Best Bets: Singer Dani Shay at Whatcom CC

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 10, 2014 

Dani Shay

Singer and guitarist Dani Shay will perform and discuss her experience with gender and transgender identity issues at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at Whatcom Community College's Heiner Center Theater, 237 W. Kellogg Road.

DANI SHAY — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Singer and guitarist Dani Shay will perform and discuss her experience with gender and transgender identity issues at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Whatcom Community College's Heiner Center Theater, 237 W. Kellogg Road.

The free event is part of Gender Awareness Week at WCC, presented by the Programming & Diversity Board. Dani appeared as a contestant on the popular TV shows "America's Got Talent" in 2011 and "The Glee Project 2" in 2012 and gained a devoted following of online fans from doing so.

At age 16, after attending a theatre magnet program in high school, she started teaching herself how to play the guitar and write original songs, and has since written and independently released four albums and two singles.

She likes to mix up her acts with bits of comedy, rap, and audience participation.

Seating is limited. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. Dani Shay merchandise will be on sale.

JIM PAGE AT ROEDER HOME

A modern successor to Woody Guthrie, guitarist and singer Jim Page has been writing and singing in the Pacific Northwest since the early 1970s.

The City of Seattle changed its restrictions against busking in 1974 after Page lobbied the mayor and city council, gathered public support and testified at a public hearing. He developed his performing chops singing in the streets and playing during the breaks in other musicians' gigs at clubs and taverns like Pioneer Square's Inside Passage.

He's joined by Bellingham's Robert Sarazin Blake at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Roeder Home, 2600 Sunset Drive (at Broadway).

Robert will be playing songs from his recently released 11th album, "Robt Sarazin Blake." Jan Peters will accompany on bouzouki.

Doors at 7 p.m., no advance tickets, no reserved seating.

Suggested donation is $10-$15, sliding scale.

"THE LINK BETWEEN TWO HARBORS"

The Whatcom Maritime Association hosts Terry Jackson, who will discuss "The Fishermen and the Fisheries of the San Juan Islands," his newest book that describes the San Juan fishery following World War II, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Squalicum Yacht Club, 2633 S. Harbor Loop Drive.

During this period, some fishermen from Gig Harbor joined the fishermen of Friday Harbor to ply their trade and in doing so, played an important role in the island communities.

For information on the free event, call 360-676-0884.

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