Art Beat: Enjoying a long holiday weekend? Look what’s in store for you in Edmonds

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Theatre

10th Annual Festival of Shorts
July 5-7, Friday & Saturday 8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.
Wade James Theater, Edmonds Driftwood Players
950 Main St, $18 for Junior, Senior & Military. $20 Adult

Edmonds Driftwood Players presents its ever-popular Festival of Shorts – Now in its tenth season! The theme of this year’s festival is “Technology Gone Bad.” The eight plays were selected from hundreds of entries where none have been produced before. The selected playwrights will exhibit their most innovative, hilarious, or profound 10-15 minutes of stage-time. At each of the four performances, the audience selects their favorite and on Sunday, their esteemed judges will select an overall festival winner. Visit this link to learn more and purchase tickets.

Live Music

Heather Thomas – Sunset Live Series
Friday, July 5, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
190 Sunset
190 Sunset Ave, Edmonds – Complimentary for guests of the restaurant

This week’s Sunset Live Series hosts Heather Thomas, a Seattle-based musician. The golden-voiced singer and head-banging drummer turns up in Edmonds in spite of her touring schedule taking her all over the country in 2019. Best known as the drummer for the Grammy-nominated singer Mary Lambert, her experiences have had her opening for artists like Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and Pharrell. This hard-working performer stays busy on and off the road touring, working in studio sessions and writing songs.

Sunday Jazz at 190 Sunset – Jake Bergevin with Dan Taylor
Sunday, July 7, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
190 Sunset

190 Sunset Ave., Edmonds – Complimentary for guests of the restaurant
Jake Bergevin arrives at 190 Sunset with another jazz-bo in tow. Jake has spent most Sundays this summer with one player or another, filling brunch with licks and strains. This week marks another opportunity to see this well-known local musician, joined on piano by Dan Taylor. Reserve your table here.

Sea Jazz – Musicians from the Edmonds School District
Now through Sept. 1 – Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m. & Sundays 1-3 p.m
Port of Edmonds Plaza
336 Admiral Way, free

Sea Jazz continues all Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Sundays from 1-3 p.m on the Port of Edmonds Plaza. Musicians from the acclaimed and award-winning schools of the Edmonds School District perform here twice a week during the summer. Learn more at Sea Jazz – Port of Edmonds.

Dance

Hula O Lehualani
Sunday, July 7, 2019 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave N – $12

Hula O Lehualani presents the 12th Annual Ho’ike featuring authentic, traditional hula and polynesian dance with live music by Ku’pono. Krista Espiritu leads this class approach to this long-standing tradition marking another year of hula instruction. All of the dancers participate in hula kahiko and ʻauana that they learned throughout the year.
Tickets here.

Studio Art

Free demo with illustrator Julia Carpenter
Saturday, July 6, Noon-2 p.m.
ARTspot
408 Main St. – FREE

ARTspot hosts Julia Carpenter on Saturday, July 6, from Noon – 2 p.m. In their Artists of ARTspot event, the shop features professional working artists and instructors showing the tricks of their trade. Offering hands-on demonstrations and product discounts, you can come in and try your hand at this Continuous Line Drawing technique. Join their newsletter for updates to their demonstrations being held the first Saturdays of the month. More at artspotedmonds.com.

Julia Carpenter also teaches a Drawing Adventures class at Cole Art Studio later this month. The weekly class, held over four Mondays from July 22 to Aug. 12 from 2-5 p.m., will take place in the lower level of Cole Gallery at 107 5th Ave. S. This developmental drawing class will explore new drawing techniques and challenges each week.
More at coleartstudio.com/

— By Royce Napolitino

Royce Napolitino actively pursues his passion for live performance. Easily entertained, he is always ready to offer a round of applause or a hearty laugh. Royce finds joy in the expression of art, and you may find him singing, acting, or supporting other performing groups in Edmonds and around the Sound.  

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