One recipe for a lovely night at the theater combines good material with excellent direction and an outstanding ensemble cast. Drama Dock's current co-production with Open Space — "Becky's New Car" — takes the cake on all counts.
Jealous Dogs, Seattle's only Pretenders tribute band, will play a show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.
The band Liquid Gold, made up of violinist Edwin Huizinga and guitarist William Coulter, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Havuart Ee Shalom, with island Kat Eggleston playing the opening act.
In 2007, when former islander Benita Staadecker turned 60, the last present she expected was a play commissioned in her honor. After all, when Benita's husband Charlie asked her what she wanted, she said, "Surprise me." Surprise her he did with a play commissioned via Seattle's ACT Theatre. "Becky's New Car" will have its island premiere this weekend and next at Open Space for Arts & Community.
Band plays sweet soul at the Bike
As a storyteller and school librarian, islander Bob Jonas knows what kids like to read. As a writer of young adult fiction, he knows how to hook his audience — create a challenge for the youthful protagonist in a tough position and see how they do. In his latest novel, "Imposter," a 16-year-old American boy at an international school in Saudi Arabia masquerades as an online cleric, and the stunt causes serious fallout. Jonas will discuss "Imposter" at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Vashon Bookshop.
Call it luck. Call it synchronicity or even fate, but the stars aligned on the day in 1953 when an elite fighter pilot flew a stolen Soviet MiG-15 jet out of North Korea and defected to the West. The story of his escape, North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung's subsequent rise to power and the United States' seldom-discussed role in the Korean War are the focus of best-selling author Blaine Harden's riveting historical thriller, "The Great Leader and The Fighter Pilot: A True Story About the Birth of Tyranny in North Korea." Harden will read and discuss his newly-released paperback at 6 p.m. Thursday at Vashon Bookshop.
A house concert is an easy way to experience live music in an intimate and warm setting and is an up-close and personal way to meet musicians. Islanders have an opportunity to attend a house concert with the acoustic strings and harmonizing voices of Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor of Noctambule, and Tim Connell in a Vashon living room at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Blaine Harden, former reporter for The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, will read and discuss his latest book, "The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: A True Story about the Birth of Tyranny in North Korea," at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Vashon Bookshop.
Island artist Wendra Lynne will hold a class called "Wine and Watercolors" from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Café Luna. Lynne will guide participants through easy techniques to unleash creativity. Each student will complete a matted watercolor painting. Art materials and a glass of Vashon Winery wine are included in the $35 class fee. Pre-registration at Café Luna is required.
Singer-songwriters Gus Reeves and Camille Coldeen from the band Cherrywood Station will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday with Vashon Events' Youth opener, Mallory Breen.
A group of talented island musicians will perform Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater" and other sacred music at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. John Vianney Church.
In celebration of legendary singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt and in support of Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS), local musicians Ian Moore, Star Anna, Loren Sinner, Jeff Kanzler, Gregg Curry, Kat Eggleston, Roger Taylor and Mike Nichols will play a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron.
In our 21st century world, where volatile change seems to be the norm, an artist from India, C.F. John, and a poet from Vashon, Tom Pruiksma, have carried on a 12-year transcontinental conversation, both spoken and written, that aims at the heart of the world's upheaval.
In its current special exhibit, the Heritage Museum is showcasing the craft of former islander Marshall Sohl, who told the history of Vashon and its people by rendering it meticulously through wood burning and painting.
The dynamic and experimental duo of Leah Mann and Ela Lamblin, the creative directors behind Lelavision, will return to the Blue Heron for two performances at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Writer Wendell Berry once said that if you don't know where you are, you don't know who you are. The sense of place — both the spirit of the land and the character of the community — has long been a beguiling subject for many a writer and storyteller.
German painter, printmaker and sculptor Kathe Kollwitz will be the subject of art historian Rebecca Albiani's Vashon Allied Arts' Art History Talks lecture set for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Vashon High School theater.
The 18th century bard of Scotland, Robert or Rabbie Burns, made his mark as a lyricist, pioneer of the Romantic movement and as Scotland's national poet. Since 1802, six years after his death, the Burns Supper has been held to celebrate the man who penned the New Year's song "Auld Lang Syne" and, Scotland's unofficial national anthem, "Scots Wha Hae." The celebration is marked by toasts and ample servings of haggis.