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Skagit Valley Herald Thursday August 23, 2012

On Stage

Reviews

Roger Ebert

SVC to stage “Nunsense II: the Second Coming” this weekend

Music: Plan B, Martin Solveig Video Games: “Sound Shapes”

Don’t let the title fool you – “Hit and Run” is darn funny fare

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NEW ON DVD THIS WEEK “The Hunger Games”: A teenage girl (Jennifer Lawrence) must participate in a fight to the death. The film features high-tension action that eclipses the “Twilight” films and has more magical character development than the “Harry Potter” series, making it a prime contender for the next great film series. This is that rare case of a movie that will please lovers of the book as well as those who have never heard of the series. There is no young actor who has the ability to handle both the physical and emotional challenges of the role as well as Lawrence. Her acting is so honest that every emotion resonates with a truthfulness that compels us to watch. Whether she is faking a romance to earn favor among the viewers or mourning the death of a competitor, her work is less a performance and more a spiritual, emotional and physical metamorphosis. “The Dictator”: A dictator (Sacha Baron Cohen) tries to keep democracy from coming to his oppressed country. Cohen’s latest unabashed leap into the world of political incorrectness is so off-color, vulgar and frat-boy funny that there is a tendency to want to apologize for laughing. Don’t hang your head in shame. The film works both as a sneaky political satire and as a raunchy overthe-top comedy. “The Closer: The Complete Seventh and Final Season”: A show’s final season is often weighed by how well it ends. In the case of this Kyra Sedgwick cable detective series, the end is quite satisfying. The departure of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Sedgwick), so that most of the rest of the team can continue with the new “Major Crimes” series, is both respectful to the character and the audience. It wraps up a long-running story line and leaves just enough wiggle room in case Sedgwick wants to make a return appearance. “Bernie”: An assistant funeral director befriends the town’s least favorite citizen. Jack Black stars. “NCIS: The Ninth Season”: Mark Harmon stars. “The Super Hero Squad Show: Season 2, Volume 4 The Infinity Gauntlet!”: Squad prepares for final battle against the Dark Surfer. “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Season One, Volume One”: Includes 30 episodes of the action series. “NCIS: Los Angeles — The Third Season”: Chris O’Donnell stars in the TV crime drama.

YOUR ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND RECREATION GUIDE TO WHAT’S GOING ON IN SKAGIT COUNTY AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS

Upcoming movie releases Following is a partial schedule of coming

movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change: AUG. 28 Battleship - Universal Darling Companion - Sony The Five-Year Engagement - Universal The Pirates! Band of Misfits - Sony Think Like a Man - Sony

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SEPT. 4 Piranha 3DD - Anchor Bay Safe - Lionsgate SEPT. 11 Girl In Progress -- Lionsgate What to Expect When You’re Expecting - Lionsgate Snow White and the Huntsman - Universal SEPT. 18 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Fox The Cabin in the Woods - Lionsgate Strings - House Lights Hysteria -- Sony Katy Perry: Part of Me -- Paramount SEPT. 25 Damsels in Distress - Sony

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“A Separation”: A woman must go to court over plans to leave Iran. “Hell”: The sun turns the world into a wasteland. “6 Bullets”: A mercenary is the last hope for a desperate father. “Revenge: The Complete First Season”: Madeleine Stowe stars in the prime-time soap opera. “Perry Mason: Season Seven, Volume One”: Perry Mason continues to win in court. “The Adventures of Tintin — Season Three”: Includes “The Red Sea Sharks” adventures. “Naked Angeles”: Death feud erupts between two biker gangs. “The Complete History of the New York Giants”: A look at the NFL team. “Good Will Hunting”: The 15th anniversary edition is on Blu-ray. “House: Season Eight”: Final season of the TV medical drama. “Angelina Ballerina: Dreams Do Come True”: Angelina is determined to make her dreams come true. “Freelancers”: Son of a slain police officer joins a team of rogue cops. “One in the Chamber”: Action thriller starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Dolph Lundgren. n Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers

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Music, Game Reviews..................6-7 Get Involved.................................8-9 On Stage........................................ 10 Tuning Up..................................... 11 Travel........................................12-13 Hot Tickets.................................... 14 At the Lincoln Theatre.................. 14 Roger Ebert.................................... 16 Movie Mini-Reviews..................... 17 Out & About.............................18-19

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In concert

Renowned singer to perform at Eagle Haven Winery sionally for more than 30 years. He earned his big break when in 2011 he advanced to the final rounds of “X Factor,” Acclaimed singer LeRoy Bell is bringing his talents to the Fox-TV television show in which contestants perform in Skagit County, and the performance will bring smiles to chil- front of a panel of judges. dren’s faces as well. Bell has toured or performed with blues legends B.B King Bell and his band His Only Friends will perform at 3 p.m. and Etta James, and Sheryl Crow, Joan Osborne, Joe Cocker, Sunday, Aug. 26, at Eagle Haven Winery in Sedro-Woolley. Michael McDonald, Van Morrison, Mavis Staples, The The show will benefit the Skagit County chapter of Toys for Temptations and The O’Jays. He’s written songs that have Tots. been performed by Elton John, Teddy Pendergrass, Johnny Bell is a former postman who has been singing profesMathis and The Spinners, among others. Skagit Valley Herald staff

Performing: LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends, The Smiffs When: Benefit concert for Skagit County Toys for Tots When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 Where: Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley Tickets: Reserved seating: $25; bring your own chair: $20. www. brownpapertickets.com/ event/252004. More information: 360-856-6248 or www. eaglehavenwinery.com.


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ON STAGE / MUSIC

Grammy nominations to air from Nashville By TODD MARTENS Los Angeles Times

It’s time for a little

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Proceeds from the shows will raise funds for Faith House, a transitional housing unit for women coming out of rehabilitation The Skagit Valley College Department of Music and Theatre centers. presents “Nunsense II: the Second Coming” by Dan Goggin, with Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. Reservations performances at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, Aug. 23-25, and 2 can be made by calling 360-416-7655 or by emailing director Diane p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Phillip Tarro Theatre on the SVC camJohnson at diane.johnson@skagit.edu. pus in Mount Vernon. Skagit Valley Herald staff

The Grammy Awards are getting cozier with country music in 2012. The Recording Academy revealed that the nominations for the 2013 Grammy Awards telecast will be unveiled in a prime-time special to be held for the first time Nashville. The concert/ press conference will be staged in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and shown Dec. 5 on CBS. This marks the first time the cumbersomely titled CBS special “Grammy Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night” will be held outside of Los Angeles in its five-year history. The Recording Academy, the industry body that hosts the Grammy Awards, launched the special in 2008 to help drum up excitement for the telecast of the February award show. The Grammy Awards remain parked in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live from Staples Center on CBS on Feb. 10. Both the Grammy Awards and “Grammy Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night” will be tape-delayed for West Coast audiences. “This announcement further validates that Nashville is a destination on the rise, and our rich musical heritage has once again put us on the national stage,” said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in a statement.


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THIS WEEKENDin the area JOHN WAYNE’S YACHT

The Norwester will be open for free tours during the Pirate Faire from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Cap Sante Boat Haven guest dock. Norwester will also take passengers on a cruise from noon to 4 p.m. to watch the workboat races and lead the parade of workboats in the Guemes Channel. $35. Proceeds will benefit the Anacortes Seafarers’ Memorial Foundation. Space is limited. Reservations: 360-708-7770.

WORKBOAT RACE AND PIRATE FAIRE

OLD TOWN DAYS

The Whatcom County Historical Society will host Old Town Days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in front of the newly restored Territorial Whatcom County Courthouse, 1308 E. Street, Bellingham. Enjoy live music and entertainment, art, vendors and displays, Civil War re-enactors, children’s activities and more. Courthouse tours and walking tours of Old Town historic sites will be offered by suggested donation of $5. Information: contact Rick Tremaine at 360-319-0065 or email ricktremaine@gmail.com.

WAG ‘N’ WALK

The annual Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (WAIF) fundraising event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank. Bring your four-legged friends — on a leash — to enjoy dog contests and games, vendor booths, State Patrol search dog demos, ball-herding demos, information from nonprofit pet rescue groups, WAIF adopted dog king and queen contest, a silent auction and more. Free admission. 360-678-5816 or www.waifanimals.org.

The fourth annual Anacortes Workboat Race and Pirate Faire is set for noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Port of Anacortes, 100 Commercial Ave. Watch working boats of all kinds run heats in the Guemes Channel, while onshore activities include pirate performers, a classic car show, model boat and steam engine demonstrations, sea chantey singalongs, vendors, pirate contests, live music, food, grog and more. Proceeds will benefit the Seafarers’ Memorial Fund to aid the families of those lost at sea. 360-293-3134.


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REVIEWS MUSIC CDS Compiled from news services

Plan B “ill Manors” On his third album, “ill Manors,” Plan B is bold and blunt, telling it like it is with gritty lyrics that sound like beautiful poetry. “There’s no such thing as broken Britain, we’re just broke in bloody Britain,” he protests on the opening and title track. The album serves as a soundtrack to the rapper’s directorial debut of the same name, which was released this summer. The film depicts eight characters struggling to survive in Forest Gate, the East London neighborhood where Plan B was born and raised. Each track is vivid, as Plan B raps about drugs, poverty and prostitution. The album was mainly produced by Al Shux, best known for producing Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind.” Highlights on “ill Manors” include “Playing With Fire,” “Pity the Plight” and “Falling Down.” Some of the lyrics will send chills, like on “Lost My Way,” where Plan B raps: “That’s why these kids ain’t got no hope, walking round their estates thinking ‘this is it,’ they ain’t ever getting out and it’s no joke, probably is the best of life they’re ever gonna get.” David Cameron, are you listening? We are. CHECK OUT THIS TRACK: “Playing With Fire” — a disturbing tale of little Jake’s initiation into a gang — is full-on and intense, and a great story behind a broken Britain. n Bianca Roach, Associated Press

Martin Solveig “Smash” With his boyish looks and catchy tunes, it was just a matter of time before Martin Solveig made it to the big leagues, aka the United States. The French-born electronic DJ-producer has been toiling at the decks for almost two decades before catching both America’s ear with his outgoing “Hello” and Madonna’s, for whom he produced three tracks on her latest album, “MDNA,” including the hit “Give Me All Your Luvin.’” Solveig also worked as the house DJ at this year’s MTV Movie Awards. With the U.S. release of his fifth studio album, “Smash,” Solveig wins the award for the longest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean: The album has been out in Europe for more than a year. Although it starts out as largely homogenous and nerve-dulling with its unrelenting beats, the album manages to smash through the blood-brain barrier and infect the listener with its optimistic vibe and fun lyrics. Canadian electro-pop band Dragonette snaps up most of the dance-inducing collaborations. You cannot stop listening to “Can’t Stop,” and the playful “Boys and Girls,” where Solveig and Dragonette’s frontwoman court one another, is the most fun they’ll ever have without stripping off their nuance. Overall, “Smash” is likable, but the 13-track record is disappointingly onequarter remixes of Solveig’s bigger hits.

The successful “Big in Japan” and the international jam “Hello” are gung-ho harmless, but not the best listings on the sleeve. And “Get Away From You” is a strange throwback to 1990s British punk rock, though Solveig imbues it with appealing synth. n Cristina Jaleru, Associated Press

‘Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac’ Various artists It’s rare that you pick up a tribute album with no idea what you’re going to get. But this celebration of Fleetwood Mac’s music uses many alternative bands (Washed Out, Tame Impala, Gardens & Villa). And they’ve ventured into the remoter regions of Mac’s catalog — the collection closes with, of all things, a Bob Welch song covered by MGMT — so it’s all pretty revelatory. Highlights include Antony’s tremulous, votive take on “Landslide,” the Kills’ merciless deconstruction of “Dreams,” and the New Pornographers’ fizzy, fuzzy do-over of Christine McVie’s “Think About Me.” A tribute? It’s more of a transformation, with moments both strange and wonderful. n David Hiltbrand, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Fred Hersch Trio “Alive at the Vanguard” Pianist Fred Hersch reaches some rarefied heights on this wise trio recording with bassist John Herbert and drummer Eric McPherson. Recorded in February 2012 on the hallowed ground of the Village Vanguard in New York, this two-disc set is a kind of an oral Facebook tour through Hersch’s many “likes,” from saxophonists Ornette

Coleman, Wayne Shorter, and Sonny Rollins to drummer Paul Motian and pianist Thelonious Monk. Typical of his derring-do is how he puts together Coleman’s mysterious “Lonely Woman” with the haunting Bill Evans/ Miles Davis tune “Nardis.” Hersch’s unique amalgam is quite cool. Hersch had a dream about Monk, and his song about his reverie is earthy and old-school, while Rollins’ fiery persona gets a doff of the cap on “Doxy.” Even the title of this intelligent session riffs on a past recording by Hersch, “Live at the Village Vanguard,” along with his own recovery from AIDS dementia. n Karl Stark, The Philadelphia Inquirer

World Famous Headliners “World Famous Headliners” Three singers. Three songwriters. Three guitarists. That should be three strikes against the World Famous Headliners. Instead, the chemistry created in this collaboration is captivating. Big Al Anderson, Shawn Camp and Pat McLaughlin — with plenty of help from bassist Michael Rhodes and drummer Greg Morrow — have made an album that justifies the band’s hyperbolic, tongue-in-cheek name. The group, Anderson’s first since NRBQ, employs an unusual approach to song arrangements: Anderson, Camp and McLaughlin often sing in unison. That may have helped avert a clash of egos, and it definitely gives the record a distinctive stamp. And when the trio transitions from unison to three-part harmony, it’s goosebump good. There’s tasty guitar throughout, and the composer cooperative — with every song credited as a three-way effort — produces first-rate material with plenty of variety. “Give Your Love To Me” is loose, ZZ Top-style boogie, “Can I” soars over a Tom Petty-esque guitar bed, the slow waltz “Take Me Back” recalls The Everly Brothers and the closer “Ding Dong” is ’50s rock worthy of Leiber and Stoller. n Steven Wine, Associated Press


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REVIEWS VIDEO GAMES Chris Campbell, Scripps Howard News Service

‘Sound Shapes’

Platform: PlayStation 3, Vita Genre: Puzzle Publisher: Sony ESRB Rating: E for Everyone Grade: 4.5 stars (out of 5) We exist in a gaming era where franchises in sports, guns and aliens bring in the big bucks and open a void where creativity often gets pushed to the background in the service of legacy and repetition. Then a game like “Sound Shapes” arrives to remind you that inventive gaming lives, delivering a blend of artistry and experience that more “complex” games could never achieve. Because who dares take seriously a game where you merely guide a nebulous blob around some puzzles while an all-present beat box strikes a clever tune? Well, we all should. Nearly everything you encounter in “Sound Shapes” contributes to the beat of the game. And trust me, you will find yourself nodding along or tapping a foot when solving these environmental puzzles. Some are simple like working to open a door to advance, or complex like navigating a cavern with missiles and silly looking beasts flying around. The game lays its premise out simply: Don’t touch anything colored red. Red, as the saying goes, equals dead. Audio and visual queues are seamlessly intertwined to give you guidance as well as a challenge. The music fits the tone perfectly on most levels (ambient for easier boards, up-tempo for the tricky ones), and you cannot help but smile when seeing many of the goofy designs work so well. Even after the five albums’ worth of music and levels are done, bonus features like death mode and beat school offer amazing challenges that keep you playing long after you think you’re tired. And I’ve run out of space before diving into the stellar level creator and marketplace where fellow gamers’ genius is put on display. It’s rare that a game captivates me like “Sound Shapes” does, and I can think of few games in 2012 that entertain and surprise as much as this one.

‘Hybrid’

Platform: Xbox Live Arcade Genre: Shooter Publisher: Microsoft ESRB Rating: T for Teen Grade: 3.5 stars At first appearing limited in scope, “Hybrid” instead excels by stripping away all the nonsense and deciding to do one thing only, but doing it really well. This third-person shooter has made the bold move to allow you to shoot only from a cover position. By focusing on this one aspect (movement is limited to literally flying from one cover position to another), it allows gamers to ignore the lack of story or meaning and focus instead on team strategy and getting all the goodies possible. “Hybrid” surprises and pleases by giving you a lot of flexibility in other areas such as weapons loadouts and unlockable upgrades. Stringing together kills or achieving in-game metrics opens up a bevy of new features for you to unleash on the opposing team. No flying solo here, folks; this is a multiplayer-only game, so prepare yourself for the usual assortment of foul-mouthed youths or hard-core gamers looking to squeeze every ounce of advantage they can from the game. The visuals are dated but the creativity of the map layouts contribute to lots of fun firefights and fast action. “Hybrid” equips you with many gun types, cover positions galore, then steps back and says, ‘have at it.’ You should, and you’ll enjoy it. n Follow Chris Campbell @campbler or email him at game_on_games@mac.com

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GET INVOLVED ART CLASSES FAMILY ART DAYS AT MoNA: Skagit Artists Together and the Museum of Northwest Art offer Family Art Days each month at MoNA, 121 S. First St., La Conner. Sessions are open to all ages and skill levels and include guided walk-throughs of MoNA exhibitions. Limited to 15 participants per session. To register: 360-4664446, ext. 108, or FAD@ museumofnwart.org. Information: www.museumof nwart.org. Workshops are free with museum admission. Admission: $8 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students, free for members and ages 11 and younger. Next up: Painting With Light: with Amy Griffin, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Explore different painting techniques, includ-

ing watercolor, acrylic paint and mixed media. Exploring the Circle: with Barbara Silverman Summers, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Discover the possibilities of the circular form using watercolor, collage and pastel. CLAY CLASSES: Ceramic artist Sue Roberts offers a variety of classes and workshops at Tower Arts Studio, 5424 S. Shore Drive, Guemes Island. For information, call 360-770-6140 or visit www.towerartsstudio. com. Next up: Ceramics For Everyone: The six-week class will meet from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 4. The class will focus on making functional ware using a variety of hand-building techniques. Open to all

levels of experience. $190, includes materials. Mosaic Garden Forms: The class will meet for six weeks from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 10. Learn how to hand-build a simple vase or sphere out of clay, then turn it into a colorful mosaic piece using fragments of ceramic tiles, mirror, potter, found objects and trinkets. $190 includes most materials. FOUNDATIONS OF FELT-MAKING: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Anchor Art Space, 216 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Seattle artist Tricia A. Stackle will offer instruction on making flat felt, cords and solid felt spheres as a foundation for creating functional and sculptural pieces. For ages 12 and older. $30, materials includ-

ed. www.anchorartspace.org. during December at The Baylight Dinner Theatre CARTOONING FOR KIDS: during the Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach Camp, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. south of Stanwood. Actors 4-25, at Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 will be paid a stipend. For information or an audiE. Fairhaven Ave., Burltion appointment, call Tori ington. Kids ages 7-12 will Ritchey at 360-652-2233. learn basic drawing skills and leave with a portfolio CALL FOR YOUNG MUSIof their favorite cartoon characters. $40. Register by CIANS: Fidalgo Youth Symphony invites young musiAug. 28: 360-755-9649. cians to audition and register for the 2012-13 season on AUDITIONS Thursday, Sept. 6, at Salem “BACK HOME ON THE Lutheran Church, 2529 N. TUMBLIN’ D”: Auditions for LaVenture Road,Mount professional actors/actresses Vernon. For information or will be held by appointment an audition appointment, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, call 360-969-1681 or visit Aug. 26, and 6 to 10 p.m. www.fysmusic.org. Monday, Aug. 27. Parts are available for one man age DANCE 20-30, one man age 45-65 and one woman age 40-55. BEGINNER SQUARE Prepare a monologue and a DANCE LESSONS: The song. Ability to play a musi- Mount Baker Singles Square cal instrument helpful. Dance Club will offer lesThe production will run sons at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, start-

ing Sept. 11, at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St. Families, couples or singles welcome. First two weeks are free, then $4 per lesson. 360-424-4608 or 360-424-9675. EAST COAST SWING: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 10-Oct. 1, Anacortes Center For Happiness, 619 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Kim Hargrove will lead the four-week course in this versatile dance, also known as the Jitterbug. $38, $70 couple. 360-464-2229 or www.anacortescenterfor happiness.org. CUBAN SALSA DANCE WORKSHOP: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, Anacortes Center For Happiness, 619 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. $10. 360-464-2229 or www.anacortescenterfor happiness.org.

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GET INVOLVED RECREATION

Aug. 26, at Eaglemont Golf Course in Mount Vernon. BLUEBERRY CAMP: The two-man better-ball Bow Hill Blueberries and tournament will begin with a the Edison Booster Club shotgun start at 2 p.m. Cost will sponsor a free summer is $95 per golfer. The winner camp for sixth- to eighthwill receive money toward graders from 9 a.m. to 3:30 a Skagit Valley youth team p.m. Monday through Friday, of the golfer’s choice, and Aug. 27-31, at 15628 Bow a two-night golf trip to Las Hill Road, Bow. Kids will Vegas. For information, call pick and sell blueberries, Ron at 360-770-1048. learn local agriculture and art history, play games, learn TRAIL TALES: The last of to cook with blueberries and this summer’s interpretive make art inspired by North- walks will be held Sept. 5 west artists. 360-399-1006 or and 15. All walks are free susan@bowhillblueberries. and handicapped accessible. com. For more information, go to the Trail Tales link at skagit OUTDOOR SKILLS FOR beaches.org. WOMEN: Women can learn Wednesday, Sept. 5: 10 the basics of fishing, huntto 11:30 a.m., Fidalgo Bay ing and other outdoor skills RV Park, 4701 Fidalgo Bay from Washington DepartRoad, Anacortes. Walk ment of Fish and Wildlife along the Tommy Thompson experts and other certified trestle and learn about the instructors at a Sept. 14-16 history of Weaverling Spit, workshop at Camp River Fidalgo Bay and March Ranch in Carnation. ParPoint from earliest Euroticipants must be at least pean contact to the 21st cen18. A state recreational tury. One-and-a-half miles fishing license is required. round trip on flat, paved The workshop fee of $250 path and trestle bridging includes lodging, meals and Fidalgo Bay. use of equipment. A limited Saturday, Sept. 15: 10 number of partial scholarto 11:30 a.m., 34th Street ships are available for first- crossing of the Tommy time participants. For more Thompson Trail, Anacortes. information, visit www. Learn about the history and washingtonoutdoorwomen. cleanup of the old plywood org or call Ronni McGlenn mill site at the east end at 425-455-1986. of 34th Street. Also learn about Washington Ecology’s FAMILY BIKE RIDE: current cleanup project to Join the Mount Vernon remove toxins and restore a Downtown Association for healthy shoreline. About 1 a scenic, family-friendly mile of walking in total. bike ride departing at 10 Saturday, Sept. 15: 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, from to 4:30 p.m., Fidalgo Bay the Mount Vernon FarmRV Park, 4701 Fidalgo Bay ers Market. Choose from Road, Anacortes. Walk a 3-mile ride or a 15-mile along the Tommy Thompson round trip to Conway. Bring Trail and identify and disyour helmet and water. Bike cuss about a dozen different shop staff will be available plants, including how they at the Farmers Market to fit into the environment make sure your bike is good and how they were used by to ride. Free. 360-336-3801. humans of different backgrounds. The walk is along a GOLF TOURNEY: The paved, flat trail. North Puget Sound Golf Tour will hold its district BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS championship Sunday, GOLF TOURNEY: The 17th

annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County Golf Tournament will take place Friday, Sept. 7, at Avalon Golf Links in Burlington. Registration: $125, $500 for a foursome, includes green fees, carts, snacks, lunch, dinner and prizes. Dinner only: $25. Sponsorships are available. For information or to register, call 360-428-5972 or email info@cceventplanning. com. BIKE MS RIDE: The annual bicycling fundraiser for multiple sclerosis will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9, beginning and ending in Mount Vernon. Join some 2,000 cyclists to help raise money for research while riding scenic courses ranging from 22 to 97 miles through Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. Enjoy full meals, stocked rest sites and afterride activities, including music and a beer garden. For information or to register, call 800-344-4867 (press 2) or visit www.bikemsnorth west.org. ANNE JACKSON MEMORIAL RUN/WALK: The fourth annual 5K/10K run and 2-mile walk will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, 18841 Kelleher Road, Burlington. Day-of-race registration: 7 to 9 a.m. Walk starts at 9:15 a.m., followed by the run at 9:30 a.m. Awards for the top three race winners, plus additional random prizes. Registration: $12, $22 with T-shirt, in advance; $5 additional, day of event. Free for ages 14 and younger or 70 and older. Shirt only: $10. Walk participants: collect $50 or more in pledges to get free T-shirt and registration; dogs welcome. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Skagit County. 360-757-0445 or www. skagithumane.com.


E10 Thursday, August 23, 2012

ON STAGE in the Skagit Valley and surrounding area August 23-September 1 Thursday.23 THEATER

Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile”: 7:30 p.m., Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave., Anacortes. $18. 360-293-6829 or www.acttheatre. com.

“Nunsense II: the Second Coming”: Skagit Valley College Department of Music and Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Phillip Tarro Theatre, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $7-$10. Proceeds benefit Faith House. 360-4167655 or diane.johnson@skagit.edu.

Friday.24 THEATER

Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile”: 8 p.m., Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave., Anacortes. $18. 360-293-6829 or www.acttheatre.com.

“Make ’em Laugh”: musical comedy, 7:30 p.m., RiverBelle Theatre, The Old Town Grainery, 100 E. Montgomery, Mount Vernon. $40 dinner and show; $30 dessert buffet and show. Reservations required: 360-336-3012 or www.riverbelle dinnertheatre.com. “Nunsense II: the Second Coming”: Skagit Valley College Department of Music and Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Phillip Tarro Theatre, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $7-$10. Proceeds benefit Faith House. 360-4167655 or diane.johnson@skagit.edu.

Saturday.25 MUSIC

“Memories of You”: Wurlitzer theater organ concert featuring Jeff and Jody Fox, 3 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. $10. 360336-8955 or www.lincolntheatre.org. Keola Beamer and Moanalani Beamer (Hawaiian guitar and dance): 8 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. $20-$30. 360-336-8955 or www.lincolntheatre. org.

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TUNING UP Playing at area venues August 23-30

THEATER

Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile”: 8 p.m., Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave., Anacortes. $18. 360-293-6829 or www.acttheatre.com. “Make ’em Laugh”: musical comedy, 7:30 p.m., RiverBelle Theatre, The Old Town Grainery, 100 E. Montgomery, Mount Vernon. $40 dinner and show; $30 dessert buffet and show. Reservations required: 360-336-3012 or www.riverbelle dinnertheatre.com. “Nunsense II: the Second Coming”: Skagit Valley College Department of Music and Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Phillip Tarro Theatre, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $7-$10. Proceeds benefit Faith House. 360-4167655 or diane.johnson@skagit.edu.

SATURDAY.25 KEOLA BEAMER AND MOANALANI BEAMER 8 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. $20-$30. 360-336-8955 or www.lincolntheatre.org.

“Nunsense II: the Second Coming”: Skagit Valley College Department of Music and Theatre, 2 p.m., Phillip Tarro Theatre, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $7-$10. Proceeds benefit Faith House. 360-4167655 or diane.johnson@skagit.edu. “Make ’em Laugh”: musical comedy, 2 p.m., RiverBelle Theatre, The Old Town Grainery, 100 E. Montgomery, Mount Vernon. $10. Reservations required: 360-336-3012 or www.riverbelledinnertheatre.com.

VARIETY

Whatever’s Clever Variety Show: music, comedy, hula-hooping, belly dancing and more, 8 p.m., The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., Bellingham. $7. 360-778-1067.

Monday-Friday.27-31 No events submitted

Saturday.1 THEATER

“Make ’em Laugh”: musical comedy, 7:30 p.m., RiverBelle Theatre, The Old Town Grainery, 100 E. Montgomery, Mount Vernon. $40 dinner and show; $30 dessert buffet and show. Reservations required: 360-336-3012 or www.riverbelle dinnertheatre.com.

CEECEE JAMES 9 p.m. to midnight, Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. No cover. 360-588-1720.

Joachim Nordensson: 6 to 9 p.m., Seeds Bistro and Bar, 623 Morris St., La Conner. No cover. 360-466-3280. Tocato Tango: 8 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/Main, Conway. 360-445-3000.

SATURDAY.25

Thomas Harris: 7 p.m., Blue Horse Gallery, 301 W. Holly St., Bellingham. 360-671-2305 or www.bluehorsegallery.com.

THE CHRIS EGER BAND 5 to 8 p.m., The Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St., Anacortes. $7. 360-293-3515.

FRIDAY.24 Snake Bite: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Big Lake Bar & Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360-422-6411.

Sunday.26 THEATER

FRIDAY.24

THURSDAY.23

CeeCee James (blues): 9 p.m. to midnight, Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. No cover. 360-5881720.

The Psych Country Revue, Spur!: 10 p.m. to midnight, Redlight, 1017 N. State St., Bellingham. $5. www.redlightwine andcoffee.com.

Marcia Kester (country, rock, blues, pop): 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Washington Sips, 608 First St., La Conner. No cover. 360-399-1037.

Learning Team, Us On Roofs, Candysound: 9 p.m., The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., Bellingham. $5. 360-7781067.

Buckaroo Blues (country rock, blues): 9 p.m. to midnight, Cyndy’s Broiler, 27021 102nd Ave NW, Stanwood. No cover.

Nick Vigarino’s Back Porch Stomp: 8 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. $7. 360-445-3000.

Tidelands: 8 p.m., Blue Horse Gallery, 301 W. Holly St., Bellingham. 360-671-2305 or www.bluehorse gallery.com.

SATURDAY.25 Snake Bite: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Big Lake Bar & Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360-422-6411. Side Saddle: 8:30 p.m., Edison Inn, 5829 Cains Court, Edison. No cover. 360-766-6266. Maggie’s Fury: 7 p.m., Skagit River Brewery, 404 S. Third St., Mount Vernon. 360-336-2884. The Dogtones: 9 p.m., Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine. www.semi ahmoo.com.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY.25-26 Bellingham Music Tribute Night: 10 p.m. to midnight, Redlight, 1017 N. State St., Bellingham. $3. www.redlightwine andcoffee.com. Alan Hatley: 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., H2O, 314 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-7553956 or www.anacortes H2O.com. Badd Dogg Blues Society: 9 p.m. to midnight, Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. No cover. 360-588-1720.

Fifth annual Bluegrass in the Garden: Bayview Sound, Pearly Blue, Deadwood Revival and Money Creek Mining Co., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Meerkerk Gardens, 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank. $10, free for ages 15 and younger. 360-678-1912 or www.meerkerk gardens.org.

LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends, The Smiffs: Benefit concert for Skagit County Toys for Tots, 3 p.m., Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley. Reserved seating: $25. Bring your own chair: $20. 360-8566248 or www.eaglehaven winery.com.

The Offshoots, Scott Pemberton Trio: 7 p.m., outdoors on Starlight Stage, Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/Main, Conway. 360-445-3000.

“Rock the Ridge” autism benefit concert: R Factor 5 and Jeff Bradley, 5 to 9 p.m., Challenger Ridge Winery, 43095 Challenger Road, Concrete. $20, Frozen Cloak, Serpent includes hors d’oeuvres Crown, Uh-Oh: 10 p.m., and wine tasting. Proceeds benefit the Skagit The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., Bellingham. Valley Hospital Foundation Children’s Therapy $5. 360-778-1067. Fund. 360-333-6436.

SUNDAY.26

Bow Diddlers: 5:30 p.m., Edison Inn, 5829 Cains Court, Edison. No cover. 360-766-6266.

Equal Opportunity: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Varsity Inn, 112 N. Cherry St., Burlington. No cover. 360-755-0165.

MONDAY.27 Gary B’s Church of the Blues (blues, classic rock): 6 to 10 p.m., Castle Tavern, 708 Metcalf St., Sedro-Woolley. 360-855-2263. Ben Starner (piano): 6 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. 360-445-3000. David Correa and Cascada: 5 to 8 p.m., The Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St., Anacortes. $7. 360-293-3515.

Black Mountain, Quest For Fire: 9 p.m., The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., Bellingham. $15. 360-778-1067.

Bucking Horse (country): 9 p.m. to midnight, Cyndy’s Broiler, 27021 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood. No cover. 360-629-4800 or www.cyndysbroiler.com. Ann ‘n’ Dean (country): 7 p.m., Mount Vernon Elks Lodge, 2120 Market St., Mount Vernon. Open to public. 360-848-8882. Grooveyard (jazz): 8 p.m., Blue Horse Gallery, 301 W. Holly St., Bellingham. 360671-2305 or www. bluehorsegallery.com.

Joe Sneva & The Sweet Dominiques (reggae, surf, folk): 9 p.m., Draft Pics, 516 S. First St., Mount Vernon. No cover. 360-336-3626. The Chris Eger Band: 5 to 8 p.m., The Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St., Anacortes. $7. 360-293-3515. Michael Gonzalez (pop, Americana, Latin): 7:30 p.m., Washington Sips, 608 First St., La Conner. No cover. 360-399-1037.

SLOW FOOD ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Stanwood Community Fairgrounds, 6431 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood. $15-$25, free for ages 12 and younger. Limited number of advance tickets available for $20 through Aug. 24 at The Snow Goose Bookstore, Coastal Community Bank and the Port Susan Farmers Market in Stanwood. www.slowrootsfestival.com.

WEDNESDAY.29 Western Heroes (rock): 6 to 8 p.m., Bayview Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Road, Clinton. No cover. 360-321-4145 or www.goosefoot.org. Jack Hamilton: 9 p.m. to midnight, Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. No cover. 360-588-1720. Open Mic: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/Main, Conway. Signups at 7 p.m. 360-445-3000.

THURSDAY.30 The Scot Ranney Trio: 7 p.m., Blue Horse Gallery, 301 W. Holly St., Bellingham. 360-671-2305 or www. bluehorsegallery.com.

Lane Fernando: 6 to 9 p.m., Seeds Bistro and Bar, 623 Morris St., La Conner. No cover. 360-466-3280.

Matney Cook and the Dead Hookers, Muppet Mudflat Walkers: 7 p.m., Fetish, Apple Crunchers: Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ 9 p.m., The Shakedown, Main, Conway. 360-445-3000. 1212 N. State St., Bellingham. $3. 360-778-1067.


E10 Thursday, August 23, 2012

ON STAGE in the Skagit Valley and surrounding area August 23-September 1 Thursday.23 THEATER

Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile”: 7:30 p.m., Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave., Anacortes. $18. 360-293-6829 or www.acttheatre. com.

“Nunsense II: the Second Coming”: Skagit Valley College Department of Music and Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Phillip Tarro Theatre, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $7-$10. Proceeds benefit Faith House. 360-4167655 or diane.johnson@skagit.edu.

Friday.24 THEATER

Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile”: 8 p.m., Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave., Anacortes. $18. 360-293-6829 or www.acttheatre.com.

“Make ’em Laugh”: musical comedy, 7:30 p.m., RiverBelle Theatre, The Old Town Grainery, 100 E. Montgomery, Mount Vernon. $40 dinner and show; $30 dessert buffet and show. Reservations required: 360-336-3012 or www.riverbelle dinnertheatre.com. “Nunsense II: the Second Coming”: Skagit Valley College Department of Music and Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Phillip Tarro Theatre, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $7-$10. Proceeds benefit Faith House. 360-4167655 or diane.johnson@skagit.edu.

Saturday.25 MUSIC

“Memories of You”: Wurlitzer theater organ concert featuring Jeff and Jody Fox, 3 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. $10. 360336-8955 or www.lincolntheatre.org. Keola Beamer and Moanalani Beamer (Hawaiian guitar and dance): 8 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. $20-$30. 360-336-8955 or www.lincolntheatre. org.

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TUNING UP Playing at area venues August 23-30

THEATER

Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile”: 8 p.m., Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave., Anacortes. $18. 360-293-6829 or www.acttheatre.com. “Make ’em Laugh”: musical comedy, 7:30 p.m., RiverBelle Theatre, The Old Town Grainery, 100 E. Montgomery, Mount Vernon. $40 dinner and show; $30 dessert buffet and show. Reservations required: 360-336-3012 or www.riverbelle dinnertheatre.com. “Nunsense II: the Second Coming”: Skagit Valley College Department of Music and Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Phillip Tarro Theatre, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $7-$10. Proceeds benefit Faith House. 360-4167655 or diane.johnson@skagit.edu.

SATURDAY.25 KEOLA BEAMER AND MOANALANI BEAMER 8 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. $20-$30. 360-336-8955 or www.lincolntheatre.org.

“Nunsense II: the Second Coming”: Skagit Valley College Department of Music and Theatre, 2 p.m., Phillip Tarro Theatre, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $7-$10. Proceeds benefit Faith House. 360-4167655 or diane.johnson@skagit.edu. “Make ’em Laugh”: musical comedy, 2 p.m., RiverBelle Theatre, The Old Town Grainery, 100 E. Montgomery, Mount Vernon. $10. Reservations required: 360-336-3012 or www.riverbelledinnertheatre.com.

VARIETY

Whatever’s Clever Variety Show: music, comedy, hula-hooping, belly dancing and more, 8 p.m., The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., Bellingham. $7. 360-778-1067.

Monday-Friday.27-31 No events submitted

Saturday.1 THEATER

“Make ’em Laugh”: musical comedy, 7:30 p.m., RiverBelle Theatre, The Old Town Grainery, 100 E. Montgomery, Mount Vernon. $40 dinner and show; $30 dessert buffet and show. Reservations required: 360-336-3012 or www.riverbelle dinnertheatre.com.

CEECEE JAMES 9 p.m. to midnight, Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. No cover. 360-588-1720.

Joachim Nordensson: 6 to 9 p.m., Seeds Bistro and Bar, 623 Morris St., La Conner. No cover. 360-466-3280. Tocato Tango: 8 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/Main, Conway. 360-445-3000.

SATURDAY.25

Thomas Harris: 7 p.m., Blue Horse Gallery, 301 W. Holly St., Bellingham. 360-671-2305 or www.bluehorsegallery.com.

THE CHRIS EGER BAND 5 to 8 p.m., The Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St., Anacortes. $7. 360-293-3515.

FRIDAY.24 Snake Bite: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Big Lake Bar & Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360-422-6411.

Sunday.26 THEATER

FRIDAY.24

THURSDAY.23

CeeCee James (blues): 9 p.m. to midnight, Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. No cover. 360-5881720.

The Psych Country Revue, Spur!: 10 p.m. to midnight, Redlight, 1017 N. State St., Bellingham. $5. www.redlightwine andcoffee.com.

Marcia Kester (country, rock, blues, pop): 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Washington Sips, 608 First St., La Conner. No cover. 360-399-1037.

Learning Team, Us On Roofs, Candysound: 9 p.m., The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., Bellingham. $5. 360-7781067.

Buckaroo Blues (country rock, blues): 9 p.m. to midnight, Cyndy’s Broiler, 27021 102nd Ave NW, Stanwood. No cover.

Nick Vigarino’s Back Porch Stomp: 8 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. $7. 360-445-3000.

Tidelands: 8 p.m., Blue Horse Gallery, 301 W. Holly St., Bellingham. 360-671-2305 or www.bluehorse gallery.com.

SATURDAY.25 Snake Bite: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Big Lake Bar & Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360-422-6411. Side Saddle: 8:30 p.m., Edison Inn, 5829 Cains Court, Edison. No cover. 360-766-6266. Maggie’s Fury: 7 p.m., Skagit River Brewery, 404 S. Third St., Mount Vernon. 360-336-2884. The Dogtones: 9 p.m., Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Parkway, Blaine. www.semi ahmoo.com.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY.25-26 Bellingham Music Tribute Night: 10 p.m. to midnight, Redlight, 1017 N. State St., Bellingham. $3. www.redlightwine andcoffee.com. Alan Hatley: 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., H2O, 314 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-7553956 or www.anacortes H2O.com. Badd Dogg Blues Society: 9 p.m. to midnight, Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. No cover. 360-588-1720.

Fifth annual Bluegrass in the Garden: Bayview Sound, Pearly Blue, Deadwood Revival and Money Creek Mining Co., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Meerkerk Gardens, 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank. $10, free for ages 15 and younger. 360-678-1912 or www.meerkerk gardens.org.

LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends, The Smiffs: Benefit concert for Skagit County Toys for Tots, 3 p.m., Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley. Reserved seating: $25. Bring your own chair: $20. 360-8566248 or www.eaglehaven winery.com.

The Offshoots, Scott Pemberton Trio: 7 p.m., outdoors on Starlight Stage, Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/Main, Conway. 360-445-3000.

“Rock the Ridge” autism benefit concert: R Factor 5 and Jeff Bradley, 5 to 9 p.m., Challenger Ridge Winery, 43095 Challenger Road, Concrete. $20, Frozen Cloak, Serpent includes hors d’oeuvres Crown, Uh-Oh: 10 p.m., and wine tasting. Proceeds benefit the Skagit The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., Bellingham. Valley Hospital Foundation Children’s Therapy $5. 360-778-1067. Fund. 360-333-6436.

SUNDAY.26

Bow Diddlers: 5:30 p.m., Edison Inn, 5829 Cains Court, Edison. No cover. 360-766-6266.

Equal Opportunity: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Varsity Inn, 112 N. Cherry St., Burlington. No cover. 360-755-0165.

MONDAY.27 Gary B’s Church of the Blues (blues, classic rock): 6 to 10 p.m., Castle Tavern, 708 Metcalf St., Sedro-Woolley. 360-855-2263. Ben Starner (piano): 6 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. 360-445-3000. David Correa and Cascada: 5 to 8 p.m., The Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St., Anacortes. $7. 360-293-3515.

Black Mountain, Quest For Fire: 9 p.m., The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., Bellingham. $15. 360-778-1067.

Bucking Horse (country): 9 p.m. to midnight, Cyndy’s Broiler, 27021 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood. No cover. 360-629-4800 or www.cyndysbroiler.com. Ann ‘n’ Dean (country): 7 p.m., Mount Vernon Elks Lodge, 2120 Market St., Mount Vernon. Open to public. 360-848-8882. Grooveyard (jazz): 8 p.m., Blue Horse Gallery, 301 W. Holly St., Bellingham. 360671-2305 or www. bluehorsegallery.com.

Joe Sneva & The Sweet Dominiques (reggae, surf, folk): 9 p.m., Draft Pics, 516 S. First St., Mount Vernon. No cover. 360-336-3626. The Chris Eger Band: 5 to 8 p.m., The Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St., Anacortes. $7. 360-293-3515. Michael Gonzalez (pop, Americana, Latin): 7:30 p.m., Washington Sips, 608 First St., La Conner. No cover. 360-399-1037.

SLOW FOOD ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Stanwood Community Fairgrounds, 6431 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood. $15-$25, free for ages 12 and younger. Limited number of advance tickets available for $20 through Aug. 24 at The Snow Goose Bookstore, Coastal Community Bank and the Port Susan Farmers Market in Stanwood. www.slowrootsfestival.com.

WEDNESDAY.29 Western Heroes (rock): 6 to 8 p.m., Bayview Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Road, Clinton. No cover. 360-321-4145 or www.goosefoot.org. Jack Hamilton: 9 p.m. to midnight, Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. No cover. 360-588-1720. Open Mic: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/Main, Conway. Signups at 7 p.m. 360-445-3000.

THURSDAY.30 The Scot Ranney Trio: 7 p.m., Blue Horse Gallery, 301 W. Holly St., Bellingham. 360-671-2305 or www. bluehorsegallery.com.

Lane Fernando: 6 to 9 p.m., Seeds Bistro and Bar, 623 Morris St., La Conner. No cover. 360-466-3280.

Matney Cook and the Dead Hookers, Muppet Mudflat Walkers: 7 p.m., Fetish, Apple Crunchers: Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ 9 p.m., The Shakedown, Main, Conway. 360-445-3000. 1212 N. State St., Bellingham. $3. 360-778-1067.


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TRAVEL If you go Getting there: Montenegro Airlines flies to the capital of Podgorica and to the Adriatic Sea airport of Tivat from European cities including Paris, Rome, Budapest, Zurich, Moscow, Frankfurt, Istanbul and Ljubljana. JAT Airways, the Serbian national airline, flies to Belgrade from most European capitals, and has several flights a day from Belgrade to Podgorica and Tivat. A return ticket for a 45-minute flight from Belgrade costs $124. Lodging: A night in a hotel with breakfast can start from $62 for a double room, but new hotels on the Adriatic coast start from about $124 per night for a double room. Private owners offer a double room starting from $24 a night. Dining: The favorite Balkan fast food — cevapcici — small spiced minced meat sausages, and a pint of beer runs about $10. A full dinner of local delicacies such as octopus salad and stuffed squid will cost around $43, including a local wine. Language: Serbian, or Montenegrin as it is now called after the split from Serbia, is the local language. English, Italian and German are spoken by many locals, especially restaurant waiters and hotel staff. Side trips: Buses for the famous Croatian resort of Dubrovnik leave Budva every day. Daylong boat excursions from Budva to Sveti Stefan cost about $12. A day trip by bus to Mount Lovcen via Njegusi, home of the best dried ham and goat cheese dipped in olive oil in the Balkans, is a must. The Montenegro Tourist agency provides day trips to a wide array of sights. Best time to visit: Offseason — May, beginning of June and September — as the Montenegrin Riviera tends to become overcrowded with tourists amid scorching summer heat in July and August.

est boats afloat. The marina — once a navy port and a dry dock for Yugoslav and Soviet warships — opened about a year ago and is the brainchild of Canadian billionaire Peter Munk, who wanted to invest in a lesscongested French Rivierastyle resort on a relatively remote and undiscovered European territory. “We really see ourselves as playing a part in the renaissance of Montenegro’s tourism, in particular in terms of the marina,” said Matt Morley, brand and marketing manager of the marina. “We get a real mix of customers visiting our marina. Of course, there is the A-list, the super-wealthy. One of the things that we offer is a greater sense of privacy than in the lot of other marinas out there, in the south of France or Sardinia, Italy, for example.” Locals like to brag about Photos by Marko Drobnjakovic / AP scenes from the Bond Two women sunbathe at the Porto Montenegro resort next to the town of Tivat in Montenegro. film, which showed their tiny, poor Balkan state as a neat and romantic place By DUSAN STOJANOVIC with modern trains and Associated Press ornate infrastructure. Ironically, says Morley, “the film IVAT, Montenegro — wasn’t actually filmed in A newly developed Montenegro, but there’s a luxury resort village definite sense of mystique called Porto Montenegro still, I think, about Montemay finally be helping negro.” Montenegro’s image catch Morley said a casino up with its overly glamorunder construction in Porto ous portrayal in the 2006 Montenegro might even be James Bond film “Casino named “Casino Royale.” Royale.” Much of Montenegro’s Porto Montenegro allure comes from its shin— sometimes called the ing mix of colors: aquamaMonte Carlo of the Adririne waters, green pineatic — has upgraded this forested mountains, blazing tiny Balkan state from a blue skies and white pebble favorite destination of averbeaches. age Russian and Serbian But if Montenegro is the tourists to a mecca for some jewel of the Adriatic, it is a of the world’s wealthiest rough and unpolished one. people. Its natural beauty is best Located on the southern This photo shows a view of the infinity pool at the Porto Montenegro. seen from a plane landing corner of the Adriatic Sea, at the seaside airport of the destination features brand shops and restauVenetian-style waterfront a panoramic view of the a huge black and whiterants, and a vast super-yacht Tivat, a 10-minute drive luxury homes, a vibrant turquoise-colored water tiled infinity pool with marina for some of the fin- from Porto Montenegro. and rocky mountain peaks, nautical village with top

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A tourist poses for a photo in front of the Sveti Stefan peninsula in Montenegro. Once on the ground, a different reality emerges: Visitors can be put off by narrow, bumpy and trafficjammed roads lined with huge and often unfinished construction sites. Old communist-era decaying hotels dot the spectacular landscape. And the beaches can be overcrowded during the peak of the summer season in July and August. In some ways, Porto Montenegro is trying to restore the exclusivity of an earlier era. Sveti Stefan is a tiny peninsula with sun-bleached limestone homes that turned from a fishing village to a luxury hotel complex in the 1960s, attracting famous visitors like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Its 15th-century stone walls, narrow streets and tiny church were destroyed by an earthquake in 1979, then carefully reconstructed bit by bit. Sveti Stefan lost much of its allure during the Balkan Wars, but today, its red tile roofs shimmer in the sunlight with oleander, bougainvillea and

palms providing green and shade. Next to Sveti Stefan, the Queen’s Beach offers peace and privacy for $92 per day per person. Next door is Budva, Montenegro’s biggest tourist resort, featuring a quaint, stonewalled Old Town with its warren of little lanes lined with shops and restaurants buzzing with activity. With its intact city walls, narrow streets and seaside cafes, Budva can seem like a vest-pocket version of Dubrovnik, the renowned Croatian resort on the border with Montenegro. Some of Montenegro’s best restaurants — offering hors d’oeuvres of traditional extra-dry ham and goat cheese dipped in olive oil — are located in Budva and in neighboring fishing village of Bigovo. “Now we’re getting these richer tourists on yachts,” said Nikola Lazarevic, owner of the Grispolis restaurant in Bigovo, perched on a deep sea bay nestled between pristine hills covered with ancient olive trees.

“More money spent, better for us,” Lazarevic said as he served grilled fish spiced with garlic and parsley, coupled with famous Montenegrin Vranac red wine. Such a meal together with the ham hors d’oeuvre and the must-have “loza” (a strong brandy made from grapes) as a beforedinner drink, cost up to $75 per person, without a customary 10 percent tip. Even though Montenegro is not a European Union country, the euro is its official currency. Since it split from much larger Serbia in 2006, Montenegro experienced a real estate boom, with mostly Russians and Britons investing en masse into new hotels, tourist resorts or even complete new villages. “I think it’s one of the most marvelous places in the world,” said Dmitry Krysin, a plastic surgeon from Moscow. “I used to travel a lot and practically I can’t see anything more positive, relaxing, cheap, where to stay and enjoy.”

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AT THE LINCOLN THEATRE

HOT TICKETS RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY’S BARNUM BASH: Aug. 23-26, Comcast Arena at Everett. 866-332-8499 or www.comcastarenaeverett.com. SUPER DIAMOND: Aug. 24, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline.com. DESAPARECIDOS: Aug. 25, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. EL TRI: Aug. 25, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline. com. SLOW FOOD ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL: Aug. 25-26, Stanwood Community Fairgrounds, Stanwood. www.slowroots festival.com. REFUSED: Aug. 28, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showbox online.com. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: Aug. 31-Sept. 2, The Gorge Amphitheatre, George. 800745-3000 or www.livenation.com. AMON TOBIN: Sept. 1, WaMu Theater. 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. HANK 3: Sept. 1, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showbox online.com. DIANA KRALL, DENZAL SINCLAIRE: Sept. 1, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville. 800-745-3000 or www.ticket master.com. OLD 97’S: Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showbox online.com. UNITY TOUR 2012: Sept. 5, Marymoor Park, Redmond. 800-745-3000 or www. ticketmaster.com. LINKIN PARK, INCUBUS: Sept. 5, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. MELVINS LITE: Sept. 6, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. www.livenation.com. POWERMAN 5000: Sept. 7, El Corazon, Seattle. 800-514-3849 or www. cascadetickets.com. BLONDIE & DEVO: Sept. 7, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville. 800745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. PUYALLUP PRO RODEO, JUSTIN BOOTS PLAYOFF: Sept. 7, Puyallup Fair. 888-559-3247 or www.thefair.com/ concerts. WILLIE NELSON: Sept. 7, Puyallup Fair. 888-559-3247 or www.thefair.com/ concerts. THE HIVES: Sept. 7, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showbox online.com. LIGHTNING BOLT: Sept. 8, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. BONNIE RAITT, MAVIS STAPLES: Sept. 8-9, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville. 800-745-3000 or www.ticket master.com. HEART: Sept. 10, Puyallup Fair. $25$65, includes fair admission. 888-5593247 or www.thefair.com/concerts. MARTINA MCBRIDE: Sept. 12, Puyallup Fair. 800-745-3000 or www.ticket master.com. TOBYMAC: Sept. 13, Puyallup Fair. $25-$50, includes Fair admission. 888-

559-3247 or www.thefair.com/concerts. JEFF FOXWORTHY: Sept. 14, Puyallup Fair. $25-$65, includes fair admission. 888-559-3247 or www.thefair.com/ concerts. CROSBY, STILLS & NASH: Sept. 14, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville. 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster. com. TAINTED LOVE: Sept. 14, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.livenation.com. CHICAGO: Sept. 15, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville. 800-7453000 or www.ticketmaster.com. ATMOSPHERE: Sept. 15, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline.com. HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS: Sept. 16, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville. 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster. com. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS: Sept. 16, Puyallup Fair. 888-559-3247 or www.thefair.com/ concerts. BIG TIME RUSH: Sept. 17, Puyallup Fair. $30-$60, includes fair admission. 888-559-3247 or www.thefair.com/ concerts. BOB MOULD PLAYS COPPER BLUE AND SILVER AGE: Sept. 18, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline.com. DOOBIE BROTHERS: Sept. 19, Puyallup Fair. 888-559-3247 or www.thefair. com/concerts. B’z: Sept. 19, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline. com. ANTHRAX: Sept. 19, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline.com. JEFF DUNHAM: Sept. 20, Puyallup Fair. 888-559-3247 or www.thefair.com/ concerts. ANDY C & DOWNLINK: Sept. 20, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-7453000 or www.showboxonline.com. PITBULL: Sept. 21, Puyallup Fair. 888559-3247 or www.thefair.com/concerts. SERJ TANKIAN: Sept. 21, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline.com. TIM MCGRAW: Sept. 22, Puyallup Fair.888-559-3247 or www.thefair.com/ concerts. JASON MRAZ, CHRISTINA PERRI: Sept. 22, The Gorge Amphitheatre. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. KREATOR, ACCEPT: Sept. 22, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline.com. UPROAR FESTIVAL: Sept. 22, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-7453000 or www.livenation.com. TRAIN: Sept. 23, Puyallup Fair. 888559-3247 or www.thefair.com. FURTHUR, FEATURING PHIL LESH & BOB WEIR: Sept. 25, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.ticket master.com. HATEBREED: Sept. 25, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www. livenation.com.

712 S. First St., Mount Vernon 360-336-8955 n www.lincolntheatre.org KIMBRA: Sept. 26, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www. showboxonline.com. GARBAGE: Sept. 26, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showbox online.com. BLOC PARTY: Sept. 28, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline.com. “MY FAIR LADY”: Lyric Light Opera: Sept. 29-Oct. 6, McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon. 360-416-7727. PAIN IN THE GRASS: Sept. 29, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-7453000 or www.livenation.com. NIGHTWISH: Oct. 1, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.ticket master.com. IL VOLO: Oct. 2, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 877-784-4849 or www.livenation. com. MADONNA: Oct. 3, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.livenation.com. CITIZEN COPE: Oct. 3, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. BEACH HOUSE: Oct. 3-4, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline.com. BEACH HOUSE: Oct. 4, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline.com. MICHAEL KIWANUKA: Oct. 5, Showbox at the Market. 800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline.com. SEETHER: Oct. 5, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showbox online.com. CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Oct. 6, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.ticket master.com. ED SHEERAN: Oct. 6, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.livenation. com. JUSTIN BIEBER: Oct. 9, Tacoma Dome. www.AEGLive.com. THE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Oct. 12-13, Skagit Valley Casino Resort 877-275-2448 or www.theskagit.com. MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS: Oct. 12, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-7453000 or www.ticketmaster.com. BOB DYLAN, MARK KNOPFLER: Oct. 13, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.livenation.com. D.R.I.: Oct. 13, El Corazon, Seattle. 800514-3849 or www.cascadetickets.com. CIRCA SURVIVE: Oct. 13, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline.com. BETH ORTON: Oct. 15, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline.com. “WITCHES”: Theater Arts Guild: Oct. 19-Nov. 3, Lincoln Theatre, Mount Vernon. 360-336-2408. BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB: Oct. 21, Showbox at the Market. 800-745-3000 or www.livenation.com. NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS, SNOW PATROL: Oct. 24, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or www. ticketmaster.com.

‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Aug 27-28

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a 6-yearold girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions. Rated PG-13. $9 general; $8 seniors, students and active military; $7 members; $6 children 12 and under. Bargain matinee prices (all shows before 6 p.m.); $7 general, $5 members, $4 children 12 and under.

Wurlitzer concert: ‘Memories of You’ 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25

The Lincoln welcomes Jeff Fox in concert on the original Style D special Wurlitzer theater organ, with vocal selections by Jody Fox. Jeff Fox will also play along with a classic Harold Lloyd silent short film “Number, Please?” Tickets are $10, available through the theater box office and online.

Keola Beamer and Moanalani Beamer 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25

World-renowned guitarist Keola Beamer and Moanalani Beamer will present a night of traditional Hawaiian music and dance. Slack key guitar legend Keola Beamer and his partner, hula dancer Moanalani Beamer, create music and dance that incorporates ancient Hawaiian musical instruments into inventive arrangements of both Hawaiian music and contemporary songs. One of Hawaii’s premier singer-songwriters, arrangers, composers and masters of Hawaiian slack key guitar, Keola Beamer’s breadth of talent springs from five generations of the state’s most illustrious musical families. Reserved seating: $20, $25 and $30.


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MOVIES

Joy Bryant (from left), Bradley Cooper and Ryan Hansen star in “Hit and Run.” Open Road Films via AP

So much better than a film titled ‘Hit and Run’ has any right to be

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ith an off-the-shelf title like “Hit and Run,” I had worked up less than a white-hot enthusiasm to see this movie, but it’s a lot more fun than the title suggests. How many chase comedies have you seen where the hero’s sexy girlfriend has a doctorate in nonviolent conflict resolution? Her counseling would have been invaluable to the U.S. marshal (Tom Arnold) in an early scene where he attempts to shoot his own SUV. There’s a lot of funny stuff in the movie, but the most unexpected comes from Arnold, who has been uneven, to say the least, in his movies. His marshal, named Randy, works with the federal witness protection program and is assigned to protect a likable guy named,

yes, Charlie Bronson (Dax Shepard). We meet Charlie in the arms of his sweet girlfriend, Annie (KrisRoger ten Bell); Ebert they live in a bucolic Northern California town, where she teaches in a local college. She has no idea he’s a witness who needs protecting. Good news brings trouble. Annie gets an interview to start the nation’s first nonviolent conflict resolution program in a prestigious Los Angeles university. L.A. is, alas, the last place Charlie wants to go, and the very place where he most needs protection. Annie’s boss

(Kristin Chenoweth) orders her to go for the interview because she’s too good for her current job. Charlie’s love overcomes his fears, and he determines to drive her to L.A. himself, no matter the risk. This introduces his slabsided 1967 Lincoln Continental with a customized 700hp engine. This classic car is necessary for the same reason all classic cars are used in movies: Most contemporary cars look generic. I learn that Dax Shepard is a car fan and used mostly his own cars in the movie, which is a brave gesture in the name of art because the movie’s vehicles have alarming experiences. Shepard also recruited his real-life girlfriend, Kristen Bell, to share the lead. IMDb reports the movie took just 10 weeks from plot outline

to the martini shot, and most of the actors deferred their salaries. I mention that only because few action comedies are made with this much organization and precision. The plot grows complex, characters shuttle in and out, and everyone seems to be having a good time. I got the sense that it was a happy shoot, as if they knew it was going well; most action movies have characters who seem to be exhausted or victims of tunnel vision. Among the other characters who speed things along are Gil (Michael Rosenbaum), Annie’s intensely jealous former boyfriend, and Gil’s brother Terry (Jess Rowland), a gay cop who joins in a chase I’m not sure he completely understands. Terry has a cellphone app that I suspect is now being

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written into a dozen other movies. It’s called Pouncer, and he explains it with pride to his female partner. If you have it activated, it sends out pings to other nearby gay people, who display as little targets on a map. This app is an excellent reason not to use your iPhone while driving. Dax Shepard (TV’s “Parenthood”) wrote the movie,

co-directed it, starred, did stunt driving, and in general is responsible for it. In the way he gradually reveals his past to Annie, he’s like a kid caught shoplifting. She loves him, she appreciates him for speeding her to L.A., but how many shocking revelations is he going to make? They work convincingly together.


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MOVIES MINI-REVIEWS Compiled from news services. Ratings are one to four stars. “Cosmopolis” — A flawlessly directed film about enigmatic people who speak in morose epigrams about vague universal principles they show no sign of understanding. Robert Pattinson stars as a young billionaire who spends a day in his limo crossing a gridlocked Manhattan to get a haircut, while riots swirl around him, his fortune melts away, and he has not only sex in the car but a prostate exam. You couldn’t pay me to see it again. Drama, R, 109 minutes. HH “Hope Springs” — Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep play a couple whose marriage has frozen into a routine. Every day starts with his nose buried in the newspaper and ends with him asleep in front of the Golf Channel. They haven’t slept in the same room for years. She convinces him over his own dead body to attend a couples therapy session at a Maine clinic run by Steve Carell. The movie contains few surprises, but one of them is Jones’ excellent performance -- vulnerable, touchy and shy. Comedy, PG-13, 100 minutes. HHH “Ice Age: Continental Drift” — Will perhaps be a delight for little kids, judging by their friendly reaction at a Saturday morning sneak preview I attended. Real little kids. I doubt their parents will enjoy it much, especially after shelling out the extra charge for the 3-D tickets. In this fourth outing for the franchise, familiar characters are joined by a few new ones as continental drift breaks up families and the 3-D threatens to give them whiplash as they zoom back and forth and up and down. Animated adventure, PG, 87 minutes. HH “Premium Rush” — A breakneck chase movie about the high-risk daredevils who work as Manhattan bicycle messengers. With a map of the city imprinted in their brains, they hurtle down sidewalks, run red lights, go against traffic, jump obstacles and use bikes without brakes. Joseph-Gordon Levitt stars as a messenger for whom one envelope delivery becomes a matter of life and death. Michael Shannon is the rotten cop who wants the envelope, too. Dania Ramirez and Wole Parks co-star as messengers who’d have gold medals if these were the Olympics. An impressive film that credits about a dozen stunt riders and

AT AREA THEATERS ANACORTES CINEMAS Aug. 24-30 The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG): 12:40, 3:05, 6:10, 8:30 The Bourne Legacy (PG-13): 12:30, 3:15, 6:00, 8:45 The Campaign (R): 12:50, 2:55, 6:20, 8:15 360-293-7000

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STANWOOD CINEMAS Aug. 24-30 Premium Rush (PG-13): 12:55, 3:10, 6:55, 9:10 The Expendables 2 (R): 1:05, 3:20, CASCADE MALL THEATRES 6:35, 8:40 Burlington ParaNorman (PG): 1:25, 3:50, 6:25 For listings and times, call 888-AMC The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG): 4FUN (888-262-4386). 1:15, 3:40, 6:45, 9:00 The Bourne Legacy (PG-13): 12:45, CONCRETE THEATRE Total Recall (PG-13): 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3:30, 6:15, 8:50 The Campaign (R): 8:30 p.m. 24; 5 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25; 4 360-629-0514 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets: $7 general admission, $6 adults over 65 and kids under 12; $1 off all tickets on Sunday. 360-941-0403 BLUE FOX DRIVE-IN Oak Harbor 360-675-5667

is never less than convincing as it shows messengers threading their way through trucks that could flatten them. Action, PG-13, 91 minutes. HHH1⁄2 “Step Up Revolution” — Kathryn McCormick of “So You Think You Can Dance” and newcomer Ryan Guzman co-star in the story of a new girl in Miami Beach who gets involved in his professional-grade flash mob just when her evil dad (Peter Gallagher) wants to tear down all their beloved hangouts and erect a huge development. Lots of good dancing and choreography. The plot is moronic. (Dance, PG-13, 97 minutes. HH “Ted” — The funniest movie character so far this year is a stuffed teddy bear. And the best comedy screenplay so far is “Ted,” the saga of the bear’s friendship with a 35-year-old man-child. Mark Wahlberg stars as the teddy’s best friend, Mila Kunis is his long-suffering girlfriend, and director Seth McFarlane (“Family Guy”) does Ted’s potty-mouthed Beantown accent. The movie doesn’t run out of steam. McFarlane seems unwilling to stop after the first payoff of a scene and keeps embellishing. (Definitely not for kids.) Comedy, R, 106 minutes. HHH1⁄2 “The Amazing Spider-Man” — The Spider-Man franchise is back for a reboot only 10 years after its first picture and five years after the most recent

one. This is a more thoughtful and carefully written remake of the 2002 original with more attention to the origin story of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have warm chemistry as Spidey and Gwen, and this new-generation Spidey is more impulsive and takes more chances; sometimes he leaps from buildings with no clear plan in mind. Co-starring Rhys Ifans as the city-destroying Lizard, Denis Leary as Gwen’s father the police captain, and Sally Field and Martin Sheen as Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Action, PG-13, 136 minutes. HHH1⁄2 “The Bourne Legacy” — Jeremy Renner plays another secret super agent like Jason Bourne, who realizes he’s been targeted for elimination. To save himself and the experimental medication that gives him great physical and mental power, he travels from Alaska to Manila, fighting off wolves, drone missiles and assassination, while hooking up with Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz), a biochemist who knows all about the medication. The action scenes are gripping in the moment, but go on too long and don’t add up; the dialogue scenes (with Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Scott Glenn), are well-acted; the plot is a murky muddle. Action, PG-13, 135 minutes. HH1⁄2 “The Campaign” — Raucous,

bawdy comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as opponents in a North Carolina

GOP congressional primary. Ferrell is the incumbent, and Galifianakis is a doofus bankrolled by billionaire brothers who want to buy the district and resell it to China. The movie uses their campaign as a showcase of political scandals and dirty tricks that have become familiar in both parties. Comedy, R, 85 minutes. HHH “The Expendables 2” — Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li and Terry Crews reunite for more head-banging exploits. This time, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris join the faded 1980s action-star party, and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis show up for more than just cameos. It’s all good fun and games and recycled catchphrases. Actionadventure, R, 142 minutes. H1⁄2 “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” — A warm and lovely fantasy, the kind of full-bodied family film that’s being pushed aside in favor of franchises and slam-bang confusion. On a picture-postcard farm in the middle of endlessly rolling hills where it is always Indian summer, a lovable boy comes into the life of a childless couple and brings along great joy and wisdom. Jennifer Garner, Joel

Edgerton, young CJ Adams and a rich supporting cast. Written and directed by Peter Hedges (“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”). Accessible for all but the youngest children, and I suspect their parents will enjoy it, too. Comedy fantasy, PG, 104 minutes. HHH1⁄2 “The Watch” — After the mysterious murder of a night security guard at a Costco store, its manager (Ben Stiller) enlists three other men (Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade) in a neighborhood watch organization that discovers an invasion of Earth is being plotted by aliens who are headquartered in the Costco’s basement. Dumb slapstick action, lots of green slime and truly versatile use of potty talk. Comedy, R, 100 minutes. HH “Total Recall” — Colin Farrell stars in a retread of the 1990 sci-fi classic, about a factory worker of the future who has his life pulled out from under him when he discovers none of his memories can be trusted. Well-crafted, high energy, but lacking the emotional tug I felt from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s earlier performance. Sci-fi action, PG-13, 121 minutes. HHH


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OUT & ABOUT ART

road while painting plein air. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 360-766-6230 or www.smithandvallee.com.

PAINTINGS ON DISPLAY: Paula Anderson’s acrylic paintings are featured in a solo exhibition through Sept. 30 at North Cove Coffee, 1130 S. Burlington Blvd., Burlington. Anderson, a lifelong Skagit Valley resident, captures the essence of the valley in her unique artwork. 360-707-2683 or www.north covecoffee.com.

PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS: A show of artwork by Samish Island painter Karn Kenaston continues through Aug. 31 at the Rexville Grocery, 19271 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Most of Kenaston’s watercolors and oil paintings are done in “plein air,” or on-site. 360-466-5522 or www.rexvillegrocery.com.

“WILL ROBINSON, SHAPE, TEXTURE, TOUCH”: The show continues through Aug. 31 at Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Ave. S., Suite 100, Seattle. Robinson revisits earlier styles and techniques in basalt and granite, while venturing forward into wood, metal and glass. For information, including gallery hours, call 206-622-2833 or visit www.fosterwhite. com. DIANE AINSWORTH: OILS: The show continues through Sept. 4 at Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Ainsworth’s impressionistic paintings feature landscapes, floral and nautical styles. Also showing: oils by Jeanne Levasseur, color photographs by Lewis Jones, pastels by Sandy Byers and oils by James Moore, as well as jewelry, glass, sculptures and more by other gallery artists. Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday or by appointment. 360-293-6938 or www.scott milo.com. ANNIVERSARY ART SHOW: Anne Martin McCool Gallery’s 11th anniversary show will continue through Aug. 31 at 711 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 360-293-3577 or www. mccoolart.com. “SHELTER”: The exhibit continues through Sept. 16

PHOTOS ON DISPLAY: The photography of Damian Vines is featured through August in the Lincoln Theatre Art Bar, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. Vines strives to create images that capture the awe-inspiring beauty that surrounds us every day. 360-336-8955 or www. lincolntheatre.org.

‘ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS AND BACK’

A show of new artwork by Lisa Gilley will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, and continue through Sept. 30 at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave., Edison. Gilley, originally from the Skagit Valley, explores her familiar tidelands as well as the warmer palettes of the Palouse, Yakima and Methow valleys. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 360-766-6230 or www.smithandvallee.com. at Anchor Art Space, 216 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. The show brings together visual artists, architects, designers, videographers and photographers to address the physical, spiritual and emotional connections to the walls we build between ourselves and the world, and the ways identity can be formed by these constructs. www.anchorartspace.org. MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES: An exhibition of artworks by

Karin Bolstad and Dan Freeman and continues through Sept. 5 at the Rob Schouten Gallery, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank. Bolstad’s lush paintings are rich in symbolism, created with acrylic paint and embellished with found objects. Freeman’s sculptures combine elements found in nature — wood and stone — with the unexpected textures of glass and steel. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 360-222-3070 or www. robschoutengallery.com.

“WRAPPED IN MEMORIES”: The show of handwoven wraps by India RassnerDonovan and oil paintings by Marcia Van Doren continues through Sept. 4 at Raven Rocks Gallery, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank. Rassner-Donovan’s wraps are created in a broad pallet of rich colors of bamboo, linen, silk cotton and wool fibers. Van Doren’s oils on paper evoke a sense of “having been there,” stirring memories of transitional or cherished times in our lives.

For information, including hours and directions, call 360-222-0102 or visit www. ravenrocksgallery.com. PAUL HAVAS: “MASHCANS”: The show continues through Aug. 26 at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave., Edison. This special exhibition features littleknown work by the late Paul Havas (1941-2012) — a collection of paintings on smashed objects, such as cans or buckets, that he found by the side of the

“AMERICAN QUILTS: THE DEMOCRATIC ART 17802007”: The show continues through Oct. 28 at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St., Bellingham. Organized especially for the museum, and based on Robert Shaw’s 2009 book “American Quilts: The Democratic Art 1780-2007,” the exhibition offers an array of 30 quilt masterpieces spanning the entire history of American quiltmaking, from its European origins to the present day. The show includes prime examples from a variety of regional quiltmaking traditions, as well as outstanding works by Amish, Hawaiian, African-American and Native American quiltmakers. Museum hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. $10, $8 student/ senior/military, $4.50 children ages 5 and younger, free for museum members. 360-778-8933 or www. whatcommuseum.org.


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OUT & ABOUT BELLINGHAM ARTS MARKET: The Port of Bellingham and Allied Arts of Whatcom County present the Bellwether Arts Market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Tom Glenn Common on Bellwether Way on the Bellingham waterfront. The market will feature more than 30 artists’ booths, vendors and live entertainment. Enjoy face painting and interactive arts activities for youths, as well as stunning views of the San Juan Islands, Bellingham Bay and the Cascade Mountains. For information, contact Allied Arts of Whatcom County at 360-676-8548 or visit www.alliedarts.org.

or visit www.whidbeywork ingartists.com.

ters Spokane Chapter on display Sept. 1-Oct. 14 in shops around La Conner. The Quilt Walk is presented in conjunction with the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum’s annual Quilt Festival, set for Oct. 5-7, at Maple Hall, the La Conner Civic Garden Club and the Museum. 360-466-4288 or www.laconnerquilts.com.

sculptures, aerial dance, underground rituals and more. Overnight camping is encouraged. Bring every“THE ETHEREAL OF thing needed to float the SKAGIT VALLEY”: A show river, have a cookout (grills of new paintings by Jay and coals provided) and Bowen will open with a sleep comfortably under reception from 5 to 9 p.m. the stars. Light refreshSaturday, Aug. 25, at Jay’s ments will be available for Gallery, 105 S. Whatcom purchase. $40, $20 bike St., La Conner. Artworks ticket, free for ages 11 and by Ed Kamuda, Tom younger accompanied by Pickett, Roger Small, Eve ROAMING ARTISTS ART an adult. Tickets available McCauley and Dan Soler SHOW: Sylvia Domoto will at the gate or online at will also be on display. be the featured artist at www.strangertickets.com. 360-630-1433 or www. this year’s show, set for 10 jaybowengallery.com. a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and OAK HARBOR MUSIC & JAZZ FESTIVAL: Bring the STANWOOD ARTWALK: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1-2, at the Camano family for musical fun from “YOUR PASSPORT TO Multipurpose Center, 141 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, ART”: Stanwood’s third E. Camano Drive, Camano 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturannual artwalk, will take Island. Check out original day, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friartworks by the 27 Roam- Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, on day, Aug. 31, in downtown ing Artists who work “plein Pioneer Way in downtown Stanwood. Participating Oak Harbor. Enjoy soft restaurants and businesses air” at various outdoor PAPER COLLAGES: locations around Stanwood rock, jazz, gospel, R&B, will showcase the work Check out the threeand Camano Island. Raffle, folk, karaoke, vendors, food dimensional paper collages of local artists during the and more at this combinaevent. Meet the artists and refreshments. Free admisof Ans Schot, on display tion street fair and music enjoy music, appetizers, art sion. 360-387-4868. through Aug. 31 in the fest. Free admission. www. Evolution Room Art Gal- and prizes. Free. 360-629PHOTOS AND SCULPoakharbormusicfestival. 0562. lery at the Conway Muse, TURE: A show showcasing com. 18444 Spruce St., Conway. photos by featured artist NEW STANWOOD GALBased on a craft started Craig Sullivan and sculpLERY: A Guilded Gallery, in the late 17th/early 18th FILM tures by guest artist Travis the Stanwood Camano century in Venice and FAIRHAVEN OUTDOOR Gerard Kuehn will open Arts Guild’s new coopFrance, Schot’s collages CINEMA: The 13th annual with a reception from 5 to erative gallery, will host a offer a different perspecFairhaven Outdoor Cingrand-opening celebration 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, and ema will wrap up Saturday, tive on the creative use of continue through Sept. 30 a print. Artworks by Char- from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, with a shadowat Whidbey Art Gallery, Aug. 31, at 8700 271st St. lotte Decker are also on boxing performance at NW, Stanwood. The gallery 220 Second St., Langley. display. For information, 7 p.m. followed by “The Gallery hours are 10 a.m. including gallery hours and features the work of more Princess Bride” at dusk, to 5 p.m. daily. 360-221than 40 local artists and directions, call 360-445at the Village Green in 7675 or www.whidbey artisans, including metal 3000 or visit www.conway Bellingham’s Fairhaven and wood sculptures, paint- artists.com. muse.com. District. Admission is $5. ings in a variety of media, Popcorn and snacks availjewelry, art glass and more. FESTIVALS ART STUDIO TOUR: able for purchase. Bring The gallery also plays host Whidbey Working Artists FARM TIME ARTS your own blanket or lowto a number of art classes, will present the “ThreeFESTIVAL: The sixth backed lawn chair for seatincluding life drawing, Day Summer Art Studio quasi-annual Lo-Fi Arts ing. Rain or shine. www. painting, silversmithing and Festival, “Farm Time 2012,” FairhavenOutdoorCinema. Tour” from 10 a.m. to other arts and crafts tech5 p.m. Friday through will take place from noon com. niques. Gallery hours are Sunday, Aug. 24-26, at Saturday to noon Sun10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday 18 artists’ studios from day, Aug. 25-26, at Smoke MOVIES IN THE PARKS: Greenbank to Oak Harbor. through Saturday. 425-629- Farm, 12731 Smokes Road, Mount Vernon Parks & 2787 or www.stanwood The self-guided tour will Arlington. The 24-hour Recreation will present event will bring together free movies this summer include a wide range of art- camanoarts.com. more than 75 exhibiting in parks around Mount works by two dozen artists, LA CONNER QUILT artists and performers to Vernon. Movies begin many of them demonstratWALK: Check out a variety present everything from at dusk. Festival seating. ing their work. Pick up a of hand-crafted quilts from life-sized bird nests to Limited vendors on-site. map at visitor centers and No pets. For information, galleries around the island the Washington State Quil- larger-than-life fairy tale

call 360-336-6215 or email mvparks@mountvernonwa. gov. Next up: Friday, Aug. 24: “The Lorax,” Hillcrest Park, 1717 S. 13th St.

LECTURES AND TALKS FILM SCREENING — “THE FAMILY MEAL”: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. Presented in conjunction with the Mayor’s Wellness Challenge, the short documentary film will be followed by guest speaker Marilyn McKenna, who will talk about her personal journey through weight loss and her upcoming book. Free. 360-336-6211 or www.ci.mount-vernon. wa.us.

MUSIC ALL-AGES OPEN MIC: 7 p.m. Thursdays at The Soup Bowl at Common Ground, 351 Pease Road, Burlington. Sign-ups begin at 6 p.m. Free. For information, contact Tobie Ann at 425870-6784. SLOW FOOD ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL: Enjoy music, sustainable living info, food, drink and more from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26, at the Stanwood Camano Community Fairgrounds, 6431 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood. The weekend musical lineup includes Chuck Prophet, The Iguanas, Duffy Bishop, Knut Bell, Stilly River Band and many others. Check out arts and crafts, local vendors, wholesome food, beer and wine garden, sustainable living presentations, films and more. Two-day pass: $40. One-day: $25, $22 ages 65 and older, $15 ages 13 to 17, free for ages 12 and

younger. A limited number of local discount one-day passes are available for $20 (while they last) through Friday, Aug. 24, at Snow Goose Bookstore, Coastal Community Bank and the Port Susan Farmers Market in Stanwood. www.slow rootsfestival.com.

MORE FUN POD NODS: Kids ages 6 to 10 can enjoy marine art projects, science labs, music, games and more during a pajama party sleepover starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor. The event will include a flashlight tour of the Exhibit Hall, bedtime snack and light breakfast. Pickup time is 8:30 a.m. $39-$49. Some scholarships available. Preregistration required: 360-378-4710, ext. 23, or email cindy@ whalemuseum.org. MUSIC, WINE & MORE: Enjoy live music, wine and cheese tasting and more from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Rexville Grocery, 19271 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $3. 360-4665522 or www.rexville grocery.com. DINNER AND A MOVIE: Join Transition Fidalgo & Friends for its monthly Seventh Generation Supper at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St., Anacortes. Enjoy a catered soup supper, a special showing of the film “In Transition” and learn how you can help with the challenges of a changing climate, depleting energy supplies and economic upheaval. Suggested donation: $5 adult, $3 ages 10 and younger. Bring your own place setting and utensils. 360-293-4048 or www. transitionfidalgo.org.


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