Arts and Entertainment

Entertainment Briefs

"Choochokam this weekend in LangleyChoochokam, the popular festival of the arts, returns to the streets of downtown Langley from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.Craftspeople will show and sell pottery, jewelry, clothing, furniture and fine art. The food booths will offer traditional festival fare plus items like salmon Caesar salad and Greek gyros, and the Langley Chamber of Commerce returns with its beer garden. The weekend will also showcase poets, storytellers, jugglers, puppeteers, and acrobats in Langley Park, Boy and Dog Park, and at Seawall Park continuing through Sunday. Bands performing on the main stage include Swamp Mama Johnson, the Total Experience Gospel Choir, Junkyard Jane, Whidbey Island Marimba Ensemble, Bahia and the Aaron Parks Trio, the Langley All-Stars, No Band is an Island, Resurrected Swing and Dirty Larry. Quichua Mashis plays music from the Andes Mountains, and Setanta bring out the Irish, while at The Clyde Theater, the young members of Whidbey Dance Theatre present a special “Gershwin Portrait.”For details call (360) 221-7494 or visit the Web site, www.whidbey.com/gallery/choochokam. For a WICA schedule and tickets call (360) 221-8268.David Lanz plays at WICASeattle-based pianist David Lanz plays at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley tonight, Saturday, July 8, 7:30 p.m. Lanz bridges the gap between contemporary instrumental music and popular hit songs. He is recognized worldwide as a musical trendsetter and an accomplished concert and recording artist. His Web site is www.davidlanz.com. Tickets are $10. Call (360) 221-8268.Images of the Northwest at BayviewBayview Gallery on South Whidbey presents the photographs of Al Bernie in his exhibit, “Images of the Northwest,” win a show that runs through July 12. Bernie has been photographing the Pacific Northwest since 1950, and is noted for his scenery shots that evoke magnificence and marvel. Bayview Gallery is in the historic Bayview Cash Store at Bayview and Marshview Roads. Call (360) 331-5023.Scottish festival set in Mount VernonWhether you're Scottish or not, come join the outdoor family fun at the sixth annual Skagit Valley Highland Games & Scottish Faire, to be held in Mount Vernon today and Sunday at Edgewater Park from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Faire's piping and drumming competition features more than 125 artists including the three-time reigning World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Burnaby, British Columbia. The color, pageantry, food and music of this two-day festival evoke a centuries old tradition of celebrating life in the Highlands of Scotland, featuring dancing and bagpiping competitions, sporting contests and animal and craft demonstrations. Children under 5 are free; adult tickets are $7 Saturday, $5 on Sunday. A family of four weekend pass is $25. For complete pricing, driving directions and event details go to www.celticarts.org or call (360) 336-1010 and enter code 1807."

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