WWU students' innovative designs for sale at IDEAL

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 31, 2013 

Students in Arunas Oslapus' industrial design classes are once again displaying (and selling) their innovative creations at IDEAL, at 1227 Cornwall Ave., starting during the Downtown Art Walk on Friday, Nov. 1.

Lisa Van Doren, co-owner of IDEAL, says the annual "ReMade Project" usually takes place in the spring so it's a bit different to have it when school is just back in session.

Lisa adds that "the community seems to love this collaboration between WWU students and a local downtown business, not to mention the really great products that can be purchased from up-and-coming local designers."

The designers will be available for questions at the Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Works will be for sale through Nov. 15. For a preview, go to wwuidsa.blogspot.com.

THEATER STUDENTS STAGE SHORT READINGS

Also relating to Western, I received an email from Katy Bentz, publicity manager for student theater productions at Western Washington University, who told me that they are presenting staged readings of one-act and 10-minute plays written by Western students in a festival called "3-3-3" at 8 p.m. Friday; and at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-3, at Western's Old Main Theater.

Because I'm always trying to get the Bellingham community to take advantage of the mostly free or inexpensive productions at WWU, this seems like a good bargain at $3 per show or $12 for a weekend pass. Details: bentzk2@students.wwu.edu.

TICKET BUYERS NEEDED FOR 'MUSLIMS ARE COMING!'

My journalistic colleague Tara Almond sent me information on a film she's promoting. She's trying to organize a crowd-sourced screening of the film "The Muslims Are Coming!" in Bellingham.

The film follows Muslim-American comedians who travel throughout the country combating Islamophobia and, perhaps most important, making people laugh.

What's needed are people to reserve a total of 67 tickets for it to show at The Pickford's Limelight Cinema at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. For that to happen, about 40 more tickets need to be purchased no later than Monday, Nov. 4.

If you are interested (and are 21 or older), you can reserve a ticket here: tugg.com/events/5666. Your credit card will not be charged unless they make the minimum ticket requirement.

More on the film is at themuslimsarecoming.com.

You can also hear an interview with directors Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah on a recent podcast of "The Joe Show," at 930kbai.com/the-joe-show/the-joe-show-for-102313.

GROUP HELPS NOVEL-IN-A-MONTH WRITERS

On Friday, Nov. 1, writers around the country will start participating in the National Novel Writing Month - NaNoWriMo - and local writers who need a bit of motivation can get a push from the Red Wheelbarrow Writers, a local group of emerging and established writers.

Details: nanowrimo.org and redwheelbarrowwriters.com.

FOR SALE: WELLSPRING SCHOOL BUILDING (MEMORIES FREE)

When my daughter was about 7 she showed an interest in theater, so I enrolled her in classes at A Kids' Place Theater Arts Center in Happy Valley, just south of Western Washington University.

She performed for several years in children's productions of "Peter Pan," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Pied Piper," adapted and under the direction of the enthusiastic and positive-thinker Laurie Riskin, founder of the program.

The building later became the alternative Wellspring Community School in 1993, where Laurie and her artistic husband, Bill Snow, offered a variety of classes for homeschoolers as well as high school students and young adults seeking elective enrichment programs in the arts and sciences for 20 years.

This past week, Laurie posted on Facebook that the building is up for sale or lease, and since I (and my daughter) have fond memories of the place, I thought (even though I'm not in real estate) that I'd share the link, in case any readers are looking for a place that's totally suitable for staging productions or running workshops.

You can find the listing by searching online for Loopnet Community School Bellingham, or drive by the building at 920 24th St.

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com. Follow Bellingham Entertainment on Facebook or @bhamentertainme on Twitter.

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