Arts Briefs | March 9 edition

“Alice in Wonderland,” Jam in the Atrium, a Talk on the Rock, Nancy Siple at Vashon Quilt Guild, and a dazzling piano concert by Asiya Korepanova are all coming up on Vashon.

“Alice” bows at VHS

The talented teen thespians of Vashon High School’s (VHS) Drama Program will present an original adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” on the VHS Theater stage at 7 p.m. for the next two weekends.

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11, as well as 7 p.m. Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18. A Sunday matinee, on March 12, will take place at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for general admission or $10 for students and seniors, but no one will be turned away for lack of money.

The show is the culmination of work that began in January, as the students realized their vision for the classic tale in improvisation workshops. A script, inspired by the workshops, was then written by drama teacher and production director Andy James. More than 20 youth actors and designers have contributed to the show.

The production is sure to be memorable, so don’t miss your chance to go down the rabbit hole with this experimental and sure-to-be one-of-a-kind “Alice,” freely and boldly re-imagined by local youth.

Jam in the Atrium

This Saturday’s Jam In The Atrium at Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) will feature internationally revered guitarist John Stowell, returning for an afternoon of intimate musical conversations and improvisations with his old duet partner Bruce Phares.

Stowell is globally recognized as one of those rare and individual voices, a true “Guitarists’ Guitarist,” sought after by musicians around the world. In a normal year, Stowell travels the world on a string of performances across oceans and continents, sharing his love of great jazz. His inclusive and collaborative approach to performing finds him playing with some of the greatest jazz musicians alive.

Phares and Stowell have performed together for over 40 years, with an almost telepathic sense of collaboration. Their free performance takes place from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at VCA. Donations to the musicians are gratefully accepted.

Talk on the Rock

Islander Judy R. Twedt, climate-scientist-turned-sound artist, will present a multimedia talk and music performance, “Requiem for the Holocene: Listening to 800,000 Years of Earth’s History,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at VCA.

Twedt’s new compositions express climate data from ice cores, satellites and weather stations through music. Purchase tickets at

Stitching legend to share her secrets

When the Vashon Quilt Guild meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, local artist Nancy Sipple will be the guest speaker.

Sipple has spent her entire life sewing, quilting, embroidering and engaging in home décor projects. She learned most of her crafty skills from her grandmother and mom.

While living in the Los Angeles area, she was a silversmith and apprentice for Allan Adler in Beverly Hills, and also operated her own small business in Studio City. Sipple previously taught all kinds of needlework techniques at the Northgate Pacific Fabrics store. She often contributes needlework art pieces to Vashon auctions and has been featured in shows at Vashon Center for the Arts and The Hardware Store Gallery.

Guests are welcome to attend the Quilt Guild meeting, which will take place in the community room at Vashon Lutheran Church.

Virtuoso Rachmaninoff concert

On Saturday, March 25, VCA will welcome back pianist Asiya Korepanova in celebration of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 150th Anniversary.

For more than a century, Rachmaninoff’s beautiful romantic melodies and harmonies have won over audiences — especially his piano concertos and solo music.

Last year Vashon audiences reveled in Korepanova’s flawless technique and expression in a concert of all Liszt etudes. Rachmaninoff’s piano music is equally demanding as that of Liszt, and Asiya’s heartfelt attachment to her fellow countryman allows her to explore the deeply emotional and rich sonorities of one of the last great romantic composers.

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. on March 25 and include Morceaux de Fantaisie (which includes the famous C sharp Prelude), Corelli Variations, and 6 Moments Musicaux. A pre-concert lecture starts at 7 p.m. As with other concerts at VCA, families can bring their children for free (call for reservations).

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