Artfully Edmonds: A week of visual, literary and performing arts

Painting by EAST artist David Marty.

By Janette Turner

The annual Edmonds Arts Studio Tour (EAST) running this weekend gives you the opportunity to see artists in their natural habitat surrounded by easels, paint tubes, and still-life settings. If this is your first time doing the drive-yourself tour, here is a head’s up: You will be impressed by the dedication of your local artists, who toil away 365 days a year in garages and basement studios to make your world prettier. Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. For a map and directions:

Read on for a day-to-day listing of selected events for the week, including an anticipated sporting event.

Thursday: Edmonds Literary Series opens

Marcia Woodard and Jessica Star Rocker will lead participants in a free workshop titled, ‘Writing Your Story,’ at the Edmonds Library, Thursday, 6:30-8 p.m. The event kicks off the Edmonds Literary Series, which runs the second Thursday of each month, so mark your calendars. The series is supported by the Edmonds Library, Friends of the Edmonds Library, Swedish/Edmonds, Edmonds Community College and EPIC.

Thursday-Sunday: Driftwood Players perform ‘Murder on the Nile’

The Driftwood Players perform “Murder on the Nile.” (Photo by Bob Sears)

The Wade James Theatre is the stage for Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Nile,’ performed by the Driftwood Players on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., through Sept. 23.  Tickets at For a preview of this killer mystery directed by David Alan Morrison, see his interview here :

’The Sugar Bean Sisters’ at Phoenix Theatre.

Friday-Sunday: Phoenix Theatre breaks out the laughs

The Florida swamplands are home to the Nettle sisters, played by Melanie Calderwood and Susan Connors, who plan to captivate a Mormon suitor in Salt Lake City and an alien. All this takes place in the Phoenix Theatre production of ‘The Sugar Bean Sisters.’ Tickets here.

Friday: Jam the Stands

Every fall some of the finest talent shows up on the football field. We can’t promise this year’s ‘Jam the Stands’ event between cross-town rivals Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale high schools will be as pretty as ballet. But we know the bands will be loud, the cheerleaders peppy, and the players will give it their all. The showdown is at Edmonds stadium, Friday night at 8 p.m. Get there early or risk a sell-out.

Saturday: Nutrition on the menu at Edmonds Bookshop

In ‘What Are You Doing for Lunch?’ writer Mona Meighan, Ph.D., nudges moms and the brown-bag crowd to consider nutrition. Meighan’s book and interest in the subject of food came from a horribly sad event: In 2009, her 26-year-old son, Luke, was found dead from undiagnosed diabetes. Since there was no family history of the illness, she attributes her son’s death to a diet of pizza, fast food, soda and dessert, and she hopes to help other folks find healthier diets. She will discuss nutrition and her experiences at the Edmonds Bookshop, Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Saturday: Artists feted at Cole Gallery

“Slice of Life,” by Jennifer Diehl

Cole Gallery invites folks to stop by Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., to meet artists Jennifer Diehl, Michael Fitzpatrick and Terrence Gasca. Champagne and light refreshments will be served. Free.

Sunday: ECC hosts Vaughn Sherman and ‘Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit’

Vaughn Sherman’s Cold War novel.

Local writer Vaughn Sherman was a CIA Officer and his true-life espionage experiences are the basis for his novel, ‘Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit.’ Sherman will discuss the book on Sunday, 4-6 p.m. at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 4th Ave. N., and recently provided this preview: “Set in Sweden in the late 1960s and early 70s, ‘Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit’ details the Soviet Union’s success planting a mole in the CIA’s top echelons. CIA officer Chris Holbeck takes part in a mission to engineer the defection of a Soviet KGB officer who may know the mole’s identity. The hoped-for defector is Sasha Plotkin, but the day he is to turn himself over to Chris – he is a no-show.” Vaughn’s reading on Sunday is co-hosted by the Edmonds Bookshop; refreshments will be served.  Free.  More info here.

Monday: Free writing group begins

Beginning and advanced writers are encouraged to join yours truly and fellow writers at the Edmonds Library on Mondays, 10-11 a.m. Learn writing and publishing tips each week as you work on your projects. More info on this EPIC group at Free.

Tuesday: Phoenix Theatre hosts ‘Sylvia’ reading

Folks interested in hearing Phoenix Theatre performers read through their upcoming play, ‘Sylvia,’ are invited to join them Tuesday at Caravan Kebab, 7:30 p.m. The laughs are free, but if you order dinner or drinks, arrive early and bring your wallet.

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 managing director of EPIC Literary Series and a member of the Swedish Hospital Art Committee. (Photo by Jennifer McKinney)

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