Mount Vernon's 1st Street Cabaret & Speakeasy had its soft opening in February with live entertainment offered every night of the week.
Bellingham's Betty Desire performs every Tuesday evening; there's an open mic Wednesday nights; a murder mystery dinner theater on Thursday and Sunday evenings; and a "Spotlight Night" on Fridays and Saturdays.
The current murder mystery, "A Rotten Demise," runs through June 30, with guests having a choice of the dinner and show, or show-only, reservations.
Every Friday and Saturday evening, musical theater performers as well as jazz, blues, country and rock bands and musicians from Skagit and Whatcom counties take the stage. Beginning June 28, The 1st Street Follies will present its own cabaret group with vaudevillian song and dance.
Wendy Bell, the former owner of RiverBelle Dinner Theatre, says she wasn't satisfied with just producing Broadway shows two nights a week, so she moved the theater and opened up full-time in old downtown Mount Vernon.
Now centered on First Street, just north of Lincoln Theatre, 1st Street Cabaret & Speakeasy is a 1920's-theme restaurant and bar (much like in Jay Gatsby's era).
In a few weeks there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Jill Boudreau, along with an escort of classic cars and gangsters and their gun molls.
Details: 360-336-3012, riverbelledinnertheatre.com.
ARTISTS, TIME TO REGISTER FOR SUNNYLAND STOMP
Bellingham's Sunnyland neighborhood is gearing up to throw the fifth annual Sunnyland Stomp on July 13, with great local art, music, food, drinks and plenty of other reasons to get acquainted with neighbors in the community. The Stomp will kick off at 4 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m.
A variety of works by neighborhood artists will be displayed at impromptu backyard galleries, featuring paintings, sculpture, music and more. In 2010, the highly popular event garnered a Mayor's Arts Award. Last year, more than 450 people attended.
Neighbors (and friends of neighbors) who are interested in participating in the 2013 Sunnyland Stomp should send in a Stomp registration form and registration fee to: The Stomp, c/o Alice Clark, 2804 Ellis St., Bellingham, WA 98225 by June 10 to be included in the Stomp map.
The map will be distributed throughout the community by late June. For those with a gallery with items to sell, the fee is $20. The fee is $10 if the registration is for a gallery only with no sales. The fees help the Stomp offset the cost of printing and advertising for the event.
Details and registration: sunnylandstomp.com.
ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR FERNDALE'S ART IN THE PARK
Ferndale's Art in the Park event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15 at Pioneer Park. Selected artists will set up their work to show and sell in the Tillicum House in the park or in the community room at Ferndale Public Library. Outdoor locations also might be available, and artists' demonstrations will be part of the event.
Artists interested in showing their work must submit an application to the Ferndale Arts Commission by June 15. Details: email@example.com.