Arts Briefs | May 4 edition

Johann Sebastian Bach, Bowie/Rex His Boogie Army, and more.

Johann Sebastian Bach

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival will present Bach’s cantata “Ich Habe Genug,” with special guests soprano Maike Albrecht and harpsichordist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor, at 12 p.m. Monday, May 8, at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit on Vashon. Admission is by a suggested donation of $20 or $25. Those 18 and under are free.


Vashon’s acclaimed UMO Ensemble invites audiences to witness “Squeeze,” a blend of ensemble mastery with Buster Keaton-inspired clowning, and captivating kinetic choreography, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at Open Space for Arts & Community.

More information and tickets for the show can be found at Youth (18 and under) can attend for free.

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, Duff McKagan’s Loaded) and Tim Dijulio (Lazy Suzan, Flight to Mars) on guitars; Michael Musburger (The Posies, The Fastbacks) on drums; Billy Stover (Dusty 45’s, Victoria Contreras) on keyboards; and Jeremy Lightfoot (Danny Newcomb, Elvez) on bass. The band is rounded out by frontman Martin Feveyear (producer of Brandi Carlile, Presidents of the USA, 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.

Island poet offers course

Island poet and translator Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma will launch an online course on May 18 with eight renowned guest teachers, including Andrew Harvey, Bob Thurman, Perumal Murugan, and Suchitra Ramachandran.

The course, entitled “Taller Than a Mountain,” is an in-depth introduction to the classical Tamil masterpiece on ethics, power, and love, “The Kural: Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural,” which Pruiksma has translated into English.

Learn more at