Paperboys in the park
The Paperboys will close out the Vashon Park District’s free Summer Concerts in the Parks series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Ober Park. The band has a 25-year-history of traveling the world, playing music with a range of influences from Celtic and bluegrass, to Mexican son jarocho, to brass bands and Canadian roots music — an amalgamation The Paperboys have refined into a genre called Cajun Slamgrass. They have received a slew of honors, including a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy) and released nine albums. Tom Landa, who founded the band, describes their high-octane sound as “Guinness with a tequila chaser while listening to an American jukebox.” In other words, plan to dance. But leave your booze, smokables and dogs at home — those aren’t allowed in the park. The month-long concert series, curated by Vashon Events and sponsored by a wide range of island businesses, included rock, reggae, big band and folk music.
‘Jaws’ takes a swim on big screen
Vashon Theatre will end its popular Summer Nights family film series with “Jaws,” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. The classic film, directed by Steven Speilberg and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Roy Scheider, unleashed waves of aquaphobia and selachophobia when it was released in 1975. Admission is free for ages 12 and younger and $8 for everyone else. For more information on all the theater’s offerings, visit vashontheatre.com.
Puppet theater at Camp Colvos
Jawbone Puppet Theater will present “Wise Crows, Stupid Machines & Toy Dinosaurs: Memoirs of a Bohemian Puppet Family” at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Camp Colvos Brewing. The father-son duo of puppeteers — islanders Adam Ende and his son, Ling Ling Endelin — will present an autobiographical story about their own adventures as well as their deeper thoughts on a variety of quirky topics. This show is for adults due to strong language and in-depth storylines and themes. Special guest Linda Comer will open the show with stories, humor and singing. Tickets are $8. For more information, visit adamende.art.
Hometown heroes show off new film
“Low Low,” a new film with Vashon connections that recently launched on the national film festival circuit, will have a special screening at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Vashon Theatre. The film, directed by Nick Richey, was produced by Zach Mann and Mark Sayre, who grew up on Vashon. “Low Low” tells the story of four high school girls attempting to navigate their last day of summer in a failing town. A recent review in The Los Angeles Times called the film a strong debut for director Richey, in his first outing with a feature film. Richey and the film’s star, Ali Richey, will attend the Sept. 8 screening on Vashon, along with Mann and Sayre, to introduce the film and answer questions after the show. Tickets, $9 and $10, are on sale now at vashontheatre.com. For more information on the film, visit lowlowmovie.com. The movie is currently unrated, but would be rated R, said Mann.
Music festival on the farm
The Farmstad Music Festival will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Farmstad, a 10-family organic co-op farm at 12108 SW 148th Street. The event will feature performances by vocalist and songwriter Alexandra Blakely, as well as Boka Koyyate & The Dieliyah Band, a group that plays a West African fusion of Griot, Afro-Beat and the modern music of Guinea. Attendees should bring their own beverages, but a one-time-only menu by chefs Lauren Garaventa and Rustle Beihn, of The Ruby Brink, will be available in the farm’s kitchen area. The farm will also offer a farm-to-table dinner by Chef Chris Koerber, of Earthen Bistro, on Sept. 15. For more information, visit farmstad.com. Tickets to the music festival are $20.