January 5 | 3 p.m. |$10–$15 | Kirkland Performance Center | www.kpcenter.org
Join the Eastside's premier 45-piece wind ensemble as it celebrates its 28th season, performing some of the most beautiful wind band music ever written.
About 50 musicians comprise the Washington Wind Symphony; they gather once per week for the enjoyment of the preservation of classic wind band literature. Performing a four-concert season at Kirkland Performance Center, the musicians have gained popularity on the east side of Seattle.
Early Music Guild’s performance of Classical Oboe Quartet
“The Oboe Quartet In My Life”
January 10 | 7:30 p.m. | $20 | Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church
The oboe quartet, perhaps one of the more unusual and uncommon chamber genres, enjoyed a small amount of success in the 18th century.
A number of notable composers wrote for oboe and string trios, and this program will survey some of the loveliest gems of this repertoire.
Curtis Foster, Classical oboe, will be joined by violinist Linda Melsted, violist Laurel Wells, and cellist Meg Brennand for quartets by Karl Stamitz and W.A. Mozart, a period instrument premiere by Bohemian composer Pavel Masek, and a string trio by Mozart’s friend, Joseph Leopold Eybler.
January 11 | 8 p.m. | $25 | Kirkland Performance Center | www.kpcenter.org
Andy McKee’s acoustic guitar can approximate the polyrhythmic interplay of a percussion ensemble, the harmonic sweep of a string section, the dazzling runs of a bluegrass doghouse bass-and-banjo duo, and virtually anything else his pastoral compositions and tasteful covers require.
Gary Stroutsos: Voices of Musical Cultures
January 19 | 2 p.m. | $20 | Kirkland Performance Center | www.kpcenter.org
Join international Recording Artist and Cultural Folklorist Gary Stroutsos, along with Dave Beck, award–winning producer of KUOW Presents, for an evening of personal stories and world flute music from Gary's extensive catalog of recordings. Inspired by travel and friendships of many masters, Gary will combine his unique flute music and personal stories through his travels.
Early Music Guild’s performance of The Byrd Ensemble: Magnificat
January 31 | 7:30 p.m. | $20 | Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church
This Early Music Guild performance includes music from two recent CD releases—Arvo Pärt and Peter Hallock: Draw on sweet night, accompanied with other similar pieces in sound and illustrative text. The program is inspired by the deeply spiritual and mystical quality of Hallock and Pärt’s music. Unlike traditional composers, Hallock and Pärt abandon traditional musical forms for a unique sound world and structure that delivers a more story-based experience—as if the listener has been on a journey.
January 31 | 7:30 p.m. | $20–60 | Kirkland Performance Center | www.kpcenter.org
Creme Tangerine is a dynamic five-piece band from Seattle that performs the music of The Beatles for thousands each year. Rather than focusing on the personalities or look of the Beatles, Creme Tangerine focuses on performing their beloved music live for all to enjoy. Their performances have included The Beatles most recognized hits as well as different eras of the Beatles' music such as "The White Album" and "Abbey Road" in their entireties. Their high energy, quality performances appeal to those already familiar with and new to the music of The Beatles. 100 percent of the proceeds from this event go to support Kirkland Performance Center.
Arts & Culture
CatVidFest Screenings at KAC
January 3-4 | Times Varies | $25 | Kirkland Arts Center | www.kirklandartscenter.org
KAC is presenting three screenings of the Walker Art Center's popular Internet Cat Video Festival, now being shown in cities around the country. This is your chance to see the full CatVidFest compilation in an intimate venue before the big Seattle showing later in January. The event will also feature an interactive presentation with special guest Will Braden, creator of the Henri, le Chat Noir series which has racked up over 12 million views on YouTube. Braden will also be sticking around to sign copies of his best-selling book "Henri, le Chat Noir: Existential Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat" (available for purchase at the event).
Second Thursday Art and Wine Walk
January 9 | 4–8 p.m. | Northwest Cellars | http://www.northwestcellars.com
Visit the Kirkland Warehouse Wineries and ryan james fine arts the second Thursday of each month for an art and wine walk. Northwest Cellars, Skylite Cellars, Waving Tree Winery and ryan james fine arts will all have a different artist in their space, with music, bites and wine!
All Nine Legs Opening Reception
January 17 | 6–8:30 p.m. | FREE | http://kirklandartscenter.org
All Nine Legs brings together seven artists from around the country, over several generations, and across diverse media. These painters, sculptors, writers, and composers first met in snow-covered Wyoming and found, as they watched the world turn white through the windows, that they all shared an interest in storytelling. In their own way, each artist tells a story that becomes part of a larger narrative for how we all cross paths, spend time together, and time apart—but are all, as we are telling our own tales, also telling part of a much grander story. The exhibit will continue at the Kirkland Arts Center through March 15.
"Reading Dance" Lecture with Choreographer and Curator Eva Stone
January 22 | 7 p.m. | FREE | Kirkland Performance Center | www.kpcenter.org
Reading Dance is an engaging lecture/demonstration format with dancers from The Stone Dance Collective and Artistic Director Eva Stone. This lecture demystifies and reveals the creative process of how contemporary dance is made. Audience members will discover the type of movement language contemporary dance uses, learn how a dance piece is formed, and be able to ask questions of the choreographer and dancers about the artistic process. This lecture serves as a companion event to Chop Shop: Bodies of Work, an annual contemporary dance festival, February 14–15, 2014, held specifically for the Eastside.
Outdoor Activities & Recreation
Birding Walk at Juanita Bay Park
January 21 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | FREE | Juanita Bay Park
425.803.3026 | www.eastsideaudubon.org
Wrap up warm and join Mary Frances Mathis of Eastside Audubon to see what birds are in the park and on the bay during the winter. Maybe the rare Bewick’s swan is still in residence, along with the Tundra and Trumpeter Swans! No pre-registration required. Bring binoculars and meet in the parking lot.
Planets orbiting red dwarf stars are likely to be the first that we study in the search for life beyond our solar system. At the January Eastside Science Café, join UW's Aomawa Shields to explore why these stars offer the best chance of finding habitable planets, and how a planet's ability to support life is complicated by the unique properties of these stars. Wilde Rover is located in downtown Kirkland at 111 Central Way.
Valentine’s Day in Kirkland
Kirkland offers plenty of romantic options for you and your loved one on Valentine’s Day. From finding that special something at one of Kirkland’s downtown boutiques to lakeside dining and romantic getaway hotel packages spend your Valentine’s Day in Kirkland.
February 14 | 8 p.m. | $35 | Kirkland Performance Center | www.kpcenter.org
Andre and friends bring their Valentine's Day tradition to the Eastside this year! After over 20 years of performing and recording, award-winning virtuoso guitarist Andre Feriante has left his musical mark on the classical, world music and fusion scenes.
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents Such Sweet Thunder: The Duke Meets the Bard
February 16 | 2 p.m. | Adult $44/Senior $40/Youth $15 | Kirkland Performance Center | www.kpcenter.org
A lover of Shakespeare, Duke Ellington composed the Such Sweet Thunder Suite as his tribute to the Bard. SRJO partners with actors from the Seattle Shakespeare Company to present this special piece, a suite of works with titles such as "Lady Mac," "Sonnet for Sister Kate" and "The Star-Crossed Lovers." Guest thespians present selected poems and prose that inspired Ellington to create the musical work, with each movement evoking different Shakespearean characters and quotes from favorite plays and sonnets.