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Skagit Valley Herald Thursday September 5, 2013

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At the Movies

Edgewater Park site of annual Skagit River Salmon Festival on Saturday

Music: Nine Inch Nails, Neko Case Video Games: “Splinter Cell Blacklist”

“Populaire” superbly crafted and acted, but shallow retro rom-com

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NEW ON DVD THIS WEEK “Arthur Newman”: Colin Firth has the uncanny ability to play both king and commoner with the same compassion, dignity and reverence. Whether it was his lovesick efforts in “Love Actually” or his frustration in “A King’s Speech,” Firth showed it’s heart that makes for a great performer. His heartfilled work is plentiful in “Arthur Newman.” Firth plays Wallace Avery, a failure as a husband, father, professional golfer and FedEx employee. He decides his life is so awful, he fakes his death and starts over as Arthur Newman. This transformation might have worked had he not met a person equally as damaged in Charlotte (Emily Blunt). As if drawn together by the failings in their lives, the pair take to the road on a journey of discovery. The film is an emotional road trip that ends as interestingly as it starts. The outstanding performances by Firth and Blunt make this emotional quest well worth the ride. “The East”: Trying to make a terrorist cell the sympathetic center of a movie is risky. Make them too likable and the story comes across weak. Make them too despicable and the audience won’t care what happens to them. The screenplay for “The East” — by director Zal Batmanglij and the film’s star, Brit Marling — lands firmly in the middle. By finding balance, there’s no blatant message of good or evil. Instead, there are situations and desperate acts that result in the re-examination of what is good and bad. This approach encourages the audience to invest in the story rather than stay a passive observer — a major theme of the movie. “Now You See Me”: Bank robbing illusionist makes money disappear. Until the final scene, this is a mildly interesting look at what happens when larceny meets illusion. Imagine David Copperfield becoming a member of the “Ocean’s Eleven” gang. Director Louis Leterrier shows a deft hand when dealing with the stage presentations, but he doesn’t have equal ability staging the more emotional moments. Leterrier’s past work has shown the same weakness when it comes to personal drama. “Person of Interest: The Complete Second Season”: CBS drama about those who try to stop crime before it happens. Mount Vernon native Jim Caviezel stars. “Sharknado”: Los Angeles faces

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

Upcoming movie releases Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change: SEPT. 10 Love Is All You Need - Sony Star Trek Into Darkness - Paramount Peeples - Lionsgate

The Weekend / Page 5 Meet Ken and Austin Andrews, contestants on NBC’s “Biggest Loser,” at the Shapin’ Up in Woolley Health and Fitness Fair on Saturday.

SEPT. 17 The Bling Ring - Lionsgate SEPT. 24 24. Redemption - Lionsgate OCT. 1 The Croods - Fox/DreamWorks This Is the End - Sony OCT. 8 After Earth - Sony The Hangover Part III - Warner Much Ado About Nothing - Lionsgate n McClatchy-Tribune News Service

danger of sharks being tossed around by giant tornadoes. “Empire State”: Security guard gets pulled into a robbery scheme. Dwayne Johnson stars. “Blandings: Series 1”: BBC series based on the work of P.G. Wodehouse. “The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Fourth Season”: CW Network series starring Ian Somerhalder. “The Iceman”: Devoted husband and father is really a ruthless killer-forhire. “Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultimate Team Power — Volume 1”: Includes first four episodes of “Power Rangers Megaforce.” “Spartacus: War of the Damned — The Complete Third Season”: Cable series from Sam Raimi. Includes 10 episodes, “The Jesse Stone Collection”: Includes the TV movies starring Tom Selleck as a small-town police chief. “The Fugitive”: To mark the 20th anniversary of the Harrison Ford movie, a new Blu-ray edition is being released. “Stories We Tell”: Sarah Polley’s film about how we discover that the truth depends on who is telling it. “Ancient Aliens: Season 5 — Volume 1”: Includes 12 episodes from the fifth season of the TV series. “The Office: Season Nine”: The Scranton gang face the ninth and final season. n Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee

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Get Involved.................................... 6 Travel............................................8-9 On Stage, Tuning Up................10-11 Music, Game Reviews..............12-13 Hot Tickets.................................... 14 Movie Review................................ 16 Movie Reviews, Listings............... 17 At the Lincoln................................ 17 Out & About.............................18-19 ON THE COVER

Vicky Benzing, who flies this Extra 300S, is a noted air racer in addition to flying aerobatic displays. She will appear at Saturday’s Skagit Flight Fest at the Skagit Regional Airport. Submitted photo

Mailing address P.O. Box 578 Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Online events calendar To list your event on our website, visit goskagit.com and look for the Events Calendar on the home page HAVE A STORY IDEA? w For arts and entertainment, contact Features Editor Craig Parrish at 360-416-2135 or features@skagitpublishing.com w For recreation, contact staff writer Vince Richardson at 360-416-2181 or vrichardson@ skagitpublishing.com TO ADVERTISE 360-424-3251


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COMMUNITY LEFT: Vicky Benzing, who flies this Extra 300S, is a noted air racer in addition to her aerobatic displays. RIGHT: “Grumpy,” a World War IIvintage B-25 Mitchell bomber owned and operated by the Historic Flight Foundation of Mukilteo, will fly during Skagit Flight Fest. Liz Matzelle photo

LOOK TO THE SKIES

Vintage aircraft, aerobatic flights and more at Skagit Flight Fest Skagit Valley Herald staff

Bud and Ross Granley will offer two-aircraft aerobatic routine during the air show portion of Skagit Flight Fest.

Skagit Flight Fest, featuring an air show and flyin, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Skagit Regional Airport, 15400 Airport Drive, west of Burlington. Performers in the 90-minute aerobatics show at 1:30 p.m. include the father-and-son team of Bud and Ross Granley, “The Flying Tenor” Will Allen, and aerobatic and racing pilot Vicky Benzing. The fest will also feature displays, vendors, youth activities and more. “This is the biggest thing we do all year,” said Carl Molesworth, Port of Skagit community outreach administrator. “We are very pleased to be producing one of the last free-admission air shows in the Pacific Northwest, because we want the citizens of the Skagit Valley to enjoy and appreciate Skagit Regional Airport,” said Kevin Ware, president of the Port of Skagit board of commissioners, in a news release. “Airports are important public assets, and we are proud of the economic and recreational contributions this airport makes to our community.” Flights aboard a restored vintage B-25 aircraft will be offered Saturday. The flight includes a onehalf hour preflight with the pilot and about half an hour in the air. The cost is $495. For information or to book a flight, call 425-348-3200. Admission to the festival is free; for more information, visit portofskagit.com.


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COMMUNITY

Edgewater Park to host Skagit River Salmon Festival

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The second annual Skagit River Salmon Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millet Road, Mount Vernon. Enjoy live music and cultural performances, arts and crafts, educational booths and vendors, silent auction, beer and wine garden, great food and salmon barbecue, youth activities and crafts, lessons on fly fishing and tying, a salmon derby and more. Admission if free; for more information, visit skagitriverfest.org.

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THIS WEEKENDin the area ‘Shapin’ Up in Woolley’

BIKE MS The annual bicycling fund-

raiser for multiple sclerosis will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, beginning and ending at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon. Join some 2,000 cyclists to help raise money for research while riding scenic courses ranging from 22 to 97 miles through Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. Enjoy full meals, stocked rest sites and after-ride activities. For information or to register, call 206-284-4254 (press 5) or visit bikemsnorthwest.org.

TRAIL TALES Friends of Skagit Beach-

es leads a series of informative walks along the Tommy Thompson Trail in Anacortes. For information, visit skagitbeaches.org. Next up: The Shore’s Dynamic Edge: Opportunities and Challenges Where the Two Worlds Meet: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Meet at Fidalgo RV Park, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Road. Gain a new appreciation of the organisms, systems and strategies that are integrated in the shoreline edge. The flat, paved trail is handicapped accessible.

MILITARY APPRECIATION PICNIC Join

Meet Ken and Austin Andrews, contestants on NBC’s “Biggest Loser,” at the Shapin’ Up in Woolley Health and Fitness Fair set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Sedro-Woolley Community Center, 703 Pacific St. Ken and Austin will share the story of how together they lost more than 400 pounds and how it has changed their lives. The event

will include health and fitness activities for all ages, a variety of informational booths, healthy food venues, the “Great American Sedro-Woolley Weigh-In” and a 30-day fitness challenge. There will also be a performance by the Jumpin’ Js, a national Double Dutch jump rope team. Free. shapinupin woolley.com.

the fun from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. Community picnic sponsored by the Navy League, Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, City of Oak Harbor and others. Free. Donations accepted. 360-675-3755 or oakharborchamber.com.

GALA AUCTION Camano Center will

host “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” its annual gala auction, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Enjoy food and beverages, music, and lively bidding on a wide variety of items in live and silent auctions. Dinner choices include prime rib, oven-roasted salmon or mushroom lasagna. Formal attire suggested. $75 per person, $480 table of six, $640 table of eight. 360387-0222 or camanocenter.org.


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GET INVOLVED ART SEEKING VENDORS: Vendors of all kinds are needed for the 21st semiannual World’s Largest Garage Sale, Antiques & More, set for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28, at the Skagit County Fairgrounds, 1410 Virginia St., Mount Vernon. Vendor applications are available at skagitcounty. net/fairgrounds. For information, call 360-336-9414 or email fairgrounds@ co.skagit.wa.us. CALL TO ARTISTS: Skagit Regional Health is seeking permanent art for its new medical office building, Skagit Regional Clinics Riverbend, which will open in mid-2014 in north Mount Vernon. Artwork must be of superior quality and may include a wide range of styles and mediums. Individual artists may submit up to six images of original work by Sept. 30. Submissions may be either existing work for sale or representative work that can be completed by Feb. 1, 2014. Include the name of each work, its medium, size and asking price. Send submissions by email to wragusa@ skagitvalleyhospital.org. For information, contact Wendy Ragusa at 360-814-5747.

Studio, 5424 S. Shore Drive, Guemes Island. For information, call 360-293-8878 or visit towerartsstudio.com. DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 9-30, Burlington Parks and Recreation Center, 900 E. Fairhaven Ave., Burlington. For ages 7-13. Learn drawing basics using line and form, depth and perspective to draw animal studies and people, places or things with pencil, pen and charcoal. $50, plus $20 supply fee payable to instructor. Register by Oct. 2: 360-755-9649. ART CLASSES, WORKSHOPS: Dakota Art Center offers a variety of art classes and workshops at 17873 Highway 536, Mount Vernon. 360-416-6556, ext. 5, or dakotaartcenter.com.

AUDITIONS CALL FOR SINGERS: Shelter Bay Chorus seeks people of all ages who love to sing. Come and enjoy a barbecue after the first rehearsal of the fall season at 2:45 p.m. today at the Shelter Bay Clubhouse in La Conner. No audition required; no need to be a Shelter Bay resident.. Rehearsals are held from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. every Thursday. 360-466-3805.

meet during September. For information, call Marsha Pederson at 360-7574906.

let Road, Mount Vernon. Weigh-in takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three weights and one mystery weight in the humpy catON STAGE egory and one random NORTH COVE OPEN drawing for the silvers cateMIC: Daniel Burnson hosts gory. Entry fee: $15. Tickets an open mic from 7 to 10 available at Mount Vernon p.m. Saturdays at North Parks and Recreation, Cove Coffee, 1130 S. BurHoliday Sports, and Master lington Blvd., Burlington. Marine. 360-336-6215 or All genres welcome — mountvernonwa.gov. rock, blues, funk, folk, ukelele, poetry or performance. GEOCACHING: Mount 360-707-2683 or northcove Vernon Parks and Recrecoffee.com. ation will offer an Intro to Geocaching class from 6 CONWAY PUB OPEN to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, MIC: Jam Night, 9 p.m. to at Hillcrest Park, Skylight 12:30 a.m. Thursdays, Con- Room, 1717 S. 13th St., way Pub & Eatery, 18611 Mount Vernon. For all ages; Main St., Conway. 360-445- 12 and younger need to be 4733. accompanied by a parent. Learn how to get started, 1ST STREET OPEN MIC: equipment needs, different 9 p.m. to midnight, Wednes- kinds of caches and how to days, 1st Street Cabaret & log a find. Head into the Speakeasy, 612 S. First St., park and use GPS devices Mount Vernon. Ages 21 to hunt for hidden caches. and older. No cover. 360Smartphones or GPS 336-3012 or riverbelle devices are welcome, but dinnertheatre.com. not necessary. Free. 360336-6215.

RECREATION

TRAIL TALES: Friends of Skagit Beaches lead a series of informative walks along the Tommy Thompson Trail in Anacortes. For information, visit skagitbeaches.org. Next up: The Shore’s Dynamic ART CLASSES Edge: Opportunities and CALL FOR YOUNG Challenges Where the ACRYLICS FOR BEGINMUSICIANS: The Mount Two Worlds Meet: 2 to NERS: With Jennifer Vernon-based Fidalgo 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Bowman, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Youth Symphony offers Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 opportunities for musicians Meet at Fidalgo RV Park, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Road. p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12-13, at ages 5 to 21 to study and Gain a new appreciation the Anacortes Center for perform orchestral music. Happiness, 619 Commercial For information, including of the organisms, systems Ave., Anacortes. $165, plus tuition costs and rehearsal and strategies that are integrated in the shoreline optional $20 fee to borrow schedules, contact Sara edge. The flat, paved trail is Bowman’s materials. Fisher at 360-682-6949 or 360-464-2229 or anacortes Anita Tatum, 360-969-1681 handicapped accessible. centerforhappiness.org. or visit fysmusic.org. SALMON DERBY: The CLAY CLASSES: Ceramic annual Ray Reep Salmon MUSIC artist Sue Roberts offers Derby will be held SaturSKAGIT VALLEY MUSIC day, Sept. 7, at Edgewater a variety of classes and workshops at Tower Arts CLUB: The club will not Park, 600 Behrens Mil-

BIKE MS: The annual bicycling fundraiser for multiple sclerosis will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, beginning and ending at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon. Join some 2,000 cyclists to help raise money for research while riding scenic courses ranging from 22 to 97 miles through Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. Enjoy full meals, stocked rest sites and afterride activities. For information or to register, call 206284-4254 (press 5) or visit bikemsnorthwest.org.

WORKSHOPS “INVESTING IN YOUR BOOK: POLISHING, PUBLISHING, PROMOTING”: Terry Persun and Susan Wingate, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21,

Anacortes Chamber of Commerce board room, 819 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Discover definitive ways to approach revision that highlight your style and story; learn about publishing options and the role of publishers, publicists and agents; and find out how to promote your novel/ stories now that they are out there for the world to see. Presented by Armchair ePublishing and Skagit Valley Writers League. $25. armchairepub@gmail.com or armchair-epublishing. weebly.com. IDEA PARTY: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Anacortes Center for Happiness, 619 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Come and discuss your dreams, what you’ve done about attaining them and where you’re stuck. The group will then brainstorm for each individual and offer ideas, solutions and creative ways to get to the answer. $10. Proceeds benefit the center’s Movie Night program. 360-464-2229 or anacortes centerforhappiness.org.

QUILTING: Sedro-Woolley resident Judy Niemeyer will teach a five-course quilting series based on her Foundation Paper Piercing technique from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, Sept. 11 to Jan. 8. Participants will make Niemeyer’s Glacial Star Pattern, which is on display at Cascade Fabrics, 824 Metcalf St., SedroWoolley. $50 per class. Class fee includes a complimentary lunch. Registration forms are available at Cascade Fabrics. For information, contact 360855-0323.

THEATER

YOUTH THEATER CLASSES: The Whidbey Playhouse “Would Be Players” theater program for ages 8 to 18 will offer a workshop from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 29, at the Whidbey Playhouse Star Studio, 730 SE Midway Drive, Oak Harbor. A special three-hour rehearsal will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, and the workshop will culminate with public performances at 4:30 p.m. MEMOIR-WRITING PRO- Oct. 28-29. Students will GRAM: Western Washing- learn a variety of theater ton University will offer skills, including theater “Memory to Memoir,” acting, vocal training, body a three quarter memoirlanguage, stage presence, writing program starting blocking and more. $75. For Oct. 1, on its Bellingham information or to register, campus. The program, open contact Stan Thomas at to community members, is 360-675-0574. designed for writers of all experience levels, whether FREE ADULT ACTING they wish to create a book, CLASSES: Anacortes Comfamily history, business munity Theatre offers free or promotional material. acting classes for adults Participants will produce from 10 a.m. to noon the several fully developed and third Saturday each month edited essays or chapters at 918 M Ave., Anacortes. suitable for publication. Classes include scripted Classes will meet from 6 scenes and a variety of actto 9 p.m. once weekly for ing games, with a different eight weeks each term. For topic each month. Each information, call 360-650class is independent, so you 3308, email ExtendedEd@ don’t have to commit to wwu.edu or visit wwu.edu/ every session. 360-840-0089 forwriters. or acttheatre.com.


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September 1-30 Share the adventure, enjoy the taste!

Twenty-five of Mount Vernon’s best restaurants have joined together to celebrate the wondrous bounty of Skagit Valley. Throughout September, these restaurants will have special menu items, including beverages, which feature Skagit Valley products and showcase local farms. Eat Local Mount Vernon is a cornerstone event of the 2013 Mount Vernon Mayor’s Wellness Challenge, which is a month-long series of free activities to inspire the community to healthier lifestyles. Don’t forget to vote in the People’s Choice Award Contest and you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate from participating restaurants! Share the adventure and enjoy the taste! Participating restaurants include:

Eat Local Mount Vernon is sponsored by the Mount Vernon Community Marketing Campaign, which includes the City of Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce, Mount Vernon School District, Port of Skagit, Skagit Regional Health, Skagit Valley College. Participating sponsors include Mount Vernon Mayor’s Wellness Challenge, Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC), North Sound Food Hub, Mount Vernon Farmers Market and Washington Restaurant Association. Our media partners include Skagit Publishing and KAPS/KBRC Radio.

For more info, call: 360.428.8547

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TRAVEL

Five free things to do in Boise – inside and out

Todd Dvorak / AP

A man walks in front of the Basque Center in Boise. The center is a gathering place for Boise’s Basque community and one of several stops in the city’s downtown Basque Block. By TODD DVORAK Associated Press

HIKE OR BIKE IN THE FOOTHILLS

Boise is snuggled up along a line of foothills that stretch north and east and BOISE, Idaho — Boise has long been serve as stepping stones into national dubbed the “City of Trees,” a nickname forest and the bigger, Boise Mountain that always catches newcomers by surprise Range. given the city’s high-desert climate and The foothills are also a playground for summers with little or no rain. hikers, runners, mountain bikers and birdBut a hike into the foothills or a short watchers. drive up the road to the local ski hill makes The city manages a network of more it abundantly clear why the moniker fits, as than 130 miles of trails and numerous a lush, green canopy stretches from down- access points, some just minutes from town west across the valley floor. downtown. Even a short, moderate hike Celebrating its 150th anniversary this along any of the trails provides enough year, this former military outpost along elevation to overlook the city, the valley the Oregon Trail has consistently ranked and the Owyhee Mountains across the among the nation’s fastest-growing cities valley floor. for the last decade. There is also the Jim Hall Foothills The reasons are varied, but this city of Learning Center, a great resource for more than 200,000 residents offers a modinformation about the high-desert envierate climate, ample access to recreation, ronment and the plants, wildflowers and rich and diverse cultural and culinary wildlife that inhabit the foothills. opportunities and the Boise River, which flows through downtown and attracts wild- THE BASQUE BLOCK life, urban anglers and other recreational Boise is home to one of the nation’s Boise Parks & Recreation via AP water-lovers. Idaho’s capital city and the biggest concentrations of Basques outside surrounding region also provide plenty of the Basque region in Spain. The city’s Bikers head up the Polecat Loop in the Ridge to Rivers trail system in Boise, things to do at no cost. Here are five free Basque Block downtown is the best place Idaho. The foothills are also a playground for hikers, runners, mountain bikers things to do in Boise: for learning more about the heritage. and bird-watchers.


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TRAVEL Local travel

Boise Parks & Recreation via AP

A farmers market in Boise. As early the late 1800s, Basques began settling in southwestern Idaho, many lured here to work as sheepherders. The Basque Block includes a museum, a market, restaurants, street art and historical signage that track the Basque influence and history in and beyond Boise.

BOISE RIVER GREENBELT

Like the foothills, the Greenbelt is a recreational gem for residents and visitors alike. The 25-mile trail, featuring tree-lined paths on both sides of the Boise River, runs through the heart of the city and beyond. It’s user-friendly for bike commuters heading to the office downtown, walkers, joggers and a conduit for getting to the Boise State University campus, downtown shops and restaurants and the numerous parks that line the river and trail system. A handful of hotels in the area also provide free bikes to guests looking to pedal around town.

as an American Viticultural Area. The region’s soils and varied microclimates have given birth in the last decade to vineyards and a collection of wine makers growing in prominence in the Northwest. Several of the more than two dozen vineyards offer free tastings; others charge a $5 fee that can be used toward the purchase of a bottle of red or white. Bring a picnic basket and sit back and watch the sun set along the Owyhee Mountains and the beautiful vistas all along the Snake River Plain.

CAPITOL CITY PUBLIC MARKET

Sure you have to pay for the locally grown fruit, vegetables, grass-fed beef or the various arts and crafts for sale, but the sights, smells, sounds and people-watching are free at Boise’s version of the classic farmers market. In three separate spots downtown, vendors set up shop on blocked-off city streets or plazas each Saturday morning from April SNAKE RIVER through December. WINE COUNTRY And more than any other There are a handful of time, it’s when the city’s wineries in Boise proper, but downtown hums as foodfor the real adventure and ies search out the latest in scenic splendor, take a drive fresh produce or pack the southwest of town into the coffee shops or restaurants Snake River Valley’s wine with outdoor patios serving region, officially designated brunch.

For information or to register, call 360-336-6215.

all ports, daily lecture by onboard naturalist, nightly CRUISE SEMINAR: Learn entertainment, taxes, gratuabout cruise options on ESCORTED TOURS: The ities and escort. Celebrity, Royal Caribbean Whatcom County Tour ProNew York City and International and Azamara gram offers a variety of day Upstate New York Fall Club, at 6 p.m. Thursday, trips and longer tours, with Colors Tour: Oct. 4-13. Sept. 19, at AAA, 1600 E. most trips departing from $2,999-$3,799, includes College Way, Suite A, Mount and returning to the Belling- round-trip airfare, deluxe Vernon. Free admission. ham Senior Activity Center, motorcoach transportation, RSVP: 360-848-2090. 315 Halleck St., Bellinghotel accommodations, 14 ham. For information or to meals, NYC guided tour, GROUP STUDY register: 360-733-4030, optional Broadway show, EXCHANGE TO NEW ZEApress #, ext. 47015, or attractions, two day-cruises LAND: 7 p.m. Wednesday, wccoa.org/index.php/Tours. and escort. $300 deposit Sept. 25, Anacortes Public Next up: due at sign-up. Library, 1220 10th St., Seattle Mariners vs. Anacortes. Rotarian Kelsey Oakland Athletics: 10 a.m. EXTENDED TRIPS: The Miner highlights his sixto 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. Oak Harbor Senior Center week trip to New Zealand 29. $73-$83. Includes is organizing two smallwith three other young pro- round-trip transportation, group trips for 2014: fessionals to build global covered parking, group Mississippi River Cruise: leadership skills. Free. seating in Section 323 and America’s Heartland, Nash360-293-1910, ext. 21, or escort. ville to New Orleans, March library.cityofanacortes.org. Fall Foliage Mississippi 19–30; and Scotland, June. River Steamboat Cruise: Trips will depart from Oak SHORT TRIPS: Mount Oct. 4-12. $3,199-$3,999. Harbor/Mount Vernon. ConVernon Parks and RecreIncludes Bellingham-totact Pat Gardner at pgard ation offers travel opportu- Seatac transfer, air fare, ner@oakharbor.org. nities for ages 12 and older first-night hotel stay, seven(adult supervision required day cruise, all meals on STANWOOD SENIOR for ages 18 and younger). cruise, shore activity at CENTER TRIPS: The Stan-

wood Senior Center offers occasional trips around the Puget Sound area and beyond, departing from and returning to the center, 7430 276th St. NW, Stanwood. For information or reservations, contact Sandy Kitchens at 360-629-7403. PASSPORT APPLICATIONS: The Anacortes Public Library accepts passport applications from noon to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays at 1220 10th St., Anacortes. Passport forms and information on fees and how to apply are available at travel. state.gov, or pick up an application and passport guide at the library. The Oak Harbor Senior Center accepts passport applications, by appointment, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor. 360-279-4580.

Join Us for SPAWNtaneous Fun!

Skagit River Salmon Festival

Saturday, September 7 • 10 am to 6 pm Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon

FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK

Sept. 6 6-9pm Anne Martin McCool Gallery

SALMON FESTIVAL

Johnny Picasso’s Scott Milo Gallery The Majestic Inn and Spa Apothecary Spa (2nd floor Majestic Inn)

Great Music • Local Artisans • Kids Crafts • Salmon BBQ Cultural Activities • Free Entry • SkagitRiverFest.org

Gallery at the Depot www.anacortesart.com


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ON STAGE in the Skagit Valley and surrounding area September 6-15 Friday.6

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“Cheating Cheaters”: Foothills Theatre, 7 p.m., Nooksack Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 3326 E. Badger Road, Everson. $5. 360-988-2641.

“Too Soon For Daisies”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $16. 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com.

THEATER

“Too Soon For Daisies”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $16. 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com.

Sunday.8 MUSIC

Jazz At The Library: Gail Pettis: 2 to 3 p.m., Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St., Anacortes. Free. 360-293-1910, ext. 21, or www.jazzatthelibrary.com.

THEATER

“Too Soon For Daisies”: 2:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $16. 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com.

Tuesday.10 VARIETY

Ms. Betty Desire, Jason Daniel Wall: 8 p.m., First Street Cabaret & Speakeasy, 612 S. First St., Mount Vernon. $3 cover. 360-336-3012 or riverbelledinnertheatre. com.

Thursday.12 THEATER

“Too Soon For Daisies”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $16. 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com. “Cheating Cheaters”: Foothills Theatre, 7 p.m., Nooksack Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 3326 E. Badger Road, Everson. $5. 360-988-2641.

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“Too Soon For Daisies”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $16. 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com.

TUNING UP Playing at area venues September 5-12 SUNDAY.8

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SUNDAY.8

KNUT BELL & THE BLUE COLLARS 5 to 9 p.m., Conway Pub & Eatery, 18611 Main St., Conway. $3 cover. 360-445-4733.

KIMYA DAWSON (pictured), SPECTERS, PAUL BARIBEAU 7 p.m., Anacortes Depot, 611 R Ave., Anacortes. All ages. $5-$6. knw-yrown.com.

GAIL PETTIS Jazz At The Library, 2 to 3 p.m., Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St., Anacortes. Free. 360-293-1910, ext. 21, or www.jazzatthe library.com.

Saturday.14 MUSIC

“Miniatures & Masterpieces, Take Two”: Pianists Kau Zavislak and Victoria Ebel-Sabo, 7:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. $10 adults, $5 ages 17 and younger. 360-354-3600 or jansenartcenter.org.

THEATER

“Too Soon For Daisies”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $16. 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com.

VARIETY

The 1st Street Follies presents “The Back Alley Cats”: 8 to 10 p.m., 1st Street Cabaret & Speakeasy, 612 S. First St., Mount Vernon. $5 cover. 360-336-3012 or riverbelledinnertheatre.com.

THURSDAY.5

FRIDAY.6

The Silver City Band: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center Firehall Cafe, 321 Front St., Lynden. No cover. 360-354-3600.

Jammin’ Jeff: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Big Lake Bar & Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360-422-6411.

1967 (the band): 10 p.m., Dogghouse, 100 S. Barker St., Mount Vernon. 360-336-3644.

Ann ‘n’ Dean (variety dance music): 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Elks, 2120 Market St., Mount Vernon. Open to the public. 360-848-8882.

Amy Hindman and Morty Webb: 8 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. $7. 360-445-3000.

Jack Mattingly & Whiskey Fever (roots, Americana, folk-rock): 7 p.m., Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley. $8. Bring your own chair or blanket for seating. 360-856-6248.

Skip Hamilton: 6 to 9 p.m., Frida’s Gourmet Mexican Restaurant, 416 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. No cover. 360-299-2120.

Ann ‘n’ Dean (dance, country, rock): 7 p.m., Mount Vernon Elks, 2120 Market St., Mount Vernon. Open to the public. 360-848-8882.

Sunday.15 THEATER

“Too Soon For Daisies”: 2:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $16. 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com. “Cheating Cheaters”: Foothills Theatre, Nooksack Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 3326 E. Badger Road, Everson, 360-988-2641: w 2 p.m., $5 w 7 p.m., $8 (dessert theater)

SATURDAY.7 Jammin’ Jeff: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Big Lake Bar & Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360-422-6411.

Will West & The Friendly Strangers: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/Main, Conway. $10. 360-4453000.

Mark Dufresne: 7:30 p.m., H2O, 314 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-755-3956.

Wreckless Spenders: 8:30 p.m., Edison Inn, 5829 Cains Court, Edison. 360-766-6266.

1967 (the band): 8 p.m., The Undertow Bar & Grill, 456 Maple St., Hamilton. 360-8264366.

SUNDAY.8 Knut Bell & The Blue Collars: 5 to 9 p.m., Conway Pub & Eatery, 18611 Main St., Conway. $3 cover. 360-4454733.

Gary B’s Church of the Blues (blues, classic rock): 6 to 10 p.m., Castle Tavern, 708 Metcalf St., Sedro-Woolley. 360-855-2263.

C.C. Adams and friends Sunday Jam, featuring $cratch Daddy, Coyote Blues and more: 5 to 9 p.m., Station House, 315 E. Morris St., La Conner. 360-466-4488.

Kimya Dawson, Specters, Paul Baribeau: 7 p.m., Anacortes Depot, 611 R Ave., Anacortes. All ages. $5-$6. knw-yr-own. com.

Ron Bailey: 5:30 p.m., Edison Inn, 5829 Cains Court, Edison. 360-766-6266.

1967 (the band): 5 p.m., The Corner Pub, 14565 Allen West Road, Bow. No cover. 360-757-6113.

Italian Brindisi Arias: Skagit Opera artists, 4 to 7 p.m., Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars, 43095 Challenger Road, Concrete. Free admission with purchase of a bottle of wine per adult. 425-422-6988.

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THURSDAY.12

Stilly River Band: 6 to 9 p.m., Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-588-1720.

Sky Colony: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. No cover. 360-445-3000.

Biagio: 6 to 8 p.m., Jansen Art Center Firehall Cafe, 321 Front St., Lynden. No cover. 360-354-3600.

Trish Hatley: 6 to 9 p.m., Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-588-1720.

Andy Koch of Badd Dog Blues: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center Firehall Cafe, 321 Front St., Lynden. No cover. 360-354-3600.


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Saturday.7

“Cheating Cheaters”: Foothills Theatre, 7 p.m., Nooksack Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 3326 E. Badger Road, Everson. $5. 360-988-2641.

“Too Soon For Daisies”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $16. 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com.

THEATER

“Too Soon For Daisies”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $16. 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com.

Sunday.8 MUSIC

Jazz At The Library: Gail Pettis: 2 to 3 p.m., Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St., Anacortes. Free. 360-293-1910, ext. 21, or www.jazzatthelibrary.com.

THEATER

“Too Soon For Daisies”: 2:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $16. 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com.

Tuesday.10 VARIETY

Ms. Betty Desire, Jason Daniel Wall: 8 p.m., First Street Cabaret & Speakeasy, 612 S. First St., Mount Vernon. $3 cover. 360-336-3012 or riverbelledinnertheatre. com.

Thursday.12 THEATER

“Too Soon For Daisies”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $16. 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com. “Cheating Cheaters”: Foothills Theatre, 7 p.m., Nooksack Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 3326 E. Badger Road, Everson. $5. 360-988-2641.

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“Too Soon For Daisies”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $16. 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com.

TUNING UP Playing at area venues September 5-12 SUNDAY.8

SUNDAY.8

SUNDAY.8

KNUT BELL & THE BLUE COLLARS 5 to 9 p.m., Conway Pub & Eatery, 18611 Main St., Conway. $3 cover. 360-445-4733.

KIMYA DAWSON (pictured), SPECTERS, PAUL BARIBEAU 7 p.m., Anacortes Depot, 611 R Ave., Anacortes. All ages. $5-$6. knw-yrown.com.

GAIL PETTIS Jazz At The Library, 2 to 3 p.m., Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St., Anacortes. Free. 360-293-1910, ext. 21, or www.jazzatthe library.com.

Saturday.14 MUSIC

“Miniatures & Masterpieces, Take Two”: Pianists Kau Zavislak and Victoria Ebel-Sabo, 7:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. $10 adults, $5 ages 17 and younger. 360-354-3600 or jansenartcenter.org.

THEATER

“Too Soon For Daisies”: 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $16. 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com.

VARIETY

The 1st Street Follies presents “The Back Alley Cats”: 8 to 10 p.m., 1st Street Cabaret & Speakeasy, 612 S. First St., Mount Vernon. $5 cover. 360-336-3012 or riverbelledinnertheatre.com.

THURSDAY.5

FRIDAY.6

The Silver City Band: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center Firehall Cafe, 321 Front St., Lynden. No cover. 360-354-3600.

Jammin’ Jeff: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Big Lake Bar & Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360-422-6411.

1967 (the band): 10 p.m., Dogghouse, 100 S. Barker St., Mount Vernon. 360-336-3644.

Ann ‘n’ Dean (variety dance music): 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Elks, 2120 Market St., Mount Vernon. Open to the public. 360-848-8882.

Amy Hindman and Morty Webb: 8 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. $7. 360-445-3000.

Jack Mattingly & Whiskey Fever (roots, Americana, folk-rock): 7 p.m., Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Road, Sedro-Woolley. $8. Bring your own chair or blanket for seating. 360-856-6248.

Skip Hamilton: 6 to 9 p.m., Frida’s Gourmet Mexican Restaurant, 416 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. No cover. 360-299-2120.

Ann ‘n’ Dean (dance, country, rock): 7 p.m., Mount Vernon Elks, 2120 Market St., Mount Vernon. Open to the public. 360-848-8882.

Sunday.15 THEATER

“Too Soon For Daisies”: 2:30 p.m., Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd., Oak Harbor. $16. 360-679-2237 or whidbeyplayhouse.com. “Cheating Cheaters”: Foothills Theatre, Nooksack Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 3326 E. Badger Road, Everson, 360-988-2641: w 2 p.m., $5 w 7 p.m., $8 (dessert theater)

SATURDAY.7 Jammin’ Jeff: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Big Lake Bar & Grill, 18247 Highway 9, Mount Vernon. 360-422-6411.

Will West & The Friendly Strangers: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/Main, Conway. $10. 360-4453000.

Mark Dufresne: 7:30 p.m., H2O, 314 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-755-3956.

Wreckless Spenders: 8:30 p.m., Edison Inn, 5829 Cains Court, Edison. 360-766-6266.

1967 (the band): 8 p.m., The Undertow Bar & Grill, 456 Maple St., Hamilton. 360-8264366.

SUNDAY.8 Knut Bell & The Blue Collars: 5 to 9 p.m., Conway Pub & Eatery, 18611 Main St., Conway. $3 cover. 360-4454733.

Gary B’s Church of the Blues (blues, classic rock): 6 to 10 p.m., Castle Tavern, 708 Metcalf St., Sedro-Woolley. 360-855-2263.

C.C. Adams and friends Sunday Jam, featuring $cratch Daddy, Coyote Blues and more: 5 to 9 p.m., Station House, 315 E. Morris St., La Conner. 360-466-4488.

Kimya Dawson, Specters, Paul Baribeau: 7 p.m., Anacortes Depot, 611 R Ave., Anacortes. All ages. $5-$6. knw-yr-own. com.

Ron Bailey: 5:30 p.m., Edison Inn, 5829 Cains Court, Edison. 360-766-6266.

1967 (the band): 5 p.m., The Corner Pub, 14565 Allen West Road, Bow. No cover. 360-757-6113.

Italian Brindisi Arias: Skagit Opera artists, 4 to 7 p.m., Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars, 43095 Challenger Road, Concrete. Free admission with purchase of a bottle of wine per adult. 425-422-6988.

WEDNESDAY.11

THURSDAY.12

Stilly River Band: 6 to 9 p.m., Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-588-1720.

Sky Colony: 7:30 p.m., Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce/ Main, Conway. No cover. 360-445-3000.

Biagio: 6 to 8 p.m., Jansen Art Center Firehall Cafe, 321 Front St., Lynden. No cover. 360-354-3600.

Trish Hatley: 6 to 9 p.m., Rockfish Grill, 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. 360-588-1720.

Andy Koch of Badd Dog Blues: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Jansen Art Center Firehall Cafe, 321 Front St., Lynden. No cover. 360-354-3600.


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REVIEWS MUSIC CDS Compiled from news services

Goodie Mob “Age Against the Machine”

Goodie Mob reunited for their new album, “Age Against the Machine,” but the foursome’s offering seems more like the CeeLo Green show. It is Goodie Mob’s first album in 14 years as a complete group (Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo released the album, “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” — a diss to Green — in 2004). But Green, a six-time Grammy winner, clearly stands out with ease alongside his longtime group mates for much of the 17-track album. While the others have some shining moments, Green’s talents shine brighter on this project. His soulful vocals and lyrics are strong and digestible on songs such as “Nexperience” and “Ghost of Gloria Goodchild.” He sings about his first interracial relationship on “Amy,” and talks about how his burgeoning star appeal as a solo artist has given him some advantages in life on “Power.” Goodie Mob’s messages are thoughtprovoking and insightful throughout their fifth album. They touch on topics from bullying (the Janelle Monae-assisted “Special Education”) to artistry in music (“State of the Art (Radio Killa”)) to race (“Kolors”). Production wise, there are some missteps: Some of Goodie Mob’s sonically enriched tracks lack their signature Southern sound, including “I’m Set” and “Come As You Are.” n Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press

Reznor has won an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on “The Social Network,” married musician Mariqueen Maandig and become a father to two young boys. These developments are apparent in the makeup of “Hesitation Marks,” where chinks of light occasionally penetrate the darkness so prevalent on the band’s previous releases. “Wish me well — I’ve become something else (just as well, really)” sings the front man on the surprisingly poppy track “Everything,” which has spawned a fanmade video of Reznor riding a white unicorn in front of a rainbow. Elsewhere, the falsetto-vocals and staccato guitar line of “All Time Low,” and the brass stabs that punctuate the shuffling rhythm of “While I’m Still Here” suggest Reznor is leading his troops to markedly new terrain. The band’s trademark brand of decaying electronica and discordant noise has not been ditched altogether, though. The opening four tracks play like a “best of” Nine Inch Nails. Leadoff single “Came Back Haunted” couples existential lyrics with aggressive synths and a searing guitar line. And spiritual ballad “Find My Way” echoes the group’s 1995 single “Hurt.” The intriguing “Hesitation Marks” often resembles a ship trying to break free from its moorings. Once the final rope snaps, Reznor promises to deliver one hell of a trip — but, until then, longtime fans of Nine Inch Nails will be relieved to find that underneath the album’s occasionally bright, brash surface there’s still a heart of darkness beating strong and steady. n Matthew Kemp, Associated Press

Neko Case

Nine Inch Nails

“The Worse Things Get …”

Sun-kissed harmonies, funk-flecked guitar lines and — whisper it — a saxophone workout all make an appearance on “Hesitation Marks,” a surprising new offering from Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails after a lengthy, self-imposed hiatus. In the five years since the industrial rockers’ last album, the 48-year old

Leave it to Neko Case to pull off a cover of the other great pop-music Nico, and make her version of “Afraid” feel self-aware, witty and totally heartbreaking all at once. The song is one of the centerpieces of the alt-country flamethrower’s new album, “The Worse Things Get …,” which is both her most personal and imaginative record in years. As always, Case’s voice is a flawless,

“Hesitation Marks”

brassy instrument equally at home in the punk fuzz of “Man” as the lonely soundart of “Where Did I Leave That Fire.” “Bracing for Sunday” finds a perfect sweet spot between the two, with tumbling drums and the reedy saxophones of a hungover morning walk home in the city. But her writing is some of the most evocative of her career. “Man” is a takedown of masculine ego, but it rocks hard enough to feel sympathetic to male pride. On “Night Still Comes,” she sums up the condition of being a successful, fantastically talented singer unable to escape her down dark places — “There’s always someone to say it’s easy for me / but I revenge myself all over myself, there’s nothing you can say to me.” Much of the album was reportedly written in the throes of deep depression over the death of Case’s grandmother. But she came out the other side with a beautiful, insightful record to show for it.

when other former Disney-Nickelodeon stars have pop hits — Cyrus and Selena Gomez are following the Rihanna track with “We Can’t Stop” and “Come & Get It,” while Demi Lovato’s latest sound mirrors Kelly Clarkson. But Grande is looking back to a ’90s R&B-pop feel on her debut — and her formula works better than the others. “Almost Is Never Enough,” a duet with The Wanted’s best vocalist, Nathan Sykes, sounds classic and the Big Sean-assisted “Right There,” which samples Jeff Lorber’s “Rain Dance” — also sampled for Lil Kim’s “Crush on You” — could easily be a No. 1 hit. Carey should be proud. n Mesfin Fakadu, Associated Press

Earl Sweatshirt “Doris”

“Why are you so depressed and sad n August Brown, Los Angeles Times all the time?” Earl Sweatshirt is asked Ariana Grande by his good friend Vince Staples near the start of “Doris,” “Yours Truly” the 19-year-old Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All rapper’s long-awaited debut While Miley album. “Don’t nobody care how you feel, Cyrus is being a wild we want raps.” child to demonstrate And there’s a part of Earl — real name she is growing up, Thebe Neruda Kgositsile — who wants Ariana Grande is to give the people the blood-and-guts letting her music do all the talking. narratives they want, too. But the most The 20-year-old singer-actress, one of technically adept, naturally talented rapthe stars of Nickelodeon’s “Victorious” and the network’s spinoff “Sam and Cat,” per of the incendiary Odd Future crew also wants to rap about his “daddy issues” is in near-perfect form on her debut, mainly thanks to her Mariah Carey-esque concerning his father, the African poet Keorapetse Kgositsile. And to rhyme vocals and songs written by Kenneth about the complexities of his relationships “Babyface” Edmonds. “Yours Truly” kicks off with the R&B- with follow OF luminaries Frank Ocean, who guests, and raps, on “Sunday,” and flavored, near-6 minute “Honeymoon Tyler, the Creator. And to confess that he Avenue.” It’s dreamy, velvety and warm, and backed with shoo-be-doos and violins. feels “too black for the white kids, and too white for the blacks / From honor roll to It sounds as good as a Justin Timberlake cracking locks off them bicycle racks.” intro. In other words, he’s a complicated, stillGrande uses her voice as an instrument growing-up kid who, despite his claims that throughout the 12-track set: “Baby I,” with its finger snaps, features her scream- “I’m indecisive, I’m scatterbrained, and I’m frightened” has shown the artistic selfing high notes; “Tattooed Heart” and “Daydreamin’” are A-List ballads; and on confidence to make a boldly introspective, “The Way,” her lead single and Top 10 hit, musically challenging record. In doing so, he gives the hip-hop heads not what they Grande’s voice sounds like a Carey-Toni want, but what they just might need. Braxton mash-up. Her breakthrough comes at a time n Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer


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REVIEWS VIDEO GAMES Chris Campbell, Scripps Howard News Service

‘Splinter Cell: Blacklist’

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Genre: Action Publisher: Ubisoft ESRB Rating: M, for Mature Grade: 3.5 stars (out of 5) The latest incarnation of “Splinter Cell” operative Sam Fisher has taken cues from Hollywood. Fisher’s voice is more palatable to all ages, while his love of lingering in the shadows and his silent takedowns have been softened to make him more of a threat to enter situations with guns blazing. I preferred Fisher as a silent, brooding agent, but I recognize the desire to widen his appeal. “Blacklist” carries over much of the visual flair and excellence from the last game in the series, “Conviction.” The dialogue snaps with more one-liners, and, if you choose,

the baddies fall violently from the explosion of gunfire at your disposal. You can still lurk in the shadows and silently execute everyone; in fact, I think that’s the way you should play it, as the tension ramps up and the stakes feel higher. The game introduces a few new gadgets, such as an unmanned drone, and some gameplay tropes familiar to military shooters, such as attacks at night from military aircraft. My only complaint is that these additions take you away from the more daring, up-close-and-personal nature of Fisher’s takedowns. I recommend working through the campaign quickly because you need to enjoy the superb multiplayer option. The popular Spies-vs.-Mercs mode returns, and it remains one of the best cooperative modes ever created. Teams of stealthy spies must complete tasks while guntoters hunt down and kill anything that moves. Playing modes that reward teamwork will always win my praise, and few perform better than this one.

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‘Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches’

uninteresting then, but the two DLCs that explore his life show a deeply conflicted man with extraordinary abilities. You Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 aren’t required to have played the first Genre: Action Daud-centric episode, “Knife of Dunwall,” Publisher: Bethesda Softworks but that helps flesh out the story; plus, you ESRB Rating: M, for Mature get to carry over your upgrades. Grade: 4.5 stars (out of 5) The exercise takes you more into the supernatural realms of the “Dishonored” Just a brief word universe. Nothing about the gameplay will about the latest — and strike you as particularly fresh compared final — downloadable to all the previous content from the game, content (DLC) pack but those who have wisely immersed for 2012’s fantastic themselves in the fascinating dystopia of “Dishonored” game. Dunwall will relish getting to experience Whereas most DLC — through Daud’s eyes this time — the focuses on additional events leading up to the fateful meeting adventures of a main between Daud and Corvo. character, the folks at Bethesda have Today’s gaming world pretty much treated gamers instead to the life and guarantees that the “Dishonored” sequel experiences of a rarely seen character machine will start revving up, but if the from the main quest. initial game and its stellar DLCs were all Initially you may think nothing of that we’d ever see of Dunwall, no gamer Daud, the man whom Corvo dispatches at could claim to be disappointed by the the end of the main quest. Daud seemed journey.

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HOT TICKETS THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS: Sept. 6, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline. com. CHVRCHES: Sept. 6, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. CRAIG MORGAN: Sept. 6, Washington State Fair in Puyallup. 888559-3247 or thefair.com. KISW PAIN IN THE GRASS: Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Jane’s Addiction and more: Sept. 6-7, Gorge Amphitheatre, George. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. TRACE ADKINS: Sept. 7, Washington State Fair in Puyallup. 888559-3247 or thefair.com. ADAM ANT: Sept. 7, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. LITTLE BIG TOWN: Sept. 9, Washington State Fair in Puyallup. 888-559-3247 or thefair.com. THE WEEKND: Sept. 10, Paramount Theater, Seattle. 800-7453000 or livenation.com. THE CELTIC TENORS: with The Tacoma Symphony: Sept. 10, Washington State Fair in Puyallup. 888559-3247 or thefair.com. KID CUDI: WaMu Theater, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster. com. CHEAP TRICK: Sept. 11, Washington State Fair in Puyallup. 888559-3247 or thefair.com. MARIA BAMFORD: Sept. 12, Neptune Theatre, Seattle. 877-7844849 or livenation.com. CEELO GREEN: Sept. 12, Washington State Fair in Puyallup. 888559-3247 or thefair.com. BIG GIGANTIC: Sept. 13, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Sept. 13, Washington State Fair in Puyallup. 888-559-3247 or thefair.com. LED ZEPAGAIN (Tribute to Led Zeppelin): Sept. 14, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. REBEL SOULJAHZ: Sept. 14, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-7453000 or showboxonline.com. ZAC BROWN BAND: Sept. 14, Gorge Amphitheatre, George. 800745-3000 or livenation.com. TILTED THUNDER RAIL BIRDS: Banked Track Roller Derby: Sept. 14, Comcast Arena at Everett. 866-3328499 or comcastarenaeverett.com. THE MISSION UK: Sept. 15, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-7453000 or showboxonline.com. ALABAMA: Sept. 16, Washington State Fair in Puyallup. 888-5593247 or thefair.com. BLONDIE: Sept. 17, Marymoor

Park, Redmond. 888-929-7849 or marymoorconcerts.com. JEREMY CAMP, TENTH AVENUE NORTH, KUTLESS, JARS OF CLAY: Sept. 17, Washington State Fair in Puyallup. 888-559-3247 or thefair. com. SHINEDOWN: Sept. 18, Washington State Fair in Puyallup. 888-5593247 or thefair.com. DJANGOFEST NORTHWEST: Sept. 18-22, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley. 800-6387631 or wicaonline.com. LARRY THE CABLE GUY: Sept. 19, Washington State Fair in Puyallup. 888-559-3247 or thefair.com. BRIAN REGAN: Sept. 20, Pantages Theatre, Tacoma. 253-591-5894 or broadwaycenter.org. CARLY RAE JEPSEN: Sept. 20, Washington State Fair in Puyallup. 888-559-3247 or thefair.com. MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES: Sept. 20-21, Skagit Valley Casino Resort, Bow. 877-275-2448 or theskagit.com. THE LUMINEERS: Sept. 20-21, Marymoor Park, Redmond. 888-9297849 or marymoorconcerts.com. AUSTIN MAHONE & BRIDGIT MENDLER: Sept. 21, Washington State Fair in Puyallup. 888-5593247 or thefair.com. MATT NATHANSON: Sept. 21, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-7453000 or showboxonline.com. HALESTORM: Sept. 22, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-7453000 or showboxonline.com. KID ROCK: Sept. 22, Washington State Fair in Puyallup. 888-5593247 or thefair.com. FURTHUR: Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, Sept. 24, Marymoor Park, Redmond. 888-929-7849 or marymoor concerts.com. DANE COOK: Sept. 25, Paramount Theater, Seattle. 800-7453000 or livenation.com. WAX TAILOR: Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. JAKE BUGG: Sept. 26, Neptune, Seattle. 877-784-4849 or live nation.com. SHABAZZ PALACES, THE HELIO SEQUENCE: Sept. 26, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. MOBY: Sept. 26, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showbox online.com. DRAKE: with special guest Miguel: Sept. 26, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. ZEPPARELLA (all-girl Led Zeppelin tribute): Sept. 27, Skagit Valley Casino Resort, Bow. 877-275-2448 or theskagit.com.

MACHINEDRUM, XXYYXX: Sept. 27, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or show boxonline.com. NICOLAS JAAR: featuring Tarik Barri: Sept. 27, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or show boxonline.com. JASON ALDEAN: with Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett: Sept. 27, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. LORDE: Sept. 28, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. THE ORB: Sept. 28, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. FLOSSTRADAMUS: Sept. 28, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-7453000 or showboxonline.com. LAILA BIALI TRIO: Sept. 28, Sudden Valley Dance Barn, Bellingham. 360-671-1709 or suddenvalley library.org. MAROON 5, KELLY CLARKSON: Sept. 28, Gorge Amphitheatre, George. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. ZEDD: Sept. 29, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showbox online.com. TECH N9NE: Sept. 29, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 877-7844849 or livenation.com. WOLFGANG GARTNER, TOMMY TRASH: Oct. 1, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or show boxonline.com. EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL: Oct. 1-Nov. 17, Seattle. 206-547-6763 or earshot.org. PET SHOP BOYS: Oct. 2, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 877-7844849 or livenation.com. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: Oct. 2, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-7453000 or showboxonline.com. DARK STAR ORCHESTRA: Oct. 3, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800745-3000 or showboxonline.com. “ANYTHING WE WANT: AN EVENING WITH FIONA APPLE AND BLAKE MILLS”: Oct. 4, Benaroya Hall, Seattle. 866-833-4747 or livenation.com. JOSH GROBAN: Oct. 4, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or live nation.com. STEREOPHONICS: Oct. 4, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800745-3000 or showboxonline.com. PAPA ROACH: Oct. 5, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-7453000 or showboxonline.com. BON JOVI: Oct. 5, Tacoma Dome, Tacoma. 800-745-3000 or live nation.com. BLUE OCTOBER: Oct. 6, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-7453000 or showboxonline.com.

DISCLOSURE: Oct. 9, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY’S “FULLY CHARGED”: Oct. 10-13, Comcast Arena at Everett. 866-332-8499 or comcast arenaeverett.com. GWAR: Oct. 11, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. ADAM CAROLLA: Live Podcast Taping: Oct. 12, Neptune, Seattle. 877-784-4849 or livenation.com. JACK JOHNSON: Oct. 15, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 877-7844849 or livenation.com. PARAMORE, METRIC, HELLOGOODBYE: Oct. 15, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or live nation.com. GRIZ: Oct. 18, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. TIMEFLIES: Oct. 18, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. MOODY BLUES: Oct. 19, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 877-7844849 or livenation.com. BOYCE AVENUE: Oct. 19, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800745-3000 or showboxonline.com. ZEDS DEAD: Oct. 19, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. PINK: Oct. 20, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. THE NAKED AND FAMOUS: Oct. 21, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800745-3000 or showboxonline.com. WALK THE MOON: Oct. 23, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-7453000 or showboxonline.com. BONOBO: Oct. 24, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME: Oct. 24, El Corazon, Seattle. 800514-3849 or elcorazonseattle.com. OKKERVIL RIVER: Oct. 25, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800745-3000 or showboxonline.com. SARAH BRIGHTMAN: Oct. 26, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 877784-4849 or livenation.com. J. COLE: Oct. 30, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 206-224-5481 or aeglive.com. HOODIE ALLEN: Oct. 31, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. HELL’S BELLES (AC/DC Tribute), HALLOQUEEN (The music of Queen): Oct. 31, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. AFI: Nov. 1, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com.

NADA SURF: Nov. 7, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or showboxonline.com. MINUS THE BEAR: Nov. 8, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800745-3000 or showboxonline.com. GRETA METASSA, MILES BLACK TRIO, JOVON MILLER: Nov. 9, Sudden Valley Dance Barn, Bellingham. 360671-1709 or suddenvalleylibrary.org. LAMB OF GOD, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: Nov. 11, ShoWare Center, Kent. 866-973-961 or sho warecenter.com. KREATOR, OVERKILL, WARBRINGER: Nov. 12, El Corazon, Seattle. 800-514-3849 or elcorazonseattle.com. SELENA GOMEZ: Nov. 12, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. TORO Y MOI: Nov. 12, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-7453000 or showboxonline.com. GRAMATIK: Nov. 15, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-7453000 or showboxonline.com. MORGAN PAGE: Nov. 15, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800745-3000 or showboxonline.com. MARGARET CHO: Nov. 16, Moore Theatre, Seattle. 877-7844849 or livenation.com. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS: Nov. 16, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800745-3000 or showboxonline.com. KMFDM: Nov. 16, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-7453000 or showboxonline.com. JAMES BLAKE: Nov. 20, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800-7453000 or showboxonline.com. DIR EN GREY: Nov. 21, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800745-3000 or showboxonline.com. NINE INCH NAILS: Nov. 22, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or livenation.com. POLICA: Nov. 23, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800-7453000 or showboxonline.com. LESS THAN JAKE: Nov. 26, Showbox at the Market, Seattle. 800745-3000 or showboxonline.com. ADVENTURE CLUB: Dec. 4, Showbox SoDo, Seattle. 800745-3000 or showboxonline.com. PEARL JAM: Dec. 6, KeyArena, Seattle. 800-745-3000 or live nation.com. AN EVENING WITH THE BLACK CROWS: Dec. 7, Paramount Theatre, Seattle. 877-784-4849 or livenation.com. MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS: Dec. 10, KeyArena, Seattle. 800745-3000 or livenation.com. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: Jan. 17, 2014, KeyArena, Seattle. 800745-3000 or livenation.com.


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Thursday, September 5, 2013 - E15

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E16 - Thursday, September 5, 2013

MOVIES

‘Populaire’ is a love letter to ’50s films By JORDAN MINTZER The Hollywood Reporter

“Mad Men” meets “The Artist” in “Populaire,” a superbly crafted, finely acted but somewhat shallow retro rom-com about a young French secretary who, with the help of her highly persuasive boss, hammers her way to becoming one of the fastest typists on the planet.

‘POPULAIRE’

HH MPAA Rating: R for a “scene of sexuality” Cast: Romain Duris, Deborah Francois, Berenice Bejo, Shaun Benson Running time: 1:51

This impressive debut feature from writer-director Regis Roinsard is boosted by terrific lead turns from Romain Duris and Deborah Francois (“The Page Turner”), as well as some stunning old-school cinematography from Guillaume Schiffman of “The Artist.” Still, there’s something formulaic and all too overtly crowd-pleasing about this sepia-toned tale of female empowerment and lost love, making for a rather soulless affair. Set in the rain-swept towns of Lower Normandy in 1958, the film makes its throwback status heard loud and clear from the get-go, with opening credits (directed by Alexandre Courtes, “Asylum Blackout”) straight out of a Billy Wilder movie and decors and a color palette that would please the likes of both Alfred Hitchcock and “Mad Men’s” Matthew Weiner. Indeed, it’s easy to spend most of the movie simply gawking at the

Deborah Francois stars in “Populaire.” The Weinstein Company via AP

sets and costumes, so Roinsard, along with co-writers Daniel Presley and Romain Compingt, deserves credit for weaving an amusing intrigue that never lets up until the closing half-hour, when his premise starts to grow old. A quick intro presents small-town gal Rose Pamphyle (Francois, channeling the feistier side of Grace Kelly), who works at her dad’s local grocery store but longs for a better life. She thus decides to apply for a secretarial position at a neighboring insurance

office run by the sleek, fast-talking Louis Echard (Duris, sharp and sprightly), who’s impressed by both her superhuman typing skills and killer looks. Before long, he takes Rose under his wing as his protegee, training her for a regional secretary competition and moving her into his country mansion, where she’s swept into a daily regimen of extreme typewriting and unrequited romance. The bond the two form is not unlike that of Don Draper and Peggy Olson — hairstyles and smoking hab-

its included — and Rose’s climb to a higher social status is reminiscent of Peggy’s evolution from clerk to copywriter. The difference here is that while the “Mad Men” duo ultimately transforms into a surrogate father-daughter team, the two Frenchies clearly have the hots for each other. Yet Louis is incapable of closing the deal, blocked by an enduring affection for his childhood sweetheart (Berenice Bejo) and memories of serving in the French Resistance during World War II. While the love story is

meant to fuel much of the action, it’s often overshadowed by the thrill of the training sessions and typing competitions, which Roinsard films as if they were some kind of office combat sport. Cutting between the competing secretaries as they pound out keystrokes and slam back their typewriter carriages, the director and editors Laure Gardette and Sophie Reine endow these sequences with the nail-biting suspense of a tennis finale at Roland Garros, making them the real highlights of the movie.

But for all the earnestness with which the filmmakers replicate the muted colors and attitudes of the postwar era, they ultimately fail to say anything truly interesting about either the past or the present, resulting in a work that feels as superficial as it does slick. As Louis’ expat buddy, Bob (Shaun Benson), explains at one point, “America is for business, France is for love,” and there are times when “Populaire” seems to be channeling its love of movies simply as a means to achieve Hollywood clout.


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Thursday, September 5, 2013 - E17

MOVIES AT THE LINCOLN THEATRE 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon 360-336-8955 n www.lincolntheatre.org

‘The Way Way Back’

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 6-7 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend

MINI-REVIEWS Compiled from news services. Ratings are one to four stars. “Afternoon Delight” — Star Kathryn Hahn seems to be trying too hard as a stay-at-home mom deep in the throes of a 30-something life crisis. Just about everyone in this edgy yet predictable film — including the people we’re supposed to like or at least want to spend time with — is self-absorbed, whiny and depressed. Comedy drama, R, 99 minutes. HH “Blue Jasmine” — Cate Blanchett dives into a showcase role and knocks it out of the park. In Woody Allen’s latest, the upper-crust world of an investment guru’s wife falls apart, and she moves in with her working-class sister. With Alec Baldwin and Sally Hawkins. Drama, PG-13, 98 minutes. HHH1⁄2 “Drinking Buddies” — In one of the best beer movies ever made, Luke (Jake Johnson) and Kate (Olivia Wilde) are craft brewery colleagues meant to be together. Writer-director Joe Swanberg gives us a script that sounds like real people talking, and just when we think we know exactly where things are going, they take another route. Comedy, R, 90 minutes. HHH1⁄2 “Elysium” — It’s amazing how bad Jodie Foster is in this movie, and how little it matters in the grand, rabidly schizoid scheme of things. Matt Damon stars as a criminal on dystopian 2154 Earth trying to get to a utopian space station in one of the most entertaining action films of the year. Action, R, 109 minutes. HHH1⁄2 “Jobs” — In a competently made biopic, Ashton Kutcher, one of the least complex actor/personalities of his generation, is tasked with playing Steve Jobs, one of the most complicated and accomplished visionaries of our time, and he’s in

AT AREA THEATERS ANACORTES CINEMAS Sept. 6-12 Blue Jasmine (PG-13): FridaySaturday: 12:55, 3:25, 6:40, 9:00; Sunday-Thursday: 12:55, 3:25, 6:40 Lee Daniels’ The Butler (PG13): Friday-Saturday: 12:50, 3:35, 6:30, 9:10; Sunday-Thursday: 12:50, 3:35, 6:30 Elysium (R): Friday-Saturday: 1:00, 3:30, 6:35, 8:55; SundayThursday: 1:00, 3:30, 6:35 360-293-6620 BLUE FOX DRIVE-IN Oak Harbor Sept. 6-8 The Heat (R) and 2 Guns (R): First show begins at approximately 8 p.m. 360-675-5667 CONCRETE THEATRE Sept. 6-8 Elysium (R): Friday: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 5 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 4 p.m. 360-941-0403

over his head. Drama, PG-13, 122 minutes. HH1⁄2 “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” — Forest Whitaker gives one of the signature performances of his brilliant career as a White House butler witnessing decades of history. This is an important film presented as mainstream entertainment, not a history assignment. It’s a great American story. (Drama, PG-13, 132 minutes. HHH1⁄2 “Lovelace” — This is a well-made but grim film about a lost soul, 1970s porn actress Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried) and the sadistic

CASCADE MALL THEATRES Burlington For listings: 888-AMC-4FUN (888-262-4386). OAK HARBOR CINEMAS Sept. 6-12 Riddick (R): Friday-Saturday: 12:55, 3:25, 6:35, 9:05; Sunday-Thursday: 12:55, 3:25, 6:35 Getaway (PG-13): Friday-Saturday: 1:00, 3:15, 6:40, 8:40; Sunday-Thursday: 1:00, 3:15, 6:40 Lee Daniels’ The Butler (PG13): Friday-Saturday: 12:50, 3:35, 6:30, 9:10; Sunday-Thursday: 12:50, 3:35, 6:30 360-279-2226 STANWOOD CINEMAS Sept. 6-12 Riddick (R): 1:05, 3:45, 6:40, 9:15 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (PG-13): 12:55, 8:55 Lee Daniels’ The Butler (PG13): 12:50, 3:35, 6:25, 9:10 Elysium (R): 1:00, 3:30, 6:35, 9:05 Planes (PG): 3:40, 6:45 We’re the Millers (R): 1:10, 3:25, 6:30, 8:50 360-629-0514 creeps who treated her as if she were a sub-human toy. Unlike a film such as “Boogie Nights,” there’s almost no lightness, no humor, no colorfully twisted comic relief. It’s just sadness and more sadness, and then a little bit of redemption. Drama, R, 92 minutes. HHH “Pacific Rim” — This ridiculously entertaining (and often just plain ridiculous) monster-robot movie plays like a gigantic version of that Rock’Em, Sock’Em Robots game from the 1960s, combined with the cheesy wonderfulness of black-andwhite Japanese monster movies

in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park. Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash and starring Liam James, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell and Maya Rudolph. PG-13. $10 general; $9 seniors, students and active military; $8 members; $7 ages 12 and under. Bargain matinee prices (all shows before 6 p.m.): $8 general, $6 members, $5 ages 12 and under.

from the 1950s. Director Guillermo del Toro has a weirdly beautiful visual style, and there’s rarely an uninteresting shot in “Pacific Rim.” Sci-fi action, PG-13, 131 minutes. HHH “The To Do List” — Aubrey Plaza is too mature to play a high school valedictorian suddenly determined to fulfill a bucket list of sexual adventures. Genuinely funny moments are few in a comedy that wastes the talents of TV stars including Connie Britton, Donald Glover and Bill Hader. Comedy, R, 104 minutes. H “This Is the End” — Here’s one of the most tasteless, ridiculous and funniest comedies of the 21st century. In its own sloppy, raunchy, sophomoric, occasionally selfpleased and consistently energetic way, “This Is the End” is just about perfect at executing its mission, which is to poke fun at its stars, exhaust every R-rated possibility to get a laugh, and even sneak in a few insights into Hollywood, the celebrity culture and the nature of faith. (Comedy, R, 107 minutes. HHHH “The Wolverine” — Dramatically ambitious and deliberately paced, “The Wolverine” is one of the better comic-book movies of 2013, thanks in large part to an electric performance by Hugh Jackman as the newly vulnerable mutant. Comic book action, PG-13, 126 minutes. HHH “The World’s End” — In the best film yet from director Edgar Wright and writer-actor Simon Pegg, old friends converge for a 20thanniversary pub crawl that takes an unexpected turn. “The World’s End” succeeds first as a reunion movie and then as a sci-fi satire with some of the funniest stunts and battle sequences in recent memory. Starring Pegg and the invaluable Nick Frost. Comedy, R, 109 minutes. HHH1⁄2

“2 Guns” — A hot mess that’s cool fun. Funny-as-hell Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are undercover lawmen posing as criminals to each other until they have to team up against common adversaries. With slick pacing and a sharp if implausible script, “2 Guns” rises above standard action fare. Action, R, 109 minutes. HHH “We’re the Millers” — A movie about a pot dealer and his acquaintances posing as a family to haul a shipment from Mexico, is just good enough to keep you entertained, but not good enough to keep your mind from wandering from time to time. This is an aggressively funny comedy that takes a lot of chances, and connects just often enough. Comedy, R, 110 minutes. HHH “Winnie Mandela” — Jennifer Hudson stars as the wife of Nelson Mandela in a serviceable if sometimes overwrought biography, with solid performances (including Terrence Howard as Nelson) and the courage to spotlight not only the heroics but the appalling misdeeds committed by the South African icon. (Biography, R, 107 minutes. HH1⁄2 “White House Down” — If you see just one terrorists-take-over-theWhite-House thriller this year, make it “White House Down,” Roland “2012” Emmerich’s preachy, goofy, over-the-top take on “Die Hard” at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. From the earnest but earnestly funny president in jeopardy (Jamie Foxx) who doesn’t like bad guys yanking on his sneakers (“Take your hands OFF my Jordans!”) to the eye-rolling image of a child having a “Les Miz” big-flag-on-the-barricades moment, “White House Down” is a corker, real competition for “Fast & Furious 6” as the dumbest fun you’ll have at the movies this summer. Actionthriller, PG-13, 117 minutes. HH


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E18 - Thursday, September 5, 2013

OUT & ABOUT ART

5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and continue through Sept. 29 at Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Ave., Edison. Brock is best known for his paintings that explore landscape, architecture and still-life, but recently he has been pushing the boundaries and breaking away into compositions that incorporate found objects and broken glass. Laananen paints en plein air to preserve the immediate essence of a specific setting. He scouts out a location, sets up his easel and paints each scene with an array of colors, patterns and textures. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. 360766-6230 or smithand vallee.com.

FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK: Check out artwork in a variety of media from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at several galleries and other venues along Commercial Avenue and other locations in downtown Anacortes. Enjoy pen and ink drawings, photography, paintings and prints, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, art glass and more. 360-2936938. NORTHWEST PASTEL SOCIETY: SIGNATURE MEMBER SHOW: The show will open with a reception for the artists during the First Friday Gallery Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, and continue through Oct. 1 at Scott Milo Gallery, 420 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. More than a dozen signature member artists will exhibit pastel landscapes, seascapes, florals, animals and abstractions. Gallery hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 360-293-6938 or scottmilo. com.

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Maggie Wilder’s Magic Mud Show will run from Sept. 6 to Oct. 20 at Gallery Cygnus, 109 Commercial St., La Conner. A special artists reception will take place during the Skagit Art Escape/La Conner Gallery Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. The gallery will give away door prizes to the first 25 people at the reception. Wilder explores relationship to place in her paintings, and a concept she calls “yondering,” a human mental activity somewhere between 50 YEARS OF DRAWING: wondering and wandering. 360-708-4787 or gallerycygnus.com.

“Michael Stark’s 50 Years of Drawing” will open with a reception during the First Friday Gallery Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, and continue through Sept. 30 at Anne Martin McCool Gallery, 711 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Stark will exhibit drawings from his trips to a variety of countries including works from his most recent trip to South America. The gallery will celebrate Stark’s 70th birthday during the opening reception. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. 360-2933577 or mccoolart.com.

of new oil paintings by Kathleen Frugé-Brown and sculptures by Lloyd Whannell will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, and continue through Oct. 1 at the Rob Schouten Gallery, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank. Frugé-Brown’s landscape paintings are all done outdoors from life. Whannell creates sculptures primarily in stone, but he also casts his work in glass and bronze. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 360222-3070 or robschouten gallery.com.

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JEWELRY DESIGNS”: A show of new artwork by Lynne Adams and Windwalker Taibi will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, and continue through Oct. 3 at Raven Rocks Gallery, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank. Adams and Taibi have created a selection of handcrafted neckwear in semiprecious gems, hand-dyed buffalo bone, blown glass and hammered metals. Each week, there will be new additions, including handpainted watercolor raven and landscape pendants, and found objects reborn into delightful artwork. For information, including gal-

lery hours and directions, call 360-222-0102 or visit ravenrocksgallery.com. PAINTING IN THE PARKS: Members of Plein Air Washington Artists, an outdoor artist group, will be painting on-site Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7, in Rasar State Park, located on Highway 20 near Concrete. Spectators are invited to stop by and chat. parks. wa.gov.

PAINTINGS, SCULPTURE: “Refresh” will open Saturday, Sept. 7, and continue through Sept. 29 at the Edison Eye Art Gallery, 5800 Cains Court, Edison. Participating artists include David Blakesley, Jessica Bonin, Michael Clough, Patty Detzer, Heidi Epstein, Ed Kamuda, James Reisen, Toni Ann Rust and collaborations by Joel Brock and Hunter Harrison. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday or by appointment. 360-766-6276.

ARTIST SERIES: The Challenger Ridge summer Artist Series will feature ceramic artist Kathy Huckleberry from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Challenger Ridge Vineyard & Cellars, 43095 Challenger Road, Concrete. Huckleberry will offer a selection of her original ceramic JOEL BROCK & GREGG creations for sale. Free LAANANEN: A cutting-edge admission. 425-422-6988 or challengerridge.com. exhibition by Northwest School artists Joel Brock ART TOUR PREVIEW: and Gregg Laananen will open with a reception from Preview the 19th annual

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden. Check out a variety of art and meet some of the artists who will open their studios during the annual tour on the first two weekends in October. Refreshments available. 360-354-3600 or jansenartcenter.org. “STANWOOD ART WALK: YOUR PASSPORT TO ART”: Check out a variety of art and meet the artists from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at participating businesses along the 8700 block of 271st St. NW, in historic East Stanwood. Fifteen businesses will showcase artworks including paintings, pottery, jewelry and more. Get your “passport” stamped at each location to enter a free prize drawing. 360629-3710. “SCENES OF SUMMER”: Photographs by Jim DeFreece, Camelia Nahlik and Phil Lane are on display in a special summer showcase through Sept. 15, in the second-floor gallery at Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics in Arlington. For information about the exhibit, contact Claire Cundiff at 505-660-6825. “DRAWN IN”: The new art exhibit continues through Sept. 15 at Anchor Art Space, 216 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Whether drawn in cloth, ink, space or light, these artists’ works address gesture and materiality in engaging ways. Artists include Rachel Brumer, Gail Grinnell, Tricia A. Stackle and Ellen Ziegler. Curated by Jasmine Valandani. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday or by appointment. anchorart space.org.


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OUT & ABOUT “PIECES OF HISTORY: QUILTS OF SKAGIT COUNTY”: The featured exhibit continues through Oct. 6 at the Skagit County Historical Museum, 501 S. Fourth St., La Conner. The show includes quilts and coverlets from the museum’s collection, plus heritage quilts on loan from Skagit families. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. $5, $4 seniors and ages 6 to 12 younger, $10 families, free for members and ages 5 and younger. 360-466-3365 or skagitcounty.net/museum. ART QUILTS, EMBROIDERY: Two shows continue through Oct. 6 at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 S. Second St., La Conner. “From Nature’s Studio: Regina V. Benson”: The show features Benson’s art quilts and installation textiles created using techniques based on ancient processes she has redesigned to work more gently with the environment and her own health. Her dramatic surface designs incorporate her love of nature, both in design and process. “Kaleidoscope: Fiber Embroidery by Liz Whitney Quisgard”: Using careful placement of hundreds of tiny stitches on a buckram base, Quisgard’s vibrant fiber embroideries — reminiscent of Byzantine and Islamic mosaics — feature a three-dimensional quality captured on a two-dimensional surface. Museum hours are 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 laconner quilts.com. MoNA ART: “Selections from the Permanent Collection: Reflections”

continues through Sept. 29 at the Museum of Northwest Art, 121 S. First St., La Conner. Inspiration from a memory, expression, environment or a person is the basis for “Reflections.” The exhibition combines new acquisitions on the large and small scale and figurative works of art. Artists represented in the show include Guy Anderson, Jim Ball, Robert Bragg, Kenneth Callahan, Michael Clough, Gregory Grenon, Mar Goman, Morris Graves, Jane Hamilton Hovde, Brian Murphy, Lucinda Parker, Rex Silvernail, Mark Tobey and Veruska Vagen. Museum hours are noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. $8 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students, free for members and ages 11 and younger. 360-466-4446 or museum ofnwart.org.

FAIRS WASHINGTON STATE FAIR: Washington state’s biggest fair will take place Sept. 6-22 at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Advance tickets: $7.50-$10; at the gate: $9-$12.50, free for ages 5 and younger. For information, including hours and directions, discounts and special attractions, visit thefair.com.

FESTIVALS SOAPBOX SH’BANG: The sixth annual event will take place from 3 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6-8, at the Lookout Arts Quarry, 246 Old Highway 99 N. near Alger. Enjoy a gravity-powered, off-road vehicle derby, live music and dancing, vaudeville and circus performers, burlesque, workshops, art, carnival games, kids’ activi-

ties, vendors and more. Advance weekend pass: $35 adults, $10 children. $45 at the gate. shbangfest. com.

MUSIC JAZZ AT THE LIBRARY: Gail Pettis will perform from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Heart of Anacortes, 1014 Fourth St., Anacortes. Weather permitting. Free. jazzatthelibrary. com. FREE CONCERT: To commemorate its 20th anniversary, Country Meadow Village will host a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at 1501 Collins Road, Sedro-Woolley. The one-hour concert will feature cellist Louie Richmond and pianist Judith Gordon. 360-856-0404.

LECTURE AND TALKS “SURVEILLANCE: GIVING UP LIBERTY FOR SECURITY?”: Pat Gallagher, board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, will speak at the Fidalgo Democrats meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes. Gallagher will talk about drones and National Security Agency wiretapping, followed by a moderated period of questions and comments. Bring a nonperishable food item for the food bank. For information, contact Corinne Salcedo at 360-293-7114.

MORE FUN NEW MOON CELEBRATION: The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Anacortes Center for Happiness, 619 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. Join Rev. Elke Macartney to drum in new

ANTIQUE TECHNOLOGY: The 18th annual Anacortes Antique Engine & Machinery Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, behind the historic W.T. Preston steam-powered sternwheelCRUISE INTO HISTORY: er at Market Street and Sixth Avenue, in Anacortes. The Orcas Island HistoriEnjoy rail rides, a variety cal Museum and Society of chugging old engines, will host its sixth annual children’s activities, music Cruise Into History from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. and more. A parade of tractors 8, sailing from Orcas Landand vintage vehicles at 11 ing on Orcas Island. The a.m. will feature the 1899 fundraising cruise aboard the 56-foot Westport M.V. fire engine from the movie “Hello Dolly” and the “Eclipse” will: n Circumnavigate Orcas Anacortes Fire Department’s restored 1924 Island and visit the site of American LaFrance fire Langdon Lime Works, the first commercial enterprise truck. Tommy Thompson’s Anacortes Railway engine on Orcas Island. will also be on display. Free n Explore the body of water that Captain Wilkes admission. 360-293-1915. of the U.S. Exploring ExpeFIDALGO BAY DAY: dition named Ironsides Celebrate the 25th anniInlet (now called East versary of National EstuSound). n Follow in the wake of ary Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Captain Vancouver’s brig ‘Chatham’ as it discovered Fidalgo Bay RV Park, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Road, AnaObstruction Pass. cortes. Enjoy self-guided n Seek the long-lost Adolphus Island and Gor- walks and learn about the bay from docents stationed don Island. along the Tommy Thompn Scan the Salish Sea for signs of Cadborosaurus, son Trail. See and touch the storied sea monster last living sea creatures and participate in beach seinspied near Parker Reef in ing. Enjoy complimentary 1909. $99. Includes food samples of local seafood and beverages. Reservacuisine. Dine on a no-host tions required: 360-3766566 or orcasmuseum.org. traditional Samish salmon barbecue platter. Free admission. skagitbeaches. STARLIGHT CINEMA: org. Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation will present ANACORTES HOME free movies this summer on Friday nights at Edgewater & BOAT TOUR: The 31st annual Anacortes Home Park, 600 Behrens Millett Road, Mount Vernon. Mov- and Boat Tour will take place from 12:30 to 5 p.m. ies begin at dusk on the Sunday, Sept. 15. This year’s jumbo screen. Bring your tour will feature five unique lawn chair or blanket for seating. Concessions will be homes — one in historic available. Bring a flashlight old town Anacortes, one on for when it’s time to leave. the waterfront and three in the Fidalgo Bay neighborFree admission. 360-336hood — along with interest6215. Next up: Sept. 13: “Oz the Great ing boats at Cap Sante Boat Haven. and Powerful” ideas for the month and drum out the old. Bring your own hand drums and rattles or borrow hers. $5-$10 suggested donation. 360-464-2229 or anacortes centerforhappiness.org.

The traditional tour to benefit the Uncompensated Care Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital is sponsored by the Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild of Anacortes. The story of a local child whose life has been touched by the care at Seattle Children’s Hospital will be featured at each location. During the tour, visitors can watch as artwork is created by Salish Sea PleinAir Artists. Their works will be offered for sale throughout the day in the Tea Room of the Croatian Cultural Center, 805 Fifth St., Anacortes, where tour and raffle tickets ($2 each) and free refreshments will be available. Tour tickets: $20, in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/404405, or day of at the Croatian center. For information or tickets, visit DrSamuelGBrooksGuild.org or call 360-299-0641, or go to the Anacortes Visitor Center, 819 Commercial Ave., 360293-3832. FALL FILM SERIES: Enjoy free films at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes. Movie man Nick Alphin will introduce each film and provide interesting background information. Free. 360-293-1910, ext. 21, or library.cityofanacortes.org. Next up: Sept. 20: “The Sting”: Paul Newman and Robert Redford star as con artists attempting an elaborate scam to destroy the mob boss who killed their friend and mentor. Won seven Oscars. Sept. 27: “Notorious”: Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman star in this Alfred Hitchcock thriller about an espionage operation involving a ring of Nazis in Rio de Janeiro. Nominated for two Oscars.


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