Five things worth knowing this week

Time travelers from the future may want to set their course for Friday April 6 at 6:00 when we open our campus to some wonderful shows.

Army of Scholars Geri Siebert returned to the Multi-Age classes at Chautauqua this year to work with first to third grade students in conjunction with their study of China.  After learning about the life-size Terracotta Warriors protecting the first emperor, students crafted miniature sculptures that will come together as The Army of Scholars on display at the Blue Heron Education Center Gallery during the month of April. The show opens in the Blue Heron Education Center gallery from 6-8pm!

Quartermaster Press The staff has thrilled all week to the sight of Brian Fisher, Deborah Taylor, Pat Churchill, and Suzanne Moore hanging the most astonishing show of 25 years of Quartermaster Press. Now it’s ready to show and you really need to come see it, if not tonight then anytime over the next two months.

Tim Couldn’t Make it  Then at 8:30, Vashon Events kick-off the latest installment in the popular free First Friday Music series.  Tim Dahms has been called “one of the finest bass players to come out of the Hawaiian Islands” and has played with music icons from Steely Dan to Willie Nelson. Unfortunately, Tim can’t make it to the VCA show, so Doug Pine and Rick Dahms will be playing without him, joined by Michael Marcus on bass, Wesley Peterson on drums, and Mike Nichols on harmonica.  Thank you to the folks at John L Scott for your sponsorship.

Sounds of Spring In a true embarrassment of riches, just one day later classical music lovers will have the opportunity to swim in the pool of two iconic English composers from different eras. The Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra spring concert will feature Benjamin Britten’s pastoral Simple Symphony, based on 8 melodies the composer wrote as a child and Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Kids concert is at 11:00, the full concert at 7:30. There a good seats available at incredibly attractive prices:

  • $5 Student
  • $14 VCA Member
  • $16 Senior
  • $18 General

Readers of the Vashon Beachcomber probably noticed the official announcement of Angela Gist as our first ever Artistic Director.  You can read the original announcement on our website here.

For those who only know Angela from these past few years as Deputy Director, she has deep roots in the performing arts. VCA is already feeling her creative touch and her commitment to bringing a rich mix of island and guest artists and lecturers to our facility.

Finally, and this is actually a sixth item, Kristen Reitz-Green reminded me the other day of a wonderful passage by Marianne Williamson that is quoted by Benjamin Zander in the amazing book he wrote with his wife Rosamund Stone Zander called The Art of Possibility.   (By the way, if you haven’t listened to his Ted Talk called the Transformative Power of Classical Music, you really should.)

The passage goes like this:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”


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.

 


 

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