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.
Theater director Susan Hanson had just finished touching up the risers with black paint, laying out the glow tape on the floor boards and vacuuming under the enlarged picture frame for the set of "Chicago," the musical she's directing for Drama Dock, when she stopped to chat about the show that will open Thursday at Vashon Center for the Arts.
Popular band returns to the Bike
Enjoy live music performances that range from soul, to rock, country, reggae and big band when the Summer Concerts in the Park series returns to Ober Park on Thursday, July 28. The popular, free outdoor concerts — presented by the Vashon Park District and curated by Vashon Events — will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and continue through Thursday, Sept. 1.
There's a new spot not to be missed at Strawberry Festival this year. The VARSA Youth Stage located in lower Ober Park will feature Seattle headliner and hip- hop musician Draze on Friday night, with opening acts by island youth musicians Intelligent Design & Baron 1, Max Moore, Ralph Reign and Colin Loch. The show will run from 7 to 11 p.m.
Master carver and island resident Israel Shotridge is widely regarded as one of today's finest Tlingit carvers. Well known for both his traditional and contemporary artwork, Shotridge recently presided over the dedication of two pieces of his public art — native Alaskan artwork at Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus and a totem pole in Washington, D.C.
Travel back in time when the Seattle band Rewind plays a 1980s-inspired concert at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bike.
The JD Hobson Band will return to the Red Bike at 9 p.m. Friday to kick off Strawberry Festival events at the popular venue.
When island poet and magician Tom Pruiksma and Portland writer Pauls Toutonghi get together, the unexpected often occurs. The two friends, who grew up together in Seattle, will hold a literary conversation and a short reading from Toutonghi's new book, "Dog Gone," at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at Vashon Bookshop.
This year, Vashon's Strawberry Festival will honor pre-World War II Japanese farmers who once grew most of the island's berries and celebrate Vashon's agrarian community, both past and present, with traditional Japanese music and dance.
Island band returns to the Red Bike
The Poetry Well is a monthly column that showcases island poetry. This month includes a poem by Vashon's second poet laureate, Ina Whitlock.
When Kenyan artist Ken Nyambura hurriedly packed his rolled-up canvases into a suitcase, he had no idea what would come next. He only knew he had to flee his country. Due to continuous death threats, the artist, 29, left behind his wife, two young sons, his parents and community to seek asylum in the United States.
Last May, island husband-and-wife duo, photographer Ray Pfortner and designer Nancy Wing, led a WTE, Inc. photography tour to Cuba. Beginning Friday and running for the month of July, an exhibition of the colorful city and countryside images taken on the tour — many shot from behind-the-typical-tourist-scene-locations — will cover the walls of The Hardware Store Restaurant.
Most galleries and art spots are open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday
Garth Reeves, a Seattle singer and guitarist with strong ties to Vashon, will return to the island for a free show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.
Last year, a group of island poets — Randy Barnes, Annie Brulé, Cal Kinnear, Susan Lynch and Jennifer Lynch — got together to create a plan for printing small collections of broadside poems.
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.