Spring springs in the Northwest with recycled art, bonsai, and wine

Paul Roberts, pianist, writer, teacher, and an authority on the music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, presents a lecture and recital about Debussy at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5,  composer Elliot Cole and percussionist Peter Ferry join the Western Washington University Percussion Ensemble, led by Pat Roulet, percussion area coordinator, featuring Ferry as a soloist in Cole’s new work for soloist, ensemble, and film, “The Future is Bright.” Both events are free, hosted by WWU College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Jansen Art Center Ceramics Studio, 321 Front St., in Lynden, and Whatcom/Skagit Bonsai Society team up for a silent auction fundraiser for the studio, “Bonsai and Their Pots,” opening from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, with the artists present to talk about their works. Ceramic artists created special pots for use in planting and growing bonsai plants. Then bonsai artists chose plants and created designs that would work well with the pots. The combination of pots and plants will be on display and a part of a month-long silent auction. The auction continues until 4 p.m. April 28. There will be a closing reception from 2 to 4 p.m. that day. Details: 360-354-3600, jansenartcenter.org.

The sixth annual Recycled Arts Resource Expo — RARE — is a two-day event that provides a platform for eco-friendly artists to showcase their art created from recycled materials, Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7 at Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave., and other venues in downtown Bellingham. This year’s RARE includes educational workshops, performances, speakers, panel discussions, exhibits and booths. Details: www.alliedarts.org, 360-676-8548.

In collaboration with artist Thor Myhre and in participation with the Allied Arts RARE festival, Ruckus Art Gallery, 228 E. Maple St., host an afternoon of free events on Saturday, April 7, inspired by the use of recycled and repurposed materials. Details on Facebook, or contact the gallery,  (360) 220-4833, ruckusartgallery.com.

Pacific Northwest Opera  presents Giacomo Puccini’s final opera, “Turandot,” at 7:30 p.m. April 6 and 13, 3 p.m. April 8 and 15, at Skagit Valley College’s McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon. Sung in original Italian with English supertitles. A free pre-performance lecture takes place 45 minutes prior to the show. Tickets: 360-416-7727, www.mcintyrehall.org.

The Anacortes Spring Wine Festival on Saturday, April 7,  brings 30 wineries to Fidalgo Island for an afternoon of decadent wine tasting, food pairings, and an in-house wine shop. VIP and general admission tickets are available. Details: https://anacortes.org/spring-wine-festival, : 360-293-7911.

The French Section of the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, the Department of English, the History Department, and the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University hosts the the Tournées French Film Festival Mondays and Wednesdays, April 9-25.  All films are subtitled in English, include a pre- and post-show discussion led by various members of Western’s faculty, and start at 7 p.m. in Viking Union, Room 552. The festival will feature six films which deal with various aspects of World War II and the time periods just before and after the war. For more information, contact Scott.Taylor@wwu.edu.

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