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Laughs and music for the holidays | Entertainment Briefs

Laugh it up tonight

Vashon Theatre will once again host an evening of comedy — a round of semi-finals in the hotly contested 32nd annual Seattle International Comedy Competition. Some of the best comedians from around the region will perform in this judged, stand-up contest. The top five from several rounds that have already occurred will square off at the theater, trying to draw the most laughs in eight to 12 minute sets.

The show is 7:30 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $15 to $17.

Two shows will get your toes tapping at Café Luna

Island band TV Dinner will bring the best jazz, blues and rock from television and movies to Café Luna from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. TV Dinner features Pat Reardon on guitars, Steve Meyer on stand-up bass and Andre Sapp on mandolin. Over several courses, they mix sweet melodies and salty solos so everyone goes home satisfied

The one-man folk band Scott McDougall will sing songs of travel, discovery and perseverance at Café Luna from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. His punk-infused, old-time songs bring fury to the dance floor.

Soulful songwriters team up for folk-inspired blend

Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer will play a free, all-ages show at 8 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike. The songwriters, who recently released their first official collaboration, blend their lush folk and Americana-influenced melodies and intricately weave their vocal harmonies. Fer’s potent and electric lead guitar playing propels the duo through their uniquely heartfelt and spirited performances.

Several soloists featured in chorale’s winter concert

The 80-voice-strong Vashon Island Chorale will present “Dona Nobis Pacem — Grant Us Peace,” a concert featuring a holiday repertoire and the world premiere of two selections of composer Abraham Kaplan’s “Eight Days of Chanukah,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Bethel Church.

As always, Gary D. Cannon, the chorale’s artistic director, will wield the baton, and the concert will include performances by several notable soloists and musicians, including Vashon Opera stars Jennifer and Andrew Krikawa, Shannon Flora, Kim Farrell and Joe Farmer.

The high, clear voices of the Vashon Island Youth Chorus will also be heard singing “Peace, Peace, Peace,” during the Sunday evening concert.

Tickets, $12.50 and$10, will be sold at Vashon Bookshop, the Blue Heron and


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