Elizabeth Shepherd

The performers of “Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad” perform a mix of music

The Havurah brings nice Jewish girls to town

A comedy troupe named Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad has a Vashon stop planned for July 31, with a show hosted, appropriately enough, by Vashon Havurah.

The performers of “Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad” perform a mix of music

The Bike will brim with song and dance all weekend long

Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi is rolling out a musical red carpet for Islanders and visitors alike during Strawberry Festival, with seven musical acts slated to take the stage over the busy weekend.

This year’s Community Quilt is a tribute to Island artists.

Quilters get wrapped up in Island art

Some of Vashon’s most prolific and beloved artists have been immortalized by quilters on the 24th annual Vashon Allied Arts Community Quilt, and a lucky winner will get to take the quilt home after a raffle held during Strawberry Festival.

This year’s Community Quilt is a tribute to Island artists.
Orange daisies and a brilliant blue sky complete the color scheme at the Lavender Tour.

The color purple reigns during Lavender Tour

It’s a plant that has been celebrated throughout history for its soothing scent, beautiful blossoms, medicinal properties, culinary uses and even its potent power as an aphrodisiac.

Orange daisies and a brilliant blue sky complete the color scheme at the Lavender Tour.
Calen Winn

Drama Dock opens ‘Urinetown’

Drama Dock will present “Urinetown,” a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, from July 9 to 12 and 16 to 19 at Vashon High School.

Calen Winn
Christopher Bric’s photo of the Point Robinson lighthouse is one of many that will be exhibited at the Blue Heron.

Island photographers capture this place they call home

Dozens of Island photographers are setting out to prove that when it comes to artistic inspiration, there’s no place like home.

Christopher Bric’s photo of the Point Robinson lighthouse is one of many that will be exhibited at the Blue Heron.
Artwork by Heather Joy

Gallery cruise offers gems both real and imagined

Vashon gallery and shop owners will open their doors from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 3, to share a bounty of new work by local artists.

Artwork by Heather Joy
Calen Winn

Drama Dock gets set for a summer musical

Drama Dock is putting the finishing touches on a new production — a celebrated Broadway musical with an odd and edgy title.

Calen Winn
Pete Welch has brought more vibrancy to Vashon's music scene.

A music fan keeps the shows rolling at Vashon’s bustling bistro

In the past year, a soft-spoken man who says he “can’t play an instrument or sing a note” has become one of the most important figures in Vashon’s vibrant music scene.

Pete Welch has brought more vibrancy to Vashon's music scene.
Bea Johnson lingers on a path in her garden

Stop and smell the roses on Vashon’s Garden Tour

A bounty of bucolic blooms, inspired artwork, live music and informative workshops will all come together later this month as part of Vashon Allied Arts’ 19th annual Garden Tour.

Bea Johnson lingers on a path in her garden
Jim D’Asaro and Rebecca Spencer on their deck

Theater pros find a vibrant life on Vashon

For every newcomer who meticulously plans a move to Vashon, there are always one or two others who seem to arrive on the Island by chance.

Jim D’Asaro and Rebecca Spencer on their deck
Mike Urban’s steel sculpture

Island galleries strut their stuff

Vashon’s galleries will roll out the red carpet for June’s First Friday Gallery Cruise. Art aficionados, get ready for an artful stroll.

Mike Urban’s steel sculpture
Figures from the Tay Phuong Pagoda.

Artists share tales of a trip and raise money for a good cause

Three Island artists — Donald Cole, Joan Wortis and Elaine Hanowell — will present a slide talk this weekend about their recent journey to Vietnam.

Figures from the Tay Phuong Pagoda.
Seattle’s Yellow Hat Band will play at “Preserve the Reserve.”

An evening of music and food benefits the Backbone Campaign

The Backbone Campaign will serve up barbecued salmon, giant puppets, a lively auction and homegrown entertainment in a fundraiser scheduled for 5 to 11 p.m.… Continue reading

Seattle’s Yellow Hat Band will play at “Preserve the Reserve.”

Weekend promises a plethora of performances

Music lovers can prick up their ears this weekend and hear something they like — the Island will boast eight separate music events in a three-night span, and many of the shows are free.

The Qadim Ensemble will join author and storyteller Michael Meade (top of page

Keeping Vashon poetic

A small group of Island poets and poetry lovers has been hard at work for the past several months, passionately planning an event they hope will put Vashon on the map as a Northwest poetry destination.

The Qadim Ensemble will join author and storyteller Michael Meade (top of page

State awards VAA $1 million grant

Vashon Allied Arts is slated to receive more than $1 million in state funds to help it move forward on its ambitious plans to build an expansive new arts campus — including a state-of-the-art performance hall, exhibition space, classrooms and more.

Graduating seniors who will dance in “Swan Lake” include (left to right) Erik Hansen

A swan song for seven ballet dancers

Seven graduating high school seniors will take center stage this weekend when Vashon Junior Civic Ballet presents one of the best known ballets of all time, Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”

Graduating seniors who will dance in “Swan Lake” include (left to right) Erik Hansen
Rowena Hammill and Douglas Davis.

Acclaimed cellists will star in chamber orchestra concert

Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra will presents its final concerts of the season this weekend, with a children’s concert planned for Saturday and a full concert scheduled for Sunday.

Rowena Hammill and Douglas Davis.
Aerialist Esther Edelman will be one of many featured performers at Islewilde’s benefit.

Performers converge for ‘mother of all shows’

A constellation of Island performers will come together on Mother’s Day eve to raise money for Islewilde, Vashon’s annual homegrown performance festival.

Aerialist Esther Edelman will be one of many featured performers at Islewilde’s benefit.