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Travel to Beatles show with WCC and musician Chuck Dingée

Whatcom Community College hosts a road trip Sunday, Feb. 21, for a concert of Beatles tunes at Benaroya Hall, with a pre-talk by Bellingham musician Chuck Dingée.
Whatcom Community College hosts a road trip Sunday, Feb. 21, for a concert of Beatles tunes at Benaroya Hall, with a pre-talk by Bellingham musician Chuck Dingée. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom Community College hosts a road trip Sunday, Feb. 21, to hear James Owen’s “Classical Mystery Tour” band with the Seattle Symphony. The tribute band will play classic Beatles’ tunes with the symphony at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.

The registration deadline is noon Tuesday, Feb. 9. An added bonus: Chuck Dingée – co-founder of the Walrus, a popular Bellingham band known for its renditions of Beatles’ songs – will lead the tour.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at WCC with an orientation by Dingée about how the Beatles changed music. At 10 a.m., participants board a Bellair Charters motor coach. Dingée promises to bring his guitar for Beatles’ singalongs during the drive to Seattle. Once at Benaroya Hall, there will be time for lunch (not included in registration fee) before the show begins at 2 p.m. The tour leaves Seattle for Bellingham at 4:30 p.m. Tickets, $95, cover the orientation, show ticket and transportation. Details: 360-383-3200 and whatcomcommunityed.com.

Whatcom Reads! events in February

If you haven’t started the 2016 Whatcom READS! selection, “A Tale for the Time Being,” a novel by best-selling author Ruth Ozeki, begin now!

A novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest who lives in British Columbia, Ozeki will visit Whatcom County March 3-5 for events that are free and open to the public. Before she arrives, there are events to help you understand more about the book and Ozeki.

▪ Whatcom READS! book discussions at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St.; at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Point Roberts Library, 1437 Gulf Road; and at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Island Library, 2144 S. Nugent Road, Lummi Island.

▪ VB Reads Afternoon Book Chat at 1 p.m. Feb. 10, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

▪ ”Slanted Eyes: The Asian-American Experience,” at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Psychotherapist and Emmy-award-winning former broadcast journalist Sam Louie uses spoken word poetry to present cultural issues that confront Asian-Americans today.

▪ The Whatcom READS! Art Challenge exhibit, sponsored by Allied Arts, opens March 4 at the gallery and runs through March 26. Works must be submitted by March 1. Details: alliedarts.org, 360-676-8548.

For more about Whatcom Reads!, see whatcomreads.org.

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