5th Avenue Theatre star Eric Ankrim will appear in “Broadway Nation Live: The Story Behind White Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Vashon Center for the Arts (Courtesy Photo).

5th Avenue Theatre star Eric Ankrim will appear in “Broadway Nation Live: The Story Behind White Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Vashon Center for the Arts (Courtesy Photo).

What’s Happening Nov. 28 – Dec. 5

“Ford v Ferrari” star at the theatre, the music of David Bowie, “Ballroom Burlesque,” and more.

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“Ford v Ferrari” screening

A screening of “Ford v Ferrari,” a new action-drama starring Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Josh Lucas, Jon Bernthal and Tracy Letts, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Vashon Theatre. Lucas, who grew up in Gig Harbor and has family ties to Vashon, will be in attendance and take part in a Q&A after the film. The film tells the story of American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles, who fought the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford that challenged Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Buy tickets at vashontheatre.org or the box office.

“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.

“Let’s Dance” tributes 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’s “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon,” Open Space for Arts & Community and The David Serko Project, as part of World AIDS Day. Performers include Rebekah Kuzma, Kevin Joyce, Chai Ste Marie, Jon Whalen, Arlette Moody, Lou Mangione, Filson Sisters, Martin Feveyear, Louisa Moody with dancers, Tony Mann, Jonathan Kuzma, Adam Creighton, Michael Monteleone and The Rev. Tickets are on sale at openspacevashon.com and the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds will benefit HIV-AIDS and LGBTQ causes.

“Sing for Vashon” coming up

The seventh annual “Will Sing for Vashon,” a showcase of island music acts performing classic holiday songs that doubles as a fundraiser for island nonprofits, will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Open Space for Arts & Community. Produced by Vashon Events, the concert has a cover charge of $10 for advance tickets and $15 at the door, to offset the costs of the event. It’s free for youth ages 18 and younger. More information and tickets are available at vashonevents.org.

Dreaming of “White Christmas”

David Armstrong, Artistic Director Emeritus of The 5th Avenue Theatre, will take audiences inside the creation of the bestselling and most recorded song of all time, as he tells the story of how a destitute, illiterate, Russian-Jewish immigrant named Irving Berlin became America’s composer laureate and invented an entirely new category of song. Armstrong’s show, “Broadway Nation Live: The Story Behind ‘White Christmas,’” comes complete with performances by special guest Albert Evans and 5th Avenue Theatre stars Cayman Ilika (“Kiss Me Kate,” “Jaques Brel”) and Eric Ankrim (“How To Succeed,” “First Date”) singing holiday hits including “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” and many more including, of course, “White Christmas.” The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at VCA. Get tickets at vashoncenterforthearts.org.

Burlesque show at Open Space

“Ballroom Burlesque” A Close Embrace of Dance Hall Decadence” will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Open Space for Arts & Community. Performers will include Jacqueline Hyde, Audra Grace, Vixy Post and Cherry Manhattan, performing waltz, tango, foxtrot, mambo, cha-cha, rumba, lindy hop and quickstep dances along with songs, comedy, striptease and some live trumpet. Tickets, $25 to $48, are on sale now at ballroomburlesquevashon.bpt.me.

Chorale offers “Shepherds and Stars”

Vashon Island Chorale will welcome in the holiday season with “Shepherds and Stars,” a concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Vashon Center for the Arts. The program will include a seasonal array of well-known carols as well as new favorites, with an appearance by the Vashon Youth Chorus and accompaniment by pianist Linda Lee, violinist Dan Brandt, oboist Çravixtha Acheson, and African percussionist Gordy Ryan. The evening will be conducted by Gary D. Canon, who the 90-member chorale’s longtime artistic director. Tickets to the concerts range from $5 to $20 and can be purchased in advance at vashoncenterforthearts.org.

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