Artfully Edmonds: E-W’s own fab four at ECA, plus Driftwood and Phoenix shows continue

EWHS quartet Andrew Kim, Jonathan Mah, Dane Johnson, Helen Nguyen. (Photo by Steven Ly)
The EWHS quartet: Andrew Kim, Jonathan Mah, Dane Johnson, Helen Nguyen. (Photo by Steven Ly)

Taking the stage Thursday evening at the ECA is Edmonds’ own Fab Four appearing with “Abbey Road,” the tribute band which performs for “In My Life,” the famous retelling of the Beatles story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein.

Artfully Edmonds hopes that you have your ticket to what assuredly will be a celebratory night for Edmonds-Woodway High School students Dane Johnson, Helen Nguyen, Andrew Kim and Jonathan Mah. These four talented musicians comprise the Edmonds-Woodway High School String Quartet and have been asked back to perform with the amazing Beatles tribute band.

The talent-filled Edmonds quartet will join “Abbey Road” in the songs “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hello Goodbye,” and “Hey Jude.”

Many local residents are wondering how an entertainment industry connection this great is made.

Here, told by Dane Johnson is the story, “In 2013 the producers of ‘In My Life’ approached Edmonds-Woodway High School’s Orchestra Director Karen Helseth looking for a talented ensemble that could hold their own with a rock band in front of an audience. The show commonly uses a local quartet to augment the production while on tour. The producers of “In My Life” hired an EWHS string quartet [that year] to accompany the show’s performers”. The connection between “In My Life” and the EWHS music department has remained solid.

Not all of the 2015 string quartet alums were fans of The Beatles before landing this exciting gig – but they are now!

Mah, who was a member of the EWHS quartet performing with the “In My Life” show when it was touring Washington in 2013, was not a Beatles fan at the time. “I watched the show from the theatre’s wings and gained an appreciation of the Beatles’ story,” he said. “I became a Beatles fan.”

Nguyen is a longtime Beatles fan and her favorite song is “Yesterday.” She tells My Edmonds News, “I’m excited we get to perform this song with the Beatles show.”

Johnson discovered his father’s Beatles album collection at an early age and says, “I’ve been a Beatles fan ever since.” His favorite song is “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.”

Kim, cellist for the string quartet says of his musical aspirations, “I enjoy playing with orchestras and connecting with other musicians. It’s challenging to find the intricacies in the music.”

Edmonds-Woodway High School String Quartet – a “Best Wishes” from My Edmonds News and Artfully Edmonds.

If you’ve been out of town and missed the hoopla for “In My Life,” we’re offering the ticket link in case there’s one last seat left for the 7:30 p.m. show.

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But after Thursday night there’s so much more!

We have sprinkled in to this week’s arts and events column a few howls for seasonal events, and a slice of smaller-stage events; plus the Edmonds Center for the Arts line-up is in a confetti sort of mood after its successful Red Carpet Gala earlier in the month; so there’s lots happening at that jewel in Edmonds’ crown.

Events taking place at Edmonds Center for the Arts (410 4th Ave. N.) will be designated as ECA throughout this week’s column.

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3 Ghost ChaserS Daughter 2015 2
Free! Edmonds Halloween storyteller The Ghost Chaser’s Daughter, will appear at the Edmonds Senior Center (220 Railroad Ave.) on Friday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. to tell “An Edmonds Kind of Ghost Story” – or two! Included in the repertoire are “Edmonds’ Main Street Poltergeist” and “Sunset Drive’s Woman In White.”





4 Back B4 Midnite _DriftwoodThursday, Friday, Saturday
Oct. 22-24
8 p.m. Curtain
Show closes Saturday

Driftwood Players
Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.

“I’ll Be Back Before Midnight” by Peter Colley finishes its TIPS run this week.

Events take an unexpected turn in a night of unimaginable suspense. If you love a ghost story, you won’t want to miss this thrilling, yet dare we say, “comic”, production.

Scott's Bar
Driftwood Players are partnering with Scott’s Bar & Grill for their current “Dinner & Show” opportunity. Haven’t seen that special dinner party couple for a while? Make it a “Dinner & Show” night!

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And . . . The voting begins! Yes, the moment we have all been waiting for! Cast your ballot for your favorite Edmonds Scarecrow at
Friday, Oct. 23: And . . . The voting begins! Yes, the moment we have all been waiting for! Cast your ballot for your favorite Edmonds Scarecrow here.


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Saturday, Oct. 24
7:30 p.m.
Joan Armatrading Concert Sells Out!

We would never overlook or ignore the fabulous Joan Armatrading. So, if you are one of the lucky early-ticket purchaser’s here is what Artfully Edmonds has to say about Joan: This woman tours! And, over the past 42 years of touring, Joan Armatrading has never done a solo world tour – until now!

Her Saturday night performance will include songs that span her entire career.

As with every stop along this fantastic tour, the ECA audience is guaranteed a sparkling mix of magical old favorites plus a mellow blend of more recent compositions to fall in love with. Joan tells us she is looking forward to playing “Love and Affection,” “Willow,” “Drop The Pilot” and “Me, Myself I” for her Edmonds audience.

Armatrading has enjoyed a spectacular career taking it to the top of the charts in the genres pop, blues, folk, reggae, and jazz. If it’s music, she conquers!

As a three-time Grammy-nominated, a Brit award nominee and an Ivor Novella winning producer, musician Joan Armatrading MBE is without question “one of the World’s leading singer, songwriter and guitarists”.

High-Demand Alert! Check on single-seat tickets, or ticket returns by calling the ECA box office at 425-275-9595.

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Cascade Symphony w Black BannerMonday, Oct. 26
Pre-Concert Lecture: 6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. Performance
CSO Presents: “Celebrate 1890!”
Honoring Edmonds

Cascade Symphony Orchestra performs a tribute to the City of Edmonds’ 125th Anniversary in this season-opener which features many classical pieces composed in the year Edmonds was established.

Violinist Cordula Merks is the first-assistant concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony. She will perform with the Cascade Symphony during its season opener on Oct. 26.

The concert line-up will feature these classical pieces:

Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries (1890)

Mascagni – Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana (1890)

Alfven – Swedish Rhapsody No. 1

Borodin – Overture to Prince Igor (1890)

Tchaikovsky – Prelude to The Queen of Spades (1890)

Chausson – Poeme, op. 25

Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs)  –  Cordula Merks, Violin

Kodaly -Dances of Galanta

Take advantage of the ticket package that fills the auditorium – Full Season tickets to Cascade Symphony Orchestra

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12 TaprootTuesday, Oct. 27
10 a.m.
Taproot Player class for those with Early Stage Memory Loss

Come play as the Taproot Players present “Re-Ignite the Mind with Improv and Play”. Taught by theatre professionals from Taproot Theatre, this class promises 90 minutes in which participants experiencing early stage memory loss (ESML) and their care partners find success learning new things, interacting socially and living creatively in the moment. Call 425-275-9595 for ticket availability.

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8 Rocky HorrorFriday, Oct. 30
9 p.m.
R Rated!
17-and-under admitted only with their grandparents, or other responsible adult.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” cult classic returns for a return engagement.

Give yourself over to absolute pleasure when the mother of all cult classics hits ECA’s big screen with a live cast this Halloween! Yes, “Live.”

So slink into your fishnets, wriggle into your gold shorts, paint your lips Fire Engine Red and get ready to become the creature of the night that you know is at the core of your existence!

Tickets? Pick yours up here.

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Saturday, Oct. 31
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Frances Anderson Center
700 Main St.
Shibori Dyeing with Indigo

Learn the basics of Shibori, the Japanese art of creating patterns by binding, folding and twisting fabric during the dyeing process.

During this inaugural class, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, you will work on a series of silk and cotton fabrics using indigo dye and return home with the skills to practice this art at home.

Class participants will take home one silk scarf using the technique of their choice.

Fabrics will be supplied with your class tuition; but you are invited to bring your own pieces of fabric (old sheets or clothes) to upcycle into works of art.

Note: Wear non-precious clothes and be prepared to get your hands dirty.

Register online at or at 425-771-0230.

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"One Small Hitch" class.
“One Small Hitch” class.

The Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
8 p.m.
(Closes Nov. 1)
One Small Hitch

Leave them laughing is what the resident cast of The Phoenix Theatre successfully achieves with each performance, complemented by cameos by high-profile local thespians. “One Small Hitch” is no exception.

How can one funny little theatre get so many ☆☆☆☆☆-star reviews?

Reserved seating tickets and an intimate wine bar

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Phoenix Theatre Drama Classes start Nov. 3!

Will you be there for November’s adult acting/audition classes?

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10 Proof _Driftwood ProductionCall for Auditions!

Proof directed by Rick Wright
Sunday, Nov. 1
5-7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 2
7-9 p.m.
Driftwood Player Annex
Dayton St. at 2nd Ave.

“Proof,” by David Auburn centers on the character Catherine.
Catherine has cared for her father through a lengthy illness and upon his death, a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers is discovered in his office.

Although struggling with her own genius and mental illness Catherine must authenticate the authorship of the mathematical proof.

The play explores Catherine’s fear of following in her father’s footsteps, both mentally and mathematically and her desperate attempts to stay in control of her life and her destiny.

The auditions will fill the roles of two women – each mid to late twenties; and two men – one mid twenties, and one in his fifties.

Review the audition requirements and then sign up for your audition time on Volunteer

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Coming Soon! Hot Ticket Alert!

11 SRJO jPegMonday, Nov. 9

7:30 p.m.
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO)
Lush Life: Celebrating Billy Strayhorn’s 100th Birthday

SRJO joins forces with Earshot Jazz to salute the marvelous talents of “Swee’ Pea”— Ellington’s right-hand man, composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn.

The Edmonds concert includes some of Strayhorn’s greatest works, including “Isfahan”, “A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing”, and of course “Take the A Train”. SRJO trombonist Dan Marcus is featured, playing his favorite Strayhorn ballad, “Lush Life”.

Artfully Edmonds will be posting SRJO special events and panel discussions in concert with this SRJO appearance including a talk by David Hajdu, author of “Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn.”

SRJO-ECA 2015-2016 Season

We asked the burning question last May regarding Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, “will they be back?” Artfully Edmonds is thrilled to report that SRJO will make three appearances for their 2015-2016 Edmonds Season:

Lush Life: Celebrating Billy Strayhorn’s 100th Birthday – Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 7:30 p.m.

SRJO with Special Guest Terell Stafford – Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 7:30 p.m.

Bill Holman: The Composer’s Composer – Friday, April 15, 2016 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for SRJO’s Edmonds series is available at this website: or by calling the SRJO box office at 206-523-6159. If email is your chosen mode for requesting tickets, use this address: [email protected]

Emily ~ 2015 Bio jPeg for News— By Emily Hill

Emily 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 [email protected].

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