Whatcom Magazine

On the Town: Whatcom County cultural events in Spring 2015

WARDROBE MALFUNCTION FOCUS OF STEVE MARTIN PLAY

“The Underpants” is the latest production of Mount Baker Theatre’s Repertory Theatre, running Feb. 13 through March 1 at the theater’s intimate Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

Directed by award-winner Teresa Thuman, renowned performer and writer Steve Martin provides a reinvigorated satire adapted from Carl Sternheim’s 1910 German play about Louise and Theo Maske, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise’s bloomers fall down in public.

Though she pulls them up quickly, Theo thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Louise’s momentary display doesn’t result in the feared scandal, but it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Maskes’ home.

Oblivious to their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both a foppish poet and a whiny hypochondriac. Filled with off-the-wall humor, wordplay, and masterful banter, “The Underpants” is relevant in the most entertaining of ways.

The cast includes Chris Cariker as Theo; Jennifer A. Ewing as Louise; Akilah Williams as Gertrude; Ian Bond as Frank Versati and the King; Pat Kachikis as Benjamin Cohen; and John Parra as Klinglehoff.

Tickets are $25 adults, $12.50 students with valid ID. Group discounts available. Details: 360-734-6080, mountbakertheatre.com.

CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR FEATURES KRISTIN HANNAH

The Chuckanut Radio Hour welcomes Kristin Hannah for her latest novel, “The Nightingale,” Feb. 26 at The Leopold Crystal Ballroom, 1224 Cornwall Ave.

The author of many acclaimed novels, including “On Mystic Lake,” “Between Sisters,” and “The Things We Do for Love,” Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war.

Bellingham author Laura Kalpakian, author of “American Cookery” and “Graced Land,” will interview Hannah at the Radio Hour.

Each Chuckanut Radio Hour features a guest author and includes guest musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, Cascadia Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, and an episode of “The Bellingham Bean” serial radio comedy. The program airs every Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 9 p.m. on SPARK RADIO, KMRE 102.3FM.

Tickets are $5 at Village Books and BrownPaperTickets.com. Receive one free ticket with each pre-event, in-store purchase of “The Nightingale.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; guests must be seated by 6:45 as the show begins promptly at 7. Details: 360-671-2626, villagebooks.com.

INTERACTIVE COMEDY, MAFIA-STYLE

“The Sopranos” meets “Late Nite Catechism” for an evening of interactive comedy you can’t refuse in “Meet the Biscottis: An Interactive Mafia Musical,” April 8-12 at Mount Baker Theatre’s Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

Don Giuseppe Biscotti, godfather and head of the infamous Biscotti crime family, invites you to be his honored guest at an old-fashioned Italian get-together. Play along over dessert — a secret Biscotti family recipe —as you get to know “The Family,” including the Don’s right-hand man, Vito Carbonara, his conniving niece, Carla Cacciatore, and the family musician, “Knuckles.”

The Biscottis are more than happy to teach you a thing or two, such as how to perform a proper “hit” or survive FBI surveillance and pressure. Play your cards right and you could end up helping elect a new Don. Is the vote rigged? Fuhgeddaboudit.

Tables are reserved. Choose your seat when you arrive at your table and be prepared to share your table with another party. Tickets are $40 and $42 at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com.

CHARISMATIC FAMILY QUARTET PLAYS MOUNT BAKER THEATRE

England’s Stringfever, a talented quartet of three brothers and one cousin, performs an eclectic array of music using five- and six-stringed electric violins, a viola and a cello at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commecial St. One of the highlights of is their rendition of “Bolero,” when all four play the same cello at the same time.

Giles Broadbent, big brother and leader of the pack, calls himself a gypsy violin demon. Ralph Broadbent, middle brother, is dubbed the Orchestrator. Little brother Neal Broadbent is also a model. Cousin Graham Broadbent, known as “Mr. Rhythm, is a taxi driver by day and a DIY (do-it-yourself) expert.

Tickets, $20 to $39, are at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com.

EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS AT RECREATION NORTHWEST EXPO

Recreation Northwest Expo kicks off at 4 p.m. March 12 at Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn & Conference Center, 714 Lakeway Drive. Guests will connect with local organizations, businesses, events, health professionals, personal trainers, gyms, and more.

Featured speakers include Krissy Moehl, William Dietrich, and Christian Martin. Exhibitors include Whatcom Family YMCA/Girls on the Run, Fanatik Bike, Trail Insight, Nooksack Nordic Ski Club, Community Boating Center, Bellingham Traverse and Kids’ Traverse, Greater Bellingham Running Club, Run Like a Girl, Mount Baker Bicycle Club, Ski to Sea, and Muds to Suds.

Admission is free. Details: 360-739-8458, recreationnorthwest.org/events/recreation-northwest-expo.

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