Artfully Edmonds: Special type of magic comes to ECA this Saturday and many, many more events!


    Large Stage Events

    Saturday, April 26 ~ 7:30 p.m.
    Named “International Magicians of the Year”
    The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion

    Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
    410 4th Ave. N.

    Expect magical moments Saturday. (Photo courtesy ECA)
    Expect magical moments Saturday. (Photo courtesy ECA)

    The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion is not your run-of-the-mill magic show; and the Spencers are not your typical magicians. Although The Spencers carry a lot of equipment in their 65-foot customized truck and trailer, a rabbit and a top hat are not included in the inventory.

    Kevin and Cindy Spencer, known professionally as The Spencers, are among the world’s most recognized magical performers. They have mesmerized millions of people with sold out performances in 19 countries on five continents. And they have left a trail of accolades in their wake. They have been named Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year an amazing six times and, in 2009, were bestowed magic’s highest honor, the Merlin Award for International Magicians of the Year joining the ranks of Henning, Copperfield, and Penn & Teller.

    The Spencers’ production is a unique fusion of magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality. With a background in clinical psychology, Kevin likes to say, “I was going to help people’s minds but now I just mess with them.”

    Their show, Theatre of Illusion, stands in stark contrast to the traditional magic show. Spencer sees it not as a stage full of tricks used to fool people, but as a way to inspire viewers with a sense of wonder. By blending the theatrical elements of a Broadway-style production with the high energy of a rock concert, these artists take their audience on a journey to the brink of impossibility… and back again. Audience members don’t simply watch the show, but are also invited to participate in the magic. Using magic much like a storyteller uses words, Spencer fuses this family-friendly production with a gamut of emotions. And with the skills of a master showman, he creates a world where nothing is impossible and anything can happen.

    Kevin Spencer has committed his life to magic both on stage and off. When he’s not working with his crew to set up a show, Spencer can be found spreading the word about the therapeutic and educational benefits of learning magic for persons with a variety of disabilities. He is widely considered the leading authority on the functional and academic benefits of the art of illusion. HEALING OF MAGIC uses simple magic tricks as a form of rehabilitative therapy. HOCUS FOCUS integrates magic tricks into the classroom as a way of motivating students in the learning process. Both projects have an international reputation with published research in leading scientific journals. Spencer received the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity in recognition of his work in healthcare and education.

    Magic is no longer merely about baffling the audience by doing something seemingly impossible. We’ve seen it all before. Magic these days is about spectacle, drama, danger, and personality. Kevin and Cindy Spencer are the masters of this new magic theater. Entertainers come and go, but few make a lasting impression on their audience or their art. The Spencers are that rare exception! This is one show you won’t want to miss!

    Tickets: Teen Mix Members $5 at the Box Office on the day of the performance. To become a TeenTix member, register at Regular ticket prices: $22, $27 & $32, and $15 youth/student; 10 percent discount for seniors and military. Tickets are available by calling the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9595, online at or in person at the ECA Box Office located at 410 4th Ave. N.
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    Theater News

    Phoenix Theatre NEW April jPegFriday and Saturday shows,
    April 25, 26 at 8 p.m.
    Sunday matinee April 27 ~ 2 p.m.
    The Best Laid Plans

    Phoenix Theatre
    Firdale Village
    9673 Firdale Ave.
    Clever tempo, a seasoned cast, and witty promotion mark The Phoenix Theatre’s early spring production – The Best Laid Plans — which is set off in this YouTube video produced by Dan Jacoby.

    “The Best Laid Plans,” starring Phoenix Theatre veteran Melanie Calderwood, opened on April 4 and will run through this Sunday, April 27. Phoenix Theatre productions focus on comedy and farce and the selection of “The Best Laid Plans,” which debuted in 1966 at the Dorset Playhouse, Dorset, Vermont, by the Caravan Theatre Summer Stock Company is no exception.

    From the playbill: Ada Westbrook an elderly Ian Fleming type author (played by Melanie Calderwood), finds herself called upon to act as a liaison between our government and enemy powers. During her Caribbean vacation, a spy dies in Ada’s house. He has on him secret plans every government is after and since the plans are on the body, everyone tries to steal it. It ends up being moved all over the place until no one knows where it is. When the body’s twin brother shows up there’s even more complications. Who’s dead, who’s alive? Who is the Mr. Big behind it all?

    General admission is $18.50; juniors/seniors/military admission is set at $15.50. Tickets are available by calling 206-533-2000 or online at
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    Tuesday, April 29 ~ 7:30 p.m.
    A Cabaret Tonight!

    As soon as the stage has been struck following “The Best Laid Plans,” the theatre company will begin preparing for “A Cabaret Tonight,” a “Pay What You Will” fundraising event.

    I had an opportunity to interview Christine Mosere and Melanie Calderwood regarding the theatre company’s first-ever fundraiser. Read up on this exclusive interview at

    Tickets for A Cabaret Tonight are available at Brown Paper Tickets.
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    Wade James Theatre and the Driftwood Players’ News

    Thugs Musical jPeg

    Plays through Sunday, May 11
    THUGS: A Musical Mafiasco

    The Driftwood Players has chosen “THUGS: A Musical Mafiasco” by David Tucker (lyrics by Kim Douglass and D. Richard Tucker) as its early-spring production. The musical is directed by Ted Jaquith, with musical direction by Mark Press.

    From the playbill: It is 1929, and two thugs are banished from Chicago’s gangland community and find work in the lazy town of Shady Groves, as body guards for a man and a woman, both disguised as the late Anthony Sartori. Added to this are two feuding crime lords, their lovesick children, and an effeminate hit man, resulting in a whirlwind of mistaken identity. Inspired by Goldoni’s “Servant of Two Masters,” this new musical comedy features such soon-to-be classic tunes as We Gotta Whack Him, Badda Boom, Badda Bing, and Some Day (Like Bonnie and Clyde). See why it was laughter that made the Roaring Twenties roar.

    Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays ~ 8 p.m.
    Sunday matinee ~ 2 p.m.

    Tickets are available at the theatre company’s website or by calling 425-774-9600.

    You can find other important upcoming Driftwood Player news here.
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    Nurturing The Artist Within You

    Edmonds has a number of venues that give artists – both adults and children – and opportunity to explore and nurture their artistic dreams.

    These are the studio locations inviting the public to class for the balance of the month:

    Cole Gallery
    107 5th Ave. S., Edmonds
    Thursday, April 24 – May 8
    “Stunning Still Lives: Capturing Metal and Glass with Acrylics”

    Friday, April 25
    “Try it! Pastels”

    Wednesday, April 30
    “Experimenting with Drawing: Part I”

    For times and registration information visit the Cole Studio website.
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    (Photo courtesy of Glazed and Amazed)
    Photo courtesy of Glazed and Amazed

    Glazed and Amazed
    514 Main. St.
    Friday, April 25 ~ 5-9 p.m.

    Glazed and Amazed ceramics and glass studio announces that “Glass Extravaganza” is back. Call for reservations, 425-673-5474.
    To view the studio’s colorful (and oftimes whimsical) products, visit their Facebook page!
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    Student Arts Events in Edmonds

    Edmonds Heights
    23200 100th Ave. W., Edmonds

    Coming Soon!
    May 2-10, 2014

    “Pippin” photo courtesy of  Amealia Burnett, Edmonds Heights.

    Pippin, a Musical

    From the playbill: “Pippin,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, based on the book by Roger O. Hirson, is the story of a young man’s quest for meaning and purpose, and the charismatic Leading Player of a theatrical ensemble [who guides] that journey toward a heroic conclusion.

    Drawing upon a spectacular variety of performance arts—commedia dell’arte, clowning, epic theatre, modern dance—Edmonds Heights’ “Pippin” is a dazzling odyssey through power, pleasure, war and love, as experienced by a naive prince, Pippin, and overseen by the magnetic Leading Player.

    With a colorful troupe of Players under his command—always ready to become characters on Pippin’s journey—the Leading Player engages the audience in invoking Pippin’s mythic search for his true destiny. The only question is: will that destiny be fulfilled in an extraordinary blaze of glory, or will Pippin be strong enough to make a different choice and find real, earthly happiness?

    Pippin is directed by Shileah Corey, choreographed by Emma Ruhl and features a cast of 25 talented actors, ages 14-18. Michael Corey conducts the orchestra.

    Evening performances are on May 2, 3, 9 and 10th at 7 p.m., with matinees on May 4 and 10 at 2 p.m..

    Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Pippin is not suitable for young children. For further information regarding the performance call 425-431-7840 or visit the production’s website at the Facebook page of Ballyhoo Theatre

    Additional information:
    Edmonds Heights is a K-12 school where parents are empowered as primary educators and operates as an alternative school in the Edmonds School District.
    Edmonds Heights has been actively involved in the 5th Avenue Theatre High School Musical Theatre Awards program for several years. They have won several awards in the last few years, and have been nominated three times for Outstanding Musical.
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    Author’s and Poet’s Podium

    Poem in Your Pocket Day
    Thursday, April 24

    On “Poem in Your Pocket Day”, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day as one of the activities during April’s National Poetry Month.

    You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem. I’m a big twitter fan in my “other life” so if you tweet, tweet to me at @artfullyedmonds; particularly on “Poem In Your Pocket Day”.

    To submit a poem go to The Washington State Arts Commission is seeking poetry submissions for National Poetry Month. You may submit your poetry to the Commission at
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    Friends of the Library
    650 Main St., Edmonds

    All 4th Thursdays ~ 1 p.m.

    Our “Author’s and Poet’s Podium” would not be complete without a reminder that April’s Friends of the Library meeting will be held Thurdays at 1 p.m.

    For information about this worthy organization call 425-776-6711.
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    Edmonds Story Time
    Café Louvre ~ Where Authors Meet Their Audience
    210 5th Ave. S., Edmonds

    Sunday, April 27 ~ 3:30-5 p.m.

    Writer’s circles and book clubs have been buzzing of late about an open mic setting that is gaining momentum – Edmonds Story Time (EST). EST was developed on the concept of Manhattan (dare I say beatnik) poetry readings from the 1950s and 1960s. Our Edmonds version is a bit upscale, and its setting is generously-hosted at Café Louvre downtown. EST is emceed by author Kathy McMullen who reminds us, “It’s time to gear up for another Edmonds Story Time this Sunday. You’ve got three days to polish up your pieces and present. Even if you’re not up for a read, you’ll want to join us.”

    Sunday’s guest author, Mary Baylor, will read her Lily Ledbetter–Women in the Work Force piece which she read in Bellingham on April 13th. Ms. Baylor is joined by local authors Joe Rice (Not Your Ordinary Joe); Stefani Priest, a playwright who will be sharing one of her latest projects; Maxine Brink who is celebrating National Poetry Month with a read from Five Raggedy Threadbare Words Poems; Barbara Aceti (Thank you, Eric); and Eleanor Owen who will share passages from her memoir.

    To keep up with Edmonds Story Time events visit their Facebook page.
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    Andre Feriante guitar 414

    Monday, April 28 ~ 7:30 p.m.
    An EPIC Group Writers Fundraiser
    Wade James Theatre
    950 Main St.

    Andre Feriante, classical guitarist will stage a performance benefiting Edmonds’ EPIC Group Writers on Monday, April 28 ~ 7:30 p.m. at the Wade James Theatre.

    From the artist’s website: Beginning with his first concert in Rome in 1979, Seattle-based, award winning, Segovia-trained guitar artist/composer Andre Feriante has performed for over three decades in Europe, S. America and throughout the U.S., bringing his sensual, contemporary sound to an otherwise traditional genre. His creative blend of classical, flamenco and Brazilian styles, speaks to people from all walks of life. In recent years Feriante has garnered rave reviews for applying his innovative approach and guitar mastery to the ukulele and the nylon stringed banjo. In concert Feriante will take you on an inspiring musical journey with original music, classical and jazz standards, vocals in Italian, and poetry over guitar.

    Advance tickets are $15, available here. You may also purchase tickets at the door for $20 the night of the concert.
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    Small Stage Sophistication


    Saturday, April 26 ~ 8:05 p.m.
    Improv Triatholon

    Black Box Theater
    Edmonds Community College (EdCC), Lynnwood

    I cannot tell you how many people have on their Bucket List “perform improve” – so for those of you out there checking off one Life Dream at a time – here’s your opportunity to try Improv!

    Improv Triathlon presented by Unexpected Production North

    The rules: Teams of two compete in three rounds, and in each round the Improv Triathletes face a different obstacle. Each race is different and all based on audience suggestion! Only the winner will move on to face new opponents the following week, so be there to help your favorite team advance.

    Admission at the door: $10
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    Restaurant and Pub Events!

    Taki Tiki jPeg 2b

    Saturdays ~ 9 p.m.
    A Very Taki Tiki Bar & Grill

    518 Main

    Mainstay talent, DeeJay Manny, continues his tattles and tunes, rockin’ and rioting at “A Very Taki Tiki Bar” this Saturday, and every Saturday, according to bar and grill owner Bryan Benn.

    The Taki Tiki?? It’s the type of place the phrase “Be There or Be Square” provoked as indicated by this raucous YouTube video.
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    Photo courtesy Church Key Facebook page
    Photo courtesy Church Key Facebook page

    First Thursday – Bike Night
    You Ride? It’s an Event!
    The Churchkey Pub

    109 4th Ave., Edmonds

    Yes, you heard it here first (unless you follow the Churchkey Pub Facebook page.

    Pub Co-Owner Dave Yoder has joined forces with Triumph of Seattle to establish Churchkey Pub as the site for “First Thursday Bike Night” — right in downtown Edmonds.

    When I told Yoder of my BMW-riding brother, Yoder responded, “Everyone is invited! No matter what their ride!” Yoder flies the British flag on Bike Night – look for it!
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    Every Tuesday Trivia
    Come ‘Think and Drink’
    The Churchkey Pub hosts “Geeks Who Drink Trivia” every Tuesday at 7 p.m. More details about the sponsors at
    Sharp wits invited!
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    Every Sunday ~ 5:30-8 p.m.
    Kafé Neo ~ Traditional Greek Music

    21108 Highway 99
    Every Sunday ~ 5:30-8 p.m.
    Beginning “around 5:30-6 p.m.” John Novakis and The Grecian Sounds play traditional Greek music and take requests every Sunday. To follow what is happening at Kafé Neo visit their website.
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    Every Tuesday ~ 8-11 p.m.

    Engel’s Pub ~ “Classic Rock, Rockin’ Blues”
    113 5th Ave. S.
    Engel’s Pub features “Lou and Friends” with an Open Mic Join In! invitation to all every Tuesday. Lou Echeverri leads a four-piece Classic Rock, Rockin’ Blues band with Dano Mac on drums, Curtis Moore on keys, and Al Smith on bass.

    Coming Soon to Engel’s!
    Saturday, May 3
    Mark your calendars – the Linezmen will be playing their “Maximum ’60s, ’70s, Rock, Country, and Soul” at Engel’s. Downbeat at 9 p.m. Steve Brown, Michael Mestres, Ron LLinas, Curtis Moore, Frank John Corbino on stage.

    — By Emily Hill

    Emily ~ Square jPeg

    — Emily Hill is an author and long-time resident of Edmonds. She is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. If you would like your event listed, or venue featured, in Artfully Edmonds, Emily invites you to contact her at [email protected]

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