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NEW ON DVD THIS WEEK “Deepwater “B.C. Butcher”: Upcoming Horror story that unHorizon”: Director folds in the Stone Age. Peter Berg gets past the movie releases “Miraculous: Tales familiarity problem of Following is a partial of Ladybug & Cat the film being based schedule of coming DVD Noir: Be Miraculous”: on a real story with his releases. Release dates Includes seven episodes “Deepwater Horizon” by are subject to change: in which the heroes playing up the human protect Paris. element of the major JAN. 17 “The Story of God players. By the time the n The Girl on the Train with Morgan Freeexplosion on the oil rig n Ouija 2: Origin of Evil man”: Freeman goes in the Gulf of Mexico n Keeping Up With the on a journey to discover unfolds in massively Joneses how our beliefs connect grand style, there is real n Zero Days us all. reason to be concerned n 12 Monkeys: Season “Homeland: The about the people facing Two Complete Fifth a hell on Earth. n Come and Find Me Season”: Carrie has “The Birth of a Nan Roger Corman’s trouble starting a new tion”: Nate Parker took Death Race 2050 life in Berlin. on the massive task of n Rizzoli & Isles: the “Lost & Found”: not only writing and Complete Seventh and Two teenage boys go directing his version of Final Season on a quest to discover “The Birth of a Nation,” n Surf’s Up: Wave where their grandfather but he also stars in the Mania stashed his fortune. film that recounts the n The Hollow Point “Puppy Power!”: largest slave revolt in n The Whole Truth Woofster and the Super United States history. n When Elephants Readers go on advenParker’s passion for the Were Young tures. project based on a true “The People vs. story spurred him to JAN. 24 Fritz Bauer”: German create a production that n Inferno attorney general turns resonates through the to the Mossad to help ages, but it also blinded him track down a war criminal. him to a few creative flaws. “Apple of My Eye”: Equestrian This is a powerful and moving story that sadly reflects social injustice finds a new need for horses when she is blinded. and crimes against humanity, some “My King”: While recovering from of which continues to this day. The an injury, a woman reflects on her biggest flaw is that there are a few turbulent 10-year relationship. places where the first-time director “xXx: 15th Anniversary Edition”: shows more love with the filmmaking Action film starring Vin Diesel is process than with this moving and being re-released before new film in important story. series hits theaters. “The Accountant”: Take a lifeless “37”: A group of 37 neighbors do performance by Ben Affleck. Add an nothing while a woman is murdered. unimaginative script and confusing “Black America Since MLK: And direction by Gavin O’Connor. The result for “The Accountant” is a movie Still I Rise”: Henry Louis Gates Jr. where the math just doesn’t work. The narrates the history of the Civil Rights Movement. film about an accountant who has “The Tonight Show Starring been diagnosed as having a high-funcJohnny Carson: Johnny and tioning form of autism misses so Friends Featuring Jerry Seinfeld”: badly that what is supposed to be an action film ends up being more comic Collection of appearances by the comedian on the talk show. than thrilling. And there are so many people to blame. “Max Steel”: Teenager learns his NEW ON DIGITAL HD JAN. 10 body can generate powerful energy. “Battle for Incheon: Operation “Kevin Hart: What Now?”: Kevin Chromite”: South Korean soldiers Hart performs in front of 50,000 peotry to infiltrate a North Korea military instillation. ple at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial — By Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee Field.

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Skagit River Eagle Festival

NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY, STORYTELLING, MUSIC AND MORE

SKAGIT RIVER EAGLE VIEWING & PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15 Where: Marblemount Community Hall, 60055 State Route 20, Marblemount At a glance: Native history, storytelling, music, local native arts and crafts vendors, and Indian frybread tacos all day 11:00 a.m.: “Saga of the Sockeye Salmon” puppet show Flutist Peter Ali and guitarist JP Falcon Grady will perform. Free admission, donations appreciated More info: 360-873-2323 or marblemountcommunityhall.org

When: 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15 Where: Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52921 Rockport Park Road, Rockport At a glance: Experience a 3-hour tour in heated drift boats with high-backed cushioned seats, offered by Skagit River Guide Service. Photography or scenic trips available. $75 per person, ages 5 and under $55. Reservations required. More info: 888-675-2448, skagitguide1@gmail.com, skagiteagles.com

INFORMATION STATION When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15 Where: Concrete Center, 45821 Railroad St., Concrete At a glance: Arts and crafts, gift basket raffle, festival souvenirs, maps, schedules and directions More info: 360-853-8784

DEEP FOREST TOURS & DISCOVERY CENTER When: 11 to 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13-15 Where: Rockport State Park, 51095 Highway 20, Rockport At a glance: This forest tour will take you deep into the 670 acres of old-growth forest of Rockport State Park at the foot of Sauk Mountain. Guided hikes are at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Kids can explore in the Discovery Center with crafts and interactive wildlife displays, books and games. Discover Pass or $10 day-use fee required to access the park. Tour & Discovery Center is free. More info: 360-853-8461, rockport@ parks.wa.gov.

SKAGIT RIVER BALD EAGLE INTERPRETIVE CENTER When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15 Where: Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Rd., Rockport At a glance: Learn about eagles, watershed issues and local natural and cultural history through guided naturalist hikes, presentations and the Nature Store. Operated by the Skagit River Bald Eagle Awareness Team. Free admission, donations appreciated. More info: 360-853-7626, srbeatic@ frontier.com, skagiteagle.org

EAGLE WATCHER STATIONS When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15 At a glance: Eagle Watcher volunteers can answer your questions about bald eagles, salmon and the Skagit watershed. They’ll have binoculars and spotting scopes available. Viewing stations are at Howard Miller Steelhead Park in Rockport, Sutter Creek at Milepost 100, and Marblemount Fish Hatchery. Marblemount Fish Hatchery is also offering self-guided tours. Free. More info: 360-854-2617, erkeene@ fs.fed.us

EAGLET CRAFTS When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 Where: Upper Skagit Library, 45770 Main St., Concrete. All ages. Free. More info: 360-853-7939, upperskagit. lib.wa.us

WILDLIFE HAYRIDE & CAMPFIRE When: 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 Where: Double O Ranch, 46276 Concrete Sauk Valley Road, Concrete At a glance: An educational hayride through 250 acres of timber, pasture and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) project. See eagles, deer, elk and more. Learn about conservation projects, selective timber harvesting and see how wildlife habitat is enhanced by our ranching practices. Children’s wildlife footprints matching game and ranch history display. Pets must remain in car. Activity is weather dependent. Dress for the weather. Free. More info: breakfast@ovenells-inn. com, ovenells-inn.com, 360-853-8494


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OUT & ABOUT ART THE ART LIFE: The new exhibit “Art Life” will open with a reception at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at i.e., 5800 Cains Court, Edison, and continue through Feb. 19. It features Lana Sundberg, Tim Fowler and Patty Detzer. i.e.edisonwa@gmail.com or 360-488-3458. ‘INTERSCAPES’ ART EXHIBIT: “Interscapes” is a collection of bold, colorful abstract expressionist paintings by Gregory S. Walsh, who discovered painting after a long career in the music and film industries. The exhibit continues through January at Fourth Corner Frames, 311 W. Holly St., Bellingham. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. fourthcornerframes. com. RED TAILS, SILVER WINGS: The exhibit “Red Tails, Silver Wings,” featuring 53 paintings and drawings by artist Chris Hopkins, continues through Feb. 25 at the Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The work depicts the first African American military pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. schack.org or 425-2595050. ART AT MoNA: Three new exhibitions will open with a reception at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, and continue through March 26 at the Museum of North-

west 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. 360466-4446 or monamuseum.org. 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 continuum — of the medium of glass, of the continuity of forms, and of tradition through to innovation. THE GOOD STUFF ARTS GALLERY: The Good Stuff Arts Gallery, 604 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, is featuring the work of Randy Emmons, Peggy Woods, Suzanne Powers, Terry MacDonald, Carla Seaton, Ruth Owen, Ron Moore

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TURE EXHIBIT: The La Conner Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit is on display through March 1 at public locations. The annual juried exhibition features work by some of the Northwest’s most accomplished artists. For information, including a map of the sculptures and works available for sale: 360466-3125 or townoflaconner.org. RACHEL DENNY SHOW: Rachel Denny will develop an exhibit focusing on the beauty of the natural world to be held at ACME Creative, 705 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. A reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.

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Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, continues a show featuring pastels by Amanda Houston, acrylics by Jennifer Bowman, color photographs by Randy Dana and Lewis Jones, photo encaustics by Kathy Hastings, flamepainted wire mesh by Lanny Bergner and new jewelry by Melanie Brauner. The show runs through Jan. 31. The gallery is open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and by appointment. Closed Sundays. Online gallery: scottmilo.com. More info: gallery@scottmilo.com. Pictured: “Sunflower Sunrise,” by Randy Dana.

and Maria Wickwire through January. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. thegoodstuff.com or 360 755-3152. TEXTILE ARTS: The exhibit “The Nature of Place: Pictorial quilts by Charlotte Bird and Ree Nancarrow,” continues through Jan. 29 at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 S. Second St., La Conner. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission: $7, $5

students and military, free for members and ages 11 and younger. 360-466-4288 or laconnerquilts.org. “GROWTH PATTERNS”: The exhibit “Growth Patterns” featuring oil painter Patty Haller and ceramic sculptor Brian O’Neill continues through Jan. 30 at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave., Edison. info@ smithandvallee.com or 360-766-6230. OUTDOOR SCULP-

FAME THE MUSICAL: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, Mount Baker Theatre, 104 North Commercial, Bellingham. $30.50 to $69.50. tickets@mountbakertheatre.com or 360734-6080. COMEDY IN ALGER: ALTA Theatre (Alger Lookout Thespian Association) presents the madcap comedy “You Can’t Take It with You.” Dessert theatre at 7 p.m., Jan. 27-28, Feb. 3-4 and 10-11, matinees at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and Feb. 12. $10 (matinee) and $12-14 (dessert theatre). altatheatre.com or 360-424-5144. “INTO THE WOODS”: Feb. 10 to March 5, Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Boulevard, Oak Harbor. $20. whidbeyplayhouse.com or 360-679-2237. ”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 tickets@mountbakertheatre.com.

LECTURES AND TALKS 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. 360-363-8400 or marysvillewa.gov. Next up: n Tuesday, Jan. 24: Ryan Morrison: “The Pacific Crest Trail: A Long Walk Home.” SCANDINAVIAN IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE: The Skagit Valley Geneological Society will host the program “The Scandinavian Immigrant Experience” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Burlington Senior Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave. The guest speaker will be professional genealogist Linda Duffield, who will discuss her research using the Pacific Lutheran University archives. skagitvalleygenealogy.org. LOOKING FOR BETTY MACDONALD: Seattle author and historian Paula Becker will present “Looking for Betty MacDonald The Egg, the Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave., Burlington.


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OUT & ABOUT WHALES TALK: Research biologist John Calambokidis of Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia will speak about research and insights on Northwest coast humpback, blue and gray whales at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at the Northwest Educational Service District Building, 1601 R St., Anacortes. Free. BOATING WITH BUDDY: La Conner Retirement Inn will host the talk “Boating with Buddy: A Dog’s View on His Human’s Hobby,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 204 N. First St., La Conner. Buddy, a rescue dog, has joined a new family who loves boating. Buddy’s human, Sue, will share her adventures with Buddy boating around the Washington area. Free. 360-466-5700.

MUSIC THE TIME JUMPERS: The Time Jumpers will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $39.50 to $79.50. The group features Vince Gill (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars), “Ranger Doug” Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Brad Albin (upright bass), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle, vocals), Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano) and Billy Thomas (drums, vocals). tickets@ mountbakertheatre. com or 360-734-6080. IN CONCERT: Cillian Vallely and Kevin

Crawford will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at the Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave., Mount Vernon. $20 to $25. celticarts.org or 360416-4934.

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JESSE COOK ONE WORLD TOUR: Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $20.50 to $49.50. tickets@ mountbakertheatre.com or 360-734-6080. “MUSIC AND MEMORIES”: The fifth annual event will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes. Blackstone and Burnett Band will be the featured entertainment for the evening. The event will feature dinner, music, raffles and silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit The Bradford House and Gentry House. $60. skagitadultdayprogram.org. FAMILY CONCERT: Skagit Symphony will present “Peter and the Wolf ” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. $10 general admission, $1 students and children. info@skagitsymphony.com. JAZZ AT THE CENTER: Cory Weeds and Harold Mabern will play from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. $20, students free. 360-387-0222. OPEN MIC NIGHT:

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Former Upper Skagit Library volunteer Karen Smith will read from her new children’s book, “My Name is Twirp,” at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the library, 45770 Main St., Concrete. The collaborative book, which includes illustrations by local artist Don Smith and coloring pages, was created to benefit a new library project. Free. cthomas@upperskagit.lib.wa.us, upperskagit.lib.wa.us or 360-853-7939.

Mount Vernon City Library will host Open Mic Night for local musicians from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at 315 Snoqualmie St., Mount Vernon. Teens and tweens welcome if accompanied by parent or guardian. Free. Preregister: mikeb@ mountvernonwa.gov or 360-336-6209. NIGHT OF QUEEN: Freddie Mercury imitator Gary Mullen will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 North Commercial St., Bellingham. $20.50 to $39.50. tickets@ mountbakertheatre.com or 360-734-6080. BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS: Blood, Sweat & Tears with Bo Rice will perform at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday,

Feb. 17-18, at the Pacific Showroom at the Skagit Casino Resort, 5984 N. Darrk Lane, Bow. theskagit.com.

St., Bellingham. The group will be joined by We Banjo 3. $20.50 to $49.50. tickets@ mountbakertheatre.com or 360-734-6080.

INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT: Tour 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. tickets@mountbakertheatre. com or 360-734-6080.

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 tickets@mountbakertheatre.com.

IRISH ROVERS FAREWELL CONCERT: 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

ROBERT BURNS SCOTTISH SUPPER: The Celtic Arts Foundation will host its 25th annual Robert Burns Scottish Evening at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124

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Cleveland Ave., Mount Vernon. Celebrating one of Scotland’s favorite sons, the event will include dinner, readings of Burns’ poetry, Highland dance, whisky and — of course — haggis. $50. 360-416-4934 or celticarts.org. CIRCUS SHOW: A circus benefit show for Bellingham musician and teacher Lucas Hicks will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Cirque Lab, 1401 Sixth St., Bellingham. Hicks was first diagnosed with a rare sarcoma thirteen years ago, and again in 2012. He is undergoing treatment for an aggressive recurrence. Performers include the Bellingham Circus Guild, The Gallus Brothers, and Bar Tabac, a square dance with The Shadies and Seattle caller Gabe Strand. $10 to $20. della@bellinghamcircusguild.com. “AIRINGS”: “Airings ... Voices of our Youth,” a dance/theatre piece created by Kuntz and Company that explores the pressures young people face in middle and high school, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Western Washington University Performing Arts Center Mainstage, 516 High St., Bellingham. Free, but a reservation is required. kuntzandco. org/airings. n To submit an item for Thursday’s 360 section, send the information in writing to 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98274, or email: features@skagitpublishing. com or by fax: 360-4280400. Deadline is 14 days before publication.


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GET INVOLVED ART PHOTO CONTEST: The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center (SRBEIC) presents a photo contest in celebration of 20 years of eagle stewardship. The top 20 photos that capture moments while eagle watching or other outdoor adventures will be selected to represent 20 seasons of eagle watching and Skagit River ecosystem education. Photos must be taken during fall and winter 2016-17. The deadline is Sunday, Jan. 15. One grand prize winner will receive an Eagle Float Tour by Skagit River Guide Service, and the top 20 photos will be featured on SRBEIC’s Facebook page and website. Con-

Family Concert SKAGIT SYMPHONY SUNDAY, JANUARY 29

Los Cenzontles February 10

Rhythm Party

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Sundae Drumdae Sunday, February 12

The James Hunter Six February 24

Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit March 3

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test is open to expert and novice photographers. Send submissions or questions to skagiteagles@gmail. com. Contest guidelines at skagiteagle.org. 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. sjisculpturepark. com. EXPLORING CREATIVITY: IN ART AND LIFE WORKSHOP: With artist Anne Schreivogl, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, Screechingbird Studios in Anacortes. Learn tools to work with resistance, be with the unknown and return us to a state of flow. Especially for those feeling “stuck” with art or in life. No art experience required. $125. Register at screechingbird.com. Questions: Contact Anne at aes@fidalgo. net. CALL FOR INSTRUCTORS: Burlington Parks and Recreation seeks qualified instructors to expand its enrichment classes for youth and adults. To download an instructor’s packet, visit burlingtonwa.gov and click on the “Instructors Needed” tab. More

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May. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Jennie at cantabilechamberchoir@gmail.com or 425-312-4565. ”GODSPELL”: Open auditions at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 27-28 and March 1, at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St., Lynden. The production will run Thursdays-Sundays, May 4-21. 360-354-4425 or clairevgtheatre.com.

Cantabile Chamber Choir seeks experienced choral singers who want to be part of a group of chamber singers who are dedicated to musical excellence. Auditions will be held for all parts from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Bethany Covenant Church, 1318 S. 18th St., Mount Vernon. Rehearsals are 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays from September through May. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Jennie at cantabilechamberchoir@gmail.com or 425-312-4565.

info: 360-755-9649 or recreation@burlingtonwa.gov. CALL FOR TEXTILE & FIBER ARTISTS: The La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum will present FiberFest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at La Conner Middle School, 404 N. Sixth St., La Conner. The sale will feature unique fabrics, yarns, textiles, embellishments and tools for the quilt and fiber artist. While finished products and wearable art are welcome, priority is given to textiles and fiber art materials. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 10, or until all slots are full. Call the museum at 360-466-4288 or Karen at 360-770-5346, or email fiberfest@laconnerquilts.org. 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. Contact Kat Peterson, 360-755-3152. CALL FOR ARTISTS: Peacehealth United General Medical Center seeks artists to display and sell art in its facility, 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@

peacehealth.org. CALL FOR SCULPTURES: The Anacortes Arts Commission and City of Anacortes are accepting submissions of sculptures for an outdoor exhibit in the madrona grove behind the Depot Art Center, 611 R Ave. Deadline is Feb. 13. 360-293-1918 or mary@cityofanacortes.org.

AUDITIONS CANTABILE CHAMBER CHOIR AUDITIONS: Cantabile Chamber Choir seeks experienced choral singers who want to be part of a group of chamber singers who are dedicated to musical excellence. Auditions will be held for all parts from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Bethany Covenant Church, 1318 S. 18th St., Mount Vernon. Rehearsals are 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays from September through

”37 POSTCARDS”: Auditions will be held on from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Feb. 5-6, at Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. Parts are available for one man age 28-35, one man age 60-75 and four women ages 20-75. The show runs April 14-30. 360679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com. POSEIDON PLAYERS: The Poseidon Players will have auditions for the next Black Box Theater presentation at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, and 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Star Studio, behind Whidbey Playhouse, 730 S.E. Midway Boulevard, Oak Harbor. Looking for people interested in honing their acting, directing, playwright or technical skills. Everyone gets a part and new and experienced people are encouraged to share in the fun of one-act plays. Those interested in directing or submitting a short play should contact Lisa at the Whidbey Playhouse by Jan. 18. 360-679-2237 or www. whidbeyplayhouse.com.


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GET INVOLVED SALSASERE SALSA NIGHT: The first of a monthly Latin dance night playing salsa, bachata, merengue, son, cha cha cha, timba, reggaeton and more will take place from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Friday, Feb. 2, at The Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce St., Conway. A half-hour introduction to Cuban salsa with Yasmare of Cubasere is included with admission. $10. 360-223-7151 and cubasere.com. BEGINNING CUBAN SALSA AND RUEDA CLASSES: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through March 28, The Studio@Riverside, 2226 Market St., Mount Vernon. Classes taught by Havana-born instructor Yasmare Gonzalez. $12 drop-in rate, or $40 for four classes. 360-2237151 and cubasere.com. BEGINNING SQUARE DANCING: Learn how to square dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St., Mount Vernon. Couples and singles ages 10 and older are welcome. The first two evenings are free, $4 thereafter. 360-424-4608 or rosie@ valleyint.com. 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. All are welcome. No partners needed. For information, contact Gary or Ginny at 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 soft-soled shoes without heels. $8 per class. For information, call Mary Anderson at 360-933-1779 or visit bellinghamscd.org. JOLLY TIME CLUB: Dance to live music from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Hillcrest Lodge, 1717 S. 13th St., Mount Vernon. For information, contact Gisela at 360-424-5696. CLOG DANCING FOR BEGINNERS: Free lesson from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by clog dancing from 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays, at the 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 360-424-4608.

MUSIC BARBERSHOP HARMONY: Attend a free, no-commitment rehearsal of the AnO-Chords, a four-part barbershop group. 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, 360-941-5733 or svenbob@cheerful.com. 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. 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.

local region. The event features live music, brews, ciders and local food. info@mountvernondowntown.org or 360-336-3801.

RECREATION GUIDED NATURE HIKES: The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center will host guided nature hikes in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service during the height of bald eagle migration through January. Hikes are lead by U.S. Forest Service field rangers from Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Hikes follow the Sauk-Skagit Reach trail in Howard Miller Steelhead Park focusing on eagles, salmon and their interconnected relationships

within the Skagit River watershed. Hikes are 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 29. Dress according to the weather. Free. Donations appreciated to benefit host organization. Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, 52809 Rockport Park Road, skagiteagle. org, srbeatic@frontier. com, 360-853-7626. PICKLEBALL: Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation offers a pickleball open gym Sundays, through March 5, at La Venture Middle School Gym, 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. 360-293-3725 or friendsoftheacfl.org. 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 beactiveskagit.org.

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ON STAGE in the Skagit Valley and surrounding area January 12-21

SUNDAY.15

THE TIME JUMPERS FEATURING VINCE GILL, KENNY SEARS, RANGER DOUG GREEN AND PAUL FRANKLIN 7 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $39.50-$79.50. 360-734-6080 or mountbakertheatre.com.

Thursday.12

Sunday.15

Wednesday.18

Saturday.21

MUSIC Martin Taylor: 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. 360-336-8955 or lincolntheatre.org.

OPERA The MET: “Nabucco” (Verdi): 1 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. $17-23. 360-336-8955 or lincolntheatre.org.

THEATER ”Fame”: The Musical: 7 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $30.50-$69.50. 360-7346080 or mountbakertheatre.com.

OPERA The MET: “Romeo Et Juliette” (Gounod): 9:55 a.m., Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. $17-23. 360-336-8955 or lincolntheatre.org.

Friday.13

”An Evening of Monologues and Dialogues”: 7:30 p.m., ACT Theatre, 918 M Avenue, Anacortes. $10. 360293-6829 or acttheatre.com.

Saturday.14

”An Evening of Monologues and Dialogues”: 7:30 p.m., ACT Theatre, 918 M Avenue, Anacortes. $10. 360293-6829 or acttheatre.com.

MUSIC The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, Ranger Doug Green and Paul Franklin: 7 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $39.50-$79.50. 360-734-6080 or mountbakertheatre. com.

Friday.20 MUSIC Grand Funk Railroad: 8 p.m., Skagit Valley Casino, Pacific Showroom, 5984 Darrk Lane, Bow. $60-$65. 877-2752448 or theskagit.com. Cillian & Kevin Irish Concert: 7:30 p.m., Littlefield Celtic Center, 1124 Cleveland Ave., Mount Vernon. $20-$25. 360-416-4934 or www.celticarts.org.

MUSIC Grand Funk Railroad: 8 p.m., Skagit Valley Casino, Pacific Showroom, 5984 Darrk Lane, Bow. $60-$65. 877-2752448 or theskagit.com. PERFORMING ARTS BE in the Show: 6:30 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham. $5. 360-734-6080 or mountbakertheatre.com.


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TUNING UP Playing at area venues January 12-19 Thursday.12 Marcia Kester: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. 360445-3000.

Janette West: 6 p.m., Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-5881720 or anacortesrockfish.com. Jam/Open Mic: 8 p.m., Loco Billy’s, 27021 102nd Ave NW, Stanwood. locobillys. com or 425-737-5144.

Friday.13

Melissa Mickelson: 9 p.m., The Skagit Casino Resort, 5984 Darrk Lane, Bow. No

cover. 877-275-2448 or theskagit.com. Sky Colony: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. $6. 360445-3000. Levi Burkle: 8 p.m., Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-588-1720 or anacortesrockfish.com. Country Jim: 6 to 9 p.m., Mount Vernon Elks Lodge, 2120 Market St., Mount Vernon. Members and signed-in guests only. 360-8488882. Nick Anthony and Friends: 8 to 11 p.m., Evelyn’s Tavern, 12667

FRIDAY.13

SKY COLONY 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/Main, Conway. $6. 360-445-3000.

Highway 9, Clear Lake. 360-399-1321. Chuck Dingee: 8 p.m., The Old Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Bow. 360-766-6266 or theoldedison.com. Jazz with the TimE3 trio: 6 p.m., La Conner Sips, 608 S. First St., La Conner. 360-610-9773 or laconnersips.com.

FRIDAY.13

CHUCK DINGEE 8 p.m., The Old Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Bow. 360-7666266 or theoldedison.com

Jimmy Wright: 8:30 p.m., Big Lake Bar and Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360-422-6411. Chris Eger: 8 p.m.,

Longhorn Saloon, 5754 Cains Court, Bow. Free. 360-766-6330.

Saturday.14

Melissa Mickelson: 9 p.m., The Skagit Casino Resort, 5984 Darrk Lane, Bow. No cover. 877-275-2448 or theskagit.com. Joe T. Cook Blues Band: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/Main, Conway. $10. 360-445-3000.

The Walrus: 8:30 p.m., The Old Edison, 5829 Cains Court,

Bow. 360-766-6266 or theoldedison.com. Troy Fair: 8:30 p.m., Big Lake Bar and Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360422-6411. Sky Colony: 7:30 p.m., H2O, 314 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-755-3956.

Sunday.15

Orville Johnson: 5:30 p.m., The Old Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Bow. 360-766-6266 or theoldedison.com.

Wednesday.18 Wayne Hayton: 6 p.m., Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-5881720 or anacortesrockfish.com.

Thursday.19

Jam/Open Mic: 8 p.m., Loco Billy’s, 27021 102nd Ave NW, Stanwood. locobillys. com or 425-737-5144.

Summit of Two Plus: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. 360445-3000 or conwaymuse.com.


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TRAVEL

FA M I LY T R AV E L FI V E

WEB BUZZ

5 vacations to plan if you are missing the sun right now By LYNN O’ROURKE HAYES The Dallas Morning News

Are you ready for some sunshine? Here are five destinations to consider: COSTA RICA “Pura vida,” the locals’ friendly attitude and approach to life, provides a hospitality-rich backdrop for a family holiday. Be there to watch the “arribada” (the Spanish word for arrival) when Olive ridley and Kemp sea turtles lay millions of eggs on the country’s pristine beaches. Surfers give the richly diverse nation top marks as do adventure lovers who visit the small country for river rafting, hiking, biking, canopy tours and volcano watching. Families can take advantage of culturally focused volunteer vacations, clan-friendly resorts and beachside boutique accommodations. visitcostarica.com; austinadventures.com CURACAO Visit this colorful, southern Caribbean destination to sample more than four dozen cultures ranging from Dutch to Portuguese, to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site and capital city of Willemstad, and to relax, snorkel or splash aside any of 35 different beaches.

The island’s annual Carnival, celebrating diverse heritage, gets underway in February. Families can opt to participate in a Kids’ Carnival Parade, during which little ones don traditional Curacaoan costumes and face paint and learn to move to the beat of tumba music. curacao.com; santabarbararesortcuracao. com THE RESORT AT LONGBOAT KEY CLUB, LONGBOAT KEY, FLORDIA Warm up with a stay at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, a 410-acre beachfront playground near Sarasota. While the kids enjoy arts, crafts, ice cream socials and sporting activities with Camp Loggerhead counselors, grown-ups can play tennis, enjoy 45 holes of top-notch golf and take advantage of beach yoga and shopping. Later join the kids for movie nights, beach barbecues or a nature walk. Head into town for shopping, museums, dining and music performances. longboatkeyclub.com; visitsarasota.org ST. CROIX Take advantage of the sunny Caribbean island’s Bounce Back promotion as a way to wrangle the whole clan for a midwinter getaway. From adventure tours and

fishing to kite-boarding and snorkeling, you’ll enjoy the 22-mile-long paradise where trade winds blow and the sun warms visitors with an average temperature of 77 degrees. Children stay free at 12 participating hotels with a fifth night free. Book by July 16 and travel by Dec. 1 to receive an additional $500 in spending credits for activities, dining and shopping. Use booking code: BBSC. visitusvi.com. MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA Royalton Luxury Resorts has opened a 228-room upscale property where an aroundthe-clock concierge will make sure your holiday gets underway in style. Junior guests at the Royalton Blue Waters will be impressed by the brand’s lazy river, water park and splash pad, as well as the Clubhouse Kids Club, where youngsters ages 4 to 12 can engage with famous cartoon characters Max & Ruby and Mike the Knight. Teens 13 to 17 have their own Hangout Teens Club and lounge, where new friendships are forged over billiards and pingpong. Plan for water sports and reservation-free dining as part of the all-inclusive experience. royaltonresorts.com — Lynn O’Rourke Hayes is the editor of FamilyTravel.com

Name: Photler.com What it does: It’s a tool built by a professional travel photographer so other travel photographers can show — and perhaps sell — their work. Create your own photo website or travel blogs for a fee that ranges from $2.99 to $35 a month. What’s hot: There are four elegant and easy-to-use design themes you can choose to build your site. You can upload travel photos, build galleries, create pages and blog posts as desired. When you’re on an individual photo, click on the camera icon to get specifics on how the photo was taken, or click on the share icon to send to friends and family. Not sure if the website is what you want? The best way to figure that out is to check its capabilities. Photographers can create an account and try the website for free for 14 days. The advanced features such as having your own newsletter or image watermark feature are enticing. But first, view the existing galleries for Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania. To read articles by other photographers, visit the Photler Blog accessed from the home page. What’s not: The website is beautiful, and the travel galleries inspire viewers. But when I clicked through the galleries and then on individual photos, I couldn’t figure out how to buy them. The good news is that Photler does not take any commission on photo sales. — Jen Leo, Los Angeles Times

Local travel 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. For information or to register, call 360-336-6215. ESCORTED TOURS: The Whatcom County Tour Program offers a variety of day trips and longer tours, with most trips departing from and returning to the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St., Bellingham. For information or to register: 360-733-4030, ext. 1015, or wccoa.org/ index.php/Tours. n Water View Luncheon and Peking Acrobats: Wednesday, Jan. 25. Enjoy lunch at Arnie’s on the waterfront; traditional performances by the Chinese Peking Acrobats follow the meal. $59. Trip includes transportation, waterfront lunch, aerialist show and tour escort. n Blissful Bali Tour: March 5-13. Deluxe coach tours include cultural and geographic treasures in Mas, Celuk, Batubulan and the Ubub rainforest district. $2,590 per double occupancy or $2,965 single occupancy. Trip includes round-trip airfare, seven nights at Grand Mirage resort, daily breakfast, three tours, dinner on the beach and English-speaking tour guide assistance. n Mississippi River Cruise: March 5-13. Stay in the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel one night before embarking aboard a paddle wheeler down the longest river in North America. $3,999 per double occupancy for inside cabins, or $4,9995,999 per double occupancy for outside staterooms.

n Italy’s Tuscan Sun: April 18-26. Experience the unique culture of Italy on a Florence city tour, view Michelangelo’s Statue of David, see the Leaning Tower or Pisa, learn how to cook Italian dishes and more. $3,495 double occupancy, $3,895 single occupancy. n Alaska Inside Passage Cruise: May 13-20. Cruise southeast Alaska’s waterways with Whatcom Senior Tours and Princess Cruises. View Alaskan wildlife and sail into frontier ports including Juneau, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria. $1,319 for inside cabin, $1,769 for outside cabin and $2,025 for cabin with balcony. Passport or enhanced driver’s license is required. n Best of New York City: June 16-20. $2,699 per double occupancy, or $2,999 per single occupancy. CRUISE EVENTS: Holland America Line (6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1.) and Viking River Cruises (6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8), Mount Vernon AAA, 1600 E College Way, Suite A, Mount Vernon. RSVP: 360-8482090. OAK HARBOR DAY TRIPS: The Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St., offers day trips for members. 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 tourisminfo@watourismalliance.com. 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.


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HOT TICKETS JUDY COLLINS, ARI HEST: Jan. 12-15, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle. 206-441-9729 or jazzalley. com. “FINDING NEVERLAND”: Jan. 10-15, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or stgpresents.org. DWIGHT YOAKAM: Jan. 13, Moore Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or livenation.com. SMOKEY ROBINSON: Jan. 13, Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma. 253-5947777 or livenation.com. KATHY GRIFFIN: Jan. 14, Moore Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or livenation.com. THE TIME JUMPERS, VINCE GILL: Jan. 15, Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham. 360-734-6080 or mountbakertheatre.com. GREAT GOOD FINE OK: Jan. 17, The Crocodile Cafe, Seattle. 206-4414618 or thecrocodile.com. JAMISON ROSS: Jan. 17-18, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle. 206-441-9729 or jazzalley.com. THE BAD PLUS: Jan. 19, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or ticketmaster.com. WILL DOWNING: Jan. 19-22, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle. 206-441-9729 or jazzalley.com. COMPANY WAYNE MCGREGOR “ATOMOS”: Jan. 20, Moore Theatre, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. THE FIGHTER AND THE KID: Jan 20, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-6821414 or ticketmaster.com. GRAND FUNK RAILROAD: Jan. 20-21, Skagit Valley Casino, Pacific Showroom, Bow. 877-2752448 or theskagit.com. “THE KING AND I”: Jan. 24-Feb. 3, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 800-7453000 or stgpresents.org. HENRY KAPONO, JOHNNY VALENTINE: Jan.

MARK HUMMEL’S ULTIMATE BLUES HARMONICA BLOWOUT Jan. 26-29, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle. 206-441-9729 or jazzalley.com. 17-18, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle. 206-441-9729 or jazzalley.com. LUCINDA WILLIAMS: Jan. 25, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or ticketmaster.com. JARROD LAWSON: Jan. 25, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle. 206-441-9729 or jazzalley.com. BASSEM YOUSSEF: Jan. 26, Moore Theatre, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. MARK HUMMEL’S ULTIMATE BLUES HARMONICA BLOWOUT: Jan. 26-29, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle. 206-4419729 or jazzalley.com. MARTIN SEXTON: Jan. 27, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or ticketmaster.com. BI-2: Jan. 29, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-6821414 or ticketmaster.com. JUICY J: Jan. 30, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or ticketmaster.com. LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO: Jan. 31, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or ticketmaster.com. ADAM ANT: Feb. 3, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or ticket-

master.com. CHERRY GLAZERR: Feb. 8, The Crocodile Cafe, Seattle. 206-441-4618 or thecrocodile.com. ”ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE”: Feb. 10- April 1, Conway Muse, Conway. 360-445-3000 or conwaymuse.com. LOS CENZONTLES: Feb. 10, McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon. 360-4167622 or mcintyrehall.org. ACE FREHLEY: Feb. 11, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or ticketmaster.com. AIR SUPPLY: Feb. 14, Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma. 253-594-7777 or livenation.com. J BOOG: Feb. 16, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or ticketmaster.com. BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS: Feb. 17-18, Skagit Valley Casino, Pacific Showroom, Bow. 877-2752448 or theskagit.com. ANGEL OLSEN: Feb. 18, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or ticketmaster.com. LOS CAMPESINOS!: Feb. 20, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or ticketmaster.com. “RENT”: Feb. 21-26,

Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or stgpresents.org. HIPPO CAMPUS: Feb. 24, Neumos, Seattle. 206709-9442 or neumos.com. TENNIS: Feb. 28, Neumos, Seattle. 206-7099442 or neumos.com. TOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAINKILLERS: Feb. 28, Conway Muse, Conway. 360-445-3000 or conwaymuse.com. THE RADIO DEPT.: March 1, Neumos, Seattle. 206-709-9442 or neumos. com. JENS LEKMAN: March 5, Neumos, Seattle. 206709-9442 or neumos.com. BLUE OYSTER CULT: March 11, Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma. 253-5947777 or livenation.com. LAKE STREET DIVE: March 15, Moore Theatre, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: March 17, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. ALI WONG: March 17, Moore Theatre, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. DAYA: March 18, Neumos, Seattle. 206-7099442 or neumos.com.

PANIC! AT THE DISCO: March 21, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. RICKIE LEE JONES & MADELEINE PEYROUX: March 22, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-6821414 or ticketmaster.com. ARIANA GRANDE: March 23, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. CHRIS STAPLETON: March 28, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. LOCASH: March 29, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or ticketmaster.com. 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 livenation.com. REGINA SPEKTOR: April 3, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 800-7453000 or livenation.com. SLEAFORD MODS: April 5, Neumos, Seattle. 206709-9442 or neumos.com. GROUPLOVE: April 6, The Showbox SODO, Seattle. 888-929-7849 or

axs.com. THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS: April 8, Neumos, Seattle. 206-7099442 or neumos.com. “AMPLIFY!: RAISING WOMEN’S VOICES”: April 13-Aug. 27, Sound Theatre Company, Seattle. soundtheatrecompany.org. THE WEEKND: April 26, KeyArena, Seattle. 800745-3000 or livenation. com. LIONEL RICHIE, MARIAH CAREY: April 28, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. PJ HARVEY: May 5, WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. U2: May 14, CenturyLink Field, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or livenation.com. SASQUATCH! MUSIC FESTIVAL: May 26-28, The Gorge, George. sasquatchfestival.com. NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: with Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul: June 7, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-7453000 or livenation.com. BRIT FLOYD: July 1, Paramount Theater, Seattle. 206-682-1414 or livenation.com. BRUNO MARS: July 24, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. NEIL DIAMOND: July 26, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. GREEN DAY: Aug. 1, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 206-6821414 or livenation.com. GUNS N’ ROSES: Sept. 3, The Gorge, George. livenation.com. FOREIGNER, CHEAP TRICK: Sept. 9, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 206-682-1414 or livenation.com. — For complete listings, visit goskagit.com and click on “Entertainment.”


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MUSIC

Old music that resonates today The proof is in ace reissues, unreleased work from Bangles, D.O.C. and more

By RANDALL ROBERTS Los Angeles Times

It’s tough enough keeping up with all the new sounds coming out of Southern California in any given year. Add in the volume of old music that’s being resurrected and repurposed for contemporary appreciation and, well, who has time to absorb it all? Below, a survey of five old recordings that in 2016 jumped back into the present to remind us that music can continue to echo decades later. The Bangles, “Ladies and Gentlemen … the Bangles!” Before “Walk Like an Egyptian” made them pop stars, the Bangles were an L.A. jangle rock band harnessing the new wave and punk energy of the era to create their own sound. The fantastic reissue label Omnivore delivers undeniable proof on “Ladies and Gentlemen … the Bangles!.” The collection gathers their unheralded first EP, early demos and live recordings, and the sum reveals a band with a penchant for Byrds-inspired harmonies, surfrock guitar melodies and the insistent energy of early Blondie. Most revealing is the Bangles’ live take on L.A. psychedelic rock band Love’s “7 and 7 Is.” It showcases an aggres-

sion that vanished as singer Susanna Hoffs and company moved toward the center. “Ladies and Gentlemen …” confirms their role as post-punk renegades. The D.O.C., “No One Can Do It Better” In a just world, “No One Can Do It Better” and its creator, the D.O.C., born Tracy Lynn Curry, would be known to millions and be the subject of his own biopic. After all, the gifted rapper and lyricist’s 1989 debut was produced by N.W.A’s Dr. Dre, ascended to No. 1 on the R&B charts and helped deliver the West Coast one of its first hit rap albums. Plus, the D.O.C. was a better rapper than any single member of N.W.A — and the proof permeates this reissue. Opener “It’s Funky Enough” sets a template: bolt-rattling bass, prime scratching, jarring hooks and hardened beats that hit with a heaviness. Nearly 30 years later, this stuff remains fresh and menacing from start to finish. Anna Homler and Steve Moshier, “Breadwoman & Other Tales” This breathtaking document of the early ‘80s Los Angeles electronic avant-garde captures the work of L.A.-based vocal, visual and performance artist

Anna Homler in collaboration with sound artist and recording engineer Steve Moshier. At the time, Homler performed as Breadwoman, chanting in an imaginary language while performing in a bread-loaf mask. The images of those events are striking, but the music is even more so. Like such kindred spirits as vocalist Meredith Monk and poet Gertrude Stein, Breadwoman’s voice-driven emotional expression renders literal meaning inconsequential. Here, the human and electronic tones create work that hums with beauty. Egyptian Lover, 1983-1988 The dance-rap subgenre called electro was primarily an East Coast movement to start, but few made tracks with as much chromatic luster as Los Angeles DJ, producer and vocalist the Egyptian Lover. Harnessing the synthetic tones of the Roland TR-808 programmable drum machine, the artist born Greg Broussard played a formative role in the birth of the city’s rap scene as a DJ with Uncle Jamm’s Army. Los Angeles label Stones Throw gathered the Lover’s essential 12-inch records for this collection. In addition to dance floor banger “Egypt, Egypt,” it features one of the great

early celebrations of scratching. “What Is a DJ if He Can’t Scratch” makes its argument through a series of sonic maneuvers that helped inspire a movement. Cannonball Adderley Quintet, “Music, You All” In 1970, jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and his quintet took over the Troubadour for six nights. The music was undergoing a revolution as Miles Davis was freeing up structures, fusing free jazz and funk riffs and mixing in improvisations and extended grooves. In addition to reminding youngsters of the ways in which the Troubadour showcased visionary jazz alongside the ascendant Laurel Canyon folk rock scene, “Music, You All,” quite simply, burns. (Other recordings from the Troubadour are collected on Adderley’s “The Black Messiah.”) “We figure we can make music just by doing it,” Adderley says at one point, in arguing that the musicians onstage — Adderley, his brother Nat, keyboardist George Duke, bassist Walter Booker, saxophonist Ernie Watts and others — were up to the task of pure improvisation. One listen to “Capricorn,” with a stunning Duke keyboard solo, or the title track, confirms his boast.

REVIEWS SHEER MAG, “Sheer Mag” — Praise be, has a full-length LP at long last arrived from the riff-rocking quintet fronted by powerhouse vocalist Christina Halladay that’s one of Philadelphia’s most deservedly ascendant bands? Well, not exactly. “Sheer Mag” is a 12-song 180-gram vinyl release that compiles the formidable fivesome’s three EPs, previously available only as seven-inch records or streaming on the group’s Bandcamp site. The set looks great, from the boss embossed band logo on the album cover to the photo collage in the gatefold sleeve within. And the newly remastered set, recorded in South Philly and Port Richmond, sounds terrific, too, with the Thin Lizzy crunch of “Fan the Flames,” feminist kick of “Nobody’s Baby,” and gentrification observations (“The streets are changing, a white breeze is blowing through them”) on the rugged “Point Breeze.” The compilation bristles with the raw energy of the band’s punkish twin guitar attack and whets the appetite for a true full-length debut, hopefully coming this year. — Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer DALE WATSON & RAY BENSON, “Dale & Ray” — Dale and Ray are two good ol’ boys having themselves a good ol’ time on their spirited self-titled debut album. Purporting to be a country tandem from Bedsore, Texas, the white-haired duo consists of Alabama-native honky-tonker Dale Watson and Springfield, Pennsylvania-raised Ray Benson, the western swing leader of Asleep at the Wheel, who, like Watson, has long made

his home in the Lone Star State. Their genial team-up of like-minded honkytonkers introduces itself with a statement of purpose (“I like to drink Lone Star, I like to smoke pot / It makes us happy, we like it a lot”) that, naturally, is called “Dale & Ray.” From there, the album never takes itself too seriously as it delights in hardcore-country home truths, with a tribute to Merle (“Feelin’ Haggard”) and a cover of Willie (“Write Your Own Songs”) as it scoots around the dance floor on “I Wish You Knew” and pines for the night before on a “Hangover Ago.” — Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer GUCCI MANE, “The Return of the East Atlanta Santa” — Don’t let the title fool you. Despite hinting at the holiday with a snippet of “Jingle Bells” and this sexy display of Santaness (“Middle of the winter, I pull up in a vert / It’s the middle of December, she pulled up in a skirt”), this is not a Gucci Mane Christmas album. It is, however, the newest of four album gifts Mane has released since August as part of his hard, fast comeback from a long prison term. Not only has the incendiary Mouth of the South shaken the jail weight — he dropped 75 pounds — but also his once mouthy vocal style has found a new lyrical frankness without eschewing the funk. Mane recalls his druggy, thuggy past without romanticizing it on “I Can’t” (“You can still talk homicides, but I can’t”) and the bouncy “Last Time” (“I’m an ex-X-popper”). — A.D. Amorosi, The Philadelphia Inquirer


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‘Silence’ is a theological thriller from Martin Scorsese By COLIN COVERT Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Having created a stellar body of work, Martin Scorsese has earned the right to put aside mainstream expectations from time to time. Scorsese, a spiritual person who in his youth studied to be a priest, made biblical issues resonate through profane classics such as “Goodfellas,” “Raging Bull,” “Taxi Driver” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” In “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “Kundun,” he followed his fervor as a filmmaker to tell stories about peaceful religious leaders in times of turbulent struggle. He continues with “Silence,” which might be called a theological thriller. A devastating, demanding, heartbreaking film about Catholic faith and oppression in 17th century Japan, it works on more than one level, taking you on a far greater emotional journey and leaving you with more food for thought than any genre film in memory. Based on the acclaimed 1966 novel by Shusaku Endo, himself a rare Japanese Catholic, “Silence” concerns two idealistic young Portuguese Jesuits in a crisis of faith. Fathers Rodrigues and Garrpe (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) are determined to travel to Japan to locate their mentor, Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson), a missionary who has fallen out of contact. After originally embracing Christianity, Japan has outlawed it, and the dictatorial shogun

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works to unroot almost all Western influence. It’s rumored that Ferreira publicly disavowed his religion under torture. He may be dead. Ferreira’s former students doubt it all. Even though being a Christian in Japan is extremely dangerous, they set out to find him, protected (or so they believe) by their strong faith. Is it not preached that martyrdom is glorious? They smuggle themselves to a remote ocean village where Japanese converts worship secretly and view the clerics’ appearance as something akin to a miracle. Scorsese’s use of fog, cloudy sunlight against the hills, campfire and muted natural sounds creates a foreboding environment reminiscent of Akira Kurosawa’s bravura historical films. It’s a place where Rodrigues and Garrpe hope to keep the light of Christianity burning, although their confused flock doesn’t see their religion, or

the Christian God, in the way the church teaches. The film becomes edgier in short order. The Jesuits look from their secret hiding place to see the villagers persecuted and brutalized by the shogun’s troops. Those who refuse to reject their faith by publicly trampling on the fumie, a bronze image of Christ, are killed. The priests split apart to hide. Rodrigues becomes the central character as he embarks on an increasingly obsessive mission to understand a stark world laced with cruelty, futility and suffering. Is it his role as a priest to instruct believers to follow the path of Jesus and sacrifice their lives for him as he did for his flock? Or to encourage them to embrace blasphemy and survive? The piety, valor and hypocrisy in question wage a disturbingly ambiguous battle beneath his deeply held — and increasingly wavering — religious convictions.

The always fascinating Garfield is excellent once again as the determined yet vulnerable protagonist, capturing the anguished mind of Rodrigues and bringing him fully to life. He carries much of the film on his own shoulders, giving everything to the role, and it shows. A bone-chilling counterweight comes from Issei Ogata as the shogun’s agony expert, Inoue, a specialist in boiling-water showers and seaside crucifixions. His smiling, legalistic lectures to Rodrigues about the cultural and spiritual discord Christianity would bring to Japan can’t be observed without thinking of countless other atrocities inflicted in the name of countless other religions. Ogata, a comedian, delivers steely calm and blithe arrogance in a mannered but magnetic performance. “Silence,” co-written by Scorsese and his frequent collaborator Jay Cocks, presents deep questions and shuns answers. God’s refusal to reply when humanity suffers is an enigma that eludes understanding, and the film presents it in a way that speaks to the devout and nonbelievers alike. Scene by magnificently sculpted scene, the film lifts difficult themes to eye level and challenges us to unfold them. This is a religious film with no preaching, but it still is effective in what it sets out to achieve — a rare and outstanding accomplishment. Rating: R for violence and torture. HHH 1/2 (out of 4 stars)

Compiled from news services. Ratings are 1 to 4 stars. “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, 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, PG13, 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 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 120-year 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 “Why Him?” — The premise of this multivehicle car wreck — man (Bryan Cranston) thinks his daughter’s boyfriend (James Franco) isn’t worthy of her — is SO tired. This stinker is in the bottom 1 percent of movies I’ve ever seen. Comedy, R, 111 minutes. Zero stars. “La La Land” — Under the innovative and captivating direction of Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”), Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone deliver genuine movie-star turns as two struggling, aspiring artists who fall in love, break into song and engage in delightfully choreographed dance numbers. The “real world” fades into the background and we are welcomed into a dreamlike fantasy. Musical, PG-13, 128 minutes. HHHH


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MOVIES

REVIEW

‘A Monster Calls’ is a very emotionally intense children’s movie “A Monster Calls,” J.A. Bayona’s beautiful but wrenching movie about a boy whose mother is dying, may not be suitable for all young viewers. You are hereby warned: Though well-made on every level, with gorgeous visuals and raw, heightened performances, “A Monster Calls” is more emotionally intense than the average children’s movie — by a

factor of maybe two or three hundred. Based on a book begun by British children’s author Siobhan Dowd, but completed by Patrick Ness after she died of breast cancer in 2007, “A Monster Calls” opens with a nightmare. In it, 12-yearold Conor O’Malley (a very moving Lewis MacDougall) races through a crumbling graveyard to save his mother, Lizzie (Felicity Jones), from falling into a black chasm.

The symbolism seems plain enough when we meet the real Lizzie, gaunt and weakened from a terminal illness, but nothing in this movie is as simple as it first appears. The monster of the title is an old tree that uproots itself one night to stomp over to Conor’s house. Thundering with the voice of Liam Neeson (who also provided the motion-capture performance), the monster insists on telling Conor three fictional sto-

ries in exchange for a true one. The monster’s tales are troubling — villains triumph, heroes perish, endings don’t satisfy — and they’re illustrated in an evocative, watercolor style of animation with angry streaks and splatters. Conor is outraged by these anti-fables, but the monster only growls, “Many things that are true feel like a cheat.” We sense this monster is partly a therapist — “Tell me your truth!” he bellows

“Barry” — In a fictionalized telling of Barack Obama’s experiences as a transfer student at Columbia University in the New York City of the early 1980s, the future POTUS is dabbling in the party scene and just beginning to figure out his place in American society. Devon Terrell does a fine job of mimicking the vocal cadences of the 20-yearold Obama. Biography, not rated, 104 minutes. HHH “Office Christmas Party” — Despite the eminently likable cast, featuring such reliable talents as Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston and T.J. Miller, this is one of those loud, forced, party-hard movies where everyone onscreen is trying their best to convince us we’re watching a zany, edgy romp — but the antics come across as juvenile and tired. Comedy, R, 105 minutes. HH “Jackie” — “Jackie” is a morbid, uneven, sometimes elegant, sometimes insightful examination of the immediate aftermath of the assassination of JFK, as told through the lens of the first

lady. Natalie Portman is sure to be nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the title role, and deservedly so — even though there are some moments when the dialogue and the overt symbolism come dangerously close to camp. Biography-Drama, R, 99 minutes. HHH “Man Down” — Shia LaBeouf’s off-putting performance as a Marine combat veteran battling PTSD gave me optical sprains from rolling my eyeballs throughout the viewing experience. He’s all over the place here, and never in a good way. Drama, R, 90 minutes. H “Manchester by the Sea” — With this story of a bitter Boston custodian (Casey Affleck) returning to his hometown after his brother’s death, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan has delivered a modern masterpiece reminiscent of the classic, gritty dramas of the 1970s. It’s no easy journey, but my goodness is it brilliant. Drama, R, 137 minutes. HHHH “Allied” — A taut, tense thriller for its first half, this World War II film starring

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard later becomes a weird hybrid of domestic drama and wartime intrigue that sometimes stretches credulity and veers close to unintentional humor. The highs are so impressive and the lows are so ... weird. War thriller, R, 124 minutes. HHH “Bad Santa 2” — Some 13 years after the fantastic, brutally offensive “Bad Santa” became something of a cult classic, this lazy, crummy-looking, poorly paced, why-bother follow-up lacks the Christmas bells to go full-out politically incorrect. Billy Bob Thornton half-heartedly reprises the title role, with Kathy Bates cracking unfunny jokes as his mother. Comedy, R, 89 minutes. H½ “Rules Don’t Apply” — Warren Beatty writes, directs and co-stars as Howard Hughes in a 1950s love story about the forbidden romance of two young people (Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich) in Hughes’ employ. It’s a sweet, entertaining and great-looking slice of Old Hollywood. Romance, PG-13,

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at the cowering boy — and partly a manifestation of unprocessed grief, guilt and rage. The most harrowing scene comes when Conor, in a kind of fugue state, destroys the house of his grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). It’s the moment we realize Conor’s external problems — bullies at school, a faraway father (Toby Kebbell) — are taking root deep inside him. “A Monster Calls” is an uncommonly penetrating

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and unsparing film about coping with hard realities. Bayona, a protégé of Guillermo del Toro (they share a dark sensibility), strikes such a sorrowful and wrenchingly cathartic tone, however, that the film becomes overwhelming, even draining. It might be best seen during the day, so that exiting the theater will at least guarantee another glimpse of sunshine. — 1:48. Rated PG-13. HHH (out of 4 stars)

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