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Meade shares his “Genius”

Author and mythologist Michael Meade will bring his trademark mix of storytelling, poetry and discussion to Vashon at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Vashon Methodist Church. Tickets are $12 and can be ordered in advance at The show is called “Finding Genius in Your Life” — a look, Meade says, at the way “our genius calls to us at critical junctures and whenever change is required. Whether younger or older our job is to answer the call.”

Musical fun at the Bike

Katrina Kope will bring cool jazz and an improvisatory style to Vashon on Saturday, with an 8:30 p.m. show at Red Bicycle Bistro. Kope, the front woman of the band Soul Kata, will join forces on stage with Men for Common Sense, a Seattle jam band. Concert organizer Pete Welch said the show will be a night of sharing original songs and making some up on the spot. He encouraged local musicians and singers to attend and join in on the fun. The free show is for all ages until 11 p.m., and 21 and older after that.

Nirvana hosts a concert

Nirvana Indian Restaurant will be the scene of a free concert on Saturday, when Seattle’s Adrian Xavier brings a blend of reggae, soul and world music to the Island. Xavier’s music has been heard on the hipster radio station KEXP, and he has appeared at many Seattle venues and festivals, including Bumbershoot. He’s been billed with such greats as Jimmy Cliff, the Wailers, Eek-A-Mouse, the Black Eyed Peas, Public Enemy, John Legend and Kanye West. The show runs from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday.

Harmonica Pocket plays

The Harmonica Pocket, a rising band in the growing “kindie rock” movement, will play a family show at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Blue Heron. At the concert, the Pocket will pay homage to Dr. Seuss — there will be a sing-along to musicalized Seuss stories and a chance to help save the Whos. Hula hoops, a suitcase full of props and a new  musical instrument called the Hinklehorn  will round out the fun. Tickets, at the Blue Heron, Vashon Bookshop and, cost $5 for ages 12 and younger, $7 for VAA members, seniors and students and $10 general.

Concert at the Roasterie

Allison Shirk will sing and play the guitar at a special, one-night-only concert at the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie at 7 p.m. Friday. Shirk, who hails from Texas and now lives on Vashon, will perform songs she has written herself — pieces that tell stories about people, places and the life experiences that tie them together. Her distinctive voice has a slightly southern accent, and her performances are considered both provocative and sincere. There’s no cover; all ages are welcome


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