Arts in Brief | May 12 edition

Jazz Talk on the Rock, Art Studio Tour, ‘Isle to Isle’ music bash for Haiti, a play reading, Sara Cahoone concert and more.

Studio Art Tour

Vashon Island’s Studio Art Tour continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, at 36 studios and galleries on Vashon. For more information and a map to the tour, visit

Sera Cahoone Concert

Debra Heesch and Vashon Theatre will present Americana singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Cahoone is known for her work with the indie rock group, Carissa’s Weird, and later, Band of Horses. She has released four solo acoustic records, two with Sub Pop. In 2019, she received a gold record for her work with Band of Horses.

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‘Isle to Isle” supports Haiti

A fundraiser bash for food relief in Haiti, “Isle to Isle,” will take place on Saturday, May 14, at Open Space for Arts& Community, featuring two music shows filled with local players. The first show, from 3 to 5 p.m., is geared for families and will feature Gus Reeves; Orville Johnson and Mark Graham from The Kings of Mongrel Folk; Kenny Alton; Marita Eriksen from the Vashon Chorale, along with Dianne Kutzke, and NancyLee Spears singing acapella; Kim Thal, Eric Frith, Steve Meyer, and Andre Sapp from “newgrass” band, Croaker; and John Kutscher, along with his niece, Kate Atwell, on guitar.

The 6 to 9 p.m. show will include The Craze, with Elaine Ott-Rocheford, Rick Doussett and Chris O’Brien; Chris Anderson and Bob Kueker; Mike Nichols and Steve Itterly, in Slidin’ Delta; Mosquito Fleet with Rick Vanselow, Doug Swan, and Dorsey Davis; Xavier Ajeto; and Seattle rapper Beanie Johnson.

Vanessa Petit Homme, an islander from Haiti, will speak and also prepare her favorite Haitian dishes for those attending. The Beytebiere family, former owners of Bob’s Bakery, will provide baked goods free of charge.

Admission is free with 100% of donations going to programs for teens and food relief for Haiti, where islander and event producer Jill Beytebiere oversees a volunteer-run nonprofit, founded in 2019, called Inspiration 2 Go.

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Jazz talk and music

The music of composer Bill Evans will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15, when bassist Bill Phares and pianist Jeremy Bacon present a combo performance and lecture that traces Evans’ indelible influence on jazz, at Vashon Center for the Arts. At the talk and performance, the two celebrated jazz musicians will be joined by a rising star, — local jazz keyboardist Zander Knodt, who has just been accepted to the Manhattan School of Music and will leave for school in August.

Knodt, who just logged his 18th birthday, began playing music at age 8, later joining the school’s jazz ensemble, and at age 13 first heard the playing of the world-famous pianist Oscar Peterson, who in Zander’s words, “…blew my mind!!” Check out Knodt’s YouTube channel at, and visit for an interactive webpage with pre-lecture information.

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More shows at VCA

Vashon Center for the Arts will present a May 12 benefit concert for Ukraine, featuring Kesselgarden Klezmer Duo and The Klein Party, playing a spirited evening of klezmer, Gypsy, Yiddish theater music and much more. A concert by Devotcha will take place on May 20 and 21.

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‘Working for Crumbs’

The last in a series of readings of new plays, in Vashon Repertory Theatre’s “Incubator” series, will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, May 16, in the lobby of Vashon Center for the Arts. This time, a reading of “Working for Crumbs,” a dark workplace comedy by Seattle playwright Kate Danley, will be directed by Christopher Kehoe. A talkback, soliciting audience feedback, will follow the reading.

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