What’s Happening Sept. 26 to Oct. 3

A “Stringband Rock” show, Dakota Camacho, artists wanted for the holidays, and more.

  • Saturday, September 28, 2019 3:36pm
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Indigenous artist and activist Dakota Camacho will make several appearances on Vashon on Oct. 4 (Courtesy photo).

Indigenous artist and activist Dakota Camacho will make several appearances on Vashon on Oct. 4 (Courtesy photo).

Rumor Has It takes a spin at the Bike

The Vashon band Rumor Has It will play a free show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi. The band, filled with island players, has a setlist filled with songs they call “stringband rock” — an amalgamation of Americana, R&B, folk-rock, bluegrass jam and other danceable genres. The show, presented by Vashon Events, is for all ages until 11 p.m. After that, only those 21 and older may attend.

A new children’s book has Vashon author

Susan Wolf, an island author, will read her new children’s book, “P.S. Boats, Around Puget Sound” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at Vashon Library and sell and sign books after the reading. The books are also for sale at Vashon Pharmacy. Islanders Annie Brulé and Laura Neuman contributed design work and suggestions to the book.

Van Redeker plays next week

Van Redeker, a popular island dance band, will take the stage for a free show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Red Bicycle Bistro and Sushi. The band has added over a dozen new songs and arrangements for this show.

Dakota Camacho comes to Vashon

Indigenous fusion artist and activist Dakota Camacho will appear in three events on Vashon on Friday, Oct. 4. At 2 p.m. that day, Camacho, who uses non-gendered pronouns, will speak at the Harbor School about their work with indigenous communities around the world and their fusion of Chamorro culture and other cultural dance forms. A press release said that at 5:30 p.m. at Spoke Gallery, Camacho “will offer a workshop engaging Matao (CHamoru) movement, song, language, ritual practices and practices learned along the journey to re-k/new them. The class aims to develop strategies for activating balance and harmony (inafa’maolek) in our lives and our communities.” All are welcome. At 7 p.m., during the First Friday gallery cruise at Spoke Gallery, Camacho will present excerpts of new performance work that premiered at On the Boards in Seattle this past June. The performance centers on the unfolding of a ritual honoring Camacho’s ancestral and creative lineages, and how their family survived violent displacement and maintained their cultural integrity by building relationships with other indigenous communities. There is also a $15 suggested donation for the performance but again, the price is flexible. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local indigenous communities. For more information, visit dakotacamacho.com or contact lela@lelavision.com. Tickets for the workshop and performance can be purchased in advance at dakotacamacho.brownpapertickets.com, or at the door.

Earshot Jazz Fest comes to White Hall

Jazz fans should save the date for three presentations of the Earshot Jazz Festival at Vashon Center for the Arts in October. These include a performance by LaVon Hardison on Oct. 4, a show with 23-year-old vibraphonist wunderkind Joel Ross on Oct. 18, and a concert by Kiki Valera on Oct. 25. For more information and tickets, visit vashoncenterforthearts.org.

Calling all artists for holiday tour

Artists can still apply to be a part of Vashon Island Visual Artists’ Holiday Studio Tour, set for Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Applicants must be current members of VIVA. For an application or more information on the tour and other VIVA activities, visit vivaartists.com.

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