By Janette Turner
If your resolution for 2013 is to enjoy life more, then you are in the right place. Consider this your guide to the best cultural events ahead.
Thursday: Bookshop hosts readers club
Join the Edmonds Bookshop readers club on the first Thursday of each month to talk about a book. This month’s community read is ‘Wolf Hall,’ a novel by Hilary Mantel, which won the 2009 Man Booker Prize. More info on this monthly free event at the bookshop website.
Saturday: Embellished offers two classes
“Paint a little, wine a bit, and laugh a lot” – that’s the slogan for Embellished, which supplies everything from an easel to a bottle of vino to help you paint a masterpiece. On Saturday, enjoy two different classes: ‘Orca with Sunset’ at noon, and ‘Poppies’ at 6:30 p.m. More details here.
Saturday: EdCC Black Box hosts High Speed Improv
Yes, and…..If you’re a connoisseur of improv, then you know “yes, and” is the proper response to every set up. Let’s see if you get how this works. I’ll ask: “Want to see a show on Saturday night?” and your response is: “Yes, and…let’s go out to dinner!” Now you know what the high school players will be doing onstage during Unexpected Productions’ ‘High Speed Improv’ at EdCC Black Box Theatre, Saturdays Jan. 5 – 26, at 8:05 p.m. Tickets for these shows are $10.
Sunday: Edmonds Historical Museum exhibition
Vintage skis and photos are on display in the ‘Winters of Yesteryear’ exhibit at Edmonds Historical Museum, Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Additional hours for the museum can be found on their website.
Monday: ArtWorks classes in oils
Julann Campbell teaches ‘Finding Your Voice in Oil,’ from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 7-28. According to the ArtWorks website, students will learn “the principles of mixing color, setting up a palette, paint application, composition and value.” For more information contact julan campbell “at” comcast.net.
Monday: Edmonds Library hosts writing group
If you’ve ever wanted to turn ordinary words into pretty sentences, come to the writing group at Edmonds Library on Mondays at 10 a.m. The free session runs Jan. 7 – Mar. 15 and is led by yours truly. More information at EPIC Group Writers.
Monday: ECA hosts Rick Steves’ symphonic Europe
Fourth Avenue becomes Champs-Élysées on Monday night when Rick Steves’ ‘Europe: A Symphonic Journey’ debuts at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Enjoy high-definition images from Steves’ public television series archive with music by the Cascade Symphony Orchestra at this free sneak peek. The show plays at 7 and 9 p.m. Reserve your ticket by calling 425 275 9595.
Monday and Tuesday: EdCC auditions for Charlie Brown
Calling all blockheads! Edmonds Community College is holding auditions Monday and Tuesday for ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.’ Folks trying out should prepare a song and a one-minute comedic monologue. To reserve an audition slot, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday: Drawing class at ARTspot
Get your pencil in hand and open your eyes at the Drawing & Observation Skills class at ARTspot on Wednesday nights from 6 – 8 p.m. Instructor Janis Graves leads the classes Jan. 9 – 30. More information on this and many more art programs on their website.
Advance notice: Driftwood performs a new play
‘Loss: A Play About a Violin,’ by Elena Hartwell runs Jan. 10-13 at Driftwood Players’ Wade James Theatre. The promo for the play describes it as: “Mother isn’t herself, everyone has a secret, and someone named Harold is out in the rose garden. Two brothers come to terms with the lives they have led and the futures in front of them in this exploration of love, loss, music, and family.” Director Diane McClure filled in the details.
My Edmonds News: How did you choose this play by a Newcastle author?
D.M.: Carissa Smit is the program director for TIPS, Theatre of Intriguing Possibilities, for Driftwood Players. She forwarded two scripts to another director and myself, which we read. I fell in love with the ‘Loss’ script, while he wanted the other script. Win-win for both of us. This script is so powerful in its dealing with situations we all face: it has deep emotions, humor, and wonderful insights.
My Edmonds News: Could you please tell us about the actors?
D.M.: The actors are Eillen McCann, Mary Kay Voss, Dennis Moore, Thomas Glass, and Oscar Valenzuela. The cast has worked together so well and I am very fortunate to have such high-caliber actors taking on these roles. The interaction between the mother (Eileen) and her two sons (Dennis and Thomas) pushes their buttons at times, but with some really wonderful, sweet scenes that show the range of family dynamics. Raelynn (Mary Kay) brings in an element of truth searching and Howard (Oscar) has an elusive, romantic quality that lives in all of us. All of them, except Oscar, have done extensive work in the area. Oscar is newer to acting and we are pleased that he is part of this cast.
My Edmonds News: Which scene or line do you like best?
D. M.: Difficult question because there are quite a few choices. I like the dynamic arc between the two brothers – from the first scene with them to the ending scene. It touches the core of family connections and shows the struggle each has to resolve their own problems. I like the interaction between Trina and Raelynn – two people who have learned to deal with one another in a household taken up by a dying man. Their scenes are both poignant and humorous. I also like the ending with Trina where she shows she is capable of moving on and being okay on her own.
My favorite line (today) is Marshall’s line: “Memory lane is a road my brother and I cannot travel down together.”
Tickets for the show can be purchased at the Driftwood Players’ website.
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).