Elizabeth Shepherd

Moisture Festival jumps the pond to fly high on Vashon

What & When: A celebration of cabaret, comedy, vaudeville, variety and aerial artistry, featuring more than a dozen different acts and a live band.7:30 p.m.… Continue reading

‘Catching the Moon’ plays the Blue Heron

“Catching the Moon,” a touring production of Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre, will come to Vashon this weekend as the latest offering in Vashon Allied Arts’ new family series.

LaRouche supporter ruffles feathers on Thursday

A lone supporter of perennial presidential candidate and political activist Lyndon LaRouche visited Vashon on Thursday, on a mission to distribute leaflets and share his ideas with Islanders outside of Vashon's main post office.

Vashon High School to present ‘A Chorus Line’ starting March 12

One of the most beloved shows in the American musical theater canon, “A Chorus Line,” is about to have its Island debut, thanks to an intrepid cast and crew of teenagers who will bring the iconic musical to life on Vashon High School’s stage. “A Chorus Line,” which won nine Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1976, ran for 15 consecutive years on Broadway, but the show’s Vashon run will only last three weekends in March, and organizers are hoping to pack the house for those nine performances.

Vashon Children’s Film Festival to take kids on a trip around the world

A girl who flies away on a paper airplane, a cat that adopts a penguin and a gang of time-traveling friends — these are just a few of the characters that will be on the silver screen at the first-ever Vashon Children’s Film Festival.

Vashon’s chorale heads to Benaroya

Vashon Island Chorale is gearing up to jump the pond.

A hometown hero returns to the Island

The Blue Heron will be the site of a homecoming this Saturday, when singer/songwriter Max Gabriel and a full band take the stage for a concert.

Chautauqua Elementary volunteer helps kids understand spina bifida

Islander Alisa Church made her way through the crowded, bustling halls of Chautauqua Elementary School on a recent afternoon, moving slowly and methodically as she sang out greetings to pint-sized students. It’s a scene that has repeated itself five days a week, for close to five years now, as Church has become one of Chautauqua’s most reliable, well-known and devoted classroom volunteers. During that time, she has watched hundreds of children pass through the corridors of the elementary school. But the children have also watched Church, learning, along the way, a lot from her about the realities and challenges of living with a disability.

Top Vashon musicians to play Open Space to benefit Haitian orphanages

It’s been a more than a month since a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti, and Islanders have rallied to raise money for relief efforts through a patchwork quilt of initiatives, including penny drives, bake sales, poetry readings and church collections.

A tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein takes off

Romance will be in the air this weekend when a talented group of local singers performs a gala tribute to the love-drenched music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

Granny’s closure proves torturous for some

Every year, right about this time, something terrible happens on Vashon.

‘Flower Power’: A new exhibit blooms at Silverwood

On a recent chilly afternoon, a steady stream of some of Vashon’s most well-known artists climbed the steps of Silverwood Gallery’s wide front porch, each bearing a colorful painting filled with images of flowers.

Guitarist Ian Moore to play two Blue Heron shows

Ian Moore, an acclaimed guitarist, singer and songwriter, will rock the Blue Heron this weekend, when he takes the stage with an accomplished band of musicians for a full weekend’s worth of concerts.

A benefit show helps Island players go to Sundance

Several Island musicians have been invited to play in an upcoming music festival that coincides with the Sundance Film Festival, and Islanders will have a… Continue reading

A band that plays soulful reggae will bring a night of dancing to the Bike

Yogoman Burning Band, a Bellingham-based group that has been inspired by Jamaican rap, New Orleans brass, early punk and Caribbean and African rhythms, will play… Continue reading

A festival shines a light on Vashon’s film professionals

Islanders will have a chance to revel in the accomplishments of Vashon’s thriving film community when a new film festival debuts this week at Vashon Theatre.

Groups help Islanders stay warm

There’s nothing like the luxurious feeling of sitting in front of a crackling fire on a cold winter night. But for a growing number of Island families, a wood fire isn’t a nicety — it’s a necessity that has become increasingly difficult to afford.

Filmmakers plan a festival to help Vashon Theatre

Vashon filmmakers are getting ready to roll out the red carpet for Vashon FilmAid — a brand-new film festival that will not only shine a… Continue reading