Arts in brief | Nov. 18 edition

Attend a book reading at VCA, see the “Addams Family Musical” and more.

Book reading and discussion with Corky Parker

Corky Parker, joined by Juli Morser, former arts editor of The Beachcomber, will read and discuss her new illustrated memoir, “LA FINCA, Love, Loss & Laundry on a Tiny Puerto Rican Island,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in Vashon Center for the Arts’ atrium.

“La Finca” begins with Parker’s family-rearing years on Vashon and moves to her island dream on Vieques, Puerto Rico, with words and images and a tale as colorful as the tropics she’s drawn to.

Ever wondered what to do with all your journals or those sketchbook doodles, or dreamed of running away to a tropical island? Join a lively conversation and view art from the book that may well inspire your next adventure.

It’s a free event, with books available for purchase and signing. Proof of vaccination and mask-wearing is required.

The Addams Family Musical

VCA Musical Theatre Program and Drama Dock have joined together in this youth theater production that celebrates the wackiness in every family.

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family whom her parents have never met. She confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on a fateful night they have dinner with Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

See the show at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, or 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Tickets, $8 to $12, are on sale at, where COVID protocols are also detailed.

Yuk it up at a comedy competition

Catch some belly laughs at Vashon Theatre, at its presentation of a finals road in the Seattle International Comedy Competition, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24.

The theater has been a regular venue for the competition for years, and a notable night-before-Thanksgiving tradition for many islanders. Find out more about the competition at and get your tickets to the show at Don’t delay — in years past, this event has drawn a sell-out crowd on Vashon.