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World Puppetry Day and Festival

Puppet Theater

The festival includes a line-up of local and regional performers in a variety of marionette, mask, string, shadow and stick puppetry media. Most performances take place at the Alternative Library. The festival begins on Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 pm with an Open Stage event co-hosted by Eve Smason, jazz pianist, and Max Eberhard, local puppeteer of “PappenSpiel” fame. Seattle performers “Jawbone Puppet Theatre,” and Linda Comer will entertain, followed by interactive audience engagement opportunities and short sketches. Learn how puppets are made, operated, and more. The Festival continues on Friday and Saturday evenings with a Puppetry Cabaret featuring performers from Olympia, Portland, Seattle, and Bellingham. Performances start at 7:30 pm and tickets can be purchased at or at the door for $ 8 to $15 (sliding scale). A festival pass is available for $20, providing admission to all shows. Tickets link:


• Thu 3/21/19 - Sat 3/23/19 at 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Future Jazz featuring Naomi Moon Siegel Quintet


The Alternative Library's Future Jazz series, explores work from modern experimental composers and improvisers in the field of jazz. Naomi Moon Siegel returns to Bellingham, touring her latest record, Live at Earshot, recorded at the Earshot Jazz Festival on October 17, 2017 at Cornish College. The album features all original compositions by Naomi Moon Siegel with Wayne Horvitz on piano, Sean Woolstenhulme on guitar, Geoff Harper on bass, Eric Eagle on drums, and special guest Thione Diop on percussion. The album will be released in April 2019 on Slow & Steady records. Trombonist, composer, and educator Naomi Moon Siegel creates work geared towards authentic expression and honest connection. A winner of an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for Emerging Artist of the Year, her expressive trombone playing is changing the way the trombone is heard and viewed. Fusing folk melodies with fantastical soundscapes and tight grooves, her music is introspective and celebratory, intimate and full. Doors at 7:30pm; Music at 8:00pm. $10 supports the artists and the AltLib. AltLib is always open to all ages.


• Fri 4/12/19 at 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM