Arts

Nancy Ozaki

Festival brings world music to Burton

Vashon Allied Arts’ annual outdoor music festival at Camp Burton’s beautiful outdoor amphitheater is this Saturday, Aug. 9.

  • Aug 5, 2008
Nancy Ozaki
Steffon Moody

Comedy comes to the Red Bike

t Islander Steffon Moody to host monthly event.

  • Aug 5, 2008
Steffon Moody
Will North and his partner's dog Vada can often be spotted at the Burton Coffee Stand.

North Passages: What is home? A place where honesty and flowers mix well

Editor’s Note: Will North, an author, recently moved to Vashon. This is the first of several columns about life on the Island that he plans to write for The Beachcomber.

  • Aug 1, 2008
Will North and his partner's dog Vada can often be spotted at the Burton Coffee Stand.
Jacob Acier says he’s eager to see his mother again.

Sudanese refugee, with Vashon’s aid, helps his mother return home

There’s a small but bright piece of news among those on Vashon who pay attention to the tumultuous world of Sudan: Jacob Acier’s mother has returned to her home village in the southern grasslands of her small, war-torn country.

Jacob Acier says he’s eager to see his mother again.
Karen Biondo stands at the center of David Godsey and Janet McAlpin’s wrought-iron gate.

Versatile Biondo named ‘hub’ of Vashon’s O

Karen Biondo, an Islander who has been active in the cultural, charitable and culinary life of Vashon, has been named as the chief administrator of O, Vashon’s Open Space for Arts & Community.

  • Jul 30, 2008
Karen Biondo stands at the center of David Godsey and Janet McAlpin’s wrought-iron gate.
Ian McFeron and his fiddler

Ian McFeron brings his ‘earthy yet sophisticated’ sound to the Bike

Ian McFeron will bring his band to the Island to play a show at the Red Bicycle Bistro at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2.

  • Jul 30, 2008
Ian McFeron and his fiddler
Local talent Mark Wells will perform at Café Luna at 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Mark Wells’ solo work at Luna

Mark Wells’ solo work at Luna

  • Jul 30, 2008
Local talent Mark Wells will perform at Café Luna at 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Mica Gaxiola
Mica Gaxiola
Urban soul in Ober Park

Urban soul in Ober Park

Keyboardist Darrius Willrich will play urban soul at a free, all-ages Ober Park concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7.

  • Jul 29, 2008
Urban soul in Ober Park

Unusual media at 070

Gallery 070 will present “Kenneth Adkins: New Work” with an opening from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1.

  • Jul 29, 2008
Irene Otis shows off a favorite of her tile works.

Take time for tile clocks at The Little House

Irene Otis will exhibit ceramic tiles and “timeless” clocks at The Little House, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1.

  • Jul 29, 2008
Irene Otis shows off a favorite of her tile works.
Eduardo Mendonça

Music festival will open with Brazilian beat

Vashon Allied Arts hosts its annual world music and dance festival at Camp Burton’s outdoor amphitheater Saturday, Aug. 9. Four groups will take the stage, beginning at 5 p.m.

  • Jul 29, 2008
Eduardo Mendonça
A detail of Jennifer McNeely’s mixed media piece

Blue Heron shows contrasting works

The Blue Heron Gallery will present the work of artists Joey Katzer and Jennifer McNeely in an exhibition opening from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1. The reception will feature live jazz music by horn player Richard Person, pianist Jim Hobson and bassist George Heidorn.

  • Jul 29, 2008
A detail of Jennifer McNeely’s mixed media piece

Arts briefs

Unusual views

  • Jul 29, 2008
Anita Halstead displays a late 19th-century English pitcher

Dockton’s history is a story worth telling — Vashon group now has funds to tell it

Dockton once had the largest dry dock north of San Francisco, a booming shipbuilding industry and a thriving maritime economy. But to the casual eye, there’s not a trace of the town’s past. “There are no signs at all that indicate the heritage of Dockton,” said Anita Halstead, a founding member of the Dockton Historical Committee. “There’s not even a ‘welcome to Dockton’ sign — there’s only a Dockton Park sign.”

  • Jul 23, 2008
Anita Halstead displays a late 19th-century English pitcher
The shadowy freedom fighter called “V.”

‘Vendetta’ to be shown in Lunavision

Lunavision, an ongoing film series curated by Islander Peter Ray, will feature a free screening and post-film discussion of “V for Vendetta” on Thursday, July 24, at Café Luna. The 2005 action-thriller, directed by James McTeigue, stars Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry and John Hurt.

  • Jul 23, 2008
The shadowy freedom fighter called “V.”
Zoe Rice

Drama Dock’s ‘Earnest’ captures Wilde’s wry humor and irony

Oscar Wilde, the Irish playwright, knew plenty about lying, so it’s no surprise that his witty and very funny play, “The Import-ance of Being Earnest,” centers on deception.

  • Jul 23, 2008
Zoe Rice
Auction art procurer Terry Fletcher and Crombie show off three items to be auctioned off: a rocking chair by Kristen Reitz-Green

Pet Protectors’ Furball to drum up support for pets

For five years, friends of the furry, the feathered, the fishy and everything in between have come together for one night of jubilant fundraising — Vashon Island Pet Protector’s Furball. It’s the nonprofit’s annual auction, and it accounts for more than half of its operating expenses each year.

  • Jul 23, 2008
Auction art procurer Terry Fletcher and Crombie show off three items to be auctioned off: a rocking chair by Kristen Reitz-Green

Vashon’s lavender fest draws crowds

Organizers of this year’s Lavender Farm Tour say some 2,500 people attended the two-day event over the weekend, making it the largest turnout since the festival started six years ago.

  • Jul 23, 2008
Rev. Darryn Hewson came to Vashon just weeks ago to lead the congregation at the Vashon United Methodist Church.

Methodist congregation embraces a young new minister

Vashon United Methodist Church has welcomed a new minister, Rev. Darryn Hewson, marking the end of a two-year period when the church was led by interim pastor Jan Van Pelt.

  • Jul 22, 2008
Rev. Darryn Hewson came to Vashon just weeks ago to lead the congregation at the Vashon United Methodist Church.