LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends will play a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Vashon Center for the Arts (Courtesy Photo).

LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends will play a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Vashon Center for the Arts (Courtesy Photo).

What’s Happening Feb. 13 – 20

Mode Music opens, Eugenie Jones honors Nina Simone, Bells brings His Only Friends, and more.

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:53pm
  • Arts

Mode Music Vashon opens

Mode Music, a West Seattle music studio that offers lessons for all ages on a wide variety of instruments, will have a grand opening for its new Vashon branch from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at 17206 Vashon Hwy., in Vashon Village. The opening will feature musical performances by Mike the Rad Scientist, Danny Newcomb, Erin Rubin, Mike Dumovich and others. To find out more about the studio, visit modemusicstudios.com/vashon.

[UPDATED: After the publication of its print edition, The Beachcomber was informed of a scheduling change for this event. Caspar Babypants will not perform, as previously reported.]

Sing with the choirs

A new session of Vashon school district afterschool choirs will begin on Feb. 26, with a program themed around music from the 1980s. Concerts will happen in May and June. The choir for students in grades 3-5 will take place in the Chautauqua Elementary School Music Room, from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The choir for students in grades 6-12 will meet from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, on the McMurray stage. These programs are free and no audition is required. To sign up, email esmith@vashonsd.org.

Call for artists

Vashon Center for the Arts is seeking clothing designers for their upcoming “Trashion Fashion Show,” which will take place in mid-April. The fashion show, with models walking a full-length runway in VCA’s lobby, will feature work in two categories, “Trash Couture” and “Upcycle Ready-to-Wear.” To find out more about the show, which has cash prizes and is being held to raise awareness about sustainability in the fashion/clothing industry, visit vashoncenterforthearts.org/2020/01/28/call-for-artist-trashion-fashion-show.

Eugenie Jones sings Nina Simone

Award-winning singer/songwriter Eugenie Jones will perform the music of Nina Simone to honor Simone’s 92nd birthday, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Vashon Center for the Arts. Jones, who will also perform her own jazz compositions, has self-produced two primarily original vocal jazz projects, earning her ranking on Jazz Week Review Top-50, #1 spots on CMJ charts, and numerous favorable reviews on industry platforms. Her original single, “A Good Day” has been downloaded more than 9,000 times. Tickets to the show range in price from $15 to $40; buy them at vashoncenterforthearts.org.

LeRoy Bell bring His Only Friends

Singer and songwriter LeRoy Bell will rock out with his band, His Only Friends, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Vashon Center for the Arts. Bell is known as a dynamic performer in his own right, but along with his long-time writing partner, Casey James, he has also penned songs recorded by Elton John, The Spinners, The O’Jays, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Teddy Pendergrass and many others. Bell will be backed up by his band Only Friends, featuring seasoned musicians Terry Morgan on bass, Davis Martin on drums, and Daniel Walker on guitar and keyboards. Tickets to the show range in price from $15 to $40; buy them at vashoncenterforthearts.org

Art History Talk

Rebecca Albiani will offer an art history talk on two of the most important American sculptors of the twentieth century, Louise Nevelson and Louise Bourgeois, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Vashon Center for the Arts. Nevelson, who emigrated from Ukraine as a child, incorporated found objects, spray-painted a single color, into her distinctive constructions. Paris-born Bourgeois used a wide variety of mediums to explore the human body and psyche. Tickets range from $5 to $15, buy them at vashoncenterforthearts.org.

Island hop to see art

Brian Fisher, a noted Vashon artist, will exhibit his work through March 1 in “A Trio of Printmakers,” at the Roby King Gallery on Bainbridge Island. Fisher interprets Greek and other cultures’ mythological stories not only on paper, but also in three dimensions using cut steel. In the Bainbridge show, his work is being shown with Brainbridge artist Lynn Brofsky and Irish artist Stephen McFarlane.

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