Elizabeth Shepherd

Religion shouldn’t affect health care services

Withholding medical procedures from patients that want it is about power, not medicine. The only religious values that matter in a doctor-patient relationship are, frankly, the patient’s.

A new ensemble aims to fill a variety show void on Vashon

A merry band of local performers will bring homegrown humor, songs, clowning, video and true stories to the stage of Vashon Theatre on Sunday.

Vashon dancers bring beauty to a tragic tale

A company of young dancers will take the stage in Vashon Allied Arts Center for Dance’s production of “Romeo and Juliet,” coming up this weekend at the Vashon High School theater.

‘Black Comedy’ lights up the stage with laughs

What funny business happens when the lights go out? That question is at the heart of Drama Dock’s spring offering, “Black Comedy,” set for a run at Vashon High School this weekend.

Talented local teens will open up for hip-hop artists

It’s time for the latest in a series of innovative concerts that pair top Seattle music acts with young island performers. The series, called Sharing the Stage, will bring Seattle hip-hop sensations The Physics and Kublakai to the Open Space for Arts & Community on Saturday night.

Island kids find the rhythms in a play by Shakespeare

A group of 7- to 13-year-old island kids has teamed up to tackle the high drama of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and they’ll show off what they’ve learned about sword-fighting, family feuds and doomed romance at a free performance this weekend.

Vashon native finds purpose in sharing music

Jacob Bain remembers the nights when he had to stand outside in the cold between sets because he was 17 — too young to be admitted to the bars where his band got its first gigs.

Latino group comes together to support its youngest

A group of islanders working to support Vashon’s Latino population is gaining traction, and their latest effort — to ensure that more Spanish-speaking toddlers get a chance to attend preschool on Vashon — will bring a mouth-watering spread of Latin cuisine to this Friday’s Gallery Cruise.

Local arts shop to close

A small shop with a distinctly local flair will be the scene of a farewell party during this Friday evening’s Gallery Cruise.

Americana darlings are set to strum on Vashon

Two powerhouse players in Seattle’s vibrant music scene will play a local benefit for Vashon Youth & Family Services on Sunday.

An award-winning film shows the power of activism

An alliance of local groups and student organizations will present a screening of the acclaimed new documentary “How to Survive a Plague” at 7 p.m. Friday in the Vashon High School theater.

Well-known percussionist and educator dies at 54

Geoff Johns, a local percussionist, performer, educator and world music scholar, died on Wednesday, March 20, of cancer. He was 54.

Islanders offer a ‘Celebration of Life’ for teens

A group of Islanders, led by Jessica Bolding, has organized a free “Celebration of Life” party for Island teens, set to start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Open Space for Arts & Community.

A talented cast delivers a winner with ‘In the Heights’ | Review

Whatever you do, don’t miss Vashon High School’s musical “In the Heights,” which continues its run this weekend and next.

Flying gadgets and exotic melodies: Lelavision showcases its favorite contraptions

For more than 20 years, Ela Lamblin has been making metal devices that honk, squeak, spin, rock and fly through the air in magical and unexpected ways.

A principal finds meaning putting kids on stage

Through her long career as an educator and high school principal on Vashon, Susan Hanson has given her students guided tours to magical worlds, including medieval castles, a German cabaret, a prohibition-era Chicago speakeasy and the ivied halls of Harvard Law School.

Posthumous exhibit showcases a legacy of art

An upcoming exhibition at VALISE has a special significance: It’s the final curatorial effort of Mia McEldowney, a force in the Seattle art scene who made Vashon her home for the past nine years.

A ferry worker celebrates life’s daily joys

Four mornings a week, the fleet of daily commuters heading to the mainland from Vashon’s north-end ferry dock roll past Bruce Brown, a ferry worker who directs them onto the waiting boat.

Oscars 2013: A night when the stars come out on Vashon

One of Vashon’s liveliest parties is coming up — Vashon Film Society’s annual Oscar Night bash at the Vashon Theatre, set to start at 4 p.m. Sunday with rides around the block in a classic British limousine and a swarm of local “paparazzi” snapping photos as guests arrive on the red carpet.

An acclaimed author captures Seattle’s heady days

Jim Lynch, an award-winning novelist from Olympia, will come to Vashon next week to discuss his latest bestseller, “Truth Like the Sun.”