To many people, like me, the words “holiday happiness” describe Halloween.
I’m bonafide samhainophiliac who doesn’t mind a Dance with Death one night a year, or a reel around the Edmonds fountain as the music strikes up “Thriller” at the Edmonds’ downtown Trick-or-Treat party.
As Halloween lurches ever closer, I will list the community-wide events that pay homage to All Hallows Eve. So contact “Artfully Edmonds” if your neighborhood has some community event brewing in October – like these examples:
Register Your Scarecrow!
Voting begins Oct. 16
My Edmonds News began early coverage of the Scarecrow Festival with Larry Vogel’s article about Mona Smiley-Fairbanks and Robin Westbrook’s entry, “Starry Night” which depicts Vincent van Go-Crow (aka Vincent van Gogh).
The Scarecrow Festival is sponsored by the Edmonds Historical Museum. The registration tab for those who have intentions of entering a scarecrow into the running, as well as the tab for voting on your fave scarecrow can be found by going to the museum’s event page. You can also learn more in this October 2014 segment of the video magazine Edmonds Today.
Thursday, Oct. 16 ~ 5-8 p.m.
ArtStalk is on!
Yes, clever Tracy Felix, events committee chair of Art Walk Edmonds, has coined this months’ Art Walk Edmonds “ArtStalk” in honor of Halloween. I know that enthusiasts of the more traditional Art Walk Edmonds will be curious about what Tracy and her events committee have in mind for October’s third Thursday. Follow the news here.
Sunday, Oct. 26 ~ 1 p.m.
It’s a Pumpkin Carve + A Free Movie
Plus! A coloring contest!
All sponsored by Coldwell Banker Bain Edmonds and Spotlight on Edmonds.
Friday, Oct. 31 ~ 5-7 p.m.
Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night and candy dash, a Chamber of Commerce event sponsored by Windermere Real Estate Edmonds and the generosity of downtown Edmonds merchants.
We hear from informed sources that Nicole Sargent, a member of Harbor Square Athletic Club is already warming up the dance troupe for a return performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at Edmonds’ “Funtain” Halloween night.
What is your neighborhood doing, that the public can join in to celebrate Halloween this year? Let “Artfully Edmonds” know and we’ll be sure to give you a shout out as October creeps in to the City of Edmonds.
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This Week in Edmonds
700 Main St.
Friday, Oct. 3 ~ 7 p.m.
The Edmonds Library will host film critic Robert Horton’s presentation “The Movie Mashup: Wild Literary Adaptations on Film” this Friday evening.
The free event will explore how filmmakers who go all wild and crazy with their source material can create something fresh and exciting.
Have you ever wondered how “The Tempest” became “Forbidden Planet?” Or, how did “Jane Eyre” turn into “I Walked with a Zombie?” Maybe you’ve discussed at the dinner table the perplexing, “How on earth did the Coen Brothers take Homer’s Odyssey and come up with O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Horton will explain how a wild adaptation can not only illuminate the original (to the extent that we barely recognize it), but his talk will also teach audiences to be open to the unexpected.
And he will speak about how different cultures adapt classic films for their own purposes.
Horton has spent more than 30 years writing and talking about films and the film industry. A graduate of the University of Washington, he reviews movies for local newspapers and KUOW-FM in Seattle, as well as a number of national publications.
This program is funded by the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau .
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Edmonds Center for The Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N.
Friday, Oct. 3 ~ 7:30 p.m.
The Sno-King Community Chorale led by director Frank DeMiero will perform Friday evening as part of The Brothers Four “Playing the Music of America” tour.
This proves to be an exciting season opener for the popular chorale as they delight Edmonds music lovers by singing great Americana hits alongside the Seattle natives who, in 1957, founded their now world-renown group.
The chorale will join in such hits as Greenfields of Summer, Yellow Bird, If I had a Hammer, Greensleeves, and much more!
Need a ticket to the performance? Visit the chorale’s eTicket site, or call 425-275-9595 with questions.
For more information about The Brothers Four visit their website.
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Saturday, Oct. 4 ~ 1 p.m.
Write On The Sound (WOTS) keynote speaker, Robert J Sawyer, will address Edmonds’ literary community at Edmonds Center for The Arts this Saturday.
Sawyer’s address is included as a conference event for attendees of WOTS and is also open to the general public. One of Canada’s best known and most successful science fiction authors, Sawyer has been called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen.
You are invited to meet with the author in the ECA lobby after his talk.
For your non-conference ticket call 425-275-9595 or go online and then pick up your ticket at Will Call the day of the event.
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News from The Black Box
Edmonds Community College
20000 68th Ave. W.
Saturday, Oct. 4 ~ 8 p.m.
And all Saturday nights through Nov. 1
Unexpected Productions North:
It’s time to be scared silly as the comedic improv geniuses from Unexpected Productions open creaky doors and explore what lurks behind them . . . Horror-Riffic Improv!
Ticket information at the the Black Box eTicket location.
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Monday, Oct. 6 ~ 7:30 p.m.
Performance and Lecture by John Sanders
That Latin beat, a Puerto Rican experience presented by EdCC music faculty member, John Sanders who shares his experiences in Puerto Rico through a lecture and new compositions.
Sanders’ travel and culture project is explored at his website: https://www.johnsandersmusic.com
Tickets for this cultural-exchange event are available at : https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=bbox
Proceeds from Sander’s performance and lecture will benefit the EdCC Music Department.
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We all know what an art gallery destination that Edmonds has become, so it comes as no surprise that we have exhibition news coming in weekly to “Artfully Edmonds”. On these crisp, blustery fall days the perfect activity after finishing a steaming hot latte is to duck into one of our many galleries for a mid-week art appreciation session.
Here’s the news for this week:
401 Main Street
Sunday, Oct. 5th ~ 1-4 p.m.
Artist’s Reception for
During the month of October, Gallery North presents “Transitions” featuring the work of Joyce Donaldson. Joyce Donaldson is a member of Gallery North and resident of Edmonds.
“My paintings are representative of my life experiences – events, people I know and places I have visited,” says Donaldson. “Whether I use watercolor or oil paints, my goal is always to express beauty and emotion through the use of rich colors.”
Joyce Donaldson credits her success in her career to the inspiration and opportunities that Edmonds presents to her as an artist. “If I didn’t live in Edmonds, I doubt that I would be having my own one-person show at Gallery North,” she says. “I’ve been interested in art since I was kid, but living in this art-rich town has helped me to develop as an artist.”
The wide range of classes available in and around Edmonds, her artist neighbors, her fellow painters at Art Works’ Wednesday Open Studio, membership in ArtistsConnect, and being a member of Gallery North have all contributed to her current work.
Joyce is transitioning toward a more impressionistic style, as she says”to let the paint do the talking.” She also plans to spend more time painting outside (in plein air) in the coming year – another transition in her artistic journey.
The public is invited to two special events at Gallery North during October, the artist reception for Joyce Donaldson on Sunday, October 5th from 1-4 pm, and a reception during the Edmonds Third Thursday Art Walk, on October 16th from 5-8 pm.
Local classical guitar player, Abigail Gilbert, will play at both of these events.
For more information call 425-774-0946 or visit the website: www.GalleryNorthEdmonds.com
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107 5th Ave. S.
New to Cole Gallery, acclaimed Portland artist Scott Gellatly brings an October exhibit that features beautiful, impressionist Northwest landscapes and paint-able still life scenes. Rolling hills and quiet skies, vineyards, rivers and lakes are depicted with simple elegance. His still life paintings imbue quiet reflections and bring a sense of peace and tranquility.
Cole Gallery has done a masterful job of bringing Gellatly’s work forward for a website preview.
For questions about the show, you may call Cole Gallery at 425-697-2787.
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This Week in Drama and Comedy
Don’t Miss it!
The Driftwood Players
Wade James Theatre
900 Main St.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Oct. 2-4 at 8 p.m.
and Sunday, Oct. 5 – 2 p.m.
The last performance of Night Watch is this Sunday afternoon – won’t you be sorry if you miss it?
Within minutes after the first lines are spoken a blood curdling scream of, “Oh noooo!” chills the theatre – and the plot only gets better from there.
See “Artfully Edmonds” production review, which posted opening night.
Get your tickets here!
Also, “BEST of the Northwest” sponsored by King5 is in full swing. Want to throw a rose on the stage in light of The Driftwood Players 56th Season? Here’s the link to vote for a small town favorite!
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The Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.
Fridays/Saturdays ~ 8 p.m.
Sundays ~ 2 p.m.
Production run: Oct. 17 – Nov. 9
I never mention The Phoenix Theatre to out-of-towners without reciting its slogan, “Comedy – without all the drama”. I think that local comedienne Melanie Calderwood crafted that witty line.
From a personal standpoint I cannot express to you how delighted I am that Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit is on the Coming Soon! bill as this lively theatre company’s next production.
The storyline is so in keeping with this “season of séances”.
Accordingly, be assured that I will be in my customary spot – mid-theatre seating – as the lights dim and the actors respond to, “Places everyone!” See you opening night!
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Friday, Oct.10 ~ 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Beach Congregational Church
1512 NW 195th St. – Shoreline’s Richmond Beach
Chamber Music Recital Featuring Spencer Myer in affiliation with Music4Life. This renowned pianist won the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition. His stellar achievements are listed at his website but I think that you will want to see just how amazing this artist is in performance of “El Puerto” by Albeniz, shown here on YouTube.
— By Emily Hill
Emily Hill, a long-time resident of Edmonds, is the author of two novels and one short story collection. 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]