Meet the Artist at VCA
The last day of Warren Pope’s exhibition, “Red Lines, Blood Lines,” will be celebrated from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at Vashon Center for the Arts. Warren will be present. His minimalist, abstract show explores the historical and contemporary realities of redlining, displacement and the American slave trade. The show opened at VCA on Feb. 7 and has been a field trip destination for local students whose classrooms have studied and observed Black History Month. For more information on the show, visit vashoncenterforthearts.org.
Mr. E is back with new music
The Electric Music Ensemble Deep Energy Orchestra, an ensemble that showcases the compositions of well-known former islander Jason Everett, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Columbia City Theater, in Seattle. The show will celebrate the release of “The Return,” the ensemble’s second recording. For tickets to the show, visit columbiacitytheater.com. To purchase the new album, visit deepenergyorchestra.bandcamp.com.
Readers Theatre returns to stage
Chris Boscia’s Vashon Readers Theatre returns with a staged reading of portions of author Betty MacDonald’s story, “Onions in the Stew,” at the Black Cat Cabaret at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Adapted by playwrights Anne Martens and William Darzell, the plot follows a Seattle couple who decide to make the jump to island life with their resistant teenage daughters in tow. The family soon learns about the frequency of power outages, ferry cancellations and charm of small-town living on a rural island in the Pacific Northwest. The reading is directed by Samantha Sherman and stars Meghan Ames, Matt Wilson, Emily Bruce, Lucy Rogers, Amy Broomhall, Gabe Dawson and Orion Moss. Admission is free, but arrive early as seating is limited.
Early music fest brings elite players
The Salish Sea Early Music Festival will present “A Journey with Dr. Burney,” featuring Montreal cellist Susie Napper, German harpsichordist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan at 12 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Vashon United Methodist Church. This performance will recount the findings of music historian Charles Burney, who traveled throughout Europe between 1770 and 1772 to interview musicians and gather information for his “History of Music.” Compositions by George Friderick Handel, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian Bach, Frederich II of Prussia, Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Benda and Giovanni Battista Sammartini will be played. Admission is by a suggested donation of $15, $20 or $25, with those 18 and younger admitted free. For more information, visit salishseafestival.org.
A night of Flamenco
Seattle-based Flamenco dancer, Savannah Fuentes, will present her latest show, “Como el Aire,” at 8 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Vashon Havurah, 14401 Westside Hwy. S.W. Fuentes, whose dancing has been called “real Flamenco, straight and stunning,” by Seattle critic Regina Hackett, who will be joined by two acclaimed Spanish collaborators: singer and percussionist Diego Amador, Jr. and internationally recognized Flamenco guitarist, Carlo de Jacoba. Buy tickets at brownpapertickets.com.
Two divas bring wow factor
Christine Andreas, a star of Broadway stages and premier concert halls, will perform her one-woman show, “Piaf: No Regrets,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Vashon Center for the Arts. Her Grammy-nominated husband, Martin Silvestri, will accompany her on piano and accordion. The next night, a very different but equally emotive singer and songwriter, Iris DeMent, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8. DeMent, a multiple-time Grammy nominee, is revered in traditional country and Americana circles and has dueted with such stars as Emmylou Harris and John Prine. Get tickets to both shows at vashoncenterforthearts.org.
‘The Detention Lottery’ comes to Vashon
“The Detention Center,” a courtroom theater experience featuring a cast of working immigration attorneys and eight randomly chosen audience members, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Open Space for Arts & Community. Presenters include the Immigrant/Refugee Rights Group of Indivisible Vashon. The experience is designed to engage and inform the community about the extreme difficulties detained immigrants and refugees face at the Northwest Detention Center, and to raise funds for Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest (AID NW), a non-profit that supports detainees inside and upon release. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Students will be admitted free. This performance is recommended for middle school-age and older. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit openspacevashon.com.
Klezmer and more for Purim
The raucous Jewish holiday of Purim will be celebrated from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at Havurat Ee Shalom, 14401 Westside Hwy. S.W. Expect masks and costumes at the festivities, which will include traditional Yiddish music by Klezmer Local No. 206, a band whose members have played together in various combinations for more than 35 years. Mustafa’s Syrian Kitchen food truck will provide eats and there will be games for all ages. At 5 p.m. Havurah members will present “Purim Spiel,” a play acting out the Purim tale recounted in the Book of Esther. The price of the event is $12 in advance and at the door, $15 for non-Havurah members and $12 for members and seniors, with children admitted free. Buy tickets at eventbrite.com.