Roller Betties, Mardi Gras, and “My Circus Valentine”

A few events worth noting:

Enjoy a free performance by the winners of the Bellingham Music Club’s High School Piano Competition in honor of Nancy Bussard, and the BMC High School Vocal Competition in honor of Jack and Ginny Frymire at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St. Coffee and sweets are served at 9:30 a.m. And from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, witness the auditions for the High School Instrumental Competition in honor of Nicholas Bussard. Performances by the winners take place later in the season. Details: 360-305-6526,

Cross-country bicyclists and authors Peter and Tracy Flucke discuss their new book, “Coast to Coast on a Tandem: Our Adventure Crossing the USA on a Bicycle Built for Two,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb 8, at Village Books, 1200 11th St. The Fluckes will share stories and pictures from their adventure that began in Bellingham, where Peter has family. More at the free event at 360-671-2626,

Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents best-selling author Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced”  Thursday, Feb. 8, through Feb. 25 at the Claire  vg Thomas Theatre, 655 Front St., in Lynden. Purchase tickets at, or call 360 354 4425.

For a perfectly lovely date out of town, see Pacific Northwest Ballet’s performance of “Swan Lake” at McCaw Hall in Seattle Center. Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, spectacular costume and scenic designs, plus a ballerina’s hallmark achievement – the dual role of Odette/Odile will thrill everyone from 4 to 104. Performances are Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 9-11. Tickets at

The Bellingham Roller Betties are gearing up for their 11th season of roller derby with their annual pre-season bout at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Lynden Skateway, 421 Judson St. in Lynden. This evening features a doubleheader: Red Riot vs Black Death and Blunt Force Trauma vs Wine Country Crushers. Tickets available through  Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. More on the Betties:

Trisha Spencer and Howard Rains play old-time fiddle music at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the YWCA ballroom, 1020 N. Forest St. Tickets are $18 at the door, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the YWCA’s program to provide housing for single homeless women. Give them a listen at

Greg Ruby comes back to town with his  Oscar Aleman Tribute Project, hosted by Nuages, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Unity Spiritual Center,1095 Telegraph Road. Craft beer and wine will be available for purchase at the concert with proceeds supporting the Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center. Admission is $15 and tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

With a career spanning 40 years, award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist, harmonica player and songwriter Curtis Salgado performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday,  Feb. 10, at the Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St. in Mount Vernon. The concert is co-sponsored by Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts. Details at, or call 360-336-8955.

Violinist Arnaud Sussmann solos on Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (“Turkish”), one of Mozart’s most popular works, with Whatcom Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., conducted by music director Yaniv Attar. Also on the program: Weber’s “Overture to Oberon” and Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes.”  A free, pre-concert lecture with Ryan Dudenbostel starts at 2:15 p.m. Tickets at 360-734-6080 or visit the WSO website at

Lovitt Restaurant, 1114 Harris Ave., celebrates Fat Tuesday on Feb. 13 with music by The Atlantics at 7 p.m. This all-ages event will feature the food and music of New Orleans, pairing one of Bellingham’s longest-running rhythm and blues bands with one of Fairhaven’s newest eating establishments. $10 cover at the door gets you in, wear your finest Mardi Gras attire, and be prepared for a special New Orleans inspired menu, until 10 p.m. Details:  360-671-7143.

“My Circus Valentine” offers a distraction for tender and calloused hearts alike at the Cirque Lab, 1401 Sixth St., featuring aerial performances by Bellingham Circus Guild performers and special guests. There’ll be local, artisan-made tasty treats, love potions, and dress-up photo booth. Shows: Feb. 14, 6 p.m., all-ages; with a 21-and-older show at 9 p.m.; Feb. 16, 8 p.m., 21+ cabaret; Feb. 17, 6 p.m., all-ages show, with a  21-and-older show at 9 p.m.; Feb 18, 4 p.m., all-ages family matinee. Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets. Details: