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A&E calendar: Music, mountains, markets and Ciderfest

A curated list of happenings in Whatcom and Skagit counties
November 9, 2022 at 5:20 a.m.
Hard cider-tasting, live music from Hot Damn Scandal and bonfires will be part of the 10th annual Ciderfest celebration happening Saturday, Nov. 12 at Bellewood Farms & Distillery. Other beverage-related happenings this week include the Holiday Wine Walk Friday, Nov. 11 in downtown Bellingham, and the Skagit Wine & Beer Festival Saturday at the Heritage Flight Museum in Burlington.
Hard cider-tasting, live music from Hot Damn Scandal and bonfires will be part of the 10th annual Ciderfest celebration happening Saturday, Nov. 12 at Bellewood Farms & Distillery. Other beverage-related happenings this week include the Holiday Wine Walk Friday, Nov. 11 in downtown Bellingham, and the Skagit Wine & Beer Festival Saturday at the Heritage Flight Museum in Burlington. (Photo courtesy of Bellewood Farms)

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Wednesday, Nov. 9

7 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.
As part of MBT’s Lookout Sessions lineup, listen to this Scottish band bring its groundbreaking, genre-bending sounds to the intimate Walton Theatre. Tickets to see the trio are $35.50. Info:

Thursday, Nov. 10

Docent Tour
1 p.m., Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building, 205 Flora St.
Gain in-depth insights about the themes, artists and works featured in “Un/Natural Selections: Wildlife in Contemporary Art” Thursdays through November. The exhibit considers the diverse ways contemporary artists employ animal imagery to address humanity’s interconnectedness and ever-changing relationship with the natural world. Entry is included with admission. Info:

Mount Baker Film Festival
6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.
Indie filmmakers will share their work with a local crowd of avid winter enthusiasts at this 23rd annual event, which will be in-person this year and feature two showings. Come early to check out vendors, games and prizes, and stick around to watch the snow fly. Mt. Baker Ski Area season pass holders are eligible for one free ticket while supplies last. General tickets are $8. Info:

‘Little Women’
7:30 p.m., Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave.
Follow the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they experience growing up in Civil War America when this timeless story based on author Louisa May Alcott’s life takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25. Info:

Friday, Nov. 11

Holiday Wine Walk
5:30–9 p.m., downtown Bellingham
Meander around downtown shops as they host pop-up tasting rooms featuring a variety of regional wines at this annual event. Tickets are $40–$60 and include tasting tickets to redeem for the wine of your choice. Retailers will also offer special deals, so attendees can stock up for the holidays. Info:

Fools and Classics
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., The Upfront Theatre, 207 Prospect St.
At 7:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through November, The Upfront Fools! An Improvised Comedy of Errors will bring audiences into a fast-paced world of absurdity and miscommunications. At 9:30 p.m., Upfront Classics will feature popular improv games from over the years. Tickets are $10–$15. Info:  

7:30 p.m., McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon
Head to the Skagit Valley College campus to see Pacific Northwest Opera present Verdi’s adaptation of a Shakespeare tragedy at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets are $25–$75. Info:

Saturday, Nov. 12

Holiday Bazaar
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bellingham Covenant Church, 1530 E. Bakerview Road
After a pandemic hiatus, this 40th annual event will return with more than 50 local vendors showcasing everything from baked goods to crafts, jewelry, artwork, photography, clothing, paper goods, holiday and household decor, and handmade treats. Proceeds from the bake sale will benefit local charities. Info:

Creative Avenue Market
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Buxton’s, 1904 Commercial Ave., Anacortes
Attend this indoor makers market on the second Saturday of the month through May. The event features local vendors selling handmade and locally sourced goods, and more. Info:

Pop-Up Book Sale
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.
Head to the Lecture Room of the central library for this seasonal sale. Come see what books you’d like to add to your home library while supporting the Friends of the Library. Entry is free. Info:

1–5 p.m., Bellewood Farms & Distillery, 6140 Guide Meridian
Cider-tasting, live music from Hot Damn Scandal and bonfires will be part of this 10th-annual event. The hard (alcoholic) cider tastings include samples from Lost Giants Cider, Bellingham Cider, Herb’s Cider, Alma Cider, Renaissance Cider, Finnriver Farm & Cidery and more. A homebrew competition will also take place, and guests will receive free tastes of spirits from Bellewood Farms & Distillery. Tickets are $25. Info:  

Skagit Wine & Beer Festival
3–8 p.m., Heritage Flight Museum, Burlington
Sample wine, beer and spirits from regions throughout Washington — including local Skagit County wineries, microbrews and spirits — at this fundraiser at 15053 Crosswind. Tickets are $60–$160 and include gourmet appetizers, divine chocolate and cheese samplings. Info:

COW Concert
7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, WWU
Hear brand-new works for woodwinds, string, piano and percussion at this Fall COW (Composers of Western) concert. The free event will also include two premieres by this year’s COW Ensemble. Info:

Sunday, Nov. 13

Second Sunday Jazz
2 p.m., Buxton’s Music, Anacortes
Anacortes Public Library hosts this free monthly event, which will feature the Ann Reynolds Trio presenting compositions honoring four Seattle-based women composers — Mary Lou Williams, Carla Bley, Geri Allen and Christine Jensen. Info:

Art Market
2–6 p.m., Lorikeet Bar, 215 W. Holly St.
As many as 15 local vendors will be sharing their goods at this monthly event meant to promote local artists and provide a space to showcase their goods. A limited food-and-drink menu will be available, and visitors are encouraged to order a beverage or some snacks while they shop. For the holiday season, the venue will be hosting markets on the first and second Sundays of December. Info:

Tuesday, Nov. 15

7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Cirque Lab, 1401 6th St.
Bellingham Circus Guild hosts its monthly open stage fundraiser with two shows — the early one is family-friendly, and the later one is “anything goes.” Expect loads of local talent, as well as a professional performer spotlight. Suggested donation is $5–$25. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Info:

Wednesday, Nov. 16  

7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, WWU
Western Washington University's contemporary music collective will present an evening featuring the works of three trailblazers in contemporary music. Works by composers Tristan Murail, Pauline Oliveros and Julius Eastman will be on the bill. Entry is free and open to the public. 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-plus, with some mature content. 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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