BY KATY SHANER
Whidbey Life Magazine Contributor
March 4, 2014
Welcome to the weekend on Whidbey. “What’s Happening” is a collaborative information guide project between the The Visitor Information Kiosk and Whidbey Life Magazine.
FRIDAY MARCH 6
OTT & MURPHY WINES presents Skinny Tie Jazz with Fran & Brad, 7 – 9 p.m. Fran and Brad, identical twins born miles and years apart, are now re-united. They play jazz standards from the Great American Songbook with the occasional ol’ rock and roll tune sneaking in. Usually a wee bit twisted!
We invite you to enjoy the great food, wine, and conversation at your table. Or join with us to your heart’s content … put your glass down and sing along if you like. It’s all good! Award-winning O&M Wines and small plate selections are available. No cover charge. Reservations recommended. Ott & Murphy Winery Tasting Room, 204 First Street, Langley 360-221-7131, firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUTCAST PRODUCTIONS — “NICKEL AND DIMED” Starts 7:30 p.m., runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday (2 p.m.) through March 21. By Joan Holden, based on “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America” by Barbara Ehrenreich. Directed by K. Sandy O’Brien. Can a middle-aged, middle-class woman survive, when she suddenly has to make beds all day in a hotel and live on $7 an hour? Maybe.
Acclaimed author Barbara Ehrenreich set out to research low-wage life firsthand. Barbara’s best-seller about her odyssey is vivid and witty, yet always deeply sobering. Joan Holden’s stage adaptation is a focused comic epic shadowed with tragedy.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for students/seniors. 819 Camano Ave. Whidbey Fairgrounds Black Box Theater www.outcastproductions.net, www.brownpapertickets.com or reserve tickets by emailing mailto:email@example.com.
KONTAGIOUS! SMASH BROTHAZ SHOW — 7:30 p.m. at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. Whidbey’s best and most humble hip hop duo will leave you entertained and inspired. The show ranges from time machines to zombie dance parties, as well as more abstract concepts that induce creative thought and contemplation. It’s fun, funky, and creative and represents hip hop for Whidbey’s art loving community. The show is appropriate for all ages and will be shown one day only: Friday March 6. Tickets: $12 youth / $18 Adult. 360-221-8268, www.wicaonline.org.
Just Announced! Melyssa Smith will be a Special Guest, performing this season’s multiple award-winning self-choreographed solo “My Funny Valentine” at the Smash Brotherz event.
Get ready for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as you’ve never seen it before! Take to the skies in the fabulous flying car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as the eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts takes young Jeremy & Jemima on the adventure of a lifetime! A madcap adventure full of song, dance, and laughter. Bring the whole family!
SATURDAY MARCH 7
AMY WALKER: INSIDE OUT A One-Woman Variety Show with Special Guests. 2 p.m. at The Clyde Theater, 217 First Street, Langley. Tickets at the Door: Adults $20, Youth $10.
Come Celebrate the Unity in our Diversity through Amy’s comedic characters, songs, improvisation with the audience and more. Laugh, cry, and sing along at this uplifting event! With over 40,000,000 views online and 100,200+ YouTube subscribers, Amy Walker brings her diverse range of multi-faceted creativity to the stage in this one-woman variety show. theclyde.net, 360-221-5525.
THE HOT CLUB OF TROY at Useless Bay Coffee, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Acoustic gypsy jazz from the repertoire of Django Reinhardt. Troy offers a bit of Django’s history via his works, and you’ll learn about Blues for Ike. www.troychapman.com, 121 Second St., Langley, 360-221-4515.
KITSCH ‘N BITCH: BREAKFAST FOR DINNER at 7:30 p.m., Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. Wear your most comfortable pajamas and join Sue Frause, her culinary guests, and the Kitsch ‘n Bitch Band for the next fun-filled episode of Kitsch ‘n Bitch, “Breakfast for Dinner,” including a PJ contest!
Anything can happen under the “Kitsch Cam,” which is a camera that catches all the action of the show’s cooking demonstration, while Frause plays host, the band entertains, and everybody gets to sample some delicious food and drink. Demonstrating their cooking prowess will be Lisa Carvey of Braeburn Restaurant creating her Stuffed Apple French Toast & Neil Colburn of Neil’s Clover Patch making his popular Crab Quiche.
Behind the bar, The Tipsy Gourmet owners, Kate Johnson & Karla Berry, will whip up some refreshing mimosas during the show. Live music by KnB house band Deja Blooze! All seats $15. Tickets: 360-221-8268, www.wicaonline.org.
LOCAL AUTHOR POETRY READING at SW Commons. 5 to 7 p.m. Daniel Moore and Gina Marie Mammano, Whidbey Island poets who live and dance the edges with words that always lead to the center of real life, will share their poetry. There will be time for Q and A at the close.
The South Whidbey Commons is located in the heart of Langley by Second Street Plaza. A nonprofit organization, the Commons brings together people of all ages, provides workplace training for young people, and serves as a venue for events and activities. Beverage and food sales, book sales and donations fund our programs. 124 Second Street, Langley. Café: 360-221-2414, www.SouthWhidbeyCommons.org.
AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY GRAHAM — Nothing Is Ever Over Until the Short Lady Sings. 6:45 & 8:45 p.m. Beverly returns to celebrate the first twinkling of Spring. Come and enjoy this delightful evening. Award-winning Ott & Murphy wines paired with selections from a small plate menu for your enjoyment while you relax in the Cabaret Room with Beverly Graham. Cover charge: $6 per person. Reservations recommended. Ott & Murphy Winery Tasting Room, 204 First Street, Langley, 360-221-7131.
PENN COVE MUSSELFEST — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 from 10 a,m. to 5 p.m. Coupeville’s March tradition! “Bold, briny and blue,” the world famous mussels will be the centerpiece of two days of festivities, including chowder tasting and mussel eating competitions, farm tours and activities for all ages featuring locally-flavored fun.
Visitors to the festival—a tradition now in its 29th year—should start at the MusselFest Headquarters, located at the Coupeville Recreation Hall in the heart of historic downtown Coupeville. Here they can purchase tickets to the festival favorite Mussel Chowder Tasting Competition, which pits local restaurants against each other for the coveted Mussel Chowder prize. The competition sells out quickly, so organizers recommend that visitors buy their tickets before 12 noon. ThePennCoveMusselFestival.com.
OUTCAST PRODUCTIONS — “NICKEL AND DIMED.” (See Friday, March 6 for details.)
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG! — 7 p.m. at Whidbey Children’s Theater. (See Friday, March 6 for details.)
SUNDAY MARCH 8
BLOOMS WINERY TASTING ROOM — Enjoy Sunday afternoons with live music at Bayview Corner. For a fun mix of jazz and rock music, come to Blooms for the return of MR SIX. Ron Eaton, Gary Way, Bruce Towne and Joe Bevens are rockin’ the house from 3 to 5 p.m. Dancing is encouraged! No cover, no minimums. Just fabulous wines and great music!
The annual Mother Earth Art Show has opened, with paintings by Sharon Tryon and Anna Davis, photography by Elizabeth Atly and pottery and shell art by Carol Rhodes. The show runs from March 6 to April 27.
Blooms Winery’s tasting room is at the Bayview Corner Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Rd. Langley. Available for private parties too! Open Thursday noon-5 p.m., Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m. and Monday noon to 5 p.m. 360-321-0515, www.bloomswinery.com.
PENN COVE MUSSELFEST —10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (See Saturday, March 9 for details.)
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