Five things worth knowing this week . . .
Auction Preview Party (Part 1)
. . . is finally here. Piles of thanks to all the amazing artists and donors who have opened their hearts to help us, once again, raise much needed and appreciated funds for both our general operating account and our prized and well subscribed Scholarship Fund.
Here are some hints on what’s on offer. To see the whole picture, come on down Friday night, starting at 6:00 PM.
Preview Party (Part 2)
We are incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to serve our Preview Party guests artisanal pizza. It will be baked fresh and delivered from the little red barn just south of the old Fuller Store . . . right across the street! The folks from Gravy will be doing the honors (massive thanks Dre and Pepa!) using a wonderful old wood fired pizza oven from our good friends at Caffe Vita. It won’t get better than that this Friday night!
Opera Loads In
It really is breathtaking to watch the Vashon Opera crew build the sets for what should be a spectacular La Boheme.
Part of the modern opera cannon, La Boheme was first performed in Turin on 1 February 1896 at the famous Teatro Regio and was conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini. As these things go, the first notices were mixed, but the opera soon became popular across Italy and it wasn’t long before the rest of the world became its stage.
There are so many wonderful versions of the iconic arias available online. The best renditions are surely to be sung in the Kay next week. Until then, here is Maria Callas singing Si, mi chiamano Mimi . . .
. . . and Caruso and Melba, recorded in 1907, singing O soave fanciulla.
And just because it’s one of my favorite “guilty pleasure” movies, this scene from Trading Places staring a very young Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy . . .
National Arts In Education Week
National Arts In Education Week is from September 9-15, 2018. A great follow-on to the unveiling of the amazing piece of public art the Ela Lamblin and a passel of High School kids did to celebrate 30 year of Vashon Artists in Schools on Saturday, September 8th at 6pm outside the Vashon Pharmacy. We may even get a visit from Goliath, our unofficial mayor, to help chew a ribbon and dedicate the work.
Hat Tip to Catch Us While You Can
Opening the same night as our preview party, and running through September is Festival 25, a celebration of Vashon Island artists who have been working here for at least 25 years. Thank you for a quarter decade of art and culture!
. . . and this is a sixth thing . . . two weeks ago I posted a couple of dance clips from Karla Garcia, one over a nice cover of the Gershwin classic from Porgy and Bess, Summertime. Lord knows this song has been covered to death, but with summer coming to a close and opera in the air, I thought I’d share a couple more covers, starting with the gold standard by Ella (I know about Billie Holiday’s version, but I still like this better) . . .
I think this version by Norah Jones, piano by Marian McPartland, is lovely . . .
I have just re-listened to a ton of jazz versions (Mingus, Ray Brown, etc.), and I don’t think there is a better one than this by Oscar Peterson, one of the keyboard giants of his or any jazz era . . .
. . . other than this one by Bill Evans (you gotta love the opening bass line) . . .
There are so many other good versions. What’s your favorite?
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.