What’s Happening Jan. 24 – 31

Poetry, the Posies, a puppet slam, and more.

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019 12:42pm
  • Arts
Stefan Haves, of Cirque du Soleil, will teach a clowning and performance class on Vashon (Courtesy Photo).

Stefan Haves, of Cirque du Soleil, will teach a clowning and performance class on Vashon (Courtesy Photo).


Rick Barot, a Tacoma writer who is the poetry editor for New England Review and director of The Rainier Writing Workshop, will speak about “The Personal and the Political” at Vashon Center for the Arts’ next Arts & Humanities Series lecture. The talk will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at VCA. (See page 4 for more information.)


Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer, of the legendary Northwest power pop band The Posies, will perform two shows at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Hastings-Cone Gallery/Home Sweet Home, adjacent to Snapdragon Bakery & Cafe, on Vashon. The 5:30 p.m. show was added last week after brisk ticket sales. Tickets for the standing-room-only show are $20; purchase at Vashon Bookshop or brownpapertickets.com. All ages are welcome in the Hastings-Cone Gallery area.


Wild Moccasins, a Houston indie-pop dance band, will play a show at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi. The show’s producers are Vashon Events and Tyrel Stenhahl, an island musician who regularly hosts house concerts. Vashon’s own punk teen 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 wmvashon.brownpapertickets.com. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the show is all ages until 11 p.m.


A new season of Salish Sea Early Music concerts starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at Bethel Church, with “Baroque Flute & Lute: A tour of 18th-century Germany, France and Italy,” with John Lenti on theorbo and baroque guitar and Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute. Handel, Vivaldi, Blavet and others will be played. A donation of $15 to $25 is suggested, with the concert free to those 25 and younger. To find out more and see the upcoming slate of concerts, visit salishseafestival.org.


Tip the Scales Events will present Irish fiddler Frankie Gavin at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Vashon Havurah, at 15401 Westside Hwy. SW. Gavin is a founding member of the legendary Irish traditional band De Danann; he also performs and records with other luminaries in the Irish traditional music scene and beyond, including Yehudi Menuhin, Stéphane Grappelli and Elvis Costello. He won the 2018 Musician of the Year award from Ireland’s prestigious Gradam Ceoil Arts Academy, and recently performed for the Pope in Dublin. Contact kat@ kateggleston.com to reserve a seat, tickets are $20.


Vashon Center for the Arts has announced a call for submissions to its first annual Vashon literary conference. Vashon Lit Con will take place at VCA and other local venues from April 11 to 14, and includes workshops, panels, lectures, a “Lit Crawl,” a “Kid Lit Con,” performances, visual art, and other activities for all ages. A link to submit a proposal for the conference can be found at vashoncenterforthearts.org.


Cirque du Soleil director and performance coach Stefan Haves will teach a workshop on clowning and performance from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Open Space for Arts & Community. Open to all levels of skill and experience, the session will cover connecting with an audience, developing presence on stage, and working through blocks to authenticity. Haves has worked on nine Cirque du Soleil shows, including “O,” “Love” and “Ka,” and he also spent six years as a writer and director for Teatro Zinzanni in Seattle and San Francisco. Islander Kevin Joyce, of EnJoy Productions, billed the workshop as a “a rare opportunity to work with a world-class master teacher in performance,” and credited Haves as a supportive and instinctive mentor who has had a lasting impact on his own creative work. To register, call Joyce at 206-818-8136 or email Kevin@en-joyproductions.com. The cost is $60, and registration is limited to 25 people.


Jawbone Puppet Theater will present “Beef Heart and Puppet Theatre,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Spoke. The second in a series of ongoing puppet slams, the night will feature a clown worship ritual by Stephen Lipke, ventriloquism by Gina Wilhelm and shadow puppets and songs by Linda Comer. The Okrent-Grau Family Players will present the sad tale of Don Gato, and Ellie & Clyde will show off a new sketch. Manuel Alvarez will offer a new toy theater piece, and Luz Gaxiola will provide accordion delight, as well as a quirky father/son act. Jawbone Puppet Theater will present tales of giant thinking machines, robots, and a futuristic sci-fi soda can dispenser. Also, beef heart ginger soup will be served. Admission is $8, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The show is for all ages, with the caveat that the slam “avoids insipid cutesy-pap — our shows are smarter and stranger than that.”

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