In-person programming kicks off with June 11 play

Summer programming will be making a return to the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

Several in-person arts and entertainment events are planned for the Langley arts organization.

“Curse of the Starving Class,” WICA’s first live play in over a year, opens Friday, June 11. Production of the dark comedy, written by the late Sam Shepard, runs through June 26.

WICA will be making use of its newer patio with “Happy Hour Under the Tent,” a chance for community members to hone their rusty hosting skills during a happy hour 5-7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday until Aug. 29.

The arts center “will be serving up an assortment of soft drinks, local wines and brews, signature cocktails, snacks and fantastic local talent,” according to a press release.

A spokesperson for WICA said Zech Patio can hold about 50 occupants. There are no reservations required for the happy hour event and participants are encouraged to bring blankets.

The Summer Nights Series, which launched last year during the pandemic, will also be happening again.

Shows start June 27 and run until Aug. 29.

Some of the performances will be happening on the patio, but others will be happening on the main stage, which has capacity for about 60 people inside, depending on the number of households attending.

A mix of local and regional favorites will be performing. For some of the events, the Whidbey Island Music Festival will be partnering with WICA.

The arts organization also has in store a three-day guitar festival, led by Andre Feriante.

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