"Body Talk: Sexual Triumphs, Trials, and Revelations," directed by Karee Wardrop, sold out all performances in September at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Fairhaven. Now back by popular demand, "Body Talk" returns for three performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 1, again at the Firehouse.
The production presents true stories about sex, birth, mothering, menopause, mammograms, wax jobs and what it means to be a woman.
Five women - Marie Eaton, Sheila Larken Goodwin, Pam Kuntz, Sarah Eden Wallace and Hannah Reclam (replacing Kari Severns, who is performing elsewhere) - will perform dramatic readings of monologues, created by Maria McLeod and based on in-depth interviews she conducted with women across the United States: a mammography technician, a nun, an esthetician, a new mother, a transgendered woman and a Buddhist feminist.
McLeod works as a freelance writer and documentarian and is an assistant professor of journalism at Western Washington University. She is the author of three books of in-depth interviews, and has worked as an oral historian for the Washington State Women's History Consortium, Washington Secretary of State's Oral History Program, the Washington State Department of Ecology and on private contract.
In addition, she publishes poetry and short fiction and has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes for creative works.
Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.
WEST COAST SWING GROUP OFFERS DANCE WORKSHOPS, PRACTICES
Bellingham West Coast Swing is an informal group dedicated to practicing and promoting West Coast swing dancing in the contemporary style in Whatcom County.
The group has a regular dance practice from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Presence Studio, on the second floor at 1412 Cornwall Ave. Participants are asked to contribute $5, which goes to expenses.
The group also holds workshops beginning at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month. The workshops end between 8 and 8:15 p.m., and are followed by dancing until 9:30 p.m., also at Presence Studio. Workshop participants are asked to contribute $10.
The instructors are usually available for private lessons in Bellingham the afternoon before the workshops.
There will be a beginning series of four West Coast swing classes each Monday in November, beginning Nov. 4 at Ten Mile Grange, 9658 Hannegan Road, just north of Pole Road. The series costs $30, and includes admission to the Tuesday practices at Presence Studio. Details: bellinghamwcs.org.
PIANIST DAVID LANZ OFFERS WORKSHOP THROUGH WCC
Grammy-nominated Bellingham pianist and composer David Lanz will lead a "Going from Classical to Pop" workshop through Whatcom Community College's Community Education program from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.
The workshop's main theme will be on how to go from playing classical and notated music to creating and playing arrangements of popular music. David, who recently took many of the classic Beatle tunes and put his own artistic spin on them, will teach participants how to do the same, so they can play a favorite pop song and begin to make it feel like their own.
He will also discuss how to compose a piece of music from scratch, and the tools needed to take a current piece and improvise on it. Subjects will include practicing scales, fingering, chords and chord progressions, and training your hands to move around the keyboard smoothly.
Workshop details: 360-383-3200 or www.whatcomcommunityed.com.
CHEF TOM DOUGLAS SERVES UP DAHLIA BAKERY RECIPES
Three-time James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Tom Douglas presents the best loved recipes from Seattle's famous Dahlia Bakery in his new book, "The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook."
Douglas presents tips from his book at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Bellingham Technical College's new Settlemyer Family Hall, sponsored by Village Books and benefiting BTC's culinary arts program. Tickets, $15, are available through Brown Paper Tickets and at Village Books.
Students from the culinary arts program will prepare some of Douglas' recipes from the book for guests to sample.
A silky, cream-clouded triple coconut cream pie draped with ribbons of shaved white chocolate and shards of flame-toasted coconut chips is what gave Dahlia Bakery life, but many other sweet and savory treats from the beloved bakery have inspired loyal fans, and now Douglas has been moved to teach them how to create the treats in their own kitchens. Details: 360-671-2626, villagebooks.com.
COUNTY POETS INVOLVED IN ANACORTES EXHIBIT
"STRANDS: Draw, Cut, Stitch, Write" is an exhibition by visual and literary artists that conveys visions of a fleeting life, displayed through Nov. 18 at Anchor Arts Space, 216 Commercial Ave., in Anacortes.
Artists are Eve Deisher and Ann Reid, and Whatcom County poets Anita K. Boyle, Nancy Canyon, James Bertolino, Maria McLeod and Rena Priest, as well as Lana Hechtman Ayers, Matthew Brouwer, Karen Finneyfrock, Kathleen Flenniken (poet laureate of Washington) and Susan Rich.
Poets Jane Alynn, James Bertolino and Rena Priest will read their works from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 4.
The exhibit is planned in conjunction with Word Waves, a citywide poetry festival coordinated by the Anacortes Arts Commission and the Anacortes Arts Festival. Details: anchorartspace.org.