Friday Fish Wrap 4.13.18

Five things worth knowing this week

The man can dance.  Fellow island art lover Charlotte Tiencken invited me over the Chautauqua Elementary School to watch a truly fabulous young tap artist named Leo Sandoval demonstrate to and then teach a gaggle of Vashon youth how to make music with their feet, hands and bodies.  It was an example of everything that is right and important about the arts and why this island does so much to support art and culture in all its forms.  Thank you, Charlotte, for what you are doing!  Enjoy watching Leo in action in the clip that follows.

Speaking of Dance (and we do like to do that). This week, Vashon Center for Dance conducted a 4-day choreography workshop for 10 of the Advanced Dancers. We collaborated to create nine dances set to Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. We are crazy impressed by and proud of the sophistication of these dancers and their work, and we are all excited to get this production to the stage in June.

This production is a collaboration of many artists. Jonathan Kuzma brought the idea to our Dance Director Vadne Domeika over a year ago and provided a plot framework based on Viktor Hartmann’s paintings and Modest Mussorgsky’s music. Based on those, Vadne worked with the dancers to create an original Ballet. Kate Guinee is studying the paintings and Jonathan’s notes, and is designing the costumes for each dance. We are all loving this cross-genre collaboration!

Press on. If you weren’t at the Kay last Friday, you missed the most amazing opening night. The Quartermaster Press Studio 25th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibition opened to a wall-to-wall crowd that only thinned out as the amazing music of Tim Couldn’t Make It got ready to go on. The good news is the goodness continues Saturday with a demonstration by Brian Fisher on Collagraphy this Saturday, April 14 at 1:30 p.m.  Come on down!

My Favorite Chopin. Our fabulous Music History series continues on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 4:00pm. Vashon resident, musician and musicologist, Michael Tracy will host a multi-media presentation on Fredric Chopin that includes a lecture, slide show and live piano performances from Christopher Overstreet and Mark Salman.

$14 VCA Member, $16 Senior/Student, $18 General

The ladies can sing. You just have to come on down to the Kay for the Della Mae concert.  The multi-talented Nashville-based all-female string band is set to play at Vashon Center for the Arts on April 27, 2018 at 7:30. I promise you will fall in love with this band 30 seconds after they start playing. Give a listen and then buy your tickets!

Finally, and this is actually a sixth item, I found myself reading Maya Angelou’s elegiac and elegant poem, Caged Bird . . .

Caged Bird
BY MAYA ANGELOU
A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn
and he names the sky his own

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Some years ago, Branford Marsalis did a very hip and soulful version of Ms. Angelou’s poem in his guise as Buckshot LeFonque. You can enjoy it here.


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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