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Eat, drink, laugh and dance at upcoming Island shows

Susan Harris will star in a new one-woman show, “Bozophobia,” on Saturday at the Blue Heron.  - Courtesy Photo
Susan Harris will star in a new one-woman show, “Bozophobia,” on Saturday at the Blue Heron.
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Looking for something to do on a chilly October night? Check out the following events — there’s something for every taste coming up on Island stages, so head out and enjoy the shows.

Ian Moore sings and plays a benefit for Cedarsong

Islanders Ian Moore and Jason Staczek will headline a benefit for Cedarsong Nature School at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Red Bicycle Bistro.

Moore is a renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter who has released several acclaimed albums and appeared on countless stages throughout the United States. He just returned from a tour with world-famous musician Jason Mraz.

Staczek is a multi-instrumentalist who has composed film scores and played in many notable bands and ensembles.

Moore and Staczek will perform an intimate acoustic set, and then a raucous Vashon dance band, Waterlogged, will take the stage.

The evening will raise funds for Cedarsong — an Island outdoor school that offers a dizzying array of preschool sessions, summer camps, after school outdoor enrichment programs and activities for adults and families. Cedarsong was founded by well-known Islander Erin Kenny. Recently, the school has received enthusiastic coverage from Seattle-area newspapers and television stations for its innovative programs designed for children with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Tickets for the show are $15 per person and available in advance by calling 708-5945 or e-mailing cedarsongnatureschool@yahoo.com. Direct donations can be mailed to Cedarsong, P.O. Box 2845, Vashon, 98070.

Susan Harris clowns around for New Works

A one-woman show that its creator says is “funny, a bit shocking and fascinating” is the latest offering in Vashon Allied Arts’ “New Works” series.

The show, “Bozophobia,” was written and will be performed by Susan Harris, an Islander who has worked as a professional clown and clown trainer for almost 20 years.

Harris has also appeared as an actress in several Drama Dock productions, including “Same Time Next Year,” “Lips Together Teeth Apart” and “On Golden Pond.”

“Bozophobia,” which is not a show for kids, explores the comedy and pathos behind the scenes of a clown’s life, when she is accidentally sent to perform at an adult club.

Lisa Breen and Jeff Woolen will make guest appearances.

“Bozophobia” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Blue Heron. Tickets, $12 and $15, are on sale at Blue Heron, Heron’s Nest, Books by the Way and www.brownpapertickets.com.

Lelavision takes over Spice Route to help a school

Lelavision, a well-known Vashon performance ensemble comprised of Leah Mann and Ela Lamblin, has arranged an evening of performances at the Spice Route restaurant from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27.

It’s all part of a day where Spice Route and Lelavision will band together to raise money for a good cause — Camino Seguro School, located on the grounds of a huge municipal dump in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Mann and Lamblin have a longtime relationship with the school, having worked there and raised money for its students in the past. On Wednesday, 50 percent of the price of every meal purchased at Spice Route will go to a group of students Lelavision is sponsoring at the school.

Mann and Lamblin have created a lineup of performers to lure customers into the restaurant that night, including a bevy of Bollywood beauties that will bus tables and dance in the aisles. There will also be classical Indian dancing by Seattle dancer Leela Kathak, and Steffon Moody will entertain with a game he’s calling “Wheel of Bollywood Fortune.”

Chuck vanNorman will play an acoustic set of original music, and Seattle vocalist April Sotura will perform original compositions of Hafiz poetry with tamboura.

Lamblin will also play classical Indian music, but with a twist — the music will be transposed to two of his unique musical sculptures, which he crafts from found objects.

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