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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.”

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.