Soprano Pretty Yende stars in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “La Fille du Régiment,” which will be streamed on March 2 at Vashon Theatre (Courtesy Photo).

Soprano Pretty Yende stars in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “La Fille du Régiment,” which will be streamed on March 2 at Vashon Theatre (Courtesy Photo).

What’s Happening Feb. 14 – 21

An Oscar party, a night at the opera, a tribute to a troubled Texas troubadour, and more.

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 11:48am
  • Arts

Laugh with your love or fly solo

The Best of the Seattle International Comedy Competition will present a Valentine’s Night show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Vashon Theatre. Drew Dunn, 2018 SICC Champion, will headline the show. He’ll be joined by Seattle comedians Alyssa Yeoman and Wilfred Padua. All three are seasoned professionals and well known throughout the region and beyond. Yeoman is a co-host of the popular Leafly podcast, The Roll-Up, and creator and co-host of the relationship podcast “You Suck, Don’t Leave!” Padua has performed at Bumbershoot, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Boring Time Comedy Festival and the Summer Meltdown Music Festival. Tickets, $25, are on sale now at Vashon Theatre’s Box Office and

High and Lonesome at the Bike

The longtime island band High and Lonesome will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi. The band plays bluegrass, blues and Bakersfield country music. Islanders will recognize John Schubert on guitar and vocals, with Tab Tabscott on dobro and pedal steel. Jamie Blair plays the banjo, Pete Martin plays fiddle and mandolin, and Al Hutteball mans the upright bass. There is no cover charge for the show, and it will be for all ages until 11 p.m. and 21 and older after that.

Dance is postponed

DANCE Flash!, an all-ages dance, originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15, at Spoke, has been postponed due to weather. Organizers said they hope to reschedule the shoe-less, kid-friendly event, which was planned as a benefit to raise funds and awareness for the Vashon DOVE Project.

And the award goes to…

Vashon Theatre will hold its annual Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 24, to coincide with a live broadcast of the star-studded event. Dress up in your finest Vashonwood style — doors will open at 4 p.m. for red carpet festivities, with the concession stand open for popcorn, treats, beer and wine. Party-goers can all fill out a ballot with their predictions for the awards; the winner will receive a grand prize. The Oscar show begins at 5 p.m. During commercial breaks, there will be a costume contest with prizes given to the best-dressed child, teen, adult and the winner of the coveted Cher Award for the most over-the-top costume. A sumptuous vegetarian dinner, catered by La Biondo, will begin at 6 p.m. Admission to the show is by suggested donation of $10; all proceeds will go for much-needed updates and renovations to the historic movie house. Dinner is an extra $14 ($8 for those age 8 and younger). To find out more and reserve tickets, visit

Talk on Warhol rescheduled

The latest lecture in Vashon Center for the Arts’ monthly Art History Talks series, set for Feb. 12 but postponed by the snowstorm, will now take place at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. It will cover Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup can. Art historian Rebecca Albiani, who leads the lecture series, will discuss how Warhol deliberately set out to create an icon and why so many pop artists borrowed from supermarket shelves and other traditionally feminine realms for some of their best-known imagery. Single tickets to the lecture are $16 to $24. For more information, visit

Saturday morning at the Met

Vashon Theatre will stream the Metropolitan Opera production of Donizetti’s charming comedy, “La Fille du Régiment,” starring tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende, at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2. The morning will feature mimosas and an intermission brunch at the theater. Tickets to the opera cost $20/$18; brunch of local pastries, fresh fruit and more is an additional $8. Buy tickets at

Calling all artists

Vashon Island Visual Artists has a call out for artists for its spring studio tour, with an application deadline of 5 p.m. Monday, March 4. The tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4, 5, 11 and 12. Membership in VIVA is required to apply; membership costs $10 for island artists, and non-voting, off-island members pay $75. Off-island artists must show in an island studio location. Find out more and apply to be on the tour at

Townes tribute coming up

A night of music will honor the brilliant but troubled Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Vashon Theatre. The night, “Love Me Some Townes Van Zandt,” will be produced by islander Debra Heesch and feature a line-up of performers including Star Anna, Mike Dumovich, Jeff Kanzler, Kat Eggleston, Danny Newcomb, Rebekah Kuzma and more. The night will mark the 75th birthday of Van Zandt, who died in 1997 at the age of 52. His music lives on, with songs like “Pancho and Lefty,” “I’ll Be There in the Morning,” and “If I Needed You,” that have inspired countless other songwriters and singers. Tickets, $15, are available at the theater box office or

Update on three events to honor Brian Doyle

An Arts & Humanities lecture originally scheduled for Feb. 17, “Story-Catcher” — The Life and Writing of Brian Doyle” and the opening of an exhibit of artwork by Doyle’s wife, both at Vashon Center for the Arts, have been rescheduled, due to the recent snowstorm. Now, the late author will be celebrated with three concurrent events in March, including a new staged adaptation of his works, a panel discussion featuring those who knew him personally, and an exhibit of paintings by his wife, Mary Miller Doyle. Brian Doyle, a prodigious writer whose prose earned him a national reputation, died of brain cancer in 2017. The centerpiece of the three events is “Kissing the Joy as It Flies, the Wit and Wisdom of Brian Doyle,” a staged presentation of some of his best essays and excerpts from his stories and novels, which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at VCA’s Kay White Hall. “Kissing the Joy” has been adapted for the stage by Mike and Gerry Feinstein and will be directed by Charlotte Tiencken, with original music by Kat Eggleston. The “Story-Catcher” Arts & Humanities lecture, about Doyle and his work, will now take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, following that day’s presentation of “Kissing the Joy.” Moderated by Mike Feinstein, the panel discussion will include Robin Cody, Father Charles Gordon, William Baars and Mary Miller Doyle. Mary’s paintings will also be on view at Vashon Center for the Arts soon — dates of the exhibition to be confirmed. For complete information, visit

More in Arts

Duo brings poetry, power to upcoming performance

Concert-goers can expect to hear music that is stirring, contemplative and topical.

A new musical production wraps ‘O Brother’ songs in fresh gimmick

A fresh narrative, built around Vashonian lore, will adapt famous soundtrack to island story.

What’s Happening June 13 – 20

Tributes to music greats, a showcase of island gardens, beer and the Blues, and more.

Third-graders sound the alarm to save salmon and orcas

Artworks call on their viewers to step up to protect the fragile ecosystems of the Salish Sea.

Jon Langford comes to town

Founded punk band The Mekons and alt-country ensembles The Waco Brothers and Pine Valley Cosmonauts.

Vashon Dance Academy does ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Performance will incorporate ballet, hip hop and modern dance to tell familiar story.

Music talk delves into the life and times of Ravel

The lecture will include performances by acclaimed musicians.

What’s Happening June 6 – 13

Claudia Schmidt, a celebrated singer-songwriter, will perform at a house concert at 7 p.m. Monday.

Can’t-miss performances, blockbuster new shows to debut

Island’s first art walk of the summer will unfold from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 7.

Japanese Day of Exile remembered in art and poetry

Commemorates the day Japanese American residents of Vashon Island were forced to leave their homes.

What’s Happening May 16 – 23

A night of guitar, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” an exhibit of photos from the border, and more.

‘Mamma Mia’ leaves audiences singing

The production is, in the end, the ultimate crowd pleaser.