Arts and Entertainment

Arts briefs: Feb. 25

Author to read at Books by the Way

Author Diane Hammond will appear at Books by the Way to read from her latest book, “Hannah’s Dream,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5.

The novel, which Booklist called “irresistibly touching” and “delectably uplifting,” tells the story of an elderly zookeeper, Samson Brown, and his relationship with Hannah, the lone elephant at a dilapidated zoo.

Hammond’s appearance at Books by the Way will include a multimedia presentation about the hot-button issues surrounding appropriate captivity for some of the world’s largest mammals. She will also talk about her own life-changing experience with Keiko, the killer whale star of the movie “Free Willy.”

Hammond is the author of the critically acclaimed novels “Going to Bend” and “Homesick Creek.” She has been the recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission literary fellowship. She also served as a spokesperson for the Free Willy Keiko Foundation and the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and currently lives in Bend, Ore., with her husband and daughter.

‘Mardi Gras’ at Luna

Lunavision will present a free screening of the documentary film “Mardi Gras — Made in China,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Café Luna.

Directed by David Redmon, the film has won 21 national and international awards. It follows the path of Mardi Gras beads from the streets of New Orleans back to the factory where they were made in Fuzhou, China.

With humor and precision, the film chronicles a clash of cultures as it weaves a thread between Mardi Gras participants and teenage factory workers in China.

“If more of these ‘where did it come from and at what cost to whom?’ type films were made we might take the ‘think globally’ thing a bit more seriously,” said Lunavision curator Peter Ray.

Bluegrass at the Grange

A concert at the Vashon Grange Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, will showcase the talents of two well-known musical duos.

Bluegrass singers and musicians Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum will be joined by Orville Johnson and Mark Graham, who have performed and recorded together as The Kings of Mongrel Folk.

Grammy winners Lewis and Rozum are singers, songwriters and instrumentalists, playing fiddle, mandolin and guitar. To sample their music, visit www.laurielewis.com.

Johnson and Graham are known for their virtuosity on harmonica and guitar, as well as their song catalog, which includes such titles as “Zen Gospel Singing,” “I Can See Your Aura and It’s Ugly,” and “Blueprint for the Blues.” To find out more about the duo, visit www.mongrelfolk.com.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Vashon Bookshop. For more information, call 372-6720.

Duo plays the Heron

The instrumental duo Tingsad and Rumbel will play at the Blue Heron at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

The concert will feature new tunes from the duo’s most recent CD, “Leap of Faith,” as well as a selection of music from the pair’s previous 18 releases.

Eric Tingstad plays finger style guitar, and Nancy Rumbel plays oboe and ocarina (an ancient flute-like instrument). They won a Grammy award for their 2003 release, “Acoustic Garden.”

Tickets are $15 and $17. To reserve, call 463-5131.

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