Cows with Guns, and When Women Didn’t Count

No, the title of this blog entry doesn’t reflect any relationship among cows, guns, and women, but there are two locals who are planning very cool events, among other stuff coming up.

Dana (“Cows With Guns”) Lyons has two Bellingham concerts coming up before he embarks on a tour in Australia. The first is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Chuckanut Center, a community center in Fairhaven, remodeled and refurbished by volunteers. The second show, at 7 p.m. March 8 with Linda Allen and Gary Kanter, is a fundraiser for Karen Weill and Larry Hildes, Bellingham attorneys who represent environmental and social justice activists. Karen and Larry have always been there in our time of need; now it’s their time of need.  Larry has serious health issues, and their house recently burnt down. You can help them out here:

This quarter’s Western Libraries Reading Series at Western Washington University features government information librarian Rob Lopresti, who will talk about his recent book, “When Women Didn’t Count, the Chronic Mismeasure and Marginalization of American Women in Federal Statistics,” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21  in the Reading Room (Wilson Library’s fourth floor central).  More info:

USA Dance Bellingham host a “Ladies In Red Men in Black” dance with the Thomas Harris Octet on Friday, Feb. 16 at the Majestic Ballroom, 1021 N. Forest St. There will be a Nightclub Two-Step lesson taught by Wendy and Megan starting at 7:15, followed by the dance party and band from 8 to 10 p.m. Cost is $10 general admission, $7 students and USA Dance Club members. All are welcome including beginners, singles, couples, seniors and students. Details:

Bass player Robert “Goldtooth” Ray, who plays with a number of Bellingham bands, has a new trio, TGR, performing from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Skylark’s, 1308 11th St. TGR is jazz guitarist Tim Volpicella, with a seasoned percussionist Grant Wilson on drums, and the ever-smiling Goldtooth.

Director Ian Bivins brings his masterful approach to storytelling in “Us and  Them,”  a play about two groups of wanderers looking for a place to settle. Written by  David Campton in 1982, “Us and Them” is especially relevant to today’s world, and is a commentary on human nature and fear of the unknown. Performers ages 13-16 will train in the  acting approach of Margolis Method, and they will also experiment with improvisation. Shows are at the BAAY Theatre, 1025 N. State St. Details:

The Bellingham Youth Jazz Band, directed by Mark Kelly, hosts an all-ages dance starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. Michael Spinale provides dance instruction, and the band takes the stage at 7:40 p.m., playing a mix of instrumental and vocal jazz standards by  big bands and combos. Refreshments are provided by BYJB  parents. Proceeds benefit the band and Whatcom County Parks, who provide rehearsal space  at the center for the BYJB.