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Visual Art October Exhibitions

Abstract Landscapes and dual media studies : Mary McCann from Olympia, Washington; Anna Macrae from Sammamish, Washington;  Brian Sostram from Sagle, Idaho; William Song from Vashon, Washington; Steffon Moody from Vashon, Washington;  Kris Hurwit from Eugene, Oregon;  and Julie Prather from Ellensburg, Washington.

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Joel Ross – Earshot Jazz Fest

Friday, October 18, 7:30pm

Joel Ross has performed with historic and seasoned artists - Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris - as well as with cutting-edge contemporaries like Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, Jon Batiste and many more.

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Own Your Zone – Workshop Series with Eva Papp on Positive Boundaries

Eva Papp of Shine Lab to Lead a Series of Classes on Working with Positive Boundaries. Tuesday evenings, Oct 1- Nov. 5, Eva Papp will offer six classes on “Getting More of What You Want – by learning to say ‘Yes’ to You!” “This is a workshop series for women that will forever change the way you think and do boundaries” – Eva Papp As a psychotherapist of 20 years, and more recently as an adviser to high-performing women in…

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Art History Talk – Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo took up painting after a devastating streetcar accident and wed Diego Rivera a few years later. She adopted a flamboyant persona, slugging tequila and taking lovers of both sexes, and used art as a way of combating her physical and emotional pain.

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Kiki Valera – Earshot Jazz Fest

Friday, October 25, 7:30pm

Kiki is a virtuoso. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, sound engineer and producer, he’s best known as one of the world’s greatest players of the Cuban cuatro, a mid-size guitar with 8 strings grouped in sets of 2.

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Remembrance Altar

You are invited to join in our community Remembrance Altar, an installation at VCA to honor those who have passed before us. The veneration of the dead, including one's ancestors, is based on love and respect for the deceased. It is practiced across many cultures and spiritual traditions This type of altar is steeped in tradition and is in accordance to a particular time of year during which we honor our Ancestors and others who have had a significant impact…

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Vashon Chamber Music Presents a Classical Cabaret with Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire

The first concert of Vashon Chamber Music’s 11th season opens with Paul Schoenfeld’s “Cafe Music”, a jazz-inspired romp for piano, violin and cello. Vashon baritone Hugh Davis follows with a set of cabaret songs. After intermission we present Arnold Schoenberg’s Germany-between-the-wars expressionist masterpiece, Pierrot Lunaire. Famous for its use of Sprechstimme (“singspeaking”) by the solo soprano, this piece stunned audiences when premiered and continues to captivate audiences today. Artists featured on this program are Dawn Padula, soprano, Maria Sampen, violin,…

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Dia de los Muertos – Celebration of Life

Come celebrate Dia de los Muertos at VCA November 2nd, 4-6pm. Day of the Dead costumes welcomed (but not required), get your face painted and dance with us as we embrace this fun cultural holiday of honoring our ancestors. We have a variety of entertainment from Baile Folklorico dancing, to clowning by Luz Glaxiola and other guest performers. Harbor school student ofrenda art will be on display along with art from a class for 7-11 year old’s held by the…

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VOV Chili Challenge

Taste Chili by 10 Island Chefs! Vote for the Chili Challenge Champion! Sunday, November 3, 12-4PM Vashon Center for the Arts $30 General, $20 Seniors & Students, Free under 12 Click Here to Get Your Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets The chili cooks include seven of Vashon’s most popular restaurants and a proud group of three amateur chili aficionados. They’ve been invited to pull out all the stops and prove they, of all the others, make the tastiest, zestiest chili.…

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David Guterson – The Ambulatory Art: On Walking and Writing

David Guterson is a novelist, short story writer, poet, journalist, and essayist who is best known for his 1994 novel, Snow Falling on Cedars, which won the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award and was made into a major motion picture. A Seattle native and longtime resident of Bainbridge Island, he is an avid and inveterate outdoor walker with a half century of experience in the Olympics and Cascades. Guterson's appearance at Vashon Center for the Arts coincides with the publication of a new book, Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest. His talk will ponder the symbiosis between walking and writing, the myriad ways in which they resonate with one another, and their longstanding association in literature.

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Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra – Sibelius, Kracht & Tchaikovsky

Karin Choo and Justin Cole, Music Directors Svend Rønning, violin Sibelius, Andante Festivo Jerry Kracht, Three Prayers Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:30pm Kay White Hall $5 Student, $14 VCA Member, $16 Senior, $18 General

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Footloose

Join us for VCA Musical Theatre's performance of Footloose, an 80's classic--that was #1 on the Billboard charts! This family-friendly show, performed by a talented cast of more than 30 students, will put the rhythm in your feet and have you singing along. Student $10 | VCA member/Senior $12 | General $14 Friday, Nov. 15th 7pm | Saturday, Nov. 16th 7pm | Sunday, Nov. 17th 2pm Nov. 14th (dress) 5pm | Suggested donation $5

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Prelude to a Gaybaret: A Historical Panel on the Art of Transformation

In Gaybaret, a show originally written for their wedding, David Mielke and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma explore how one's life itself can become a work of art by taking the seemingly random experiences that life can present and discovering ways to weave them together into a meaningful whole. They share stories of friends and mentors, storms and gifts, and how even the hardest experiences can help us to be ready to say yes to a life-partner—gay, straight, or otherwise. As part…

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Gaybaret

Last year, for their wedding, David Mielke and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma offered their guests an original performance that they called a “Gaybaret.” They wanted not only to share their stories—and the story of how they met—but also to delve into the deeper and more universal aspects of those stories, using a cabaret form that combined storytelling, original songs, and theatrical magic. What emerged was an unusual and moving exploration of how friends and teachers help us to be ready to…

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Nancy Pearl & Steve Scher – Book Lust—A Conversation

Nancy Pearl is a voracious reader, a best-selling author, a librarian, a literary critic, and a well-known promoter of the pleasure and importance of reading. We can hear her on NPR’s Morning Edition or on her monthly television show in Seattle. She often speaks at libraries, literacy organizations, and community groups about her favorite books and the benefits of reading. She received the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association and is the creator of the internationally recognized program “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book.” She and old friend Steve Scher will discuss all things books and bookish.

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Sweet Dreams, The Music of Patsy Cline – Vashon

Back by popular demand, SWEET DREAMS, THE MUSIC OF PATSY CLINE returns to the Kay White Hall at Vashon Center For The Arts. Sweet Dreams celebrates the iconic singer, Patsy Cline's 87th birth date. Northwest singer-songwriters V. Contreras, Star Anna, Jennifer Hopper, Kate Voss, Alessandra Rose, Christine Patterson-Goering & Rebekah Kuzma will be performing her legendary songs along with musicians Rebecca Young, William Stover, Aaron O'Neil, Jason Goessi and Country Dave Harmonson. All ages welcome. Presented by Debra Heesch and…

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VCD Presents: The Nutcracker

Vashon Center for Dance presents The Nutcracker A little girl's dream becomes a timeless holiday story filled with swirling snowflakes, dancing flowers, and sensational characters from a kingdom of sweets. Vashon’s Nutcracker is a delightful production produced by Vashon Center for Dance whose cast is comprised of student and professional classical dancers and performers. Friday, December 13, 7pm Saturday, December 14, 1pm & 7pm Sunday, December 15, 1pm $17 General, $15 Senior, $13 Member/Student, $20 at the door Tickets on…

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Art History Talk – Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold is a nearly 90-year-old painter, mixed media sculptor and performance artist, but also an award-winning author of children’s books and a pioneering activist.  She is best known for her narrative quilts exploring the African-American condition.

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Rise Up! The Hamilton Tribute Band

Rise Up, the Hamilton Tribute Band! is coming to the Kay White Hall! Rise Up is an ensemble of top Seattle vocalists and musicians that performs the amazing music of “Hamilton”. "Hamilton" is a record-breaking Broadway musical and winner of 11 Tonys including Best Musical. It is a sweeping national cultural phenomenon with music that marries hip hop, R&B and Broadway. Rise Up delivers a performance that captures all the sophistication, detail and emotion of the music of “Hamilton”. Rise…

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Brian Reed – Birds, Song, and Poetry

As a professor of English with a specialty in modern poetry, Brian Reed became intrigued by the way poets across cultures and ages have written about birds. He is fascinated by the way the avian species has been a rich source of poetic inspiration. Reed, the Divisional Dean of the Humanities at the University of Washington, will take us on a visual and auditory exploration of this deep and creative relationship. He is a specialist in twentieth-and twenty-first century poetry…

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Mike Veseth – Around the World in Eighty Wines

Mike Veseth is editor of the award-winning The Wine Economist blog and author of four books on wine over the last decade: Wine Wars; Extreme Wine; Money, Taste & Wine: It’s Complicated; and most recently, Around the World in Eighty Wines. By profession, he is a political economist, and is professor emeritus of international political economy at the University of Puget Sound. His writings on wine and globalization have been widely praised, and he is a sought-after speaker at wine industry meetings around the world. Inspired by Jules Verne, he takes us on a mad global dash, collecting wines and their stories, not just to find the best wines, but to understand what they mean and why they are important to us. The lecture will be followed by a wine tasting hosted by Vashon wineries.

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Art History Talk – Louise Nevelson and Louise Bourgeois

Two of the most important American sculptors of the twentieth century were immigrants named Louise. Nevelson, who emigrated from Ukraine as a child, incorporated found objects, spray-painted a single color, into her distinctive constructions. Paris-born Bourgeois used a wide variety of mediums to explore the human body and psyche.

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Chandler O’Leary & Jessica Spring – Dead Feminists: Speaking Volumes

It started as a collaboration between two Tacoma artists who created a series of colorful broadsides featuring quotes by historical feminists tied to current political and social issues. The letterpress poster series was so successful that O’Leary and Spring created Dead Feminists, Historic Heroines in Living Color, a 2018 Pacific Northwest Award winning book using the original broadsides with archival photos and ephemera to describe the accomplishments of women like Eleanor Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, Harriet Tubman and Shirley Chisholm, with an inspiring foreword by writer Jill Lepore. Join us as they tell the story of this extraordinary collaboration, which continues to provide hope and inspiration through challenging times.

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Heidi Roop – From Data to Dialogue: Preparing the Northwest for a Warming World

From smoky skies to shifting shorelines, climate change will affect our lives in many ways here in the Pacific Northwest. Heidi Roop is Lead Scientist for Science Communication at the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. She will explore the range of observed and projected climate impacts here in our region, discuss the factors that hinder and motivate changes in political will and social acceptance of climate change, and suggest ways we can work together to prepare our communities for…

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Art History Talk – The “White, Marmorean Flock”: American Neoclassical Sculptresses in Rome

In the mid-1800s, several American women sculptors were living and working in Rome. Harriet Hosmer settled there first, followed by Edmonia Lewis, Emma Stebbins, and others. They were drawn by the abundant marble, inspiring classical heritage, and surprising lack of societal prejudice.

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Music History Talk – The Spanish School

Toward the end of the 19th and into the early 20th century, Spanish artists, architects, writers, and musicians dazzled the world with their unique Iberian culture. Spain’s growing industrial economy, along with a more progressive political environment, helped give rise to a new wave in Spanish culture. Michael Tracy will discuss the Spanish orchestral suites, dances, and rhythms of Isaac Albeniz, Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla, and Federico Mompou. With their work, Spanish culture joined the world stage of great national genres.

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Paul Bannick – Arctic Messenger: What the Snowy Owl Tells Us

Paul Bannick is an extraordinary photographer who not only captures gorgeous images of birds in their daily lives, but also makes a compelling case for preserving the habitat that sustains them. He is especially drawn to owls, particularly snowy owls, which is the subject of his talk. “For many of us, they embody the essence of wilderness,” he says. “They are also important messengers in that they tell us by their presence or absence about the health of vast ecosystems in the Arctic that are experiencing the pressure of climate change.” The photographer and author of two best-selling books, Owl, A Year in the Lives of North American Owls, and The Owl and the Woodpecker, Bannick is a frequent keynote speaker at Audubon events, bird festivals, and conservation events across North America.

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Stephen Jones – Notes from the Bread Lab: Art, Beauty, and Accessibility

Stephen Jones is founder and director of the Bread Lab in the Skagit Valley, where scientists, bakers, chefs, farmers, activists, and others experiment with improved flavor, nutrition, and functionality of wheats, barley, and other small grains. Jones, who has a doctorate in genetics, works with his graduate students and staff to develop and breed wheat and other grains to be grown on small farms in the coastal West and beyond. The talk will cover the work of the Bread Lab—through…

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Art History Talk – The Impressionist Garden

Gardens were an important motif of early Impressionist art, featuring prominently in the works of Monet, Renoir, Morisot and Cassatt. Several Impressionists were also passionate gardeners. Much later in his career, Monet would create a garden at his home in Giverny, which gave him the glorious waterlily theme of his final decades.

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Blaine Harden – North Korea—Stranger than Fiction

Blaine Harden is the author of a trilogy of highly praised books about North Korea: Escape from Camp 14, The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, and most recently King of Spies, which has been described as “a thrilling and jaw-droppingly good story of intrigue, daring, and depravity.” Harden is a veteran journalist whose 28 years as a correspondent for The Washington Post and his expertise on North Korea have made him a sought-after contributor to programs like PBS’ Frontline and many national and international publications. He will bring us up to date on the books’ characters, like Shin Dong-hyuk, the only person born in a North Korean prison camp to escape to the West, and share his views on the current relations between the Kim Jong Un regime and the U.S. Government.

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Mouse Reusch – New Earthquake Warning System Coming Our Way

What would you do if you knew that the shaking from an earthquake was about to rock your location in 15 seconds? Mouse Reusch, regional ShakeAlert coordinator with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) at the University of Washington, will discuss the development and future public release of the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning program. After earning her doctorate from Penn State University, Reusch worked for a lending library of seismometers. During that period she spent some 12 years traveling all…

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Foss Miller – The Sawbones Story—An Innovative Island Enterprise

Foss Miller was a young, Washington State University engineering graduate when in 1972 he went to work for K2 Skis on Vashon Island. Three years later he was head of his own business, by chance developing and manufacturing a few plastic bones for the University of Washington Medical School that cut, drilled, and felt like real bones. For the first time, students studying orthopedic surgery could practice techniques, a hands-on methodology found to be superior to the then-practice of watching…

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Music History Talk – Beethoven 1770 to 1802

Beethoven’s formative years were spent in Bonn, Germany, until 1791 when he left for Vienna, Austria, then the leading musical and cultural capital of the world. Soon this young virtuoso pianist, who was clearly the heir to Haydn and Mozart, dazzled the salons of aristocrats. His first six symphonies, the first 7 quartets, and the first 15 piano sonatas mark a few of the major compositional works that are still performed on concert stages throughout the world. However, by age 28 Beethoven experienced ringing in his ears, losing the ability to hear high pitches, and faced the greatest horror for any musician: complete hearing loss. Lecture II, covering the years 1802-1827, will be held next season on November 29.

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