Artfully Edmonds: Phoenix Theatre launches 24-hour Festival, plus outdoor jazz Thursday, Saturday

1 Phoenix Theatre NEW April jPegTheatre history is being made in Edmonds this weekend.

The Phoenix holds its very first 24-hour Festival this Saturday night!

“What is a 24-hour Festival?” you may ask. For The Phoenix, it could just be the inauguration of the edgy local theater’s newest tradition.

How does it work? Well . . . the festival is announced, the curtain time is scheduled, the hype begins, the playhouse tickets are sold out . . . and then the plays are written! Very, very quickly!

It’s riotous, frenetic, chaos. It’s coffee, and chocolate; frustration and maniacal laughter as four writers, four directors and 17 actors write, direct . . . and take their places as the clock ticks toward curtain time.

Saturday, Aug. 1
8 p.m.
Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.

We don’t yet know the titles of the four plays to be produced by our Artistic Director Intern/Mentee, J. Woody Lotts! But, if “Artistic Director Intern/Mentee” means Lotts is being tutored by the legendary Melanie Calderwood – “Bar the door!”

The Phoenix promises that the audience will see many of its favorite actors, plus some fresh Phoenix faces.

The compilation of performances that represent the festival’s madcap efforts will run between 60 and 75 minutes.

The description as stated on the playbill: “It’s an exercise in survival that brings the Pacific Northwest’s theatre professionals to Edmonds to explore just how creative the mind can be!

The writers will gather first and randomly select their genres, actors and other surprises. Then, on Saturday morning, the directors arrive bright and early to start the day. They get just one hour to chat with their writer before the actors show up. It’s then a race against the clock to find all the props, costumes and set pieces needed while the actors work to get their lines memorized before it all goes in front of a live audience that same evening, ready or not. With all of this pressure, what could possibly go wrong? Join us and find out!”

Who will be on stage: Terry Boyd, Jordan Fermsted, Adam Fisher, Emily Fortuna, Renee Gilbert, BriAnne Green, Jessica Hewitt, Jasmine Joshua, Arin Larson, Toni Mckay, Dani Michael Miller, Annie St. John, Jackson Ramler, Asa Sholdez, Carissa Meisner Smit, Veronica Tuttell, and Christian Ver.

Directors include: Ted Jaquith, Rebekah Dawn, Janice Fix, and Simone Barron

Selections written by: Jessica Andrewartha, Jay Jenkins, Barbara Lindsay, and Lyssandra Norton

Crew: Rene’ Lovecraft, Laura Goodwin, and Stacey Hansen

Reservations for the 24-hour Festival are strongly recommended by The Phoenix box office management. And remember: The Phoenix now serves wine, very reasonably priced, before show time, and during intermission.

Make your reservation at the theatre’s online ticket dispenser.

See you at The Phoenix!
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Phoenix Kids Camp
Ages 11 to 17 + younger siblings

A fresh generation of “theatre people” is about to be born in Edmonds – thanks to Phoenix’ managing director Christine Mosere.

This summer (and coming soon!) three week-long acting camps will be taught by Mosere, a professional, working actor with over 15 years theatre experience.

The daily schedule is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a 3 p.m. performance on the final day of each camp session for these weeks:
Aug. 10-14
Aug. 17-21
Aug. 24-28
Cost: One week of camp, $200. Two weeks of camp, $375; and three weeks of camp $500.

The Phoenix reserves the right to cancel any camp session if sufficient enrollment is not met.

More information is available here.
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The variety of events to choose to mention in Artfully Edmonds any given week is so rich, and this week is no exception. Edmonds’ arts purveyors, their agents, and performers are showcasing events for little kids, bigger kids, teenagers, the picnic crowd, the nightclub crowd.

So let’s see what is happening this week in Edmonds – the Arts Destination!
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And Beyond

Jacqueline Tabor
Jacqueline Tabor

Edmonds Summer Concert Series
Thursday, July 30
5 p.m.
Hazel Miller Plaza
5th Avenue at Maple Street
Jacqueline Tabor Trio ~ Jazz

Tabor is an award-winning jazz vocalist who lives and performs in the Pacific Northwest. A native of Bellevue, she studied music and history at Southern University in Baton Rouge where she developed a deep understanding of the blues and the origins of jazz music. In 2012 she was the recipient of an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for 2011 NW Vocalist of the Year. Visit

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Sunday, Aug. 2
3 p.m.

Edmonds City Park
2nd Ave. at Walnut St.
Clave Gringa ~ Cuban Jazz

Clave Gringa is a Seattle-based group formed in 2008 to showcase the Cuban-jazz compositions of bandleader, Ann Reynolds, who studied in Cuba for many years. The energy and spirit of Clave Gringa reflects a commitment to an authentic expression of music and is an invitation to get up and move.

The group’s repertoire includes a broad spectrum of Cuban styles ranging from rumba to Afro Cuban with an infusion of American jazz.

Clave Gringa produced its first CD, “Para Cuba Con Amor” which was nominated by Earshot Jazz for a Golden Ear award for Best NW Recording of 2014. To hear music and find out more about the band visit
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Eric Haines
Eric Haines

Tuesday, Aug. 4
Noon-1 p.m.,
Hazel Miller Plaza
5th Avenue at Maple Street
Eric Haines

Eric Haines is a classic one-man band, with a bass drum on his back, a banjo over his shoulder, and plenty of bells and whistles everywhere else. The song list is a mixture of 1920s hits, original tunes and parodies in a style reminiscent of Dixieland jazz.

Kids and adults will have the opportunity to play along on maracas, spoons and a special washboard equipped with a cowbell. With over 25 years of experience as an all-around entertainer this is one show you won’t want to miss! Visit
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Thursday, Aug. 6
5 p.m.
Hazel Miller Plaza
5th Avenue at Maple Street
Los Flacos ~ Latin

Los Flacos band features a blend of the traditional music of Mexico, South America and the Caribbean. Using a variety of instruments, some indigenous to the Americas and others of European and African origin, they create their own renditions of Latin American songs.

Since their formation in 2002, Los Flacos has been entertaining audiences throughout Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

Visit to find out more and listen to their music.

For more information about the summer concert series, visit
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Friday, July 31
7:30 p.m.
6215 196th St. S.W.
Augsburg Fortress Summer Music Clinic
Hymn Festival

Trinity Lutheran Church has been chosen as the venue for the upcoming hymn festival of Augsburg Fortress, the publishing ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Hymn festivals are a way of promoting congregational song in churches, as well as bringing communities together through music and liturgy.

Congregational hymns and choral anthems will be led by Anton Armstrong, professor of music at St. Olaf College and conductor of the renowned St. Olaf Choir.

For further information, call Norma Aamodt-Nelson, Minister of Music at 425 778-2159. Directions to Trinity Lutheran Church can be found on their website.
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4 edmonds outdoor movie logoFriday, July 31
9 p.m.
Frances Anderson Center Playfield
700 Main St.
Movie Series!

“How to Train Your Dragon”

Edmonds Parks and Recreation invites, “Bring the kids! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs!”

It’s fun to watch blockbuster hits on a giant inflatable screen! And refreshments are available.

For more information about the outdoor movie series call Edmonds Parks & Recreation 425-771-0230.
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The Gypsy Boys
Saturday, Aug. 1 at 9 p.m. “The Gypsy Boys” take the stage at The Loft (515 Main St. as Flamenco guitarist George Stevens and his Roma-influenced troupe returns once again to this sophisticated nightspot in downtown Edmonds. Information on seating, dinner reservations and Saturday night’s show is available by calling 425-640-5000.

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Happening Nearby

Tonight! Thursday, July 30
7 p.m.
$8 cover
North City Bistro
1520 N.E. 177th
The Jazz Pearls

North City Bistro once again welcomes The Jazz Pearls quartet of Ashley Webster, piano; Eric Jellison, trumpet; Louise Uriu, bass; and Davy Nefos, on drums to the bandstand.

Reservations are recommended for this show – so call North City Bistro at 206-365-4447 to make sure you’re on the doorman’s list.

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Jubal Flagg
Jubal Flagg

Saturday, Aug. 1
8 p.m.
Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N.
Jubal Flagg
Comedy – Adult Flavor!

Radio personality, Jubal Flagg of FM’s “Movin’ 92.5” will fill the ECA with raw, uncontrolled laughter this Saturday night.

Tuck the kiddies in and trip on over to the ECA for some adult humor!

Tickets for Flagg’s show are available here.

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8 Alley Bell Music Colorful
Coming Soon ~ Don’t Miss Out!

Monday, Aug. 10
6:30 p.m.
Our Little Kids!
Fabric of Life
524 Main St.

Edmonds-based Alley Bell Music will be hosting a community music night for 0-5-year-olds and the adults who love them at Fabric of Life.

Kids may come in their pajamas if they wish!

Alley Bell is also hosting a free demo class at their newest location, the Northwest Ballet Center in the Lake Forest Park Town Center on Thursday, Aug.  27 at 10 a.m. To register for either of these free demo classes, or our fall semester classes in Edmonds or Lake Forest Park, please visit the studio’s website.
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Wednesday, Aug. 19
4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

My Edmonds News heard this week from Peter Bennett, EWHS Jazz Colony Coordinator, that the College Place Middle School (CPM) Jazz Colony – a new music troupe for middle school students — has been established this summer. The program allows a younger set of jazz-interested kids to benefit from doing the same type of musical performance elements as the EWHS jazz program students.

The EWHS musicians play at the Port of Edmonds each Sunday afternoon under the SeaJazz banner.

Both programs allow students to continue to play all summer long, improving their jazz playing skills in an environment of safe clinics and small combos.

Music instructors Kate Labiak, Jazz Colony Music Director, and Mike Henderson, Jazz Colony coordinator at CPM, lead the middle school students.

Bennett tells My Edmonds News, “We are all very excited to have College Place Middle School be a part of jazz education over the summer. They will play with the EWHS Jazz Colony on Aug. 19 from 4:30 – 5:15. Then the EWHS Jazz Colony will take over the bandstand from 5:15 to 8 p.m. that day.”
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Arts and Events Bulletin Board
9 Driftwood Players jPegCall for Auditions!

Driftwood Players are putting out an audition call for their upcoming production set in the 1930s, “Seven Keys to Baldpate” by George M. Cohan.

This production is directed by Gianni Truzzi.

Casting needs three additional men.

A brief synopsis of the play is, “A writer, looking for a quiet place to write a novel, arrives at the shuttered Baldpate Inn. But peace is the last thing he gets, as the hotel becomes the center of a set of mysterious events worthy of any pulp thriller.

For the particulars, including audition schedule, process, and contact information go to
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10 2015 ECA Gala October
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.
2015 Red Carpet Gala details are coming in!

ECA’s Red Carpet Gala, our largest fundraising event of the year, will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Edmonds Center for the Arts, kicking off its ninth season of presented events! It will begin with a silent auction and cocktail hour followed by a live auction and dinner.

Tickets for the Red Carpet Gala will be available on the ECA website in mid-August.

The ECA Red Carpet Gala draws over 250 philanthropic leaders from the local community and is one of the most exciting fundraisers in the area, featuring local celebrity auctioneer John Curley.

To sponsor the gala or to donate items for the silent or live auction, please click here or contact Amy Stone, Development Manager, at 425-275-9492 or via email at

Emily ~ 2015 Bio jPeg for NewsEmily Hill is the author of two novels and a short story collection. She also writes the “Lynnwood Lifestyle” column for Lynnwood Today. Emily is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. If you would like your event listed, or featured, in Artfully Edmonds, Emily invites you to contact her at

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