Arts and Entertainment

Entertainment to banish the November blahs

Adrian Xavier and Sarah Christine will perform at Nirvana.  - Courtesy Photo
Adrian Xavier and Sarah Christine will perform at Nirvana.
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A burlesque show serves spicy, grown-up fun

Save Saturday night for saucy fun, when the Open Space for Arts & Community presents its latest edition of its Burlesco Notturno series.

The show, dubbed “Eccentrico,” will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday at Open Space.

Organizers promise a Vashon-style mix of classic burlesque, camp and gender-bending sexiness, with a pair of bowling ball and chainsaw juggling Siamese twins, a bit of samba heat and more.

Guest performers will include Jesse Belle-Jones and Lady Tatas, two well-traveled stars of the Sinner Saint Burlesque troupe. To better understand their talents, it’s helpful to know that Belle-Jones is known as “The Modern Sexual Intellectual” and Lady Tatas calls herself “The Debutante of Derriere.” Joining them will be The Bellini Twins, who have performed on The Tonight Show, at the Russian State Circus and Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas. Local clown and Rio de Janeiro style samba dancer Molly Shannon will also perform.

The Love Markets, a black slip wearing, Weimar-inspired cabaret music playing band, will provide a raucous and decadent soundtrack to the evening. The show will be hosted, as usual,  by Open Space founders Janet McAlpin and David Godsey, playing their usual Burlesco roles as the stilt-walking Mme X and her bumbling attorney.

Tickets, $25 to $30, are on sale at the Vashon Bookshop and www.brownpapertickets.com.

Chamber music series offers highbrow thrills

Vashon Allied Arts’ popular Chamber Music Series will continue at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Blue Heron, with pianist Jane Harty, violinist Ron Patterson, viola player Roxanna Patterson and cellist Douglas Davis playing music by Mozart as well as Rachmaninoff’s brooding Trio in G Minor. Harty is an accomplished recitalist of solo piano and chamber music repertoire. She holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Southern California, and studied at L’Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. She has appeared in recital with members of the Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta and blues, jazz and world musicians. As a solo pianist, her repertoire ranges from Mozart and Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms, Debussy and Ravel to Elliott Carter. She is also a harpsichordist and Bach specialist.

For tickets, $18/$22, visit www.vashonalliedarts.org.

Head out for a soulful night of world music

Soulful chantuese Sarah Christine will be joined by world music-inspired songwriter Adrian Xavier at a free show, set for 8:30 p.m. Friday at Nirvana.

Christine is an islander who sings music flavored by soul, reggae and rhythm and blues stylings.

She recently returned from a two-month trip to Jamaica, a journey filled with musical adventures that left her hungry for more, she said.

Xavier, who has toured, recorded and played music for more than a decade, sings songs rooted in positivity and other inspirational messages.

Expect a sound from him that spans soul, dub, jazz, rock and even hip-hop genres.

Islanders can swing dance the afternoon away at 4 p.m. Sunday, when Vashon’s Portage Fill will fill the Open Space for Arts & Community with big band music.

“Sunday Swing” is a new all-ages event for Open Space, and organizers encourage attendees to dress for exuberant dancing — whether it be in ball gowns or the comfiest sweatpants in their closets.

The idea to start the Sunday afternoon swing dances started when Portage Fill played at last year’s Inaugural Ball — an event that had teenagers swinging and elders tapping their feet.

“We want to dance some more,” said Open Space founder David Godsey. “So we’re throwing a party to do just that.”

Godsey’s efforts to get up and dance at Open Space also include a monthly “Club O” night that turns the big performance hall into a night club, complete with deejays and mirror balls.

There is a suggested donation of $10 for the dance. Visit www.openspacevashon.com for more information.

Feel like tapping your toes? You can do that

Islanders can swing dance the afternoon away at 4 p.m. Sunday, when Vashon’s Portage Fill will fill the Open Space for Arts & Community with big band music.

“Sunday Swing” is a new all-ages event for Open Space, and organizers encourage attendees to dress for exuberant dancing — whether it be in ball gowns or the comfiest sweatpants in their closets.

The idea to start the Sunday afternoon swing dances started when Portage Fill played at last year’s Inaugural Ball — an event that had teenagers swinging and elders tapping their feet.

“We want to dance some more,” said Open Space founder David Godsey. “So we’re throwing a party to do just that.”

Godsey’s efforts to get up and dance at Open Space also include a monthly “Club O” night that turns the big performance hall into a night club, complete with deejays and mirror balls.

There is a suggested donation of $10 for the dance. Visit www.openspacevashon.com for more information.

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