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Musicians perform in support of same-sex marriage

Two acclaimed American musicians, Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher, will perform their original songs at a benefit to support Referendum 74 and marriage equality at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie.

Island singer/songwriter Mike Dumovitch will open the show, and Lisa Stone, executive director of Legal Voice and member of the governing board of Washington United for Marriage, will be present to talk about the referendum and the efforts made by its supporters to retain the freedom to marry for all committed couples.

Sykes and Wandscher are known for their work in Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, a band that has released four recordings and toured widely throughout the United States. The New York Times has described the band’s sound as “spellbound music, rapt in fatalism and sorrow,” and The Stranger called the group’s latest album, “Marble Son,”  “a country-western, psych rock, shamanic, folk masterpiece.”

Tickets to the event are $20 and can be purchased in advance at Search for event Jesse Sykes.


Sub Pop plays a Halloween ball

Don a costume and head out for a Vashon tradition — a Halloween masked ball featuring Subconscious Population, slated for 9 p.m. Saturday, at the Red Bike.

The band, well loved by longtime Islanders for its funky and hypnotic grooves, is led by Ron Hook. For many years, the band has offered up a Halloween show, and this time it’s free.

The night is for Halloween revelers 21 and older only, and everyone will be required to show identification at the door.


See Vashonistas show on the big screen

The local fashion design collective The Vashonistas will present a screening of a video that documents their recent fashion show, “Fushion,” at 8 p.m. Thursday at Vashon Theatre. Admission is $5 — it’s a donation for Vashon Youth & Family Services’ HART program. “Fusion” took place on Oct. 6 at the Open Space for Arts & Community; it featured creations by more than a dozen local designers.


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