Elizabeth Shepherd

Vashon bursts with art for First Friday gallery cruise

This Friday the Gallery Cruise will once again bring a diverse mix of art into Vashon’s studios and businesses — painting, sculpture, photography and more by all ages, from budding students to masterful creators. Most galleries open at 6 p.m.

Drama Dock reprises its ‘best date night show ever’

The chills and thrills of dating, love, marriage and all that comes after will get the musical theater treatment when Drama Dock presents the off-Broadway hit, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” this weekend at Vashon High School.

‘Eccentric Visions’ come to VALISE | Art Review

A small but world-class exhibit of outsider art is currently on display at VALISE, a gallery run by a local artists’ collective.

Talking it up: Writers, artists, historians converge for VAA’s lecture series

A heaping helping of intellectual food for thought will be served up soon in Vashon Allied Arts’ popular Arts and Humanities lecture series.

Trolls Cottage returns to its home turf for a show at the Bike

For the first time in three years, the Vashon-born band Trolls Cottage will return to the Red Bicycle Bistro to play an adults-only show on Saturday.

Audience plays a part in an intriguing opera | ‘Così fan tutte’

One of Mozart’s most treasured works will soon be performed on the Island in an intimate and innovative new production staged by Vashon Opera.

VAA offers a peak at this year’s commissioned artist

Vashon Allied Arts is gearing up for its annual art auction — a festive, two-night gala scheduled for Sept. 21 and 22.

An Island impresario bounces back to bring more laughs to the Bike

A night of sizzling comedy will take place at 8 p.m. Friday at the Red Bicycle Bistro. There is a $5 cover for the adult-oriented show.

A hot summer read that was written right here

A blurb on the jacket couldn’t be more enticing: “I tore through this book with heedless pleasure.”

Clowning around on Vashon: A duo offers their own take on comedy

A new vaudeville show, “Big Time and Little Something’s Big Adventure,” will bring live music, slapstick comedy, eccentric dance and circus antics to Vashon this Friday night.

A music festival brings Vashon legends to the stage

The fifth annual Vashon Island Music Festival will take place this weekend, starting Friday night and running through Sunday, at Paradise Ridge Park.

Seattle Shakespeare Company to bring ‘Winter’s Tale’ to Ober Park

The Seattle Shakespeare Company will bring the Bard’s “The Winter’s Tale” to Ober Park on Saturday as part of a summer-long tour to venues all over King County.

The ‘music of America’ comes to Ober Park

The driving beats and intricate rhythms of top Cajun, Hungarian and Greek music ensembles will soon be heard on Vashon, thanks to a passionate advocate who believes that ethnic music is the real soundtrack to American life.

An artist from another time

On a bright July day, as I pulled up in front of Michael Spakowsky’s place, he stepped outside his clapboard house and gave a friendly wave. The tableau — a big man standing alone in front of a small white house in a clearing carved out of the woods — was reminiscent of an Andrew Wyeth painting.

Artists will defy gravity at second annual outdoor aerial fest

Art and people will go flying through space this weekend at the Open Space for Arts & Community.

Strawberry jams: See two nights of music in town this weekend

What better way to wind down from a long day at the Strawberry Festival than to rock out at the Red Bike?

Sundance invite is music to a composer’s ears

Later this month, Islander Jason Staczek will head out to Park City, Utah, to participate in The Sundance Institute’s 2012 Feature Film Composers Lab.

A merry band of thespians takes on Gilbert and Sullivan

Musical theater, ahoy! Starting Friday, Island audiences can set sail to experience the supreme silliness and sublime musicality of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” courtesy of more than 30 Island thespians and singers who have been rehearsing the show for months.

From symphony to studio: A Vashon artist charts a new course

It’s easy to start feeling hungry in Kristen Reitz-Green’s art studio.

Last stop before college: They’re off to see the wizard

Students of Vashon Dance Academy will take audiences over the rainbow this weekend with a high-flying interpretation of “The Wizard of Oz” — a show that seems a particularly appropriate fit for some of the dancers.