Island photographer David Lynch is publishing a book of photographs documenting the migrant caravans (David Lynch Photo).

Island photographer David Lynch is publishing a book of photographs documenting the migrant caravans (David Lynch Photo).

What’s Happening May 16 – 23

A night of guitar, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” an exhibit of photos from the border, and more.

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A night of genre-mixing guitar music

American Fingerstyle Guitar Night, a concert featuring multiple guitarists’ interpretations of an iconic genre of music for six- and 12-string guitar, will happen at 7 p.m. tonight, May 16, at Vashon Havurah, 15401 Westside Hwy SW. Players are Peter Janson, Steve Davison and Tracy Moore To attend the performance, RSVP to evening is a production of Tip the Scales, an island organization.

Vashon Opera’s ‘Streetcar’ bows Friday

Vashon Opera will present “A Streetcar Named Desire,” with Andre Previn’s jazz-inspired score, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Vashon Center for the Arts. The opera will feature an all-star cast of regional opera luminaries. Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $48, are on sale now at

Dance to the Van Redekers Friday night

Vashon Events presents a free night of music by the Van Redeker Band at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi. The band will premiere a dozen new cover tunes, all danceable. Band members are guitarist Sam Van Fleet, lead guitarist and veteran songwriter, Daryl Redeker, Sara Van Fleet on bass, guitar and vocals and Dodd Johnson on drums and percussion.

Dance is for good cause

All ages are invited to DANCE Flash! from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 17, at SPOKE, 9225 SW 178th St. Donations of $5 to $12 will go to the Vashon Community Food Bank, The DOVE Project and the Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness. Checks will be accepted in any amount, payable to the organizations. Attendees can request favorite tunes from an assortment of rock, R&B, pop and hip hop dance hits.

Film tackles teen anxiety

The documentary “Angst” will have a free screening at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Vashon Presbyterian Church. The film details many facets of teen anxiety, presenting it as a misunderstood and growing cultural epidemic, and suggests tools for young people and parents affected by anxiety and other mental disorders. Time for discussion will follow the viewing. For more information about the film, visit

Salish Sea Festival celebrates Bach

Flute, violin and harpsichord soloists, along with a chamber orchestra, will perform a program of four rarely-played concerti by Johann Sebastian Bach as part of the Salish Sea Early Music Festival, Bethel Church at 12 p.m. Thursday, May 23. Suggested donations are $15, $20 or $25. Performers will play Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, his Triple Concerto for harpsichord, flute, violin and orchestra, his Violin Concerto in A Minor and the Suite in B Minor for Flute and Strings. Soloists for the performance are harpsichordist Jonathan Oddie, violinist Carrie Krause and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan. For more information go to

Photos tell migrant experience

Island photographer David Lynch will host an exhibit and publication party for his newly released book, “Before the Border: the Caravan Series,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Snapdragon. The book is published by Chatwin Books. For the past 25 years, Lynch has photographed workers in Guatemala and El Salvador, earthquake survivors in Haiti and, in late 2018, he turned his lens to the U.S.- Mexican border to begin documenting the migrant caravans.

Lynch aims to return for a fourth time to the U.S.-Mexico border to capture the faces of people caught in the middle of this crisis, including those who work for government agencies and nonprofits, helping asylum seekers navigate the system. Many asylum seekers will be forced to return to their home countries where they face life-threatening dangers. In fact, Lynch said, he already knows of people he met at the border who were deported to Honduras and he’s since learned have been killed.

Open call audition for all Vashon actors

Civic Rep will hold an open call audition for actors from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Open Space. Actors must prepare to perform two contrasting monologues totaling no more than four minutes. Contact to arrange an audition time. Civic Rep is a Vashon-based theater company in residence at Open Space. Callback auditions for Civic Rep’s fall production, “Top Girls,” by Caryl Churchill will be held on Saturday, June 1.

Flea markets fun at The Lodges

Punk Rock Flea Market and The Lodges on Vashon will host FIRE SALE! from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at The Lodges on Vashon. Fire Sale is a new event that includes two days of craft, vintage and collectibles dealers, live music, DJs, a beer garden with local brews, barbecue with island-grown meats and vegetables and an after-hours barter fair. Fire Sale is open to all ages. Entry is free with a suggested donation of $1 or more to benefit low-income housing. Bands performing live throughout the day are Full Nettle Jacket, Flesh Produce, The Shivering Denizens and more. When the bands aren’t playing, DJs will spin music.

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