For the past three years, in a sunny office on the second floor of the Open Space for Arts & Community, co-founders Janet McAlpin and David Godsey have been putting their considerable creative talents toward a brand new act. Calling it a makeover from the inside out, the two performing artists are launching a $1.5 million renovation of the building with a kick-off gala event — The Big O — the first Sunday in June.
Author, leadership consultant and former Vashon resident Suzanne Anderson will return to the island next week to sign and read from her new book, "The Way of the Mysterial Woman," at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Vashon Bookshop.
Roald Dahl's celebrated story of Willie Wonka and the five lucky children who win a golden ticket to his chocolate factory will be performed this weekend by Vashon Dance Academy when Dance! Vashon, the nonprofit that produces the academy's shows, presents "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at the Vashon High School theater.
The perennially popular island band Bill Brown and the Kingbees will play a free show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.
This weekend kicks off the first summer Vashon Island Art Studio Tour, a beloved tradition typically held in May and December.
Vashon Center for the Arts Musical Theatre program will present Disney's "Aladdin JR" Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the center's new stage in the Kay (Katherine L. White Hall).
The Joy Mills Band, which The Stranger described as "Seattle's liveliest country-flavored act since Neko Case," will play a show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.
The Girsky Quartet is on a mission to play all of the Beethoven quartets. Last season, the group's Vashon Beethoven Quartet Project did just that. They performed six of the 15 quartets, and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, the group will play the six quartets in a progressive concert held at three of the island's churches.
Islander and intrepid hiker Lizzy Corliss has organized a showing of the film "Walkumentary" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the Vashon Theatre.
Vashon Dance Academy students prepare for the Gumdrop dance in Dance Vashon! "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory." The production is the 20th show directed by Vashon Dance Academy teachers Cheryl Krown and Julie Gibson. "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory," featuring more than 100 dancers, will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 24, 25 and 26 at the Vashon High School theater. Tickets are available at Vashon Bookshop.
What is the work of a poet in the world today? Islander Merna Hecht and Seattle poets Samar Albulhassan and Ann Teplick, will share the work they do — and the poems they write — at a reading to address the youth populations whose voices too often remain silent at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Vashon Bookshop. A community open mic will follow the reading for island poets to read their own work related to the theme of "The Poet in the World."
Island artist Donald Cole's latest work is a vibrant synthesis of a lifetime of cultural immersion, exploring the motion and emotion of travel, the body and the passage of time.
The Poetry Well is a monthly column that showcases island poetry. This month includes a poem by Vashon's inaugural poet laureate Ann Spiers.
Vashon Center for the Arts will hold its first musical theater production on the new stage. Vashon children, grades 4 to 12 will perform a stage version of the popular show, Disney's "Aladdin JR."
With the recent death of David Bowie, the rock world lost one its great icons and trailblazers. In celebration of his life and career, Vashon Center for the Arts will present BowieVision, the Northwest's premiere tribute band on Saturday evening. With video and lighting effects, deft musicianship and strong stage presence, the band will cover some of Bowie's greatest hits.
Former islander, indie-pop and rock singer-songwriter Cami Lundeen will return to her Vashon roots with a show at 8 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.
When island author and Newberry award-winner Karen Cushman sat down to write her 10th book for young readers, she knew only two things — the title of the book and that she wanted to do something different from her trademark historical fiction. Her efforts culminated in "Grayling's Song," Cushman's first fantasy novel. The author will sign and read from her recently released book at 6 p.m. Thursday at Vashon Bookshop.
Islanders Lois Watkins and Janie Starr have each lived on Vashon for just over a decade, but they only met a few months ago. They share a passion for activism and a love of writing, and they grew up in segregated America in the Southeast during the 1950s. But they could not have arrived on Vashon from two more different backgrounds. Watkins, black, and Starr, white, lived in vastly different worlds, and as they say, they came to their activism from flip sides of the race coin.
Islanders invited to All Island Reads kickoff on Thursday