Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

Emerald Ballet Theatre beings back the holiday chestnut. 2 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 at Northshore Performing Arts Center.

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“The Nutcracker” in Bothell: Emerald Ballet Theatre beings back the holiday chestnut. 2 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 at Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell. More at

“The Nutcracker” in Edmonds and Everett: Olympic Ballet’s production features choreography by OBT artistic directors Mara Vinson and Oleg Gorboulev, sets designed by Jeannette Franz, Ruth Gilmore and Phillip Lineau, and iconic music scored by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The cast includes more than 100 OBT company dancers in principal roles, local guest artists and select Olympic Ballet School students. The performances will be Dec. 9-11 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett, and Dec. 15-20 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets are $28-$50. Digital access for watching the show at home is available, for $25. For young audiences, an abbreviated version of the show will be performed at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9 in Everett and Dec. 15-16 in Edmonds. More at

Celtic Christmas: Edmonds’ Gothard Sisters will offer Celtic folk music, Christmas carols, dance, stories and holiday cheer at their annual holiday show, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets are $15-$30. More at

Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas: Joining electric six-string violinist Castle will be the Seattle Irish Dance Company, singers Veronica Olson and Pamela Casella of the Seattle Opera and bagpiper Neil Hubbard. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $23-$35. More at

Holiday Pops: The Cascade Symphony Orchestra plans two Christmas concerts, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 12, at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets are $10-$27. More at

Mannheim Steamroller: The distinctive Christmas-music favorites are coming to Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Tickets are $30-$69. More at

The Journeys’ Annual Christmas Concert: Celebrate a traditional Christmas and the sounds of the season with music featuring Bronn Journey and his harp. Journey, who lives in the Sky Valley, brings a folksy style with spontaneity to an instrument commonly thought of as classical. With him will be a small ensemble featuring strings, flutes, clarinet piano and percussion. Special guests will be the choir “Breath of Aire.” 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. For ticket information, go to The performance also can be seen Dec. 19 at McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon and Dec. 21 at Kirkland Performance Center in Kirkland. Go to

”Faces of Christmas”: Tim Noah presents original and well-loved holiday songs for all ages, with musical guests Terry Kingen and Cyndi Elliott. 4 p.m. Dec. 17, Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Tickets are $10-$20. More at

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”: The Jose Gonzales Trio will perform the beloved Vince Guaraldi music from the holiday classic. 4 p.m. Dec. 18, Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Tickets are $25. More at

”Christmas Rocks!!”: Holiday music from the Renaissance Rock Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets start at $35. More at

Common Ground Christmas: After a two-year absence, the local male quintet Common Ground is back together and will present their Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at Snohomish United Methodist Church, 2400 Lake Ave., Snohomish. The ensemble will feature arrangements of such holiday favorites as: “Ding Dong, Merrily On High,” “The Yearning,” “Mary, Did You Know?” and “Jesus, What a Wonderful Child.” Singers include tenor Joel Cummings, tenor Jon Cummings, bass Tom Lafferty, baritone Joshua St. Marie and baritone Jeff Thoreson. The group’s accompanist is Jeremy Young. Admission is free. A free-will offering will be taken in support of the Snohomish Food Bank.

Karla Bonoff and Livingston Taylor: Home for the Holidays: The singer-songwriter and the entertainer join forces for a holiday show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets are $19-$54. More at


The Fabulous Thunderbirds: Co-founder Kim Wilson, the band’s only original member, leads the quintessential American band at a show set for 7 p.m. Dec. 9. at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $40-$50. More at

Hear five young musicians: The Mukilteo Community Orchestra, under the direction of interim conductor/artistic director Shaun Day, will accompany the five winners of the 2022 Snohomish County Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition at 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. Jer-Shyan Chang will perform Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor, 1st movement. Minjae Kim will perform Ravel Piano Concerto in G major, 1st movement. Evan Mao will perform Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor, op. 18, 1st movement. Jimmy Huang will perform Haydn Keyboard Concerto in G major, Hob.XVIII:4, 1st movement. And Ruohan Huang will perform Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1 in G Minor, Op.25, 2nd and 3rd movements. No admission charge.

Pacifica Chamber Orchestra: The orchestra ‘s 2022-23 season will continue with the Sunshine Concert, 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at Cascade View PresbyteriaN., will feature music by Maurice Ravel, Lars-Erik LarssoN., Carlos Chavez and Vitezslava Kapralova, with Harumi Makiyama, solo piano. The Summer Concert, 3 p.m. June 3 at Zion LutheraN., 4634 Alger Ave., Everett, will spotlight compositions by Jan Vanderroost, Astor Piazzola and Paul Hindemith, with Fred Chu, solo violin. More at



”A Miracle on 34th Street”: Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave., Marysville, presents a modern reworking of the holiday favorite, adapted and directed by Red Curtain’s artistic director, Scott B. Randall. The plot: When Jessie’s elderly father goes into the hospital with COVID-19 in December 2020, her theater friends gather on a video call to cheer her and her daughter, Kara, by doing a performance of Kara’s favorite Christmas classic, “A Miracle on 34th Street,” over Zoom. The story is a mix of the familiar story (as portrayed in the classic movie), improvised lines and pop culture references. Each character will be seen in their own “homes,” plus the projected Zoom call high above the stage. The show runs weekends through Dec. 18, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18-$22. For more information, go to

Village Theatre: Tickets for the theater’s performance of “Cinderella” are now on sale. “Cinderella” is set for Jan. 6-29. Ticket can be purchased at the box office, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett, by phone at 425-392-2202, or online at

Edmonds Driftwood Players: Season 64 continues with “Elf: The Musical,” through Dec. 18 at Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds. More at Based on the modern (2003) classic Christmas movie starring Will Ferrell, the play shows at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For ticket availability, call 425-774-9600.

Snohomish High School Theatre Club: The club will present Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” This is an abridged version with modern narration. Performances will be 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 and 1 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10, at the high school, 1316 Fifth St., Snohomish.. Tickets are $13 general admission and $10 for students, seniors, children and veterans. For more, go to

Phoenix Theatre: The 2022-23 season will continue with “Dashing Through the Snow,” through Dec. 18. The show is a madcap comedy set at the Snowflake Inn in Tinsel, Texas, where the innkeeper is frantically trying to prepare for the holidays while dealing with a mixed bag of challenging guests and employees who leave comedic chaos in their wake. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20-$25. The theater is located at 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. More at


Whitney Cummings: The stand-up comedian is slated to do a show 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Tulalip Resort Casino. Tickets are $55-$65. More at

Visual arts

Northwest Collage Society: The society’s art show is ongoing at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo, through Jan. 25. An artist reception is planned for 5-7 p.m. Nov. 17. For more, go to

Arts of Snohomish: The featured artists for December are Bill and Nancy Dewey, Bob Giadrosich, Claire Ridlon, Dru Duffey, Fran Martiny, Gina Hanzsek, Hilma Josal, Joan Pinney, Kathryn Sterley, Sarah Togerson, Sonya Lang, Sue Dawson and Tammy Pool, with the theme “Artwork to warm your home.” The gallery, 1024 First St., Suite 104, Snohomish, is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Gallery North: The gallery plans a special holiday show featuring themed work by all member artists, including Kuria Jorissen’s astrophotography, Lynnea Matson’s watercolors, Anne-Lise Deering’s bronze medallkions, and more. Meet the artists from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 3. The gallery, 410 Main St., Edmonds, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Cascadia Art Museum: “George Tsutakawa: Early Works on Paper” focuses on the important sculptor’s production of blockprints, watercolors and works on paper beginning in the 1920s and continuing throughout his career. Drawn from the Tsutakawa estate, most of the works have never before been seen by the public. The exhibit runs through March 26. The museum, 190 Sunset Ave. S., Edmonds, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. More at

Gallery at Graphite: Studio artists at the new Graphite Arts Center in Edmonds will have their first group show, through Jan. 7 at 202 Main St., Edmonds. Featured will be work by 10 artists in mediums such as photography, charcoal, acrylic, oil, watercolor and ceramics. More at

Schack Art Center: Events include Holiday Exhibition: Featuring the Northwest Pastel Society through Jan. 7. The center is located at 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. More at


“The Phantom of the Opera”: Lon Chaney is the definitive Phantom in this 1925 silent, with pipe organ. 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $18-$20. Fun fact: Lon Chaney performed a vaudeville act at the Everett Theatre on Nov. 4, 1911.

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