Arts Briefs Jan. 31 – Feb. 7

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:12am
  • Arts
Vashon’s 20 Eyes will open for Wild Moccasins (Courtesy Photo)

Vashon’s 20 Eyes will open for Wild Moccasins (Courtesy Photo)

Wild Moccasins and 20 Eyes

Wild Moccasins, a well-known Houston indie-pop dance band, will rock the house at an all-ages show, featuring music from their new album, “Look Together” at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi. Vashon’s very own hardcore punk teen brother duo, 20 Eyes, will be the opening act, and a DJ set by Slingshot Around the Sun will conclude the noisy night of fun at the Bike. Tickets are $10; purchase at Doors will open at 8 p.m. The show is for all ages until 11 p.m. and ages 21+ only after that.

Classical music at VCA

Check out a new classical music series at Vashon Center for the Arts, starting this weekend. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, renowned Russian classical pianist Vyacheslav “Slava” Gryaznov will play a select program of Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Ravel. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. At 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, local composer and bassist Jason Everett and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra will present a concert exploring the connections between Indian classical music and Flamenco. The program will also highlight selections from Everett’s CD, “Playing with Fire.” For tickets and more information, visit

Writing it down

“Spring Forward: An Imbolic Writing Workshop,” will be taught by local poet and educator Thomas Elliott, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at VALISE Gallery. There is a suggested donation of $40. For more information, stop by the gallery and inquire on the opening night of Valise’s February exhibit, “Sonnet Shoppe.”

Fiddle around

Irish fiddle player Frankie Gavin will play a “Tip the Scales” concert, at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Vashon Havurah. Gavin is a founding member of the legendary Irish band De Danann, known for his performances and recordings with other luminaries in the Irish traditional music scene and beyond, including Yehudi Menuhin and Elvis Costello. Tickets are $20 each; reserve seats by contacting

Lexicon of Light

Island photographers, including those in high school, are invited to submit their work to The Lexicon of Light art project, which aims to integrate the storytelling power of poetry and photography in an exhibit at Vashon Center for the Arts, opening in April for National Poetry Month. The exhibit is helmed by islander Michael Elenko; other local artists and poets involved in the project include Susan Lynch, Linera Lucas, Dawn Stief and Claudia Hollander-Lucas. The deadline for submitting photographs is Friday, Feb. 8. Check the guidelines and find out more at

The Golden Age of Mardi Gras

Open Space for Arts & Community will host a fundraising gala at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8; the theme is the golden age of Mardi Gras. The Garfield Jazz trio will play alongside the Tudo Beleza dance company, and chef Shawn Niles — who has appeared on “Master Chef” — will cook southern cuisine that consists of soups, salads, sides, main dishes and vegan options. Advance tickets are $75, while tickets at the door are $100. For more information, visit

Hear the music of Cape Verde

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Vashon Events and Jacob Bain will host an intimate concert of Tcheka, a Cape Verde international touring musician, at the Black Box Theater at Open Space for Arts & Community. Cape Verde, a country on Africa’s northwest coast, is known for its Creole Portuguese-African culture and traditional music. While referencing multiple Cape Verdean genres (batuku, funaná, finason, tabanka, morna and coladera), Tcheka’s music is also an intersection of Caribbean, Brazilian and African sounds. Advanced tickets are $20; at the door, they are $25. For more information, visit

Improvising While Black

“Improvising While Black on Vashon Island” will bring Brooklyn-based African American dance artist, teacher and performer mayfield brooks (who spells her name with lower-case letters) and local dance artist Karen Nelson, who is white, together in collaboration within mayfield’s ongoing project IWB/Improvising While Black. They will give one performance at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Open Space for Arts & Community, followed by an audience discussion. Tickets are by donation at the door. The show is composed of dance, movement, storytelling, singing and visual imagery used to express and raise awareness about racial justice, identity, diversity and community accountability. It aims, Nelson said, to create a culture of support and community for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and white allies. The project received a 4Culture grant to perform on Vashon and is co-sponsored by Vashon-Maury SURJ/ Showing Up for Racial Justice.

Drama Dock to deliver The Odd Couple

Drama Dock will present a female version of Neil Simon’s classic comedy, “The Odd Couple,” at Vashon Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23. Matinee performances will take place at 1 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 24. Another Thursday, Feb. 21, performance is by donation at the door. The cast includes Cate O’Kane, Dedra Dakota, Bonny Moss, Chai Ste. Marie, Thea Vernoy, Sue DeNies, James Norton and Russell Baker, and is directed by Chaim Rosemarin. For more information and tickets, visit

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