Artfully Edmonds: Full week of arts events ahead


So much happening this week that I think I’ll just jump right into it.

Local favorites the Gothard Sisters, (Greta, Willow and Selena) raised right here in Edmonds, developed a love for Irish dance and Celtic folk music early in life. They’ve performed throughout the world at countless venues and Celtic festivals. In 2013 they were named Best New Irish Artists at the Irish Music Awards. Beautifully arranged, melodic Celtic folk pop is their hallmark.

They’ve got some exciting news – the release of their latest album Midnight Sun is slated for May 4. It will include twelve new, original compositions and will feature a collaboration with noted New Age pianist and composer Michele McLaughlin with the song When The Rain Falls.

In other good news, look for the Gothard Sisters to perform here as part of the Edmonds’ free Concert in the Park series coming Aug. 19. Mark your calendars!

To order or download their new album, visit

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Friday, May 4 – Noon to 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 5 – 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Edmonds Sculptors Workshop Semi Annual Pottery Sale

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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Friday, May 4

11 a.m.

Gustave Baumann – Piñon – Grand Canyon (1921)

Lecture: Reinterpreting the Floating World: The Color Woodcut in the West (1880 to 1930)

Cascadia Art Museum
190 Sunset

Nationally known curator Nancy Green of Cornell University will present an examination of the European and American response to the Japanese ukiyo-e  woodcut process.

Space is limited – contact the museum for tickets:, or 425-336-4809.

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April 27 -May 20

(See link below for showtimes)


Everett Performing Arts Center
2710 Wetmore Ave.

A brand-new story with a mythological twist, this world premiere musical is a fun and fresh fable about fate, love, and the wonders of chocolate. On a mountaintop high over ancient Greece, three sisters – goddesses known as the Greek Fates – are responsible for spinning, measuring, and snipping the String of Life. After falling out of favor with Zeus, they find themselves banished to a modern skyscraper in the mortal world. But when the eldest sister falls in love, the very fabric of the universe begins to unravel. With a book and score by the award-winning Sarah Hammond and Adam Gwon, String takes a charming new look at the imperfections that make us human.

For showtime information, visit

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Saturday May 5

10 a.m.

ECA Saturday Matinee: Golden Sing-a-long

As part of the Dementia Inclusive Series attendees are invited to sing-along to legendary film, television and concert performances.

All are welcome for this FREE community celebration.

RSVP info at the link below:

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CSO-featured pianist Stephen Binando

Monday, May 7

7:30 p.m.

Cascade Symphony Orchestra Presents:

Roman Festivals – under the direction of maestro Michael Miropolsky

Stephen Binondo, a winner of numerous local and state piano competitions, will be the featured Hazel Miller Foundation Soloist when the Cascade Symphony Orchestra performs its “Roman Festivals.”

A pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. by KING-FM’s Dave Beck will preview the evening’s musical pieces, including composer Malcom Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances,” Modest Mussorgsky’s “Dance of the Persian Slaves,” Alexander Scriabin’s “Reverie, op. 24,” and “Roman Festivals” by Respighi.

Frederick Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” will be performed by the 17-year old Binondo.


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Tuesday – Saturday, May 8 – 12

(See ECA website for times)

ECA Presents: Mystical Arts of Tibet

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave N.

As part of a five-day ECA residency that includes the creation of a Mandala Sand Painting, the Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will give a performance combining multi-phonic chanting, music and dance into an unforgettable experience.

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Saturday May 12

7 p.m.

A Celtic Celebration! – The Northwest Junior Pipe Band

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave N.

Come support the Northwest Pipe Band featuring champion pipers, drummers, fiddlers and dancers. Proceeds will help fund their upcoming trip to Scotland 2020.

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Wednesday, May 16

7:30 p.m.

ECA Special Engagement:

Rufus Wainwright

I think Rufus Wainwright has one of the most spectacular voices is the business, but you don’t have to take my word for it.

Rolling Stone magazine named Wainwright (not to be confused with father Loudon or sister Martha) Best New Artist back in 1998, and recognized his self-titled debut album as one of the best of the year. He’s released seven albums since then and will be gracing the stage in Edmonds this May. Frankly, I’m very surprised to see tickets still available for this one. Don’t miss it!

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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 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, visit

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Friday, May 4 – Saturday, May 12

Performances – 7 p.m.

(Sunday – 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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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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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, call 206-542-8883.


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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