Artfully Edmonds: A weekend for arts lovers

Lovers of the arts have their pick of events this weekend, from the opening of Driftwood Player’ Yankee Tavern, to a ribbon cutting for the new Edmond murals, to Music in the Museum featuring Kristin Vogel — and the opening night of Cascade Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 season

There’s also the Diversity Film series kicking off Saturday at the Edmonds Theatre, and we’ll have an interview Friday with an Edmonds woman who was an integral part of one of Saturday’s films.

So let’s get started with what’s in store.

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Thursday, Oct. 18 – 28
Thursdays through Saturdays – 8 p.m.
Sundays – 2 p.m.

Driftwood Players Present:
Theater of Intriguing Possibilities Series:
Yankee Tavern by Steven Dietz

Directed by Paul Fouhy

Wade James Theatre
950 Main St

Just when you thought you’d heard every crazy 9/11 conspiracy theory, a stranger walks into the Yankee Tavern. There, inside the walls of this crumbling New York tavern, a young couple finds themselves caught up in what might be the biggest conspiracy of all.

Steven Dietz’s acclaimed and already widely produced dramatic thriller—a selection of the National New Play Network’s Continued Life Project—is a fierce, funny and ultimately mind-bending work of theatrical power that grips you until the final word. What you don’t know can hurt you!

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Friday, Oct. 19
4 p.m.
In front of Sound Styles
5th and Main
Art Walk Edmonds
Mural Project Ribbon Cutting
Join the Art Walk Edmonds folks as they invite you to celebrate with them in a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of Edmonds’ two newest murals at 5th and Main. After completing the ceremony, art lovers can meet back at Cole Gallery for a reception.

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Kristin Vogel

Saturday, Oct. 20

6 p.m.

Cascadia Art Museum Presents:
Music at the Museum with
Opera Soprano Kristin Vogel

190 Sunset Ave. S.

Acclaimed for her powerful lyric voice, her intensity onstage, and her well-honed vocal technique, soprano Kristin Vogel will give a special solo performance at the Cascadia Art Museum.

Her program will include music by Beethoven, Wagner, Schubert and Brahms. Ms. Vogel earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and her master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, and is completing her doctorate at the University of Washington. Originally from Texas, Ms. Vogel now makes her home in Edmonds.

Your ticket includes admission to the museum, so you can come early, tour the galleries, enjoy an hour of fine music in an intimate setting surrounded by art, and be done in time to dine out.

General admission is $15 ($10 for museum members), and includes complementary admission to the museum exhibits.

Tickets at

or call 425-336-4809.

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Ruth St. Denis in Tagore Poem (1929), by Sunami.

Now through Jan. 6, 2019

Invocation of Beauty – The Life and Photography of Soichi Sunami

Cascadia Art Museum
190 Sunset, Suite E

This exhibition is the first in-depth study of the life and photography of Soichi Sunami.

Sunami was born in Okayama, Japan, on February 18, 1885. He emigrated to the United States in 1905 and arrived in Seattle on Feb. 24, 1907.

Initially, Sunami’s primary aspiration was to become a painter, and he became an active member of the Seattle Art Club. By 1918 he was living in Tacoma, but shortly thereafter returned to Seattle and found employment in Ella McBride’s photography studio. McBride had managed the Edward Curtis Studio from 1907 until opening her own in 1916. McBride’s studio flourished and became associated with Seattle’s Cornish School whose founder, Nellie Cornish had brought up many important modern dancers. Besides documenting their performances, Sunami and the photographers of the McBride Studio persuaded many of the dancers to model for their artistic compositions.

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Yesong Sophie Lee

Monday, Oct. 22
7:30 p.m.

Cascade Symphony opens 2018-19 season with Sibelius Violin Concerto

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

Yesong Sophie Lee, winner of First Prize in London at the Menuhin International Junior Violin competition in 2016, will be the featured soloist when the Cascade Symphony Orchestra – under the direction of maestro Michael Miropolsky – performs the “Sibelius Violin Concerto.”

It is the Cascade Symphony’s opening concert for the 2018-19 season.

A pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. by KING-FM’s Dave Beck will preview the evening’s musical pieces, that will include Austrian composer Franz von Suppé’s “Light Cavalry Overture” and Russian composer Vasily Kalinnikov’s “Symphony No. 1 in G Minor,” in addition to the featured “Violin Concerto in D Minor” by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Lee will perform in that portion of the concert.

The 15-year old violinist is a freshman at Jackson High School in Mill Creek, and made her professional debut in 2017 with Grammy Award violinist Joshua Bell.

“Yesong Sophie Lee plays with an intense sound, as one who has played Bach for decades,” as her London performance was reviewed by Kultur Radio, a broadcast station in Germany. The London Telegraph also reviewed that performance, writing: “In ‘Summer’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, (Ms. Lee) showed poise right from the introduction and led the orchestra with remarkable assurance.

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The Beaux Arts Dinner Auction will benefit the Olympic Ballet Theatre.

Saturday, Oct. 20
5:30 p.m.

Olympic Ballet Theatre
Beaux Arts Dinner and Auction

Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. S.W.

Join Olympic Ballet Theatre for a roaring ’20s extravaganza. This elegant evening will include wine, exquisite cuisine, both silent and live auctions, and a sneak peek of excerpts from the new Season.

Olympic Ballet is dedicated to presenting exceptional classical, dramatic, and contemporary ballet performances to the Snohomish County community! Through funds raised at Beaux Arts, Olympic Ballet Theatre is able to maintain family-friendly ticket prices while presenting the highest quality performances.

Black Tie Optional or 1920s-themed dress.

For more information:

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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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