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 By Anne Basye    A & E    September 28, 2022

"Welcome to Indian Country" opens Poetry Festival

Some of the 37 guest poets and artists participating in this year’s Skagit River Poetry Festival are crossing oceans to reach La Conner. Others just have to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Canadian poet Karen Solie, flying in from St. Andrews, Scotland,...

 

Jess Gigot finds roots on a Skagit Valley farm

By Anna Ferdinand Forty people gathered on the top floor of Village books to hear local author Jess Gigot read from her new memoir, “A Little Bit of Land” on Thursday, Sept. 15, munching on puff pastry adorned with sauteed lamb raised on her...

 
 By Anne Basye    A & E    September 21, 2022

Sweet deal for Poetry Festival volunteers

A million details make the Skagit River Poetry Festival happen – and they are all coming together. Before the Festival takes place in La Conner Oct. 6-9, there are 34 poets to match to housing,...

 

Janet Laurel's art at Skagit Cellars

By Russell Chandler Local artist and poet Janet Laurel showcases unreleased work at Skagit Cellars tasting room in Gilkey Square through September. "Red Goddesses" is a curated collection,...

 

Poets in schools part of Skagit poetry year round

By Anna Ferdinand When Rena Priest stood before a crowd at the Lincoln theater Sept. 3, she asked attendees to answer this question: “Where do poems come from?” A theater took pen to paper, writing to the prompt for five minutes, each person...

 

Art commission ceremony celebrates public art donated during pandemic

Lord knows, the COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing to celebrate. But what can be celebrated is what has proved immune to the virus crisis: The sustaining nature of public art. Since early 2022, the...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    September 7, 2022

'Grease' opens Friday in Oak Harbor

Life too serious? The 21st century too complex? Take a break from it, by traveling to Oak Harbor and back to the 1950s and Rydell High School and relax with Whidbey Playhouse’s production of “Grease,” opening the in-person 2022-2023 season...

 
 By Anne Basye    A & E    September 7, 2022

Poet Laureate Rena Priest read at Lincoln Saturday

“When you are poeting, you are making the world, creating the universe out of nothing,” Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest said last Saturday at the Lincoln Theatre. That’s because the word poet comes from the Greek word poesis or “ma...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    August 2, 2022

Art show feature of this week’s Anacortes Arts Festival

Two handfuls of greater La Conner artists are featured at the Juried Fine Art Show at the Port of Anacortes transit shed during the Anacortes Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Aug.3-4 and during Festival...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    July 28, 2022

‘Henry V’ triumphant in war and on stage

Bring your teenagers to “Henry V” playing at Rexville Blackrock Amphitheatre through Aug. 13. This is a war play, though lots of the roles are played by females. It is a history play, the story of Prince Hal growing up in a hurry: On the throne...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    July 20, 2022

Summer Shakespeare returns to Rexville with ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

Go see “Love’s Labour’s Lost” at the Rexville Blackrock Amphitheatre and appreciate the joy and enthusiasm of community actors again performing live and outside after the two year shutdown imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. The play opens...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    July 13, 2022

‘My Otherland’ film and panel shared people’s real lives

Is there any greater achievement for any of us than to become – that is, know and embrace – one’s core self? The tagline of the film “My Otherland” is “a story about being yourself.” The perhaps 400 people filling the Lincoln Th...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    June 21, 2022

MoNA art auction was live Friday

What was old was new again at the Museum of Northwest Arts 30th annual auction in person at the museum Friday, June 17. Every wall of the first and second floor galleries was hung with art, with sculptures displayed on stands and tables. The art was...

 

Skagit Symphony Garden of Note tour is Sunday, June 26

Take a leisurely stroll through seven private gardens featured on Skagit Symphony’s 2022 Garden of Note Tour. The delightful self-guided tour Sunday, June 26, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. presents the Pleas...

 
 By Anne Basye    A & E    June 7, 2022

Artist Newell-Reim savored her place, her time

I only met Lavone Newell-Reim once, but after immersing myself in the new show at the Skagit County Historical Museum, she feels like an old friend. “Lavone Newell-Reim: A Life Well Lived” traces Newell-Reim’s journey from Kansas to Sauk...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    A & E    April 19, 2022

Ryan Booth featured in film documentary

Ryan Booth can check several boxes on his resume: National Park Service ranger, Washington State University assistant professor of history, and Fulbright Scholar, to name a few. Now add film star to...

 

Honoring complexity in the Northwest arts

Three months after stepping into leadership of the Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA), Executive Director Stefano Catalani has his eye on how the museum can best reflect the complexity of artists’ voice...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    A & E    March 29, 2022

La Conner pianist performing in Anacortes

La Conner resident Tamara Friedman knows the keys to success. That is because she is a concert pianist, her performances drawing rave reviews from numerous critics, including Harvard alum Morton...

 
 By Marissa Conklin    A & E    March 2, 2022

Irish folk band plays Lincoln Theatre Tuesday

Lovers of Irish music and culture will gather at the Lincoln Theatre Tuesday, March 8 to hear something new. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the audience will witness Dervish, a native Irish folk band, play...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    February 23, 2022

‘A Precarious Edge’ opening at MoNA

La Conner artists Meg Holgate and Steve Klein have joined together to present “A Precarious Edge,” their exhibit opening at the Museum of Northwest Art Saturday. As successful artists do, they hav...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    February 16, 2022

See how important it is to be Earnest

How important is it to be earnest? How important is it to be honest? How important is it to enjoy a night of community theatre, either in person or by downloading it to view at home? Very important is the last answer. Find out for yourself from the...

 

Great fiction ideas for holiday gifts

The Bookworm You knew this was coming. You knew that you were going to have to finish your holiday shopping soon but it snuck up on you, didn’t it? And even if you’re close to being done, there are always those three or five people who are...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    December 15, 2021

Harry Smith: He was a stranger in a strange land

Harry Everett Smith was neither born nor died in Anacortes, but he did live there for about 10 years as a youth before and during the Great Depression. Salmon canneries brought his family, and his father, R.J. Smith, to Anacortes and cannery work...

 

‘A Christmas Carol’ live at the Lincoln

Inviting Charles Dickens (played by Pat Shreve) to appear on stage and act as guide in the current production of “A Christmas Carol” is a touch of genius. He is the perfect host for the multi-generational audience, even showing a sense of humor...

 
 By Ken Stern    A & E    November 17, 2021

Stefano Catalani taking over at MoNA

The Museum of Northwest Art has a new executive director, Stefano Catalani, starting in January 2022, a museum press release announced Nov. 10. It is hard to know who is more excited, Catalani, C.J. Ebert, chair of MoNA’s board of directors or Joan...

 

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