What’s Happening Jan. 17 – 24

Music, art, storytelling and “travels with the self.”

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 12:31pm
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Author Philip Cushman (Courtesy Photo).

Author Philip Cushman (Courtesy Photo).


Virtuoso violin will meet Celtic guitar in a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Havurat, when William Coulter (guitar) and Edwin Huizinga (violin) play as the duo Fire and Grace. With their music, the pair explore classical, folk and contemporary traditions from around the world. Tickets, $20, are available at Vashon Bookshop and at the door. The Havurat is located at 15401 Westside Hwy.


The Greg Blake Band, comprised of four award-winning musicians who play bluegrass and country roots, will return to Vashon for a house concert starting with a potluck at 6 p.m. and the show’s downbeat at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at 15326 15th Ave S.W. No reservation is necessary, but a $25 donation is suggested.


Works by Vashon artists Teresa McFall, Robin Jones and Michelle Friars are included in the 2019 CVG Show in Bremerton’s Collective Visions Gallery — a large and prestigious art competition that includes sculptures, paintings, fiber art, prints, photographs, jewelry and more. This year, 356 artists from 96 cities and towns throughout Washington submitted more than 1,150 images for consideration. The show’s juror, Gary Faigin, selected 131 pieces for the show and will also choose the recipients of more than $8,250 in cash prizes going to 10 artists in multiple categories. Thousands more dollars will be given in awards by Bremerton businesses, the West Sound Arts Council and Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest. For more information about the exhibit, running Jan. 26 to Feb. 23, and to find out about talks and other special events, visit CVGShow.com.


Vashon Wilderness Program (VWP) will host its 12th Annual Storytelling Festival at noon Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Vashon Theatre. According to organizers, this year’s event is “for the community, by the community” and will feature nature-based stories, including personal, mythic and ancestral tales, told by VWP’s seasoned staff and audience members alike. Audience members of all ages are invited to bring a prepared five-minute story, or spin a tale in the One-Minute Story-thon, or join in fun, interactive group storytelling improv games. The free event is recommended for ages 4 and older. Arrive early to purchase snacks and sign up for a tellers’ spot. For more information about VWP and the festival, visit vashonwildernessprogram.org/community-celebrations/storytelling-festival.


Philip Cushman, a longtime and recently retired psychologist and island resident since 2002, will discuss his new book, “Travels with the Self,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Vashon Bookshop. The book is a collection of Cushman’s 45 professional articles and 51 talks written over the course of his 40-year practice in therapy, teaching and writing. Cushman said the book offers a political and philosophical critique of the way that therapy is now presented to the public, and presents alternative ways of understanding therapy based on the values and beliefs of patients. Moreover, Cushman critiques his own work in the book, in short chapter introductions that describe the historical context of the articles and talks republished in the book. The tone of the book, he said, is “angry, caring and conversational.” The evening will include mulled wine.

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