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“Isle of Dogs”: Describing the Wes Anderson animated film does it no justice because the only way to fully appreciate this production is to experience it on multiple levels. At the heart is the story of 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi (voiced by Koyu Rankin), the ward of the massively corrupt Mayor Kobayashi (Kunichi Nomura). Taking advantage of an overpopulation of sick dogs, the mayor decrees that all the canine pets of Megasaki City are to be exiled to a vast garbage dump. The action seems to be in regards to public safety but is the end result of centuries of bad blood. Atari flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard dog, Spots (Liev Schreiber), the first canine sent into the trash island exile. With the assistance of a pack of newly found mongrel friends, Atari begins a journey through this junkyard of failed adventures and misguided endeavors that will decide the fate and future of the entire prefecture. “Isle of Dogs” can be enjoyed as a simple story or as a complicated metaphor for life. Being able to pull off such diverse story elements coupled with the dazzling look is a reminder that while we may think Anderson has shown us his best, he con-

tinues to produce work that takes filmmaking to an even higher level. “Rampage”: Even in a movie that is based so thinly on a popular arcade game, Dwayne Johnson continues to prove he is the biggest action star of the 21st century. Without Johnson, “Rampage” would be just a notch above those smashup monster creature features that appear on cable, where it could have been called “Wolfbatasaurus” or “Crocopine.” If all you want is to see a lot of buildings fall and people get chomped, “Rampage” is the film that will tide you over until a better movie comes along. The weak writing and poorly developed characters aren’t a big surprise. The only purpose that drives a movie like “Rampage” is to have fun watching the carnage. And that’s not different from the original arcade game, so it succeeds on that level. “I Feel Pretty”: Accident leaves a woman (Amy Schumer) with a new look on life. “OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes: T.K.O.”: K.O. takes on the villains of Lakewood Plaza while training to become one of the world’s greatest heroes. “Son of Zorn: The Complete Series”: Animated warrior suffers with a mundane office

job and the banality of suburban life. “Truth or Dare”: A simple game turns deadly for a group of friends. Lucy Hale stars. “The Expanse: Season Three”: A potential battle between Earth and Mars could have a major impact on all humanity. “The Good Place: Season Two”: Kristen Bell and Ted Danson star in the NBC comedy that deals with the afterlife. “Pitch: The Complete Series”: Short-lived Fox series about the first woman to play in the majors. “1/1”: Young woman re-evaluates her life when she gets pregnant. Lindsey Shaw stars. “Frontline: Trafficked in America”: An examination of Central America teens are smuggled into the U.S. with a promise of a better life but end up forced into slavery to pay off their debt. “Disobedience”: Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams star in this story of a woman who returns to the community that exiled her only to find she must continue to hide her desires. “Super Troopers 2”: Vermont highway patrolmen must deal with an international border dispute that arises between the U.S. and Canada. “Across the River”: A pair gets a second chance at love because of a transportation strike.

Upcoming DVD releases Following is a partial schedule of DVD releases (dates subject to change): JULY 24 n Ready Player One n Incident In A Ghostland n Operation Red Sea n The Con Is On – Tribune News Service

Out & About..................... 4-9, 12 On Stage....................................10 Tuning Up.................................11 Hot Tickets...............................13 Travel.........................................14 At the Lincoln..........................15 Get Involved.............................16 Music Reviews.........................17 Movies................................. 18-19 ON THE COVER Trey Hatch plays Titus Andronicus, the General of Rome, and Carolyn Travis plays Tamora, Queen of the Goths, in the Northwest Shakepeare production of “Titus Andronicus.” Photo by Hailey Hoffman / Skagit Valley Herald

“Traffik”: Weekend getaway turns deadly for Brea (Paula Patton) and her boyfriend after they discover the hidden world of a brutal biker gang. “Sneaky Pete: Season 1”: Ex-con (Giovanni Ribisi) convinces the family of his former cellmate that he is their long-estranged son. “Wayward Pines: The Complete Second Season”: The 10-episode season picks up with the residents of Wayward Pines battling against the iron-fisted rule of the First Generation. BEING RELEASED ON DIGITAL HD JULY 17 “Overboard”: Spanish playboy believes he is the father of three when he ends up with amnesia. Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez star. Will be released on DVD and Blu-ray July 31. – Rick Bentley, Tribune News Service


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Shakespeare Northwest stages a Bard double feature By LEAH ALLEN @Leah_SVH

MOUNT VERNON — Tucked into the forest and set before a soaring rock wall comes two of William Shakespeare’s masterpieces, brought to life by Shakespeare Northwest. The Skagit River Shakespeare Festival, “The Summer of Blood! Madness and a thousand terrible things,” kicks off Friday and will continue through Aug. 18 with performances of “King Lear,” “Titus Andronicus” and an original production, “The Grimm Shakespearean Tales of Uncle Dicky.” Though Shakespeare Northwest’s productions are family friendly, viewer discretion is advised for “Titus Andronicus,” widely regarded as Shakespeare’s most violent play. “We’re not shying away from any of it,” director Bjorn Whitley said. Artistic director Eal Lundquist said the show would likely be suitable for those 15 and older. That being said, if you can stomach the play’s mature themes, “Titus Andronicus” isn’t one to miss, as many companies stay clear of its brutality. But if that’s not your cup of tea, “King Lear,” which director Trey Hatch has time-traveled into the 1920s from the Elizabethan era, is the way to go. And while the season isn’t called “The Summer of Blood!” for nothing,

SHAKESPEARE NORTHWEST What: “The Summer of Blood! Madness and a thousand terrible things,” featuring “King Lear” and “Titus Andronicus” When: July 13-Aug. 18 Where: Rexville-Blackrock Amphitheatre, 19299 Rexville Grange Road, Mount Vernon Tickets, information:

If you can stomach the play’s mature themes, “Titus Andronicus” isn’t one to miss, as many companies stay clear of its brutality ... “We’re not shying away from any of it,” director Bjorn Whitley said. Lundquist gives this play a PG rating. The community-driven cast and crew will present “Titus Andronicus” and “King Lear” on alternating evenings and select matinees. The original play, written and directed by Carolyn Travis-Hatch, will be showcased along with both masterpieces July 28 for the company’s annual all-day celebration. — Reporter Leah Allen: 360-416-2149, lallen@, Twitter: @Leah_SVH


Above: Trey Hatch (left) as Titus Andronicus, the General of Rome, talks with Carolyn Travis, in the role of Tamora, Queen of the Goths, during a rehearsal Monday of “Titus Andronicus.” Left: Devin Breuen (from left) as Bassianus, Jaime Mustromonica as Marcus Andronicus and Josiah Miller as Saturninus open the play “Titus Andronicus,” with monologues discussing who will succeed the late Emperor of Rome, during a rehearsal Monday.

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“WOVEN POTS”: Larry Richmond and Peggy Kondo are featured in “Woven Pots” during during July at Good Earth Pottery, 1000 Harris Ave., Bellingham. “INDRA’S NET”: View the soft, evocative watercolor works of Deborah Walker alongside the organic, recycled-textile sculpture works of Clarissa Callesen in their joint show “Indra’s Net” during July at i.e. gallery, 5800 Cains Court, Edison. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. They will discuss their work at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14. PLANT-BASED:

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Patty Heller’s painted interpretation of botanical color schemes, Brian O’Neill’s earthy ceramics and Marceil DeLacey’s hand-carved wood sculptures are on display through July 29 at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 2742 Gilkey Ave., Edison. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. BELL & IWERKS: Morgan Bell’s fused glass works and Loren Iwerks’ pen, ink, colored pencil and watercolor works are on display during July at Artworks Gallery, 765 Wonn Road, Suite C, Greenbank. An artists reception will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. SHADES OF THE NORTHWEST: Woolley Fiber Quilters will present their ninth annual quilt show, “Shades of the Northwest,” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 13-15, at Cascade Middle School, 905 McGarigle Road, Sedro-Woolley. Admission: $3. woolleyfiberquilters. WHIDBEY ARTISTS ART SHOW: The Whidbey Island Artists Art Show and Sale will take place Friday through Sunday, July 13-15, at Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St., Coupeville. whidbeyalliedartists. com. CHIRP: Some 25 local artists are offering their representations of birds in a variety of medi-

ums in an art exhibit during July, at Fourth Corner Frames, 311 W. Holly St., Bellingham. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. fourthcornerframes. com.

Fly in to Concrete for some vintage fun

SKAGIT STUDIO TOUR: Tour 21 studios featuring 32 artists at the 2018 Skagit Studio Artists Tour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 2122. Download a map for the free, self-guided tour at QUILTS ON THE BEACH: An outdoor collection of 60 bed quilts made for Cama Beach State Park by the Cama Beach Quilters will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Cama Beach State Park, 1880 S. West Camano Drive, Camano. Free, though a Discover Pass is required for parking. WASHINGTON DECORATED EGG SHOW: Enjoy hundreds of decorated eggshells and demonstrations on Egg Art from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29, at Best Western Plus Skagit Valley and Convention Center, 2300 Market St., Mount Vernon. “DIFFERENT THOUGHTS”: WaterWorks Gallery, 315 Argyle Ave., Friday Harbor, will host a curated jewelry show from July 27 through Sept. 1. There will be an opening reception at 4 p.m. Friday, July 27. SAMISH ISLAND ARTS FEST: The 22nd annual festival will be held from 10 a.m. to


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CONCRETE — Fly back in time this weekend at the Concrete Vintage Fly-In. The annual event, formerly known as the North Cascades Vintage Fly-In, runs from Friday, July 13, to Sunday, July 15, with vintage aircraft from around the region flying in for an array of events and activities. The weekend includes not only a vintage aircraft show, but a vintage car show as well. Guided flights and tours will be available as well. Visit for more information. 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Samish island Community Center, 11292 Blue Heron Road, Bow. Art, music and food. Free. “WATER REFLECTION”: The Good Stuff Arts Gallery, 604 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, presents its new show “Water Reflections” with new works by over 25 gallery artists in a wide variety of media. Caroline Garland is the featured artist for July. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.


BURLINGTON SUMMER NIGHTS CONCERT SERIES: 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, Burlington Visitor Center Downtown Amphitheater, 520 E. Fairhaven Ave. Free. 360-7559649. n July 13: Prozac Mountain Boys. n July 20: Market Street Dixie Jass Band. n July 27: Gin Gypsy. n Aug. 3: Marlin James Band. n Aug. 10: Mama Dirty Skirt. LA CONNER LIVE: The La Conner Live 2018 Sunday concert series features local and regional bands from 1 to 4 p.m. at Gilkey Square, Mor-

ris Avenue and First Street, downtown La Conner. Free admission. details/la-conner-livesunday-concert-series-06-03-2018-4777. n July 15: Janie Cribbs and the T Rust Band. n July 22: B’Nassa. n July 29: Brian Lee and the Orbiters. n Aug. 5: Mary McPage Band. n Aug. 12: Amigos Nobles. n Aug. 19: The Naughty Blokes. n Aug. 26: The Walrus. n Sept. 2: Mary Ellen Lykins and the CC Adams Band. CREEKSIDE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: Creekside Continuing Care Community will host concerts in varying music genres at its facility, 400 Gilkey Road, Burlington. All events are free for seniors. n July 18: 4 p.m., Chris Anderson. n Aug. 2: 6 p.m., Lukasrose Country Trio. n Aug. 23: 6 p.m., Trio Lumina. BELLINGHAM DOWNTOWN SOUNDS: Concerts take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays on the 1300 block of Bay Street in Bellingham, featuring a beer garden, food vendors and more. Free. n July 18: Dirty Ferns with Petty or Not. n July 25: Tatanka with Mr. Feelgood & the Firm Believers. n Aug. 1: MarchFourth with Robt Sarazin Blake & The Letter. n Aug. 8: Klozd Sirkut with Mōtus.

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OUT & ABOUT BELLWETHER SUMMER SOUNDS: The Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, presents the 2018 Blues, Brews and BBQ series with live music, microbrews on tap and an outdoor barbecue at 5 p.m. each Thursday during the summer. 360392-3100 or blues-brews-bbq. n July 19: Baby Cakes. n July 26: Stacy Jones Band. n Aug. 2: Mama Dirty Skirt. n Aug. 9: Staxx Brothers. n Aug. 16: The Atlantics. n Aug. 23: Chris Eger Band. n Aug. 30: Baby Cakes. n Sept. 6: Miller Campbell. n Sept. 13: SpaceBand.

MARYSVILLE SOUNDS OF SUMMER: Free Friday concerts at 7 p.m. at Jennings Memorial Park, 6915 Armar Road, Marysville. n July 13: Whiskey Fever. n July 20: Gin Gypsy. n July 27: File’ Gumbo. n Aug. 3: Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers.” n Aug. 10: Old Town Tonic. EAGLE HAVEN CONCERT SERIES: The Eagle Haven Winery presents its 2018 concert series, with performances at the winery, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley. Events begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 360856-6248 or n July 14: Troy Fair Band. n July 20: Austin Jenckes. n Aug. 3: Jumbled Pie.



n Aug. 10: Margaret Wilder Band. n Aug. 17: Whiskey Fever. n Aug. 31: CC Adams Band. n Sept. 8: Birdsview Bluegrass. n Sept. 15: Jill Newman Blues Band.

ANACORTES FREE CONCERT SERIES: 6 p.m (unless otherwise noted) Saturdays at the Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St. n July 14: Brian Lee and the Orbiters. n July 21: The Fantasy Band. n July 28: Cascadia Groove. n Aug. 11: Janie Cribbs and the T. Rust Band. n Aug. 18: Naughty Blokes. n Aug. 25: The Penny Stinkers (5 p.m.). n Sept. 1: Pazific.

Sand sculptures the attraction at Birch Bay By Skagit Valley Herald staff

BIRCH BAY — When the tide is low, it’s time for a sand sculpture show. Birch Bay welcomes all to the Sand Sculpture Competition on Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, at Birch Bay Beach Park. The event encourages everyone from the finest sand artists to families looking to try their hand at the medium to enter the competition. The rules are simple: Work must be confined to a predetermined area; tools may be used to help construct, but not support, the structure and decorations may be used. Music starts at 10 a.m., judging at 2:30 p.m. and awards will be given at 4 p.m. Prizes for sculptures contain an


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Highland Games celebrate all things Scottish


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MOUNT VERNON — Gather your clan and clear your weekend plans, the Skagit Valley Highland Games are back. Edgewater Park will transform into a Scottish celebration ground on Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15. The two days will bring an array of celtic activities, including bagpiping and drumming competitions, traditional Scottish athletics, Scottish dancing and more. Over 10,000 people come to the festival each year. Everyone from children to adults to dogs are invited, though organizers ask owners to leash and clean up after their dogs. The festival is in its 24th year, one of many Scottish competitions held in the region. Prices range from $12-$20 for individuals, with special rates for family passes. Complete pricing information and a schedule of events are available at

BELLINGHAM FESTIVAL OF MUSIC: The 25th anniversary season of the Bellingham Festival of Music runs through July 20. Subscriptions and single tickets to concerts are on sale. All concerts, except Chamber by the Bay, take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Western Washington University Performing Arts Center, with preconcert talks at 6:30 p.m. n July 15: Mozart: “Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385.” Prokofiev: “Violin Concerto No. 1” with Simone Porter, violin. Schumann: “Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op 61.” n July 20: Poulenc: “Gloria.” Bellingham Festival Chorus with Maria Valdes, soprano. Berlioz: “Symphonie Fantastique.” bellinghamfestival. org. VIBES IN THE VINEYARD: Skagit Adult Day program will hold a fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Bertlesen Winery, 201598 Starbird Road, Mount Vernon. The event will feature nohost food and beverages, music by Little Mountain Band and a silent auction. Tickets: $50 at skagitadultdayprogram. org. Proceeds benefit The Bradford House and The Gentry House. MOUNT VERNON CONCERT SERIES: The 2018 Mount Vernon Riverwalk Concert Series will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the Riverwalk in downtown Mount Vernon. Free admission. 360428-8547 or

n July 19: Janie Cribbs and the T.Rust Band. n July 26: Chris Eger Band and the Powerhouse Horns. n Aug. 2: Knut Bell and The 360s. n Aug. 9: The Atlantics. n Aug. 16: Soulfunktion. n Aug. 23: Bobby Holland and the Breadline. n Aug. 30: The Sky Colony.

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MUSIC IN THE PARK: Sky Colony will play a free, all-ages show from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Pioneer Park in Ferndale.

FIREFIGHTER STORY TIME: Children of all ages are invited to join Burlington Fire Department from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, in Maiben Park, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington, for a halfhour story time. Free.

ROCK THE ‘MONT: 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 28, Eaglemont Golf Course, 4800 Eaglemont Drive, Mount Vernon. Local bands include The Chris Eger Band, Gin Gypsy, Whiskey Fever, and Tighty Whities. Ages 21-plus. $50-100. THE FAT FRIDAYS: Enjoy two hours of concert rock, blues and jazz with food vendors and activities beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Riverfront Park, River Road, Sedro-Woolley. Free. AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC SERIES: The Washington State Parks Folk & Traditional Arts Program will present four outdoor concerts at the West Beach Amphitheater in Deception Pass State Park, 41020 Highway 20, Oak Harbor. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. n July 14: Bays Family Irish band, traditional Irish fiddle, concertina and flute n July 21: Unexpected Brass Band, community


A CELEBRATION OF BIRDS: Join Pilchuck Audubon Society from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, at the Stanwood PUD, 9124 271st St. NW, Stanwood, for a panel discussion featuring bird enthusiasts and experts. Free.

AUDUBON AT THE MUSEUM: Join experts from the North Cascades Audubon Society in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the Whatcom Museum at Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St., Bellingham.


INTRO TO THEATRE: Kids ages 6-9 are invited to join an introductory theater class focused on creating characters from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. $20.


CHILDREN’S ART FESTIVAL: Enjoy local children’s entertainment, hands-on arts and crafts, face painting and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Hillcrest Park, 1717 S. 13th St., Mount Vernon.

FAIRHAVEN OUTDOOR CINEMA: Fairhaven’s Village Green, 1207 10th St, Bellingham. $5, free for kids under age 5. or 360-733-2682. n July 14: “Jumanji” with cirque entertainers Wren & Della. n July 21: “The Greatest Showman” with Jules the Juggler. n July 28: “Coco” with cirque performer Strangely. n Aug. 4: “Thor: Ragnarok” with cirque performer Clay Mazing. n Aug. 11: “The Sandlot” with Improv Playworks. n Aug. 18: “Black Panther” with touring musician Brian Ernst. n Aug. 25: “The Princess Bride” with special guests. MOVIES IN THE PARK: Burlington Parks and Recreation presents outdoor movies in the park at Skagit River Soccer Fields, 1100 S. Skagit St., Burlington. Bring camping chairs and blankets. Free. 360755-9649. n July 27: “Spider-Man Homecoming” (PG-13) on a 20-foot screen, 9:30 p.m. POPCORN IN THE PARK OUTDOOR MOVIES: Jennings Memorial Park, 6915 Armar Road, Marysville. Movies begin at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.). Free. n July 14: “Despicable Me 3” (PG). n July 21: “Jumanji” (PG-13). n July 28: “Cars 3” (G). n Aug. 4 “Wonder Woman” (PG-13). n Aug. 11: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (PG-13).

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OUT & ABOUT THE GREAT FERNDALE MIDSUMMER MYSTERY: Someone has stolen the spirit of Ferndale; join the citywide scavenger hunt through July 24. Grab a scorecard from City Hall, 2095 Main St., or download one from and look for clues posted on the city’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. Winners receive prizes. BREWERS CRUISE: Hop aboard the Victoria Star and taste a variety of local brews on Wednesday cruises from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through September. Must be 21 or over. $39. Book at or 1-800-443-4552 or 360-738-8099. Cruises depart form the Alaska Ferry Terminal, 355 Harris Ave., No. 104, Bellingham. FIND WALDO: Everyone is invited to join this monthlong scavenger hunt for the elusive Waldo hidden in up to 25 local businesses around Fairhaven and in Lynden. Pick up a “Find Waldo” passport and look for the Waldo decal on the windows of participating businesses, go inside to search for Waldo and get your passport stamped when you find him. SIN & GIN WALKING TOURS: Learn about the history of Bellingham at these guided walking tours at 7 p.m. on weekends. Fairhaven tours are Friday nights, downtown tours are Saturday nights. $15. LGBTQ COFFEE TALK: Black Drop Coffeehouse hosts an

LGBTQIA social hour for the community from 9 to 10:30 a.m. every Saturday at 300 W. Champion St., Bellingham. CONCRETE YOUTH DAY: Noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, Veterans Park, Main Street, Concrete. There will be field games, hands-on activities, live music, entertainment, food and drinks. Free. FREE FRY DAY: Visit the Washington State Potato Commission’s Spud Nation trailer at Sedro-Woolley City Hall, 325 Metcalf St., on Friday, July 13, for free Washington fries in honor of National French Fry Day. SKAGIT VALLEY HIGHLAND GAMES: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 14, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15. Piping and drumming, Highland dance, athletic competitions, sheepdog trials, beer and whisky tent, culture and clan booths, children’s activities, live music and more family fun. Tickets: $12-$50 at CAR SHOW IN LYMAN: The 18th annual Lyman Car & Craft Show will be held Saturday, July 14. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to noon; $15 per vehicle day of show, $10 per vehicle if you preregister before July 13. Winners announced at 2 p.m., general raffle and 50/50 raffle, silent auction, craft booths. Auto and craft booth registration: Eddie Hills, 360-770-3308.

Painter, sculptor featured in show at i.e.

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EDISON — Watercolor painter Deborah Walker and textile-based sculptor Clarissa Callesen have The exhibit is on joined forces display during to bring the July at the new art show “Indra’s Net” to gallery, which the i.e. gallery. is open from Callesen 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. works with recycled indus- Friday through trial textiles she Sunday at 5800 transforms to represent bioCains Court. logical forms, invoking a reflection on the habits of human waste. Walker is influenced by her travels to the southwest part of the country; her paintings often capture the dry tones of the region. The exhibit is on display during July at the gallery, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday at 5800 Cains Court. There will be an artists’ talk at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14.

KLA HA YA DAYS: Celebrate Snohomish on Wednesday through Sunday, July 18-22. WORLD CIDER STYLES AND FOOD PAIRINGS: Washington State University Northwest Research and Extension Center, 16650 Highway 536, Mount Vernon, will host a workshop featuring ciders from around the world at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21. $30 individual, $55 couple. Ages 21 and older. ciderandfood.

“Tender Shelter” by Clarissa Callesen.

COMMUNITY AVIATION DAY: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Skagit Regional Airport, 15400 Airport Drive, Burlington. Free. SKAGIT CITY SCHOOL PICNIC: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 17508 Moore Road, Mount Vernon. $5$17. Catered lunch by Kelley’s BBQ. 360-4663365. HISTORY SUNSET CRUISES: Climb aboard San Juan Cruises’ Victoria Star for a two-hour cruise

departing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and learn from historians Brian Griffin and Doug Starcher. Cruises are July 17, 24 and 31 and Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28, and depart from the Bellingham Ferry Terminal, 355 Harris Ave., Bellingham. $35. CRUISE INTO THE SKAGIT: The first Skagit Casino Resort Car Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at The Skagit Casino Resort, 5984 North Darrk Lane, Bow. The family-friendly event

SHIPWRECK DAY: The 38th annual Shipwreck Day, featuring vendors selling everything from garage sale items to antiques, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in downtown Anacortes. 360-299-9390.

will feature music, raffle and prizes. Free registration; registered participants receive T-shirts and prizes. 360724-0106 or theskagit. com. SAMISH GARDEN TOUR: The seventh annual Sustainable Samish Garden Tour will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15. Maps and directions to each garden on the self-guided tour will be available between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane, Burlington.

SUMMER GARDEN PARTY: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21, Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 S. First St., Mount Vernon. The family-friendly event will feature local farmers and producers. Free. MIND BODY SPIRIT FAIR: The annual Mind, Body, Spirit Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Center for Spiritual Living Bellingham, 2224 Yew St. Road. $5. VIVA FARMS DINNER: Join Viva Farms for a farm-to-table dinner celebrating the next generation of family farms at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the farm, 16470 Highway 20, Mount Vernon. $110.

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SEA, TREES, & PIE BIKE RIDE: The event on Whidbey Island will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 22. Choose between three scenic loops of varying length that start and finish at the state park near the Coupeville ferry terminal. Registration: $30 adult, $15 ages 6-16. Register at bikeride.

FIDALGO SCHOOL REUNION: A reunion to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Old Fidalgo School on March Point will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at the new Fidalgo School, 13590 Gibralter Road, Anacortes.


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FIELD GAMES: The City of Ferndale will host an afternoon of field games from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at VanderYacht Park,


S-W MUSEUM EXHIBIT: “Skagit Steel: Inventive Industry from Sedro-Woolley to the World” will open from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Sedro-Woolley Museum, 727 Murdock St., Sedro-Woolley. 360-8552390 or

RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER: Paint a masterpiece on canvas while supporting Team Danza at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Local 20 Taproom, 102 Woodworth St., Sedro-Woolley. $40.

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BELLINGHAM CAR SHOW: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2211 Rimland Drive, Bellingham. Sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America Ron Davenport Memorial Chapter 165 with all proceeds benefitting

FESTIVAL: The Bellingham Steampunk Society presents The Fairhaven Steampunk Festival: Mr. Flip’s Carnival of Wonders and Curiosities, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Fairhaven Village Green, 1207 10th St., Bellingham. Free to attend, will include vendors, activities, author panels and a costume contest. bellinghamsteampunk. org.

ALGER SUNDAY MARKET: The barter-friendly neighborhood cooperative market will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane, Burlington.

CAMP KOREY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Monday, July 23, Eaglemont Golf Course, 4800 Eaglemont Drive, Mount Vernon. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m.

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STANWOOD — Music, beer, art and more will flood the streets of downtown Stanwood on Friday through Sunday, July 13-15. The Stanwood Camano Arts Festival presents the Summer Arts Jam, a street festival all about celebrating local artists and artisans in the area. The festival will feature areas for children to keep occupied, and a beer garden to occupy the adults as well. The Stanwood Camano Arts Festival is a nonprofit that provides cultural opportunities to the Stanwood Camano community. More information is available at

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ON STAGE in the Skagit Valley and surrounding area July 12-18

Saturday.14 SEMMY STAHLHAMMER, SERGEI TELESHEV, KARIE PRESCOTT 7:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. $25.





THEATER ”Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play”: 7:30 p.m., Open Air Summer Rep, Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St., Bellingham. Free.

THEATER ”Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play”: 7:30 p.m., Open Air Summer Rep, Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St., Bellingham. Free.

MUSIC Bellingham Festival of Music: 7:30 p.m., Western Washington University Performing Arts Center, 516 High St., Bellingham. $12-$49.

MUSIC Trish Hatley Quartet: 7 p.m., Camano Community Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano. $20.

Sharon Mason with Chuck Dingée: 6 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. Free.

”Spamalot”: 7 p.m., Ludus Performing Arts, 2320 California St., Everett. $12-$15.

THEATER ”Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play”: 7:30 p.m., Open Air Summer Rep, Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly St., Bellingham. Free.

Dennis Elkins’ Box: 7 p.m., Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main St., Concrete. 360-941-0403 or


”Spamalot”: 7 p.m., Ludus Performing Arts, 2320 California St., Everett. $12-$15. MUSIC Semmy Stahlhammer, Sergei Teleshev, Karie Prescott: 7:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. $25.

”Spamalot”: 2 p.m., Ludus Performing Arts, 2320 California St., Everett. $12-$15. Dennis Elkins’ Box: 2 p.m., Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main St., Concrete. 360-941-0403 or

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TUNING UP Playing at area venues July 12-19 Thursday.12

Fabulous Roof Shakers: 6 p.m., Riverwalk, Mount Vernon. Free admission. 360-428-8547 or mountvernonchamber. com. Trish Hatley: 6 p.m., Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Free. 360588-1720 or Joan Penney: 7 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/Main, Conway. $12. 360-4453000 or conwaymuse. com. Darlingside, Sky Colony: 8 p.m., Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., Bellingham. $15. 360-746-8733 or Chris Eger Band: 5 p.m., Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham. 360-3923100 or hotelbellwether. com/featured/bluesbrews-bbq.


Double Duo Musebird Cafe – Jennings & Keller, Ex Libris: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. $10. 360-445-3000 or Thunder Creek: 8 to 11 p.m., Evelyn’s Tavern, 12667 Highway 9, Clear Lake. 360-399-1321. Matt Audette and the Circle of Friends Band: 7 p.m., Haynie Grange, 3344 Haynie Road, Blaine. $10; kids under 12 free. 360-3663321.


Travelin’ Light: 6 to 9 p.m., Bourbon Bar and Grill, 108 W. Main St., Everson. 360-7468285.


Thursday.12 DARLINGSIDE 8 p.m., Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St., Bellingham. $15. 360-746-8733 or

Chris Eger Band: 8:30 p.m., Big Lake Bar & Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360422-6411. Cascadiacs: 8:30 p.m., Big Lake Bar & Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360422-6411. Ben Starner: 7:30 p.m., Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage, 513 S. First St., La Conner. 360-399-1805 or aneliaskitchenandstage. com.


Matt Audette and the Circle of Friends Band: 3 p.m., Haynie Grange, 3344 Haynie Road, Blaine. $5; kids under 12 free. 360-3663321.

Troy Fair Band: 7 p.m., Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley. 360-856-6248 or events. Holmes Shea Band: 7:30 p.m., H2O, 314 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. anacortesh2o. com or 360-755-3956.

Thursday.12 TRISH HATLEY 6 p.m., Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Free. 360-588-1720 or

Fabulous Roof Shakers: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/Main, Conway. $10. 360-445-3000 or Matt Audette and the Circle of Friends Band: 7 p.m., Haynie Grange, 3344 Haynie Road, Blaine. $10; kids under 12 free. 360-3663321. Cascadiacs: 8:30 p.m., Big Lake Bar & Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360422-6411. Joy Mills and Tom Parker: 7:30 p.m., Anelia’s Kitchen & Stage, 513 S. First St., La Conner. 360-399-1805 or Naughty Blokes: 8 p.m., The Old Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Bow. 360-766-6266 or

Jenny & The Tomcats: 5:30 p.m., The Old Edison, 5829 Cains Court, Bow. 360-7666266 or theoldedison. com. Janie Cribbs and the T Rust Band: 1 p.m., Gilkey Square, Morris Avenue and First Street, La Conner. details/la-conner-livesunday-concert-series-06-03-2018-4777.

Wednesday.18 Nick Anthony: 7 to 9 p.m., Evelyn’s Tavern, 12667 Highway 9, Clear Lake. 360-399-1321.

Creston Line: 6 p.m., Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Free. 360588-1720 or Trish Hatley: 7 to 9:30 p.m., Camano Community Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano. $20. Eric Hirst: Noon, Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. 360354-3600 or

Saturday.14 HOLMES SHEA BAND 7:30 p.m., H2O, 314 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. or 360-755-3956.


Janie Cribbs and the T.Rust Band: 6 p.m., Riverwalk, downtown Mount Vernon. Free admission. 360-428-8547 or mountvernonchamber. com. Baby Cakes: 5 p.m., Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham. 360-392-3100 or featured/blues-brewsbbq. Deadly D, Ill Zakiel, Breed Tha Loc, Sleek Illanoiz: 8 p.m., The Shakedown, 1212 State St., Bellingham. $6. 360-770-1067 or

Brother Dege: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. $10. 360-445-3000 or Jean-Jaques Têtu: 6 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. Free. 360-3543600 or jansenartcenter. org.

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OUT & ABOUT QUIDDITCH FESTIVAL: Join in a game of Quidditch with the Rain City Raptors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 28, at Skagit River Park, 1100 S. Skagit St., Burlington. Muggles of all ages are invited to this free festival featuring Hogwarts-inspired games and activities. “MR. POPPER’S PENGUIN”: This year’s film in the “Read the Book, See the Movie” program at the Mount Vernon City Library will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. Free. ANNUAL NUBIAN JAM: The Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee will host The Nubian Jam from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 28. Enjoy attractions, food, entertainment and vendors at Forest Park, 820 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett. SUMMER FEST: A family fun event with hands-on educational activities will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Evergreen Arboretum in Legion Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Free. “50 YEARS OF MEMORIES”: Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. Fourth St., La Conner, will present the stories, people and places that make the museum so special, through Aug. 19. $5 adults, $4 children and seniors.



Open Air Summer Rep in Bellingham

Bellingham. The festival will bring together over 65 local artists, vendors, food trucks and creatives. Presale tickets are $20 and payment plans are available. RECESS MONKEY: The Grammy-nominated trio will wrap up the Culture and Recreation’s Children’s Summer Concert Series at noon Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Jennings Memorial Park, 6915 Armar Road, Marysville.


“Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play” runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, July 12-15, at Maritime Heritage Park in Bellingham. By Skagit Valley Herald Staff

BELLINGHAM — Summer nights are getting a dose of culture in downtown Bellingham, as the Idiom Theater and Sylvia Center for the Arts are in their second year of bringing free theater to Maritime Heritage Park. “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, July 12-15. The contemporary work by Anne Washburn explores the fragmented memories of pop culture, among other legends and myths, after the collapse of society. The outdoor performances will continue throughout summer, with an array of different contemporary and re-imagined classics brought to life. For more information, visit The show at WaterWorks Gallery represents a fusion of forms: painted surfaces on the wall and ceramic sculptures on pedestals by Robin and John Gumaelius and Michael Dickter. The show will run through August with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3. The gallery is located at 315 Argyle Ave., Friday Harbor, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

ART BY THE BAY: The 26th anniversary of Art By the Bay will take place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19, in Stanwood. To apply: stanwoodcamanoarts. com/art-by-the-bay. SUMMER’S END: The third Summer’s End Music and Arts Gathering will take place from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at Zuanich Point Park, 2600 N. Harbor Loop Drive,

SIDEWALK CHART ART FEST: People of all skill levels are welcome to participate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Dakota Art Store, 1322 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham. Chalk kits sold for $5-$10 or bring your own materials. TALL SHIPS: Tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain return to Blaine Harbor Marina on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4-5. or 800-200-5239.

LUCINDA DAVIS: Jesse Kennedy will tell the story of Lucinda Davis, a pioneer woman of the North Cascades, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. Free.

STORY TIME STRETCHES AND CRAFTS: Enjoy story time, yoga activities and summer crafts from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 4, at Marblemount Community Hall, 60155 Highway 20, Marblemount.

FIREFIGHTER STORY TIME: Children of all ages are invited to join Burlington Fire Department from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Maiben Park, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington, for a half-hour story time. Free.

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: Teenagers in grades 7-12 can sail aboard the Adventuress, Puget Sound’s environmental tall ship, and learn about marine science, local history and sailing from Sunday, Aug. 5, through Friday, Aug. 10. $785.

AUDUBON AT THE MUSEUM: Join experts from the North Cascades Audubon Society in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the Whatcom Museum at Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St., Bellingham.

CHRISTIANSON’S ANTIQUE FAIR & VINTAGE MARKET: Four shopping locations within Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon, will sell antiques and vintage treasures on Aug. 10-11. Times: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, $10 admission (must be 21 or older); 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, free admission. christiansonsnursery. com or 360-466-3821.

TIE-DYE YOUR SHIRT: Bring a shirt, blouse, pants or sheets and the dye will be provided. The free event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, at VanderYacht Park, 1900 Washington St., Ferndale.

TOUCH A TRUCK: Children of all ages are invited to explore specialized vehicles that help build a better world from

10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. The event will feature vehicles ranging from street sweepers to fire engines. All ages. Free, library card not required. WARBIRD WEEKEND: Celebrate aviation on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18, at the Heritage Flight Museum, 15053 Crosswind Drive, Burlington. Enjoy a barbecue dinner and music Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. for $55 and receive free admission to Fly Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SUMMER GARDEN PARTY: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 S. First St., Mount Vernon. The family-friendly event will feature local farmers and producers. Free. UNIFLITE RENDEZVOUS: A group of Uniflite boat owners will get together at Cap Sante Marina, Port of Anacortes, 1019 Q Ave., beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, until 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. FERNDALE STREET FESTIVAL: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, Second Avenue; 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Vendors, beer, wine, live music and family fun. WHATCOM FARM TOUR WEEKEND: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9. Learn about sustainable farming with a free self-guided tour or pay $10 for a VIP Badge to support the Sustainable Connections Food & Farming Program.

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HOT TICKETS BELA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES, DEL MCCOURY BAND, JERRY DOUGLAS BAND: July 13, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or PENTATONIX: July 14, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-7453000 or MELISSA ETHERIDGE, LEANN RIMES: July 14, Tulalip Resort Casino Amphitheatre, Tulalip. 360-716-6000 or BRIT FLOYD: July 14, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 360-745-3000 or JOHN FOGERTY: July 19-20, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or CHRIS STAPLETON: July 21, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-745-3000 or SHERYL CROW: July 21-22, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or PHISH: July 22, Gorge Amphitheatre, George. 800-745-3000 or FOREIGNER: July 27, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-7453000 or

JACKSON BROWNE: July 27-28, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or TAJ MAHAL/KEB’ ‘MO’ BAND, DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND: July 29, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-4881133 or visit-us/summer-concerts/list. ZZ TOP, TIM MONTANA: July 30, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or WATERSHED WITH BRANTLEY GILBERT, BRAD PAISLEY, BLAKE SHELTON: Aug. 3-5, Gorge Amphitheatre, George. 800-745-3000 or ISLEY BROTHERS, POINTER SISTERS: Aug. 3, Tulalip Resort Casino Amphitheatre, Tulalip. 360-716-6000 or MOUNT BAKER R & B FESTIVAL: Aug. 3-5, Deming Log Show fairgrounds, Bellingham. bakerblues. com event/5325. CHRIS BOTTI, MORGAN JAMES : Aug. 4, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-4881133 or visit-us/summer-concerts/list. WEEZER, THE PIX-

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IES: Aug. 4, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-745-3000 or PEARL JAM: Aug. 8, 10, Safeco Field, Seattle. 800745-3000 or livenation. com. GYPSY KINGS: Aug. 10, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-4881133 or visit-us/summer-concerts/list. DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES, TRAIN: Aug. 11, KeyArena, Seattle. 800745-3000 or livenation. com. CLINT BLACK, SARA EVANS: Aug. 16, Tulalip Resort Casino Amphitheatre, Tulalip. 360-716-6000 or LADY ANTEBELLUM, DARIUS RUCKER, RUSSELL DICKERSON: Aug. 17, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-7453000 or KID ROCK: Aug. 18, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-7453000 or ALICE COOPER: Aug. 19, Angel of The Winds Area, Everett. 866.332.8499 or STYX: Aug. 23, Tulalip Resort Casino Amphitheatre, Tulalip. 360-716-6000 or SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD, ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT: Aug. 23, Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre,


ZZ TOP July 30, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or Ridgefield. 800-745-3000 or BEN HARPER AND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE: Aug. 24, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or SMASHING PUMPKINS: Aug. 24, KeyArena, Seattle. 360-745-3000 or SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD, ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT: Aug. 24, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-745-3000 or ALICE IN CHAINS, THE CULT, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, BUSH: Aug. 25, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800745-3000 or STEVE MILLER BAND, PETER FRAMPTON:

Aug. 25-26, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or AVENGED SEVENFOLD, PROPHETS OF RAGE, THREE DAYS GRACE: Aug. 26, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-745-3000 or ZAC BROWN BAND: Aug. 31, Safeco Field, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Gorge Amphitheatre, George. 800-745-3000 or FOO FIGHTERS: Sept. 1, Safeco Field, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or ROD STEWART: Sept. 1, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-745-

3000 or GAME OF THRONES LIVE CONCERT EXPERIENCE: Sept. 6, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or RODRIGO Y GABRIELA: Sept. 7, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or EVANESCENCE, LINDSAY STERLING: Sept. 7, White River Amphitheatre, Auburn. 800-7453000 or DWIGHT YOAKAM, JOE NICHOLS: Sept. 8, Tulalip Resort Casino Amphitheatre, Tulalip. 360-716-6000 or THE MAVERICKS, LOS LOBOS: Sept. 8, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or LAKE STREET DIVE: Sept. 13, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or THE AUSTRALIAN PINK FLOYD SHOW: Sept. 14, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville. 425-488-1133 or TOBY KEITH, NED LEDOUX: Sept. 15, Washington State Fair, Puyallup. 888-559-3247 or thefair. com.

Skagit County Historical Museum Presents

Skagit City School Picnic July 15th • 1 to 4 PM

Skagit City School 17508 Moore Rd, Mount Vernon, on Fir Island

Catered by Kelley’s BBQ! Burlington Hotels & Motels

Tickets $22.00 general, $17.00 members Historical Society, $5.00 Kids 10 & Under. Available at the museum or at

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Pursue a passion or explore a new hobby By LYNN O’ROURKE HAYES

Family vacations provide time to pursue a passion or explore a new hobby. Here are five ideas to consider:

2. Focus on the music in Phoenix, Ariz.: This unique museum enables families to see and experience more than 3,000 instruments and artifacts from around the world. At the Musical Instrument Museum, live performances, family-friendly festivals and a wide array of lectures and classes are available. Check out the

FOR THE BIRDS: Skagit Guided Adventures offers a variety of birding tours daily around Skagit Valley and surrounding areas. Reservations required: 360-4747479 or 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.

1. Go biking in Colorado: Head to the high country where downhill, cross country and road biking are part of the local picture. In Snowmass, access more than 80 miles and some 4,400 vertical feet of well-maintained road and dirt trails. With rentals and bike services available, families can take part in bike clinics, special events, and races. Snowmass Bike Park, located at the Snowmass Ski Area, is open daily for guests to explore, with beginner, intermediate, and expert trails. New for 2018 is a 4.8-mile intermediate trail with access from the top of the Elk Camp Chair. Check out the Verde trail, a beautiful track through pine and aspen trees where beginners will be comfortable and intermediate riders can practice cornering and fundamental skills.;

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RECREATION WITHOUT BORDERS: The organization offers recreational trips, tours and adventures throughout the Northwest and British Columbia. 360766-7109 or n Saturday, July 21: Ropes Course Adventure in BC. Climb 40 feet into the trees at Maple Ridge Wildplay. Proof of citizenship required to cross border. $125. Register by July 13 at 360-336-6215 or OAK HARBOR DAY TRIPS: The Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St., offers fun day trips for members. For details, call the travel desk at 360-279-4587. BETHANY JEAN CLEMENT / SEATTLE TIMES

The lookout over Honomanu Bay, at Mile 14 on the way to Hana, does its best to take your breath away.

Steinway piano on which John Lennon composed “Imagine” as well as the instruments of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and George Benson. Wireless headsets allow guests to see and hear exhibits throughout the museum. Kids will enjoy the Experience Gallery where they can touch, play and hear instruments from far away cultures. 3. Hang ten in Hawaii: Kids of all ages can learn to hang ten on Maui’s Ka’anapali Coast. You’ll quickly discover that your instructor at the Goofy Foot Surf School is not referring to your on-board performance when he or she talks about “goofy foot.” Rather, it’s an old surfing term describing a right foot forward stance on the board. Sign up for single lessons or daylong camps. Later visit the

Maui Ocean Center, go snorkeling or explore the Road to Hana.; 4. Become a birder in Belize: Can you identify a mot-mot or red-throated ant-tanager? With the help of trained naturalists, spotting scopes and binoculars, learn to recognize some of the 574 colorful species of birds that reside in the natural beauty of Belize. Although a small country (about the size of New Hampshire), the diverse habitat and the many national parks, private reserves and mangrove swamps make it easy for families to observe a wide variety of birds as well as well as 275 kinds of orchids and more than 4,000 kinds of plants and trees. Stay in jungle lodges, go caving, canoeing and snorkeling amid coral reefs.; 5. Work on your game in Kohler, Wis.: The American Club, a AAA Five-Diamond Resort Hotel, offers juniors and parents multiple levels of instruction via their Kohler Golf Academy. Together or individually, family members can focus on the game’s fundamentals, including fitness and nutrition, skill development, etiquette and sportsmanship as well as experience on the four Pete Dye-designed courses. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the resort also offers water activities, games, a spa and hiking trails. – Lynn O’Rourke Hayes ( is an author, family travel expert and enthusiastic explorer. Gather more travel intel on Twitter @lohayes, Facebook, or via

STATE VISITOR CALL CENTER: The Washington Tourism Alliance’s ExperienceWA Call Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. 1-800-544-1800 or Staff members assist travelers who have questions, refer them to specific destination marketing organizations and other travel resources across the state for more detailed information, and take orders for the Washington State Visitors Guide. PASSPORT APPLICATIONS: Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes, accepts new passport applications and applications for passports that have been expired for more than five years by appointment from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Passport forms and information on fees and how to apply are available at, or pick up an application and passport guide at the library. Burlington Municipal Court accepts passport applications from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 311 Cedar St., Suite A, Burlington. New and renewal forms are available. 360-755-0492. Post offices in Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley and Oak Harbor accept passport applications by appointment. Contact individual offices for available days and times. Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor, accepts passport applications Monday through Friday. Appointments are recommended. 360-279-4580. WHATCOM SENIOR TOURS: Whatcom Senior Tours hosts a series of trips for seniors. Sign up by calling 360-733-4030, ext. 1015 or visiting the tour office at 315 Halleck St., Bellingham.

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Learn about the Nooksack River and salmon By Skagit Valley Herald Staff

Join a walk through the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest along the North Fork of the Nooksack River and learn about the salmon who call the river home at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14. The hour-long walk will be guided by experts from the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA). The guides will

The hour-long walk will be guided by experts from the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA).

teach walkers about local salmon species and native plants. At 11 a.m., NSEA will lead a river science event where attendees can help collect phenology data. Tools and training will be provided. The walks and activities are all part of NSEA’s pro-

grams to engage residents and educate them about the local wildlife and salmon habitats. River walks occur weekly and meet at the start of Horseshoe Bend Trailhead. More information is available at NSEA



A menu of Polish family recipes and Northwest fare made in-house from fresh, local ingredients. Craft beer • Pnw wines House infused vodkas

Sunday Brunch & Bloody Mary Bar! 11 am - 2 pm


Closed Tuesdays

513 S 1st Street, La Conner 360.399.1805

Coming up at The Rockfish Grill and H2O:

“The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine” will play Friday through Monday at the Lincoln.

“Yellow Submarine” tells the story of how The Beatles — John, Paul, George and Ringo — battle the music-hating Blue Meanies armed only with the power of love. $10.50 general; $9.50 seniors, students and active military; $8 ages 12 and under. Sunday bargain prices: $9 general; $7.50 ages 12 and under.


This year’s Skagit Theatre Camp production of Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh KIDS” features a curriculum culminating in two performances for the general public. During the weeklong session, student groups studied a broad range of stagecraft including acting, singing, dancing, costume, sets, props, lighting and sound. $10 adults, $5 child/students ages 6-17, children under 5 are free. Lincoln members receive $2 off. — The Lincoln Theatre is located at 712 S. First St., downtown Mount Vernon. or 360-336-8955.


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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Anacortes Arts Festival seeks volunteers for the 57th Anacortes Arts Festival on Aug. 3-5. Contact Geralyn at 293-6211 or COMMUNITY HANGUP: All artists ages 16 and older are invited to submit one work of art for the fifth Annual “Community Hang-Up” exhibition at the Front Gallery, 420 Myrtle St., Mount Vernon, debuting from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, and showing again from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, as part of the First Saturday Art Walk. Drop off art from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, at The Front Gallery. $20 entry fee.


KREATE WITH KARA: No experience necessary. n July 24: 4 p.m., La Conner Channel Lodge, 205 N. First St., La Conner. $40. n July 26: 6 p.m., Local 20 Taproom, 102 Woodworth St., Sedro-Woolley. $40. TRI DEE ARTS WORKSHOPS: Art classes on a variety of topics are available at Tri-Dee Arts, 215 S. First St., Mount Vernon. LINE DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. Teens and adults. $41-$45. ACRYLIC PAINT-

ING CLASSES: For beginners to advance. Classes: $150 for series of three classes with Logan Fox. Art supply list available. Classes at The Good Stuff Art, 604 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. the, 360-7553152 or kpeterson@ PACIFIC NORTHWEST QUILT AND FIBER ARTS MUSEUM: Varied exhibits and classes are available to the public at 703 S. Second St., La Conner. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission: $7, $5 students and military, free for members and children ages 11 and under. 360-466-4288 or n Fiber Fridays: bring any type of fiber art project, quilting, knitting, embellishing, etc., to work on while visiting with other fiber artists from 9 a.m. to noon every Friday. Free and open to all. GAIL HARKER CENTER: Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts offers a variety of art classes and workshops for artists of every level at 12636 Chilberg Road, Mount Vernon. Online courses are also available. For information and a complete schedule: 360-466-0110 or PACIFIC NW SCHOOL: Choose from painting, photography, fiber and 3D art workshops taught by professional artists at the Pacific NorthWest Art School, 15 NW Birch St., Coupeville. For information and a complete

schedule: 360-678-3396 or DAKOTA: Dakota Art Center offers a variety of art classes and workshops at 17873 Highway 536, Mount Vernon. 360-416-6556, ext. 5, or STANWOOD CAMANO ARTS GUILD: A Guilded Gallery, 8700 271st St. NW, Stanwood, offers a variety of art classes and workshops. For information or to register: 360-6292787 or


TEEN SUMMER READING PROGRAM: Ages 13-18 with chances to win prizes. Events will also be hosted at the library, 820 E. Washington Ave., Burlington. n Teen Battle of the Bands: 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15. Bands must apply at the library by 5 p.m. Monday, July 23. GREAT BOOKS READING GROUP MEETING: The Great Books Reading Group examines passages from important writings in history from 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave. 360-941-1437 and


BEGINNING LINE DANCING: 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Burlington Community Center, 1011 Greenleaf Ave., Burlington. $6 drop-in, $25 for five classes. Teens and adults. Register: or 360-755-9649.

FOLK DANCING: Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers meet Tuesdays at Bay View Civic Hall, 12615 C St., Bay View. Learn to folk dance to a variety of international music. 7-9:30 p.m. First session free, $5 thereafter. No partners needed. Gary or Ginny, 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. For information, contact Gisela at 360-424-5696.


MUSIC MAKER WITH HEIDI LARSEN: Experiment with music and sound at this free interactive event at 11 a.m. Friday, July 20, on the Upper Skagit Library lawn, 45770 B Main St., Concrete. RAY SORIANO DRUMMING WORKSHOP: 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 27, Upper Skagit Library, 45770 B Main St., Concrete. Free. B’TOWN BATTLE OF THE BANDS: Teen bands will perform at the Downtown Burlington Visitors Center Amphitheater on

Wednesday, Aug. 15. Band members must be between 12 and 19. Apply: Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Ave., or email UKULELE FUN & SONG CIRCLE: 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland St. Free. Beginners welcome and loaner ukuleles available. Song sheets provided. 206-790-4862 or yogaheartspace0@gmail. com. BARBERSHOP HARMONY: Join the An-OChords, a four-part barbershop harmony group that meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Bethany Covenant Church, 1318 18th St., Mount Vernon. No experience necessary, no auditions required. Learn by rote, you don’t have to read music. All ages welcome. 360-466-0109. 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 to 7 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. SING IN HARMONY: 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. 360-201-5861 or 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. 360-445-4733.


SHIP HARBOR TRAIL: Join Skagit Cohousing in exploring Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve, Edwards Way, Anacortes, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14. Bring a lunch and walk along the beachfront, wetland and upland meadow. Free. skagitcohousing. org. DEER-RESISTANT GARDENS: Review the habits of deer, signs of damage and strategies to protect your garden from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 14, at Azusa Farm and Garden, 14904 Highway 20, Mount Vernon. Free. KICK THE HABIT KICKBALL TOURNAMENT: Sunday, July 15, Skagit River Park, 1100 S. Skagit St., Burlington. All ages. Teams of nine to 12 players can register for $200 at html. Proceeds benefit New Earth Recovery.

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Obscura raises the bar – again – on crushing “Diluvium” By CRAIG PARRISH Entertainment/Lifestyles Editor

The road to success for Obscura, one of progressive heavy metal’s biggest attractions, get more and more intriguing with every step the band takes. Examining the band’s colorful history could take hours, so the current focus should rightfully be on “Diluvium,” its newest CD, set for a July 13 release. The CD triumphantly caps the group’s collection of four startlingly high-quality recordings, including “Cosmogenesis,” “Omnivium” and “Akróasis.” Led by guitarist/vocalist Steffen Kummerer, the German quartet roars through 55 minutes of artistic punishment on “Diluvium,” but as usual, the band tempers the fury with numerous moments of melody, bordering on near-tranquility. Less than a minute goes by before Kummerer unleashes a throat-shredding yowl, with the pummeling support provided by guitarist Rafael Trujillo, bassist Linus Klausenitzer and drummer Sebastian Lanser. The musicians who have been part of the Obscura machine have never lacked for serious, world-level chops, and that talent is on prodigious display here. Klausenitzer gets ample

time in the mix and in the arrangements, and his fretless acrobatics give Obscura much of its unique character. Obscura set the template for incorporating fretless bass into the techdeath genre with “Cosmogenesis” and “Omnivium,” with Jeroen Paul Thesseling working the instrument during that period. An argument could be made that the considerable juice from “Diluvium” may be diluted by the occasional vocal indulgence, wherein the band employs a stacked-vocal chorus of sorts, or an operatic breakdown that diminishes the aggression for a moment. All that is forgotten, however, with the title song and others such as “The Seventh Aeon” and “The Conjuration,” which never let up on the throttle. “Diluvium” may not break much new ground, but that may be the price Obscura has to pay for dominating and crushing a genre it helped define.

We the Kings “SIX”

We The Kings arrived in the emo-pop bubble of the mid-2000s, alongside the likes of Cute Is What We Aim For and Boys Like Girls. What has kept the Florida rockers thriving, though, is their craftiness. “Six” is the product of another successful PledgeMusic campaign from the band and a well-orchestrated plan to widen its appeal by pulling together an assortment of well-written songs from across the pop-rock spectrum. From “Check Yes Juliet” on, singer-guitarist Travis Clark has shown that he can handle a variety of vocal approaches and he continues that here. As conventionally Warped Tour-ready as the first single “On My Love” sounds, Clark balances the sweetness of the sentiment with a bit of edge. “Festival Music,” which captures the band’s years on the touring circuit, finds him going from soaring notes on the chorus to rapping a torrent of syllables. On the stomping “Alive,” with its roaring metal guitar riffs and screams, We The Kings bounces between Imagine Dragons percussive, hiphop-steeped swagger and moments of tender piano as Clark leads a singalong of “I’m alive for a reason.” There are times when the band strays a little too far out of its comfort zone, like in the dance pop number “Mama Knows Best,” which is packed with synthesizer squiggles and EDM drops that sound out of sync with the rest of the album, especially when Clark repeatedly extends “them” into a two-syllable word.

However, the album’s other risk, the gorgeous piano ballad “What I Wouldn’t Give,” pays off nicely, as Clark poignantly deals with the loss of loved ones. “A mother’s love can never be replaced, but what I wouldn’t give for one more day,” he sings. “I would give my eyes if I could see you one more time.” It’s proof that We The Kings can keep experimenting because their music is built on such a solid foundation of songwriting craftsmanship. — Glenn Gamboa, Newsday

Justin Timberlake “SOULMATE”

“Summer starts now,” Justin Timberlake announces at the top of his

new single, “SoulMate,” and even he has to know that’s not true. (At the very latest, summer started Friday, when Drake’s song “Summer Games” — a far superior summer jam — came out.) But you can understand why Timberlake would want to get us thinking about warm weather, since that means we’re less likely to be thinking about “Man of the Woods,” the flannel-y winter-vibes dud he dropped to a resounding thud back in February. Also: Summer is traditionally a time of victory for Timberlake, who dominated the season two years ago with the inescapable “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from, uh, “Trolls.” Alas, “SoulMate” — a

vaguely tropical entreaty to “let me pull you up out your body into mine” (weird phrasing!) — is not quite up to the job that Timberlake has set himself here. It’s melodic without being especially catchy, rhythmic but unlikely to get anyone moving. (Speaking of Drake, the song was produced by Nineteen85, who also did the rapper’s sensuous “Hotline Bling” and “Hold On We’re Going Home.”) Do those halfway charms mean that “SoulMate,” released last week without warning, is better than anything on the leaden “Man of the Woods”? Duh. But then so is a third-degree sunburn. — By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times

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Johnson pulls off gritty performance in ‘Skyscraper’ By KATIE WALSH Tribune News Service

The hardest working man in show biz, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson debuts his third blockbuster action flick in nine months this weekend. The descriptively titled “Skyscraper,” which comes on the heels of “Rampage” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” is written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed Johnson in the very funny buddy comedy “Central Intelligence.” “Skyscraper” — a sort of reverse “Die Hard,” where a family man breaks into an imposing structure to save his family — scoots by on the thinnest of premises, and an even thinner script. While it’s a completely disposable story, “Skyscraper” is fascinating simply for Thurber’s fascination with evolving Johnson’s star persona. In “Central Intelligence,” he cast Johnson against type, liberating him from gruff meathead roles and uncovering his goofy comedic talent. In “Skyscraper,” Thurber takes Johnson to a darker, grittier place. Don’t expect to see much of his megawatt grin here. Johnson’s Will Sawyer is tough as nails, using brute force, blunt instruments and plenty of duct tape to rescue his family from a burning building. He barely even touches a gun. In so many of his films,


Dwayne Johnson stars in “Skyscraper.”

Johnson is like some kind of comic book superhero: cartoonishly strong, his biceps bulging to an unimaginable size — he dwarfs the usually yoked Vin Diesel in the “Fast and Furious” films. But in “Skyscraper,” Thurber seeks to diminish that strength. The camera looks down on him rather than up, and he’s outfitted in rumpled business casual rather than tactical spandex. It makes Johnson more human before we then watch him perform feats of strength and derring-do using simple machines, like Buster Keaton on human-growth hormone. Thurber literally handicaps Will, who loses his leg in a bombing as an FBI rescue team leader 10 years prior to the events of the film. He loses the limb but gains a wife, Sarah (Neve Campbell), the surgeon who operated

on him. They’re in Hong Kong with their twins at the tallest skyscraper in the world, The Pearl, where Will is putting in a bid as a security consultant for the self-sustaining city in the sky. Scams, theft, arson and double-crosses ensue, and soon Will is outside The Pearl, which is on fire, trying to get in to save his trapped family as a team of thieves are trying to get out. One has to wonder if the entirety of “Skyscraper” was reverse-engineered around a single stunt, wherein Will leaps from a construction crane into a crashed-open window of The Pearl. The leap does draw gasps and cheers from the audience — both the one seated in the theater, and the onscreen audience of onlookers watching Will’s exploits on massive news screens on the street. This

screen-within-a-screen device is a little slice of meta commentary laced throughout that visualizes the literal spectacle that is Johnson and his physical capabilities This depiction of how we see Johnson as an action star, and the twists in his evolution as a performer are what make “Skyscraper” interesting to watch. The charm is turned down, the seriousness turned up and Johnson pulls it off. It’s also a refreshing change to see him have a fully realized romantic partner for once, and Campbell gets her own set of heroics to perform. Otherwise, the plot is strangely simplistic, the special effects murky and chaotic. The cast is stacked with an array of international actors, no doubt to appeal to a wide global audience. With a few well-delivered lines and a killer haircut, Taiwanese model and actress Hannah Quinlivan makes quite the visual impression as an entertaining, if underwritten villain. Thurber’s storytelling is rote at best, scanty in some places, but the performers sell it with all they’ve got. “Skyscraper” is standard issue, but it makes for a compelling entry in the story of Johnson’s stardom, and his total Hollywood domination. – 1:42. Rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence and action, and for brief strong language. HH (out of four stars)

Compiled from news services. Ratings are 1 to 4 stars. “Whitney” — While Whitney Houston’s story has been told in other films and countless TV segments, this documentary is the most comprehensive and intimate portrait yet, thanks in large part to unprecedented access to Houston’s family members and close associates. It’s alternately exhilarating and heartbreaking. Documentary, R, 120 minutes. HHH½ “Sorry to Bother You” — Lakeith Stanfield knocks it out of the park as a black guy whose mastery of the “white voice” makes him a telemarketing superstar. Veering all over the place from social satire to screwball romance, the movie earns points for pushing the envelope, pushing the buttons on incendiary topics, and pushing the boundaries of conventional storytelling. Comedy, R, 105 minutes. HHH “Leave No Trace” — An emotionally damaged war veteran (Ben Foster) and his loyal teenage daughter (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, a natural) leave their comfortable home to risk life-threatening conditions in the woods. The mournfully beautiful film is a brilliant and timely and telling statement about the difference between the haves and the have-nots. Drama, PG, 109 minutes. HHHH “Ant-Man and the Wasp” — After the dramatically heavy conclusion to “Avengers: Infinity War,” it’s nice to enjoy a (mostly) self-contained and smile-inducing summer rollercoaster ride bolstered by the excellent comedic timing of Paul Rudd and company, not to mention some dazzling and dizzying CGI moves designed to thrill and to score solid laughs. Superhero action, PG-13, 120 minutes. HHH “Boundaries” — Despite excellent performances from Vera Farmiga as a hippie mom and Christopher Plummer as her pot-dealing dad, this reconciliation road trip is a bit too cute and clever for its own good. And the ending is pure hokum. Comedy drama, R, 104 minutes. HH “Uncle Drew” — To win a Harlem tournament, a parttime basketball coach (Lil Rel Howery) recruits a team of former players in their 70s headed by the legendary Uncle Drew (Kyrie Irving). Even though the film is outlandish and predictable and downright corny, I loved the positive energy and the steady diet of inside-basketball jokes. Sports comedy, PG-13, 103 minutes. HHH “Damsel” — In this consistently funny feminist Western, a wealthy pioneer (Robert Pattinson) is among the men who make the mistake of believing Mia Wasikowska’s Penelope is a delicate, vulnerable flower who must be saved. Wrongo, boys. This particular damsel is smarter and more resourceful than you can possibly fathom. Comedy, R, 113 minutes. HHH½ “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” — The CIA operative (Josh Brolin) and the assassin (Benicio del Toro) from 2015’s “Sicario” team up to start a drug cartel war in this powerful and pulpy modern-day Western. It’s a brilliant, bloody, gritty, dark and sometimes fantastically overthe-top fable about the evil men (and women) will do in the name of political agendas, self-preservation and the quest for power. Crime action, R, 123 minutes. HHHH

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MOVIES “The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man” — Comic great Bill Murray is famous for materializing out of nowhere at parties, bars, on the street, mingling for a while and then disappearing as quickly as he arrived. Why does he do this? Director Tommy Avallone sets out to answer this question in a documentary that had me smiling from start to finish. Documentary, not rated, 70 minutes. HHH½ “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” — How terrible is this exercise in wretched excess about dinosaurs being evacuated from Isla Nublar before a volcano can wipe them out? It’s “Rocky V” bad. It’s “Jaws 3D” bad. Sci-fi adventure, PG-13, 128 minutes. H½ “Tag” — Despite the best efforts of a cast headed by Ed Helms and Jake Johnson, this comedy about friends in their 40s from Spokane who reunite each year for a month-long game of tag is a deadly drag, filled with uninspired slapstick gags and cardboard characters that practically dare us not to like them. Comedy, R, 100 minutes. H½ “Superfly” — Like the 1972 blaxploitation original, this remake reinforces stereotypes as it follows a drug dealer ready to give up the game. But it succeeds at what it wants to be: an action-packed, sexy, violent, 21st-century crime thriller. Crime thriller, R, 116 minutes. HHH “Incredibles 2” — Writer-director Brad Bird’s second chapter in the story of America’s favorite superhero family is a nifty blend of loudly chaotic amusement-ride-type action pieces and domestic comedy-drama. It’s a solid double, but I’ll admit to a feeling of mild disappointment that it wasn’t a grand slam. Animated action, PG, 118 minutes. HHH “211” — As a small-town cop caught up in gunfights with heavily armed robbers, Nicolas Cage delivers a disappointingly even-keeled performance in a film that is in dire need of ferocious overacting. This muddled, trigger-happy heist movie brims with cliches while constantly trying our patience. Crime action, R, 86 minutes. HH “Hotel Artemis” — Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella and Jeff Goldblum are among the actors playing criminals seeking help at an underground hospital for the lawless, run by The Nurse (Jodie Foster) in 2028 Los Angeles. Positive points for trying to achieve something original, but the analogies and life lessons are all too predictable and familiar. Sci-fi thriller, R, 93 minutes. HH “Ocean’s 8” — Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett star in a solid if somewhat underwhelming caper similar in tone and style to the “Ocean’s” trilogy of the early 2000s. But while the gifted cast has firepower and charisma, “Ocean’s 8” is more of a smooth glide than an exhilarating adventure. Rating: Crime adventure, PG-13, 110 minutes. HH½ “Hereditary” — Toni Collette deserves Oscar consideration for her great work as a woman convinced her mother is trying to reach out from beyond the grave to destroy her family. The shock moments in this horror film are truly stunning, and grotesque, and bizarre — and they will stay with you long after you’ve gone home for the night. Horror, R, 123 minutes. HHHH “Adrift” — From the food rationing to the primitive wound-stitching, we get a number of familiar moments in this lost-at-sea adventure. Shailene Woodley stars as a woman trying to repair a battered boat and get her injured fiance (Sam Claflin) to safety, and it’s a well-tailored showcase for her grit and hippie-dippie appeal. Biographical adventure, PG-13, 120 minutes. HHH

‘Whitney’ a moving, revealing look at the life of Whitney Houston By GARY THOMPSON The Philadelphia Inquirer

In Kevin Macdonald’s haunting and revelatory documentary “Whitney,” we hear audio of subject Whitney Houston talking about a recurring nightmare that followed her throughout her life. She was running from something, something big. A man? she wonders. The devil? In the dream, it never catches her, but she wakes up exhausted. And that’s where the movie ends — exhaustion registering in the face of Houston near her sad end, dead at age 48 in 2012. By that time we know why she’s worn down, at least based on evidence presented by Macdonald, who’s assembled credible and candid inner-circle witnesses to her story. “Whitney” portrays Houston as a giver in a world of takers, trying (often without much help) to juggle music and money, a fracturing family, a “fluid” sexuality that many close to her did not condone. Later a toxic marriage that was often on the front page, and something else — a secret history of alleged child abuse unknown until Macdonald digs it up. Is it any wonder she imploded? In the end she had lost her voice, the straightfrom-heaven miracle that her soul-singer mother, Cissy, noticed when Whitney was a young girl singing in church, always a place of happiness and refuge for “Nippy.”

There is audio of Whitney saying that in her world, “you had to go to church whether you liked it or not. I loved it.” She belonged there, if only because she sang like an angel. She was weaned on gospel, and as a young teen she learned from her professionally savvy mother to develop her voice the way a gifted, talented athlete develops muscles and movement. Cissy, a brother says, “was tough on Whitney, because she knew what she had.” She was also resolute, pushing her daughter to sing “legacy” music, with the chops and polish of a classic crooner and balladeer. Cissy knew what Whitney had, and soon, so did everybody — her 1985 debut album,

“Whitney,” set sales records for a female vocalist, as did many subsequent singles, notably “I Will Always Love You.” She could do anything with her voice, except, perhaps, reveal to listeners how much suffering she had endured in her young life. She was devastated by her parents’ divorce, by the infidelities that drove them apart. She thought her success would keep them happy and together, and of course she was wrong. She tried to keep family close in other ways — putting her brothers on payroll, paying her father as her business manager, her mother as her coach and enforcer. On the road, we learn, relatives doubled as drug suppliers. Was Houston self-med-

icating? Certainly the pressures were multiple and severe. There was family hostility toward Robyn Crawford (not interviewed), the woman with whom Houston lived, and with whom the sexually “fluid” singer (a term used in the movie) had a long-term relationship. It ended when she married pop star Bobby Brown, a famously fraught union — there is footage of Houston trying to help Brown through a recording session, help that he obviously resents. Houston’s decline accelerates — soon she was unable to attend to her music, her daughter, or herself. Macdonald has bombshell news here about child abuse allegedly suffered by Whitney and at least one brother, and “Whitney” is bit glib in holding up this news as an explains-itall answer to her myriad problems. She had so many, and so little help. Nonetheless, “Whitney” offers an informed and moving portrait of a complex, talented woman who was poorly understood, and often cruelly judged.

At area theaters ANACORTES CINEMAS 360-293-7000 STANWOOD CINEMAS 360-629-0514 CONCRETE THEATRE July 13-15 The Incredibles 2 (PG-13): Friday: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 5 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 5 p.m. 360-941-0403 OAK HARBOR CINEMAS 360-279-2226

BLUE FOX DRIVE-IN Oak Harbor July 12-19 Incredibles (PG), Ant-Man (PG-13) and Hotel Transylvania (PG): First movie starts at approximately 9:45 p.m. 360-941-0403 CASCADE MALL THEATERS Burlington For showings: all/2017-06-23/amc-loews-cascade-mall-14/all * Times are subject to change













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Arts, entertainment and recreation for Skagit Valley and beyond

360 July 12, 2018  

Arts, entertainment and recreation for Skagit Valley and beyond