Friday, February 12, 2010

Take 5: Beam them up! Upfront Theatre improvises 'Space Trek'

The Upfront Theatre presents "Space Trek," a new improvised show loosely based on the "Star Trek" YV series, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 12-27.

The outer-space adventure show -- appropriate for all ages -- is created on the spot with audience members suggesting the crew's mission for the colorful cast of characters, and may include space battles, alien encounters, alternate dimensions and more.

Advanced tickets, $10 general, $8 students, are available by calling 733-8855, or go to for details. The theater is at 1302 Bay St.

Here's what else is going on around Whatcom County:


Regional high school-age students are competing this weekend in the sixth annual Guerilla Film Project, sponsored by the Pickford Film Center.

The competition kicks off with a free filmmaking seminar, led by Glen Berry of the Northwest Film School, and Canadian filmmaker Julie Trimingham, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Pickford Cinema, 1416 Cornwall Ave.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, the students have 65 hours to write and produce a 3-minute narrative using several "prompts," or suggestions, which will be posted at

At 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, participants will turn in their films for viewing and judging. The contest culminates with a second screening of the films, open to the public, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Pickford.

This year's contestants include filmmakers from Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties. Winning entries will be shown at the Pickford's Projections Film Festival in April.


Sixteen urban sculptures by internationally renowned sculptor Sebastian will be exhibited through Oct. 3 in Bellingham. The first installation, "Libra," was made on Jan. 27 in front of Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher building at 250 Flora St.

An opening celebration and reception will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at 2107 Iron St., where the sculptures will be stored.

Tickets for the reception are $30 and are available at Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave. For more information, call 676-8548 or go to


The American Museum of Radio and Electricity hosts its fifth annual Valentine's Dance featuring Bellingham klezmer band What the Chelm performing lively music from Eastern Europe and from the Jewish communities of Spain and the Middle East (with a swing tune or two thrown in).

The event also includes the romantic radio classic "Skylark," performed by the Midnight Mystery Players. The show begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the museum, 1312 Bay St. Audience members are invited to send their sweetheart a Valentine message over the airwaves and the Internet, broadcast live on KMRE 102.3 FM.

There'll be a cash bar, chocolate and gourmet popcorn available for purchase. Tickets are $12 general, $10 museum members, and are available at the museum and by calling 738-3886.


Lynden Performing Arts Guild presents D.W. Gregory's drama, "Radium Girls," the true story of Grace Fryer, who worked as a painter of luminous dials on watches in the 1920s.

The paint contained radium, and when the female factory employees began falling ill with anemia, bone fractures and necrosis of the jaw (from licking the paintbrushes to make them sharp), Fryer was among those who battled with the U.S. Radium Corporation to sue for damages.

The play, directed by Shawn Fuller, is staged at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17-20, 25-26 and March 5-6; and at 2 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 6-7 at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, in Dutch Village Mall, 655 Front St., in Lynden.

Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, and are available by calling 354-4425. For more information on the play, click here.

Reach MARGARET BIKMAN at or 715-2273.