Puppets by Manuel Alvarez will be included in a poetry slam on April 6 (Courtesy Photo).

Puppets by Manuel Alvarez will be included in a poetry slam on April 6 (Courtesy Photo).

What’s Happening March 28 – April 4

Fairy tales, edgy puppets, cold brews and more.

  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019 1:13pm
  • Arts

Care center seeks artists

Vashon Community Care has room to display 40 or so wall hangings on its walls and wants artists to use this space to promote their work and provide pleasant passage ways in its halls for residents, visitors and employees. Islander Geri Peterson, who curates the walls, says they are perfect for a large collection from an artist or group of artists. Peterson’s own watercolor paintings are presently displayed there, and she reports she recently sold a couple of her works. If you have wall art appropriate for this venue, call Peterson at 206-463-2767 for a two-month slot during 2019 or 2020.

Fairy tale day at Judd Creek Ranch

Illustrator Lynn McClain will do a reading and sign classical fairy tales and fables she has illustrated for Hathaway House, in stories including “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “Cinderella,” “The Princess and the Pea,” “Town Mouse Country Mouse” and “The Shoemaker and the Elves,” from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at Judd Ranch Creek Gallery. The day marks the close of an exhibit by the artist at the gallery.

Puppet slam offers edgy fun

The latest installment of Beer and Puppet Theater, an ongoing series of puppet slams, will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Camp Colvos Brewing in the former home of Saucy Sisters. The slams are presented by Jawbone Puppet Theater, founded by islander Adam Ende. The roster of performers will include three children, but the night comes with a disclaimer: Ende doesn’t believe in violence- or sacrilege-free entertainment for kids. The night, he said, will include tales of a two-legged serpent, an old lady devoured by wild beasts and a piece based on Vashon and Maury’s history that includes goblins and gnomes. Performers include the Okrent-Grau Family Players, puppeteers Linda Comer, Manuel Alvarez, Ling Ling Endelin and Ende, and clowns Lux Gaxiola and the Steven Lipke. Tickets are $8 for the show, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Ende is also looking for new collaborators. To arrange a visit to his studio in Dockton, contact him 347-455-5558.

Celebrate democracy and poetry

Vashon held a poetry reading and open mic to address poetry and democracy issues, in conjunction with the Academy of American Poets Coalition’s celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Walt Whitman, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Vashon Bookshop. Vashon’s reading will feature island poets Ann Spiers, Jessika Satori, Linera Lucas, Yvonne Leach, Sandra Noel, Hunter Davis and Lynn Carrigan, but others are welcome to read their own or Whitman’s works. Contact mernaanna@yahoo.com to sign up as a reader at the open mic.

Celebrate The Who’s ‘Tommy’ at the pub

Join Drama Dock, your friends and neighbors from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Vashon’s Community Pub for a night of local handcrafted beer, pub bites, “Tommy” trivia, music and maybe a raffle or two. The night, Drama Dock said, will celebrate wild guitar players, mad drummers and pinball wizards — as well as serve to whet islanders’ thirst for its summer production of the rock opera, “Tommy.”

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