Arts Briefs | May 11 edition

Bowie/Rex His Boogie Army, kids take the stage in “Matilda,” a Bach Festival, and more.

Bowie/Rex & His Boogie Army

Bowie/Rex & His Boogie Army will make its debut at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at Snapdragon’s Black Cat Cabaret.

The band is a supergroup of iconic Northwest musicians.

These include Dave Dederer (Presidents of the USA and Duff McKagan’s Loaded) and Tim Dijulio (Lazy Suzan and Flight to Mars) on guitars; Michael Musburger (The Posies and The Fastbacks) on drums; Billy Stover (Dusty 45’s), Victoria Contreras) on keyboards; and Jeremy Lightfoot (Danny Newcomb and Elvez) on bass. The band is rounded out by frontman Martin Feveyear (producer of Brandi Carlile, Presidents of the USA, and Duff McKagan of Guns ‘N Roses) and backing singers, “The Suffragette Sisters” — Rhiannon Walther and Melissa Feveyear.

The cover charge is $15 until 9:15 p.m. (children are admitted free) and $10 after that, with DJ Rock Point.

Your hair: why it matters

Dr. Anu Taranath, a speaker and acclaimed educator at the University of Washington, will present a talk, “The Tangled Politics of Hair: Why What’s on Your Head Matters to Society,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Vashon Center for the Arts.

Purchase tickets to the talk at Youths 18 and younger will be admitted for free.

Kids take the stage in “Matilda”

Roald Dahl’s “Matilda the Musical, Jr.” will be performed by a cast of intrepid youth thespians at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 19 and 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Vashon Center for the Arts.

Join in the family fun of this hilarious musical — Matilda and her schoolmates will have you cheering for the “revolting children” who are out to teach grownups a lesson. This show is a partnership between VCA’s Youth Musical Theatre Program and Drama Dock.

Get tickets at

Screening benefits festival

A screening of a prizewinning new film, “Buck Alamo (or a Phantasmagorical Ballad),” will have a screening at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at Vashon Theatre.

The screening, presented by Vashon Film Institute, will be a benefit for the second annual Vashon Island Film Festival, set to take place Aug. 10-13, also at Vashon Theatre.

“Buck Alamo,” an award-winner at the Austin Film Festival, follows the dream-like final days of a cosmic cowboy, Buck (Sonny Carl Davis). The film also stars Lorelei Linklater (“Boyhood), and two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”).

The film’s director, Benjamin Epstein, will join islander Mark Sayre — the film’s distributor and an organizer of the Vashon Island Film Festival, for a post-screening discussion. Watch the trailer at, and purchase tickets at

Bach Festival

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival will continue with its May presentation of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, in a concert at 12 p.m. Monday, May 22, at the Church of the Holy Spirit, on Vashon. The program will include Cantata 209 “Non sa che sia dolore,” Suite No. 2 in B Minor and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

Performers will include Maike Albrecht (soprano), Hans-Jürgen Schnoor (harpsichord), Jeffrey Cohan (baroque flute), Carrie Krause (violin), Elisabeth Phelps (violin), Lindsey Strand-Polyak (viola) and Adaiha Macadam-Somer (cello). Admission is “pay what you can” with a suggested donation of $20 to $25; youth 18 and younger are admitted free.