Edmonds Art Beat: countdown to a new year of art and activities
ECA presents the Music on Film series
New this year is a series of critically acclaimed documentaries celebrating music and the power of the artist. Each film is screened on ECA’s state-of-the-art digital cinema system and is hosted by a local film critic or cinephile with a post-screening Q&A.
Thursday January 13 at 7:30 p.m. will be the film amazing Grace. This is a documentary featuring the live recording of Aretha Franklin’s best-selling gospel album, amazing Grace, at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in January 1972. The film was directed by Alan Elliott.
The host of this event is DJ Rice by KEXP. Tickets cost $ 10 and can be purchased here.
Join the Edmonds Bookstore to celebrate the publication of Benjamin Schmitt’s new collection of poetry
Benjamin Schmitt’s latest collection of poetry, The saints of capitalism, has a new publication date of January 14, 2022. Edmonds Bookshop will host Schmitt on Thursday January 20 at 6 p.m. at a virtual event on Facebook. Schmitt will read excerpts from his new work and answer questions about his life and writings.
Schmitt is the author of four books, the most recent being The saints of capitalism. His poems have appeared, or will appear soon, in Sojourners, Antioch Review, The Good Men Project, Hobart, Columbia Review and Spillway. Schmitt is co-founder of Pacifica Writers’ Workshop and has written articles for Seattle weather and in the inkwell. You can find out more about the author here.
Cascade Symphony Orchestra: From the New World
On Monday January 10 at 7:30 p.m., the Cascade Symphony Orchestra will perform From the New World, with cellist Nathan Chan. Chan has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Albany Symphony. He received his BA from Columbia University and his MA in Music from Julliard School, where he studied with Richard Aaron. Chan is currently the Seattle Symphony’s Third Chair Cello.
The evening will include:
Rimsky-Korsakov – Suite of The tale of Tsar Saltan
Tchaikovsky – Variations on the Rococo Theme Nathan Chan, cello
Dvorak – Symphony No.9 in E minor, From the New World
Tickets can be purchased here. Be sure to read the vaccination and testing policies before purchasing tickets.
– By Rachel Gardner
Rachel Gardner genuinely appreciates art in all its forms and believes that everyone is an artist, some just don’t know it yet. A dedicated and involved resident of Edmonds, she can often be spotted on stage making jokes between sets or in the audience enjoying live local performances. She enjoys playing with her craft and finding unique means of expression, like forming a boho-grunge-folk ukulele trio with local Edmonds mothers.