Five things worth knowing this week
Roll Riptide Roll. Fans of the Vashon High School Riptide know it to be one of the island’s hidden treasures, a labor of love and a testimony to the importance of independent journalism. A few weeks back, two of the student-staff members came to VCA to present a request to help fund their upcoming trip to the National High School Journalism Convention in San Francisco, April 12 – 14. Well of course we said yes and I’m pleased to say we contributed $500 to the cause. If you want to help these wonderful student journalists meet their funding goal it’s not too late to jump in by going to their GoFundMe page.
Where for Art Thou? . . . For the second weekend in a row the Katherine L White Hall will showcase a triumphant reminder of the importance and brilliance of student art on Vashon. At much loved ShakesKIDS! on Friday, March 30, 2018 – 7:00pm and again on Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 1pm the curtain will go up on the tragedy of Romeo & Juliet, by William Shakespeare as reimagined in VCA’s new student production. The immortal play has been edited into a one-hour, short intermission play, by teacher and director, Aimée Nicole Lewis van Roekel.
More than twenty students, ranging in age from eight to 16, compose an ensemble retelling of Romeo & Juliet in modern, current times set on a high school campus. Every aspect of the production is collaborative—from set design to costumes and makeup, character development to choreography. Come see for yourself.
Early Summer (get here please!). Over the past two days we’ve delivered nearly 5,000 copies of the latest edition of the Spring 2018 Island Arts Quarterly to the Vashon Post Office. We hope you’ll agree that everything about it, from the stunning cover by Ted Kutscher, to the more accommodating and generous layout, to the paper quality is a substantial step up from an inauspicious January edition.
The Heron Speaks. Earlier this week we launched a new blog series called the Heron Speaks. Our aim is to publish documents and commentary in the spirit of making more visible and transparent the workings of Vashon Center for the Arts. The first post is live and reprises the issues raised at the February 13, 2018 Town Hall.
Finally, and this is actually a sixth item, I thought you might thrill to re-read the words of Romeo as he casts his glance upon Juliet from beneath that famous balcony
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
O that she knew she were!
She speaks, yet she says nothing; what of that?
Her eye discourses, I will answer it.
I am too bold: ’tis not to me she speaks.
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp. Her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand
O that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!
Why “Fish Wrap”? Years ago, living in San Francisco, I became a devotee of a legendary journalists named Herb Cain. While he may not have been the first to use the phrase in connection with “yesterday’s news,” he is the one I remember. Today’s news is tomorrow’s fish wrap. Maybe it’s a generational thing. At any rate, we call our Friday wrap up, The Friday Fish Wrap . . . Five things worth knowing about VCA this Friday.