What’s Happening Oct. 17 – 24

Rebecca Albiani talks Frida Kahlo, Portland musicians land on Vashon, Flamenco is back, and more.

  • Friday, October 18, 2019 4:11pm
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Soprano Dawn Padula will sing in Vashon Chamber Music’s season-opening concert on Oct. 27 (Courtesy Photo).

Soprano Dawn Padula will sing in Vashon Chamber Music’s season-opening concert on Oct. 27 (Courtesy Photo).

‘Match Game’ at Snapdragon

A live edition of the evergreen TV game show, “Match Game,” will come to Snapdragon’s Black Cat Cabaret at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. The free variety show will feature storytelling, an improv game show and a 1979 dance-off. The Filson Sisters, a comedy act made up of Jennifer Potter and Tami Brockway Joyce, will introduce the evening. Island comedian Pearce Cobarr will fill the shoes of Gene Rayburn, who hosted Match Game in the 1960s and ’70s, and a panel of faux celebrities will evoke the risque repartee of the original show. Audience members who come ready with a celebrity impersonation will be invited to “tap in” as the show progresses. At the end of the show, vintage footage from “Soul Train” and other musical TV shows will turn the night into a dance party.

‘La Mission’ latest pick in film series

La Mission, a 2009 coming-out drama starring Benjamin Bratt and Jeremy Ray Valdez, is the latest offering in the In and Out Queer Film Series, presented by the Vashon Heritage Museum and multiple other island organizations. The film’s screening will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Vashon Senior Center. For more information, visit vashonheritagemuseum.org.

Rebecca Albiani tackles Frida Kahlo Art History Lecture

Art historian Rebecca Albiani will lecture about acclaimed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in a lecture at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Vashon Center for the Arts. Kahlo, who died in 1954, painted in a naive folk style to explore issues of identity, gender, class and race in Mexican society. Tickets, $5 to $10 in advance and $15 at the door, can be purchased in advance at vashoncenterforthearts.org.

Portland music comes to Vashon

Performances by Chris Pureka, Laura Gibson, Ara Lee James and Beth Woods will be part of an evening celebrating Portland’s music scene at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Vashon Center for the Arts. The arts center is co-presenting the singers and songwriters in collaboration with islander Debra Heesch. For more information and tickets ranging in price from $22 to $30, visit vashoncenterforthearts.org.

Benefits for immigrants in detention

Invisible Vashon will present two fundraisers next weekend for a group that assists immigrants. The first event, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Snapdragon’s Black Cat Cabaret, will feature the Vashon band Poultry in Motion. At 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, also at the Black Cat Cabaret, storyteller Merna Ann Hecht will be joined by cellist Michelle Dodson for a program of music and stories titled “Singing Hope in a Dark Time.” Both events are free, but donations will be solicited to support the work of Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest, a nonprofit that supports immigrants released from the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

Flamenco returns to Vashon

Seattle Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes, who often performs on Vashon, will present her latest show, “Sky, Flamenco en Vivo,” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Vashon Land Trust, 10014 S.W. Bank Rd. Joining Fuentes will be Spanish singer and percussionist Diego Amador, Jr. and guitarist Pedro Cortes. This all-ages event is the first stop on a 29-date West Coast tour of the show. Tickets, $8 to $35, are on sale at brownpapertickets.com

Vashon Chamber Music opens new season

The first concert of Vashon Chamber Music’s 11th season will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Vashon Center for the Arts. The concert will open with Paul Schoenfeld’s “Cafe Music”, a jazz-inspired romp for piano, violin and cello. Vashon baritone Hugh Davis will follow with a set of cabaret songs. It will also include Arnold Schoenberg’s Germany-between-the-wars expressionist masterpiece, “Pierrot Lunaire,” with soprano Dawn Padula, violinist Maria Sampen, flutist Jennifer Rhyne, clarinetist Mary Kantor, pianist Tanya Stambuk, conductor Anna Wittstruck and Rowena Hammill playing cello and piano. Tickets are available online at vashoncenterforthearts.org.

Drama Dock meeting

The annual meeting of Drama Dock, Vashon’s nonprofit theater troupe, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at 10213 S.W. Tillicum Lane. For more information on the event, write to pamelamcmahan@gmail.com.

‘True West’ at the Black Cat

Vashon Readers’ Theater will present a free staged reading of one of Sam Shepard’s play, “True West, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Snapdragon’s Black Cat Cabaret. Chris Boscia has directed the reading, which will feature performances by Jonathan Kuzma, Mike Dumovich, Jeanne Dougherty and Anthony Winkler. The 1980 play tells the story of two brothers — one, a mild-mannered screenwriter and the other a lawless drifter — who engage in escalating confrontations in their mother’s home. The play had a Broadway revival in 2019 starring Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano.


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