In a more than 250-year-old warehouse on a rainy autumn evening just days before Halloween, a team of artists, musicians and actors are concocting entertainment fit for the season.
One late afternoon last month, while the spun-gold of autumn's fading light filtered through the madrona trees, a Los Angeles-based film crew gathered at the home of Phil Volker on Wax Orchard Road. The location, worthy of starring in a film, set the scene for a joyous reunion of the director, crew, cast and friends of the award-winning documentary, "Phil's Camino," on the eve of the film's presentation at the Port Townsend Film Festival.
Coffee is widely known to be fertilizer for the creative process, and it was over a cup o' joe that singer-songwriter Kat Eggleston and director-producer Charlotte Tiencken hatched the idea that spawned "The Cyclone Line."
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.
Seattle music icon Overton Berry performing Friday
There will be toasts to be had when Voice of Vashon's KVSH 101.9FM station and the popular island band Some'tet celebrate significant anniversaries during a shared event at 8 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.
The Poetry Well is a monthly column that showcases island poetry. This month includes a poem by Susan Lynch.
Vashon Then & Now returns
A beloved theater festival will debut on Vashon when The 14/48 Theater Festival presents 14 plays created in 48 hours to island audiences at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Katherine L White Hall.
Most galleries and art spots are open from 6 to 9 p.m.
Caspar Babypants will return to the island with his upbeat and entertaining songs as part of VCA's Family Series at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Katherine L White Hall.
Islander Jonah Cole — sponsored by Vashon Events Youth Opener program — will open for the Van Redeker Band, the headline group playing at 8 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.
Cellist, vocalist and composer Jami Sieber, a one-time Vashon resident in the 1980s, is a celebrated pioneer of the electric cello, garnering awards and rave reviews in Europe, Asia and North America. She will bring her evocative music to the Vashon High School theater for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14.
The Vashon Film Society kicks off its 2016-17 Art Film Series with "Girl Asleep," the Australian coming-of-age story that captured the Seattle International Film Festival's (SIFF) 2016 Grand Jury Prize. The film will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Vashon Theatre.
Two years ago, Vashon Allied Arts (now Vashon Center for the Arts) presented an evening of contemporary choreography to an enthusiastic island audience. This weekend, the island arts organization will again host both on-and off-island choreographers for "Flashpoint: An Evening of Contemporary Dance."
Swindler will bring its signature and innovative fusion of funk, groove, jazz and rock to the Red Bike at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Vashon Chamber Music will open its new season with an evening of Schubert and Schumann at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Katherine L White Hall.
It's been a big year for Vashon Center for the Arts. The grassroots organization turned 50 in 2016, opened the doors to its $20 million arts center in April and will hold its art auction, "Come Together: Celebrating 50 Years," in the new facility this weekend. But the icing on the artistic cake came when Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington State Arts Commission recently awarded the community nonprofit one of five Governor's Arts & Heritage Awards.
An award-winning short documentary about islander Phil Volker, "Phil's Camino," will be shown at the Port Townsend Film Festival at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 3 p.m. Saturday.
The Seattle band Super Krewe will play a show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.