Ukelele-playing polar bears are part of the fun of VCA’s upcoming production, “Winston of Churchill” (Courtesy Photo).

Ukelele-playing polar bears are part of the fun of VCA’s upcoming production, “Winston of Churchill” (Courtesy Photo).

What’s Happening Oct. 11 – 18

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 1:13pm
  • Arts


The first show in VCA’s new family series, “Winston of Churchill: One Bear’s Battle Against Global Warming,” will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Vashon Center for the Arts. The play, written by Jeanie Okimoto and directed by Charlotte Tiencken, is the story of a smart, brave polar bear who lives by the motto, “Everyone must do their part, no matter how small.” The big-hearted play is based on Okimoto’s 2007 children’s book of the same name, and her publishing company, Endicott and Hugh, will donate a copy of it to every family in attendance. The cast includes the Vashon Ukulele band, which will appear as uke-playing polar bears. For tickets to the show and more information on VCA’s family series, visit


A workshop called “Building with Bamboo: Fundamental Joinery and Lashing Techniques,” will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Judd Creek Ranch Gallery, 22237 103rd Ave. The workshop will be led by bamboo carpenter Mark Meenan, who currently has work on exhibit at the gallery, and fellow carpenter Kevin Courtney. Participants in the workshop will be invited back to participate, at a later date, in an on-site practicum, assisting in the construction of a bamboo structure. The cost of the workshop is $125. Preregister at Cost includes materials and equipment.


A workshop for visual artists on how to successfully photograph paintings, drawings, sculptures and other artworks will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Land Trust, 10014 S.W. Bank Rd. Photographer Michelle Bates will teach the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch as well as a challenging piece of art to photograph. The cost is $45; email for more information.


The DOVE Project, an island nonprofit serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, would like to show artwork in its office and join the First Friday gallery cruise. Artists who are interested in participating should contact Heidi Jackson at 206-715-0258. The Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi is also seeking artists to show monthly rotating work and be part of First Friday openings. Contact the Bike’s manager, Garam Choi, if interested.


The Deep Energy Orchestra, a band of accomplished international musicians brought together by local composer and bassist Jason Everett, will have a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Open Space for Arts & Community. The show is a CD/DVD release concert for “Playing with Fire,” the group’s new album featuring Everett’s compositions blending classical music, jazz, rock and Indian fusion. Everett was named as an artist in residence at the prestigious Jack Straw Cultural Center, in Seattle, where the album was recorded last year. Band members include well-known bassist Trey Gunn, acclaimed Indian percussionist Salvaganesh and violinist Radhika Iyer. Other players will include tabla player Anil Prasad, Rachel Nesvig on violin, Aleida Gehrels on viola and Phil Hirschi on cello. For tickets and more information, visit


Gale Lurie and Lin Holley, two Vashon Island ceramic artists, will have work on exhibit in a show at the Washington State Convention Center, at 705 Pike Street, Seattle. The show is Northwest Designer Craftsmen’s “The Contemporary Art of Pacific Northwest Crafts,” which opened on Oct. 1 and will run through Jan. 4, in the convention center’s Level 2 Main Galleria. For more information about the show and gallery hours, visit

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