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Arts briefs: Feb. 4

Valentine’s jazz concert

Seattle jazz vocalist Mercedes Nicole and a quartet of hot players will play straight-ahead jazz at the Blue Heron Art Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.

Nicole will be joined by Beth Wulff on piano, Jeremy Jones on drums, multi-instrumentalist Thaddeus Spae on guitar and Mikel Rollins on bass.

Tickets are $13 for Vashon Allied Arts members, seniors and students, and $15 general admission. Champagne and chocolate are included.

Poets talk Scandinavia

The Poetry Salon monthly gathering of poetry lovers has become a bit more substantial. The evening’s topic is chosen a month before, and participants may read and research before the resulting rich discussion.

February’s topic, to be discussed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, is “Poets and Poetry of Cold Places: Scandinavia.” March’s topic is “the metaphor.” To find out more, call or e-mail Devon Atkins at 353-9227 or

Quartet at book shop

Me & The Boys Quartet plays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the Vashon Bookshop. The quartet will play blues, originals, bluegrass, sing-a-longs and toe-tappin’ delights.

‘Kindness’ at Silverwood

Silverwood Gallery opens “Random Acts of Kindness” at noon Friday, Feb. 6. The show includes works by Hita von Mende, Terry Donnelly, Mary Liz Austin, Kira Bacon, Al Bradley, Sharon Munger, Brian Fisher, Clare Dohna and Cynthia Zheutlin.

See Russell’s oil paintings

Katherine Russell’s show of oil paintings,

watercolors and mixed media — “A Dreamscape Style, Stunning, Disarming and Wondrous in Content and Effect!” — begins on First Friday at Common Ground Café.

Photo show this month

Quinn McCarthy, who has a February show at The Hardware Store Restaurant, is an Island native who began taking photos to document his time spent living abroad. His work focuses on landscapes, macro photography, wildlife and photos of Vashon. He strives to capture his photographic subjects during quiet, “un-self-conscious” moments.

Swing set at book shop

Kim Thal will lead Swing Set and Singing Stories for kids at Vashon Bookshop from 10:30 to 11 a.m Thursday, Feb. 5. For more information, call 463-2616.

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