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‘The Master’ will be shown Friday
The Academy Award-nominated film “The Master” will play at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Vashon Theatre. The screening is a presentation of the Vashon Film Society — part of its First Friday series of art films at the theater.
The film, from maverick director Paul Thomas Anderson, tells a story of faith and free will. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the charismatic role of Lancaster Dodd, a character many have compared to L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Joaquin Phoenix co-stars as Freddie Quell, a damaged soul who is drawn into Dodd’s orbit.
Calling the movie “challenging and psychologically fraught,” the Chicago Reader went on to laud “The Master” for chronicling the clashing forces of the 1950s, pitting community and social freedom against each other. Tickets to the show are $7.
House concert and sing-along
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Growden will hold a house concert at 8 p.m. Friday at 10607 S.W. Sylvan Beach Rd. A potluck will precede the concert at 6:30 p.m. Growden’s influences include Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, John Coltrane, Townes Van Zandt and Alan Lomax’s field recordings. The suggested donation is $10 to $20.
Growden will also host a community sing-along at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Grange Hall at 10365 S.W. Cowan Rd. There is a $10 to $25 suggested donation for the workshop, which will include singing and movement, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Alt-country at the Bike
The Ganges River Band, an alt-country group complete with pedal steel player, will sing songs about heartbreak, grief and joy at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Red Bicycle Bistro. It’s a free show, with all ages welcome until 11 p.m., when the venue is open only to those 21 and older.
The Ganges River Band is part of Seattle’s underground country/folk music scene. Band members include frontman A.P. Dugas, a Texas native; bass player Steven Burnett; drummer Adrian Van Gatenburg and pedal steel player Randy Neil.
Caspar Babypants plays for kids
Calling all pint-sized music fans to rock out: Caspar Babypants will play a high-octane show at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Blue Heron.
Caspar is the alter-ego and “kindie-rock” act of part-time Islander Chris Ballew. Well-known in Seattle for founding the band The Presidents of the United States of America, Ballew now draws crowds of miniature music fans to see him perform songs with names like “Crazy Blue Beetle” and “Summer Baby.” He has two new CDs, “Hot Dog!” and “I Found You,” and, with his wife Kate Endle, has collaborated on children’s books that include audio.
Tickets to the show are $5 and $8. Visit www.vashonalliedarts.org to buy them in advance.
Flamenco comes to the Grange
A dance troupe will bring the flair and drama of Spanish flamenco to Vashon at 7:30 p.m. Monday, at The Grange Hall located in the upper north-end ferry parking lot.
The troupe, Ciudades Northwest Flamenco, is led by Seattle dancer Savannah Fuentes. She’ll be joined on stage by well-known Gypsy singer Jesus Montoya of Seville and master guitarist Pedro Cortes. It’s the fourth stop on a tour that will bring flamenco artists to communities throughout the Northwest.
Tickets to the show, on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com, are $10 to $35. To find out more about the tour, visit www.savannahfuentes.com.