Art Beat: Music galore, theater and more coming up

Orville Johnson
Live Music

Sunset Live Music – Orville Johnson

Friday, July 19, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

190 Sunset
190 Sunset Ave.
Edmonds – Complimentary for guests of the restaurant

Orville Johnson graces the stage for 190 Sunset this Friday night. Johnson can sing the blues, pick the guitar and dobro and just about anything with strings on it, write you a song and tell you a story, and then teach you how to do it, too. He’s been doing it all his life since he grew up next to the Mississippi River. Now, years later, after traveling the world and spreading the joy of music far and wide, he’s still at it. Johnson is a hard musician to categorize since he can do it all. He’s a singer, player, songwriter, author, record producer, loves every aspect of music and wants to let you know about it.

Summer Concert Series

The Edmonds Arts Commission continues in the second week of its concert series – City Park Summer Concerts on Sunday afternoons and Hazel Miller Summer Concerts on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday evenings through Aug. 25.

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Summer Concerts in City Park

Seattle Shakespeare Company, Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Sunday, July 21, 3 – 4 p.m.

Edmonds City Park
600 3rd Ave. N.

Seattle Shakespeare Company presents this Wooden O production featuring an all-male, original casting practice with a contemporary twist. After a shipwreck separates Viola from her twin brother, so begins a whirlwind of mistaken identities and unrequited love on the coast of Illyria. More at

Katrina Ji & Culture Shakti Rajasthani Folk Dance

Brandon J. Simmons as Olivia, Jason Marr as Orsino, Michael Monicatti as Viola in Twelfth Night. (Photo by HMMM Productions)

Tuesday, July 23, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Hazel Miller Plaza
5th Ave. S. & Maple St.

These midday performances are the perfect distraction to your workday. Plan to pick up a sandwich at the Cheesemonger and arrive early as the patio seating is a premium. Performing artist and Choreographer Katrina Ji’s Seattle-based Culture Shakti Dance Company specializes in presenting and teaching Bollywood, Bhangra, and Rajasthani folk dance. More at

The Bylines

The Bylines

Thursday, July 25, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Hazel Miller Plaza
5th Ave. S. and Maple St.

This Portland-based, jazz-inspired, story-driven pop band performs July 25 as part of the Hazel Miller Concert Series. The group is comprised of Reece Marshburn and Marianna Thielen, alumni of the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project. Striking a balance between the spectacle of live performance and intimate songwriting, this pair writes and performs sophisticated, jazz-inspired, story-driven pop music around the Northwest.

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Studio Art

Bev Jozwiak – A Joyful Offering

Dreams of Destruction, by Bev Jozwiak

July 18 – Aug. 12

Cole Gallery
107 5th Ave. S.

From now through Aug. 12, Cole Gallery features Bev Jozwiak. Splashy, wet and wonderful, Jozwiak’s whimsical watercolors bring joy to the serious side of art. From an adorable dog with his beloved toy to children playing and powerful figurative paintings, her storytelling art is always fresh, fun and filled with life. Jozwiak’s skill as a painter has garnered her international acclaim as one of America’s premier watercolorists. Learn more at

Classes at Cole Gallery Studio

Sumi-e Art and Notan Painting for Beginners with Joe Mac Kechnie

Cole Art Studio is offering Sumi-e At for Beginners. This work is by Joe Mac Kechnie

July 20 or July 20 & 21, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Cole Gallery Studio
107 5th Ave. S.
Edmonds – $150 one-day instruction, $250 two-day instruction

Sumi-e paintings, also called Notans, began in the 7th Century Tang Dynasty in the Chinese tradition of calligraph & brush painting using black ink. Flourishing in the Song Dynasty in the 10th Century and again in the 14th Century in Japan where it was introduced by Zen monks, the brush work and ink-wash painting has evolved through the development of artists in Japan, Malaysia and Korea after the introduction from the Chinese. Through ink density and pressure within a single brushstroke, the aesthetics of the artform is not in reproduction of appearance, but of the spirit of the subject – balancing restraint with vitality and relying on the beauty of the brushstroke.

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Tarzan, The Stage Musical

July 19 & 20, 8 p.m.
July 20 & 21, 2 p.m.

Driftwood Players – Teen Troupe Youth Education , Wade James Theater
950 Main St.
Edmonds – $15 General Admission

Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan’s life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe’s territory, and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle, thick with emotion, as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts.”

This stage work is based on Disney’s epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan of the Apes. Tony Award winner, David Henry Hwang, wrote the book with music-legend, Phil Collins, penning the hits “You’ll Be in My Heart”, “Two Worlds”, and “Son of Man”. Join the Teen Troupe Youth Education program in their presentation one week only at the Wade James Theater.

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1st Annual Sadie Awards

July 20, 7 p.m.

Phoenix Theater
9673 Firdale Ave.
Edmonds – $25 General Admission

The First Annual Sadie Awards: An award show benefit for the Phoenix Theatre and PAWS

Phoenix Theatre presents the First Annual Sadie Awards! Being held Saturday, July 20, the award show will celebrate the outstanding talent from the Phoenix Theatre stage. The evening will be a fun, fabulous frenzy of a good time with light bites, a no-host bar, fantastic raffle items, hilariously apropos awards given to actors from the last season, loads of entertainment, all hosted by Phoenix favorite Michael McFadden.

Inspired by Artistic Director Melanie Calderwood’s star dog, Sadie, a portion of the proceeds will go to PAWS.

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The Lion King [PG]

July 19 – Aug. 1

See listing for details and time

Edmonds Theater
415 Main St.
Edmonds – $9 General (13-61), $8 Seniors (62+), & $7 Matinee/Child

Considered one of the most anticipated live-action remakes of the Disney renaissance, The Lion King is expected to please theater-goers over the remainder of the summer.

After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. The film is directed by Jon Favreau and stars John Kani, Seth Rogen and Donald Glover.

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— 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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