Arts Notebook for April 25

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:33pm

James McFarlane exhibit in MLT

Watercolors by James McFarlane will be on display May 1-31 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W.

“My painting and prints are inspired by the Northwest landscape and impressions of urban life,” McFarlane said.

His favorite media include watercolor, pen and ink, block printing and photography.

Originally from Tacoma and Gig Harbor, McFarlane has been a resident of Seattle for 40 years. Currently, he is a freelance artist with HOPE Publishing of Kalamazoo, Mich. Before freelancing, McFarlane worked at both Seattle daily newspapers as a news artist and graphic designer. He is an associate member of the Northwest Watercolor Society.

Join Fabric of Life drum circle

The Fabric of Life drum circle is accepting drummers.

Join master drummer Bill Matthews for the store’s advanced beginner and intermediate drum class.

The class is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at Fabric of Life Fair Trade Boutique, 523 Main St., Edmonds.

Cost is $15 per session. For more information or to sign up, call Matthews at 206-604-1972.

Symphony to perform local composer’s music

The exciting talent of the next generation of composers – including Cole Holland, of Edmonds – will be on display 7:30 p.m. May 1 at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle.

Ten local composers will have their music premiered by Seattle Symphony musicians and guests as the culmination of the 2012 Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop. For 12 weeks, these gifted students developed their new works under the guidance of workshop director and composer Samuel Jones.

Holland began composing at 7. Since then, he has submitted a composition every year to the Seattle Music Teachers Association and Washington State Music Teachers Association competitions. This past year, he submitted one of his latest works to the Washington (D.C.) Music Teachers Association and received first place.

Cole is studying music at Edmonds Community College for his associate’s degree in digital music and recording, and is also in the two-year music theory program. He also attends the Academy of Music Northwest, where he studies music history and literature, conducting and playing in an ensemble.

In addition to Holland, this year’s concert will feature the works of composers Webster Gadbois, of Bainbridge Island; Pierre Suignard, of Bellevue; Joshua Celli, of Maple Valley; Christina Sun, of Mercer Island; and Benjamin Salman, David Lien, Brendan McMullen, Will Langlie-Miletich and Akshay Srivatsan, all of Seattle.

The concert of world premieres is free and open to the public.

For more information, go to

Romantic musical in Seattle

Seattle Musical Theatre closes its “Musicals through the Decades” season with the 1980s and ’90s nostalgia piece, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

Filled with the timeless hilarity of Mars-vs.-Venus dynamics, the production follows four actors playing more than 40 roles through the three stages of relationship: courtship, marriage and family life.

Running for 12 years Off-Broadway, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” has been described as “Seinfeld set to music.” Each vignette showcases characters ranging from 4 years old to older than 80, ready to break into song about everything from knowing how to flirt to grown-up duties such as freezing leftovers.

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” runs April 27-May 20 at Seattle Musical Theatre, 7120 62nd Ave. NE, Seattle.

Tickets are $35-$40 with special rates for seniors, students and group sales. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the box office at 206-363-2809.