Artfully Edmonds: A delightfully odd jazz combination, plus final weekend to see ‘God of Carnage’

Dee Daniels

Usually, when I’m attracted to a Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) concert, it’s the featured music that gets my attention. A concert largely comprised of Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond piqued my interest, as did imagining what SRJO would do with Stan Kenton’s song book.

But I didn’t know what to expect Monday when I joined a few hundred jazz lovers at the ECA for a night of Ellington and Shakespeare.

It seems like an odd combination on the face of it, but as it turns out, Duke Ellington was a huge devotee of Shakespeare. Though separated by a few hundred years, they still managed to make beautiful music together.

SRJO enlisted a couple of very talented thespians (Darragh Kennan and Hana Lass) of the Seattle Shakespeare Company to recite several well-known sonnets and soliloquies. It was a surprisingly poignant combination.

Who knew? Shakespeare and Ellington go together like a fine cabernet and a medium-rare rib-eye; like beer and pizza if you like, or maybe raspberries and chocolate sauce? Well, you get the point.

After a moving recitation of Hamlet, an audience deep in thought was presented with an amazing refrain of an Ellington standard. Sublime. Sorry if you missed it.

You do have one more chance to catch SRJO this season at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, however.

Their last concert of the season is scheduled for Monday, June 18 with a performance that will feature DeMiero Jazz Fest artistic director and renowned vocal star Dee Daniels with the promise of favorites from Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Jerome Kern. I expect this will be an exceptionally fine show.

For more information and tickets:

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Now through Sunday, April 29
8 p.m. (Sundays at 2 p.m.)
God of Carnage
By Yasmina Reza
Directed by Rick Wright

Phoenix Theatre
9673 Firdale Ave.
Edmonds (Firdale Village)

Last chance to see this hysterically funny production!

A Tony Award-winning comedy of grown-ups behaving badly. God of Carnage begins as two high-strung couples meet for a civil discussion about a playground fight between their sons. The conversation quickly escalates into a laugh-out-loud, train wreck of an afternoon among savages.

Described as “ninety minutes of sustained mayhem” by The New Yorker, the New York Times hailed God of Carnage as a “four-way prize fight” and the Chicago Tribune praised Reza’s play, calling it a “savvy and deliciously caustic new comedy.” This must-see received the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Play.

Cast: Debra Rich Gettleman, Phillip Keiman, Amy Gentry, and Jaylyn Green

(Contains strong language)

Read my review here:


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Artist Danny Pierce – Tom Codding – 1963
Now through – Sunday, July 1

Modern Alaska: Art of the Midnight Sun, 1930–1970

Cascadia Art Museum
190 Sunset Ave. #E

Cascadia Art Museum will present works of art created by mid-century Northwest artists related to their travels to Alaska. Photographer Verna Haffer, painter and printmaker Danny Pierce, Stephen Fuller, and native Alaskan artists Bernard Katexac and Joseph Senungetuk are featured.

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April 20 – May 12
Thursday – Saturday 8 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m.

Edmonds Driftwood Players Present:
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – The Musical
Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek
Book by Jeffrey Lane
Directed by Dan Posluns

Wade Jame Theatre
950 Main St.

See my review here:

Lawrence makes his lavish living by talking richly ladies out of their money. Freddy more humbly swindles women by fabricating stories about his grandfather mother‘s failing health. After meeting, they attempt to work together, only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. Hilarity ensues that will keep audiences laughing, and humming to the end.

Dinner and A Show!

Girardi’s in Edmonds is teaming up with Driftwood during the run of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to offer a special three-course meal to accompany your theatre experience.

Tickets and info here:

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Thursday, April 26
6:30 p.m. – cabaret
8 p.m. – film

ECA Cabaret Film Series:

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

410 4th Ave. N.

Enjoy this classic film featuring Audrey Hepburn at 8 p.m. Come at 6:30 p.m. for the cabaret happy hour and join the Jake Bergevin Quartet for drinks, light hors d’oeuvres and jazz.

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Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, May 5

7 p.m.

The Meadowdale Players Present:

Legally Blonde: The Musical

MHS Black Box Theatre
6002 168th St S.W.

Based on the novel and the hit-movie of the same name, Legally Blonde: The Musical chronicles the journey of the famously perky Elle Woods, a fashion savvy, UCLA sorority girl who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warren. In an effort to prove to Warren that she is more than just some blonde sorority girl, she follows him to Harvard Law, where she struggles to fit in and do well. Ultimately, she defies expectations and manages to stay true to her delightfully pink personality.

For tickets:

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Friday, April 27

7:30 p.m.

ECA Presents- Las Cafeteras

410 4th Ave N.

Las Cafeteras has created a vibrant musical fusion with a sound that the LA Times has described as a “uniquely Angelino” mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbra, and rock.”


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Friday, May 4 – Saturday, May 12

Performances – 7 p.m.
(Sundays – 2 p.m.)

The Edmonds Heights K – 12 Advanced Musical Theatre Presents:

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Old Edmonds-Woodway High School
23200 100th Ave W.

There’s was just one small problem with this murder mystery; the author died before it was completed! As a result, readers have never known the fate that Charles Dickens intended for his beloved title character…until now! Edmonds Heights Performing Arts Advanced Musical

Theatre is thrilled to present Rupert Holmes’ solve-it-yourself musical comedy where the murderer is selected at the end of the night by audience vote.

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Friday, May 4 – Noon to 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Edmonds Sculptor’s Workshop Semi Annual Pottery Sake

Frances Anderson Center
700 Dayton Ave. Room 210

Terrific deals to be found here. Shop for one of a kind functional and decorative fine ceramic art pieces by popular local artists.

For more information:

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Now through May

Oso Anniversary Exhibit

Faith Community Church
10220 238th St. S.W.

Former Edmonds mayor and photographer Gary Haakenson was the county official assigned to oversee the rescue and recovery of the catastrophic Oso landslide of March 2014. Haakenson captured the devastation and damage of the event that resulted in the loss of 43 lives. An estimated 270 million cubic feet of mud descended on the community.

The photographic display will be available for public viewing through May on Sunday mornings, and Monday through Thursday by appointment.

For more information: 206-542-8883

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By James Spangler

When not actively scheming about ways to promote the arts in Edmonds, James Spangler can be found (highly caffeinated) behind the counter of his bookstore on 4th Avenue.

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