Arts briefs | Dec. 2 edition

Get tickets to “The Nutcracker,” read an islander’s book about Amanda Knox’s wrongful conviction & more.

Corky Parker reads new memoir

Author and former islander Corky Parker, joined by Jeff Hoyt, will offer a reading and discussion of Parker’s new illustrated memoir, “La Finca: Love, Loss & Laundry on a Tiny Puerto Rican Island,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 in the Kay White Hall atrium. The event is free, with books available for signing and artwork from the memoir on view.

Vashon Center for Dance presents “The Nutcracker”

Vashon’s Nutcracker is a treasured annual production produced by Vashon Center for Dance, with a cast composed of student dancers and local professional performers.

Two performances will be held, with the first beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at Vashon Center for the Arts. The second performance begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

Islander writes book about Amanda Knox’s wrongful conviction

Islander Karen Pruett has recently published a new book “Trial by Liar,” which binds “the case file, outside academic studies, and media reports together into a comprehensive, well-sourced timeline” that demonstrates how only local burglar Rudy Guede could have murdered Amanda Knox’s roommate, Meredith Kercher.

Pruett is an islander who worked as an advocate in the Knox/Sollecito case from 2010 until 2016. The e-book is available for purchase at

Vashon World AIDS Day presents “Mothers and Sons”

A staged reading of Terrance McNally’s play “Mothers and Sons” will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Vashon High School Theater. The play is directed by Chris Boscia, and the cast includes Jeanne Dougherty, Darragh Keenan, Pheobe Tate and Evan Whitfield.

Ray Pfortner leads photo workshop

Island photographer Ray Pfortner will teach a workshop for youth ages 12 to 18, “Creating Your Best Photographs Yet,” presented by the Vashon Library. The workshop meets entirely online and is free. The program meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20. Register in advance at