Band with local tie offers new video
“Ink to Spill,” a band that includes island singer/songwriter Gus Reeves, has recently released a new single and video, also called “Ink to Spill,” that offers up criticism of the current presidential administration and calls for Americans to protect the right to freedom of the press.
The group, which includes Reeves on lead vocals and guitars, lyricist C’Qauil aka Bob Sauer, bassist Ryan Behling and percussionist Ernie Adams, plays music, often with a social justice message, influenced by soul, funk and rhythm and blues.
Filled with images of protest and historical footage ranging from Nixon to Trump, the video tells the story of an ordinary man who has always declared himself to be fiercely independent in his politics, but can no longer stay silent about the corruption he sees in the current political climate.
The video can be viewed on the band’s YouTube page. For more information on the band, visit inktospill.com. Reeves also live-streams solo concerts every Wednesday and Sunday at 5 p.m. at facebook.com/gus.reeves.7.
Theater company bows with ‘Home’
A collection of short radio plays about the places we all call home, co-produced with Northwest Playwright’s Alliance, will be presented by the newly formed Vashon Repertory Theatre (VRT) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at vashoncenterforthearts.org and on Vashon Center for the Arts’ Facebook page.
The play will continue to be broadcast on Voice of Vashon throughout October.
VRT is a new collective of professional theatre artists who live on Vashon and in the South Puget Sound region. The ensemble’s mission, said producing director Charlotte Tiencken, is to produce “exceptional theatre that is thought-provoking, intimate, story-driven and brings to light issues that are meaningful to our time and place on earth.”
Because of Covid-19, the season will start with performances of radio plays, that will be broadcast on Voice of Vashon, and streamed online through Vashon Center for the Arts. There is a $10 suggested donation for the Oct. 8 presentation on VCA’s website and Facebook page.
Lecture at VCA rescheduled
Due to technical difficulties, an online lecture by photographer Paul Bannick at Vashon Center for the Arts as been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Bannick, who has delivered popular lectures on Vashon on the past, will speak on “Arctic Messenger: What the Snowy Owl Tells Us.” As part of VCA’s TALKS on the ROCK series, his presentation will be offered as a one-time-only Zoom talk. The Zoom format will enable Bannick to feature never-before-shown photographs of the arctic owl as he describes how they breed and survive on the Arctic tundra and in wintering areas farther south. Registration is required for the event, which has a $10 suggested donation. Visit vashoncenterforthearts.org for more information.
Vashon Live presents spoken word
Visual artist, writer and spoken word artist Oliver Amatist will give a pop-up performance at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, on Vashon Live’s Facebook page. Amatist, born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, tackles issues of mental health through poetic narrative, prose, and beautiful rhymes. He currently has two books, “Time Within a Leaf ” and “Dead Flowers,” with a third book on the way. Oliver also paints minimalistic pastel paintings and is starting a nonprofit art collective through his website ollieoverart.com.