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A&E Calendar: Strings, flings and a true Skagit treasure

A curated list of happenings in Whatcom and Skagit counties
May 11, 2022 at 5:10 a.m.
Lauded musician Paul Asbell — who's played and recorded with the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Bobby McFerrin, Howlin' Wolf and many others — will join the lineup of the La Conner Guitar Festival taking place May 13 to 15 at venues throughout La Conner.
Lauded musician Paul Asbell — who's played and recorded with the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Bobby McFerrin, Howlin' Wolf and many others — will join the lineup of the La Conner Guitar Festival taking place May 13 to 15 at venues throughout La Conner. (Photo courtesy of Luke Awtry)

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Wednesday, May 11

Comedy Show
8 p.m., The Blue Room, 202 E. Holly St.
Bellingham Entertainment hosts an all-ages Comedy Show featuring Cecilee Romano, Gabey Lucas, Julian Thompson and Andrea Entz. Nathan Romano hosts and Bernice Jing Ye will be the headliner. Warning: the comedy may be geared toward a mature audience. Tickets are $10. Info: 

Thursday, May 12

Beauty and the Beast
7:30 p.m., Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St., Lynden
This “tale as old as time” musical concludes this weekend at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in downtown Lynden. Tickets are $11 to $15. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Info: 

Good, Bad, 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” every Thursday at the Sylvia Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 to $15. Audience members must provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. Info: 

Friday, May 13

La Conner Guitar Festival
May 13 to 15, throughout La Conner
Listen to, play and shop for the world's finest handmade instruments when this popular event returns. In addition to concerts large and small, song circles and cabarets, the “Art of Lutherie” will give people the chance to meet the luthiers, play the guitars and purchase their perfect instruments. Info: 

Depot Craft Fair
4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Aslan Depot, 1322 N. State St.
Local craft vendors will be selling everything from jewelry to prints to dried herbs at this 21-and-over event. Live music, a tasty beer release collaboration and more will highlight some of the amazing creatives within our midst. Info: 

Days of Our Nights
7:30 p.m., Sylvia Center, 207 Prospect St.
The Upfront Theatre presents “Days of Our Nights,” an improvised soap opera, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May. At 9:30 p.m., stick around for “The Laughter Games” — where improvisers will be given specific challenges to test their prowess. Tickets are $10 to $15. Info: 

The Addams Family
7 p.m., Nooksack Valley High School, 3326 E. Badger Rd., Everson
What happens when the ultimate princess of darkness falls for a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family? Find out when Wednesday, Gomez and Morticia Addams — along with a wacky cast of characters — close out this production at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Everson. Tickets will be $8 to $10 at the door. Info: 360-988-2641

Saturday, May 14

Anacortes Farmers Market
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave., Anacortes
Find fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, tasty food, unique arts and crafts, a kids booth and an outdoor cafe at this weekly market, which continues Saturdays through October 29. Info: 

Bellingham Farmers Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Ave.
Market-goers can expect a wide variety of products from over 80 vendors every Saturday through December 17 at the Depot Market Square. This includes fresh produce, flowers, artisan foods and crafts. All vendors are from Whatcom and Skagit counties. Info: 

Camano Studio Tour
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Camano Island
Visit more than 30 juried artists at 24 studios and five galleries from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday throughout Camano Island. Check out an interactive map and brochure online, or pick up a printed version at the three visitor centers on the island, each studio venue and local community businesses. Entry to the 23rd annual event is free. Info:

Spring Vendor Fest
1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Karate Church, 519 E. Maple St.

Peruse and purchase works from a group of young local artists who will be setting up vendor booths to share and sell their art at this monthly event. Artists range from jewelers to textile artists, painters and more. Additionally, a local musician will be DJing some of his favorite music. Info: 

Fidalgo DanceWorks Gala
6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wisteria Gardens, 14162 Gibraltar Rd., Anacortes
“Moulin Rouge” will be the theme of this annual spring fundraising gala complete with live music by A-Town Big Band, performances by student dancers and special guest French Quarter Cabaret & Burlesque, a French-style menu and a specially curated wine list. Tickets are $75. Info: 

Spring Concert
7 p.m., Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1200 Ellsworth St.
Bellingham Community Chamber Orchestra presents its Spring Concert, with entry by donation. The small string orchestra is dedicated to building community through exploring and sharing music. Vaccination cards will be required. Info: 

Sunday, May 15

Sunday Market
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Eagle Haven Winery, 8243 Sims Rd., Sedro-Woolley
Find fare from farmers, gardeners, artisans, bakers and crafters when this weekly market opens today. Every Sunday through October 9, bring the family, support family farms and enjoy live music. Additional events will take place throughout the season. Info: 

Wednesday, May 18

A Life Well Lived Opening Reception
5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Skagit County Historical Museum, La Conner
Find out more about an artist, teacher, garden designer, collector, wife, mother and more at this exhibit celebrating the life of Lavonne Newell-Reim — a true Skagit treasure. The exhibit runs through Oct. 2. Please register in advance for the opening. Info: 

Beach Cat Comedy Open Mic
8 p.m., Beach Cat Brewing Co., 7876 Birch Bay Dr.
Nikki Kilpatrick hosts this free standup comedy show on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Signups start at 7:30 p.m., with each performer getting five minutes onstage. The event is 18+, with some mature content. There will be zero tolerance of “punching down” on marginalized groups of people. The venue and performance space is wheelchair accessible. Info: 

Before heading out to attend in-person happenings, check with individual venues to make sure the event is still taking place as scheduled.

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