated for the 2013 Pushcart Prize. Read more of Margot’s work at .

    EPIC spokeswoman Janette Turner notes, “EPIC Group Writers is looking forward to Margot’s upcoming visits to Edmonds.”
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    Awards Podium

    The Driftwood Players Recognize Bob Chivers
    Bob Chivers was awarded the First Annual Abacus Award Monday, March 3 at the annual membership meeting of The Driftwood Players. Noting the recognition on the theatre company’s Facebook page, The Driftwood Players noted, “Bob is a tireless volunteer and will do whatever you ask him to do.”

    Carissa Smit, President of Driftwood Players, reached for comment explained that Mr. Chivers, a retired fire fighter and long-time resident of Shoreline attended a Driftwood Players volunteer orientation two years ago and has become a valued member of the Driftwood Players Theatre Company. “He is simply a lovely, lovely man. We appreciate everything he does for us.”

    Congratulations Mr. Chivers, from the Edmonds community and My Edmonds News.

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    Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Awards
    Applications for all K-12 schools now available

    Applications are now being accepted for the fourth annual Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Awards. Presented by ArtsEd Washington, in partnership with the Association of Washington School Principals. All K-12 schools throughout Washington State are invited to apply. The deadline for completed applications is April 15, 2014.

    Inspired by a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Awards recognize schools in Washington State that include the arts as an essential part of their students’ education, providing a creative learning environment for outstanding student achievement through the development of exemplary arts education.

    For full details on eligibility, program requirements, and the nomination process, as well as the awards application, visit, or contact ArtsEd Washington [email protected] /206.441.4501.
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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 Street, Edmonds

    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 Street, Edmonds. Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 9 to 7, Sat – 10 to 1. For information call 425.771.0228 or 425.771.1984.
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    image001Gallery North
    401 Main Street, Edmonds
    Showing through Thursday, Mar 20th ~ 5-8 p.m.

    Gallery North continues its “Annual Minuature & Small Painting Show.” For information regarding presenting artists visit the gallery website at
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    NW Special Artists
    .at 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

    Standards We Look Forward To

    UNEXPECTED BlackBox jPegImprov and Comedy!
    Unexpected Productions North

    Black Box Theater
    Edmonds Community College (EdCC), Lynnwood
    Saturday Nights at 8:05 p.m.

    March Madness at its finest as the quacks of Unexpected Productions cook up new and original comedy formats. Each Saturday is a brand-new, original show.
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    A Very Taki Tiki Bar & Grill
    518 Main, Edmonds

    Saturday Nights ~ 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 where the phrase “Be There or Be Square” applies, as indicated by this raucous YouTube video.
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    Kafé Neo ~ Traditional Greek Music
    21108 Highway 99, Edmonds
    Every Sunday 5:30-8 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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    Engels Pub jPegEngel’s Pub ~ “Classic Rock, Rockin’ Blues”
    113 5th Ave. S., Edmonds
    Tuesday Nights ~ 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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