Edmonds Art Beat: more about Edmonds Lunar New Year, plus books, theater and music

More information on the Edmonds Lunar New Year celebration

The first annual Lunar New Year Edmonds takes place on January 29. The event will welcome the Year of the Tiger with a day full of family festivities.

Events include a traditional lion dance performance at two locations. Master David Leong’s Northwest Kung Fu will perform at 10:30 a.m. in the North Chinese Grace Church parking lot (22727 Hwy 99) and again at Edmonds First Winter Market (121 5th Ave. N.) at noon.

The Edmonds Theater will screen a free family film above the moon. The film, sponsored by the Mayo family, will be screened at 1 p.m.

There will be a Community Celebration Booth at the Winter Market with information and giveaways. Local businesses contributed to a raffle gift basket.

An art installation designed by Edmonds-Woodway Senior Caitlin Chung, with support from the City of Edmonds Arts Commission, will be displayed on the perimeter fence of the Frances Anderson Center. Lunar New Year-themed artwork will also be displayed at local businesses, created by students from Seaview Elementary, Sherwood Elementary and Madrona K-8.

More information can be found here.

Edmonds Bookstore hosting Donna Barba Higuera

Donna Barba Higuera

On Tuesday, February 1 from 6-7 p.m., award-winning author Donna Barba Higuera will read her latest intermediate-level sci-fi adventure: The Last Waiter. The book won numerous awards, including “Best of the Year” at Time, the wall street journal, boston globe, The Editor’s Weekly, School library journal and more.

Register via the Edmonds Bookstore Facebook page February 1st.

Edmonds Center for the Arts Special Commitment: Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Tickets are on sale now for ECA’s special engagement with Richard Thompson on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Grammy-nominated Richard Thompson is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He launched his career by co-founding Fairport Convention, responsible for igniting a British folk rock movement.

Richard Thompson occupies a place on rolling stones “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

To buy tickets here.

As if the theater company reopens with comedy ‘The Cake’

As If Theater Company (AITC) reopens at the Kenmore Community Club with the play The cake. Originally slated for March 2020, this touching comedy about baking, beliefs, and when to stop following the recipe will finally premiere in Washington from March 3-20, 2022. The cake tells the story of a baker who is asked to bake a cake that forces her to re-examine her core beliefs. Directed by Cindy Giese French and directed by Stacy Hansen, the cast of four includes Amy Gentry, Stephanie Spohrer, Roz Cornejo and Patrick Hogan, with a creative team of Sarah Kesler (set design), Molly Hall (costume), Gwyn Skone ( lighting design) and William French (sound design).

Production begins March 3 and runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. at the Kenmore Community Club. Tickets can be purchased here.

— By Rachel Gardner

Rachel Gardner genuinely appreciates art in all its forms and believes that everyone is an artist, some don’t know it yet. A dedicated and involved resident of Edmonds, she can often be spotted on stage cracking jokes between sets or in the audience enjoying local live performances. She loves having fun with her art and finding unique ways of expression, like forming a boho-grunge-folk ukulele trio with local Edmonds moms.

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