‘American Graffiti’ on the big screen
Vashon Theatre’s new series of retro family classics, “Summer Nights,” will unspool at 5 p.m. Friday, July 5, and 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6, with “American Graffiti,” the 1973 coming-of-age film starring impossibly young incarnations of such stars as Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard and Harrison Ford. The screenings are free for ages 12 and younger; adult tickets cost $8. Next up in the series, on July 26 and 27, will be the 1959 Sandra Dee movie, “Gidget.”
One More Mile at the Bike
Blues group One More Mile will play a free, all-ages show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi.The band is fronted by Jason Lollar (vocals and lead guitar) and Mike Nichols (vocals and harmonica.) Rounding out the band are keyboardist/vocalist Tony Mann, bassist/ vocalist Chuck Keller, and drummer/vocalist Wesley Peterson. They play original grooves and classic blues, funk and rock and roll covers. The show is for all ages until 11 p.m. After that, it is for ages 21 and older only.
Leap to See Seattle Dance Collective
Seattle Dance Collective, under the direction of Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) principal dancers Noelani Pantastico and James Yoichi Moore, will present works by five choreographers from three continents for the company’s debut performances at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13, and 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, at Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA). The featured choreographers represent both established and emerging voices in the world of modern ballet and contemporary dance.
Additionally, SDC’s Dance Immersion Workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9 and 10, at VCA. Each day will begin with a one-hour Pilates class taught by former Pittsburgh Ballet Theater dancer and PNB conditioning coach Kristen Moore, followed by a 90-minute ballet technique class taught by James Yoichi Moore (July 9) or Noelani Pantastico (July 10). Choreographer Bruno Roque will conclude each day with a contemporary improvisation class. For more information, and to buy tickets for performances and sign up for workshops, visit vashoncenterforthearts.org. The 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13 performance is for families and has lower ticket prices.
Tip the Scales with a music festival
Tip the Scales Events will present its first music festival at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at 6605 S.W. 240th Street, on Maury Island. The lineup will include Stephanie Johnson, an award-winning Northwest singer and songwriter, who is currently on The Voice. Her music has its roots in jazz, blues, folk and soul. Seattle rock band Boxcar Tourist will also perform. In this band, islander Jeff Minzel is joined by bandmates Ryan Glant, Dave Thurston, Eyal Schwartz and Sean Dolstad. St. Ophelia, a beloved alternative folk rock band, will round out the bill. The band is fronted by singer and songwriter Joseph Panzetta and vocalist Rebekah Kuzma, backed by Dan Tyack on steel guitar, Wesley Peterson on drums and Chuck Keeler on bass. The festival has a suggested donation of $30 to support Tip the Scales, an organization dedicated to paying musicians a fair wage, at house concerts and other intimate settings. There will be food trucks, but BYOB and a lawn chair. Donations will be collected at the event.