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.
Island historian reads from new book about Vashon
Director of Dance at VCA Center for Dance Christine Juarez, right, instructs students in a rehearsal for the dance school's spring performance of "Dancers at a Gathering" and "Cinderella." It will be the inaugural dance performance in the Vashon Center for the Arts' new Katherine L White Hall. Guest pianist, islander William Kirkpatrick, will play, on stage, Chopin selections to accompany the advanced students performing "Dancers at a Gathering," a non-narrative ballet. The second half of the program will be Prokofiev's "Cinderella," with all new choreography — including ballet, modern and tap — by five Center for Dance faculty. The show opens on Friday, June 3 and runs through the weekend, with matinees on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available at VCA, Heron's Nest and vashoncenterforthearts.org.
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 late 1940s. 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.
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Three years ago, island singer-song-writer Sarah Christine had an intention to do more than dabble with her music. Last week, she released her new single, "We Are One," realizing both her intention and a greater wish for her music to become a vehicle for good.
Lois Watkins met Dr. Martin Luther King not once, but twice. Her sister went to school with the Little Rock Nine students. As a child, she could not drink water from the public fountain in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. Watkins, 72, grew up as a black child in segregated America.
It's been seven years since Vashon High School's theater arts produced a classic American musical for its spring performance. This weekend will interrupt that trend when students perform Cole Porter's classic and popular musical, "Anything Goes." The show opens Friday and will run for three weekends.
It's been a year in the works, but when tickets for "Pagliacci Palooza" went on sale, the two performances slated for Friday and Sunday sold out in a flash. Fortunately, there are still tickets available for today's dress rehearsal at 7 p.m. at Vashon Center for the Arts' Katherine L White Hall.
The Poetry Well is a monthly column that showcases island poetry. This month includes a poem by former Vashon teen poet laureate Lily Robinthal.
When world-renowned Bulgarian singer Valya Balkanska holds a vocal workshop on Vashon, the recorded sound of her voice will be orbiting the earth aboard two Voyager spacecraft. The workshop, sponsored by Balkan Echoes, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Vashon High School band room.
This weekend, the Vashon Theatre will be packed with actors, actresses and dancers hoping to nab a part in the pilot of islander Curtis Lee Fulton's television show: Vashon - A Mini-Series.
The Friday and Sunday performances are sold out, but tickets are still available for the dress rehearsal slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. Tickets are $15 and sold at Vashon Bookshop and at vashonopera.com.
What makes Vashon unique? The answer to that short but loaded question is teased out in the engaging narrative of Bruce Haluman's new book, "A Brief History of Vashon Island."
It's the rare extended family that escapes the toxic reach of addiction. Who doesn't have at least one 'black sheep' who sucks up all the oxygen at family gatherings, inciting hushed whispers and wary glances?
Island photographer Lori Kay will show her latest artistic photo images at Café Luna.
The naughty, humorous and sophisticated Burlesco Notturno returns to Open Space for Arts & Community for an evening of world-class burlesque inspired by pop culture in the new show "Burlesco Notturno POP" at 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m.