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.
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.
Seattle band Norman Baker & The Backroads is known for traveling to as many communities as possible to share its signature brand of music and stories of the road. The band will come to Vashon to play a show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.
Vashon Opera will open its eighth season with Francis Poulenc's 1957 opera, "Dialogues of the Carmelites," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Katherine L White Hall.
Do what looks normal but isn't. For Jim Woodring, that directive, in 1989, launched the now acclaimed artist into a lifelong career as a cartoonist. With the creation of his generic, anthropomorphic cartoon character Frank, Woodring began telling stories without words, gathering international fans and art patrons. A select few of Woodring's pen and ink drawings are currently on exhibit at VALISE Gallery through the end of the month.
Vashon Center for the Arts will host "Sweet Dreams," a celebration of iconic singer Patsy Cline — on what would be her 84th birthday — at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Katherine L White Hall.
Toward the end of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution, 16 Carmelite nuns gathered at the base of a guillotine and kissed a small statue of the Virgin Mary hidden in the hands of the order's prioress, before climbing the scaffolding to their death. Ten days later, the Reign of Terror ended.
The Poetry Well is a monthly column that showcases island poetry. This month includes a poem by the current Vashon Poet Laurate Cal Kinnear.
The Glenn Cannon Blues Trio will perform for the first time on Vashon at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.
Seattle Rock Orchestra (SRO) previously performed on Vashon to a sold-out audience, featuring hits from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. SRO returns to play Pink Floyd's entire "Dark Side of the Moon" album at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Katherine L White Hall.
Most galleries and art spots are open from 6 to 9 p.m.
A new biopic will light up Vashon Theatre's silver screen about a subject dear to islanders' hearts: the rock on which we live. Show time is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, followed by a Q-and-A session with the director and editor.
FINAL CONCERT IN OBER PARK
The Vashon Film Society will present its 10th annual Outdoor Movie Night at the Vashon Theatre on Saturday.
Seattle band plays free outdoor concert
If you were challenged to create the same thing for 100 consecutive days, what might that be? For island artist and longtime resident Jeffrey Zheutlin, the answer was obvious: paintings. The artist set his goal in April and met it on July 7. Now, all 100 paintings will be exhibited in a solo show at Lapis and Luxe, opening at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, and running through the month.
To see the beguiling portraits and landscapes of island artist Olivia Pendergast, chances are you'd need to book a flight to Nairobi or Dubai. Those are the two cities where galleries show her internationally recognized work. And then there's Vashon.
Country band performs on outdoor stage