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Archaeology of Whidbey Island: Saturday, Oct. 20, take the opportunity to learn how artifacts buried on Whidbey can tell who lived here and how they lived in distant and not so distant past. All programs at Island County Historical Museum, Front and Alexander in Coupeville. 2-5 p.m., Stump the archaeologist with Dr. Gary Wessen. Anyone can bring in objects and he will identify and interpret any artifacts. At 7 p.m., three experts will give short talks on their work. Wessen will give archeological resources on Whidbey, their probable significance, threats to them and how they can be protected. Wessen has extensive fieldwork experience on Whidbey. Dr. Sarah Campbell of Western Washington University will speak on her prehistoric archeological research in the Deception Pass area. Larry Campbell of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community will offer a Navtive American view of the significance and value of resources on Whidbey Island. Sponsored by Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve as part of Archaeology Month. Call 678-6084.

Apple Day: Take a bite out of Whidbey-grown apples Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Bayview Farm & Garden. Taste heirloom and unusual island-grown apples. Bring your own fresh, cleaned apples and containers and press for cider. No charge for using the store's cider press. Cider press available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 20 and 21. Local apples available for purchase. Nursery staff will also answer questions and hot cider and treats will be served. Call (360) 321-6789.

Elvis at the Elks: Tickets are going fast for For Elvis at the Elks, Blue Hawaii Luau and Show, Oct. 27, 6-9 p.m., Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. No tickets will be sold at door. Reservation deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 24

Provides furnishings for new adult daycare and respite program building. Sponsored by Kiwanis Club.The new triple-wide building has been funded by Island Thrift. Luau prepared by Elks Club; social hour by Venture Club. $25 per person; $500 per table. Tickets at Daily Grind, Chamber of Commerce, Senior Center and Kiwanis members. Call 279-8444.

Bong Show: Tuesday, Oct. 23, adults only can learn how to identify drug paraphernalia, signs of drug use by youth, and what to do if you find a child is using drugs. 7 p.m., Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. Presented by Oak Harbor Elks and Emblem Club as part of Red Ribbon Week. Drug-sniffing dog demo and Fatal Vision goggles by Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Call 675-7111.

Tickets are now on sale for the Whidbey Playhouse production of “Big, The Musical.” This tuneful, funny, sweet and perfectly enjoyable pop musical is a show the entire family can enjoy, and is sure to bring out the kid in everyone.

“Big, The Musical” burst onto Broadway in 1996, giving new life to the storyline of the movie that the show was based on “Big,” starring Tom Hanks.

In this witty and insightful look at growing up, 12-year old Josh Baskin is fairly frustrated with life as he knows it. But after his wish of being big unexpectedly comes true, he realizes there is much more to being an adult than he had bargained for. With only his 13-year old friend, Billy by his side, he quickly learns what it means to survive on his own as he is thrust into the working world. After being introduced to the adult world of jobs, finance and even love, he learns that 12-year olds don't have it that bad after all, and that when we are ready, we will all grow up at our own pace, in our own time.

The insightful and moving book by John Weidman (“Pacific Overtures,” “Assassins”) and a dazzling, energetic, heartfelt, contemporary score by David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr. (“Baby,” “Starting Here, Starting Now,” “Closer Than Ever”) make this already classic motion picture fantasy an unforgettable theatrical experience.

The Playhouse production will include the show-stopping piano-dance sequence featuring Josh and MacMillan, president of MacMillan Toys. Audiences will also enjoy the boisterous chorus of youngsters who bounce around with energy throughout the show.

The Oak Harbor production of “Big, The Musical” is directed by Sue Riney.

Performances dates are Nov. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m.,

Nov. 8 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 24 at 2:30 p.m. For ticket information, call 679-2237. Whidbey Playhouse accepts all major credit cards. The theatre is located at 730 SE Midway Blvd in Oak Harbor. E mail

Community Concerts: Community Concert Association brings professional entertainment to Oak Harbor. Three Hits and a Miss combine three men from the 1999 show Forever Plaid with a woman to perform hits from the 1940s and 1950s. They will be on the program Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago is scheduled for Feb. 9, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. The internationally-acclaimed company of 10 has taken American jazz dance around the world. Robert Post presents the final program at 2 p.m., April 21, 2002. This one-man show uses physical comedy, absurdist theatre, dialects, mime and dialogue. Sound effects, props, sets and flawless timing create constantly changing imagery. Tickets are $20 per person ($16 for military and family members), space permitting. Ticket are available at the Daily Grind, 1351 SW Barlow St., Oak Harbor. Call 675-2767.

Play auditions: Whidbey Island Center for the Arts will have auditions for The Exercise Monday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at WICA. Callbacks will be Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Roles are available for one woman and one man. No prepared pieces are needed, everyone will read from the script. Copies of the script are available for two-day check out at the WICA box office.

The Exercise is written and directed by Academy Nominated Screenwriter Lewis John Carlino. It is a gripping and fascinating portrait of a man and woman, trapped in an unreal and yet hauntingly real world, both at the same time. They are actors, caught up in their hate-love game, standing on a rehearsal stage living out their fears and their fantasies with almost uncontrollable vengeance. Desperation demands they play on. Carlino calls them simply "The Actor" and "The Actress."

Carlino is excited to direct his latest version of this play, which was on Broadway in the late 1960s. Rehearsals will begin the first week in January and the play will open on Feb. 15 for a two- week run. For more information on the production, call WICA at (360) 221-8262 or e-mail

Nutcracker: Early ticket sales have started for “The Nutcracker,” presented by WICA and performed by Whidbey Dance Theatre. Performances will be at South Whidbey High School Auditorium, 5675 South Maxwelton Road, Langley.

Children and adults alike will enjoy the Christmas production which tells the whimsical story of Clara and her dream-like journey through an enchanted realm where the Rat King makes war, flowers dance, faeries hold court and a handsome prince comes to the rescue.

Whidbey Dance Theatre's wildly creative and inventive Nutcracker has been thrilling Island audiences since 1991. The redesigning of Act II in 1999 was an immense undertaking, requiring new backdrops, sets, costumes, and props to create a forest of magical dreams. Inspired by the achievements and response to the changes in Act II, Whidbey Dance Theatre redesigned Act 1 in 2000 with enthusiasm and effort to match. The Whidbey Dance Theatre interpretation of this classic includes an underwater ballet, a dragon, sprites, faeries, pixies, the traditional “Waltz of the Flowers,” and Madame Bumble. The performance features more than 70 dancers from the community.

The show takes full advantage of the additional wing space, fly space and technical equipment at the high school theater. Set pieces are designed by local oil painter/designer and muralist Beno Kennedy, Diana Shirley designed masks, and special effects will be by Hollywood designer Bob Riggs.

Choreographers Kyra Barnholt, Charlene Brown, Susan Campbell Sandri, Susan Vanderwood, and Amy Windecker craft the movement to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Principal characters this year will be danced by Alexis Daly as Clara, Logan McInerney as Colonel Drosselmeyer, Amy Berto as the Snow Queen, Katelyn Candelario as the Flower Faerie and Andrea Burr as the Faerie Queen.

The Nutcracker is sponsored by Dr. Ric Prael, D.D.S. and Payless Foods and funded in part by the Glaser Foundation, Judith Yeakel, Nancy Nordhoff, Margaret Waterman and the late Hank Bencala.

An opening night gala is set for Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. This $25/seat benefit for The Nutcracker includes a post-show reception at WICA. Enjoy the show at the high school auditorium, then gather at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts to enjoy wine and hors d‚ oeuvres, plus meet the producers, choreographers and the artistic director. Regular performances: 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 1, 7, 8; matinees at 2 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 2 and 9 Prices: $15 adults / $12 ages 18 and under Discount matinee at 2pm on Saturday, Dec. 1 and 8 Prices for Discount Matinee: $10 adults / $8 ages 18 and under EARLY TICKET SALE: Ticket before October 31st $12 adults / $10 ages 18 & under

To reserve tickets, call the WICA Box Office at 360-221-8268 or 1-800-638-7631; visit the Box Office Wed. - Sat. from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; or email

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress: Tickets are on sale for WICA’s production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.

During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Tennessee estate, five reluctant bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. These five very different women discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching play by Alan Ball, author of the Oscar-winning film American Beauty.

Directed by Don Wilkins, the play opens at WICA on Friday, Oct. 19 and runs for two weekends. Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, with a Sunday matinee on Oct. 21 at 2:00 p.m. The community is invited to meet the cast at a free post-show reception on opening night Friday, Oct. 19, hosted by Chef Paul Divina of the Star Bistro. Ticket prices are $12 adults, $10 seniors/students, matinee $8 all seats.

WICA’s 2001-2002 Theatre Series is sponsored by Todd Bitts / Coldwell Banker Tara Properties and The Star Bistro, and funded in part by Bank of America, the Glaser Foundation, the Allen Foundation for the Arts, and US Bank.

To reserve tickets, call the WICA Box Office at 360-221-8268 or 1-800-638-7631; visit the Box Office Wed. -- Sat. from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.; or email

Call for directors: Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is seeking applications from directors for the final Community Theatre production of the season, the hit off-Broadway musical "Little Shop of Horrors." The show will run for three weekends in June. The position is paid.

If you are interested in applying, call WICA's production manager Deana Duncan, (360) 221-8262.

Uncommon Threads: Whidbey Weavers Guild presents Uncommon Threads, a fashion show and sale on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, at 11:30 a.m., at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club, 5725 Country Club Drive, Langley. The garments for the fashion show have all been created and made by members of the Whidbey Guild and Skagit Valley Weavers Guild. Many of the garments will be for sale, as will other hand-woven and hand-made items, before and after the show. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now. Call Suzanne Ramsey at 678-4043.


Improv Group: Performs at Kasteel Franssen the first Saturday of the month from 9-11 p.m. The group’s classic jazz meets anyone’s listening and dancing needs. You can hear them the first Saturday of every month at the restaurant.

Crisis in town: Midlife Crisis and the Alimony Horns will play Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13 at The Blue Dolphin. The music lasts from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The popular band will play Oct. 5 and 6 at 19th Hole Restaurant and Lounge, 12529 Christensen Road, Anacortes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Dixieland sounds: Oak Harbor’s Dixieland Band plays at 7 p.m., Tuesdays in October at Mi Pueblo Grill Mexican Restaurant and Lounge, 916 SE Bayshore Dr., Oak Harbor. Anyone is welcome to join the band. Call 240-0813. Through the end of the year, all donations will go to disaster relief.

Tyee tunes: Every Saturday night there’s karaoke at Tyee Lounge, 405 South Main in Coupeville. Singing starts at 9 p.m. and lasts to 1 a.m.

Family karaoke: All ages can sing along at Mi Pueblo on Thursdays and Oak Harbor Brew Pub on Sundays. The singing with Sound Entertainment lasts from 5-9 p.m.

For Pete’s Sake: It’s karoake nights every Tuesday starting at 8 p.m. at For Pete’s Sake. The fun lasts until midnight.

Captain’s Galley: Every Wednesday is Karaoke night; every Friday is open mic. In Coupeville.

Herb Day: Blues to country or pop with Herb Day’s band, 6:30-10:30 p.m., every Thursday and every third Saturday of the month at Kasteel Franssen. Karaoke with Gerlie and Company, or a live band is in the lounge every Saturday.

Step up to the mic: Every Thursday, Gerlie and Co. host a karaoke competition at El Cazador Mexican Grill and Cantina, 32195 S.R. 20, Oak Harbor, and the evening features a $50 prize for the best singer. On Wednesdays, Gerlie and Co. are at El Calzador’s for Ladies’ Night. Call 675-6114.

Off the Rock

Entertainment at Rockfish Grill: The Rockfish Grill serves fresh Northwest cuisine and pours Anacortes ales and lagers brewed on the premises in their own facility, the Anacortes Brewery. They're smoke free and families are always welcome. The Rockfish Grill and Anacortes Brewery, 320 Commercial Ave. Call (360) 293-8903.

Ride the Wild Buffalo: Wild Buffalo House of Music in Bellingham hosts live music Tuesday through Thursday and on weekends. The tunes may be smokin’, but the atmosphere is smoke-free at the dance-friendly venue, which features wine, microbrews, cider and non-alcoholic beverages at 208 West Holly St. For more information, call (360) 752-0848, or visit

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