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“Choosing Joy” with the Kulshan Chorus

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Dustin Willets, artistic director of the 110-member Kulshan Chorus, says the Dec. 16 concert at Bellingham High School is close to selling out, and he’s happy about that.

The singers will be accompanied by Bellingham rock, funk and blues band The Atlantics, pianist Kristy Gill, and a horn and string section. Guest artist is Gary Giles.

The program includes songs from Soweto Gospel Choir, Nina Simone, Kirk Franklin, Moses Hogan, and “Sister Act.”

“Through these insightful pieces you will hear the voices of those under the boot of oppression, whether it’s the suffering of slaves or the cries of women calling for equality; this music calls for change. Not only does it call for change, it demands it — demands that we can do better for everyone, he says on the choir’s website.

From the classic ‘Elijah Rock” to the contemporary “Quiet” (born of the recent Women’s March), this is music that both challenges and inspires us to rise to a better life, he adds.

There will be a couple of small group performances but most of the concert is a full-choir experience.

“Choosing joy implies an intentionality held during difficult circumstances. While what brings us joy as individuals may be different, one truth unites us. We all experience times in this life when we will choose joy in order to move forward.”

For ticket information and a video with Willetts, go to http://www.kulshanchorus.org.

Cool and Unusual Bets for the First Week of December

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Here are a few events happening this week that might not get as much press as some of the bigger festivities around town.

Western Washington University Libraries host a Children’s & Young Adult Booksale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov.30, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, on the fourth floor of Western Libraries in the Wilson Library building. More than a thousand new children’s and young-adult books will be available for purchase, including hardbacks for $5 and paperbacks for $2. Proceeds from the books sold will support student scholarships to Western’s 15th Annual Children’s Literature Conference, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

Sunnyland neighborhood illustrator and designer Phoebe Wahl will be having a holiday pop-up seconds sale from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, during the December Art Walk, at Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress, 112 Grand Ave. Phoebe will be selling seconds of her latest enamel mug collection, as well as other seconds and mint condition items from her online shop. She recently received a Silver Medal for her Slow Food Calendar from the Society of Illustrators Annual Competition in the Surface/ Product Design category, which features work used on merchandise such as carpets, pillows, rugs, and clothing, The calendar was published by Bison, under art director and Bison owner Carly James. Phoebe was also this year’s recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats book award for new illustrators for her first children’s book, “Sonya’s Chickens.”

Village Books, 1200 11th St., hosts a presentation by renowned Bellingham photographer Tore Ofteness at 7 p.m. Friday, in celebration of “A Higher Perspective: Aerial Photography of the Pacific Northwest.”  The images span from the frosted peaks of the North Cascades to various towns and cities throughout Western Washington, to the shores of the San Juan Islands. His photos are displayed in the Readings Gallery.

Make.Shift Art Space, 306 Flora St., is partnering with Cafe Velo, 120 Prospect St.,  and Oikos Fellowship, 206 Prospect St., for the  2017 Annual Holiday Make.Sale from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday during the Art Walk and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at all three locations.

William Brooke, director of Diventi Music Conservatory and Performance Center, 1213 Cornwall Ave., presents the students of the conservatory in two free recitals of piano and vocal works at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are not required. For more on the conservatory’s performances, call 360-738-7166.

The North Cascades Concert Band, conducted by music director Robert Pattermann, presents “Music For Kids of All Ages” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Whatcom Community College’s Syre Student Center, 237 W. Kellogg Road; at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Blaine High School’s Performing Arts Center; 975 H St.; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3,at Anacortes High School’s Brodniak Auditorium, 1600 20th St. Pattermann has chosen music from John Williams “Superman March,” music from Walt Disney’s movies “Frozen” and “Beauty and the Beast” and selections from Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals,” and each concert will feature middle school bands from each community. Friday evening will be the Fairhaven Middle School’s Eighth Grade Band, directed by Morgan Schwab; Saturday evening will be the Blaine Eighth Grade Band, directed by Bob Gray; and Sunday afternoon will be the Anacortes Middle School Band, directed by Christopher Dyel. Admission is free, but donations go to cover expenses for our concerts and also to provide a yearly scholarship to a student who is going to pursue music education as a career. For more information, visit www.nccband.org.

The 19th Animation Show of Shows will be screening Friday through Sunday, Dec. 1-3, at Pickford Film Center’s Limelight Cinema, 1416 Cornwall Ave. The selection of 16 internationally acclaimed animated short films from eight countries features the work of nine women directors.

Bellingham Circus Guild, 1401 Sixth St., hosts the sixth Annual Aerial Showcase at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec 1, and at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, with a  21-and-older show at 9 p.m. Saturday, when alcoholic beverages will be sold. All shows are open seating. Doors open 30 minutes before each show and doors will not remain open throughout the show out of respect for the artists and the audience present.

The next SpeakEasy poetry series on Saturday, Dec. 2, features a full day of poetry, featuring five accomplished Canadian poets: Susan Alexander, Linda Thompson, Richard Osler, Barbara Pelman, and Terry Ann Carter. During the day, three of the poets will offer workshops, $15 each, at a downtown location. The five poets will read a series of linked poems, each inspired by the previous poet’s words, as well as some other recent work, in a free event at 7 p.m. at Mount Baker Theatre’s Encore Room, 104 N. Commercial St.

David Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries” kicks off Bellingham Theatre Guild’s new staged reading series, Lend Us Your Ears, at 2 p.m. Dec. 2, at the guild’s playhouse, 1600 H St. The Pay-What-You-Will performance features local actor and filmmaker Eliott Glasser performing Sedaris’ hilarious and cynical journey as an adult elf at Macy’s during the height of the busiest holiday shopping season of the year. Joe Mantello’s adaptations for the stage is directed by Sean Walbeck. The show contains adult language and situations and is not suitable for children or adult audience members who still believe in Santa. Reservations are not necessary. For details, contact Walbeck at sean@gigglewax.com, 360-647-9242).

Carla Rutschman directs Bellingham’s edition of Tuba Christms at 11 a.m. Saturday, when tuba and euphonium players perform arrangements of seasonal carols. It’s free to attend, $10 for participants, who should bring a music stand and dress colorfully. Rehearsal is at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal at 9 a.m. Dec. 2.

Every year Ragfinery co-hosts The Stocking Project to help Whatcom County families in need. Volunteers sew, fill, and donate stockings to families, making the holidays a little less stressful; a little more merry and bright, the stockings will be then be displayed at Ragfinery and the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Fairhaven, then filled and donated to those in need by  Northwest Youth Services, Opportunity Council, and Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County. Last year more than 125 beautiful, handmade stockings were filled and gifted. A free workshop that you can join to help sew stockings is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Ragfinery, 1421 N. Forest St. Please register so we know you’re coming. Bring material and sewing supplies (or shop before class for deals at Ragfinery) to sew a stocking to be donated to a child or family in need! Patterns and assistance will be provided, although familiarity with a sewing machine is necessary. Participant and materials requirements: one yard or so of festive fabric, embellishments of your choice, and your sewing machine.


Monday, November 20th, 2017

Getting that old “here come the holidays” feeling?

Here are a few choice events to get your Christmas balls rolling!

“Scrooge, the Musical,” opens Friday, Nov. 24, at the The Claire vg Theatre at Dutch Village Mall, 655 Front St., in Lynden, and runs through Dec. 10. Leslie Bricusse’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” is  the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. And guess what! After their visits Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man. Tickets are $14 adults, $12 seniors and students, and $10 children. Teri Grimes directs. For tickets, call 360-354-442 or go to www.theclaire.org.

Here’s a quick preview!

Also opening Nov. 24 is The Bellingham Theatre Guild’s presentation of  “The Christmas Schooner,” directed by Earl Reid, through Dec. 10 at the BTG Playhouse, 1600 H St. The story is about a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago. His voyages become a yearly tradition despite his wife’s misgivings – until a fateful voyage makes her realize the true importance of his mission. There is some light adult language.

Tickets, $14 adults, $12 seniors and students, $8 for ages 12 and younger, are available online at www.bellinghamtheatreguild.com or at the BTG ticket office, 360-733-1811.

In the mood for a little flamenco?

Lovitt, 1114 Harris Ave., is hosting flamenco guitarist Bryan Douglas for a dinner show at 6:30 p.m. He”ll be here again Dec. 23.

Give him a listen: https://bryandouglasflamenco.bandcamp.com.

And for an in-between holiday, extra special event, Andy Weir, New York Times bestselling author of  “The Martian,” is now on his national tour in support of his new novel, “Artemis,” a near-future crime caper set on the moon, and lucky us, he’ll be at Bellingham High School at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, supported by Village Books. Here’s the scoop: Bellingham High School Theater with Village Books,

Also on Nov. 29 is “Wine, Women and Song,” an evening with Allegra Women’s Ensemble, directed by Timothy Black; and Whatcom Sound Jazz Singers, directed by Michael-Paul Gurule, with delicious light hors d’oeuvres and fine wine at the Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston Road. Tickets are $25, available in advance at Brown Paper Tickets, and include a complimentary glass of wine. Doors open at 7 p.m.,  with music by Hadassah McGill and Conner Helms.

Yarn, yarn and more yarn (not a tall tale)

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Years ago, the neighbors where I live on South Hill noticed a strange phenomenon. A woman was sitting on a bench, knitting, hour upon hour, day after day, and her knitted rope was strung across the street, going down to Taylor Avenue dock and the water. That person was artist Christen Mattix, and she shares her memoir “Skein: The Heartbreaks and Triumphs of a Long Distance Knitter” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The book’s about how her daily knitting practice attracted the attention and chats with her neighbors and others who happened upon her when she knitted the half-mile rope to Bellingham Bay. Disclaimer:  After her three-year project was complete, I was part of the celebration the day the South Hill neighbors and her friends unraveled the rope down to Taylor Dock and let it loose in the bay. She says “Skein” is an intimate glimpse into her psyche (she admits she’s really a little shy) and a sparkling account of a neighborhood with its joys and sorrows. And today, Nov. 16, she turns 40!! More on her at christenmattix.com.

A Musical Weekend

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

This is one of those weekends that makes us happy and astounded at the variety of music taking place in our corner of the world.

Uncle Bonsai returns to the Fairhaven Library (upstairs) at 1117 12th St.,  to celebrate the release of its ninth recording, “The Family Feast: The Study of the Human Condition, First World Problems, and the Lasting Physiological and Psychological Effects of Eating Our Young.” Now in its 36th year, the Seattle acoustic folk-pop trio continues to tackle topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, of course, holidays with the family. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., and admission ranges from $12 to $15. Tickets are available online at  bonsaibham.bpt.me or call 800-838-3006. It’s co-sponsored by the Whatcom Family & Community Network and the Whatcom County Homemade Music Society.South Hill’s

South Hill’s David Harris and Grace Phelan have been organizing concerts of the folk-Americana-world-bluegrass genres since at least 2005 and have probably hosted more than 60 concerts. They say they began arranging concerts when East Coast musician friends wanted to do West Coast tours but had no contacts.

“We knew folks in Seattle who hosted house concerts, and from them and others we figured out who were good contacts in Portland, Port Townsend and Vancouver B.C.,” says David.

“It was logical that if a performer or a group’s tour would start out in California, proceed to Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, that a concert in Bellingham should be scheduled. Once we had promoted a few concerts for East Coast musician friends, we began to get inquiries from other performers and bands and have always tried to accommodate individuals and groups that embrace old time or traditional music.”

They typically provide dinner for the artists on the day of the concert and house them that night, and more, if needed. They’ve have had world-famous performers as well as less-known regional musicians. All have been pleased and sometimes surprised by the enthusiastic Bellingham audiences, they say. “Grace and I never really thought much about why we do what we do,” David adds, “except that we love doing it and think that we are exposing folks to wonderful musicians.”

There are three events that they are coordinating this month alone. All take place at 7 p.m. at the YWCA Ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St., and tickets are $15 each at the door. First up are violinist Ruthie Dornfeld and guitarist John Miller, performing at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at the YWCA ballroom, 1026 N. Forest St.

Ruthie and John have been performing together for over 20 years now, playing café music from around the world–Finnish polskas and schottishes, French musette waltzes, Venezuelan merengues, Brazilian choros, American and Canadian fiddle tunes, as well as a host of original tunes. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $15. For more information about this concert, contact John Miller at: john@johnmillerguitar.com or call 206-817-8785. Coming up are Albanie Falletta and the Sweet Tooth Serenaders on Nov. 26 and John Reischman and the Jaybirds on Nov. 29.

Whatcom Symphony Orchestra’s third Harmony from Discord concert honors the story of Holocaust survivor Curt Lowens at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Mount Baker Theatre. The concert showcases “Bestemming – Concerto for Cello, Orchestra, and Narrator” by  composer Sharon Farber, performed by international cellist Amit Peled with noted baritone Erich Parce narrating. Farber’s work inspired by Lowens’ acts of heroism in saving more than 100 Jewish children, and two American pilots. The afternoon closes with Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica).

Faber will talk with Western Washington University’s Ryan Dudenbostel at 2:15 p.m. in MBT’s Walton Theatre, free with concert tickets.

For tickets, call 360-734-6080 or go to mountbakertheatre.com. Here’s more on the concert from music director Yaniv Attar.

Dine first, jazz later this Thursday, Nov. 16

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St., is sponsoring a cool event on Thursday, Nov. 16, (and that’s not all that’s happening that day!). Supporters of downtown Bellingham’s newest arts center can eat and drink at participating local restaurants to support and help build this great venue.

Participating businesses will donate a percentage of their proceeds from their sales that day to the Sylvia Center’s capital campaign, at no extra cost to customers.

Participating restaurants:

Mallard Ice Cream

The Rickshaw

Pure Bliss Desserts


Goat Mountain Pizza

Aslan Brewing Company

Hundred North

Leaf & Ladle

The Racket – Bar & Pinball Lounge

Cafe Velo

Rudy’s Pizzeria

Black Drop coffeehouse

Electric Beet Juice Co.

Details at http://sylviacenterforthearts.org.

And here’s what’s more!

Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center, whose new home is at the Sylvia Center, hosts its first-ever fundraiser for the WJMAC Jazz Education Program from 6 to 11 p.m. on Thursday at five venues in the arts district. WJMAC hosts live jazz concerts at 7 p.m. every Wednesday from September through June at the Sylvia Center, but the proceeds from Jazz Walk will directly benefit the WJMAC jazz performance education program for high-school musicians.

The venues and the lineup:

Cafe Adagio, 1435 Railroad Ave.

6:30 p.m.: Alicia Dauber

7:45 p.m.: Kevin Woods

8:30 p.m.: Gail Pettis

Bayou On Bay, 1300 Bay St.

7 p.m.: Zoo Patrol

8:15 p.m. Joe Doria

The Black Drop Coffee House, 300 W. Champion St.

7 p.m.: Blake Angelos Trio

8:15 p.m.: Dawn Clement/Mark Taylor Duo

Make.Shift, 306 Flora St.

6 p.m. Milo Peterson

7 p.m.: Hot House Jazz Band

8 p.m.: Casey MacGill Orchestra

Sylvia Center, 205 Prospect St.

7 p.m: Dan Faehnle Quartet

8:30 p.m.: Ari Hoenig Trio

Sponsor a band for $600 or an entire stage for $1,200. Any other donations are greatly appreciated and can be made at www.wjmac.org/contribute. WJMAC is a 501(c)(3) non profit arts and education organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

Advance tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com. Day of tickets and maps for the event are available at the Sylvia Center after 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 general, $15 students.

More information at www.wjmac.org or 360.647.0741

Bring your receipt to a Jazz Walk venue to get your snazzy wrist-band!

You can also purchase tickets at the door with cash or check. Use a credit card that night at the Sylvia for ticket purchase.

Another Fun Weekend in Whatcom County

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
Wine Time in Downtown Bellingham! The Downtown Bellingham Partnership hosts the inaugural downtown Holiday Wine Walk from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in a tasting tour of wines at downtown retailers while having the opportunity to shop along the way.
Participating businesses are Apse Adorn, Backcountry Essentials, Bank of the Pacific, Bellingham Frameworks, Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress, Downtown Emporium, Fringe Boutique, Gold Comb Salon, Ideal, Lisa Crosier Skincare, Novato Shop & Studio, Quinn and Foster, Social Fabric, Spruce, The Sugar Shack, Third Planet, and Wise Buys.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 day-of and include a commemorative wine glass, tasting tickets, and an event guide.  Tickets are available for purchase now on the Facebook event page. Other details: downtownbellingham.com, 360-527-8710.
It’s time for an island getaway! Lummi Island artists Judy Arntsen, Karen Myers Barker, Pete Bowman, Lynn Dee, Paul and Leslie Dempsey, Susan Dworski, Pam Einhauser, Sharon Grainger, Ria Harboe, Bridged Lott, Al Rosen and Norbie Schmidlin open their studios and galleries from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11 and 12, for the Lummi Island Artists’ Holiday Studio Tour.
Drive or bike around the island to see and purchase paintings, drawings, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, glass, woodwork, stonework, fiber arts and more.
If you’ve never been to Lummi Island, take exit 260 off of I-5, go left (west) to Slater Road, then left again at Haxton Way to the ferry dock at Gooseberry Point.
The Whatcom Chief ferry departs at 10 minutes past every hour for the eight-minute ride to the island, and leaves the island on the hour. When there are too many vehicles, the ferry will return for a second run to clear the dock. The round-trip ferry ride is $13 for car and driver and $7 per person or per bicycle and rider. Accompanied children younger than 12 and passengers age 12 to 19 ride free!
Maps available at The Islander Store, online at http://www.Lummi-Island.com. Watch for the balloons marking each location.
For additional information call 360-758-2815 or 360-758-7121.
Live with Kaeli Earle
The Atlantics played for a Halloween dance last week at Lovitt, 1114 Harris Ave., to benefit Northwest Youth Services, and the venue, once home to The Fairhaven Pub and Anna’s Kaddy Shack, is now featuring live music on Friday and Saturday nights. But kicking off this weekend, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, is The Kaeli Earle Trio, a jazz trio based in Bellingham, headed up by bassist and vocalist Kaeli Earle, with piano and sax player Conner Helms and drummer Alex Roemmele. The trio gets down to originals, covers, and favorite jazz standards and no two shows are the same. If you miss them on Thursday, they’ll play from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday at the Fireside Martini and Wine Bar, 416 W. Bakerview.  Check out their live album Bellingham Sessions Vol 1 on her Facebook page ; they will be recording Vol 2 at this very concert!

Humor for Housing

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m., Lydia Place and The Upfront Theatre will partner to take a serious stand for homeless families at the second annual Humor for Housing to benefit Lydia Place, a Bellingham non-profit celebrating 28 years of housing and supportive services to local families, including case management and in-home parenting education and counseling.

“Having unique and accessible events that the community can support like Humor for Housing is a central component of our engagement program, giving space and opportunity to support the work of Lydia Place, and families we serve,” says Shultzie Willows, Lydia Place community engagement director.

Limited tickets are on sale for $40 at www.humorforhousing.com and include hors d’oeuvres and party favors. Online ticket sales end Tuesday, Nov. 7. For more details, visit lydiaplace.org.

The Importance of Program Notes

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

If you’re new to opera, or ballet, or jazz, or theater, or dance, here’s a helpful hint: read the program notes and attend a pre-talk with someone associated with the production. You’ll learn so much about the background of the work, about the creator, and even how it relates to today’s artistic endeavors. I attended Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s “Jewels” in September, and I learned so much from education program manager Doug Fullington’s pre-show talk. In October, Ryan Dudenbostel gave insights on Whatcom Symphony Orchestra’s opening concert. And just last night, at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon, Bellingham’s Mitch Kahn shared his first experience hearing “Tales of Hoffman.” (There’s a show at 3 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 29, and also on Nov. 5, as well as at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Tickets at 360-416-7727, mcintyrehall.org, or go to pnopera.org for details). Here are more events to add to your calendar:  Journey to see the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s “”The Nutcracker” at McCaw Hall in Seattle on Saturday, Dec. 9, in a road trip hosted by Whatcom Community College. The group will depart WCC at 10 a.m., arriving in time for lunch and a stroll around the magically decorated Seattle Center. The performance begins at 2 p.m. Cost is $125. Registration deadline is Nov. 27 at noon. Ages 10 and older are welcome to register with an adult. To register, call 360-383-3200 or go to http://whatcom.edu/academics/community-continuing-education/road-trips. But before “The Nutcracker,” PNB is staging “Her Story” Nov. 3-12. The program features works by Twyla Tharp, Jessica Lang, and Crystal Pite. Get tickets at pnb.org. On Nov. 19, WSO performs its “Harmony in Discord” concert at Mount Baker Theatre, with a concerto inspired by Holocaust survivor Curt Lowens. Composer Sharon Faber will be at the concert. Details at mountbakertheatre.com and whatcomsymphony.com. I encourage you to not only attend and support these fine organizations, but to take time to learn from the people who know these productions well. You’ll enjoy the shows even more!

October is more than Halloween

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Yes, there are dozens of Halloween gatherings this weekend (since the holiday falls on a Tuesday) but if you are longing for a few community-building events, here are some suggestions.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, Lummi Island’s Beach Store Café, 2200 N. Nugent Road (just to the right of the ferry dock) will hold a fundraising dinner for Lummi Stepping Stones to raise money for the organization to build tiny homes for their community’s homeless. The marvelous chefs at the café will prepare a three-course meal with live music and entertainment. Tickets are $100, and half the proceeds will go towards Lummi Stepping Stones. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are  necessary; email tessbsclummi@gmail.com right away.

The Boynton Poetry Contest hosts a couple of workshops, one taking place this Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Chuckanut Center just north of Fairhaven Park, 103 Chuckanut Drive. The leaders this time around are Nancy Pagh, who’ll explore the wonders of letter-writing; and Neil Aitken who’ll talk about techniques for writing about powerful moments in life, such as the excitement of a new relationship, the loss of a loved one, or the anticipation of a new stage in life. Registration’s required.
Go to https://thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com/workshops for details.
If you’ve never been to one of Pam Kuntz’s dance performances (or if you have, and want more), don’t miss “Threads,” her dance-theater piece about the fabric of memories, on stage Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 26-28, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. Pam always dives deep into issues that affect us, or that should, such as child neglect, health, death, and parenting. Here’s what she says about her current work:
“Do you remember that one specific shirt your father wore to work in the yard, or the apron your grandmother wore every year while making Thanksgiving dinner? This performance explores our history through the fabrics of our family. Performers investigate a father’s navy whites, a mother’s pre- and post- cancer blouses, and a great aunt’s swimsuit from her days in the Aqua Follies. Dancers Kate Stevenson, Vanessa Daines and Yuki Matsukura not only pull from their own family member’s closets, they also dive into the clothing of our community to share the lives of those around us.”
 Tickets are $15 and are available at kuntzandco.org, Village Books in Fairhaven, through Brown Paper Tickets and at the door. Email kuntzpam@gmail.com or call 360-510-4711 with questions. More on the show on Facebook.