Upcoming concerts with Vashon Live
Set your browser to facebook.com/vashonlive for upcoming concerts by Hannah Rebekah (7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18); Jon Whalen (7:30 p.m. Friday, June 19); Pacific Standards Time Jazz Duo (7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20) and Steffon Moody (7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21). The concerts are the latest in dozens of shows produced in an upstart live stream effort by Vashon Live — a company that has recorded socially-distanced shows at Snapdragon’s Black Cat Cabaret, since March. All shows are by digital tip-jar donation. Follow Vashon Live on Facebook to see what is coming up next.
Make it a movie night
Vashon Theatre, now streaming indie and international releases, has a new slate of films on offer: “Shirley,” a film about the renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson; “Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy,” a documentary about the expert on Mexican cuisine; and “Marona’s Tale,” an award-winning animated film from France that tells the story of one dog and the people who have loved her. The theater’s run of “Fourteen” also continues. Rent them all at vashontheatre.com.
A poet-magician shares insights
Thomas Hitoshi Pruiskma, a Vashon poet and magician, will appear online at 4 p.m. Monday, June 22, at atlasobsucra.com/experiences. Pruiskma will discuss the challenges of understanding poetry and share parts of an interactive poetry workshop that he has offered around the world. Admission is $10 per device.
Pruiksma and his husband, actor David Mielke, were also featured in The New York Times last Sunday, in the newspaper’s “Modern Love” column. The column focused on the stories of 18 couples nationwide who have quarantined together, including an entry, written by Mielke, focused on the couple’s quarantine in their small Vashon yurt, and their whimsical creation of videos together. Visit nytimes.com/2020/06/12/style/modern-love-coronavirus-living-together to read and watch one of the videos.
Groups screen ‘13th’ and discuss it
A screening and discussion of Ava DuVernay’s Academy Award-nominated 2016 documentary film, “13th,” will be hosted by Indivisible Vashon and Vashon-Maury Island Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, on Zoom. To find out more about joining the discussion, visit the events page of Indivisible Vashon on Facebook.
The film is titled after the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime. DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated since the end of the Civil War through criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor free-men and force them to work for the state under convict leasing, lynchings and Jim Crow, the war on drugs and mass incarceration of people of color.
Artful totems grace a memory garden
The Vashon Community Care Memory Garden, part of the new Memory Care wing, opened recently with garden totems created by members of Vashon Island Visual Arts (VIVA) and donated by VIVA. The garden, known as Maeve’s Garden and funded by the donation of islander Hilary Emmer, was designed by Darsie Beck and created through the hard work and generosity of many, said VIVA founder Christine Beck. Every step of construction for the garden had to adhere to strict state safety regulations, she added. One of the final touches was the secure installation of the four garden totems.
Band with local ties has new single
The alt-rock group, Ink to Spill, whose members include islander Gus Reeves, has a new single coming out Thursday, June 25. The single, “Where Went José,” explores the effect of strict laws around immigration, telling a story of betrayal and grief expressed by a child whose life has been upended by deportation. To find out more about the song and the band, check out the Ink to Spill Facebook page.