Elizabeth Shepherd

A sea turtle

Friday night Gallery Cruise offers a colorful bounty

Artists will be on hand at several of the First Friday Gallery Cruise openings between 6 and 9 p.m. Turn to the next page for… Continue reading

A sea turtle
Gary Cannon raises his baton to conduct the 85-strong Vashon Island Chorale.

Chorale gets set to celebrate the season

Vashon Island Chorale will ring in the holiday season next weekend with an ambitious concert that features not only masterpieces from the Renaissance and Baroque eras but also two new works by contemporary composers.

Gary Cannon raises his baton to conduct the 85-strong Vashon Island Chorale.
Leah Mann

Lelavision heads south to help out

Leah Mann and Ela Lamblin, founders of Lelavision Physical Music, usually get hired to work at theaters and festivals, performing a unique blend of dance and physical comedy that revolves around Lamblin’s musical sculptures.

Leah Mann
Lynann Politte has written a new performance piece
Lynann Politte has written a new performance piece

A modern version of ‘Our Town’ hits the high school

Vashon High School drama students will present an original take on one of the most beloved plays in the American theater canon, with four performances of “It’s a Wilder World Today: Our Town Revisited” scheduled for Thursday through Sunday.

“El Dorado” cast members Marchette DuBois

UMO reaches a landmark 20th anniversary

It was 1989 when a bright-eyed band of six young theater artists arrived on Vashon’s shores.

“El Dorado” cast members Marchette DuBois
Rowena Hammill and Doug Davis will play a chamber concert at the Blue Heron on Nov. 14.

A chamber music concert will bring players to stage, one by one

An accomplished roster of musicians will play an evening of chamber music for strings at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Blue Heron Art Center.

Rowena Hammill and Doug Davis will play a chamber concert at the Blue Heron on Nov. 14.
Alex De Grassi.

Two renowned musicians to dazzle Island crowds

Music aficionados will have a tough choice this weekend, with two acclaimed guitar players coming to town for concerts on the same night.

Alex De Grassi.
“Sixty Years of Sundays

Galleries and art spaces gear up for a lively Friday night cruise

Vashon’s art community will be out in full force on Friday, enjoying its ritual march through new exhibits opening up at Island art spaces.The First… Continue reading

“Sixty Years of Sundays
Danielle McCutcheon

Orchestra plans concerts to appeal to young and old

Vashon-Maury Chamber Orchestra will open its 2009-2010 concert series on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7 and 8, with two concerts at Vashon Methodist Church.

Danielle McCutcheon
Ron Hook fronts Subconscious Population.

Bike’s busy weekend includes an Island Halloween tradition

A high-octane Halloween weekend at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi will kick off at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, with a night of do-it-yourself karaoke fun.

Ron Hook fronts Subconscious Population.
Susan McCabe and Michael Shook rehearse a scene

A playwright digs deep to find drama in daily life

The Blue Heron stage will come alive this weekend with a patchwork quilt of original monologues and scenes written and directed by playwright Stefani Priest.

Susan McCabe and Michael Shook rehearse a scene
Steffon Moody

Local comics act up at the Red Bike

An all-Island team of comedians is out to tickle Vashon’s funnybone during a night of comedy slated for 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Red… Continue reading

Steffon Moody

‘Ponyo’ — a must-see film for young and old

Could anyone be blamed if they’ve fallen out of love with animated children’s films?

Nancy Foster-Moss and Molly Reed promise a good party.
Nancy Foster-Moss and Molly Reed promise a good party.
Jonathan Raban is part of the roster of speakers lined up for VAA’s new Arts and Humanities series.

A new lecture series aims to expand Islanders’ horizons

Vashon Allied Arts is branching out with a new program that will bring acclaimed art world movers and shakers, authors, conductors and other cultural heavyweights to Vashon for a series of informative lectures.

Jonathan Raban is part of the roster of speakers lined up for VAA’s new Arts and Humanities series.
Open Space staff say their first year has been rich and fulfilling. Front row

Open Space reshapes the artistic landscape

It’s an oft-quoted line from a movie about baseball, but as it turns out, it also applies to a cavernous former coffee warehouse on Vashon: “If you build it, they will come.”

Open Space staff say their first year has been rich and fulfilling. Front row
“Breakout

Artists create for ‘All that Jazz’

Oil painter Mary Rothermel is not only an artist, she’s also an avid rower and environmentalist whose piece for VAA’s auction represents a confluence of those three passions.

“Breakout
Jeremy Hotz

A well-known comic comes to the Island

A big name in comedy is coming to Vashon Theatre this week, to perform in a live show that will also feature a classic car show and lively music by a local band.

Jeremy Hotz
The cast of La Bohème includes (starting top row

Note by glorious note, opera arrives on Vashon

Island music aficionados will be transported to the streets, garrets and cafés of Paris this month, when Giacomo Puccini’s beloved opera, La Bohème, springs to life on the stage of Vashon High School on Sept. 18 and 20.

The cast of La Bohème includes (starting top row