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Go see a show | Arts and Entertainment Briefs
A night of grown-up fun
The third installment of Burlesco Notturno, a burlesque series at Open Space for Arts & Community, will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday.
This time around, the show is dubbed “Circo” and will feature the talents of aerialist Terry Crane and acrobat and juggler Romeo Valentino. Burlesque stars Randi Rascal and Bunny Monroe will add more heat to the spicy mix, and French jazz will come from Bric-a-brac, a group that plays weekly at The Pink Door in Seattle. As always, UMO and Open Space founders Janet McAlpin and David Godsey will have a hand in the proceedings, appearing as the infamous emcee Mme. X and her lawyer. Tickets to the show, which is for ages 21 and older, are $20 and can be purchased at the Vashon Bookshop and www.brownpapertickets.com.
Poetry at the Roasterie
An evening of poetry and spoken word by six Vashon poets and four visiting writers will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie. The theme of the evening is water. The roster of writers includes Chris Shorne, Gigi Frazier, Casey Tonnelly, Elaina M. Ellis, Johnnie R. Pratt, Julie Shannon, Jennifer Lynx, John Heaviside, Debra Thompson Harvey and Love Moore. Visiting writers will come from the Bent Writing Institute, which is described by event organizers as “the first and only queer writing institute in the country.”
Meade explores genius
Author and mythologist Michael Meade will once again bring his trademark mix of storytelling, poetry and discussion to Vashon at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Vashon Methodist Church. Tickets are $12 and can be ordered in advance at www.mosaicvoices.org.
Meade will present an evening with the theme of “Finding Genius in Your Life,” leading audiences on an exploration of the original idea of genius — the natural spirit, inner qualities and unique gifts of a person.
Get ready for Oscar Night
Vashon Film Society will host its 15th annual Oscar Night at Vashon Theatre starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. The annual party is a chance to Islanders to come to the theater wearing their pajamas or outrageous Hollywood-themed costumes and join together in watching the Academy Awards ceremony unfold on the big screen. As usual, there will be limo rides, paparazzi photos, costume contests, a dinner catered by The Hardware Store Restaurant, desserts and beverages at the event. This year’s hosts are Steffon Moody, Craig Sutherland and Fiona Hope, who will not necessarily appear as themselves.
Regular admission is $10 for all ages; a $30 package includes extras such as dinner, drinks and limo rides. Get tickets at the theater box office, Vashon Bookshop and www.brownpapertickets.com. Proceeds will go to Vashon Film Society’s scholarship program.