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Behind the Scenes: Star Club show benefits Planned Parenthood

Bellingham songstress Andie Whitewing continues her monthly “Light the Night” series at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Star Club. Each event benefits various local charitable organizations.

Here’s what Whitewing says:

“Join us as we celebrate Valentine’s Day by benefiting Planned Parenthood, raise awareness about Pass the Hat with guest Galen Emanuel, and celebrate Mardi Gras Bellingham-style with the Happy Valley Sluggers —Mike Schway, Nina Richardson, Laurel Bliss and John Clarke — playing traditional Cajun dance music.”

There will be a few traditional Cajun culinary surprises as well, she says, with half of the evening’s revenue going to Planned Parenthood.

Whitewing will host the event, with support from Brock Blatter, the club’s owner; and from Kat Zuanich, the club’s general manager, in what Whitewing calls “fine music meets philanthropy.”

Admission is by donation. For more on Whitewing, go to For more on the club, go to or to the Star Club on Facebook.


Bellingham poet Judy Kleinberg sent out a call for writers for “Phrasings 2015,” hosted by Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and Bellingham Repertory Dance.

The ninth annual “Phrasings” collaboration and performance will offer a fresh constellation of modern dance, film and original poems. Poems will be linked with video creations, drawing inspiration from the dancers and Seattle choreographer Mary Sheldon Scott. Five performances are scheduled through May 22- 24 at Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave.

Bellingham Repertory Dance is a collective of accomplished dancers dedicated to bringing high-quality contemporary dance to the Northwest. The dancers are always looking for new ways to engage visual arts, spoken word and modern dance as sources of new ideas and experience.

In a special, community-supported effort, the dance collective contracted with Mary Sheldon Scott to create a new 20-minute piece.

Five to seven poets will be chosen to read their poem as part of the show or to work with videographers on a short film featuring their poem. Writings need to be derived from the work of Scott and the movement of Bellingham Repertory dancers, so writers are invited to open rehearsals at Firehouse to watch and write.

The open rehearsals are 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, and Feb. 27. Writers can drop in without an appointment for as long as desired. Come prepared to free-write while watching preparations for the show, in the hope the dancers’ movements might inspire “phrasings” images or a storyline that will become a poem.

Winning submissions will be presented in a Phrasings 2015 chapbook. Poets whose poems are selected will receive a video of their poem. One submission from every poet will be printed and displayed during the shows.

Videographers will select two submissions they want to work with, and will contact the poets for further development. A reading committee will select three to five poems to be read and featured at the show.

Entries must be e-mailed by Sunday, Feb. 22, to Use the subject line: Submission Phrasings 2015.

Receipt of your submission and outcomes with follow-up details will be sent via e-mail.

For further inspiration, Scott is a visual artist as well as a choreographer, so be sure to visit her website, Her artwork will be on display at Firehouse Café during May.

For guidelines, go to Chuckanut Sandstone Writers.


Starting immediately, open-captioned versions of theatrical releases playing at Pickford Film Center will be shown every Tuesday afternoon for the enjoyment of patrons and members who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Pickford also offers a selection of headphone devices that enhance sound for people who are hard of hearing. After soliciting input from Whatcom County’s deaf community, Pickford plans to have additional resources that will soon become available. Pickford operations manager Ryan Uhlhorn is working with the cinema’s longtime master technician to source suppliers and make Pickford’s equipment compatible with the newest accessibility apparatus available.

Two products will be offered: Closed-caption receivers, which are gooseneck (cupholder-mounted) boxes that receive captions via infrared energy; and closed-caption headset receivers, which operate as glasses and reflect captions on the lenses. Both products should be in be place by this spring.

People can send their thoughts to


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 a few weeks before Brown comes to Whatcom County to speak at Whatcom Reads! events. Even if you don’t row or 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, and for purchase at Village Books, Allied Arts of Whatcom County, and other outlets.

Here’s a list of upcoming free events. For more details, see

Enjoy a discussion of “Boys in the Boat” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at Village Books, 1200 11th St., at 3 p.m. Feb. 19 at Western Washington University’s Wilson Library room 270, at 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at Blaine Library, or at 2 p.m. March 11 at Bellingham Public Library.

Judy Rantz Willman, daughter of Olympian rower Joe Rantz, discusses the genesis of “The Boys in the Boat,” tells stories about her father and her family, and reflects on why the book is impacting readers across the country, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Bellingham Public Library and 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at Everson Library.

• Daniel James Brown will make several appearances, where copies will be on sale and he will sign books as time permits:

3:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Heiner Theater, Whatcom Community College. Brown discusses the art and craft of writing. High school and college writing students especially encouraged to attend.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Jansen Art Center, Lynden; 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at Fairhaven Branch Library; and 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Mount Baker Theatre.

9:15 a.m., Feb. 26 at Mount Baker High School auditorium, Deming. Brown visits Mount Baker High students. Gordy Adams, one of the UW rowers, was a Mount Baker graduate.