Movietime at The Nightlight
Catch a back-to-school movie under the stars, in the safety of your own vehicle, at the Night Light Drive-in, a partnership between Vashon Theatre and Open Space for Arts & Community. Now playing: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (Thursday, Sept. 3 and Saturday, Sept. 5) and “Grease” (Friday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 6). Gates to the drive-in, located on the great lawn of Open Space, open at 7 p.m. this week, with shows starting at 8:05 p.m. Tickets ($20 for a carload) and concessions must be purchased in advance at vashontheatre.com. Safety protocols are listed on the website; read them carefully so everybody can have an equally fun night at the drive-in.
Shop to Get Out the Vote
An ongoing online auction, held by Vashon Indivisible and Vashon Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), is raising money to help groups who are fighting voter suppression. Check out the offerings at tinyurl.com/yxv8qlh9. A new lot of items — everything from art to quilts to household goods to services — started Aug. 29 and will end Sept. 12. The group will also do a virtual live auction at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, on Zoom. Visit indivisiblevashon.org to find out more and get the Zoom link.
A trip to Mars at VALISE
VALISE Gallery will open its September show, “On Our Way to Mars,” at a reception with works both inside and outside the gallery from 6 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4. The show includes George Wright’s abstract encaustic paintings, Sharon Shaver’s depictions of fantastical flying cats and birds, and Bill Jarchol’s whimsical and weird paintings and sculptures. Regular hours for the gallery are 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, through September. Safety protocols apply, with only five masked visitors allowed in the gallery at one time.
Artisans pop up
On Labor Day weekend, visit an outdoor pop-up shop at 9915 SW 188th Street (corner of 188th and Vashon Hwy SW) to find vintage and modern clothing (in sizes 2-24) by Aimee Demarest; and original artisan jewelry by Lisa Witherspoon. The pop-up is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6. Masks are required and the sale is spread out to encourage social distancing.
Musicians host suppertime and campfire concerts
Zander Knodt, a 16-year-old pianist currently attending Vashon High School, will have a live-streamed concert, filled with blues improvisations, jazz standards and classical music at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, on facebook.com/zander.knodt. Knodt has played piano since the age of eight, focusing primarily on classical music and pop. Over the years, Zander has become deeply interested in jazz, focusing on his favorite artists such as Oscar Peterson, James Booker, Red Garland, and others. The link to his digital tip jar is PayPal.me/ThaankYu.
Michael Whitmore, a composer/nylon string guitarist and leader of the band Some’tet, will play a live-streamed concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at facebook.com/michael.whitmore.14. Tune in for jazz, post-jazz, torch songs and a dash of crooning. Whitmore is an author, music historian, a deejay and a record collector. He co-hosts the Friday Morning Scramble with Shelley Hanna on local KVSH 101.9FM. Tip him through Venmo at michael-whitmore-28 or paypalme/sometet.
Local music legend John Browne will play a live-streamed show for Vashon Live’s campfire sessions at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6. Find the show and bask in the glow of Brown’s guitar goodness and folk wisdom at facebook.com/vashonlive.