What’s Happening Sept. 19 – 26

Hurra! Oktoberfest; LGBTQ films to screen; get caught in The Cyclone Line; and more.

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:45pm
  • Arts
Charlotte L. Stuart will present a talk, “Getting Serious About Humor: Murder Mysteries that Bump Your Funny Bone,” and read from her new mystery, “Survival Can Be Deadly,” at Vashon Bookshop (Courtesy Photo).

Charlotte L. Stuart will present a talk, “Getting Serious About Humor: Murder Mysteries that Bump Your Funny Bone,” and read from her new mystery, “Survival Can Be Deadly,” at Vashon Bookshop (Courtesy Photo).

Get your Oktoberfest on

Vashon Brewing’s second annual Oktoberfest Celebration is slated for 12 to 10 p.m. Sat, Sept 21, at the brewery’s Community Pub. The festivities will include games for the whole family, music, German-style craft beers and food trucks. JD Hobson will play music at 1 p.m., followed at 3:30 p.m. by Danny Newcomb & The Sugarmakers and Billy Joe & the Dusty 45s at 6:30 p.m. The event will also include a keg rolling contest, kids’ activities, raffles and more. Admission is free to those younger than 21, and $10, which includes a free beer mug while they last, for ages 21 and older.

Series showcases LGBTQ films

A film series, held in conjunction with a Vashon Heritage Museum’s current exhibition on LGBTQ history on Vashon, will start with a potluck and screening of the film “Radical Harmonies” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Vashon Senior Center. The documentary chronicles the Women’s Music Cultural Movement and its evolution from a “girl with a guitar” to a revolution in the roles of women in music and culture. The next film in the series, “Torch Song Trilogy,” will screen Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Vashon Theatre. The series is co-sponsored by the Heritage Museum, Vashon Theatre, Voice of Vashon, Island Greentech, Vashon Senior Center and 4Culture. For more information, visit vashonheritagemuseum.org.

The Cyclone Line returns

Island singer-songwriter Kat Eggleston’s play with music, “The Cyclone Line,” will be performed in a return engagement set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Vashon Center for the Arts. The play had its world premiere performances at VCA in 2016. Set in Oklahoma in the 1930s, and inspired by the dust bowl memories of Eggelston’s father, the play tells a story of quiet, courageous lives upended by tornadoes and devastating dust storms. The new production, marking the release of a CD of songs from the play, is directed by Charlotte Tiencken and will star Eggleston as herself, Seattle actor Brian Guntar as Al, and Vashon’s John Browne in the musician’s role. Tickets range in price from $10 to $20; buy them at vashoncenterforthearts.org.

Mystery writer gives talk

Island author Charlotte L. Stuart will present a short talk, “Getting Serious About Humor: Murder Mysteries that Bump Your Funny Bone,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Vashon Bookshop. Stuart’s talk will include discussion about the types of humor found in mysteries and a humor continuum for categorizing mystery writers. She’ll also read from her new mystery, “Survival Can Be Deadly.” The book tells the story of a discount private investigator who sets out to find runaway girl, with the trail leading to a survivalist camp in the San Juan Islands. Mac Logan, the author of the Angels’ Share thrillers, has called the book “a diverting, humorous and human tale well told.”

Open house for new teen center

Attend an open house for OSpace4Teens, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Open Space for Arts & Community. The event will include food, a DJ, photo booth and activities for teens. The new, almost 1,500 square-foot teen center includes a recreation area with ping pong and foosball, a pool table, piano, an open art studio and a lounge. Activities this fall and in 2020 will include dance parties, opportunities for advocacy and fundraisers for school clubs and teen causes. To get involved, contact Veronica Aristeo at veronica@openspacevashon.com or send a direct message to the program’s Instagram at OpenSpace4Teens.

More in Arts

The arts are the gift that keeps giving in December

Offerings include all-star performances, concerts, special exhibits and holiday sales.

Folk singer, storyteller will shine on theatre stage

John Craigie is making a stop on the island as part of his “Keep It Warm” tour.

December starts out artful with cruise, tour

Most spots are open from 6 to 9 p.m.

In concert, divas will pay tribute to country queen Patsy Cline

The show, with its ever-evolving cast of singers, is back on the island by popular demand.

Studio tour to include debut of new puzzle art

A new family business will show its wares during the Vashon Island Visual Artists’ studio tour.

What’s Happening Nov. 28 – Dec. 5

“Ford v Ferrari” star at the theatre, the music of David Bowie, “Ballroom Burlesque,” and more.

What’s Happening Nov. 14 – 21

Rock out at the skate park, films light up the screen, dreams lost, found and transformed, and more.

Life is a ‘Gaybaret’ for two talented islanders

The show’s creators weave storytelling, songs and theater to tell a story about their lives together.

What’s Happening Nov. 7 – 14

Chamber music, the politics of hair, climate change talk, rock out at the skate park, and more.

Two islanders stage a summit on compassion in Seattle

Presenters will discuss how to bring compassion and mindfulness into workplaces and communities.

Drama Dock show is milestone for troupe

“She Kills Monsters” is Drama Dock’s first offering by a non-white playwright.

Island music comes calling at an album release party

“Vashon Calling” includes 13 tracks by island bands and singer-songwriters.