Gather launches concert series
Gather Vashon, a shop that specializes in works created by local artists, will introduce its new Concerts on the Corner series at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, with an intimate performance by acclaimed finger-style guitarists Jamie Stillway and Eric Skye. Hailed by Fretboard Journal as “One of the best fingerstyle guitarists around today,” Jamie Stillway is widely known as an accomplished player, composer and teacher. Paste Magazine named Stillway’s last album of original compositions, “City Static,” as one of the best of the year.
Often billed as an acoustic jazz guitarist, Eric Skye has also received accolades from critics and played such venues as the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, the Fretboard Journal Summit and many other guitar festivals and gatherings.
Advance tickets to the concert are $20 and available online at gathervashon.com or by calling 206-408-7414.
‘Gaybaret’ at VCA
Drawing on the theatrical form of a cabaret, woven with original songs and stories laced with a bit of magic, islanders David Mielke and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma will perform the premiere of their show, “Gaybaret: An Offering of Story and Song” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Vashon Center for the Arts.
A related panel discussion, “Prelude to a Gaybaret: A Historical Panel on the Art of Transformation,” will happen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Vashon Center for the Arts. Panels, discussing love, art and transformation, include Jami Sieber, Latosha Correll, Leo MacLeod, Matt Baume and Timothy White Eagle. For tickets and information on the show and panel, visit vashoncenterforthearts.org.
The panel discussion is a co-presentation of VCA, 4Culture and the Vashon Heritage Museum in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island.”
Get tickets and find out more at vashoncenterforthearts.org.
One More Mile at the Bike
The Vashon blues band One More Mile, fronted by local guitar god Jason Lollar and harmonica man Mike Nichols, will play a free show at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi. The show is for all ages until 11 p.m. and 21 and older after that. The band —whose players also include keyboardist Tony Mann, bassist Chuck Keller and drummer Wesley Peterson — will deliver original grooves and classic blues, funk, and rock ‘n’ roll covers in the vein of James Cotton, Albert Collins, Little Walter and The Meters. One More Mile is also a singing band, with all the players contributing vocals.
Make hay with the Sugarmakers
Vashon farmer and rocker Danny Newcomb will perform with his band, the Sugarmakers, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Snapdragon. The all-ages show celebrates the release of a new 7-inch single, with the track “American,” on the front, and “14 Days” on the B-side, featuring Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready on lead guitar. The limited release single is for sale online now via HockeyTalkter Records, and in Seattle’s Easy Street Records on Nov. 22, with store distribution to others to follow. The select pressing is in a Coke bottle green vinyl, and pressed at Jack White’s third man pressing plant in Michigan, and mastered in Seattle by Ed Brooks. Newcomb’s show on Vashon costs $12, which includes both the single and a ticket. Tickets are on sale at brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit dannynewcomb.com
New play called ‘OUT!’ gets a reading
There will be a staged reading of Peter Serko’s new play, “OUT!,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30, at Vashon High School Theater. The play, inspired in part by a letter about the AIDS Quilt that Serko wrote to The Beachcomber in December of 1991, weaves a tale emerging out of the darkest days of the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, exploring the vital role that collective family memory and history play in our lives. The show, directed by Chris Boscia, is part of World AIDS Day activities planned for November and December by Serko. Tickets can be reserved at no charge at vashonworldaidsday.org, with donations accepted at the door.
Sweet Dreams – The Music of Patsy Cline
Back by popular demand, “Sweet Dreams” will return to Vashon on 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Vashon Center for the Arts. The show, coinciding with the country crooner’s birthday, will boast Northwest singer-songwriters V. Contreras, Star Anna, Jennifer Hopper, Kate Voss, Alessandra Rose, Christine Patterson-Goering and Rebekah Kuzma singing Cline’s legendary songs. Tickets range from $18 to $28, buy them in advance at vashoncenterforthearts.org. The show is presented by VCA and Debra Heesch Presents.
‘Let’s Dance’ tribute to David Bowie
Island musicians will perform the music of David Bowie, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Open Space for Arts & Community. The evening celebrates World AIDS Day in a partnership with Vashon Island School District, Vashon Heritage Museum, “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon,” Open Space for Arts & Community and The David Serko Project, as part of World AIDS Day. Tickets are on sale online at openspacevashon.com and the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.