Alice Clark, the executive director of Pickford Film Center, let me know that a celebration of the second-year anniversary of its theater, as well as its successful campaign to raise money for new digital equipment, will take place Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, with special movie screenings in the new digital format and complimentary birthday cake and popcorn.
In a news release, Alice says since Pickford opened its doors on Bay Street in April 2011, the new cultural landmark has garnered praise and accolades for its quality programming and comfortable community ambiance.
Late in 2012, Pickford undertook an ambitious campaign to raise $225,000 for new, industry-mandated digital equipment. With wide support from members and donors, including an anonymous matching donor, Pickford was able to raise the funds required in just over 90 days.
"We have two very good reasons to celebrate this year," says Alice. "The anniversary of first opening our doors on Bay Street will always be special to us, and the success of our digital projection campaign deserves to be commemorated as well. We look forward to celebrating both achievements with the community."
Here's what's on tap for Saturday:
- "Raiders of the Lost Ark" at 11:45 a.m. in the new digital format
- "The Big Lebowski" at 9 p.m.
Celebratory cake and popcorn from 2 to 3 p.m.
- "Raiders of the Lost Ark" at 6 p.m. in the new digital format
And by the way, the ever-energetic Missouri native must have learned something from her apple-pie Midwest roots; she's selling her homemade pies for the first time this Saturday, April 20, at Bellingham Farmers Market. Try a slice (or buy a whole pie!). You can "like" Alice's Pies on Facebook.
AVALON MUSIC PART OF RECORD STORE DAY
If you're like me (of a certain advanced age), you probably have quite a selection of vinyl records in your piles of precious goods.
And you can never have too many, right?
Lucky you! This Saturday, April 20, is International Record Store Day, now in its sixth year. It will be celebrated locally at Avalon Music, 1330 Railroad Ave., and it's not limited to vinyl.
Record Store Day celebrates the culture that exists within the walls of your friendly downtown music store. More than just as a place to find great music, they can also be a safe haven for misfit teenagers, a fountain of youth for baby boomers, and a kind of social club for music lovers of all ages.
Sales of new LPs (the classic 12-inch vinyl discs, you remember) hit 3.9 million in 2011, the highest in over 20 years.
And in 2012, LP sales hit ... wait for it ... 4.6 million, with 67 percent being sold in independent record stores.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Avalon staffer Spencer Wilhoft says there typically is a line of eager enthusiasts waiting for first crack at the shelves. Free goody bags, stuffed with a mix of the rare and the hysterical will be given away with every purchase until they run out, usually around noon.
For an idea of what releases they'll be getting, go to recordstoreday.com, or check the store's Facebook page under Avalon Music in Bellingham.
The store will play host to some of Bellingham's finest musical talent right outside its front door at Railroad Avenue and Magnolia Streets. Music start at 1 p.m. with Ben VonWildenhaus, followed by The Shadies at 2 p.m., the Christopher Nunn Band at 3 p.m. and punk-rock favorites Girl Guts at 4 p.m.
ARTS ON THE WATERFRONT? SHARE YOUR IDEAS
If you're concerned about the arts in the new Bellingham Waterfront District, make your thoughts known by emailing the city's planning commission by Friday, April 19.
Drop your written comments off at City Hall, 210 Lottie St., or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IT'S KUMQUAT TIME FOR WCC POETRY FANS
In celebration of April as National Poetry Month, Whatcom Community College's library invites the campus community to participate in the seventh annual Kumquat Poetry Challenge. Each year, the college publishes a variety of poems by WCC students, faculty, staff and board members.
Just for fun, even if you aren't on campus, you might want to take the challenge: write a poem that includes all 10 of this year's words: burn, chime, cotton, drift, flight, kind, moment, offer, signal and volume.
A panel of judges will select those poems that most successfully meet the challenge. The top poets will receive their choice of a plate of cookies, brownies or scones, baked by library staff.
The library will host a publishing party, open to the public, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Syre Black Box Theatre. Details: email email@example.com.
REGISTER EARLY FOR CHUCKANUT WRITERS CONFERENCE
Early-bird registration is open through May 15 for the third annual Chuckanut Writers Conference, which takes place June 21-22 at Whatcom Community College, co-sponsored by Village Books.
This year's theme, "Inspiration into Action," is designed for writers of all experiences and levels, with workshops, speakers and symposiums. Faculty members include Bruce Beasley, Kathleen Flenniken, Suzanne Paola, Naseem Rakha, Jennie Shortridge and Garth Stein.
Details: 360-383-3200 or chuckanutwritersconference.com.