Best Bets: Texas fiddler Carrie Rodriguez, Luke Jacobs perform at Green Frog

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 20, 2014 

Carrie Rodriguez, Luke Jacobs, Green Frog

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Carrie Rodriguez performs with guitarist Luke Jacbos at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Cover is $10 at the door.

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Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Carrie Rodriguez performs with guitarist Luke Jacobs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Cover is $10 at the door.

At each stage of her career as a fiddler, singer, and songwriter, the Austin, Texas, native has learned the importance of letting go. That was true when it came to recording her fifth solo album, "Give Me All You Got," her first of largely original tunes in several years.

"In the making of "Love and Circumstance" in 2008, I chose to sing other people's songs," Rodriguez explains in a press release. "I needed to take a step back from songwriting and think about the kinds of songs that feel important to sing. Doing that inspired me to write again." On "Give Me All You Got," she says, "I'm laying out some extreme emotional highs and lows, which feels good."

Rodriguez, who came to attention a decade ago performing with singer-songwriter Chip Taylor, has established an impressive roster of touring, recording, and co-writing affiliationswith Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones, John Prine, Mary Gauthier, Alejandro Escovedo, guitarist Bill Frisell, and others. "Give Me All You Got" deals with a few dark themes, which is not surprising given that one of the first songwriters who inspired Rodriguez in her early teens was Leonard Cohen.

Luke Jacobs grew up in a Northern Minnesota mining town just south of the Canadian border. To cope with the subzero temperatures he would play an upright bass late into long winter nights with a Marantz receiver dialed to an oldies station. Rather than practicing for his Junior High Chamber Orchestra. he found himself lost in melody playing along with the likes of Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, and fellow Iron Ranger Bob Dylan. Being the son of a minister, pop music was a tricky negotiation.

Details: acoustictavern.com.

LYRIC LIGHT OPERA PRESENTS "PETER PAN"

Take a magical journey and join Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, and John in the high-flying timeless Broadway musical, "Peter Pan" starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at McIntyre Hall Performing Arts and Conference Center, 2501 E. College Way in Mount Vernon.

The show will whisk you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! With a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook, "Peter Pan" is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.

Open to all ages, "Peter Pan" runs March 22 to April 6 at McIntyre Hall.

Tickets range from $22 in the rear of the balcony to $45 for orchestra level seating.

Phone the McIntyre Box Office to purchase tickets Tuesday through Friday, Noon until 4 p.m. at 360-416-7727.

More information at lyriclightopera.org.

LEARN ABOUT LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Spring is a great time for landscape planning. Learn about landscape design in this course, which starts Saturday, March 22 at Whatcom Community College, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. in Bellingham.

This hands-on course is your opportunity to learn how to transform your outdoor space. Garden design expert Debra Olberg provides a step-by-step guide to drawing a plan, exploring garden styles, and choosing the right plants for your space.

Course begins at WCC on March 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a field trip to local public gardens and a nursery.

The remaining four sessions will meet at WCC on Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 8:30p.m.

The cost is $125 per person.

Students should bring a ruler and pencil to the WCC sessions.

More information at 360-383-3200 or whatcomcommunityed.com.

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