Ober concerts pack a one-two punch
Put on your dancing shoes for the first two free Summer Concerts in the Park presented by Vashon Park District. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, the Ian Moore Band will take the stage. In his almost 30- year music career, Moore has played barrooms and ballrooms throughout the country and released 14 albums, including his most recent, “Toronto.” Next up in the summer series, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, is roots/reggae veteran Clinton Fearon. In his native Kingston, Jamaica, Fearon was a founding member of The Gladiators. In recent decades, he’s been a constant presence in the Seattle reggae scene. His band, the Boogie Brown Band, will join him for his Ober Park show. The concert series, curated by Vashon Events, will continue with concerts every Thursday night of August in Ober Park. Up next, after Clinton Fearon, are shows by the Portage Fill big band, Polecat and The Paper Boys.
Decide to dance at the Bike
The Bad Decisions, a new band including Gregg Curry, Scotty Hayes, Tim Norton and Ben McQuillan will have a free show at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi. The group plays Southern-tinged rock and roll. The show is for all ages until 11 p.m. and 21 and older after that.
‘Grease’ is the word at Vashon Theatre
You can dance in the aisles and sing along with the 1978 movie musical “Grease” at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Vashon Theatre. The screening, complete with singalong subtitles, is part of Vashon Theatre’s family-friendly Summer Nights Series. Tickets are free for kids ages 12 and younger, and only $8 for everyone else. The next movie in the series, “The Goonies,” will be shown Aug. 16 and 17.
Kill monsters with Drama Dock
An audition for Drama Dock’s next show, “She Kills Monsters,” will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Vashon Library. Characters in the play range in ages from teenagers to late-20s. Performers of color, LGBTQ performers and people with disabilities are encouraged to audition. Rehearsals begin in September, performances will happen in November. A script is available at the Vashon Library — actors should be prepared to read a short scene from it. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an audition time slot and more info.
Broadway star will shine at VCA
Great White Way diva Christine Andreas will perform a concert accompanied by her Grammy-nominated husband/accompanist, Martin Silvestri, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Vashon Center for the Arts. The concert, “Love is Good,” is described by VCA as “a shared musical valentine” filled with classic love songs. On Broadway, Andreas appeared in the 20th-anniversary production of “My Fair Lady,” as Eliza Doolittle, followed by her star turn as Laurey in “Oklahoma,” working with Billy Hammerstein and Agnes de Mille. Other credits include the role of Jacqueline in the Tony/Olivier Award-winning production of “La Cage Aux Folles” with Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge, and the role as Margaret Johnson in the national tour of “The Light in the Piazza.” She has sung at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and the Kennedy Center Jazz Festival, to name a few prestigious venues. Her VCA concert is an exclusive Pacific Northwest engagement. VIP seats cost $45, with other tickets ranging from $35 to $22. Buy them at vashoncenterforthearts.org.
Island artist is uncensored in Seattle show
Ann Leda Shapiro, a well-known local artist, has work included in “Girlfriends of the Guerilla Girls,” a show to run Aug. 1 to Sept. 21 at Center on Contemporary Art, in Seattle. The show is described as “a love affair of local artists with The Guerilla Girls, an anonymous group of feminist artists devoted to exposing gender bias and racism in the art world.” For advance promotion, CoCA has used Leda Shapiro’s sexually explicit image, “Anger,” which in 1973, the Whitney Museum of American Art refused to hang in her one-person show. The show has public receptions from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.