Laura Johanson, a spokesperson for Whatcom Museum, let me know about an infrequent event, Fifth Thursday, which happens only about four times a year with the objective of letting the community know more about the works in the museum's galleries. She says it's a low-key, informal event.
From 6 to 8 p.m. July 31, there will be a beer-and-pie-pairing party, called Pies & Pints, at the museum's Lightcatcher, 250 Flora St., with beverages from Kulshan Brewing Co. and scrumptious Alice's Pies.
Since I'm a fan of Alice Pies, I asked for details.
Johanson says pie flavors are still being determined, but the idea is to pair three or four seasonal pies with three or four pints.
As Johnanson adds, "too bad we can't just say 'all, please,'" but some of the pies that Alice Clark bakes are apricot cherry, raspberry rhubarb, blueberry with lavender glaze, and a variety of fruit custard pies (see alicespies.com for more).
The event at the Lightcatcher also features a gallery game that people can do on their own or with a group, and a brief guided tour of the current exhibits, which include "Radical Repetition: Albers to Warhol, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation" and "The Art of Genre: Posters from Hollywood's Golden Age."
The cost is $5 for museum members; $10 for all others.
Sounds like an enjoyable after-work taste-talk-tour.
"What's not to like?" adds Johanson.
MARROWSTONE FESTIVAL STARTS THURSDAY, JULY 31
The Marrowstone Music Festival is once again coming to Bellingham, and it's an opportunity to hear not only some talented young classical musicians, but also world-renowned artist faculty members.
The six-concert series runs Thursday, July 31, through Aug. 10, under the direction of Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, conductor of Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras; Gerard Schwarz, conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony; Ryan Dudenbostel, conductor at the Manhattan School of Music; and Dale Clevenger, principal horn at the Chicago Symphony.
The first five concerts take place at Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center. The festival closes Aug. 10 at Mount Baker Theatre.
The festival performs a wide array of orchestral favorites from the classical, romantic and 20th-century periods, as well as works by relatively unknown contemporary composers.
All-festival passes are $95 for adults, $30 for students; single tickets also are available. Tickets can be reserved at 360-650-6146 and tickets.wwu.edu.
Festival program information is at marrowstone.org.
ARRAY OF WASHINGTON CINEMA TO BE SHOWN AT PICKFORD
Avielle Heath, the coordinator of Bellingham Film Festivals, formerly known as Bellingham Film Showcase, announces the return of the Washington State Studio Network Film Showcase this fall to show audiences some of the best cinema Washington has to offer at Pickford Film Center.
The showcase is an opportunity to present films currently produced in the state. In addition to showing content that has already been produced, the showcase also offers filmmakers an opportunity to show trailers for projects in production or seeking funding.
Films will be accepted from the following genres: animation, documentary short, narrative short, experimental, music videos, commercials, student films (18 and younger) and trailers. Submissions are due July 31. Details: bellinghamfilmfestivals.com.
SUMMER REP PLAYS THOUGHTFUL, INVOLVING
I attended Mount Baker Theatre's Summer Repertory Theatre's performances, and all three plays have a common theme: What lies beneath the surface of who we are? What are our true stories about how we take chances in our lives?
"Talley's Folly," "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" and "Becky's New Car" have separate directors, and some of the actors - a mix of local folks and out-of-towners - are in two or three shows.
In all three plays, the actors interact with the audience, an effective way of getting audience members involved in the stories they tell. At one point, one of the characters muses, "Can't I once give in to my secret dreams?"
Sometimes we may seem bound by our self-imposed conventions. The playwrights - Lanford Wilson, Neil Simon and Steven Dietz - have posited questions like the one that Mary Oliver asks in her poem "The Summer Day" - "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
The plays, which run alternately through Aug. 10 in Mount Baker's intimate Walton Theatre, are a thoughtful way to spend a summer afternoon or evening. Details: mountbakertheatre.com.
ABOUT THIS COLUMN
Behind the Scenes focuses on the people who make the arts and entertainment world of Whatcom County happen. It appears in Take Five, The Bellingham Herald's entertainment section, each Thursday. Margaret Bikman is the Entertainment News Coordinator at The Bellingham Herald. Contact her at email@example.com or 360-715-2273.