Artfully Edmonds: A calendar full of arts events

So much going on! Look for my feature piece on Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna to follow shortly. She’s a remarkable woman. In the meantime, browse this selection of goings-on. Deadmonds indeed!

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Saturday, Sept 29
6-9:30 p.m.

DeMiero Jazz Fest Presents:
One FanJAZZtic Evening!
Benefit Concert and Party

Edmonds Community College Black Box Theater
20310 68th Ave W

Featuring vocal jazz artists Sara Gazarek, Jake Bergevin and the Ingraham High School Jazz Choir

This event will include a festive cocktail party with delectable appetizers, cash bar, silent and live auctions, and door prizes. Parking is free – no permit required. Proceeds support the DeMiero Jazz Fest – Celebrating more than 40 years of vocal jazz excellence inspiring thousands of talented young musicians.

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Friday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Oct. 14
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.

The Phoenix Theatre Presents:

The Underpants – by Carl Sternheim – adaptation by Steve Martin

Directed by Eric Lewis

9673 Firdale Ave.
(Firdale Village)

Imagine getting caught in public when your bloomers suddenly fall down around your ankles for all to see. That’s the premise of Steve Martin’s brilliant adaptation of The Underpants, the Carl Sternheim’s classic German play set in 1910. Martin’s sheer comic genius takes the story and delivers a fall-on-the-floor satirical send-up of Bourgeois conservatism that’ll keep the audience giggling for days. The Underpants is the kick-off production of the Phoenix Theatre’s 11th season.

Steve Martin’s adaptation is a play in which the upper middle-class snobbery and conformity of the early 20th century are turned upside down.

“Martin’s skill at creating witty dialogue updates the play, giving the audience plenty of laugh-out-loud moments,” says director Eric Lewis. “Martin even manages to bring contemporary relevancy to the play as it comments on modern gender politics and fame. It’s a fantastic comedic kick off to the season.”

For tickets:

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Cast of Driftwood Players Something’s Afoot.

Dorothy Rosenthal Pierce, Laura McFarlane, Emily Swanby and Teri Lee Thomas
Friday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Sept. 30
8 p.m. (Matinees – 2 p.m.)

The Driftwood Players Present:

Something’s Afoot

Directed by Scot Charles Anderson
Musical Direction – Mark Press

Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.

This musical spoof takes a satirical jab at the Agatha Christie murder mystery. Ten people are stranded at an isolated English country estate during a raging thunderstorm. One by one, they are killed in mysterious (and hilarious) ways as they tried to discover the murderer’s identity. The situation is complicated by rising floodwaters, power failures and suspicious behavior!

Tickets and more information at

Read my review here.

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Washington state poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna (Photo by RadfordCreative)

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6

“Write on the Sound” Literary Events:

As usual, the enormously popular Write on the Sound writers’ conference is sold out. But did you know that there are three events scheduled by WOTS that are FREE and open to the public?

The first is an evening of poetry with Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna and local poets Gerald Bigelow and John Wright, Friday, Oct. 5, 5-5:45 p.m., at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. Claudia Castro Luna served as Seattle’s Civic Poet, from 2015-2017 and is the author of the Pushcart nominated Killing Marías and This City and is the creator of the acclaimed Seattle Poetic Grid. Born in El Salvador, she came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate and an MFA in poetry. Claudia is joined by local poets Gerald Bigelow, who leads the local EPIC Group Writers poetry group, and John Wright. Light refreshments provided.

For more information call 425-771-1933, or

WOTS pop-up bookshop

The WOTS Book Signing Reception on Saturday Oct. 6, 5:15–6:30 p.m. in the Plaza Room, 650 Main St (above the library), is also a free-admission public event. It’s a great opportunity to mingle and chat books and writing with conference speakers and attendees, as well as explore the onsite Edmonds Bookshop. Enjoy light refreshments and the stunning view of the Puget Sound from the Plaza Room patio. The conference reception is presented by the City of Edmonds Arts Commission with generous support from Windermere Real Estate Edmonds.

For a list of speakers and presenters and links to their websites, go to

After the Booking Signing Reception, head downtown to Café Louvre for Open Mic Night. Enjoy hearing WOTS conference attendees and presenters read five minutes each from their fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The event is open to the public, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Café Louvre is located at 210 5th Ave. S.

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Jesse Cook

Sunday, October 7
7:30 p.m.

ECA Presents:
Nuevo Flamenco Guitarist Jesse Cook

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave N.

Widely considered one of the most influential figures in “nuevo flamenco” music, Jesse Cook incorporates elements of flamenco, rumba, jazz, and many forms of world music into his work. His seductive rhythms and undeniable stage presence are not to be missed!

Although this event is sold out, it may be possible to purchase tickets on the evening of the event at the box office.

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Skerryvore & We Banjo 3

Wednesday, October 10
7:30 p.m.

ECA Presents: Skerryvore & We Banjo 3

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave N.

Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music “Live Act of the Year” Award, Skerryvore have been on a meteoric journey that has taken them from the remote Isle of Tiree to international tours with performances in Central Park, NYC; The Ryder Cup, Louisville; and the Shanghai Expo, China. 2017 saw the release of the single “Live Forever” that provided the soundtrack for the Scottish tourism promotional campaign “Wild About Argyll”; the single hit No.1 in the iTunes World Music chart. This was followed by the launch of the Live Forever Tour that has the band performing over 70 shows in the UK, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Netherlands and the United States. Skerryvore performed as part of ECA’s summer programming in August 2017.

Award-winning quartet We Banjo 3 from Galway, Ireland combine Irish music with old-time American and bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race. Their debut album Roots of the Banjo Tree was named “Traditional Music Album of the Year” by The Irish Times. We Banjo 3 opened for The Irish Rovers at ECA in February 2017.

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Thursday, October 4
7:30 p.m.

ECA Presents:
Portland Dance Company BodyVox
An Evening of BodyVox Films

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave N

In advance of their ECA Presented performance of BloodyVox, scheduled for Saturday, October 27th, you can view films and hear the back story on their creation from BodyVox’s Artistic Director. The program will conclude with a Q&A.
This is a FREE event.

Led by Emmy Award-winning choreographers Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, BodyVox is known for its visual virtuosity, distinctive wit and unique ability to combine dance, theatre and film into breathtaking productions rich in imagery, athleticism and humor. Since its founding in 1997, BodyVox has toured to critical acclaim on stages around the world, developed nine award winning films, 30 original shows and three operas, featuring more than 200 original dances.

BodyVox’s films, created with director Mitchell Rose, include “Modern Daydreams” – composed of “Treadmill Softly,” “Islands in the Sky,” Unleashed” and “Deere John” – which won the prestigious American Choreography Award for Outstanding Achievement in Short Film in 2002.

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Storm Chaser. Leah Rene Welch

Storm Chaser. Leah Rene Welch
Through Sept. 29

Gallery North’s September Exhibit, “Eclectic Approach”

Featuring paintings by Edmonds Artist Leah Rene Welch

Gallery North
401 Main St.

Leah Rene Welch is known for her vibrant, heavily textured paintings. She paints a wide range of subjects in a variety of styles from meticulous realism to expressive abstracts and impressionism, always with an eye toward keeping things interesting.

“I like to paint with non-traditional implements — with my fingers being my go-to tool,” said Welch.

Salish Sea. Leah Rene Welch
During the month of September there will be a silent auction for one of Welch’s paintings with the proceeds going to Orca Network. Orca Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about whales in the Pacific Northwest and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats.

The artist reception for Eclectic Approach will be on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 1-4 p.m. at Gallery North. The public is invited to come see the art, meet the artist and enjoy refreshments.

Learn more at or call 425-774-0946.

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Yvonne Twining Humber (1907-2004), Demolition, about 1948. Oil on board, Collection of Sharon Archer

The work of Yvonne Twining Humber (1907-2004). Work untitled, circa. 1936. Courtesy of Francesca Zambito.
This exhibit closes Sept. 30 — don’t miss it!

Drama & Design: Yvonne Twining Humber & Blanche Morgan Losey

Wednesday – Sunday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Art Walk Edmonds: Third Thursdays, 5–8 p.m.

Cascadia Art Museum
190 Sunset

Keeping with their commitment to revive the reputations of our region’s women artists, Cascadia Art Museum presents this important exhibition that brings together the work of two prominent regional artists active in Seattle during the period 1930-1950.

Yvonne Twining Humber (1907-2004) was a Northwest transplant, arriving in Seattle in 1943 after her marriage to local businessman Irving Humber. Originally from New York and Boston, Humber had developed an impressive national reputation for her unique paintings created for the WPA Federal Art Projects during the Depression. Her hard-edged Precisionist style was highly unusual in the Northwest, gaining her additional local and national attention including a solo exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum in 1946.

Blanche Morgan Losey 1912–1981 was born in Los Angeles, California but raised in Olympia and Tacoma. She moved to Seattle in 1937. She studied at the University of Washington where she received a BFA in architecture and interior design.

“Of special interest will be a selection of her original watercolor designs for the stage sets and costumes created for Seattle’s Federal Theater Project as well as the Negro Repertory Company during the Depression”, said museum curator David Martin. “We are very excited that these works will be shown publicly for the first time at Cascadia Art Museum.”

Losey held the position of senior interior designer at Seattle’s Frederick & Nelson department store from 1939 to 1977. Her noted design projects included the Seattle Opera House and the “Higashi Nishi” (East-West) Japanese Garden and Room for the Uniroyal display at Century 21 Exposition, Seattle World’s Fair in 1962.

More information at

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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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