Five things worth knowing this week . . .

We love late start art!

The first Late Start Arts this week was the beginning of what will be an amazing season. Teacher Gerie led her students through Japanese traditions—with stories, songs and ART! As the class trouped to the bus, they were waving gorgeous, colorful paper fish wind catchers. The older crew finished their projects (built after exploring constellations) by testing their creations in the semi-dark of the tap studio! Constellation wall hangings, parasols . . . even a “manta ray”—all glowing together. A full house, full of life, creativity and we can’t wait to get these kids back the week after next!


Mask Maker, Mask Maker, Make Me a Mask

It seems our every waking moment these days is centered on getting ready for our annual Art and Experience Auction.  Earlier this week a bunch of us got together to make masks to sell both Friday and Saturday night, proceeds going to support Vashon Artists in Schools.  Dinner Saturday night is pretty much sold out (call if you want to come), but we still have tickets for Friday night and Saturday auction-only.  And yes, we do have masks for sale!


What I did this Summer

Clearly some of us have fond memories of the whir of the slide machine and the click of the transition . . . and some of us have no idea what I’m talking about.

Personally, I’m loving the recent cooler (thank you!) weather and I’m not yet bothered by the shorter days.  But before we completely say goodby to summer, we’re curious . . . what did you do this summer?

So in the grand tradition of the family slide show, let’s join friends and neighbors to take one more look back at our best moments of summer.  “What I Did This Summer” is a new family-friendly community event we’ve cooked up and it’s open to all ages.  Bring a dish for the potluck, watch the slideshow, and share stories about your wonderful summertime adventures.  You may submit up to eight photos for the slideshow and everyone will get a chance to narrate their slides.

The deadline for submission is September 26th. Use this google form to submit your photos.

Sunday, September 30 | 5:00 pm | Free Admission | Click for details


Love Triumphs over Fear

Through visual art, written word, and workshops, October at VCA will feature a month-long exploration/contribution to the “Me Too” conversation called #MyMeToo.

One of the events we’re really looking forward to is a powerful 1.5 hour interactive, #MyMeToo workshop, with local consultant, public speaker and coach Jamie Wolf.

Over these past months I’ve gotten to know Jamie . . . all I can say is she is an amazing amalgam of energies. The story of her personal journey of recovery from childhood trauma and sexual harassment in the workplace is powerful, a bit harrowing, and ultimately inspiring.

As part of the workshop we’ll explore together the steps she took, what she learned and how the many layered wound is now a scar; a reminder of the work and the community of compassionate others she found to work through and be with her pain. As Jamie told us the other day, “Only by walking through this with the help of others, did I discover the most beautiful people, my beloved community. Had I chosen to stay locked in my intellect, I would have missed them and missed learning that I matter”.

During the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to explore self-compassion and learn a system that allows compassionate listening; to ourselves and to others.

Jamie has a wonderful ability to make complex, sensitive material accessible and engaging.  Her seminars for law enforcement and the public include such topics as the neurological responses to fear, the biases (implicit and explicit) we form based on our early childhood experiences, addiction, compassionate communication, cultural competence, and reflective listening (being present with another).

Please join us!

Saturday, October 6 | 1:00 pm | Tuition: $30. Ten scholarships are available to provide free access to this workshop. Register online here.


The Sound You Hear is The Sound of Dancing!

It has been very busy week at Vashon Center for Dance as we gear up for the Fall session classes and performances.  All our advanced students are back in the studio already hard at work on our first performance of the season.  We are excited about our new classes and the professionals who are teaching them.  Natasha Thayer, owner of Studio 6 Ballroom and Events, will be teaching Argentine Tango on Tuesdays at 7:30.  Aluma Maeve Haselton will join our professional teaching staff to conduct two new Contemporary Dance classes on Mondays, and Arlette Moody will whip us into shape with her Power Barre class on Tuesdays.

(Maeve Haselton as Waltz Queen in Vashon Center for Dance’s production of The Nutcracker)


Finally, and this is a sixth thing . . .

Vashon’s own poet laurette, Merna Hecht was in the other day to talk poetry and we got on to the topic of PNW gypsy jazz band Pearl Django.  If you haven’t ever heard them, it’s time to sit back and give a listen.

“I’ll See You In My Dreams” was written in 1924 by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Gus Kahn.  Here’s another lovely version.

“Autumn Leaves” is a familiar jazz classic, covered by Frank Sinatra, Harry James, Andy Williams, Doris Day, and Bill Evans to name just a few.  But did you know it is originally Les Feuilles Mortes” (literally “The Dead Leaves”), with music by Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma . . . fun to know that when you listen to this delightful version from “Hot Club of Hungary.”

Finally, I enjoy listening to pretty much anything done by Avalon Jazz Band.  Listen to this one with someone you love . . . or be prepared to fall in love with the next person or critter you meet (you’ve been warned!).

 


Why “Fish Wrap”? Years ago, living in San Francisco, I became a devotee of a legendary journalists named Herb Caen. 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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