Here are some area offerings for the month ahead. Call venues or visit their websites to find details, prices and tickets.
McIntyre Hall: Music, theater, dance, special events, children’s programs, community productions and international artists at the Skagit Valley College theater, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. For details see mcintyrehall.org or call the box office at 360-416-7727.
- Celebrating in Song: Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday April 28, 2 p.m. Skagit Valley Chorale presents American Journeys, exploring genres and regions of American music through profound choral compositions, a haunting Lake Superior canoeing song and intricate but groovy acapella settings of songs of American musicians like Lead Belly, the Carter Family and the Turtles. Sedro-Woolley’s Evergreen Elementary School choir, the Eagles, will sing along and add their rhythm skills.
- The Ring of the Nibelung: Fridays, May 3 and 10, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees, May 5 and 12, at 3 p.m. This adaptation of Wagner’s epic setting of Norse legends of gods and men, giants and dwarfs, and dragons and birds is a perfect introduction to the majestic splendor of Wagner’s music drama. Sung in German with English supertitles. A lecture in the concert hall 45 minutes before the performance offers background on the performance, history, costumes and more.
- Classics Concert: Saturday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. Skagit Symphony opens its final concert of the season with Wagner’s festive Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and concludes with selections from Bizet’s famous Carmen.
Salish Sea Early Music Festival: Baroque instruments are featured through June 21 in concerts performed in the Fir-Conway Lutheran Church, 18101 Fir Island Road, Conway. Concerts start at 7 p.m. Admission is by $15-$25 suggested donation.
- Baroque Trio Jest: Monday, May 6, internationally known guests Susie Napper (viola da gamba) and Elisabeth Wright (harpsichord) with Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute) present 18th-century masterworks by Bach, Rameau and others.
- Bach’s Triple Concerto: Wednesday, May 22, Carrie Krause (baroque violin), Courtney Kuroda (baroque violin), Steven Crewell (baroque viola), Caroline Nicolas (baroque cello) and Jonathan Oddie (harpsichord) perform one of the greatest orchestral works of the 18th century in this program of concerti.
Camano Center: Concerts and dances at Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Call 360-387-0222 to inquire.
- Camano jazz: Wednesday, May 15, Jazz at the Center presents Clif & Nelda’s Little Big Band Dinner Concert, 5:30-9:15 p.m. at Camano Center. Nelda Swiggett is on piano and vocals, Clif Swiggett on trombone and percussion and Chris Symer on bass. Tickets cost $40 at eventbrite.com or the center. Student tickets cost $20 at the center.
- Guitar night: Friday, May 17, Camano Center Concert Series presents American Fingerstyle Guitar Night with Peter Janson, Steve Davison and Tracy Moore at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 at Eventbrite.com and in the center.
Marysville Opera House: Music, entertainment and lectures are offered in the Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. Snacks and beverages are available. Inquire at 360-363-8400. Details and links to tickets at marysvillewa.gov. Concerts are 7:30-9:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:45 p.m.
- Leroy Bell and His Only Friends: Friday, April 27. Smooth pop-soul melodies and hard-rocking beats.
- Always … Patsy Cline: Saturday, May 11. Ria Peth Vanderpool and Kelly Visten play Patsy Cline and her long-time friend and fan Louise Seger. This musical weaves 27 songs into the story, which is supported by a seven-piece country band. Call 360-363-8400 for tickets.
- Pearl Django: Friday, May 31. This five-piece band blends traditional jazz classics and original compositions with an unmistakable Hot Club swing.
Voices of hope: Sunday, April 28, 2 p.m. Stanwood Ambassadors for Housing Hope hosts the 23rd annual Voices of Hope Concert at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 27201 99th Ave. NW, Stanwood. It features Eric Ronning, Stanwood High School’s music director, as emcee and choirs from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Stanwood High School Jazz Ensemble, Mount Vernon Christian School and the Beachwood Boys from the Warm Beach Senior Community. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted. A silent auction and bake sale will raise funds to support Lervick and Lincoln Hill family villages, which help low income families and homeless in Stanwood.
Call for talent: Auditions for the 2019 Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, and Friday, May 10, at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School Auditorium, 5611 108th St. NE. Contestants of all ages, solo, or groups in vocal, dance, comedy, bands, musical instruments and other categories can try out. The talent show is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, during Strawberry Festival Week. To inquire, call director Marcy Giesler at 360-653-6584.
Loco Billy’s: Live music, dancing and weekly jam/open mic are featured at the Wild Moon Saloon, 27021 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood. Big dance floor, free pool. Loco Billy’s is closed April 25-27 then opens in May. See locobillys.com or call 425-737-5144 for details and tickets.
- Tightwad Thursdays: Jimmy Culler and friends host the May 2 all-genre jam that starts at 8 p.m. Bring instruments and voices or dance. May 9, Running of the Bulls Birthday Bash for Major and all May birthdays with free cake and appetizers. North by Northwest hosts the jam. Jesse Weston hosts May 16; Steve Raible hosts on May 23.
- Special Friday Dance: The Chris Eger Band plays a dance concert, which will be filmed live. Cover: $8.
- Saturday Stomps: Band plays at 9 p.m. Dance lessons start at 8 p.m.
May 4: Cory Gallant & The Red Dirt Posse with Megs McLean.
May 18: Maile Mae.
May 25: The Lowdown Drifters and Comanche Moon.
- 4-year Anniversary Bash: Saturday, May 11, 9 p.m. with Aaron Crawford and his band, who played four years ago at Loco Billy’s grand opening. Aaron Crawford combines classic country with Seattle rock and roll.
Conway Muse: Live music is offered Thursdays through Saturdays in two venues at 18444 Spruce St., Conway. See conwaymuse.com or call 360-445-3000 for details and tickets.
- Terry Robb: Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. Ragtime, blues, swing and jazz in the parlor.
- Luther Schutz, Elisha Gullixson, John Anderson & Drew Baddeley: Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. Jazz standards in the parlor.
- Harpdog: Friday, April 26, 7 p.m. Blues in the loft.
- MuseBird Cafe: Saturday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. Singer/songwriters Wayne Willingham, Louis Ledford and Toby Brady play originals in the parlor.
- Mojo Cannon & the 13th Street Horns: Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m. Get your mojo on with this NW powerhouse, 10-piece roadhouse, R&B band in the loft. Band features Stanwood’s own killer guitarist, Steve Raible, Warm Beach’s Craig “T-Bone” Daly and vocalist Jana Swenson of Marysville.
Cassera Gallery: Curator David Cassera offers fine art in his gallery at Designs NW Architects, 26915 102nd Drive NW, Ste. 102-103, Stanwood. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m.
- Gregory S. Walsh’s abstract art show “Inter-scopic Relevance” runs through May 12.
- Mark Bistranin shows his work, which is imbued with a deep sense of place, majestic beauty and serenity, opening Thursday, May 16, and running through June 7.
Schack Art Center: Art exhibits, events and classes are offered at 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Exhibits are open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Visit schack.org or call 425-259-5050.
- Open Studio Night for Teens: This free event, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, includes hands-on art projects where teens, ages 13-18, work with local artists, enjoy refreshments and watch glass blowing.
- STEM+ART+DESIGN: Northwest Designer Craftsmen Create, running through June 8, with an opening reception: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Exhibit features artists who integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to create their work, whether it’s weaving, dyeing, metalsmithing, melting glass or mixed media.
- Artistic and Scientific Inquiry: “Design, Build, Test, Repeat,” a free lecture, is 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Glass sculptor and science educator Lin McJunkin demonstrates how she uses STEM principles in her work. She will also show and explain the STEM-based work of many Northwest Designer Craftsmen artists in the current STEM+Art+Design show and show examples of student work from grades 2 and 5 and high school. This presentation is suitable for teachers of all grade levels and subjects, artists working in any medium and the general public.
A Guilded Gallery: an information center for the artists’ Camano Island Studio Tour. Pick up booklets at 8700 271st St. NW, Stanwood, 360-629-2787. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
- Art at the Schoolhouse: Runs through April 28 at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, west of Mount Vernon, part of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Stanwood Camano Arts Guild members show art cards, paintings, photography, rustic garden art, stained glass, mixed media, metal sculptures and jewelry from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the historic 1888 schoolhouse on the nursery grounds.
Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park: This destination gallery has an extraordinary collection inside and out of sculptures, paintings, glass and more at 2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Open weekdays by appointment; 360-387-2759. See matzkefineart.com.
- Spring Has Sprung: Saturday, April 27, 4:30 to 8 p.m. An art opening with the artists, including Artist of The Year Janie Olsen, kicks off the show. Work by 60 artists shows through June 9 and is part of the Camano Island Studio Tour in May.
Beach 1 Gallery: First Friday art reception is 5-7 p.m. May 3, for Jason Otto acrylics painter. The show runs through May in the Camano Country Clubhouse, 1243 Beach Drive, Camano Island. Watercolorist Robert Dunn’s exhibit shows through April. Clubhouse hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To inquire, call 360-387-1655.
Cafe murder: Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11, Port Susan and Stanwood middle school students present this comedy-mystery dinner theatre, in which everyone has a motive and is a suspect, at Port Susan Middle School, 7506 267th St. NW, Stanwood. Dinner begins at 5:15 p.m.; show starts at 6:15. Tickets cost $15 in advance; call Kandyce, 360-720-3415.
Village Theatre: Family theater and children’s programs in two locations: Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., 425-257-8600 and Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah, 425-392-2202. See villagetheatre.org for details.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: April 26-May 19 in Everett. When 15-year-old Christopher is wrongly accused of murdering his neighbor’s dog, he sets off to solve the mystery and prove his innocence.
- Million Dollar Quartet: Issaquah Run: May 9 – June 23. Everett Run: June 28 – July 28. The true story of an all-day jam session between rock ‘n’ roll royalty. The hit songs of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins come to life in this powerhouse rock musical.