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TUNING UP PAGE 9 Catch Ford Geisbrecht at La Conner Sips on Saturday TUNING UP PAGE 9

The Mountain Flowers play The Shakedown on Saturday

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NEW ON DVD THIS WEEK episodes and archival “Beavis and ButtUpcoming mission logs. Head: The Complete “The Powerpuff Collection”: Mike movie releases Girls: Tiara Trouble”: Judge’s beloved slackers Following is a partial Blossom, Bubbles and are back in a four-volschedule of coming DVD Buttercup are back. ume set of their crareleases. Release dates “The Arrival”: Sciziness. The show was are subject to change: entists and military immediately dismissed scramble to unravel by the critics when it FEB. 21 mystery behind alien debuted on MTV. But n Hacksaw Ridge crafts. the chatter of the brainn Manchester by the “Scooby-Doo! less couch potatoes won Sea Shaggy’s Showover young viewers and n Bad Santa 2 down”: Gang visits also generated mounds n Nocturnal Animals a dude ranch that’s of controversy. n Doctor Who: The haunted. Not only do you get Return of Doctor Mysterio “Billy Lynn’s Long all of the episodes, but n Grace and Frankie: Haftime Walk”: Young the boxed set includes Season 2 soldier is given a hero’s the feature film “Beavis n Nashville: The Comwelcome. Kristen Stewand Butt-Head Do plete Fourth Season art stars. America,” plus bonus “London Town”: material including the FEB. 28 Jonathan Rhys Meyers pair’s VMA appearn Doctor Strange plays Joe Strummer ances, a Thanksgiving n Allied of the punk band the special, the 1994-96 n Moonlight Clash. Butt-Bowls, MTV 20th n Shut In “The Edge of SevAnniversary Special, n Rules Don’t Apply enteen”: Life is hard the original, un-cut n Chronic in high school for an “Frog Baseball” and n Officer Downe awkward teen. Hailee a 2011 Comic-Con n All We Had Steinfeld stars. panel featuring Judge n Contract Killer “Blaze and the and moderator Johnny n Fuller House: The Monster Machines: Knoxville. Complete First Season Race Into Veloci“Bleed for This”: n Wheeler tyville”: Collection of Boxer Vinny Pazlenza adventures featuring battles back after a Blaze as a race car. car crash. Miles Teller “Bad Kids”: Coming-of-age drama stars. “Bleed for This,” the latest in that unfolds at a Mojave Desert high a recent swarm of movies based on school. true stories, not only has to overcome “Penny Dreadful: The Complete the need to build drama despite the audience knowing the ending but also Series”: Cable series that features some noted literary monsters. has to do that while working with “Quarry: The Complete First Seaa very familiar sports movie trope. son”: Two soldiers return home from This is another drama that looks for a second tour of duty in Vietnam. sweet ratings from the boxing movie “Animal Kingdom: The Complete genre that has already gone into extra First Season”: Teen moves in with rounds. a family where he’s pulled into life of “Star Trek: Enterprise — The indulgence and excess. Complete Series”: This version of “It Ain’t Pretty”: Documentary the “Star Trek” franchise lasted fewer looks at challenges and triumphs of episodes than any of the others. That was more a problem with the network female big wave surfers. “We Are the Flesh”: Mexican artthan the quality. house film that goes on a nightmarScott Bakula does a superb job playing Captain Jonathan Archer, who ish journey into a post-apocalyptic is in command of the Enterprise at the hell. “The Crooked Man”: Rhyme sumbeginning of space exploration. mons demonic figure. The set features all 98 episodes dig“King Cobra”: Behind-the-scenes itally remastered in high-definition, look at the world of pornography. plus special features such as com— Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee mentaries, deleted scenes from select


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VALENTINE’S DANCE A Valentine’s Dance featuring the music of Old Highway 99 will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parksview Lane, Burlington. Free.

COFFEE SOCIAL The Hickson Community Club will host a coffee social and baked goods sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Hickson Community Clubhouse, 20594 Prairie Road, Sedro-Woolley.



he sequence of legendary bands visiting Skagit County continues this week as Blood, Sweat & Tears plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18, at the Skagit Casino Resort, 5984 Darrk Lane, Bow.

During its four decades, Blood, Sweat & Tears has been the home to some of the world’s top musicians. The group defies easy description, but its material includes elements of rock, R&B, funk, soul and jazz. The band has won numerous Grammy awards, and its list of hits includes “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” “And

When I Die” and “Lucretia MacEvil.” David Clayton-Thomas, the band’s singer from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, is the singer most identified with the group. The current lead vocalist is Bo Bice, who first gained fame in 2005 with his second-place finish on “American Idol.” $55-$65 877-275-2448 or theskagit. com.

Gary Mullen, who has won rave reviews while touring for 13 years imitating icon Freddie Mercury, will perform a night of Queen hits at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $20.50 to $39.50. tickets@ mountbakertheatre. com or 360-734-6080.

FISHES OF THE SALISH SEA Dr. Jay Orr, PhD, of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service will discuss the 35-year survey identifying the fish of the Salish Sea at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Northwest Educational Service District Building, 1601 R Ave., Anacortes. Free.

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OUT & ABOUT ART ART — RACHEL DENNY SHOW: Rachel Denny’s exhibit focusing on the beauty of the natural world will be held during February at ACME Creative, 705 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. “WINTER SONG”: The group show focusing on birds will run through February at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave., Edison. More than 40 regional Pacific Northwest artists will be represented. THE GOOD STUFF: The Good Stuff Arts Gallery, 604 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, is featuring during February the work of Greg Dugan, Randy Emmons, Caroline Garland, Abi Gomez, Linde Husk, Peggie Hunnicutt, Shannon Kirby, Jesse Link, Terry Mac Donald, Jill McDougall, Ron Moore, Ruth Owens, Suzanne Powers, Susan Raymond, Cynthia Richardson, Carla Seaton, Gail Thein and Peggy Woods. In March, the gallery will host “Beat the Winter Blues with Color.” An opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 3, will include a live demonstration by acrylics artist Cynthia Richardson. Other artists include Ellen Dale, Greg Dugan, Randy Emmons, Abi Gomez, Gus Gosanko, Peggie Hunnicutt, Linda Husk, Shannon Kirby, Michael Laboon, Jesse Link, Terry Mac Donald, Jill McDougall, Ron Moore, Ruth Owen, Suzanne Powers, Wendy Ross, Carla Seaton, Sherry

Shipley, Annette Tamm, Gail Thein, Maria Wickwire and Peggy Wood. 360-755-3152.

Cello soloist

FISHES OF THE SALISH SEA: Dr. Jay Orr, PhD, research fisheries biologist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, will talk about a 35-year survey identifying the fish of the Salish Sea at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the NW Educational Service District Buildg., 1601 R Ave., Anacortes. Free.

“ART LIFE”: The exhibit continues through Feb. 19 at i.e., 5800 Cains Court, Edison, featuring Lana Sundberg, Tim Fowler and Patty Detzer. or 360-488-3458. ART AT MoNA: Three new exhibitions continue through March 26 at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S. First St., La Conner. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Free admission. 360-466-4446 or n Paul Havas: A Life of Painting: The exhibit honors the 40-year career of an artist known for his large-scale landscapes and cityscapes. Born, raised and educated on the East Coast, Paul Havas (1940-2012) came to the Northwest for graduate school at the University of Washington and ultimately became one of the major painters of the region. n Indigenous Influences: Curated by Regan Shrumm, through the Dana and Toni Ann Rust Curatorial Fellowship at MoNA, the exhibit looks at works from MoNA’s permanent collection that are influenced by Pacific Northwest indigenous communities. n Continuum: Glass from the Permanent Collection: Featured in the Benaroya Glass Gallery are selections of glass from the permanent collection with an emphasis on

help people age well at home.

SCIENCE AND SPIRIT OF THE OCEAN: Jonathan White, author of “TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, will speak and sign books at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham.

Cellist Kyle Matson will join Bayshore Symphony for “Concerto No. 2 Op. 30” by Victor Herbert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 415 S. 18th St, Mount Vernon. “Serenade for Winds and Strings Op. 44” by Dvorák, “Karelia Suite” for orchestra by Sibelius and “Symphony No. 35” by Mozart are also on the schedule. Suggested donation $15.

continuum — of the medium of glass, of the continuity of forms, and of tradition through to innovation.

Solids” remains on exhibit until March 26. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.

EXHIBITS AT QUILT MUSEUM: The Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, 703 S. Second St., in La Conner, is featuring three exhibits. “It’s Not Easy Being Green” runs until April 30 and “Elemental” by the Millinery Artisan Guild of the Pacific Northwest run until Feb. 26. Gwen Marsten’s “Abstract Quilts in

LECTURES AND TALKS SKAGIT RIVER VILLAGE: Ed Medeinos of Seattle’s Phinney Village will talk about a new group forming to serve the residents of Burlington, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley at 7 p.m. today, Feb. 16, at Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. The group is designed to

“FROM HEADHUNTERS TO SKYSCRAPERS”: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes. World traveler Rudy Gahler will share his recent travel adventure to the Philipines. Contact Barb at ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM: A community event will explore the problem with bullying at the middle, junior and high school levels at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Tulalip Resort Casino. Guest speakers include Marc Mero, former pro wrestler and founder of Champion of Choices, and Amy Briggs, a mother and school teacher who lost her son because of bullying. The message also includes information on suicide prevention. Free. STATUS OF GLA-

CIERS: Dr. Jon L. Rielel, a geologist with the U.S. National Park Service at North Cascades National Park, will present “Status of Glaciers in Washington’s National Parks” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. Free. sarah@ or 360-336-6209. OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SPEAKER SERIES: The Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville, hosts an outdoor adventure speaker from 6 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month. $3. 360363-8400 or Next up: n Tuesday, Feb. 28: Craig Romano: “Classic Hikes of Washington.” n Tuesday, March 28: Mike Woodmansee: “Real Adventures in the North Cascades.” AT VILLAGE BOOKS: Village Books, 1200 11th St., Bellingham, will host the following readings: n Spokane-based author Polly Buckingham will read from her short story collection “The Expense of a View” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3. Buckingham won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction last year. n Christopher Howell will read from his collection “Love’s Last Number” at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 4. n Deby Majumdar will discuss his book “Sacred River: A Himalayan Journey,” a story about a man’s quest for success and struggles to find love, spirituality and inner peace, at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5.

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OUT & ABOUT n Olympic gold medalist Carolyn Wood will discuss her book “Tough Girl: An Olympian’s Journey,” a story of both a swimmer heading to the 1960 Olympics and her meditations along the Camino de Santiago in 2012, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 8. n Artist and illustrator Ben Mann will discuss his children’s book “Friendly the Fox,” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11. n Zoey Leigh Peterson will discuss her debut novel “Next Year for Sure,” about two longtime romantic partners who experiment with an open relationship and reconsider everything they thought they knew about love, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14.

HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR FAMILY TREE: The Skagit Valley Genealogical Society will present “How Healthy is Your Family Tree: Physical and Mental Health Issues of Our Ancestors,” with Janice C. Lovelace, PhD., at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Burlington Senior-Community Center, 1101 Greenleaf Ave.

MUSIC BLUES AND BREWS: The Margaret Wilder Band will play from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, Feb. 16, at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. $5 at the door. or 360-3638400. INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT: Tour

Irish Rovers farewell concert

17-18 at the Skagit Casino Resort, 5984 N. Darrk Lane, Bow. 877275-2448 or theskagit. com. OLD 99 BAND: The Old 99 Band will perform classic folk rock of the ‘60s and ‘70s at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18 at the Old Edison Inn, 5829 Cains Court, Bow.

After almost 50 years of performing, the Irish Rovers will hold a farewell show at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. The group will be joined by We Banjo 3. $20.50 to $49.50. or 360-734-6080.

founder Brian Gore, Italy’s Luca Stricagnoli, Brazilian composer/ performer Chrystian Dozza and India’s Debashish Bhattacharya will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $20.50 to $39.50. or 360-7346080. DONAL CLANCY: Donal Clancy, an acclaimed guitarist, singer and performer, will perform traditional Irish music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave, Mount Vernon. A workshop featuring Irish guitar to help Celtic musicians will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Concert tickets:

$20 to $25 (20 percent discount for Celtic Arts Foundation members). or 360-416-4934. SONGWRITER IN THE ROUND: Orcas Island singer/songwriters Mandy Troxel, Melody Funk and Carolyn Cruso will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at The Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St, Conway. $10. 360-445-3000 or JAMES HUNTER SIX: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. Hunter, from England, is a Grammy nominee. Tickets: 360-416-7727, ext. 2, or A CAPELLA CHAMPIONSHIP: The Varsity Vocals International

Championship of A Cappella will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $18 to $24. 360-734-6080 or THE LEGACY OF PERCY FRENCH: Celtic musicians Peadar MacMahon, Jan Peters, Aaron Harmonson and Richard Scholtz will bring to life the legacy of Percy French during an evening of folk music and storytelling at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave, Mount Vernon. $20. 360-416-4934 or DON MCLEAN: The singer known for “American Pie” will perform at 8 p.m. March

GEOFFREY CASTLE: Geoffrey Castle’s third annual Celtic Celebration, which serves as a fundraiser for local first responders, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at The Music Hall at Kennelly Keys, 1904 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. $25: or at Anacortes Brewery. Information: pugetsoundproductions@gmail. com or 360-708-7770.

PLAYS ”INTO THE WOODS”: Whidbey Playhouse presents “Into the Woods,” by Stephen Sondheim, through March 5 at the theater, 730 SE Midway Boulevard, Oak Harbor. $20. or 360-679-2237. DIVERSE STUDENT STORIES: “First Person: Diverse Student Stories,” a play told from the perspective of Western Washington University students of color, differing abilities, ethnicities and gender identities, will be performed at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23-24, in Old Main Theatre on the WWU campus. Free, but reservations required by visiting the WWU box office or

calling 360-650-6146. ”KING JOHN”: The Skagit Valley College Drama Department will present “King John,” by William Shakespeare, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-25 and March 2-5 at the Philip Tarro Theatre, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $10 general, $5 students with ID, free for Skagit Valley College students. “PIRATES OF PENZANCE”: 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, Mount Baker Theate, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $30.50 to $69.50. 360-734-6080 or “THE TOAD PRINCE” PUPPET THEATRE: 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, March 21-24, Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. For kindergarten to fifth grade. $8 and $9.50. 360-7346080 or “CINDERELLA EN ESPAÑA” BY SEATTLE OPERA: 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25, Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. Free, preregistration required. 360-363-8400. “WINGS OF COURAGE”: 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Monday, March 27, Mount Baker Theate, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. Produced by Mad River Theatre Works, the play is based on Eugene Bullard, the first African-American combat pilot and adventurer. $6 and $7.50. 360-7346080 or

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GET INVOLVED BOOKS BOOK GROUP: The Center for Spiritual Living book group meets at 6 p.m. the first, second and fourth Thursdays, and at 5:30 p.m. on third Thursdays at 1508 18th St. Mount Vernon. Participants read and discuss books in many areas of spirituality and personal growth. Free. For more information, contact Gabrielle Conatore at 360-920-19995 and mtvernoncsl@ TEEN READING CHALLENGE: Upper Skagit Library presents Why Dewey Read? A Teen Non-Fiction Reading Challenge. Teens are encouraged to read one book from at least five Dewey Decimal cate-

gories before March 31. Participants can enter to win a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Read books from the public or school library. Pick up reading forms at the library or download the PDF from the library’s website. Library card not required to participate. If teens live within the Concrete School District, library cards are free. 360-853-7939 or info@upperskagit.lib. GREAT BOOKS READING GROUP MEETING: The Great Books Reading Group examines passages from important writings in history, currently from “Great Conversations, vol. 2,” published by the Great Books Foundation. The group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Monday at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. 360-941-1437 and shunji.asari@gmail. com.

ART The James Hunter Six February 24

Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit March 3

Peter Rabbit Tales March 5


CALL FOR SCULPTURES: San Juan Islands Sculpture Park invites sculptors to submit entries for its ongoing juried sculpture review. All sculptures must be deemed “safe” and should be suitable for exhibition in an outdoor setting and capable of withstanding occasional high winds, rain and possible snow. Accepted sculptures will be installed for a twoyear period (if not sold sooner) in the 20-acre park located near Roche Harbor on San Juan Island. For complete submission guidelines, visit sjisculpturepark. com.

CALL FOR INSTRUCTORS: Burlington Parks and Recreation seeks qualified instructors to expand its enrichment classes for youths and adults. To download an instructor’s packet, visit and click on the “Instructors Needed” tab. 360-7559649 or recreation@ CALL FOR ART TEACHERS: The Good Stuff Arts, 604 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, is looking for qualified, experienced beginning art teachers in watercolor, drawing, sketching and mixed media art forms. Call to schedule a meeting to show your work and discuss your experience. Kat Peterson, 360 755-3152. CALL FOR ARTISTS: Peacehealth United General Medical Center seeks artists to display and sell art in the facility at 2000 Hospital Drive, Sedro-Woolley. Artwork must be framed and ready to hang, with a wire hanger — no sawtooth hooks. Attach a label with the artist’s name, title of work, size, medium and price. All artwork is subject to approval by committee. Artists are responsible for hanging and removal of their work, which will be displayed for three months. Contact Barb Kaufman at 360-8567530 or bkaufman@ ARTS COMMISSION BOARD MEMBERS WANTED: The City of Mount Vernon seeks volunteer board members for the Mount Vernon Arts Commis-

sion. 360-336-6215 or

AUDITIONS ”GODSPELL”: Open auditions at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 27-March 1, at Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St., Lynden. The production will run Thursdays-Sundays, May 4-21. 360-3544425 or clairevgtheatre. com.

DANCE SWING DANCE: Dance to A-Town Big Band at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St., Anacortes. Free for all ages. 360-293-1910 or library. FOLK DANCING: Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers meet Tuesdays at the Bay View Civic Hall, 12615 C St., Mount Vernon. Learn to folk dance to a variety of international music. Instruction begins at 7 p.m. followed by review and request dances until 9:30 p.m. The first session is free, $3 thereafter. No partners needed. For information, contact Gary or Ginny at 360766-6866. 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 soft-soled shoes without heels. $8 per class. For information, call Mary Anderson at 360-933-1779 or

visit JOLLY TIME CLUB: Dance to live music from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Hillcrest Lodge, 1717 S. 13th St., Mount Vernon. Contact Gisela at 360-424-5696. CLOG DANCING FOR BEGINNERS: Free lesson from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by regular clog dancing from 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St., Mount Vernon. No fee, no partner needed. First three lessons are free. Wear comfortable shoes. For information, call Rosie at 360-4244608.

MUSIC BARBERSHOP HARMONY: Attend a free, no-commitment rehearsal of the An-OChords, a four-part Barbershop harmony. No experience necessary, no auditions required. Learn by rote, you don’t have to read music. Ages 12 and up. Drop in any Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Educational Service Building, 1601 R Ave., Anacortes. Rides available. Bob Lundquist, 360-9415733 or svenbob@ TIME FOR FIDDLERS: The Washington Old Time Fiddlers play at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of each month at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland. St. Free; donations accepted. 360-630-1156. SKAGIT VALLEY MUSIC CLUB: The club welcomes performers (intermediate and

above), listeners and guests to join the fun at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Vasa Hall, 1805 Cleveland St., Mount Vernon. Come and sing, play the club’s piano or organ, play your own instrument or just enjoy a variety of music — ’20s to ’70s classical, popular, western and gospel. Free. For information, call Elaine at 360-428-4228. SHELTER BAY CHORUS: Practices are held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Shelter Bay Clubhouse, 1000 Shoshone Drive, La Conner. New members welcome. No need to be a Shelter Bay resident. 360-223-3230. LOVE TO SING? Join the women of Harmony Northwest Chorus from 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Monday at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave. Seeking women who like to sing a cappella music. All skill levels welcome. ANACORTES OPEN MIC: 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, Brown Lantern Ale House, 412 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-293-2544. OPEN MIC: Jam night, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Thursdays, Conway Pub & Eatery, 18611 Main St., Conway. 360445-4733. DRUM CIRCLE: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, Feb. 16, Center for Spiritual Living, 1508 N. 18th St., Mount Vernon. Bring your drum or borrow one. Handicapped accessible. Free. Freewill offering accepted. 360305-7559.

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GET INVOLVED CALLING ‘80S COVER BANDS: The Mount Vernon Downtown Association invites cover bands with an ‘80s set list to play at the third annual Harvest Moon Festival: Retro on the River on Aug. 26. The festival is a celebration of the bounty found in Skagit Valley and the local region. The event features live music, brews, ciders and local food. Send a link or recording to or call 360-336-3801. BRING YOUR OWN GUITAR: Bring your guitar and learn a wide variety of new songs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays at North Cove Coffee, 1130 S. Burlington Boulevard, Burlington. 360707-2683 or jauman@ BRING YOUR OWN UKULELE FOR BEGINNERS: Bring your ukulele and learn a wide variety of new songs from 6 to 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays at North Cove Coffee, 1130 S. Burlington Boulevard, Burlington. 360-7072683 or jauman@

RECREATION DEEP FOREST EXPERIENCE: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through February, at Rockport State Park, 51095 Highway 20, Rockport. Enjoy guided hikes at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. deep into the lush old-growth forest that includes ancient fir, cedar, hemlock and maple

trees, some towering 250-feet tall and more than 300 years old. Kids can explore the Discovery Center with crafts, interactive displays, nature videos, books and more. Free. Dress for cold, wet, winter weather with footwear suitable for very wet trails. Discover Pass or $10 day-use fee required for parking. 360-8538461 or rockport@ PICKLEBALL: Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation offers pickleball open gyms on Sundays, through March 5, at La Venture Middle School, 1200 N. LaVenture Road, Mount Vernon. The game combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It is played with a paddle and plastic ball on a badminton-size court with a slightly modified tennis net. No experience necessary. Court shoes and ability to freely move around the court is required. $22. Preregistration required. 360-336-6215. FRIENDS OF THE FOREST HIKES: Join the Friends of the Forest for scenic hikes in the forest lands around Anacortes. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. No pets. Free. 360-2933725 or friendsoftheacfl. org. KIDS CLUB: Nat Geo Kids teams with Cascade Mall Kids Club for fun, educational games and activities for kids from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. the third Thursday at the Cascade Mall center court, 201 Cascade Mall Drive, Burlington. Free. 360-558-3270 or

TRAIL GUIDES, BIKE MAPS & MORE: Learn about opportunities to be physically active in Skagit County, including trail guides, an activity tracker and local resources at

& Town of La Conner

SMELT DERBY FAMILY FESTIVAL Saturday, February 25, 2017

ANACORTES KIDS NIGHT OUT @ WESTERN: Grades K-6, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 14, Shannon Point Marine Center, 1900 Shannon Point Road, Anacortes. Kids enjoy hands-on science activities in the Shannon Point Marine Center’s student lab and library. $20. 360-6503308 or youth/know/index. shtml. HAVE A HEART RUN: The family-friendly event will take place Saturday, April 29, at Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon. The event will feature a 5K run/ walk, a 2.5k walk and a kid’s run. All proceeds benefit Community Action of Skagit County. Register at haveaheartrun. org. RUN FOR YOUR MUM: Run For Your Mum, a 5K run and 2K walk in honor of Mother’s Day, will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Bakerview Park, 3101 Fir St. Mount Vernon. Participants can either pay a $20 registration fee or gather pledges from friends and family to benefit Pregnancy Choices. Prizes for first-place male and female runners overall; prizes for first-place male and female runners for each age group. 360-428-4777 and runforyourmum. com.



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ON STAGE in the Skagit Valley and surrounding area February 16-25 Thursday.16

International Guitar Night: 7:30 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $20.50-$39.50. mountbakertheatre. com/shows/international-guitar-night.

THEATER “Arsenic and Old Lace”: 7:30 p.m., Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St., Lynden. $12, senior/student $10, child $8. 360-354-4425 or

Donal Clancy Irish concert: 7:30 p.m., Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave., Mount Vernon. $20-25. 360-416-4934.

”Into the Woods”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $20. 360-679-2237 or

Music of Venice and the Balkans: 7 p.m., Croatian Cultural Center, 801 Fifth St., Anacortes. $25, ages 18 and younger free. anacortesartsfoundation. org.

”Of Mice and Men”: 7:30 p.m., Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave., Anacortes. $20. 360-293-6829 or MUSIC Jansen Jazz Band Concert: 7:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. $10.




”OF MICE AND MEN” Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave., Anacortes. $20. 360-293-6829 or

THEATER “Arsenic and Old Lace”: 7:30 p.m., Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St., Lynden. $12, senior/student $10, child $8. 360-354-4425 or

”Of Mice and Men”: 7:30 p.m., Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave., Anacortes. $20. 360-293-6829 or

”Into the Woods”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $20. 360-679-2237 or

”Always... Patsy Cline”: 7 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St., Conway. $28. 360-445-3000 or

”Of Mice and Men”: 7:30 p.m., Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave., Anacortes. $20. 360-293-6829 or


”Always... Patsy Cline”: 7 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St., Conway. $28. 360-445-3000 or

Saturday.18 THEATER “Arsenic and Old Lace”: 2 p.m., Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St., Lynden. $12, senior/student $10, child $8. 360-354-4425 or ”Into the Woods”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $20. 360-679-2237 or

THEATER “Arsenic and Old Lace”: 2 p.m., Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St., Lynden. $12, senior/student $10, child $8. 360-354-4425 or ”Into the Woods”: 2:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $20. 360-679-2237 or

Thursday.23 THEATER “Arsenic and Old Lace”: 7:30 p.m., Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St., Lynden. $12, senior/student $10, child $8. 360-354-4425 or ”Into the Woods”: 7:30 p.m., Whid-

bey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $20. 360-679-2237 or

Friday.24 THEATER “Arsenic and Old Lace”: 7:30 p.m., Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St., Lynden. $12, senior/student $10, child $8. 360-354-4425 or ”Into the Woods”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $20. 360-679-2237 or ”King John”: 7:30 p.m., Phillip Tarro Theatre, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $10 adults, $5 student (with ID), free for Skagit Valley College students. ”Always... Patsy Cline”: 7 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St., Conway. $28. 360-445-3000 or MUSIC The James Hunter Six: 7:30 p.m., McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $25-35. 360-416-7727, ext. 2, or

THEATER “Arsenic and Old Lace”: 2 p.m., Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St., Lynden. $12, senior/student $10, child $8. 360-354-4425 or ”Into the Woods”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $20. 360-679-2237 or ”King John”: 7:30 p.m., Phillip Tarro Theatre, 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $10 adults, $5 student (with ID), free for Skagit Valley College students. ”Always... Patsy Cline”: 7 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St., Conway. $28. 360-445-3000 or MUSIC Starry Night Chamber Orchestra: 3 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. $20, $10 children and students. 360-336-8955 or Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella: 7 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $18-$24. shows/2017-icca-northwest-quarterfinals. Knut Bell and The Blue Collars: 7:30 p.m., Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. $10. 360363-8400 or

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TUNING UP Playing at area venues February 16-22 Thursday.16 Blues and Brews with the Margaret Wilder Band: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. $5. 360-363-8400 or

Jam/Open Mic: 8 p.m., Loco Billy’s, 27021 102nd Ave NW, Stanwood. locobillys. com or 425-737-5144. Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. $20. 360-445-3000 or


Blood, Sweat & Tears: 8 p.m., The Skagit Casino Resort, 5984 Darrk Lane, Bow. $55-$65 877-275-2448 or Nick Anthony and Friends: 8 to 11 p.m., Evelyn’s Tavern, 12667 Highway 9, Clear Lake. 360-399-1321.

Bleeding Tree: 9 p.m., The Skagit Casino Resort, 5984 Darrk Lane, Bow. 877-2752448 or Scratch Daddy: 8:30 p.m. to midnight, Big Lake Bar & Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360422-6411.


THE MOUNTAIN FLOWERS 10 p.m., The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., Bellingham. $10-$12.

Marcel and Nakos: 8 p.m., Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-5881720 or Deception Connection: 6 p.m., Mount Vernon Elks Lodge, 2120 Market St., Mount Vernon. Members and signed-in guests only. 360-848-8882. MuseBird Cafe: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. $10. 360-445-3000 or


JAZZ ON THE CHANNEL WITH FORD GEISBRECHT 6 to 9 p.m., La Conner Sips, 608 S. First St., La Conner. or 360-610-9773.


Blood, Sweat & Tears: 8 p.m., The Skagit Casino Resort, 5984 Darrk Lane, Bow.

$55-$65 877-275-2448 or Electric Soul Society: 8:30 p.m., The Old Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Bow. 360-7666266 or theoldedison. com. Bleeding Tree: 9 p.m., The Skagit Casino Resort, 5984 Darrk Lane, Bow. 877-2752448 or Scratch Daddy: 8:30 p.m. to midnight, Big Lake Bar & Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360422-6411. Stubborn Son: 7:30 p.m., H2O, 314 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-755-3956 or

Whateverly Brothers: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. $5. 360445-3000 or

or 360-399-1614. Jazz on the Channel with Ford Geisbrecht: 6 to 9 p.m., La Conner Sips, 608 S. First St., La Conner. laconnersips. com or 360-610-9773.

Ebb, Slack, & Flood: 9:30 p.m., Brown Lantern Ale House, 412 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-293-2544 or


The Mountain Flowers: 10 p.m., The Shakedown, 1212 N. State St., Bellingham. $10-$12. shakedownbellingham. com.


The Opines: 7:30 p.m., Bastion Brewing Company, 12529 Christianson Road, Anacortes. No cover. All ages.

Bow Diddlers: 5:30 p.m., The Old Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Bow. 360-766-6266 or Fidalgo Swing: 6 p.m., Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-5881720 or

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Kids can have a blast at Kennedy Space Center camp

SHORT TRIPS: Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation offers travel opportunities for ages 8 and older (adult supervision required for ages 17 and younger). Trips depart from and return to Hillcrest Park, 1717 S. 13th St., Mount Vernon. 360-336-6215. Next up: n Dinner, Opera and A Movie at the Paramount Theater: Monday, Feb. 27. Explore the historic Paramount Theater and attend a performance by the Seattle Opera. $67. Register by Tuesday, Feb. 21. n Outdoor Expo-Travel, Adventure, Gear, Golf and More!: Sunday, March 5. Visit three unique showcases including the Travel, Adventure and Gear Expo, the Seattle Bike Show and the Seattle Golf and Travel Show. $67. Register by Monday, Feb. 27. n French Fest and The Curious Nest: Sunday, March 19. $55. Register by Monday, March 13. n Spring Has Sprung Consignment and Thrift Store Tour: Saturday, April 1. $55. Register by Monday, March 27.

By LORI RACKL Chicago Tribune

Looking for a kids camp that’s out of this world? Check out Camp Kennedy Space Center (KSC) near Cape Canaveral, Florida. Camp KSC is running a three-day spring break session April 12-14 for students in second through ninth grades. If those dates don’t align with your school calendar, nine weeklong sessions are available this summer. Kennedy Space Center is a fascinating place to visit any time of year, no matter what your age. But the camps offer a chance for kids to get a more immersive experience. During these learning vacations, campers launch self-made rockets, take part in simulated space shuttle missions and get a taste of astronaut training, among other things. Older students can climb a micro-gravity wall that simulates the surreal effects of moving in zero gravity. Students learn about

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A Camp Kennedy Space Center camper takes a spin in the multi-axis trainer, a NASA mission simulator.

everything from the history of NASA to rocket propulsion and design. Camp is based at the Astronaut Training Experience (ATX) Center near Titusville, Florida, 6 miles west of the main Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. When camp is over, the kids take part in a graduation ceremony at the Astronaut Encounter Theater at the visitor

complex, where they and their families get to meet a veteran NASA astronaut. The spring program, which costs $165, lasts from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Transportation to and from camp isn’t provided. For parents wanting to stay in a nearby hotel, a good option is Fairfield Inn & Suites Titusville. If you want to be closer to the beach,

At the Marysville Opera House 1225 3rd Street • Marysville


Country Inn & Suites in Cape Canaveral may be a better bet. Orlando is about an hour’s drive away. Weeklong summer day camps cost $350 and begin June 5, with the last session scheduled for July 31-Aug. 4. To find out more, visit kennedyspacecenter. com/camps-and-education, or call the visitor complex at 855-4334210.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Recreation Without Borders offers recreational trips, tours and adventures throughout the Northwest and British Columbia. For information or to register: 360-766-7109 or Next up: n Thursdays in the Parks: 9 a.m. to noon. Adults can visit various parks, departing from the Burlington Senior Center. $65. Register by Wednesday prior to each series. n Outdoor Speaker Series “Classic Hikes of Washington”: 4 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28. 12 years and older (under 18 with adult supervision). $20. Register by Friday, Feb. 24. n Magical Strings Celtic Gala: 4 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, March 11. Ages 8 and older (under 18 with adult supervision). $35. Register by Wednesday, March 8. n Harrison Lake: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 18. 12 years and older (under 18 with adult supervision). $50. Register by Wednesday, March 15. n Triangle of Fire: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 25. 8 years and older (under 18 with adult supervision). $55. Register by Wednesday, March 22.

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HOT TICKETS BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS: Feb. 17-18, Skagit Valley Casino, Pacific Showroom, Bow. 877-2752448 or ANGEL OLSEN: Feb. 18, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or LOS CAMPESINOS!: Feb. 20, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or JOHN SCOFIELD: Feb. 21-22, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle. 206-441-9729 or ‘RENT’: Feb. 21-26, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or HIPPO CAMPUS: Feb. 24, Neumos, Seattle. 206709-9442 or TENNIS: Feb. 28, Neumos, Seattle. 206-7099442 or TOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAINKILLERS:

Feb. 28, Conway Muse, Conway. 360-445-3000 or THE RADIO DEPT.: March 1, Neumos, Seattle. 206-709-9442 or neumos. com. JENS LEKMAN: March 5, Neumos, Seattle. 206709-9442 or BOB JAMES QUARTET: March 9-12, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle. 206441-9729 or jazzalley. com. BLUE OYSTER CULT: March 11, Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma. 253-5947777 or LAKE STREET DIVE: March 15, Moore Theatre, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or DON MCLEAN: March 17-18, Skagit Casino Resort, Bow. 877-275-2448 or RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: March 17, KeyAre-

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS March 17, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or livenation. com. na, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or ALI WONG: March 17,

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Friday, February 24 7:30pm

Moore Theatre, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or

DAYA: March 18, Neumos, Seattle. 206-7099442 or PANIC! AT THE DISCO: March 21, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or RICKIE LEE JONES & MADELEINE PEYROUX: March 22, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-6821414 or ARIANA GRANDE: March 23, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or CHRIS STAPLETON: March 28, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or LOCASH: March 29, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: LUZIA: March 30-April 30, Marymoor Park, Redmond. cirquedusoleil. com/luzia.

GAME OF THRONES LIVE: March 31, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or REGINA SPEKTOR: April 3, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 800-7453000 or SLEAFORD MODS: April 5, Neumos, Seattle. 206-709-9442 or neumos. com. GROUPLOVE: April 6, The Showbox SODO, Seattle. 888-929-7849 or THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS: April 8, Neumos, Seattle. 206-7099442 or ‘AMPLIFY!: RAISING WOMEN’S VOICES’: April 13-Aug. 27, Sound Theatre Company, Seattle. soundtheatrecompany. org. — For complete listings, visit and click on “Entertainment”

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REVIEWS SAMPHA, “The Process — Sampha’s “The Process” has been a long time in coming. The British songwriter born Sampha Sisay released his first EP, “Sundanza,” in 2010 and has slowly and steadily built anticipation for his full-length debut with carefully plotted, ever more high-profile collaborations with Solange, Drake and Kanye West. “The Process” comes to haunting fruition on this powerfully personal collection, in which the south London singer carves out an electro-soul space akin to post-modern R&B purveyors like Frank Ocean (whose “Endless” he also

guested on), but with an even more intimate alone-at-the-keyboard sensibility. Sampha’s becalmed vocals expertly convey emotional fragility in songs in which skittering beats and heartfelt musings are rarely at cross purposes. The most effective performance on “The Process,” though, is “Nobody Knows Me (Like the Piano),” which finds him giving props to the instrument in his mother’s house to which he owes his self-realization: “You would show me I have something some people call a soul.” — Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer

MIGOS, “C U L T U R E” — When Atlanta creator Donald Glover shouted out Migos — the Georgian, experimental hip-hop trio — during his win at the Golden Globes in January, it was the first time many heard the name. Mainstream anonymity didn’t last long, as Migos’ spare “Bad and Boujee,” complete with weird breathy shooshes and mentions from Philly’s Lil Uzi Ver, hit Billboard’s No. 1 spot before month’s end. For rap aficionados, however, Migos has been generating clever, oddball tracks with a genuine knack for the contagious since 2013’s “Versace.” For Migos’ mostly

somber, full-length sophomore effort, rappers Quavo (the quavering floaty MC), Offset (the edgy one), and Takeoff (the bass voice) have refined the jagged tips and jarring flips of 2015’s “Yung Rich Nation” without losing its cranky, fringy funk. On the Auto-Tuned “Get Right Witcha” and “T-Shirt,” the trio’s texts flow through one another. Ruminative pianos stay Satie-still (“Brown Paper Bag”) or grow grand on the theatrically orchestrated “Deadz” and “Big on Big.” Yet Migos gets bigger still with what is 2017’s first amazing album, whose memory should linger into 2018

and beyond. — A.D. Amorosi, The Philadelphia Inquirer THIEVERY CORPORATION, “The Temple of I & I” — Washington’s Thievery Corporation at their best have transmuted diverse genres into an appealing groove: Whether they’re collaborating with Bebel Gilberto, Femi Kuti or the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, they can turn an album into an easily digestible, if sometimes politically provocative, mixtape. At their worst, Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, who curate the band with a DJ’s sensibility, risk seeming like cultural tourists, willfully

dabbling in world music styles or jazz or hiphop. “The Temple of I & I” falls in the middle of that spectrum: Although dub has always been a core element in Thievery Corporation’s trip-hop melting pot, this time they go all-in with Jamaican styles, similar to their exploration of Brazilian music on 2014’s “Saudade.” Regular collaborators such as the sweetvoiced Lou Lou and the socially conscious rapper Mr. Lif appear, as do newly recruited Jamaican singer Racquel Jones, and the album flows smoothly, if almost too much so. — Steve Klinge, The Philadelphia Inquirer





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NT Live: “Saint Joan’ 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse in London, England. Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. Rating: 15 (equivalent to R: for infrequent strong lanquage). $18 adults, $16 seniors, $14 students and children, with $2 off for Lincoln members.


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‘Neruda’ 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 17-18 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 In Pablo Larrain’s second film of the year, Luis Gnecco, one of Chile’s most popular comedic actors, plays Pablo Neruda, and Gael Garcia Bernal plays the investigator on his trail. Beloved poet Pablo Neruda (Gnecco) is also the most famous communist in post-WWII Chile. When the political tides shift, he is forced underground, with a police inspector (Bernal) hot on his trail. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom. Neruda, however, sees the struggle with his police inspector nemesis as an opportunity to reinvent himself. He cunningly plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse ever more perilous. In this story of a persecuted poet and his obsessive adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become a symbol for liberty, as well as a literary legend. Rated R. $10 general; $9 seniors, students and active military; $8 members; $7 ages 12 and under. Sunday bargain prices: $8 general, $6 members, $5 children 12 and under.

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7 p.m. today, Feb. 16 “In Utero” is a cinematic rumination on what the film’s makers say will emerge as the most provocative subject of the 21st century — life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior and the state of the world. Epigenetics, “Alice In Wonderland,” “The Matrix,” scientists, psychologists and doctors converge to prove that we are not what we think we are. “In Utero” brings together for the first time convincing data that explains why some of us face challenges from the start while others thrive. The second annual Spotlight Film Festival features documentaries that shine a light on issues important to Skagit County residents. Films are featured from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, through Feb. 23.$5 suggested donation.


Spotlight Film Festival: ‘In Utero’


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Oyelowo, Pike breathe life into starcrossed lovers in ‘A United Kingdom’ By KENNETH TURAN Los Angeles Times

The opening title “Based on a true story” can cover a multitude of movie sins, but in “A United Kingdom,” it unlocks the door to a romantic drama that grows more remarkable by the minute. While lovers faced with daunting obstacles is a dramatic tradition going back to Romeo and Juliet, if not further, the real-life barriers facing Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) when they fell in love in 1947 London were unusually intimidating and overwhelming. The African Khama and British Williams had to contend with more than casual British racial prejudice, more than the taunts of yobs on the street or even the horror of Williams’ own father, who tells his daughter, “You disgust me.” Much more. For Khama was not simply a handsome and charismatic African, he was also a prince of his native country, the British protectorate of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), and about to become king. And Williams was on the surface simply an ordinary office worker, leading to taunts such as “a chief cannot pluck a girl out of the typing pool.” Back home, not only were Khama’s sister and the aunt who raised him aghast at the match but so were big chunks of the country’s population, especially his regent uncle Tshekedi Khama (an effective Vusi Kunene), who felt he was compromising Bechuanaland’s future and demanded he abdi-

of the unwavering Williams. cate the throne. And he wanted Asante after More than that, the love seeing “Belle” because he felt, match between these two the press notes relate, “she caused serious international convinces the audience that political dislocations. Bechtwo people are falling in love uanaland’s neighbor South before their eyes.” Africa, starting to implement Along with its willingness its racial separation policy of apartheid, was furious at what to honor the story’s complexity, it is that ability to make us it considered an affront, and believe that these two as an influential mempeople have become ber of the Commonso truly and deeply wealth, that country in love that they can had enormous sway withstand whatever with British policy tothe world throws ward the protectorate. against them that Quite a lot for keeps “A United Kinga young couple dom” involving. to contend with; Certainly falling as written by Guy Pike in love was hardly Hibbert (“Eye in the on Williams’ mind Sky,” “Omagh”) and when she accompadirected by Amma nied her sister Muriel Asante (“Belle”), “A (“Downton Abbey’s” United Kingdom” Laura Carmichael) does a satisfying job to an earnest event of keeping all these called the Missionary balls in the air. Society Dance. There “A United Kingshe meets Khama, and dom” is traditional, the two bond over a well-made cinema, Oyelowo mutual love of Amerwith a taste for the ican jazz, and, as it obvious at certain points, turns out, the energetic swing but it has some powerful dancing they convincingly advantages. These include take part in as their attachits remarkable story (Susan ment deepens. Williams’ book “Colour Bar” The reveal to Williams that was a primary source) plus Khama is no ordinary African a director who knows how but a future leader comes to convey its essence and a fairly early on, and “A United superior cast whose presence Kingdom” is especially good at elevates the material. conveying the attraction that Co-star Oyelowo, percontinues to bind them even suasively sensitive as well as strong, has been connected to though they know it doesn’t make sense. “I will never the project since even before his role as the Rev. Martin Lu- achieve anything,” he tells her, ther King Jr. in 2014’s “Selma” “if I leave my heart here.” Inevitably less convincingly brought him to prominence. portrayed are the string of The actor helped persuade myopic Foreign Office Brits Pike, much sought after after playing the disappearing Amy such as Alistair Canning (Jack in “Gone Girl,” to take the role Davenport) who have their

devious, distinctly nonromantic reasons for trying to derail this love match. When Canning threatens Khama with the assertive “now you will see how an empire defends itself,” he is for once being completely candid. By contrast, the film’s portrayal of key Africans, starting with but not limited to Oyelowo and Kunene’s performances, is one of the strengths of “A United Kingdom.” The film’s most effective nonromantic scene, in fact, has Khama’s sister Naledi (Terry Pheto, from the Oscar-winning “Tsotsi”) and his aunt Ella (Abena Ayivor) having a “why would you do this to us?” confrontation with Williams that has both substance and bite. Though it engages in some not surprising simplifying of complex events, “A United Kingdom” also displays a welcome yearning for fidelity, with cinematographer Sam McCurdy shooting exteriors in Botswana, including Khama and Williams’ original home in the village of Serowe (which the film crew sought out and refurbished). The married couple’s real-life battles against the forces arrayed against them were fought one skirmish at a time over a number of years. “A United Kingdom” understands that it was by no means easy but emphasizes the centrality of their determination not to allow “the world’s ugliness to take our joy away.” They don’t, and we are all the better for it. — 1:51. Rating: PG-13, for some language, including racial epithets and a scene of sensuality. HHH (out of four stars)

Compiled from news services. Ratings are 1 to 4 stars. “Fist Fight” — A violent teacher (Ice Cube) challenges a sniveling colleague (Charlie Day) to a fight after school in a comedy that’s ugly, mean-spirited and bereft of laughs. The 91 minutes of cinematic detention feel twice as long. Comedy, R, 91 minutes. Zero stars. “The Comedian” — What’s more painful than watching a comedian bomb? Watching one of our great actors, Robert De Niro, bomb playing a comedian. He and the rest of an exceptionally talented supporting cast flounder about in one ill-conceived set piece after another. Comedy drama, R, 120 minutes. H “A Dog’s Purpose” — There are some uplifting moments in this story of one dog living several lives through reincarnation, but the overall mood of Lasse Hallstrom’s pup-point-of-view film is ... melancholy, sometimes even grim. It just wears you down. Comedy drama, PG, 100 minutes. HH “Gold” — A great big performance by Matthew McConaughey, as a hard-drinking hustler looking for a rumored vein of gold in Indonesia, and the fine work by the outstanding cast carries the day in this uneven and overlong but nonetheless entertaining American Dream saga. Adventure drama, R, 121 minutes. HHH “Split” — James McAvoy does wonders with the role of a man with 23 personalities who abducts three teenage girls. With this chilling, creepy, bold and sometimes bat-bleep absurd thriller, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan serves notice he’s still got some nifty plot tricks up his sleeve. Thriller, PG-13, 117 minutes. HHH½ “The Founder” — The casting of the eminently likable Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the sometimes unethical man who turned the McDonald brothers’ burger joint into a national fast-food powerhouse, is a stroke of genius. This whipsmart, breezy, sunny and yet also darkly funny slice of Americana is the first great movie I’ve seen in 2017. Biography, PG13, 115 minutes. HHHH “Paterson” — The latest film by writer-director Jim Jarmusch is about one week in the life of a bus driver named Paterson (Adam Driver, in maybe his most interesting screen performance to date) who lives in Paterson, New Jersey, and wants to be a poet. Comedy drama, R, 115 minutes. HHH½

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triumph in the unabashedly sentimental and wonderfully inspirational story of three black female mathematicians (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae) who worked for NASA in the 1960s. Historical drama, PG, 127 minutes. HHH½ “Lion” — Half of “Lion” is about a boy in India separated from his family, and half is about his quest to find them as an adult (Dev Patel), and each is remarkable in its own way. It’s a magical tale grounded in reality, sure to reduce most moviegoers to tears that are honestly and legitimately earned. Drama, PG-13, 120 minutes. HHH½ “Passengers” — Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt play travelers who wake up prematurely from hibernation during a 120year spaceship journey. The visual effects, while arresting at times, are just diverting eye candy, momentarily distracting us from the realities of the off-putting, ridiculous storyline. Sci-fi romance, PG-13, 116 minutes. H½


blood-spattered, sadistic thriller with a goes-nowhere plot. Crime thriller, R, 92 minutes. H “A Monster Calls” — A lonely boy with a dying mother is visited in the dead of night by a giant, sprawling tree with a humanlike face and a booming voice that sounds very much like Liam Neeson. This adaption of a children’s book is mostly well-filmed and well-intentioned, but only occasionally involving. Fantasy drama, PG-13, 108 minutes. HH½ “Fences” — In the movie adaptation of August Wilson’s great play about a tragically dysfunctional family in the 1950s, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reprise their Tony-winning Broadway roles, and there are times when the film feels stagey and over the top. What works: the brilliant dialogue and the raw intensity of the performances. Drama, PG-13, 139 minutes. HHH “Hidden Figures” — You might just find yourself applauding during certain moments of dramatic


“Live by Night” — Ben Affleck directs and stars in a curiously unfocused Prohibition-era gangster epic with some well-choreographed action scenes, a few provocative plot threads, but an increasingly meandering main story line that goes from intriguing to confounding to preachy to what exactly are we even watching here? Crime drama, R, 129 minutes. HH½ “20th Century Women” — There’s not a single false, “actor-y” note in Annette Bening’s nuanced work as a middle-aged single mom who recruits her boarder (Greta Gerwig) and young neighbor (Elle Fanning) to help raise her teenage son. The authentic, bittersweet, sometimes lyrical screenplay feels like a slim but engrossing novel. Drama, R, 118 minutes. HHH “Arsenal” — In his latest curiosity act of a performance, Nicolas Cage goes full-throttle maniacal as a seedy crime boss prone to fits of sadistic violence. Adrian Grenier and John Cusack join him in this trashy,

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OAK HARBOR CINEMAS Feb. 17-23 The Great Wall (PG-13): Friday-Sunday: 1:10, ANACORTES CINEMAS 3:35, 6:40, 9:05; Monday-Thursday: 1:10, 3:35, 6:40 Feb. 17-23 Fifty Shades Darker (R): Friday-Saturday: 1:00, The Great Wall (PG-13): Friday-Sunday: 1:20, 4:10, 6:35, 9:00; Monday-Thursday: 1:20, 4:10, 6:35 3:45, 6:30, 9:15; Sunday: 3:45, 6:30, 9:15; MondayThursday: 1:00, 3:45, 6:30 Fifty Shades Darker (R): Friday-Sunday: 1:10, The Lego Batman Movie (PG): Friday-Sunday: 3:50, 6:30, 9:10; Monday-Thursday: 1:10, 3:50, 6:30 1:20, 3:50, 6:25, 8:55; Monday-Tuesday: 1:20, 3:50, The Lego Batman Movie (PG): Friday-Sunday: 1:30, 4:00, 6:25, 8:50; Monday-Thursday: 1:30, 4:00, 6:25; Wednesday: 1:20, 3:50; Thursday: 1:20, 3:50, 6:25 6:25 Saving Faith (NR): Sunday: 1:00; Wednesday: 7:00 360-293-7000 360-279-2226 CONCRETE THEATRE STANWOOD CINEMAS Feb. 17-19 La La Land (PG-13): Friday: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: Feb. 17-23 The Great Wall 3D (PG-13): Friday-Sunday: 4:00, 5 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 5 p.m. 9:05; Monday-Thursday: 4:00 360-941-0403 The Great Wall (PG-13): 1:00, 6:30 Fifty Shades Darker (R): Friday-Sunday: 1:10, BLUE FOX DRIVE-IN 3:55, 6:50, 9:15; Monday-Thursday: 1:10, 3:55, 6:50 Oak Harbor The Lego Batman Movie 3D (PG): 1:20, 6:40 360-675-5667 The Lego Batman Movie (PG): Friday-Sunday: 3:50, 8:55; Monday-Thursday: 3:50 CASCADE MALL THEATERS Hidden Figures (PG): Friday-Sunday: 12:50, 3:45, Burlington 6:40, 9:30; Monday-Thursday: 12:50, 3:45, 6:40 For showings: 888-AMC-4FUN (888-262-4386) Lion (PG-13): Friday-Sunday: 12:45, 3:35, 6:25, 9:15; Monday-Thursday: 12:45, 3:35, 6:25 * Times subject to change 360-629-0514

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