Artfully Edmonds: Driftwood opens new production as Edmonds remains ‘arts busy’

10 Terrell Stafford
Jazz legend Terell Stafford performs with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra at their long-awaited performance this evening at the ECA. Tickets are available at SRJO, the ECA box office and at the door.

Thursday, Feb. 18
7:30 p.m.
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) at
    410 4th Ave. N.

The long-awaited Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra returns Thursday, bringing with them, from the East Coast, the very snazzy Terell Stafford.

What fame Stafford has enjoyed!

Michael Brockman, SRJO’s Co-Artistic Director, wants to share with My Edmonds News readers a little insight into what you’ll experience at Thursday’s concert: “Terell is a marvelous musician with a style that reminds me of several of my favorite trumpeters: Freddie Hubbard, Blue Mitchell, Clifford Brown, and even a little of Louis Armstrong.”

Stafford has performed with Benny Golson’s Sextet, McCoy Tyner’s Sextet, Jimmy Heath Quintet & Big Band, Carnegie Hall Jazz Band & Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Alumni Band. He is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Ticket Discount!

Just to show their “Edmonds-Kind-of Love,” the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra is offering a 25-percent discount to music enthusiasts who want to experience the brilliance of Terell Stafford while he is here in Edmonds.

To enjoy this ticket discount, use “NEWSSRJO” when purchasing your tickets online, or when you call SRJO at 206-523-6159.

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Bob Z w scrim3
Edmonds Tunes owner, Bob Z. vets new and rising stars for the free Friday Night music line-up at Cafe Louvre. 

Friday, Feb. 19
6 p.m.
Edmonds Tunes at
   Café Louvre
   210 5th Ave. S.

This week, Edmonds Tunes welcomes two amazing artists to the intimate Café Louvre stage for the first time – but we are assured that after you hear them belt out their smoky blues and a little pop, you’ll demand their return.

Blues rock veteran Steve Jordan and young pop songstress Chelanne Peterson are making their Friday night Edmonds Tunes debut on the casual stage, while popular indie rock dude Brad Serka returns – by popular demand.

One hour of free tunes, with no-host dessert and coffee – then it’s off to the Driftwood Theatre!

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Months in the planning, Driftwood Players are proud to present “Proposals” by Neil Simon.  Opens this week!

Show Opens Friday!
Feb. 19
8 p.m.
By Neil Simon

Driftwood Players at
   Wade James Theatre
   950 Main St.

This nostalgic-memory play, which premiered in 1997 at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York, delightfully recalls the last time the Hines family gathered at their retreat in the Poconos.

A poignant, sardonically funny tribute to dysfunctional families of the 1950s, “Proposals” is “filled with moments that will tug at your heartstrings” according to the Wade James box office.

Watch for an Artfully Edmonds review this Saturday.

Tickets for “Proposals” are available at the Driftwood Players online box office.

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Final Week!  Not to be missed!

Liz Adkisson (blonde) Simone Barron, Melanie (r)
“Communicating Doors” dames Liz Adkisson, Simone Barron and Melanie Calderwood.

“Communicating Doors”
   Written by Alan Ayckbourn
   Directed by Christine Mosere
The Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.

Artfully Edmonds attended last Friday’s performance of “Communicating Doors” and, as usual, was delighted by the phenomenal linguistic skill of this troupe. Lines delivered impeccably, puns with punch, soliloquys that sail, actors with the skill of acrobats – the Phoenix Theatre is no less than theatre-circus.

There are so many levels to explore – and exploit in Ayckbourn’s (adult-themed) masterpiece. But director Christine Mosere handles the staging and performances with aplomb. “Communicating Doors” features flashbacks, slapstick, murders and mischievous mayhem.

We’ve outlined the plot here – now go to The Phoenix online box office to pick out your seating preference – and enjoy some hilarious grown-ups time.

Artfully Edmonds’ take on “Communicating Doors”?

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ SCREAMingly Funny! We Loved it!

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As we proceed, with a spring in our step, into an Edmonds-Kind-Of-Week, Artfully Edmonds realizes that many of our ECA events are at near sell-out levels.

We recommend that you take a moment to grab tickets today!

Spanish Harlem

Sell Out Alert!

Friday, Feb. 19
7:30 p.m.
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
   Edmonds Center for the Arts
   410 4th Ave. N.

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra will be performing to a sold-out crowd.  If you are still game for trying for tickets, contact the ECA box office and expect balcony-single seating.

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10 CSO Peter Wolf

For Kids!

Saturday, Feb. 20
2 p.m. Pet The Instruments
3 p.m. Performance

Cascade Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) annual children’s concert will take place on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts (410 4th Ave. N.).

Preceding the concert, the orchestra invites families to come at 2:00 to participate in the KING FM instrument petting zoo, where children will have the opportunity to try various musical instruments.

CSO promises that, “The concert will begin with a rousing performance by the Cascade Percussion Ensemble.  It will continue with Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, narrated by audience favorite Dave Dolacky.  Peter and the Wolf has introduced orchestral music to generations of children since it was written in 1936.

“Its endearing characters include the bird (flute), duck (oboe), Grandfather (bassoon), Peter (strings) and Wolf (French horns).”

The program will also showcase two Rising Stars: 12-year old soloist Claire Kim playing the first movement from Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D Major, and 15-year-old Phoebe Rawn performing the third movement of the Reinecke Flute Concerto in D Major.

About the Young Artists:

Claire Kim started piano lessons at age 5 and is also an accomplished violinist with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.  She has won multiple state-level competitions.  She is a seventh-grader at Gateway Middle School and is a student of Allan Park.

Phoebe Rawn, 15, first started playing flute in her elementary school music program. She began lessons with Alicia Suarez, and currently studies with Zart Dombourian-Eby of the Seattle Symphony. Last year, Phoebe received two Seals of Outstanding Achievement at the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival, and was chosen as a finalist in the festival’s Concerto Competition. Phoebe is in ninth grade at Garfield High School.

The children’s concert is designed for ages 3-10, but all ages are welcome.

Concert tickets are $2 for kids under 12, $5 for students and $10 for adults, and available through Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Tickets are available through this ticket link.

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Museum Valentine

Sunday, Feb. 21
1-4 p.m.
“A Little Bit of Love”
   Edmonds Historical Museum
   118 5th Ave. N.

Still have a hankering for a little bit of love after Valentine’s Day? Maybe this Sunday you have a play date with your grandchildren scheduled?

We’ve filled up the rest of the week and think that this Sunday would be a perfect day to delight in the olde-fashioned Valentine’s exhibit that Edmonds Museum collections manager Caitlin Kelly has curated.

According to Kelly, “The collection embodies a small collection of items from the archives, which include vintage Valentine’s from the early 20th Century, a few selected marriage certificates, Victorian scrapbooks, and more!”

This mini-exhibit titled, “A Little Bit of Love” is located in the upper level’s South Gallery.

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HAPA leave the bluffs of Maui to perform in Edmonds thanks to the excellent event programming of the ECA team.

Saturday, Feb. 27
11 a.m.
   Edmonds Senior Center
   220 Railroad Ave.

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   7:30 p.m. for 
       ECA ticket-holders
       410 4th Ave. N.

Don’t miss HAPA’s free concert on Saturday, Feb. 27. This free concert will be held in the Ballroom of the Edmonds Senior Center.

No reservations are required. If you would like additional information about concert, or upcoming Edmonds Senior Center events, call 425-774-5555 or visit

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EPA Sell Out Alert!

HAPA: The Sound of Maui

Often described as the “sound of Maui”, the music and sound of the group Hapa is hypnotic with liquid guitar runs woven around clear Hawaiian vocals and immaculate harmonies.  Hapa’s poetic lyrics exult the rapture of the Hawaiian landscape, history and mythology.

Balcony and singles-seating were available at press time.

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Artists, Authors and Poets

Ingrid Osterhaug
Ingrid Osterhaug’s book “Kari’s Bog” has been favorably reviewed by Rick Steves and Dan Satterberg. Now available at Edmonds Bookshop.

Introducing local author
Ingrid Osterhaug

“Kari’s Bog” written by Edmonds resident, Ingrid Osterhaug is now available at Edmonds Bookshop (111 5th Ave. S.) according to Larry Vogle, local historian and photographer.

The debut title details the life and brutal murder of Ingrid’s daughter, Kari at the hands of Kari’s mentally ill husband.

Described as “a mother’s journey through her daughter’s life, brutal death and legacy,” the book has been favorably reviewed by local Edmonds’ residents Dan Satterberg and Rick Steves.

The publisher offers the following synopsis: In the early morning of Jan.5th, 2003, Kari, thirty-one years old and pregnant, was murdered by her mentally ill husband. Tragically, they had left a hospital just hours before in an unsuccessful attempt to admit him for evaluation and treatment.

This is the story of the rich and eventful life of a young woman from her birth to her tragic death as told by her mother. It also explores the question, “How could her death have been prevented?”

“Kari’s Bog” (ISBN 978-1518693359) is available now at Edmonds Bookshop.

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Thursday, Feb. 18
5-8 p.m.
Author Tracy Weber
Edmonds Bookshop
111 5th Ave. S.

Seattle novelist Tracy Weber has been invited back to Edmonds Bookshop to celebrate the release of her newest title, Karma’s a Killer.  Like her books Tracy is fun, fresh, feisty.

On Thursday evening we know you’ll wanter into the bookshop, so grab a copy of “Karma’s a Killer”, get Tracy to sign it, and chat her up about her fabulous life.

Follow Tracy online at:

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Judith Works
Local Author Judith Works

Saturday, Feb. 27
Edmonds Bookshop
111 5th Ave. S.

Ever-popular globetrotter and local author Judith Works is returning to Edmonds Bookshop to show off the re-release of her debut book, “Coins in the Fountain”, [Booktrope Publishing, 2nd edition].

Judith is always fun and one of Edmonds most community-active authors. Stop in at the bookshop a week from Saturday.

That’s where all of your bookophile friends will be!

Visit  web site to keep up Judith.

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3 alessandrini Le Stanze
Iole Alessandrini exhibits at the Edmonds Library through March 14.

Iole Alessandrini

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission invites the public to view a selection of Seattle artist Iole Alessandrini’s print exhibit “Le Stanze” (Italian for “Rooms”) at the Edmonds Library now through March 14, 2016. Alessandrini was most recently mentioned in My Edmonds News for her proposal for the 4th Avenue Arts Corridor. She is the artist commissioned last year to create the temporary 4th Avenue public art project in downtown Edmonds, which will be installed later this year.

Alessandrini’s polychromatic prints embody the essence of traditional printing. The lines, shapes and colors of her prints this series abstractly redefine the space of a room. Alessandrini uses the Chine Colle’ printing technique, a process in which the image is transferred to a surface that is bonded to a heavier support, which allows the printmaker to print on a much more delicate surface, such as Japanese paper or linen.

A native of Italy, Alessandrini studied art and architecture at the University of La Sapienza in Rome, and later at the University of Washington, where she obtained a second Master’s Degree in Architecture, with an emphasis in lighting and industrial design. Much of her work is large scale designed to activate spaces, particularly at nighttime with the use of lighting. Alessandrini has received several grants and awards for her works. “Le Stanze” is a recipient of a 2014 Artist Trust GAP Grant.

“Le Stanze” will be on display at the Library from February 11 through March 14. Edmonds Library hours are Monday-Thursday 9 am to 8 pm, Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 1 to 5 pm.

To keep up with the artist, go to For more information about Edmonds Arts Commission, go to  

— 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


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