Arts and Entertainment

Arts briefs: Dec. 31

Exhibit explores artists' inner visions

Café Luna’s January exhibit, “The Medical Abstract,” will provide a glimpse into the psyches of health care providers at Vashon Health Center.

The show, which opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, features self-portraits by health center staffers.

The portraits were made as part of a collaboration with Island artist Jeffrey Zheutlin, who encouraged the staff to tap the “energy beneath the surface.”

Nutcracker is re-scheduled

Islanders have another chance to see Vashon’s Junior Civic Ballet’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet. Performances that were cancelled due to bad weather have been re-scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 2 and 3 at Vashon High School Theatre.

Tickets are available at the Park District’s Ober Park offices or at the door. Prices are $8 for adults, seniors $5, children ages 5-12 $4, and children younger than 5 are free.

Drama Dock auditions

Drama Dock will hold more auditions for its 2009 musical season on Sunday, Jan. 4, at Blue Heron Art Center.

Auditions for the summer musical, Urinetown, will start at noon. Male singers, teens and seniors are especially encouraged to audition and should be prepared to sing without accompaniment.

Auditions for HONK! will begin at 1 p.m. The directors are especially looking for boys of all ages and girls who are in elementary through high school. There are parts for chickens, geese, frogs and a turkey. Those auditioning should prepare a short song to sing unaccompanied, and be prepared to dance. For more information, call 463-1849.

Sign up for the Chorale

Vashon Island Chorale, under the direction of Gary Cannon, will begin rehearsing on Tuesday, Jan. 13, for its spring concert, “American Masters: Bernstein, Copland, & Gershwin.” The concert is scheduled for April 26.

Pre-registration and music distribution will be held at the Vashon Library from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, and 12:20 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. For information, call Jo Ann Bardeen at 567-5841.

A class for painters starts

Midge Grace will teach an oil and pastel painting class for students “aged 10 to 110” at the Senior Center from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 8 to March 5. A $60 fee includes all eight sessions. A few scholarships are available. Grace will also teach a once-a-month Saturday workshop, at no extra cost, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students not in the Thursday class are welcome as well as long as there is space available. Sign up at the Senior Center or call 463-5173.

Celtic players come to VAA

Hanz Araki, an award-winning Celtic flutist and vocalist, will bring a group of Celtic players to the Blue Heron Art Center, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10.

A former member of the Celtic-rock group, The Paperboys, Araki has also played with the Seattle Symphony, the University of Washington Wind Ensemble and is featured on many recordings and soundtracks.

Araki will be joined by guitarist Cary Novotny, Irish step dancer and vocalist Colleen Raney and Kathryn Claire, who is a singer, songwriter, fiddler and dancer. Tickets are $13 and $15. Call 463-5131 to reserve.

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