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A&E Calendar: Art shows, theater thrills and cook-offs

March 30, 2022 at 5:10 a.m.
The perennially popular Seattle quintet Kuinka returns to Mount Vernon to play its joyous folk pop Saturday, April 2 at McIntyre Hall.
The perennially popular Seattle quintet Kuinka returns to Mount Vernon to play its joyous folk pop Saturday, April 2 at McIntyre Hall. (Photo courtesy of Kuinka)

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Wednesday, March 30

Sanford-Hill Piano Series
7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, WWU
Pianist Imogen Cooper, regarded as one of the finest interpreters of classical and romantic repertoire, will perform when the Sanford-Hill piano series returns to campus. Cooper is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism. Tickets are $19 to $47. Info: 

Thursday, March 31

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
7:30 p.m., Sylvia Center, 207 Prospect St.
The Upfront Theatre presents Bellingham's longest-running improv show, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St. Tickets are $10-$15. Info: 

Vino Veritas
7:30 p.m., Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St.
Watch a dark comedy about the perils of honesty when “Vino Veritas” continues this weekend with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. It’s Halloween night, but everyone is dropping their masks. When two couples drink a strange blue Peruvian wine together, the evening turns eventful. Tickets are $14-$16. Additional performances happen April 7 through 10. Info: 

photo  (Left to right) Russ Nelson, Molly Elizabeth Garrison, Rachel Petersen, and Jordan Smith in the Bellingham Theatre Guild production of the dark comedy "Vino Veritas" which runs Thursdays through Sundays through April 10. (Photo by David S. Cohn)  

Friday, April 1

Many Wests Curator Tour
1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Whatcom Museum, 250 Flora St.
Gain in-depth insights about the themes, artists and works featured in this “Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea” from the museum's curator of art, Amy Chaloupka. The show examines the perspective of 48 modern and contemporary artists who offer a broader and more inclusive view of the West. Info: 

Rexville Grange Art Show
Rexville Grange, 19299 Rexville Grange Rd., Mount Vernon
Attend an opening reception for this annual group exhibit and sale from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m Friday, and drop by the show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through April 10. Peruse paintings, pottery, glass, photography, jewelry, hats, clothing, weaving and wood — all from local artists. Info: 

Steel Magnolias
7:30 p.m., Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave.
Expect hilarious repartee and poignant sadness when Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” opens this week with performances at 7:30 p.m Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at ACT. Tickets are $25 and all seats are reserved. Additional performances take place weekends through April 24. Info: 

7:30 p.m., McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon
The Seattle quintet Kuinka returns to Skagit County to play its joyous folk pop. Their genre-defying music features several different lead singers, four-part harmony, and eclectic instrumentation including cello, banjo, ukulele and synthesizers. Tickets are $25-$35. Info: 

The Wonders of the Swirling Night
7:30 p.m., Sylvia Center, 207 Prospect St.
View seven short plays by iDiOM Theater Artistic Director Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao as part of his 500 Play Project at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and again April 8 and 9. Audiences will see “Hamlet” condensed to a 10-minute rap, a celebration of France's most dashing ghost, a long-overdue farewell to an imaginary childhood friend, and more. Tickets are $5 to $16. Info: 

First Friday Art Walk
6 p.m. to 10 p.m, downtown Bellingham
Peruse art exhibits and enjoy expanded community events throughout the urban core. With fresh programming each month, First Fridays provide socially-distanced opportunities to engage with and rediscover the city center throughout the year. Entry is free. Info: 

Anacortes Art Walk
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown Anacortes 
After a two-year hiatus, the First Friday Art Walk resumes in downtown Anacortes. Among the venues that will open their doors for the event are Joanie Schwartz Glass, the Majestic Inn and Spa, Scott Milo Gallery, and the 98221 Gallery at Anacortes City Hall. Info: 

Saturday, April 2

Dockside Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Squalicum Harbor, Gate 7
Bellingham SeaFeast, the Port of Bellingham, and the Working Waterfront Coalition of Whatcom County join forces for a bimonthly Bellingham Dockside Market. Check the market's Facebook page prior to sale days to see what sort of fresh and frozen seafood will be on the lineup. Info: 

Skagit Chili and Chowder Cook-off
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Farmstrong Brewing, 110 Stewart Rd., Mount Vernon
Both professional and amateur cooks will compete at this tasty event hosted by the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce. For $15, you'll get six large samples, a vote, and a large portion of your favorite chili or chowder. Info: 

Summer Rep Auditions
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Kuntz Rehearsal Studio
Bellingham Theatreworks will host auditions for its Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre, which includes “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” “Ching Chong Chinaman” and “Big, Scary Animals.” Be prepared to tell a two-minute story and read from the scripts. Info: 

Semiahmoo Sips
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy, Blaine
At this weekly event, a sommelier pours samples of four different wines from a rotating menu while you snack on charcuterie and cheeses. Entry is $20. No reservations are necessary. Info: 

Clearbrook Dixie Band
2 p.m. to 5 p.m, VFW Post 1585, 625 N. State St.
Bellingham Traditional Jazz Society presents an afternoon of live New Orleans-style jazz for listening and swing dancing with Dale Steel's Clearbrook Dixie Band. Entry is $6-$12. COVID rules are still in effect. Bring proof of vaccination and be prepared to wear a mask. Info: 

'David Syre: Watercolors' opening
3 p.m to 5 p.m., Gallery Syre, 465 W. Stuart Rd.
Get a closer look at “David Syre: Watercolors” at an opening reception with the local artist. The exhibition explores Syre's new fascination with watercolors; the paintings are created with a mindful presence — one of contemplation and with a time- and detail-oriented approach. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 pm. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and by appointment. Info: 

7 p.m., Judson Hall, 516 Main St., Lynden
Lynden High School Performing Arts presents performances of its spring musical at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Judson Hall, 516 Main St. The family-friendly production will emphasize the different types of cats and the meeting and fun in the junkyard for the Jellicle Ball under the Jellicle moon. Tickets at the door will be $5 to $10. Info: 360-354-4401

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