The Arts in Brief
Fly high with a new aerial show
“Secrets I Can’t Remember: Aerial Dance and Theater All Mixed Up,” will have performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, March 21, 22 and 24, and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Open Space for Arts & Community. Performers will include Esther Edelman (also the show’s director), Glenn Easley, Julie Gibson and Nehara Kalev, performing in an evening of aerial acrobatic dance. Tickets, $20, are on sale at secrets.brownpapertickets.com.
Dancers strut their stuff for ‘Original Works’
One of the most highly anticipated dance programs of the year — Vashon Center for the Arts’ “Original Works” — will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, and 1 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at VCA. The show, boasting performances by dozens of dancers, provides a vibrant showcase of newly choreographed works by students of Vashon Center for Dance as well as their teachers and professional choreographers. Launched in 2014, the program typically includes contemporary, modern, tap, ballet and hip-hop dances. Find out more about the show and get tickets at vashoncenterforthearts.org.
Animation imagination on display
The creativity of fourth-grade students at Chautauqua Elementary School will be showcased at the Vashon Artists in Schools (VAIS) Stop Motion Film Festival at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Vashon Center for the Arts. The films were recently created when VAIS teaching artist Alisara Martin worked with Chautauqua teachers Karen Barich, Shanon Browne, Laura Jensen and Chris Muller to teach students the fundamentals of digital animation. The residency focused on creative writing as well as video illustration and voice-over narration, with the aim of creating films where written word was echoed and reinforced with visual imagery. Tickets to the film fest are by donation to support VAIS.
Illustrator to hold workshop
Island illustrator Lynn McClain will teach a workshop, “Draw Me a Story: Visualizing the Written Word,” from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Judd Creek Ranch Gallery. The workshop is geared to teenagers and adults interested in learning the process of storyboarding. Participants can draw inspiration from illuminated bookplates in McClain’s recently released children’s book, “Cinderella,” as well as her other work now on display at the gallery. For more information, visit juddcreekranch.com.
Oregon Symphony stars will shine
Vashon Chamber Music will present “Stars of the Oregon Symphony” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Vashon Center for the Arts. Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony, Sarah Kwak, Oregon Symphony violinist/violist Vali Phillips and Portland pianist Cary Lewis will join cellist Rowena Hammill for a program that includes the Brahms Piano Quartet in A major. Tickets, ranging in price from $10 to $25, are on sale now at vashoncenterforthearts.org.
Save the date for a Brazilian master
Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto, a Brazilian pianist, composer and arranger, will bring his trio and guest Kiko Freitas, a renowned Brazilian guitarist, to play a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Vashon Center for the Arts. Neto’s music is a mélange of energetic grooves, harmonies, improvisation, melodies and ensemble playing. His compositions have been performed by the Seattle Symphony, chamber ensembles and jazz orchestras around the world. Advance tickets, $22 to 22, are on sale at vashoncenterforthearts. All tickets at the door cost $26.