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Choochokam Arts Festival provides plenty of fun in Langley

Two Loons for Tea be on hand for the entertainment pleasure of Choochokam Arts visitors today and tomorrow. - Photos courtesy of Allikat Productions
Two Loons for Tea be on hand for the entertainment pleasure of Choochokam Arts visitors today and tomorrow.
— image credit: Photos courtesy of Allikat Productions

Entertainment should be no problem this weekend as Choochokam Arts gathers its stars for two full days of summer delights.

Name your pleasure and the Choochokam folks have probably covered it.

Music, art, film, poetry, puppetry, storytelling, great food and even a marathon for the sporting set are all ready for your enjoyment from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Runners of the half marathon will be starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Choochokam entertainment gurus from Allikat Productions wanted to satisfy the sometimes forgotten 15- to 21-year-old audience. So this year, Choochokam Arts will feature a few bands who are making some major waves in the new music world.

Threat From Outer Space will be on the new Waterview Stage at the top of the hill on First Street east of the library at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

This Vancouver-based five-piece band has risen to heights beyond even the hype that precedes it. No room for benchwarming here, it’s dance or get stepped on with “Threat.”

Also, hitting the Waterview Stage will be Pete Bush & the Hoi Polloi at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Seattle-based Bush incorporates his love of all types of music including jazz and hip hop. After nine albums with various bands to his credit, he formed the ska-like Hoi Polloi and a steady following has ensued.

Final acts each day on the Waterview Stage end with the mamas and papas of the Whidbey music scene.

SisterMonk Harem finishes the day at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, rockin’ out with their particular brand of political funk music.

Then, on Sunday, the beloved Janie & Joe provide the grand finale on that stage at 4 p.m. with their Americana folk-rock tunes.

Another new stage this year is the Useless Bay Shed in front of the Useless Bay Coffee Company.

At the Shed, visitors can hear a variety of acoustic music from the unique Japanese folk music of Duo En, the pop sound of Nathan Temby, the Irish folk music of Rose Laughlin, to the up-and-coming singer songwriter Ali Marcus.

The Main Stage is reserved for large, multi-piece groups, and is where you can find the annual Saturday Night Street Dance with bands like the reggae master Adrian Xavier, the blues band Wired! and the good time rock ’n’ roll of Massy Ferguson. The bands will play between 6 and 9:30 p.m.

And don’t miss the youthful pop, rock and alternative sounds of Sunday on the Main Stage like Two Loons for Tea, Bee Simone, and Kris Orlowski and his band.

The Family Stage is set for fun the whole family can enjoy with music, storytelling and puppetry and even a jazz workshop for children on Sunday at 1:45 p.m.

Along with the music, the literary arts will not go uncelebrated during Choochokam.

The Poetry Tent will be hopping from noon to 4 p.m. today and tomorrow on the lawn at Island Coffeehouse & Books.

Featuring a terrific lineup of poets including local favorites, new voices, visiting Northwest poets and young poets, this tent will have the lovely sound of words on the air.

The lineup includes Jane Winslow, David Ossman, Peter Lawlor, Ann Medlock, Kenn O’Firinn, Robin Barre, Serafina Strickland, Christina James, Robbie Eberhart-Garah, Katie Woodzick, David Rizzi, Thomas Hubbard, Joey Eberhart-Garah, Alison Penny, Dinah Hassrick, Emma Lungren and everyone’s favorite poetic hosts, Rob Harrison and Molly Cook.

Poets and lovers of poetry are all invited to read or recite an original poem or a favorite by another poet during the tent’s open mic segment.

A break from the entertainment will be easily expended while browsing the fine array of art offerings which include ceramics, fiber arts, functional art, glass art, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodwork.

Tired of shopping?

Mosey into The Clyde Theater and vote for your favorite short film in the first ever RainDance Short Film Festival, or snack on a variety of culinary delights and then sit down and quench your thirst at the Langley Chamber of Commerce Beer Garden.

Generally, festival goers can bask in the artistic glow that is Choochokam.

In the Hopi language, Choochokam means “a gathering of stars.” This 33-year-old festival, started by artists for the enrichment of a community of artists, has gathered its stars for your enjoyment.

For more info about the festival visit www.choochokamarts.org.

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