Arts Briefs

Holiday cheer at Snapdragon, “ff: An Evening of Fast-Forward Theatre,” Gayle G. Kellner, and more.

Joseph Keckler

The Brooklyn-based performer Joseph Keckler will come to Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) for one night only, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

Joseph Keckler has made a name for himself in the New York City art scene and beyond as an opera singer, a performance artist, and a raconteur.

His operatic arias, monologues, and songs dance between comedy, commentary, and deeper reflection, critics have said.

Find out more and purchase tickets to the concert at

Holiday cheer at Snapdragon

Alessandra Rose and James Lanman will present a night of holiday classic songs, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, on Snapdragon Café’s Black Cat Cabaret Stage.

The show, presented by islander Debra Heesch, will come complete with lights, flocked trees and plenty of sparkles.

Rose has performed and recorded in genres including rock, pop, and jazz. Lanman is a singer-songwriter with a retro sound heavily rooted in jazz, folk, and neo-soul. Together, the two will unwrap familiar holiday songs, with a few surprising twists.

The show has a suggested donation of $10, at the door.

VHS thespians

Vashon High School’s (VHS) Theatre Arts Department will present “ff: An Evening of Fast-Forward Theatre,” at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, on the VHS stage.

Teacher Andy James described the show as being “about time in fast-forward.”

Short works by Thornton Wilder and Tom Stoppard are included, along with improv works by the students.

Get tickets at the door, with a suggested donation of $10.

Studio Tour continues

Vashon Island Visual Artist’ Holiday Studio Tour, launched last weekend, will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11, at 38 stops around the island. The tour boasts work by more than 80 local artists.

Find out more and download a tour map — including both artists’ studios and participating galleries — at

Author Talk

Local author Gayle G. Kellner will talk about her recently released book, “Hope, A History of the Future,” in which she envisions a peaceful, just and sustainable future, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Snapdragon Café. Books and treats will be available.

Big screen Christmas

Favorite holiday movies are coming to Vashon Theatre, including “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” to be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8; “Elf,” coming up at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.

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Not-so-silent Snow White

A screening of a 1916 silent film treasure, “Snow White,” will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Vashon Havurah, 15401 Westside Hwy, combining a fairy tale film with harpist-composer Leslie McMichael’s live harp and viola score.

This score was commissioned by Children’s Film Festival Seattle for the 100th anniversary of the silent film and has now been performed across the U.S. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids, and $20 for adults with unlimited kids.

Find out more here.