Elizabeth Shepherd

Violinists Gaye Detzer and Russ Nelson concentrate on the task at hand.

A Vashon orchestra reaches for the high notes

On a recent spring evening, Islanders who were walking their dogs near the Vashon High School tennis courts could be forgiven if they suddenly pricked up their ears and felt an icy chill of apprehension.

Violinists Gaye Detzer and Russ Nelson concentrate on the task at hand.
Tom Pruiksma

Lifting voices, lifting spirits

Shane Jewell and his wife Emily Pruiksma were on a bike ride on Vancouver Island last summer when inspiration struck.

Tom Pruiksma
The Rev. Sylvester Ssemanda is adjusting to life on Vashon

From Uganda to Vashon, a priest finds his way

On a recent Saturday evening at Vashon's St. John Vianney Church, the Rev. Sylvester Ssemanda stood in the church’s narthex, quietly greeting parishioners who were leaving the 5 p.m. Mass.

The Rev. Sylvester Ssemanda is adjusting to life on Vashon

“Fame, the Musical” comes to Vashon High School

Island teens will sing, dance and act up a storm in “Fame, the Musical,” opening March 13 and running through March 29 at Vashon High School theater.

John Browne

The Blue Heron brings back a night of the blues

A bluesy thing happened on the way to Vashon Allied Art’s “Blues Reunion” concert in December — it got snowed out.

John Browne
The film's poster.

A better way to eat and grow

“Good Food,” a new documentary film about organic farming, is coming to Vashon Theatre for a screening at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.

The film's poster.

Vashon troupe premieres new play

A new full-length production by the acclaimed Island performance troupe, UMO Ensemble, is about to have its world premiere.

The Bike brings twang and reggae beats to town

Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi’s upcoming musical offerings will include two bands, each offering a different style of high-energy dance music.

Baby Gramps plays at the Red Bike on Valentine's Day.

A sweethearts’ smorgasbord

A roundup of this weekend's musical events.

Baby Gramps plays at the Red Bike on Valentine's Day.

Live the creative life in ‘Artful Vashon’

Vashon College will offer its popular course, “Artful Vashon,” at Courthouse Square from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, beginning March 1 and continuing on consecutive Sundays through April 5.

Islander Robin Worley celebrates Barack Obama’s inauguration in a costume she created five years ago

Islanders come out in droves to celebrate Obama’s inauguration

Vashon celebrated the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency in high style on Tuesday night, as more than 500 Islanders gathered at the aptly named “O” Space for a rollicking inaugural ball.

Islander Robin Worley celebrates Barack Obama’s inauguration in a costume she created five years ago
Martin Koenig’s photographs document scenes from 1960s-era village life in Bulgaria.

Scenes from a vanished world

An upcoming exhibit on Vashon will showcase the photography of Islander Martin Koenig, who spent much of the 1960s and ’70s documenting village life and music in Soviet-era Bulgaria.

Martin Koenig’s photographs document scenes from 1960s-era village life in Bulgaria.

A bounty of live music comes to Island stages

This weekend boasts a wealth of options for Island music lovers, including concerts by up-and-coming Seattle songwriters, favorite Island players and the return of Trolls Cottage, a band that began on Vashon and now tours widely.

UMO Ensemble members Esther Edelman and Lunelle Sjoberg will perform at the “Stimulus Package Cabaret.”

Stimulus package cabaret

Vashon’s performance art troupe, UMO Ensemble, is gearing up to present its third annual cabaret on the Island.

UMO Ensemble members Esther Edelman and Lunelle Sjoberg will perform at the “Stimulus Package Cabaret.”
The members of Captain Dick & the Portholes will cook up some tasty tunes at the Bike.

Set sail for two nights of music by local bands

Red Bicycle Bistro and Sushi will serve up some homegrown music this weekend, with free shows planned on Friday and Saturday featuring a roster of Island talent.

The members of Captain Dick & the Portholes will cook up some tasty tunes at the Bike.
Susan Harris

Local actors visit ‘On Golden Pond’

“On Golden Pond,” a play that won Oscars for Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn in its 1981 screen adaptation, will open on the Blue Heron stage this month with an all-star Island cast. The play is a co-production of Drama Dock and Vashon Allied Arts.

Susan Harris
Hundreds of Islanders

Hundreds turn out to oppose Glacier

In one of the largest rallies on Vashon in years, more than 500 sign-toting Islanders gathered on the rocky shores south of Gold Beach Sunday to protest Glacier Northwest’s efforts to dramatically expand its mining operation.

Hundreds of Islanders
Hillstomp will return to Vashon on Saturday night.

A jam-packed weekend of music fills the Red Bike

Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi is offering a line-up of free music this weekend.The Vashon-based trio Track 19 — comprised of Bob Kueker, Phil Johnson… Continue reading

Hillstomp will return to Vashon on Saturday night.
“Division

The economy takes partial blame for the end of 070

Gallery 070 closed its doors Dec. 27 after five years of memorable exhibitions and rollicking First Friday receptions in downtown Vashon.The gallery, owned by Tara… Continue reading

“Division
Flutist Jeffrey Cohan will be joined by Martin Bohham and Stephen Creswell to perform on Vashon Jan. 6

A passion for the past

Vashon United Methodist Church will be the scene of a rare musical trip back in time at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, when Salish Sea… Continue reading

Flutist Jeffrey Cohan will be joined by Martin Bohham and Stephen Creswell to perform on Vashon Jan. 6