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Entertainment should be no problem this weekend as Choochokam Arts gathers its stars for two full days of summer delights.
It came to her in a dream, and now it’s her main pursuit.
Some company members and junior company members from the Whidbey Island Dance Theatre were interviewed recently by The Record. Two soloists from the company demonstrated a bit of their fancy footwork for the film. Some of the dancers are getting ready to leave for the summer dance intensives in various parts of the country, where they will spend two to five weeks honing their dance skills with different teachers. The Clinton company performs two major dance concerts per season, along with various regional dance competitions.
Island movie lovers can make history this weekend by attending the very first short film festival at Choochokam.
As the summer of 1969’s Kris Kristofferson-Fred Foster song “Me and Bobby McGee” sings, “Freedom’s just another word…” And what a word it is when put in action.
When was the last time you found yourself in the middle of a rhubarb?
While some kids start the early summer days testing the waters with their toes before that first swim in the surf, other island kids are busy wrapping the blistered toes of their well-trained feet. Whatever her dreams, every dancer knows those dreams will never come to fruition without hours and hours of deep practice. And a pair of ravaged feet become symbols of her certain dedication. There is, on Whidbey, a contingent of fleet-footed girls who keep that dream alive and dance every day during the concert season at the Whidbey Island Dance Theatre.
It’s a bit of Americana at its best.
In its native Sanskrit, the word “Dharma” is literally translated as that which holds up or supports. In the world of eastern philosophy, Dharma as a central concept is meant to guide a person to do the right thing; to accept a higher truth that is revealed in the laws of the universe. The “Dharmic Engineers” were a group of Northwest artists who met to find not only the spiritual truth in their painting, but combined it with the practical supportive side of collaboration that helped to “hold each other up” in the true sense of what engineers are meant to do.
The "Auditioning and Prepared Reading" workshop for adults still has slots available. The workshop is from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. Students will work with professional actress and casting director Kate Godman as they learn how to make the best possible impression in a wide variety of audition situations.
They strive to be utterly ridiculous. That’s what the four young gentlemen of South Whidbey who make up the a cappella group “Slaphappy” say about their stage show. Matt Bell, Gabe Harshman, Mark Arand and Cameron Gray will sing quartet-style in a benefit for Whidbey Children’s Theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 on the Martha Murphy Mainstage.
It is the time of year when the island's artists make their way out of the studio where they’ve been squirreled up for the winter months and show the fruits of their labors.
In 40 years any number of things can happen to distract or change the course of a group. Yet, that is how long the Greenbank Artists have been getting together faithfully to paint. Art lovers will be able to browse and buy the work of the legendary group at the Greenbank Artists Art Show and Sale, June 27 through June 29 at Greenbank Farm.
Langley’s Ashingdon Manor bed-and-breakfast will become a Whidbey jazz venue when Langley author Molly Larson Cook and Portland, Ore. jazz guitarist John Stowell present “An Intimate Evening of Words and Jazz.” It will be based on Cook’s jazz novel, “Listen.”
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts announced this week it will hold general auditions for the 2008-'09 Theatre Series on Aug. 20–21. The coming Theatre Series includes the plays "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler; "Inspector Carol," by Daniel Sullivan and the Seattle Repertory Theatre; "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead," by Tom Stoppard; "Rabbit Hole," by David Lindsay-Abaire; and "Frankline and Figara," by Kristina Sutherland.
The Rob Schouten Gallery has invited a bevy of talented “Whidbeyians” to perform an evening of poetry and song to celebrate the onset of summer. “Midsummer Dream Night” will ring in the summer solstice from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at the gallery located at Greenbank Farm.
A talking bird with Whidbey roots is the star of a new book and the model for a new African Grey parrot puppet. Pierre is an African Grey parrot who lives part of the year in Langley with his owner, psychologist Dr. Fran Smith, her husband Dr. Bob Smith and their poodle, Cosette. The bird charmed his way so far into his owner’s heart, she decided to write a book about him.
The fiber art and oil paintings of island artist Kathleen Otley are currently on display in the Bayview Cash Store’s hub.
Photographer Rich Frishman remembers his young son being taken with the word “metamorphosis.” The father had explained the finer points of the process a caterpillar makes on the way to becoming a butterfly. The caterpillar has indeed made it to the butterfly stage and Frishman was there with his camera to record the eight-year “metamorphosis.” “Metamorphosis: Portraits of Our Children,” is an exhibit of black-and-white portraits Frishman took of Gabe and his classmates every year, from first grade to the present.