Best Bets: "Red Carpet" brings its Hollywood angst to Idiom Theater

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 28, 2014 

Red Carpet, iDiOM Theater

Peter Crandall, Lucas Nayor and Madeleine Easton perform in "Red Carpet," a new, original theatrical work from Bellingham playwright Eliott Glasser and director Benjamin Owens, which runs Saturday, March 29, and April 3-5, 2014 at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave.

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Peter Crandall, Lucas Nayor and Madeleine Easton perform in "Red Carpet," a new, original theatrical work from Bellingham playwright Eliott Glasser and director Benjamin Owens.

It tells the story of Jimmy Montage, a screenwriter whose first film is nominated for an Academy Award, and while in the midst of contemplating what it means to his creative identity, is confronted with the news that his estranged mother is in a coma.

Also in the play are Cass Murphy, Aubrey Kornelis and Tad Beavers.

The play runs Saturday, March 29, and April 3-5 at the iDiOM Theater, 1418 Cornwall Ave.

Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.

The play contains adult language.

iDiOM Theater gives away 10 free tickets to every show, thanks to the generosity of our local business sponsors: just ask for a public ticket at the box office.

Details: idiomtheater.com, 360-201-5464.

THE REAL FOOD SHOW PREVIEW

Help the Bellingham Circus Guild kick off the premier showing of "The Real Food Show" by being the first live audience to see the show in its entirety.

This free show, at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Cirque Lab, 1401 6th Ave (at 6th and Harris in Fairhaven), is produced by the Community Food Co-op and uses a highly energetic and entertaining format to motivate and teach children to make healthy food and lifestyle choices, utilizing comedy, juggling, and other circus skills to delight, entertain and inspire audiences.

Bring the kids and enjoy this 35-minute event, performed by Jason Quick and Della Plaster of the Bellingham Circus Guild.

This show is now booked at many local elementary schools and is sure to be a hit with students, educators and parents.

CLAMBAKE, THE OFFSHOOTS

Members of Clambake say the band is named after Elvis's worst movie. Clambake congealed in 1994 with the original line-up of Patty Melt, Jim Nauseam, Hugh Organ, Martian Jones and Smiley Beats. From the start this quintet dedicated itself to one goal: covering the worst songs ever recorded, in the most inept way possible.

They succeeded on both counts. With the graduation and departure of one-finger-wonder Hugh Organ in early 1996, Slim Fast took over the keyboard position.

With Slim Fast now on lead guitar, and a new set chock full of originals, Clambake took on the familiar form (and volume level) fans enjoy today.

The band's pre-seminal release, "Hello Dalai" (2000, Square Records), garnered rave reviews from the 100 or so people who bought a copy. Clambake was on its way.

After five years of semi-constant regional touring, the band released "Targeted For Oblivion," in 2005, called the "best reviewed record nobody's ever heard of."

The Offshoots grew from singer-songwriter duo Beth and Paul Schramer's roots in performing in the Pacific Northwest as The Ducks and Redux. They've entertained thousands of delighted rock and soul enthusiasts over the years. Now they collaborate on unique but classic sounding tunes and lyrics that rival any of the tunes they've covered.

Enjoy both bands at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. Cover is $5.

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