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It’s time to celebrate Cascade Days in Concrete

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NEW ON DVD THIS WEEK “THE HUSTLE”: The biggest con in the new comedy “The Hustle” is the ball of comedy fire Rebel Wilson and the versatile Anne Hathaway have come together to make a movie that is going to be entertaining. That’s criminally not the case. What they have dropped is an insulting re-imagining of the clever 1988 feature “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” built on uninspired writing and predictable plot twists. The only way a movie built around con artists works is if the writing is so intelligent that at least one major twist will get a gasp from the audience. Check out “Ocean’s 8” for a great example. Sadly, the big twist from director Chris Addison is so obvious, the only way it could have been more transparent would have been to buy a major billboard outside every movie complex with the twist printed in massive letters. It only takes a few minutes to realize “The Hustle” has little going for it other than Wilson and Hathaway. “ARROW: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON”: The series is based on the DC Comics character, but it’s anything but a comic book-inspired TV show. The core of “Arrow” has always been family drama, which gets ramped up even more with this season as Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) faces a relative problem. The season picks up with Queen’s decision to turn himself over to the FBI and reveal his identity as the Green Arrow to the public. For five months, his team is left behind to protect Star City. Once Queen gets out of prison, the series gains real steam, including a glimpse into the future. There is plenty of action for those who like productions based on comic books, but




Anne Hathaway (left) and Rebel Wilson star in “The Hustle.”

“Arrow” is so much more. ALSO NEW ON DVD AND BLU-RAY AUG. 20 “PERCEPTION”: Wes Ramsey stars in this tale of a real estate developer whose life is changed by a psychic reading. “THE HARDER THEY COME”: Young Jamaican man who wants to be a singer gets involved with corrupt record producers and drug pushers. Originally released in 1972. “ANIARA”: Spaceship helping save the human race gets knocked off course. “THE ASSAULT”: Two women must flee after their plans for revenge go wrong. Tom Sizemore stars. “THE BRINK”: Manhunt is on when a police inspector embarks on a mission to crack down on a gold-smuggling scheme. “A DOG’S JOURNEY”: Dog remains loyal despite going through multiple lives. Dennis Quaid stars. “S.W.A.T. SEASON 2”: Shemar Moore stars in this

CBS series that follows an elite tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. “AMERICAN GODS: SEASON TWO”: Epic fantasy battle between gods continues. “BLUE BLOODS: THE NINTH SEASON”: Tom Selleck series about a family who has a deep connection to law enforcement. “BROOKLYN NINENINE: SEASON SIX”: Andy Samberg stars in this network comedy set in a police station. “NCIS: NEW ORLEANS: THE FIFTH SEASON”: Scott Bakula headlines this series about a group of naval investigators working in the Big Easy. “THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 9”: This season of the cable series follows Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) to his exit from the world of zombies and death. “THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR”: Love story that looks at whether our lives are determined by fate or the random events of the universe.

NEW ON DIGITAL HD AUG. 20 “MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL”: Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson play members of the organization that monitors alien situations. Will be available on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 3. “BOOKSMART”: Best friends and academic overachievers (Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein) realize they’ve missed out on pretty much all fun during high school. Look for it on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 3. “MA”: What looks to be a dream situation for a teen becomes a nightmare. Octavia Spencer stars. Will be on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 3. “HEAD FULL OF HONEY”: Charming senior can no longer hide his battle with Alzheimer’s. Nick Nolte stars. “AMBITION”: A driven musician begins to worry when competitors begin to die bizarre deaths. – Rick Bentley, Tribune News Service

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The Chris Eger Band and Cory Vincent Group photos by Craig Parrish / Skagit Valley Herald

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An effort to help a friend with cancer has grown into one of Skagit County’s most memorable events, and this year, it’ll celebrate its 10th anniversary. Skagit Woodstock, an annual cancer fundraiser, will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon. There’ll be a classic car show, food and craft

vendors and a beer garden by Farmstrong Brewing Company. At the center of the day: a music lineup of all-ages performers including Mama Dirty Skirt, Whiskey Fever, Cory Vincent Group and the Chris Eger Band. Cory Vincent is a “grunge blues” singer-songwriter originally from Sedro-Woolley; Chris Eger plays guitar and sings in a band he’s fronted for close to a decade. Mama Dirty Skirt is a Mount Vernon-based band


The Chris Eger Band

MORE ONLINE More information about Skagit Woodstock, including a schedule of events, is available at the event’s Facebook page at events/520764765121047.

focused on hits from the late 1960s and ’70s, and Whiskey Fever is a hard-driving rock-androll band that’s been a Pacific Northwest favorite for years. Reed Harlow, co-founder of the event with Dave Clark, said it began when he and others helped raise money for a bowling buddy who was fighting cancer.

The effort grew into an event, he said, and the event has grown too. “It’s gotten bigger and bigger and bigger,” he said. Harlow said he didn’t go to the original Woodstock in 1969. “I knew all about it, but I never did go,” he said. But Skagit County’s deep bench of talent-

ed bands made a music-themed event a great fit, he said. “The local bands draw a huge number of fans,” he said, adding that the bands’ social media presence has helped stir up even more interest in the event, which he estimates has drawn between 8,000 and 10,000 fans in recent years. Another number is important too, he said: the $100,000 the event has raised for those fighting cancer. The 501©(3)’s proceeds stay local, Harlow

said. It’s divided between funds for patients at Island Hospital in Anacortes and Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon. The money helps the patients pay for expenses such as travel to and from treatment. Admission to the event is $10 for adults. Ages 12 and under are admitted free. — Reporter Trevor Pyle: 360-416-2156, tpyle@skagitpublishing. com, Twitter: @Sports_ SVH, bytrevorpyle

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SHIFTING TIDES: The Studio Art Quilt Association presents “Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth,” focusing on the current state of the Pacific Ocean ecosystem, through September at the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St., La Conner. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Other exhibits include “Works of Our Hands,” about textiles, and “Remembering Kitty: Quilts by Kitty Pippen.” SMALL IS GOOD: Over 25 local artists have created small or miniature paintings that are on display during August at The Good Stuff Gallery, 604 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. ART AT THE ROOM: Friends of the Anacortes Library Art Committee presents a three-month exhibit of artwork by local artists in the Friends Community meeting room at the library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes. Public viewing hours are 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, and 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. All artwork is for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Library. MARIE POWELL: Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, is featuring new mixed media mono prints on canvas by Marie Powell until Sept. 3. KRIS EKSTRAND AND MARCEIL DELACY: Paintings by Kris Ekstrand and carved sculptured by Marceil DeLacy are being fea-

tured in August at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave., Edison.

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FRESH PAINT: Purchase art fresh off the easel during the Schack’s summer art festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18, at the Port of Everett South Marina, 1728 Weste Marine Drive, Everett. Free admission, parking $2.

By Skagit Valley Herald staff

POTTERY ANNIVERSARY: Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave., Bellingham, will celebrate 50 years in business with a party from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. ILLUMINATIONS: The work of Catherine Eaton Skinner is being featured throughout August at WaterWorks Gallery, 315 Argyle Ave., Friday Harbor. SKAGIT ARTISTS’ EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATION: The Hadrian Stone Design and Art Gallery team will discuss beautiful and functional art created from glass fiber, reinforced concrete at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 10441 Bayview Edison Road, Mount Vernon. Free. WOODPALOOZA: The Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild will presents the “Art + Wood = Woodpalooza” exhibition from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., Langley.



CONCRETE — Looking for summer fun this weekend? Time to cement those plans in Concrete. Cascade Days is a community celebration featuring a full slot of activities and events spread over Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18, in downtown Concrete. The fun starts at 9 a.m. Saturday with chain saw carving, and the parade marched through town at 11 a.m. From noon to 4 p.m. kids can try their hands at fishing in the trout pond. And there’s also a car show. At 4 p.m. the duck race begins, with ducks available for $5. On Sunday the fun picks back up with more chain saw carving in the CONCERT SERIES: 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, Seafarer’s Memorial Park, 601 Seafarer’s Way, Anacortes. n Aug. 16: Folsom Prism. n Aug. 23: Polecat. n Aug. 30: Joe Blue and the Roofshakers. RIVERWALK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Riverwalk in downtown Mount Vernon. Free admission. 360-428-8547 or n Aug. 15: Fantasy Band. n Aug. 22: Miller Campbell Band. n Aug. 29: Chris Eger Band with the Powerhouse Horns. FARMTUNES: 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays at Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. Free. n Aug. 16: W Lovers. n Aug. 23: Weatherside Whiskey Band. n Aug. 30: The Lowest Pair. n Sept. 6: Handsome


morning. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be karaoke set up in Veteran’s Memorial Park. Next up is the pet parade at noon, followed by a pie and watermelon eating contest at 1 p.m. Then comes the jam contest at 2:30 p.m. and the weekend of events closes out with Button Prizes awarded in the park.

and Gretyl & Moody Bear. n Sept. 13: Pickled Okra. HEART OF ANACORTES SUMMER CONCERTS: 6 to 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted, at the Heart of Anacortes, Fourth Street and O Avenue, Anacortes. 360-293-3515, n Aug. 17, 5 p.m.: Anacortes Music Project Presents — Pearl Tottenham, Greenhouse Baseman, Ristfut, Nathan Reed, New Uniform. n Aug. 24, 5 p.m.: REFA Benefit & Silent Auction with Janie Cribbs and the T.Rust Band. n Aug. 31: The Atlantics. n Sept. 8, 2 p.m.: Dmitri Matheny Group. LA CONNER LIVE: The La Conner Live 2019 Sunday concert series features local and regional bands from 1 to 4 p.m. at Gilkey Square, Morris Avenue and First Street,

downtown La Conner. Free. n Aug. 18: Baby Cakes. n Aug. 25: The Naughty Blokes. MUSIC AT THE MARINA: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Port Gardner Landing, 1700 Marina View Drive, Everett. Free. n Aug. 15: Mark DuFresne Band. n Aug. 22: LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends. n Aug. 29: Clinton Fearon. FRIDAY NIGHT RHYTHMS: 5:30 to 8 p.m., Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham. n Aug. 16: Latin Tinge. n Aug. 23: Adrian Clarke Band. n Aug. 30: Thomas Harris Quartet. ELIZABETH PARK CONCERTS: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 1000 Walnut St., Bellingham. Free. n Aug. 15: Whitewing with the Soul Shaker Horns.

n Aug. 22: Heroes. OAK HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL: Two stages will host more than 30 bands over Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, at the Oak Harbor Music Festival, SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor. Beer garden and activities. Free. BURLINGTON SUMMER NIGHTS CONCERT SERIES: The Lazy Acres will play from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Burlington Visitor Center Downtown Amphitheater, 520 E. Fairhaven Ave. Free. 360-755-9649. EAGLE HAVEN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Whiskey Fever will play from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley. $12-$15. AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC SERIES: 7 to 8 p.m. Saturdays, West Beach Amphitheater, Deception Pass State Park. folkarts. n Aug. 17: The Juan Manuel Barco Conjunto — Tejano and conjunto music. n Aug. 24: Lisa Ornstein and Dan Compton — Quebecois and Acadian music. INTERNATIONAL CONCERTS ON THE BORDER: 2 to 3 p.m. Sundays, Peach Arch State Park, Blaine. n Aug. 18: Juan Manuel Barco Conjunto —TexMex, Conjunto, Tejano music. n Aug. 25: Radost Folk Ensemble & Dunava — Eastern European folk dance and a cappella music.

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OUT AND ABOUT WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME MUSIC: Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden, hosts free, live music performances from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays in August. WOODSTOCK ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE: Relive the events and music of 1969’s Woodstock, featuring historic media and live music performances, at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at The Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St., Conway. Free, donations accepted. Event benefits the Melodic Caring Project. SKAGIT WOODSTOCK: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millett Road, Mount Vernon. Fundraiser will feature a classic car show and music from the Chris Eger Band, Cory Vincent Group, Whiskey Fever and Mama Dirty Skirt. events/520764765121047. JUNIOR CADILLAC: Seattle cover band Junior Cadillac will play the hits from every decade since the ‘50s from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Camano Island Yacht Club, 129 N. Sunset Drive, Camano. $40. Bring a lawn chair. HARMONICA POCKET: Children’s musician Harmonica Pocket will play a free show at noon Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Skagit Riverwalk Park in downtown Mount Vernon. SUMMER SYMPHONY: The Bellingham Symphony will present a baroque performance at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $10-$33. bell- THE SKY COLONY ALBUM RELEASE PARTY: Celebrate the release of the new album from The Sky Colony and the end of the Sound + Hearing Campaign at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. Free. BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: The North Cascades Bluegrass Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, at the Deming Logging Show Grounds, 3295 Cedarville Road, Bellingham. Camping is available starting Thursday, Aug. 29, with a musical instrument swap and open mic on Friday, Aug. 30, and the festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $25-$50.


RYAN STILES AND FRIENDS: Ryan Stiles, star of “Whose Line is it Anyway?”, will celebrate the Upfront Theatre’s 15th anniversary with two shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16-17, at the theatre, 1208 Bay St., Bellingham. ”WAITER! ... THERE’S AN ICELANDER IN MY SOUP”: A team of seven actors from Iceland cause mayhem at the Muse at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Aug. 18-19, at the Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St., Conway. Fundraiser for Theater Artists for Social Action. $20.


AN ISSUE BRIEFING ON HOMELESSNESS: Skagit, Island, San Juan School Retiree’s and

League of Women Voters of Skagit County will co-sponsor “An Issue Briefing on Homelessness: The Impact on our Children and on our Schools” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at Skagit PUD, 1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon. BUTTERFLIES IN YOUR GARDEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island. Free. THE MOON AND THE SPACE RACE: Astronomer Bob Scott will speak on a wide range of topics about the moon and the space race at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Upper Skagit Library, 45952 Main St., Concrete. THE POETIC APOTHECARY: Poet and performer Judith Adams will explore poetry’s restorative powers by reciting and exploring poems that help us understand grief, fear, sadness, loss and more, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Upper Skagit Library, 45952 Main St., Concrete. PROTECTING SOUTHERN RESIDENT KILLER WHALE FORAGING AREAS: Frances C Robertson and Jason Wood will discuss efforts to preserve foraging areas in the San Juan Island and craft sustainable solutions at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Whale Museum, 62 First St., Friday Harbor.


FAIRHAVEN OUTDOOR CINEMA: The Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema brings live entertainment and big-screen movies to the Village Green, 1207 10th St.,

The art of Cynthia Richardson and more By Skagit Valley Herald staff

ANACORTES — The work of local artist Cynthia Richardson is being featured during August at The Good Stuff Arts, 604 N. Commercial Ave. The collection is an homage to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, focusing on the trees and waterways. By surrounding herself in the natural world, Richardson invites viewers into that world with the scenes created in her acrylic paintings. She uses light and color to produce impressionistic realism in each piece. The theme for the gallery is “Miniatures — Small is GOOD!” Bellingham. Tickets are $5 each, kids 5 and under are free. Showings are on Saturday evenings at

“Forest Icon” by Cynthia Richardson

and features over 25 regional artists who have created unique original paintings.

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Brian Ernst and “Grease.” n Aug. 24: Music by Psychedelic Cowboys and “The Princess Bride.”

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OUT AND ABOUT MARVELOUS MOVIES AT MAIBEN PARK: 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Maiben Park, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington. n Aug. 21: “Black Panther” (edited). n Aug. 28: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” THURSDAY DANCING: Dance to The Skippers or Good Vibrations from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Mount Vernon Elks Lodge, 2120 Market St., Mount Vernon. Public welcome. Information: Kenneth Mossman, 360-336-3682. TEE GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Anacortes Kiwanis Sunrisers will host their fourth annual Tee Golf Tournament at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Swinomish Golf Links, 12518 Christianson Road, Anacortes. $100 per person, guests can attend the post-tournament festivities for $20. Register: 360-428-5972 or CASA DOG WASH: Bring your dog to the CASA Dog Wash for a bath and/or have nails clipped from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 SE Camano Drive, Camano. $8-$12, each dog receives a free bandana. KIDS IN NATURE: Bring the kids outside for a time of play, discovery and exploration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Pomona Grange Park, 5585 Old Highway 99,

Burlington. Preregister by Aug. 14: 360-4284313, ext. 1018, or TOUCH A TRUCK: Children of all ages can explore the vehicles that make the community function from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave., Burlington. Free, library card not required. SAN JUAN COUNTY FAIR: Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 14-17, 846 Argyle Ave., Friday Harbor. sjcfair. org. LA CONNER ROTARY HARVESTING HOPE AUCTION: A multicourse dinner and auction to honor Janna Gage, a fourth-generation Skagitonian and literacy advocate, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Maple Hall, 103 Commercial, La Conner. $90. SOCRATES CAFE: Join a moderated philosophical conversation at the Socrates Cafe from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes. The topic is “Is abortion moral?” FIBER DAY AT BOW FARMERS MARKET: The ninth annual gathering of fiber folks (spinning, knitting, weaving, crochet, felting, sewing, etc.) at the Bow Farmers Market will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at 15115 Bow Hill

Icelandic mayhem at the Muse

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CONWAY — The Conway Muse is preparing for mayhem ... Icelandic mayhem, no less. “Waiter! ... There’s an Icelander in my Soup!” is an interactive comedy show that will play at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Muse, 18444 Spruce St. The show, featuring a team of actors from Iceland, is a fundraiser for Theater Artists for Social Action. Tickets are $20. Mmore information can be found at Road, Bow. WINE TASTING: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, Fireweed Terrace, 4800 Eaglemont Drive, Mount Vernon. $20 individual, $35 couples. ”TWISP: THE POWER OF COMMUNITY”: The 40-minute documentary “Twisp: The Power of Community” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the FireHouse Arts and Events Center, 1314 Harris Ave., Bellingham. Director Leslee Goodman will answer questions about the film. $10 adults, $5 kids. FOOD TRUCK FES-

TIVAL: The Everett Food Truck Festival and Yum Run 5k will be held all day Saturday, Aug. 24, at Wetmore Plaza in downtown Everett. Festival is free, the run is $29. everettfoodtruckfestival. com. FIDALGO BAY DAY: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Fidalgo Bay Resort, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Road, Anacortes. There will be seafood, games and learning activities for all ages. Free. FERNDALE STREET FESTIVAL: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in downtown Ferndale.

Live music, food and dancing. WHIDBEY ISLAND STUDIO ART TOUR: Take a free, guided tour of six artists’ studios in Coupeville, Freeland and Langely on Island Transit’s regularly scheduled bus on Saturday, Aug. 24. RSVP: 360-678-9536 or ANACORTES OPEN STREET: Enjoy downtown Anacortes auto-free and open to all who wish to bike, walk, skate or scoot around, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. There will be a classic bicycle show, shopping, vendors, exhibits and demonstrations. Free. MAKER AND GROWER MARKET: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, Stevens Homestead, 30709 68th Ave. NW, Stanwood. CAR AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW: The 10th annual Stanwood Community and Senior Center Car and Motorcycle show will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the center, 7430 276th St. NW, Stanwood. Registration $15-$20, free for spectators. Hot dog lunch. ALGER COMMUNITY FUN’RAISER: The annual event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane, Burlington. Music, games, beer and more. Proceeds used for maintenance on the hall and special projects.


ED BEREAL: The exhibit “Wanted: Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace” featuring six decades of work from the Bellingham-based artist will open Sept. 7 at the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building, 250 Flora St., Bellingham. A curator’s tour will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. ENCAUSTIC PAINTINGS: Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, will feature encaustic paintings by Orcas Island artist Marilee Holm from Sept. 6-Oct. 1. An artist’s reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. GEORGE WINSTON: Renowned pianist George Winston, who has played for 40 years and sold 15 million albums, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $30-$40. or 360-4167727. AT EAGLE HAVEN: Trish Hatley will play at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley. $12-$15. LE VENT DU NORD: Award-winning band Le Vent du Nord, a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement, will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave., Mount Vernon. $20-$25. or 360-416-4934.

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OUT AND ABOUT SKOOKUM ROCKS THE FARM: Folk/pop artist Marc Sciblia will play a benefit concert for Skookum Kids at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden. $45.

DNA PAINTER: Learn about a free tool that helps explain how DNA matches are related at the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave., Burlington.

”BROADWAY BOUND”: The tale centering on two brothers trying to break into the comedy writing scene in the 1940s will show Sept. 6-22 at Whidbey Playhouse, 730 S.E. Midhway Blvd., Oak Harbor. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. $16-18. whidbeyplayhouse. com or 360-679-2237.

TRAVELOGUE: NAMBIA: Lawrence Wong will share stories, photos and videos from his 23-day guided trip to Nambia and Victoria Falls at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St., Bellingham. $5 suggested donation.

ARE SALMON DOOMED?: Climatologist Nick Bond will speak on the state of salmon at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Central Skagit Library, 802 Ball St., Sedro-Woolley. Free. WASHINGTON’S UNDISCOVERED FEMINISTS: In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s sufferage, writer Mayumi Tsutakawa will talk about five unsung Pacific Northwest women hailing from arts and journalism, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S. First St., La Conner. Free. BURLINGTON’S BOUNTY: OUR FARMING HERITAGE: Steve Sakuma and Lyle Wesen will speak at the opening of the historic exhibit “Burlington’s Bounty: Our Farming Heritage” from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Burlington Visitors Information Center, 520 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington. The exhibit will run for six months.

”AM I CRAZY?”: Human trafficking survivor Mary Knight will present her 55-minute personal documentary “Am I Crazy? My Journey to Determine if My Memories Are True” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at New View Church, 808 272nd NW, Stanwood. AUDUBON AT THE MUSEUM: Join experts from the North Cascade Audubon Society in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds to learn about migration, conservation, birds in peril and the importance of studying birds, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St., Bellingham. Included with museum admission ($5-$10). WHATCOM FARM TOUR WEEKEND: Get the full farm-to-table experience and visit local farms during the Whatcom County Farm Tour Weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8. Guests can visit 13 farms, each with educational activities and food to offer. Tour is

Faith Coalition’s outreach to assist children and families experiencing homelessness. event/Bedrace2019.

50 years of the Camano Island Yacht Club

HISTORIC PICKETT HOUSE MUSEUM: Tour the historic home of Captain Pickett, built in 1856, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at 910 Bancroft St., Bellingham. Free admission, donations accepted.

Jr. Cadillac

By Skagit Valley Herald staff

CAMANO ISLAND — The Camano Island Yacht Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a day of fun open to the entire community. The celebration starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the club, 129 N. Sunset Drive, and keeps going until 7 p.m. While there will be plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained, the big event is Seattle cover band Jr. Cadillac rocking hits from the 1950s and upward. $40, includes barbecue. Beer and wine available for purchase. self-guided and free, but $12 Farm Tour VIP badges are available to support the tour and get special offers on products. eatlocalfirst. org. Special events: n Camber Natural Wine Tasting and Bites: 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Camber, 221 W. Holly St., Bellingham. $28. n Aslan Farm-Infused Beer Tasting: 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Aslan Depot, 1322 N. State St., Bellingham. $16. n Cosmos Bistro Farm Tour Brunch: 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Cosmos Bistro, 1151 N. State St., Bellingham. $21. SKAGIT RIVER SALMON FEST: Enjoy a day filled with music, food, activities, beer and the return of the salmon to

Skagit River from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Edgewater park, 600 Behrens-Millet Road, Mount Vernon. $5, kids under 18 free. MILITARY APPRECIATION PICNIC: Enjoy free food and drinks, live music and family activities at the Military Appreciation Picnic from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, next to the Oak Harbor Chamber, 32630 Highway 20, Oak Harbor. FAMILY PROMISE BED RACE: The second annual event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Civic Field parking lot, 1255 Civic Field Way, Bellingham. The race benefits Inter-

FAMILY PALOOZA: Bright Beginnings Family Palooza is for expectant parents and families with infants and toddlers. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 W. Taylor St., Mount Vernon. Informational booths, games and prizes. Free. FARMTOBERFEST: Celebrate the fourth birthday of Farmstrong Brewing from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the brewery, 110 Stewart Road, Mount Vernon. There will be two special beer releases, live music, games, limited edition steins and cake. Free.

MUSEUM DAY LIVE: In the spirit of the Smithsonian museuems, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by “Smithsonian” magazine in which participating museums across the country open their door to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket for free. Free Museum Day Live! tickets are downloadable at museumday. Participating museums: n Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. Fourth St., La Conner. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. n Bellingham Railway Museum, 1320 Commercial St., Bellingham. Noon to 5 p.m. n Whatcom Museum, 250 Flora St., Bellingham. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: Women HAND in Hand will host a women’s conference from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Inspire Church, 805 Township St., Sedro-Woolley. Melissa Maimone is the speaker. $20, lunch included.

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ANACORTES HOME AND BOAT SHOW: Take a self-guided tour of unique homes and boats in the Anacortes community from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Check in at the Croatian Cultural Center, 805 Fifth St., Anacortes. $20 per person.

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ON STAGE in the Skagit Valley and surrounding area August 15 - 24 Thursday.15 THEATER ”TWELFTH NIGHT”: 7 p.m., Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheatre, 19299 Rexville Grange Road, Mount Vernon. $12-$40.

”THE ODYSSEY”: 7:30 p.m., Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St., Bellingham. 360-305-3524 or

Friday.16 THEATER ”A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM”: 7 p.m., Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheatre, 19299 Rexville Grange Road, Mount Vernon. $12-$40.

”THE ODYSSEY”: 7:30 p.m., Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St., Bellingham. 360-305-3524 or

Saturday.17 THEATER ”TWELFTH NIGHT”: 7 p.m., Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheatre, 19299 Rexville Grange Road, Mount Vernon. $12-$40.

”THE ODYSSEY”: 7:30 p.m., Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St., Bellingham. 360-305-3524 or

Thursday.22 ”THE ILIAD”: 7:30 p.m., Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St., Bellingham. 360-305-3524 or


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”TWELFTH NIGHT” 7 p.m., Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheatre, 19299 Rexville Grange Road, Mount Vernon. $12-$40. Pictured: Beth Greatorex (left) as Olivia and Eal Lundquist as Maria.”

COMEDY THE GBU: 7:30 p.m., The Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St., Bellingham. 360-733-8855 or

COMEDY DYNAMIC DUOS: 9 p.m., The Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St., Bellingham. $12. 360733-8855 or


JEFF ROSS, DAVE ATELL: 8 p.m., Pacific Showroom, The Skagit Casino Resort, 5984 Darrk Lane, Bow. 877-2752448 or

”THE ILIAD”: 7:30 p.m., Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St., Bellingham. 360-305-3524 or

Saturday.24 ”THE ILIAD”: 7:30 p.m., Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St., Bellingham. 360-305-3524 or

COMEDY DYNAMIC DUOS: 9 p.m., The Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St., Bellingham. $12. 360733-8855 or

JEFF ROSS, DAVE ATELL: 8 p.m., Pacific Showroom, The Skagit Casino Resort, 5984 Darrk Lane, Bow. 877-2752448 or

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TUNING UP Playing at area venues August 15 - 22 Thursday.15 FANTASY BAND: 6 to 8 p.m, downtown Riverwalk, Mount Vernon. Free. 360-428-8547 or BABY CAKES: 5 p.m., Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham. 360-392-3100 or

PAUL KLEIN: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. 360-445-3000 or JOAN PENNEY WITH JOHN SANDERS AND MICHAEL BARNETT: 5 to 7 p.m., Bertelsen Winery, 20598 Starbird Road, Mount Vernon.

Friday.16 LAZY ACRES: 6 to 8 p.m., Burlington Visitor Center Amphitheater, 520 E. Fairhaven Ave. TONY JACKSON: 8 p.m., Pacific Showroom, The Skagit Casino Resort, 5984 Darrk Lane, Bow. 877-275-2448 or

LATIN TINGE: 5:30 p.m., Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham. 360-392-3100 or WOODSTOCK 50TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. 360-445-3000 or

THE APPLESEED CAST: 8 p.m., The Shakedown, 1212 State St., Bellingham. 360-7701067 or shakedownbellingham. com.

THE JUAN MANUEL BARCO CINJUNTO: 7 p.m., West Beach Amphitheater, Deception Pass State Park.

SHAWN MULLINS: 8 p.m., Firefly Lounge, 1015 N. State St., Bellingham. or TheFireflyBham.

SKAGIT WOODSTOCK: Chris Eger Band, Cory Vincent Group, Whiskey Fever, Mama Dirty Skirt, 1 to 9 p.m., Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens-Millett Road, Mount Vernon. facebook. com/events/520764765121047.

MARK DUFRESNE BAND: 6:30 p.m., Port Gardner Landing, 1700 Marina View Drive, Everett.

WHISKEY FEVER: 7 p.m., Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley. $12-$15. 360-856-6248 or

TONY JACKSON: 8 p.m., Pacific Showroom, The Skagit Casino Resort, 5984 Darrk Lane, Bow. 877-275-2448 or

SAGE ROMNEY: 6 p.m., Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-588-1720 or

SCOTT PEMBERTON WITH SKY COLONY: 6:30 p.m., Guemes Island General Store, 7885 Guemes Island Road, Anacortes. 360-293-4548 or

ANA POPOVIC, CHRIS EGER BAND: 7:30 p.m., Bellingham High School Performing Arts Center, 2020 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham.

MEGS MCLEAN: 9 p.m., Loco Billy’s, 27021 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood. 425-737-5144, 360-629-6500 or


Sunday.18 ANA POPOVIC With Chris Eger Band, 7:30 p.m., Bellingham High School Performing Arts Center, 2020 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham.

DOUBLE DUO MUSEBIRD CAFE WITH RAVEIS KOLE & FREE HARMONY: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. 360-445-3000 or

Saturday.17 PEARL TOTTENHAM, GREENHOUSE BASEMAN, RISTFUT, NATHAN REED, NEW UNIFORM: 5 p.m., Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St., Anacortes. 360-293-3515,

JAZZ FOREST: 7 p.m., SkyMuse Studios, 29127 40th Ave NW, Stanwood. upcoming-events.

GREAT AMERICAN TRAINWRECK: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. 360-445-3000 or

CASCADIA GROOVE: 8:30 p.m., The Old Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Bow. 360-7666266 or



BABY CAKES: 1 to 4 p.m., Gilkey Square, Morris Avenue and First Street, La Conner. Free. TRISH & HANS TRIO: 4:30 p.m., Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham. 360-392-3100 or BOW DIDDLERS: 5:30 p.m., The Old Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Bow. 360-766-6266 or

MILLER CAMPBELL BAND: 6 to 8 p.m, downtown Riverwalk, Mount Vernon. Free. 360-428-8547 or MIDLIFE CRISIS: 5 p.m., Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham. 360-392-3100 or LEROY BELL AND HIS ONLY FRIENDS: 6:30 p.m., Port Gardner Landing, 1700 Marina View Drive, Everett. THE TURBOS: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. 360-445-3000 or

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Y WALK-A-THON: Join a walk/run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, on the Skagit Valley Family YMCA’s indoor track (1901 Hoag Road, Mount Vernon) to support Girls on the Run and STRIDE scholarships. Either make a direct donation, sign up for the walk-a-thon, share the progress on social media using the hashtag #Ywalkathon or recruit others to sponsor the walk. ALZHEIMER’S WALK: The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Riverwalk Plaza, 506 Mount Vernon Terminal Railroad. The two-mile walk is free to attend, but those who donate or raise $100 or more will receive a Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt. CROP HUNGER WALK: Walk to end hunger locally and globally at the CROP Hunger Walk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, starting at Mount Vernon Christian School, 820 W. Blackburn St., Mount Vernon. Walkers can pledge money to support local food banks and global efforts to end hunger. mountvernon. TRAIL WORK: Skagit-Whatcom-Island Trail Maintenance Organization are looking for volunteers to join their trail maintenance work parties on the first and third Saturday of each month until October (Aug. 17, Sept. 7 and 21, Oct. 5 and 19). Meet at 8 a.m. at the Cook Road Park and Ride, 9501 Old Highway 99, Burlington. Information: 360424-0407 or jdmelcher@ MEN’S GARDEN CLUB: The Skagit Men’s Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at WSU Mount Vernon Research Station, 16650 Memorial Highway 536. GENEOLOGY: Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers meetings are held at 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Heller Road Fire Station, 2720 Heller Road, Oak Harbor.


GREETING CARD CONTEST: The Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation is looking for amateur and professional artists to submit a Digital image of original artwork (Christmas theme) to be featured on the foundation’s annual year-end greeting card. The winning artist will receive a $100 honorarium. Submit by Sept. 9:


THE GOOD STUFF ARTS GALLERY: 604 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-755-3152. n Kid’s Drawing Class Series: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Kids ages 8-11. A GUILDED GALLERY: Art classes on a variety of topics are available at A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW, Stanwood. Prices include all classes in a series. TRI DEE ARTS WORKSHOPS: Art classes on a variety of topics are available at Tri Dee Arts, 215 S. First St., Mount Vernon.

Celebrate at Birch Bay Days

at 17873 Highway 536, Mount Vernon. 360-4166556, ext. 5, or STANWOOD CAMANO ARTS GUILD: A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW, Stanwood, offers a variety of art classes and workshops. For information or to register: 360-629-2787 or



By Skagit Valley Herald staff

BIRCH BAY — It’s time to discover what Birch Bay has to offer at Birch Bay Discover Days. The festival spans Friday to Sunday, Aug. 1618. There are plenty of family-friendly activities and events to make sure everyone has a good time including chain saw carving, a crab derby, a parade, kids’ beach Olympics and much more. The fun starts at noon on Friday. The grand parade will march through town at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. In addition to celebrating Birch Bay, the weekend also celebrates the Seattle Seahawks. There will be Seahawks alumni and their families ready to meet and mingle with fans. PACIFIC NORTHWEST QUILT AND FIBER ARTS MUSEUM: Varied exhibits and classes are available to the public at 703 S. Second St., La Conner. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission: $7, $5 students and military, free for members and children ages 11 and under. 360466-4288 or FIBER FRIDAYS: Bring any type of fiber art project, quilting, knitting, embellishing, etc., to work on while visiting with other fiber artists from 9 a.m. to noon every Friday. Free and open to all. GAIL HARKER CENTER: Gail Harker Center

for Creative Arts offers a variety of art classes and workshops for artists of every level at 12636 Chilberg Road, Mount Vernon. Online courses are also available. For information and a complete schedule: 360-466-0110 or PACIFIC NW SCHOOL: Choose from painting, photography, fiber and 3D art workshops taught by professional artists at the Pacific NorthWest Art School, 15 NW Birch St., Coupeville. For information and a complete schedule: 360-678-3396 or pacificnorthwestartschool. com. DAKOTA: Dakota Art Center offers a variety of art classes and workshops

BEGINNING LINE DANCING: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Burlington Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington. $6 drop-in, $25 for five classes. Adults and teens 13 and older. Register: burlingtonwa. gov/recreation or 360-7559649. FOLK DANCING: Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers meet Tuesdays at Bay View Civic Hall, 12615 C St., Bay View. Learn to folk dance to a variety of international music. 7 to 9:30 p.m. First session free, $5 thereafter. No partners needed. Gary or Ginny, 360-766-6866. SCOTTISH DANCING: Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers meet from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Fairhaven Library auditorium (upstairs), 1117 12th St., Bellingham. Wear comfortable clothes and softsoled shoes without heels. $8 per class. For information, call Mary Anderson at 360-933-1779 or visit SCOTTISH HIGHLAND AND IRISH STEP DANCE: The Clan Heather Dancers offer year-round Scottish Highland and Irish step dance classes in Bellingham, Everett and Mount Vernon. THURSDAY DANCING: Dance to The Skippers or Good Vibrations from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Mount Vernon Elks Lodge, 2120 Market St., Mount Vernon. Public welcome. Information: Kenneth Mossman, 360336-3682.


SWEET ADELINES INTERNATIONAL: Harmony Northwest Chorus, a women’s a cappella group singing four-part harmony barbershop style, welcomes all voice parts ages 15 and up. Meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave., Mount Vernon. Contact Carol Ward: 425-232-9171 or contact@ SCOTTISH MUSIC SESSIONS: Musicians from around the valley meet at 3 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave., Mount Vernon. The jam session generally focuses on Scottish music. MUSIC LESSONS: Three professional instructors at the Peterson Conservatory of Music & Arts, 314 S. Section St., Mount Vernon, are offering a variety of classes for music students from youth aged 6-10 ($10) to ages 11 to adult ($40-50). UKULELE FUN & SONG CIRCLE: 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St. Free. Beginners welcome and loaner ukuleles available. Song sheets provided. 206-7904862 or yogaheartspace0@

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HOT TICKETS TRAVIS TRITT, CHARLIE DANIELS BAND: Aug. 15, Tulalip Resort Casino Amphitheatre, Tulalip. 360716-6000 or ticketmaster. com. DANIEL CAESAR: Aug. 17, Showbox Sodo, Seattle. 888-929-7859 or 311, DIRTY HEADS: Aug. 18, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-745-3000 or ZZ TOP: Aug. 21, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or summer-concerts/list. SAMMY HAGAR: Aug. 23, Tulalip Resort Casino Amphitheatre, Tulalip. 360716-6000 or ticketmaster. com. THE BLASTERS: Aug. 23, 25, El Corazon, Seattle. 206-262-0482 or JOSH GROBAN: Aug. 2425, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or REO SPEEDWAGON: Aug. 29, Tulalip Resort Casino Amphitheatre, Tulalip. 360-716-6000 or MACEO PARKER: Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle. 206-4419729 or STEVE MILLER BAND, MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES: Aug. 30-31, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or BLINK 182, LIL WAYNE: Aug. 31, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-745-3000 or DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Gorge Amphitheatre, George. 800-745-3000 or

HEART, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, ELLE KING: Sept. 4, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-7453000 or IRON MAIDEN: Sept. 5, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-745-3000 or BON IVER, SHARON VAN ETTEN: Sept. 6, Gorge Amphitheatre, George. 800-745-3000 or PINK MARTINI: Sept. 6, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or CHRIS ISAAK: Sept. 7, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or TONY BENNETT: Sept. 7, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 360-745-3000 or PATTI LABELLE, POINTER SISTERS: Sept. 8, Tulalip Resort Casino Amphitheatre, Tulalip. 360-716-6000 or DEEP PURPLE: Sept. 11, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 360-745-3000 or GARY CLARK JR.: Sept. 11, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or WARBRINGER, ENFORCER: Sept. 12, El Corazon, Seattle. 206-262-0482 or DIANA KRALL: Sept. 12, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or DIE ANTWOORD: Sept. 12, Paramount Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW: Sept. 13, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or

JOSH GROBAN Aug. 24-25, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or MISFITS, THE DISTILLERS, THE DAMNED, CRO-MAGS: Sept. 14, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-745-3000 or AVRIL LAVIGNE: Sept. 14, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 360-745-3000 or POST MALONE: Sept. 14, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-745-3000 or MARK KNOPFLER: Sept. 14-15, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 360745-3000 or ticketmaster. com. INCUBUS: Sept. 17, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 360-745-3000 or ELTON JOHN: Sept. 1718, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-745-3000 or BRYAN ADAMS: Sept. 18, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or GHOST: Sept. 19, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-7453000 or LARRY CARLTON: Sept. 19-22, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle. 206-441-9729

or ALICE IN CHAINS: Sept. 20, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or EARTH, WIND & FIRE: Sept. 20-21, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425488-1133 or ste-michelle. com/visit-us/summer-concerts/list. BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND: Sept. 21, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-745-3000 or AIR SUPPLY: Sept. 21, Tulalip Resort Casino Orca Ballroom, Tulalip. 360-7166000 or GEORGE WINSTON: Sept. 22, McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon. 360.416.7727, ext. 2, or BREAKING BENJAMIN, CHEVELLE, THREE DAYS GRACE, DOROTHY, DIAMANTE: Sept. 22, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-745-3000 or REVOCATION, VOIVOD, PSYCROPTIC: Sept. 25, El Corazon, Seattle. 206-2620482 or elcorazonseattle. com.

BANKS: Sept. 25, Showbox Sodo, Seattle. 888-9297859 or showboxpresents. com. LANA DEL REY: Oct. 2, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or ”AUSTEN’S PRIDE”: Oct. 4-27, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle. 206-625-1900 or NF: Oct. 5, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or THE ALCHEMY TOUR: Oct. 5, Gorge Amphitheatre, George. 800-745-3000 or LOGIC: Oct. 8, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-7453000 or PETER FRAMPTON: Oct. 9, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 360-745-3000 or JONAS BROTHERS: Oct. 12, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-745-3000 or BRING ME THE HORIZON: May 1, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or BUSH, LIVE: Oct. 16, Accesso Showare Center, Kent. 866-973-9613 or THE WHO, LIAM GALLAGHER: Oct. 19, T-Mobile Park, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or GLORIA TREVI: Oct. 19, Accesso Showare Center, Kent. 866-973-9613 or HOZIER: Oct. 19, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-7453000 or SARA BAREILLES: Oct. 22, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or JON PARDI: Oct. 24, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 360-745-3000 or DRI: Oct. 26, El Corazon, Seattle. 206-262-0482 or ALESSIA CARA: Nov.

5, Moore Theatre, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or YOUNG THUG, MACHINE GUN KELLY: Nov. 10, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or NILE: Nov. 21, El Corazon, Seattle. 206-262-0482 or THE BLACK KEYS: November 23, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-745-3000 or ”SHREK THE MUSICAL”: Nov. 26-Dec. 29, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle. 206-625-1900 or THE CHAINSMOKERS: Dec. 3, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-745-3000 or TREVOR NOAH: Dec. 13, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-745-3000 or BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA: Dec. 13-14, Moore Theatre, Seattle. 800-7453000 or DEADMAUS: Dec. 19, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or ”STU FOR SILVERTON”: Jan. 31-Feb. 23, 2020, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle. 206-625-1900 or ”SISTER ACT”: March 13-April 5, 2020, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle. 206-625-1900 or ”ONCE ON THIS ISLAND”: May 12-24, 2020, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle. 206-625-1900 or ”EVITA”: June 12-July 4, 2020, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle. 206-625-1900 or OZZY OSBOURNE: July 11, 2020, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-745-3000 or

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Get a history lesson on your next vacation By LYNN O’ROURKE HAYES

Visit a National Heritage Area, specially designated places where historic, cultural and natural resources combine to form nationally important landscapes. There are 55 areas within the U.S. where communities have collaborated to share their resources. Here are five to consider: 1. ILLINOIS & MICHIGAN CANAL NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA In 1984, this region became the first National Heritage Area when President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a “new kind of national park” with a focus on preservation, conservation, recreation and economic development. Today, the area serves as an outdoor museum where visitors can explore the diverse stories of this living landscape, walking in the footsteps of Native Americans, French explorers and voyagers, canal workers and immigrants. Modern visitors can take a mule-pulled canal boat ride, hike or bike along the canal investigating historic towns along the way, explore state parks, fish on Maple Lake or kayak on the Illinois River. 2. SILOS & SMOKESTACKS, IOWA Promising Midwestern hospitality, this region encourages travelers to explore the state via suggested travel loops that include picnic spots, quaint restaurants, museums, galleries and landscapes. Learn about Iowa’s agricultural history and its influence on our food system. Wander the backroads amid corn


Colorful homes and shops line Bluff Street in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2001.

and soybean fields to discover unique and unexpected places of historical, cultural and natural significance. Visit Dubuque, Iowa’s oldest city, to find out how lead mining, a gentleman’s farm, and the mighty Mississippi River are all connected. explore/ag-adventure 3. KENAI MOUNTAINSTURNAGAIN ARM NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA, ALASKA Home to some of the most influential crossroads of Alaska’s history, the region offers historic, cultural, scenic and outdoor recreational opportunities for those who venture to the Last Frontier. Explore mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers and fjords in an area comprised of northsouth road, rail, and trail corridors from Bird to Seward as well as Girdwood, Portage and Moose Pass. There’s also plenty to discover in Cooper Landing, Whittier and the wild waters of Prince Wil-

liam Sound. The area offers a wealth of wildlife watching, history and nature tours, hiking, biking, fishing and backcountry options. 4. TENNESSEE CIVIL WAR NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA, TENN. This region endeavors to provide a comprehensive view and share the powerful stories that emerged from the Civil War era, including the freedom of emancipation and the enduring legacies of reconstruction. Consider following the Tennessee Civil War Trail where visitors can follow in the footsteps of the generals, soldiers, citizens and the enslaved during a challenging time in our nation’s history. The program includes more than 400 markers across the state, offering information and programs that illuminate the great campaigns as well as lesser-known points of historical interest. html;

5. GREAT BASIN NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA, NEVADA AND UTAH Visit this western region for a mix of history, wide open spaces, uncrowded trails and unobstructed views of the Milky Way when you camp under the stars. Learn about the Bristlecone pine, our planet’s oldest tree, which can live to be 5,000 years old. You’ll find them in Great Basin National Park. Sign up to be an engineer at the Nevada Northern Railway Museum where its historic steam trains run throughout the year. Or stop by the Old Capitol Arts and Living History Festival in Fillmore, Utah, to learn about broom-making and blacksmithing, shop for handmade crafts and enjoy live music. – You will find a list of all 55 National Heritage Areas at discover-nhas.htm – Lynn O’Rourke Hayes ( is an author, family travel expert and enthusiastic explorer.

Local travel briefs OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Skagit Guided Adventures offers a variety of tours daily in the Skagit Valley and surrounding areas. Reservations required: 360-474-7479. n Explore n’ Cruise to Vendovi Island Preserve, Thursdays-Mondays, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Departs from Skyline Marina, Anacortes. Kidand dog-friendly. Reservations required. n Hike n’ Cruise to Cypress Island, daily, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Departs from Skyline Marina, Anacortes. Kid- and dog-friendly. Reservations required. SKAGIT SENIOR TOURS: Skagit Guided Adventures offers a variety of local nature and hiking day tours for seniors. Reservations required: 360-474-7479. WHATCOM SENIOR TOURS: Sign up by calling 360-733-4030, ext. 1015, or visiting the tour office at 315 Halleck St., Bellingham. OAK HARBOR DAY TRIPS: The Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St., offers day trips for members. For details, call the travel desk at 360-279-4587. STATE VISITOR CALL CENTER: The Washington Tourism Alliance’s ExperienceWA Call Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 1-800-544-1800 or Staff members assist travelers who have questions, refer them to specific destination marketing organizations and other travel resources across the state for more detailed information, and take orders for the Washington State Visitors Guide. PASSPORT APPLICATIONS: Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes, accepts new passport applications and applications for passports that have been expired for more than five years by appointment from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Passport forms and information on fees and how to apply are available at, or pick up an application and passport guide at the library. Burlington Municipal Court accepts passport applications from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 311 Cedar St., Suite A, Burlington. New and renewal forms are available. 360755-0492. Post offices in Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley and Oak Harbor accept passport applications by appointment. Contact individual offices for available days and times. Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor, accepts passport applications Monday through Friday. Appointments are recommended. 360-279-4580.

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7:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21 Featuring “R40+,” this global fan event will give audiences a special look into some of the best performances from “R40 LIVE,” including songs such as “Closer to the Heart”, “Subdivisions”, “Tom Sawyer” and more, as well as unreleased backstage moments and candid footage left on the cutting room floor. “R40+” also includes unseen sound-check performances of the fan favorite “Jacob’s Ladder”, exclusive new interviews with Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, producer Nick Raskulinecz, violinist Jonathan Dinklage and more. Fans will get a glimpse into the madness and passion that went in to the making of Geddy Lee’s new book, “Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass,” featuring a new interview from the man himself. Not rated. Advance tickets: $12 general; $10 members. No passes. – The Lincoln Theatre is located at 712 S. First St., downtown Mount Vernon. or 360-336-8955.

Pitch in at Bowman Bay work party By Skagit Valley Herald staff

OAK HARBOR — Help preserve the great outdoors by joining the Bowman Bay work party on Friday, Aug. 16. Volunteers are invited to lend the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group a hand in maintaining coastal habitats from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bowman Bay on the Pacific Northwest Trail. Earlier in the year volunteers worked

hard planting in the area, and now those plants need to be watered and weeded. Plus, the volunteer hours can be logged for school or Scout requirements, or simply as bonding time with family or friends. Volunteering is free, snacks and tools provided. Contact 360-366-0172 for more information.

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7:30 P.M. FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AUG. 16-17 5:30 P.M. SUNDAY, AUG. 18 7:30 P.M. MONDAY, AUG. 19 “Rocketman” follows the journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. The film stars Taron Egerton as Elton John, Jamie Bell as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother. Rated R. $10.50 general; $9.50 seniors, students and active military; $8 ages 12 and under. Sunday bargain prices: $9 general; $7.50 ages 12 and under.




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‘Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019’ will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Lincoln Theatre.

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Still cuckoo, but complex ideas unexpectedly take flight By KATIE WALSH Tribune News Service

The “Angry Birds” movies are the textbook definition of chaotic energy. The second film in the franchise, “The Angry Birds Movie 2” (grammar nerds will chafe at this awkward phrasing), directed by Thurop Van Orman and written by Peter Ackerman, Eyal Podell and Jonathan E. Stewart, is somehow even more chaotic than the first. But what else could one possibly expect from the sequel to the animated feature adaptation of a smartphone game where the object is to launch small round birds at green pigs using slingshots? These movies are wacky. They’re silly. The writers launch ’90s jokes right over the heads of the kiddie audience, aiming squarely for the noggins of their parents. They’ve got the entire Sony Music catalog, and you bet they’re gonna cram in 30 seconds of every familiar hit song to which they already have the rights. It’s a colorful, cuckoo-crazy, sometimes funny, often bewildering experience, to which you slowly become numb with every incongruous shot of Leonard the pig’s round, green butt. Come to think of it, it’s the kind of entertainment that could only be enhanced with a little green.


But it’s not all just pop music and toilet humor (though that’s a lot of it). The saga is a tale of the violent horrors of colonialism. In the first film, peaceful flightless birds battled the invasion of an ingratiating porcine population, led by Leonard (Bill Hader), who had the ulterior motive of stealing their eggs for food. After leading a guerrilla mission on Piggy Island to rescue the eggs from the porky pioneers, angry outcast Red (Jason Sudeikis) became a folk hero. Now, the birds and pigs must band together to survive as a mysterious third party has launched an all-out attack on both islands in a ruthless land-grab. The offending invader is Zeta (Leslie Jones), an embittered eagle who has marshalled all her tremendous scientific might into launching

ice bombs (and then lava-filled ice bombs) at Bird and Piggy islands because her own island is “too cold” and she’d like a tropical vacation. Red reluctantly agrees to team up with Leonard because he believes his only worth lies in his identity as a rebel hero. If they have speed-dating on Bird Island, you would think they might also have therapy. Nevertheless, Red and Leonard assemble a team, “Ocean’s Eleven”-style, to sneak into Zeta’s lair, “Mission: Impossible”-style, and end the bombing campaign. The enterprising yet immature group is made up of speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), explosive Bomb (Danny McBride) and a new team member, the bright engineering student Silver (Rachel Bloom). Mayhem, dance battles, bathroom show-

downs and outlandish feats of physics ensue. “The Angry Birds Movie 2” is somehow looser, more disjointed and yet deeper than the first. The film flits from set piece to set piece, from lava bombs to bird dating to pop n’ locking eagles. Often, we stray from the main plot to a minor side-plot involving a trio of large-eyed, baby-talking hatchlings who lose three eggs and embark on an impossible quest to rescue them. And yet it also surprisingly deals with real emotional quandaries, like abandonment issues, rage, scorn and self-worth. If there’s any lesson here, it’s to always expect the unexpected when it comes to “Angry Birds.” – 1:36. Rated PG for rude humor and action. HH½ (out of four stars)

Compiled from news services. Ratings are 1 to 4 stars.

“Light of My Life” — Casey Affleck writes, directs and stars as a father protecting his 11-year-old daughter after a pandemic kills most of the world’s females. It’s wellfilmed and occasionally brutally effective, but Affleck dilutes the power of the story with too many self-indulgent, patience-testing scenes. Drama, R, 119 minutes. HH½ “Brian Banks” — In a powerful lead performance, Aldis Hodge plays a star high school football player who is falsely accused of rape and sent to prison. His fight for justice is recounted in a well-constructed, well-acted, solidly told tale that almost never surprises us. Biography drama, PG13, 99 minutes. HHH “The Kitchen” — Strong work by Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as mob wives who take over the collection racket when their husbands go to prison. But the story favors instant plot developments, quick-shock moments and gruesome violence until it becomes downright impossible to empathize with these women. Crime thriller, R, 103 minutes. HH “The Art of Racing in the Rain” — Thanks in large part to Kevin Costner’s voice work as a dog taking us through the life of his race car-driver owner (Milo Ventimiglia), this adaptation of the best-selling novel comes close to winning us over. But eventually it feels as if we’ve been inundated with TOO many scenes designed to turn on the waterworks. Drama, PG, 109 minutes. HH½ “Them That Follow” — This is a harrowing and chilling deep dive into an isolated religious community in the Appalachian mountains. The daughter (Alice Englert) of the pastor (Walton Goggins) is engaged to one man but in love with another, a romantic triangle that ignites a series of life-changing and sometimes horrifying developments. Thriller, R, 98 minutes. HHH½ “Luce” — A former child soldier from war-torn Eritrea is adopted by a Virginia couple (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) and grows to be a loving son and a top high school student (Kelvin Harrison Jr.). But evidence of residual effects of war starts to emerge in a film that doesn’t always need dialogue to expertly communicate valuable insights. Drama, R, 109 minutes. HHH½ “Mike Wallace Is Here” — This terrific and insightful documentary about the “60 Minutes” journalist is made up of just archival footage — no new interviews or voice-ofGod narration. But when you’re talking about this compelling a figure, the record speaks for itself. Documentary, PG-13, 90 minutes. HHH½ “Hobbs & Shaw” — This loud and lazy and lumbering actioner is a sequel/spinoff to the “Fast and Furious” franchise, reuniting the Hulk-ish American lawman Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) with the outlaw loner Shaw (Jason Statham) on a mission to stop a terrorist threat recycled from other movies. Action, PG-13, 135 minutes. H½ “Skin” — Playing a real-life man who underwent a series of excruciating tattoo removals to erase the evidence of his white-supremacist past, Jamie Bell (“Rocketman”) further solidifies his standing as one of the best actors of his generation. This telling is sometimes heavy-handed but also timely and worthwhile. Drama, R, 118 minutes. HHH

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Streep, Portman and more Hollywood women take stand in ‘This Changes Everything’ If anyone needs convincing at this late date that gender inequality both in front of and behind the camera is the norm in Hollywood, “This Changes Everything” will get the job done. Directed by Tom Donahue, whose previous documentary was “Casting By,” this earnest and passionate film talks to lots of boldface names, including performers Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman and Taraji P. Henson and producers Shonda Rhimes and Jill Soloway. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross says at one point in the film, “As women we are

not allowed to be angry,” but the ardent testimony points in the opposite direction. Interview subjects voice justifiable outrage at what they — individually and women in general — have had to put up with. “Movies and TV have always driven me insane,” says writer Callie Khouri, who wrote the Oscar-winning “Thelma & Louise” as a reaction to gender inequality. “Misogyny is so prevalent, it’s almost unremarkable. Women are inconsequential except as ornamentation.” Adds Soloway, who created “Transparent,” “Imagine as a man women really wanting to look at your body when they see you.” An advantage this

“David Crosby: Remember My Name” — This documentary on the popular vocalist gives Crosby his due as one of the seminal figures in rock history, but never sugarcoats his long history of fracturing relationships beyond repair while nearly killing himself with drugs. He’s a wonderful storyteller, even when he’s the monster in the story. Documentary, R, 93 minutes. HHH½ “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” — In a movie filled with sparkling acting, Brad Pitt dominates as the best friend and former stunt double of a fading TV star (Leonardo DiCaprio). Quentin Tarantino’s deeply personal, darkly funny period piece, set in 1969, brilliantly and sometimes outrageously mashes up real-life events and characters with pure fiction. Com-

edy drama, R, 159 minutes. HHHH “The Art of Self-Defense” — Jesse Eisenberg, a master at playing passive-aggressive, plays a sad sack who becomes obsessed with learning from his karate sensei how to become a real man. It’s a brutal and blunt satire of poisonously abusive masculinity, old-school gender stereotypes and our violence-soaked culture. Satire, R, 104 minutes. HHH “Into the Ashes” — This stylish and violent modern-day Western noir keeps us guessing throughout as to which of its key characters — a vengeful sociopath, a reformed bad guy, an upstanding sheriff — will still be standing after their paths cross in brutal, bloody fashion. It’s a good yarn filled with arresting visuals and solid perfor-

By KENNETH TURAN Los Angeles Times

fury creates is that it ensures “This Changes Everything” deals with the treatment of women as a burning issue and not an intellectual exercise. On the other hand, perhaps inevitably because it is dealing with a big issue, “This Changes Everything” suffers a bit from being all over the map, touching so many bases that, though each is important, they don’t all coalesce into a whole. The patron saint of this film is Davis, as the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and one of the film’s most persuasive voices. This organization has done exceptional work in gathering damning

statistics concerning the numbers of women behind and in front of the camera — like the fact that only 15% of the top-grossing films of 2018 were written by women — stats that appear periodically as text on screen. One of the film’s strengths is its opening sections, where women talk about how important it is to see yourself on screen in a nuanced, realistic way and how what you see as a child influences your perception of what you can become. Lena Dunham, for instance, talks about how she watched “A League of Their Own” every day for an entire summer, and Taraji P. Henson remembers how seeing Diahann

Carroll physically battering folks in “Dynasty” without getting arrested was a positive jolt. Mention is also made of “the CSI effect,” how the success of that show led to women going into forensic pathology and how after “Brave” and “The Hunger Games” were released, the numbers of women taking archery skyrocketed. Women also share stories of mistreatment on the set, with Sharon Stone, for instance, recalling asking a director who told her to sit on his lap to take direction, “Does Tom Hanks sit on your lap?” Finding women behind the camera is especially difficult, with former executive Susan Lyne relating the challenges of

getting Shonda Rhimes’ “Grey’s Anatomy” on the air and Natalie Portman noting she had worked for only two female directors in her career, “and one of them is myself.” The last part of “This Changes Everything” looks at attempts to change the system, from the groundbreaking work done in 1979 by a group that became known as the Original Six to what happened in 2015 when FX’s John Landgraf made it his business to change his network’s culture. In the final analysis, “This Changes Everything” aligns the words of writer-producer Courtney Kemp Agboh. “You just hire women,” she says. “It’s not that hard.”

At area theaters ANACORTES CINEMAS Aug. 16-22 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (PG): 1:00, 3:30, 6:30, 9:00 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (PG): 1:15, 3:45, 6:45, 9:15 Maiden (PG): 1:30, 4:00, 7:00, 9:30 360-293-7000 CONCRETE THEATER Aug. 16-18 This Boy’s Life (R): Friday: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 5 p.m. 360-941-0403

mances. Crime drama, R, 98 minutes. HHH “Sword of Trust” — The owner of a Civil War sword (Jillian Bell) attempts to sell it to a pawnbroker (Marc Maron), entering them into a world of bigoted conspiracy theorists. Whimsical and sharply observed, this is one of those slice-of-life character studies where every conversation sounds plausible, even when the content grows increasingly

BLUE FOX DRIVE-IN Oak Harbor Aug. 16-22 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (PG) and Dora and the Lost City of Gold (PG). First movie starts at 8:50 p.m. 360-675-5667 OAK HARBOR CINEMAS 360-279-2226 CASCADE MALL CINEMAS Burlington 360-707-2727

absurd. Comedy, R, 89 minutes. HHH½ “This Changes Everything” — This star-studded documentary about lingering sexism in the entertainment industry reminds us we’re still living in a world in which three out of four major movie roles go to men — the same percentage as in 1946. It is a rallying cry and an invitation for the viewer to join the movement for gender equality in

STANWOOD CINEMAS Aug. 16-22 The Angry Birds Movie 2 (PG): 1:15, 4:00, 6:35, 9:20 The Art of Racing in the Rain (PG): 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10 Dora and the Lost City of Gold (PG): 1:05, 3:35, 6:35, 9:00 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (PG-13): 1:00, 3:40, 6:25, 8:55 The Lion King (PG): 12:50, 3:40, 6:10, 8:55 360-629-0514 *Times subjected to change

Hollywood. HHH½ “The Farewell” — We recognize aspects of our own clan within the complicated, maddening, loving Chinese family (including Awkwafina as a 30-something raised in America) that gathers to celebrate the family matriarch but refuses to tell her she’s dying. This is a viewing experience to be treasured. It is one of the very best films of 2019. Rating: Drama, PG, 98 min-

utes. HHHH “Lying and Stealing” — We’ve seen the story before, about a thief doing one last big job. But this slick, cool, mischievously dark and fast-paced B-movie thriller has two ridiculously attractive leads — Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski — and a strong and solid bench of familiar character actors spicing up the proceedings. Crime thriller, R, 100 minutes. HHH

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