Arts and Entertainment

Performances, plays and music will enchant Island audiences this week

Godfrey Daniels is a  Moisture Festival act. - Michelle Bates photo
Godfrey Daniels is a Moisture Festival act.
— image credit: Michelle Bates photo

‘May’s Vote’ tells the story of how women won the vote in Washington state

“May’s Vote,” a play about the state’s suffrage movement, will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21, in the multi-purpose room at Chautauqua Elementary.

Vashon Park District and the Vashon chapter of the League of Women Voters are presenting the show.

Barbara Callander and Toni Douglass will portray Emma Smith DeVoe and May Arkwright Hutton, who worked side by side to win the right for Washington women to vote in 1910.

Donations will be accepted for the performers, who have performed together for more than a decade.

Get funky at Buddha Bar and Lounge

A funk dance party, presided over by DJ Feelgood, will take place at Buddha Bar and Lounge, located in Spice Route Restaurant, at 9 p.m. Friday, March 19.

Benoit and Chandler light up The Bike

Paul Benoit and Chris Chandler will play at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Red Bicycle Bistro.

Benoit’s roots rock band, Crosseyed, released two albums. He also co-founded Hanuman, an ensemble blending jazz, bluegrass, funk, country and rock and roll with African beats. Hanuman released five albums, sold more than 8,000 recordings and toured extensively. His most recent CD, “Bluebird,” was recorded in El Salvador.

Chris Chandler is also a veteran of the road. He has worked with artists including Allen Ginsberg, Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger and Mojo Nixon.

There is a $5 cover charge for the evening, which is for all ages until 11 p.m and for 21 and older after that.

Iconic Island players will take the stage

John Browne, Subconcious Population and Stoney Beach will play at a benefit for the next Vashon Music Festival, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at Red Bicycle Bistro.

Browne, a bearded bluesman with a deep roots on Vashon, is a survivor of the 1960s music scene. His band, Ph Phactor Jugband, was an opening act for such notables as Frank Zappa, Lenny Bruce and The Doors. Subconscious Population, led by Ron Hook, is a band that has also been part of the fabric of Vashon’s music scene for many years. Stoney Beach plays blues, punk and American rock. The band has been on Vashon since 2009.

Admission is by donation, and the show is for all ages until 11 p.m. and for ages 21 and older after that.

Café Luna’s shows include a benefit

Jon Whalen, an Island singer and songwriter, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Café Luna. 

His credits include solo shows at Luna, a house concert to raise money to support Vashon’s homeless population and appearances for the Backbone Campaign. Whalen, playing bass, also joined Michelle Shocked during two of her appearances at Vashon Theatre. He is currently an ensemble member of the Church of Great Rain. 

The Luna show is part of an upcoming series of concerts Whalen will perform as fundraisers for a sick friend.

“This is grassroots health care reform,” Whalen said. 

The next night, Seattle singer/songwriter Dustin Darnold will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20, in a free concert at Café Luna. Tips will be accepted.

Music critic Derek Wright praised Darnold’s work in Liner Notes Magazine: “He’s not just a lonesome troubadour with a set of guitar strings in one hand and heart strings in the other.”

Celtic music players and knitters are invited to play and craft at Café Luna from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 21.

See ‘Crude’ at Vashon Theatre

The documentary film “Crude” will be shown at 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Vashon Theatre. For Word Films, Vashon Film Society and Sustainable Vashon are presenting the film, which is about the devastation to forests and waterways in South America that resulted from years of petroleum exploration and extraction by big oil companies. A $5 donation is suggested.

Moisture Festival is on the way

Open Space for Art & Community will be a venue for Seattle’s Moisture Festival this year, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27.

Moisture Festival, now in its seventh year, is a celebration of cabaret and vaudeville acts, showcasing comedy, feats of physical dexterity and demonstrations of strength and beauty.

Performers on Friday will include Dr. Calamari & Acrophilia, Godfrey Daniels, Nanda, The Smirk Show, Hat Trick, Bill Robison and aerial artists The Aerialistas and Aviatrix. On Saturday, the lineup will include Dr. Calamari & Acrophilia, The Canote Brothers, Mr. Spin, Anesidora, Lelavision, Iman Liizarazu and Hat Trick. The Aerialistas and Aviatrix will also perform again on Saturday.

Tickets, which range in price from $10 to $20, are on sales now at For more information, visit

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