ALL ABOARD | Another dog-day afternoon of Fido fun in the sun

Had any trouble laughing lately?Nightly news numbing the spirits?Ready to bust out of this political malaise?Whenever I want to really feel copacetic, I enjoy what… Continue reading

Raise hell, question authority … be patriotic. Langley gallery opens “Dissent.”

Some of the greatest figures of history were, in their deepest heart of hearts, dissenters. Copernicus, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Harriet Tubman, Henry David Thoreau, Willem de Kooning, Che Guevara and Martin Luther King Jr. come to mind and represent only the tip of the iceberg.

WHIDBEY RECIPES | It’s all in your head

Does your brain have a sluggish yum factor? If so, you’re in danger of not only gaining weight easily, but possibly heading toward obesity. What, you may well ask, is a “yum factor?”

  • Oct 28, 2008

Russian youth choir to perform on South End during Puget Sound tour

An award-winning choir of young Russian singers will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland.

  • Oct 27, 2008

ISLAND BIRDING | Wayward bird certainly picked a terrible spot to roost

Last Sunday morning while enjoying a leisurely breakfast, my husband, daughter and I heard a woodpecker-like tapping.

IN REVIEW | WICA’s ambitious production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ scores big

the 1979 Broadway production of 'Sweeney Todd' makes its way to South Whidbey.

Beverly Graham to play Benaroya Hall

In an effort to say thank you to the supporters of Operation Sack Lunch, singer Beverly Graham will give a concert from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

  • Oct 22, 2008

One-woman Whidbey show details Alice in Gertrude’s wonderland

Alice was a Victorian chain smoker with a slight mustache, gypsy earrings and manicured nails. Alice who? Gertrude Stein’s widow, of course.

Three Whidbey artists delve into the past

Think of the number three. Think of the circles it represents. Mind/body/spirit. Past/present/future. Art/science/religion.

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Model Ts and dear old Dad

One hundred years ago, in October of 1908, Democratic nominee William Jennings Bryan was in a close race for president against Teddy Roosevelt’s handpicked successor,… Continue reading

Jump in, get refreshed: Lake takes everyone along for Whidbey concert

A body of liquid on the surface of the world is a good description of “Lake.” Both the body of water and the band. Here’s a collective of voices and musicians who, like the unconfined limitlessness of water in a lake, use their talents to a pliable, refreshing effect.

‘Sweeney Todd’ to open on Whidbey Island

One of the best ballads ever written for the stage begins thus: Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd His skin was pale and his eye was odd

  • Oct 10, 2008

Fresh blood, new ideas: the Island Arts Council builds a buttress for art

A bit of spit and vinegar and some new ideas with the talent to back them. That’s the recipe being followed by both the old and new faces behind the Island Arts Council.

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Broke, and with the blues?

For years, I heard my father saying “What we need is a good recession, maybe even another Depression.”It was often said after reading yet another… Continue reading

ALL ABOARD: Preventing periodical procrastination lessens stress

Last night after dinner I finally got around to reading one of the many magazines, newsletters and journals that I receive, but rarely read, each… Continue reading

VIDEO: Djangofest musicians take the stage

Djangofest Northwest 2008 featured top gypsy jazz groups such as Pearl Django, the Sebastien Giniaux Trio, Fishtank Ensemble, 3 Leg Torso, Hot Club Sandwich, Billet-Deux and others.

  • Oct 5, 2008

WCT swings into ‘Jungle’

It’s a real jungle at Whidbey Children’s Theater this month. Thirty-two Whidbey Island youngsters sing, dance and act their hearts out in WCT’s season-opening musical, “The Jungle Book,” based on the “Mowgli” stories of Rudyard Kipling.

  • Oct 4, 2008

TIDAL LIFE: Hey, you! Gardener! Leave that tree alone

“Your madrones look pretty good,” Jim said. Chainsaw idling, he stood beside a pile of firewood and brush, the remains of my dead fir.I froze,… Continue reading