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"DUO AT SMILIN’ DOGAgeless Music and the Smilin’ Dog Coffeehouse in Langley present Michael Mandrell and Charlie Rafferty at an evening of original and traditional acoustic music tonight, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. Admission, $5 at the door.The duo, currently touring from Taos, N.M., to promote Mandrell’s new CD, “The Great Spiral Dance,” have created a blend of old and new. Mandrell plays handmade acoustic guitars and creates songs that fuse Celtic, jazz, folk and classical traditions. Rafferty uses the Irish Uillean pipes to weave lines and create rick textures around Mandrell’s guitar artistry. The two play in a festive pub tradition. For more information call 321-7686.OUT OF THE BOX Langley Middle School students present two more performances of the original musical “Out of the Box,” tonight, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m., and tomorrow, Nov. 14, 2 p.m., both at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.The cast travels through “an enchanted world where everyone is born with a box, and whatever is inside that box is you.” All tickets are $5; call 221-8268.SWEAT YOUR PRAYERSDance to live percussion from 8 p.m. to midnight at Bayview Hall tonight, Nov. 13. Christine Tasseff facilitates the 5Rhythm movement from 8-9, followed by more drums and more dance at 9 p.m. The “ecstatic dance for body and soul” is freestyle. No experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome (be prompt if you wish to attend the warmup). Cost at the door is $5.MARTHA FUREY ON STAGEMartha Furey presents her one-woman play “La Flor de Mexico/Frida Kahlo” tonight and tomorrow, Nov. 13-14 at BayView Studios, accompanied by an exhibit of her own art work.Doors open at 6 p.m. for the exhibit; the play begins at 8 p.m. Tickets, $8 at the door (exhibit free). For more information call 221-2357. DOG HOUSE CD RELEASE PARTYTimothy Hull will release his new CD Brambleland with a party at the Dog House in Langley on Nov. 13, beginning at 9 p.m. He will be joined by his friends Dana Lyons (of Cows With Guns” fame) and local musicians Tom Hoeflich, David Malony, Derek Parrott and Kathy Dean. Hull will also appear Nov. 18 at the Thomas Berry Hall at The Whidbey Institute, together with island favorite Charlie Murphy.WHIDBEY RIBBON FESTIVALWhidbey Piano teachers, including Marisa LaRue and Kathy Fox from the Southend, are putting on their annual Ribbon Festival today, Nov. 13, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Whidbey Evangelical Free Church in Greenbank. Piano students may drop in during the day for a $6 fee. A bake sale includea cheesecake and an array of cookies and other goodies. COMEDY COMPETITIONTeddy’s on Whidbey hosts the semi-finals of the 1999 Seattle Comedy Competition on Nov. 20, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets now on sale at $10; call 331-2882 (must be 18 or older to attend).The 10 semi-finalists are competing five nights at a different venue each night and scored by a panel of judges. Auggie Smith will host the evening. AUDITION DATES SETAuditions will be Dec. 6 and 7, from 7-9 p.m. at WICA, for Island Theatre’s production of “Glengarry Glen Ross,” a play by David Mamet, directed by Richard Evans. Scripts are available now at the Langley Liquor Store. There are parts for seven men.Play dates are April 7-9 and 14-16 at WICA. NEW CLARINET CHOIRA new Clarinet Choir has been formed and has begun rehearsals on Wednesdays, 7 p.m. in Clinton.Both youth and adults are invited to join the fun of a unique musical experience. For information call Avi, 341-4490.FOOTBALL AND BRUNCH AT AMERICAN LEGIONWatch Monday Night Football on the big screen at the American Legion Hall in Bayview and enjoy a light meal for just $2.The legion also hosts a Sunday morning buffet for the public: $6 adults; seniors 60-plus $5; and kids for $3.50Both events are ongoing benefits to help the Legion with the annual poppy fund raiser for veterans and for several children’s projects. WRITERS CAN VOLUNTEERWriters who are interested in the next Whidbey Island Writers’ Conference can volunteer and receive tuition discounts. For more information, call Marti Animosa at 579-1872 or visit the conference website at www.whidbey.com/writers."

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