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Behind the Scenes: Lynden Performing Arts Guild seeks plays for next season

The board of directors for Lynden Performing Arts Guild is accepting proposals from prospective directors for the 2015-2016 season at Claire vg Thomas Theatre. The guild produces four shows a year for a variety of ages and in a variety of genres: comedy or farce, musical, drama, and a youth show.

The deadline for proposals is Feb. 1. Details:

Thimble vs. Needle duo releases new album

I heard from Bellingham fiddler and guitarist Kat Bula, who books the music at Honey Moon Mead & Cider, a cozy winery in the alley behind Pepper Sisters on North State Street. She’s pretty proud that the duo she’s in with Chris Stainback, Thimble vs. Needle, will be releasing their second album, “Conversations Over Breakfast,” with a celebration show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Honey Moon. The indie-folk-pop duo will be joined by an all-star lineup of local guest musicians.

Thimble vs. Needle’s sound melds Bula’s and Stainback’s backgrounds in bluegrass, rock, jazz, and country with contemporary indie-folk-pop influences and Bula’s quirky brand of dry humor.

What’s great about Bula’s songs? You not only hear the lyrics (which have specific references about Bellingham), but the instrumentals (melodica, banjo, accordion, etc.) are sharp, clear and distinct; and also a bit reminiscent of the now-defunct band she was in with Stainback, Pirates R Us (who wowed the crowd at Northwest Folklife in Seattle a few years back).

For more on the duo, go to Facebook or

Guerilla Film Project seeks films from teens

Pickford Film Center’s 2015 Guerilla Film Project is accepting student registrations. The project is an annual competition for high school students held at the Pickford.

Teams of three to five students write, shoot, cut and edit a 3-minute narrative film in less than 65 hours. Entries are required to use a specified line of dialogue and select props.

This year’s competition will be held over Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 12-15, and films created at the festival will be shown at Pickford.

High-schoolers from Northwest Washington are eligible to enter. The competition is open to the first 25 teams to register. The deadline for registration is Feb. 9.

Cash prizes will be given to the top three teams. Details: or email Brend Holma at

Whatcom Reads! events for the week

To recap from the last couple of Behind the Scenes columns:

If you haven’t read Daniel James Brown’s “Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,” you have less than a month before Brown comes to Whatcom County to speak as the highlight of the annual Whatcom Reads! events.

Even if you don’t row, even if you don’t know much about the 1936 Olympics, you’ll be captivated by the tenacity of the members and coaches of the University of Washington crew on their path to glory.

The book is available to borrow at any Whatcom County Library or for purchase at book retailers.

Here’s a list of events for the coming week. Go to for details. All events are free and open to the public.

• First, the deadline is looming for the Whatcom Reads! Art Challenge. Whatcom READS! joins with Allied Arts of Whatcom County, where the book can be published, to sponsor an art challenge inspired by “The Boys in the Boat.” Submitted art will be displayed at participating libraries, Allied Arts, Western Washington University and Jansen Art Center during February and March.

To participate, artists should read the book, create an art piece inspired by the book, and submit the finished piece from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 2 or 3 at Allied Arts, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Details: 360-676-8548.

• Join a discussion of the book at these libraries.

6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave., 360-778-7323 (for teens).

7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, Village Books, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham, 360-671-2626.

• 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, 360-305-3600. Whatcom Rowing Association members discuss the thrills and challenges of rowing in Bellingham, Seattle and the Northwest. More at


• 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, WWU, Academic Instruction West 204, 360-650-3225; and 7 p.m. Village Books. Panelists Kevin Leonard, Sheila Webb, and Cornelius Partsch explore the relationships among politics, sports and popular culture in the U.S. and the Third Reich.

• Author events: Books will be on sale at all author events and Brown will sign copies as time allows.

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, Heiner Theater, Whatcom Community College. “Art and Craft of Writing.” Brown discusses the art and craft of writing, and answers questions. High school and college writing students encouraged to attend. Free; no tickets necessary.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., Lynden 360-354-3600; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, Fairhaven Branch Library, 1117 12th St., 360-778-7188; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, Mount Baker Theatre; Brown discusses his book. Free; no tickets required.

9:15 a.m. , Feb. 26, Mount Baker High School auditorium, 5100 Mitchell Road, Deming, 360-383-2015. Brown visits with students at Mount Baker High. One “the boys in the boat,” Gordy Adams, was a Mount Baker High graduate.

6:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, Whatcom Middle School, 810 Halleck St., Bellingham, 360-676-6460. “How Reading Banned Books Saved My Life: Growing up in Stalinist Russia,” Eugene Yelchin talks about his 2012 Newbery Honor Book, “Breaking Stalin’s Nose and Arcady’s Goal,” his book about choices, fathers, soccer, and freedom.