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Mark your calendar for these holiday happenings
Island Dance Theatre, a Vashon Park District-affiliated program, will perform “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 16 and 23, at Vashon High School. Stop by the park district office to buy advance tickets.
A youth theater production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be unwrapped at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Blue Heron. Tickets, $6 and $9, will be sold at the Blue Heron, Heron’s Nest and the Vashon Bookshop.
An all-female lineup of stand-up comics will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, for “That’s What She Said,” a show to support Vashon’s DoVE Project, an agency that assists survivors of domestic violence. Leah Mansfield and Shannon Whaley will headline; Janet McAlpin will emcee. Tickets are $10.
“A Jazzy Lil’ Christmas,” a concert featuring Seattle vocalists Victoria Wimer Contreras, Alessandra Rose and Kim Virant, will happen at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Open Space for Arts & Community. Tickets, $12, are on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com and the Vashon Bookshop.
Local author Bob Ward will read from his book, “Le Reve (The Dream),” from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at The Hardware Store Restaurant. The book is a children’s adventure fantasy about a young girl’s journey of hope and discovery. Ward’s illustrations will also be on display. Donations for the Vashon Kiwanis Club toy drive will be accepted.
“The Grinch Takes a Wholiday” will be performed by Steffon Moody and family at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Vashon Theatre. It’s Moody’s third annual appearance on Vashon as the Grinch. He’ll be backed up on stage by Grinchettes Arlettte and Louisa Moody; Giacomo Moody will join the show as Grinch, Jr. Tickets are $5.
A event to mark the Winter Solstice is planned for 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Open Space for Arts & Community. Called “The Beginning” and dubbed a “party/performance/community ritual,” it’s the brainchild of Islanders Martha Enson and Kevin Joyce. The all-ages, alcohol-free event will include a dessert buffet and roving performances by a wide range of on- and off-Island talent. Tickets, $10, are on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com
Drama Dock will present a live, staged version of the timeless holiday classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” beginning Friday, Dec. 21, at the Blue Heron. Performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 23 and 30. Tickets, ranging in price from $7.50 to $20, are on sale at www.vashonalliedarts.org, the Vashon Bookshop, the Blue Heron, and the Heron’s Nest.
“Winterdance: Molly’s Revenge’s 7th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration,” will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at Bethel Church. The concert will feature the well-known band’s mix of bagpipes, fiddles, whistles and other traditional instruments, playing Christmas music with a Celtic twist. The Murray Irish Dancers and vocalist Christa Burch will be special guests. Tickets, $18/advance and $20/door, are on sale at the church and www.mollysrevenge.com.