Get jazzy at the Sugar Shack
Seattle band leader and jazz pianist Ron Weinstein will entertain at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Vashon’s Sugar Shack, 17636 100th Ave SW. The evening costs $25, including the concert, a three-course dinner made by Chef Wally Bell — salad, bechamel lasagna and tiramisu brownie. Text 206-463-3782 to reserve a spot. The evening is for ages 21 and older only.
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 vashontheatre.com.
‘Fail Better’ with UMO
Vashon’s acclaimed UMO Ensemble will present the return of “Fail Better: Beckett Moves UMO,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Open Space for Arts & Community, and 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, at McIntyre Hall Performing Arts Center, 2501 East College Way, in Mount Vernon. The show is an exploration of the essential themes of Samuel Beckett’s work using a giant teeter-totter, ropes and pulleys. During the performance, five archetypal Beckett characters tackle love, life and death in typical Beckett fashion, with humor, metaphor, stillness and gross indecency. The Seattle Times called the show “a mesmerizing production … a visual delight and an intellectual teaser.” The show is a benefit to support UMO’s new works, with admission by donation. For more information, visit umo.org.
‘Kissing the Joy as It Flies’
The life and writing of the late Brian Doyle, a prodigious writer whose prose earned him a national reputation, will be celebrated at VCA in March with an original 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. The centerpiece of the three events is “Kissing the Joy as It Flies, the Wit and Wisdom of Brian Doyle,” featuring a cast of local actors who will interpret some of Doyle’s best essays and excerpts from his stories and novels. The show 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. An Arts & Humanities lecture, “Story Catcher,” about Doyle and his work, will 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, William Baars and Mary Miller Doyle. Mary Doyle’s paintings will also be on view at Vashon Center for the Arts during the presentation of the show and panel. For complete information on all the events, and tickets, visit vashoncenterforthearts.org.
Family series goes Greek
The final performance of Vashon Center for the Arts’ family series will feature Book-It Repertory’s “The Odyssey: An Exploration of Myth, Magic and Monsters,” for grades three to eight, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at VCA. Adapted from Homer’s epic poem, the show celebrates Greek tradition and theatrical mask, the importance of teamwork and problem-solving, and the power of ingenuity and perseverance. Tickets, $6 for youth and $10 for adults, are on sale at vashoncenterforthearts.org.
Calling all Acid Queens and Pinball Wizards
There will be open auditions for Drama Dock’s summer musical, “The Who’s Tommy,” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, at the McMurray Band room. Be prepared to sing and have an appropriate spoken audition piece. Elise Morrill is directing the production of the rock opera, which will open on June 27 at Vashon Center for the Arts. For more information contact Morrill at 510-427-1571 or firstname.lastname@example.org.