Artfully Edmonds: Highlights for the week of May 10-17


    By Janette Turner

    Moms and brunch are trending this weekend, so make your reservations early. And if you’re looking to be her favorite offspring, you might want to share one of these Edmonds events – but you better act fast because some are already sold out.

    Musical and performing arts

    Noses and swords battle onstage May 10-13 in “Cyrano de Bergerac,” by Driftwood Players’ Alternative Stages at Wade James Theatre. Full story at

    “Xanadu,” by Edmonds Heights K-12, brings the world its first roller disco, based on the 1980s film starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. The Heights’ “Xanadu” is directed by Shileah Corey, choreographed by Gabriel Corey and Indeah Thomaier, and conducted by Michael Corey with a cast of thirty actors, ages 14-18. May 11 at 7 p.m., and May 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the old Woodway High School. Tickets $5 at the door. Call 425-431-7840 for information.

    Friday, May 11, Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter performs an acoustic show with Shawn Colvin at ECA, 7:30 p.m.  SOLD OUT.

    Saturday, May 12, Four Bitchin’ Babes bring their brew of humor and hormones to the ECA, at 7:30 p.m.  “Hormonal Imbalance….A Mood Swinging Musical Review.” More info


    Monday, May 14, Cascade Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Season closes with “Beethoven’s Ninth in D Minor,” at ECA, 7:30 p.m., and lecture by KUOW’s Dave Beck at 6:30 p.m.  Soloists Melanie Hingson (soprano), Linda Cornell (alto), Marcus Shelton (tenor), and Thomas Hingson (bass) will be featured, with direction by Frank DeMiero of the Sno-King Community Chorale.  SOLD OUT.

    Storybook Theater presents “The Little Mermaid”at ECA, Tuesday, May 15, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. In this original StoryBook Theater version of Hans Christian Anderson’s tale, “the audience will decide whether the Little Mermaid should keep her legs or high-tail it back to the sea.” Tickets are $10 and under. More Info

    “Bobby Norfolk presents Shadowball: A History of the Negro Baseball League,” Wednesday, May 16, at 12:30 p.m., Edmonds Community College Black Box Theatre. Three-time Emmy Award winner and story performer, Bobby Norfolk, gives a living history performance of the heyday of the Negro Baseball Leagues. With historical slides and period music, Norfolk illustrates the clash of race, sports and culture. For more information, call 425.640.1139 or

    Meadowdale Players present “Museum,” Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m. Art snobbery comes under attack in this comedy, written by Tina Howe and performed by Meadowdale High School students.

    Kermet Apio at Demetris Woodstone Taverna, Thursday, May 17, 8:00 p.m.  Demetris Woodstone Taverna.

    The Sculptors Workshop Spring Pottery Sale is an annual Mother’s Weekend tradition at the Frances Anderson Center, Room 210, Friday May 11, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by to find a one-of-a-kind gift and meet the artists.

    Edmonds Community College Visual Arts will host an open house, May 17, 4-7 p.m. You are invited to tour the art studios, view student work and learn more about the Visual Arts Department.

    Edmonds Community College presents Push and Pull: A Happening In Multi-Arts, May 17, 7 p.m. You are invited to enjoy a performance and art collaboration featuring the Karin Stevens Dance Company.

    Through May 31 at Cole Gallery, Ann Fleming’s bronze sculptures.

    Thursday, May 10, outdoor guide Craig Romano will speak and share slides of his adventures as part of EPIC Literary Series, 6:30 p.m. at the library. Free. More information at

    On Thursday, May 17, 5-8 p.m., Edmonds Bookshop welcomes local author Bernadette Pajer to speak about her Professor Bradshaw Mystery, “Fatal Induction,” set in turn-of-the-century Seattle.Other noteworthy events and announcements

    Edmonds artist Sue Robertson will be part of the line-up for this year’s Kirkland Artist Studio Tour, May 12-13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days.

    Edmonds artist Lita Kenyon is participating in the Columbia City Gallery Artists Step Out exhibit, through July 2. More info at

    A reception for artist d’Elaine Johnson will be held May 17, 7 p.m., in Room 206 of the Frances Anderson Center. A long-time resident of Edmonds, d’Elaine played a key role in bringing together artists and arts supporters to develop an arts community. She recently celebrated her 80th birthday and continues to inspire with her two-dimensional, layered works on display at the Frances Anderson Center’s main entrance. More information at and

    Gallery North will host a reception for featured artist Kathleen Johnson on May 17. According to Kathleen, “Nature is an endless inspiration for me; I get lost in the colors, patterns, and intricate beauty of our natural world. I try to express and share that joy and wonder through my art.”

    Victoria Scarlett will lead a retreat featuring gardens and reflection, Saturday, May 12, at the Institute for Spirituality and the Arts located at Edmonds United Methodist Church, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with registration online or by calling 425-778-2119.

    The Senior Center hosts its Annual Volunteer Dinner, May 17, 5- 7:30 p.m., with entertainment by Gary Lee Hood’s One-Man Band. The Fiesta-style dinner will celebrate the volunteers who keep the center open. For more info contact Michelle at 425-744-5555, Ext. 108. And one other note – the Senior Center is looking for a volunteer for f0ur to five hours/week for publicity and marketing. You’d make Mom proud.

    Arts reporter Janette Turner is your guide to local culture.  In addition to covering visual, performing and literary events for MyEdmondsNews, Janette is managing director of EPIC Literary Series and a member of the Swedish Hospital Art Committee.



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