Artfully Edmonds: “The Nutcracker” in town and more holiday events

Olympic Ballet Theatre brings “The Nutcracker” to ECA; photo courtesy OBT website.

By Janette Turner

If you find yourself saying, “I need a little Christmas, right this very minute!” then take in one or a dozen of these festive events around town. In fact we challenge you to attend as many events as possible, then let us know your Christmas score and we’ll post it. ‘Tis the season to indulge!

Thursday-Friday: Edmonds Library hosts new artwork

“Maria Barbola Picasso on a Potato,” by James Martin at the Edmonds Library, left, and Jim Ballard’s image in the “Rust Series.”

Fans of James Martin’s artwork have only a few hours left to view his paintings at the Edmonds Library. Beginning Friday, Martin’s work will be replaced with an upcoming show featuring Jim Ballard’s “Rust Series.” According to the City press release, Ballard’s work “explores abstract designs, colors and patterns of various subjects. He doesn’t believe it is necessary for the viewer to know precisely what object they are examining, but rather the shapes in a photograph suggest different forms and landscapes.” Library viewing hours can be found here.

Thursday – Sunday: Driftwood Players perform “The Music Man”

The Driftwood Players perform the American classic, “The Music Man,” at Wade James Theatre this holiday season. To check ticket availability and show times, see Driftwood Players.

Thursday – Sunday: Phoenix Theatre presents “Dashing Through the Snow”

Snowflake Inn becomes the holiday home for a touring company of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ an elf, and the Futrelle sisters in the play, “Dashing Through the Snow,” on stage at Phoenix Theatre. The comic production is by the authors of “Christmas Belles,” and runs weekends. Tickets are here.

Thursday: “The Hobbit” plays Edmonds Theater at midnight

At the stroke of midnight on Thursday  – or perhaps it is better described as 12:00:01 a.m. Friday –  “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” comes to the Edmonds Theater. This showing is expected to be packed, so check here for tickets and additional show times.

Friday-Sunday: ECA hosts Olympic Ballet Theatre

Mother Ginger and Buffoons will appear in OBT’s performances of “The Nutcracker.”

A growing Christmas tree and Mother Ginger’s bloomers are part of the enchantment that is “The Nutcracker,” performed by Olympic Ballet Theatre. Edmonds Center for the Arts hosts the production on Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 5 p.m. For reservations call OBT at 425 774 7570 or see details on the website.

Saturday: Shop Alderwood Mall for schools

Shop Alderwood Mall on Saturday for schools.

How can you help public schools and still do your holiday shopping? Head to the Alderwood Mall and for every $100 you spend the mall will donate $5, up to a total of $2,000, will go to the Edmonds Public Schools Foundation. If you prefer, you can donate online. More information about the Foundation can be found on the website.

Friday: Game night at Otherworlds

Curiosities and olde time fun appear at Otherworlds in Edmonds’ Mill Town during Friday’s Game Night at 6 p.m. Check the Facebook page for details and more Geekfest events.

Saturday: Wooden Spoon welcomes ukulele club

We’re going out on a limb here and recommending the Puget Sound Strummers and Edmonds Senior Center ukulele club Sing-Along in front of the Wooden Spoon on Saturday at 1 p.m. Bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation and your best voice to join the chorus. In years past this event has raised over $3,000 for the Edmonds Food Bank and, as a fan recently predicted, “It’s going to be a unique-u-lele event.”

Tuesday: Tasting menu at Epulo

Tuesdays are tasting nights at Epulo restaurant; photo courtesy Epulo.

Epulo’s Tuesday Tasting Menu will give you the energy to tackle the final holiday events on your list. Take a look at the four-course deal here.

Tuesday: ECA hosts Moscow Boys Choir

The Moscow Boys Choir will perform at ECA on Tuesday.

True harmony hits the Edmonds Center for the Arts stage on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. as the Moscow Boys Choir celebrates Christmas around the world. Hear their rendition of “Twelve Days of Christmas” and purchase tickets on the website.

Wednesday: Caroling at Wade James Theatre

If you’ve been keeping up with your rehearsals, then you know the big holiday Sing-Along will happen at the Wade James Theatre on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Admissions is $6 with price breaks for kids and seniors, plus you can save $1 by bringing a non-perishable food donation for the Edmonds Food Bank. This community Sing-Along is guaranteed to lift your spirits to the level of a Who in Whoville. Details here, and let us know all of the holiday events you attended this week by sending a note to arts @ My Edmonds News.

Arts reporter Janette Turner.

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 President of EPIC Writers Group, a writing teacher, and a member of the Swedish Hospital Art Committee. (Photo by Jennifer McKinney).

 

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