Artfully Edmonds: A transition among many holiday traditions

In this edition of Artfully Edmonds, we announce a transition. After four years of covering one of the most exciting and progressive arts scenes in Western Washington, this columnist is stepping aside. My Edmonds News has published over 200 of my columns, many features, a few photos, and quite a few “bunny slippers” interviews –…

Artfully Edmonds: Happy Thanksgiving, artfully

Thanksgiving week in Edmonds, “the arts destination,” is filled with enchanting possibility. No other community offers as much cheer to its residents and out-of-town visitors. Sparkling storefronts, colorful hanging baskets, twinkle light, fragrant bakeries, bustling coffee shops, and welcoming performance halls give Edmonds the warm tones that create happy occasions and lasting memories for families…

Artfully Edmonds: This week, we highlight events tailored for cozy warmth

There’s a definite chill in the air but Edmonds performance venues are presenting cozy respite this week. Gallery spaces are warming art walk strollers this Thursday evening with toddies and treats; Cascadia Art Museum is hosting conductor Adam Stern for its Music at the Museum and Gary Stroutsos is weaving a musical reprise of the…

Artfully Edmonds: ‘Featured’ and ‘Fun’ make this an Edmonds-Kind-of Arts week

This week in Edmonds, the arts news centers on “featured” and “fun” – which headliners are making a name for themselves, plus a great line-up of fun, laughter-prompting events. But that’s not all – there’s the hot band scene developing at Engel’s Pub where patrons are crowding onto the postage-stamp dance floor for some bump…

Artfully Edmonds: Make Music! A full array of musical choices

This is an Edmonds-Kind-Of-Week for music! The week’s downbeat is struck as Shemekia Copeland strides onto stage and Matt Andersen does what he does best — beat out the blues. Then there’s jazz, funk and almost everything in between. Music enthusiasts — this one’s for you! Thursday, Nov. 2 7:30 p.m. Shemekia Copeland & Matt…

Artfully Edmonds: Specters of Halloween scare (and more!) dot Edmonds’ landscape

As you scurry around Edmonds over the past week, have you been on the lookout (map) for Edmonds-Kind-Of scarecrows? There are 73 officially entered specters of spirits in the 5th Annual Edmonds Scarecrow Festival. As a community of haunts, they are trendy, they lurk, they mock, they skulk, they scamper, and they scare! Sponsored by the…

Review: ‘Dracula’ adds chilling drama to Edmonds’ Halloween landscape

In Edmonds Driftwood Players production of Dracula, director Paul Fleming takes the audience on a journey of craven madness that is breathtaking in its realism. In his notes, Fleming states, “As a metaphorical concept, the vampire can reflect our society’s concepts of sexuality, power, contemporary concerns, alienation, physical and emotional illness and ever foundation of…

Artfully Edmonds: Upcoming fun centers on pumpkins, pubs and playhouses. Join in!

Opening with a striptease while the theatre space resounds from the audience’s gales of laughter, Vanya and Sonia and Masha & Spike, (2013 Tony winner by Steven Durang) revealed precisely what The Phoenix Theatre (TPT) has in mind for audiences as it celebrates its 10th Season. How many times has Artfully Edmonds told readers how…

Edmonds theatre ‘takes off the gloves’ in Season opener

It’s Opening Weekend for The Phoenix Theatre‘s 11th season and the cast of 2013 Tony winner Vanya and Sonia and Masha & Spike is revealing their talent — no, really! “Reveal” is the operative word here! Tongues are wagging on this one as the hilariously edgy theatre troupe stages this Christopher Durang production, directed by the…

“Nile Nightmares” haunted house opens at Nile Shrine Golf Course Oct. 6

Family fun! Hello nightmare fans! This is the time of year when we shiver upon hearing those “bumps in the night”; cower as the tree branches scratch against the bedroom window in the still of the night; whimper as the sounds of bone-chilling howls of a lone wolf float toward us, across the transom of…

Artfully Edmonds: ‘Dracula’ by Driftwood Players sets up season of suspense

Artfully Edmonds finds the news that Edmonds Driftwood Players is producing Steven Dietz’ Dracula absolutely exhilarating after traveling through the region once known as Transylvania five years ago. Living in a town that celebrates fall and Halloween to the extent that Edmonds does, readers might easily guess what will eclipse our arts and events news…

Edmonds-Woodway High School orchestra again invited to join Beatles tribute show

  Edmonds-Woodway High School’s (EWHS) String Quartet has been invited to join the touring show, In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles as the tribute show returns to Edmonds Center for the Arts, on Sunday, Nov. 12. EWHS Orchestra director and music history/music theory educator Karen Helseth explains, “When the show returns…

Edmonds Diversity Commission announces its Diversity Film Series

Edmonds’ Diversity Commission this week announced the launch of its Diversity Film Series. The first showing in the series will preview at noon on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St. The series will feature free screenings of poignant, insightful and topical films on themes related to diversity, inclusion and equity at…

Artfully Edmonds: Just-days-away autumn in Edmonds foretells arts events that sizzle

Thursday evening’s Art Walk Edmonds will allow art gallery enthusiasts an opportunity to experience that soft chill in the air that foretells so many exciting autumn traditions and art events that Edmonds residents look forward to. Over the coming months there will be galas, the recognition of one more year being added to the legacies…

Local art gallery announces ‘Beauty of the Northwest’ winners

On Saturday, Sept. 9, Gallery North (401 Main St.) held an Artists’ Reception and awards ceremony for its 8th annual juried invitational Beauty of the Northwest Exhibit. The 2017 show is comprised of 63 pieces of original artwork created by 45 Northwest artists. Gallery North offers artworks by many high-caliber professional artists from the Edmonds…