Elizabeth Shepherd

Calling all kids for a raucous rock show

Recess Monkey — one of the hottest bands in Seattle’s vibrant “kindie rock” movement — will come to Vashon on Saturday, providing a chance for pint-sized music fans and their parents to dance in the aisles of the Blue Heron.

Ensemble to play music inspired by a legendary guitarist

The Greg Ruby Quartet, an ensemble that plays music inspired by virtuoso jazz guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt, is coming to town on Saturday for a concert at the Blue Heron Arts Center.

Enjoy period music from 18th century during two-concert series at Bethel

A two-concert series called the Vashon French Baroque Festival will begin tonight at Bethel Church and continue next Wednes-day, Jan. 16, with programs of chamber music from the court of Louis XIV.

Parents of teens are being urged to get on the same page

What if all Vashon parents read the same book — and it was filled with great advice about how to deal with their teenagers and ’tweens?

Sing a new year’s song: An opera to celebrate Epiphany

A talented ensemble of islanders will perform Gian Carlo Menotti’s famous opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” this weekend — closing out the Christmas season by marking the ancient church holiday of the Epiphany.

Review | Local thespians bring home the meaning of a beloved and classic film

There really couldn’t be a more perfect play for Drama Dock to share with Islanders than its current production of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Light up the night: Local stars shine in an all-ages solstice celebration

Islanders who have been watching the ancient Mayan calendar wind down and shivering in anticipation that it might mean the end of the world won’t want to miss a big event coming up on Friday.

It’s A Wonderful Life: Thespians present a new version of the classic tale

For many, it’s a holiday tradition — to gather the family in front of the tube and fall into the flickering, black-and-white magic spell that is Frank Capra’s great American film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Island dancers light up a new ‘Nutcracker’

For many on Vashon, it’s a holiday ritual, on par with trimming a tree or heading out on a frosty evening to carol — if it’s December, it means it’s time for Vashon Allied Arts’ Center for Dance’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

An acclaimed film takes viewers back in time

Fans of cinema-as-art shouldn’t miss an upcoming 3D film “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” to be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Vashon Theatre.

A glassblowing master branches out | Artist Feature

To step inside glass artist Brian Brenno’s studio — a red metal barn tucked off of Vashon Highway — is to enter a colorful, creative world, a space unlike any other on an Island teeming with artists.

Book your ticket to boogie onto an all-Island soul train

Vashon musicians will line up on Saturday to perform in a fundraiser for the Backbone Campaign, a local grassroots group that has made a national name for itself by creatively agitating for progressive causes.

Musician is upbeat in a trying time

Last July, Islanders Geoff Johns and his wife Carol Lutra-Johns did what they have done for years: They led a raucous brigade of drummers and samba dancers down Vashon Highway during the Strawberry Festival parade. Many of those lining the street broke into applause, and some danced in place along to the beat — a brief, wild moment of exuberance and joy on Vashon.

Celebrating the culinary arts: A local author’s new cookbook is piping hot

The irresistible aromas of fresh-baked bread, tarts and pies might soon waft through more Island kitchens than usual — now that one of Seattle’s celebrated pastry chefs has issued her second cookbook.

Mormons on Vashon embrace a faith that’s little understood | Finding Faith

A sign in the parking lot of Vashon’s Mormon church reads “Visitors are welcome,” and sure enough, the Islanders standing in the foyer of the church on a recent Sunday morning offered firm handshakes, big smiles and hearty greetings to everyone who entered.

Local stars turn out to help their neighbors

Some of Vashon’s most well-known performers will come together at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Blue Heron to stage what organizers are calling “an improv night about living and surviving with outrageous levity and depth.”

Hopelessly devoted to ‘Grease’: DramaDock puts on the 1970s classic

This weekend, Islanders can take a trip back in time to a bygone era of sock-hops, poodle skirts and the nascent days of rock and roll, with a rollicking, all-youth production of the blockbuster musical “Grease.”

Burlesque is back: A slip of a show comes to Open Space

Janet McAlpin, a well-known local performer and a founder of both UMO Ensemble and the Open Space for Arts & Community, will bring another installment of her burlesque show back to the Island this weekend.

Experience some old-time radio drama

Vashon Allied Arts will present an evening of radio drama at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron.

Australian pop duo will ‘share the stage’

Vashon’s "Sharing the Stage" series will launch its fourth season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with a concert by Zac Anthony and Kate Goldby of the Australian pop band The Wellingtons. The show will take place at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi.