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Arts events: Big screen returns, and so does cabaret icon Arnaldo!

  • Friday, March 12, 2021 1:30am
  • Arts

Big films on the big screen

Vashon Theatre will bring two new critically-renowned films to islanders in the coming days. From March 12 to 14, the theater has a run of “The Father,” starting Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman. The film has already garnered ecstatic reviews and numerous awards, including the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor, for Hopkins’ performance.

Next up after that is the Golden Globes Best Film winner, “Nomandland,” starring Frances McDormand in another acclaimed performance.

Tickets and concessions must be purchased in advance for the films, at On the website, also read about marquee rental and find out how you can also order real movie theatre concessions for your in-home viewing.

Extensive safety protocols are in place.

Two Evenings with Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse & Friends

Seattle cabaret icon Arnaldo! will perform with special guests at 7:30 p.m. on both Saturday, March 13 and March 27. The shows will be performed live at the arts center and live-streamed out to local audiences on and VCA’s Facebook page.

On March 13, Arnaldo will be joined by Mo Mershon, Noah Martinez, and Jayn Muirhead and John Engerman. On March 27, Arnaldo’s guests will be Gabrielle Nicole, Mathew Stull, and Joanne Klein.

There is a $10 suggestion for the shows, which are fundraisers for Pacific NW Cabaret Association’s “March is Cabaret Month” fundraiser. For more information on the star-studded nights, visit

An afternoon of Beethoven’s best

Island music lecturer Michael Tracy will be joined by the virtuoso father-son duo of pianist Mark Salman and cellist Jonathan Salman, for “Beethoven Part II — 1805-1827” at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at There is a suggested donation of $10.

The talk and concert will focus on the time period when the composer, by then almost totally deaf, gave the world some of his most well-loved classical music works.

Tracy’s lecture will cover early 19th century Vienna— its repressive political environment, the economic plight of composers and the dire consequences of Beethoven’s poor health and dysfunctional family relationships. The lecture will also feature live performances of some of Beethoven’s piano and cello sonatas by Mark and Jonathan Salman, who are already well known to Vashon audiences through Tracy’s lecture series and their own family concerts performed on Vashon.

Support memorial project at Village Green

Islander Ken Fulton is seeking volunteers and community support for the Vashon-Maury Island Community Memorial Gate pavilion project at the Village Green, in partnership with VIGA, the Vashon Park District and Vashon Heritage Museum. The memorial will honor all those who have been affected and lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, including first responders, healthcare professionals, and frontline workers who helped the island successfully fight to keep the community as safe as possible. The memorial gate is the vision of Ken Fulton, a longtime resident of Vashon, who was inspired by his late grandson, Dawson Solly’s senior college project of designing a community chalkboard in Helena, MT. To volunteer to help construct the gate, email or visit the Facebook page @VashonMemorialGate.

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