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Summertime entertainment on Vashon | Arts Briefs

Let’s do the time warp again 

Drama Dock’s long-awaited production of “The Rocky Horror Show” opens this week at Vashon High School, and organizers are hoping to attract a fun-loving, grown-up crowd that can appreciate the campy, sexy subject material of the cult hit show. Elizabeth Ripley has directed the production, which features a cast of talented thespians from both on and off the Island. 

A half-priced preview takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Other performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. July 8, 9, 14, 15 and 17, and 10 p.m. July 9 and 16. Tickets, $15 and $10, are on sale at Island book stores and at the door. Parental guidance is highly recommended.  

Blue Monster attacks 

Blue Monster, a five piece instrumental funk band headed up by Island music wizard Jason Lollar, will play a free show at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Red Bicycle Bistro. The show is for all ages until 11 p.m., when the venue switches to a 21 and older policy.

According to Pete Welch, who books music for the Bike, Blue Monster is a band that attracts an appreciative crowd.  

“These guys are starting to really build a following on the Island with that big rich sound, especially with Jason Lollar behind the Hammond B-3 organ,” he said.

Drink up and dance at Luna 

Café Luna will be hopping this weekend with events featuring wine and dance. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, Vashon Winery owner Ron Irvine will host a wine tasting, offering four wines for $10. Vashon Wine Club members receive a discount — visit for more information.

On Saturday, July 9, Darryl Caldwell will offer salsa dance instruction from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the café, and then dancers will be free to continue dancing until 9 p.m. No previous experience is necessary and the event is free.  

An artist jumps the pond  

Prolific Island artist Joan Wortis will open a new show at Seattle’s ArtXchange Gallery on July 7. 

The show, which runs through Aug. 27, is called “Folding/Unfolding,” and it includes art that merges textile design, hand weaving, printmaking and collage. 

For more information about the show and the gallery, visit    


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