Don't let the winter gloom get you down. Here are three musical productions, a culinary event and a craft and antiques show to brighten your days.
"THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS: THE MUSICAL!"
Mark Kuntz, Western Washington University associate professor of theater, rounds up some of the best community actors and singers in a hilarious send-up of Broadway musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein ("South Pacific" "Oklahoma!" "The Sound of Music"); Kander and Ebb ("Cabaret," "Chicago"); Sondheim ("Into the Woods," "Sweeney Todd"); Webber and Rice ("The Phantom of the Opera," "Evita"); and Jerry Hermann ("Mame," "Hello, Dolly").
One basic plot, with a hero, a girl in distress and a villain, is presented with clever musical word-play and plot variations. It's advised to see some of the musicals in advance so you'll catch all of the references.
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The show will be presented Feb. 10-28 at Mount Baker Theatre's Walton Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 students, available at 734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com.
BITE OF BLAINE
Enjoy a taste of the restaurants of Blaine and Birch Bay from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at Semiahmoo Resort during an evening of great food, raffle prizes and a no-host bar. Proceeds benefit Blaine's July 4 fireworks show.
Tickets, $25, are available at Blaine Cost Cutter, Pacific Building Center and Semiahmoo Resort. No tickets will be sold at the door.
For details, call 332-6484 or see blainechamber.com.
WHATCOM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Internationally renowned bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann, who was born in Estonia and now lives in Blaine, is guest soloist at 3 p.m. Feb. 14 at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. He will perform the Theofanidis Bassoon Concerto.
The program also features an American Composers Series commissioned work by composer Samuel Adler, Schubert's Symphony No. 5, and Copland's "Appalachian Spring."
Tickets, $10 to $24, are available at 734-6080 and . For more information on the symphony, call 756-6752 or see whatcomsymphony.com.
"IN THE MOOD: A 1940S MUSICAL REVUE"
The String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra takes you back to the days of World War II, when a generation listened to the romantic, jazzy, and sentimental tunes made famous by the Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Cab Calloway, in a concert with authentic costumes and choreography at 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at Mount Baker Theatre.
Tickets, $20 to $49, are available at 734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com.
SPRING CRAFT & ANTIQUE SHOW
There's always a treasure to discover among the more than 100 vendors selling handcrafted gifts, home décor items, garden art, antiques and collectibles from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 18-19, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 20, at the Northwest Washington Fair and Events Center, 1775 Front St., in Lynden.
There will be refreshments, live entertainment, free parking and return privileges, too. Admission is $5 general, $4 seniors. For details, call 966-5573 or see lyndencraftantiqueshow.com.