Joel Ross (Courtesy Photo).

Joel Ross (Courtesy Photo).

What’s Happening Oct. 10 – 17

Acclaimed filmmaker talks Roman Vishniac; stage is set for a lip sync battle; Joel Ross, and more.

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019 9:57am
  • Arts

Acclaimed filmmaker next up in lecture series

Laura Bialis, an American-Israeli documentary filmmaker who has been called “a meticulous researcher and a born storyteller,” is the next speaker in the Vashon Center for the Arts’ “Talks on the Rock” lecture series. Bailis’ talk, about her documentary-in-progress about legendary photographer Roman Vishniac, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at VCA.

Vishniac is renowned for his photographs of Jewish life in pre-Holocaust Europe, with three of his images included in “The Family of Man,” the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark exhibition in the 1950s. But in Bialis’ talk, she will discuss Vishniac’s lesser-known but groundbreaking work in photomicrography, cinematography and biological photography. Bialis’ richest source of information about Vishniac came from her chance meeting and subsequent friendship with Roman Vishniac’s daughter, the late Mara Vishniac Kohn.

Bialis also directed and produced “Rock in the Red Zone” (2015) about a music community in Sderot, a town in southern Israel that has been under attack for many years by rockets, and “Refusenik” (2008), which documents the 30-year human rights campaign to free 1.5 million Soviet Jews who tried to escape the pervasive anti-Semitism of postwar Russia.

Reading at The Country Store

West Seattle author and scholar Julia V. Douthwaite Vigleone will host a free, tri-lingual reading of her book, “The Frankenstein of the Apple Crate: A Possibly True Story of the Monster’s Origins,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at The Country Store. The book, which is historical juvenile fiction, tells the story of how a young writer named Mary Wollstonecraft Goodwin (later to be known as Mary Shelley) developed the story of Frankenstein, her most famous novel. Douthwaite will be joined at the reading by storyteller Cécile Perruche, from the Alliance Française de Seattle.

Tubby Love & Amber Lily at Snapdragon

Tubby Love & Amber Lily, a musical duo known for uplifting messages and intricate beats and vocals, will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at Snapdragon. The show is presented by islander Debra Heesch, who described the duo’s music as a “catalyst for much-needed healing and positive change.” Tubby Love is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter from the deep South. Amber Lily is a Hawaii-grown singer, songwriter and activist. The duo has toured internationally alongside musicians such as Trevor Hall, Mike Love, Michael Franti and others who share similar messages of hope and inspiration. The show is for all ages, though admission to Snapdragon’s adjacent bar, Home Sweet Home, will be for ages 21 and older only. Tickets, $20, are on sale at Vashon Bookshop and

Lip sync battle returns

Voice of Vashon’s annual KVSH Birthday Bash, complete with a lip sync battle by community members, will return at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi. Emcee Steffon Moody will introduce the “singers,” who will theatrically interpret their favorite songs. Raffle ticket sales for a “Weekend on the Rock” package will also benefit VoV. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for a limited number of reserved seats; get them at

Feel the vibe with Joel Ross

Next up in the Earshot Jazz Festival series at Vashon Center for the Arts, vibraphone genius Joel Ross will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in VCA’s Katherine White Hall. Ross has performed with such jazz greats as Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride and Stefon Harris, as well as with contemporaries like Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, Jon Batiste and many more. Tickets to his Vashon appearance range from $10 to $30, buy them at

Enjoy food, music and art for a good cause

Vashon Youth & Family Service’s second annual Home 2 Vashon fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Open Space for Arts & Community. The benefit will support the organization’s efforts to provide ferry tickets to islanders requiring off-island medical care. It will include a Syrian meal by the Mustafa family, musical performances by Mark Graham, Orville Johnson and the women’s group, Listen in the Kitchen, and a live auction of art and jewelry. Last year, Home 2 Vashon raised funds to pay for 633 ferry rides for islanders, many of whom faced severe or chronic illnesses. Tickets are $78.65 per person or $157.30 per couple (the price of a 5 and 10 pass ferry ticket). A table for eight people is $690. For more information, visit or call 206-463-5511.

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