Arts and Entertainment

Arts briefs: Oct. 29

Feel like laughing?

Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi will serve up its monthly dose of stand-up comedy, hosted by Steffon Moody, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

Comedians Andy Norwest and Toby Brown will perform.

Norwest began performing at age 13 in various theaters and improv troupes and has spent the last three years honing his stand-up act on stages across the Northwest.

Warming up the evening will be Toby Brown, who says he has pursued comedy, education and work in San Francisco, Los Angeles and rebel-controlled Nigeria.

Moody hosts comedy nights on the first Thursday of every month at the Bike. Last month’s Comedy Extravaganza featured 18 different acts.

Moody promised, “We’ll have the extravaganza two or three times a year. Island comedians are coming out of the woodwork. The next one will be in February.”

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Moody said the material at comedy nights can get blue, so parental guidance is suggested.

A Halloween zombie flick

Vashon Film Society (VFS) will present “Fido,” a Canadian “zombie comedy,” at Vashon Theatre at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

According to Leslie McMichael, VFS organizer, “This monster movie spoof serves up more than mere gore. Here’s a zombie movie with witty commentary on social conformity, homeland security and immigration.”

Set in the Technicolor suburbs of the 1950s, the film shows a world recovering from recent zombie wars, with tamed zombies harnessed as family servants by corporate giant ZomCom. Scottish comedian Billy Connolly turns in a performance as the family zombie Fido.

McMichael advises Islanders not to miss “this entertaining, slightly blood-splattered poke in the ribs at our modern-day war on terror, Lassie movies and more.”

Admission is by donation.

Election eve film looks at vote fraud

Café Luna will present a free election eve screening of “Murder, Spies & Voting Lies: The Clint Curtis Story,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3.

This film from director Patty Sharaf tells the story of computer programmer Clint Curtis, who became a whistle-blower after he was asked by a powerful legislator to write vote-rigging software during the 2004 election.

Curtis was awarded a 2006 Spine Award from Vashon’s Backbone Campaign.

“If you’re not already at your maximum dose of Zoloft, the film should make you at least a little worried about the fact that 80 percent of America’s votes are counted by systems that have proven to be vulnerable to hacking in the past, and nothing has been done to change that” said Peter Ray, who is organizing the screening.

“Having spent nearly two years in this election process, come and see how it all can be made moot by 12 lines of programming code. It’s your vote,” he added.

Discuss dark, edgy poets

A new poetry salon will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Vashon Bookshop.

This month’s topic is the edgy, dark French poets of the 19th century, Les Poets Maudit. Discuss the culture, time and words of Baudelaire, Rimbaud and their contemporaries during this evening of poetry.

The poetry salon meets every first Wednesday of the month.

For more information, call Devon Atkins, 353-9227.

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