Whatcom Magazine

Studio tour, Sedaris, Etheridge brighten fall fare in county

Melissa Etheridge performs solo Nov. 23 at Mount Baker Theatre.
Melissa Etheridge performs solo Nov. 23 at Mount Baker Theatre. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Melissa Etheridge: On her own

Academy Award and Grammy-winning artist Melissa Etheridge takes the Mount Baker Theatre stage at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 to perform songs from her new album, “This is M.E.,” as well as some of her greatest hits, such as “Come to My Window,” “I’m The Only One,” and “I Want To Come Over.”

Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence, Etheridge will share personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind her beloved songs.

Tickets, $59 to $89, are at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com.

Studio visits and art demos

This year marks the 21st time that dozens of Whatcom County artists will open their studios and galleries so the public can see their creations, chat with them, and, in many cases, watch demonstrations of how they make their art.

The Whatcom Artist Studio Tour runs the first two weekends in October, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3-4 and 10-11, covering Bellingham, Ferndale, Everson and Lynden. For details about the free, self-guided tour, including a map, see studiotour.net.

Shop until you drop

The 10th annual Girls Night Out event in Fairhaven on Sept. 19 benefits Lydia Place, a Bellingham nonprofit that helps homeless families.

Shoppers can spend the day shopping using a Girls Night Out “passport” for $15, available at one of the many Fairhaven businesses selling them the day of the event. Or they spend the day with friends and purchase VIP passports for $30, which includes designated seating at a party and a bag of gifts.

Participating Fairhaven businesses feature discounts, giveaways, demonstrations, artists, and samples. Shoppers can have their passport stamped by at least 10 participating businesses and enter to win a prize at the party at Bellingham Cruise Terminal from 7 to 10 p.m., where there will be silent and live auctions, wine, snacks, and entertainment by women from Upfront Theatre.

Details: girlsnightoutfairhaven.com or girlsnight98225@gmail.com

Superstar violinist opens symphony’s season

Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Yaniv Attar, welcomes violinist James Ehnes, who will perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto at 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. He also will perform Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the overture for Bernstein’s “Candide.”

Ehnes, two of Beethoven’s greatest works, and a bit of Bernstein, will make for a stunning opening for the orchestra’s 40th season. Tickets, $44 and $49, are available at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com. Details: whatcomsymphony.com.

Sedaris talks pretty on stage

With incisive social critiques, David Sedaris, whose books include “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. A master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today, he will share his sardonic wit at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at Mount Baker Theatre.

Sedaris’ pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker, and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are 10 million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into 25 languages.

Tickets, $29 to $58, are at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com.