Arts and Entertainment

Art, music and film this week

Christian Swenson - Courtesy Photo
Christian Swenson
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Olympia’s Mike Fekete will bring his famed solo guitar vibrations to Café Luna at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, in a free concert (tips are encouraged). Fekete’s quiet, matter-of-fact approach has been hailed by many. Tom Peterson in Victory Review said Fekete possesses “a deep, full sound that sounds like much more than a single guitar without sounding busy or overreaching.”

The Country Lips, a six-piece country band, will open a night of foot-stomping music, followed by the Raggedy Anns, a five-piece gypsy swing, rock ‘n’ roll band, at the Red Bike at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27. The no-cover, all-ages show (until 11 p.m., when it becomes 21+) will appeal to those who, like these two groups, enjoy American roots, klezmer, British rock and country music.

Seattle’s Julie Marie Duke combines with Valerie Markell from the Kitsap Peninsula to create intricate harmonies and complimenting instrumentals for each other’s original songs in a free concert (tips encouraged) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Café Luna. Duke says that playing together gives the pair a chance to pay homage to some of their influences, such as John Prine and Lucinda Williams.

Human jazz meets physical music when Seattle singer Christian Swenson joins forces with Lelavision, a Vashon duo known for what they’ve termed “kinetic musical sculptures,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. The setting is intimate — Lelavision’s studio in upper Burton at 22608 111th Ave. S.W. Comedy, poetry, improvisation and genre-bending artistry are all in store. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 463-9548 or visit for tickets or more information.

Singer Garth Reeves, who has played professionally for more than 18 years, will perform at the Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28th. The show’s open to all until 11 p.m., when it’s for 21 and over only; there’s no cover.

The Summer Concerts in the Park series ends with an evening of music from the 1930s and ’40s, when Portage Fill Big Band and Vashon Island Chorale, playing both together and separately, perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at Ober Park. The concert, a collaboration of Vashon Park District and Vashon Allied Arts and co-sponsored by Giraffe, is free. Bring a picnic, chairs and blankets.

Vashon Film Society and the Vashon Theatre will team up to present “The Princess Bride” — a free end-of-summer outdoor movie — at dusk on Saturday, Aug. 28. The film will be screened on the side of the theatre building; movie lovers are encouraged to arrive early to spread out blankets and low-back chairs for a fun, old-fashioned movie viewing experience. The Vashon Ukelele Society will provide live musical entertainment before the show, and shorts will be screened before the feature. The theater’s concession stand will remain open for movie-viewing snacks.

End the summer with an open mic at the Village Green at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30. The event, part of the summer festival of world music and dance programs sponsored by the Vashon Folkdancers and the Vashon Park District, is free. Anyone who wants to perform should contact David Salonen at 920-8890 or or Danny Salonen at 963-6165 or

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