Elizabeth Shepherd

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.

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.