BIG O WONDERLAND AT OPEN SPACE
Islanders can come as Alice or the Mad Hatter to a gala fundraiser for Open Space for Arts & Community Friday, June 1. Doors open at 6 p.m., when guests can play games of chance, such as Cheshire Cat Croquet and Mad Hatter’s Musical Chairs. Prizes will include gift certificates for massages, dinner at May Kitchen, yoga and UMO classes, and concert tickets to see Judy Collins. A catered dinner will be served, followed by a dessert dash and a live auction with items, including Palouse wines, a getaway to Ashland, Oregon, a diamond necklace, artwork by Morgan Brig, and a trip for four to Vietnam. Tickets, $50, are available at OpenSpaceVashon.com. Open Space was recently renovated to house Vashon’s only true black box theater, a grand hall that can accommodate 600 people for various events, and extensive art gallery and classroom space.
‘PINOCCHIO’ DANCED TO LIFE
More than 100 young dancers will take the stage in Vashon Dance Academy’s spring show, “Pinocchio.” The show will be performed at Vashon High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 1; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2; and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students and are available at Vashon Bookshop and at the door.
SULTRY SOUNDS AT BIKE
Enjoy 1940s jazz and swing standards at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, when Delilah Pearl and the Mantarays take the stage of the Red Bike for a free show for all ages until 11 p.m. and those 21 and older after that. Pearl sings classic ballads and has been influenced by Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.
Vashon-Maury Coop Preschool will host “The Peanuts Movie” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Vashon Theater. The suggested ticket price is $5; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All ages are welcomed to this event geared for families.
NEW CLUB IS ABOUT EQUITY
Organizers of a new club for students of color in Vashon’s high school and middle schools are set to launch the group. Performer Leah Mann and Parents and Friends of Racial Equity are spearheading the club with the support of the Vashon Island School District and other groups. Interested youth can attend a meet-up at 3 p.m. Friday, June 1, at McMurray Middle School (room 152) followed by a spoken word slam featuring Daemond Arrindell at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Spoke Gallery. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The Allison Shirk Band will play a free show at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Vashon Center for the Arts. Gary Stroutsos will bring live music, storytelling and documentary film to “Remembering the Songs” at Vashon Center for the Arts at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9. The performance explores musical traditions from Zuni, Navajo and Salish peoples. Musician and musicologist Michael Tracy will take the stage at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Vashon Center for the Arts for a presentation on Franz Liszt that includes a lecture, slide show and a live piano performance by piano virtuoso Mark Salman. Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes, with guitarist Pedro Cortes and singer/percussionist Jose Moreno, will perform a flamenco show, “Feria,” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at the VHS Theater. Tickets are $15/$20/$33 at brownpapertickets.com and Vashon Bookshop. Visit vashoncenterforthearts.com for info on VCA events.