Artfully Edmonds: Happy Thanksgiving, artfully

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Thanksgiving week in Edmonds, “the arts destination,” is filled with enchanting possibility. No other community offers as much cheer to its residents and out-of-town visitors.

Sparkling storefronts, colorful hanging baskets, twinkle light, fragrant bakeries, bustling coffee shops, and welcoming performance halls give Edmonds the warm tones that create happy occasions and lasting memories for families and visitors alike.

So much is offered us in the way of arts and entertainment, thanks to the City of Edmonds, the Edmonds arts community, its volunteers, box office staffs, performers, coaches, mentors and visionaries. You’ll want to choose from these specially selected entertainment options to create a holiday season that is both magical and memorable.

If you have guests visiting for Thanksgiving – and beyond – there is certainly plenty to choose from to keep them entertained while you show off all that is artful about this little seashore city.

Wishing you a laughter-filled, fun and memorable Thanksgiving holiday!

 – Artfully Edmonds

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Friday, Nov. 24
8 p.m.

Disney’s

Beauty and The Beast

Edmonds Driftwood Players
950 Main St.

Directed by Andrew Coopman

Music direction by Mark Press

Choreography by Molly Hall

This timeless tale of acceptance and dreams that come true is what Artfully Edmonds is recommending as a gift to the family this season.

Revel in the joy as Belle comes to realize that The Beast she has come to love is actually a prince — redeemed by unconditional love.

Please do not miss this gorgeous production, inspired by many great Edmonds’ talents. The Edmonds Driftwood Players box office is at this link.

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Zydeco authentic Cajun-style is what “Richard Allen & The Louisiana Experience” brings to the Engel’s Pub stage — complete with Mardi Gras beads and beaded masks. Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 9.

Engel’s Pub ~ Edmonds’ new music scene!
113 5th Ave. S.

Friday, Nov. 24 and
Saturday, Dec. 9

9 p.m.

Richard Allen & The Louisiana Experience returns to Engel’s!

September’s appearance of this Mardi Gras-inspired spectacular of stomp, and authentic Zydeco heat, left Edmonds’ dance and party crowd hankering for more – and they’re coming back this Friday!

Owner of Engel’s Pub, Dawn Vinberg, has scheduled the 5-piece groun for two holiday season engagements.

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Saturday, Nov. 25 ~ 9 p.m.

Heggy Cheek comes to Engel’s Pub this Saturday with a unique and danceable sound with hits from the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Black Keys, Tom Petty, Hendrix, Cream, Santana, SRV, ZZ Top, U2, REM and more. If you like great classic rock played by skilled musicians who love what they do, check out Heggy Cheek. You’ll be glad.

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If Debra Rich Gettleman is the playwright, sit up and take notice!

Show Opens!

Friday, Dec. 1
8 p.m.

The Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.
Edmonds

Twist of the Magi

By Debra Rich Gettleman

Cleverly twisted, always fun! Playwright Debra Rich Gettleman shows her stuff in this hilarious take on Gift of the Magi. Double-entendres, antics and laughter from the theatre that hawks with the line, “Comedy Without All The Drama!”

Tickets!

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Need sultry heat this season? Storm is aiming for your heart!

Thursday, Nov. 30
7:30 p.m.

Storm Large

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with Storm Large?

If you want your winter heat more on the sultry side, choose Storm! 

Like the marquee says, “ Storm will love, you, leave you, and delight you with a wicked charm and stunning vocals that will have you begging for more! Ooh la la!

*This performance may contain adult content and explicit language and is not recommended for children under the age of 18.

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Saturday, Dec. 2
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 Holiday Bazaar

Edmonds Senior Center
220 Railroad Ave.

Edmonds lights up for the holidays with neighborly cheer, gorgeous waterfront, and a showcase of community creativity.

Support the Edmonds Senior Center while perusing arts, crafts, décor items and gifts at this annual event, which features over 30 holiday-ready vendors.

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Saturday, Dec. 2
4 p.m. ~ Sold Out!
7 p.m. ~ Tickets available

Mosaic Choir and Orchestra

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

A delightful evening of holiday music is being offered by North Sound Church as a benefit concert for Rescue Freedom International.

Your ticket link to the 7 p.m. performance is here.

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On Dec. 4, singer LaVon Hardison showcases her trio, joined by Soundstation and the Edmonds Woodway High School Jazz Big Band.

Free!

Inaugural event

Monday, Dec. 4
7 p.m.

KNKX Holiday Jam

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

The KNKX Holiday Jam features Northwest jazz vocalist LaVon Hardison and her trio, Dr. David Deacon-Joyner on piano, Osama Afifi on bass, with Jeff Busch on drums.

Soundstation, the vocal jazz group from Edmonds Community College under the direction of Kirk Marcy; the Edmonds-Woodway High School Jazz Big Band under the direction of Jake Bergevin will join LaVon Hardison  on stage.

The Holiday Jam is presented as KNKX’s free holiday gift to the Edmonds’ community.

This is the first year the jam has been presented in Edmonds. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be broadcast live on-air and streamed live at knkx.org.

The KNKX Holiday Jam will be rebroadcast on Christmas Day at 11 a.m.

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Edmonds talent has traveled the world in the form of The Gothard Sisters. Let’s welcome these beautiful voices home on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Thursday, Dec. 7
7:30 p.m.

The Gothard Sisters!

Celtic Christmas

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

The Gothard Sisters are once again returning to their hometown of Edmonds to perform Celtic Christmas – a celebration of holiday music, song, dance, fun and sibling shenanigans for the whole family to enjoy.

The trio is offering a group discount for ticket purchases of four or more.

Tickets to see the Gothard Sisters holiday performance are at this link.

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Dec. 8 and 9
Friday ~ 7p.m.
Saturday ~ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.</strong

The Grunch! 

Edmonds Heights K-12
23200 100th Ave. W.
Edmonds

It’s cute! It’s clever! It’s a Christmas classic! This wonderful production is perfect for the littlest audience member.

Tickets available at the door.

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Music director Frank DeMiero leads the extravaganza as Sno-King Community Chorale takes the ECA stage for its 2017 holiday show.

Saturday, Dec. 9
3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Holiday Magic ~ Holiday Memories

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

You’ll want tickets for the whole family! Music director and showman Frank DeMiero lights up the ECA with the chorale that he has inspired through the years.

Tickets for this Edmonds-Kind-Of holiday joy are available at this online link.

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Sunday and Monday
Dec. 10 and 11

Holiday Pops!

Cascade Symphony Orchestra

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

The members of the Cascade Symphony Orchestra and their celebrated music director, Michael Miropolsky, offer glitter, music and memories in presentation of Holiday Pops 2017.

The inspired program showcases these pops favorites, among many others:

Festival Fanfare for Christmas

White Christmas
Let it snow
The Christmas Song
O Holy Night
    featuring soprano Kristin Vogel
Christmas Festival; and to delight all

Christmas at the Movies, music from five classic holiday films (Home Alone; How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street; The Polar Express; and The Nightmare Before Christmas)

ECA is managing ticket sales at this link.

— By Emily Hill

Emily Hill is the author of two novels and a short story collection. Emily is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. If you would like your event listed, or featured, in Artfully Edmonds, Emily invites you to contact her at myedmondsnews@gmail.com.

 

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