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Visual Art Gallery Exhibitions – November

Northwest Pastel Society Established in the 1980’s, the Northwest Pastel Society has over 220 members, most who live and paint in the Northwest. Members also hail from other parts of the USA and Canada. The annual limited-juried show has been seen in galleries from Seattle, Tacoma and Kirkland, WA to Portland and Hood River, OR among other Northwest cities. In this exhibit, chaired by Janice Wall and Jayne Quig, the best and most recent work of each participating member is…

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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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Sweet William – with Michael Pennington

Due to illness, Mr. Pennington is not able to perform on November 17. We wish him a quick recovery and look forward to rescheduling. Ticket refunds: If you purchased a ticket for this performance, we will be in communication with you shortly about refunds. 

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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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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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David Armstrong’s Broadway Nation Live Presents: The Story Behind “White Christmas” – America’s Most Popular Song

David Armstrong, Artistic Director Emeritus of The 5th Avenue Theatre, will take you inside the creation of the bestselling and most recorded song of all time as he tells the story of how destitute, illiterate, a Russian-Jewish immigrant named Irving Berlin became America’s Composer Laureate and invented an entirely new category of song. With special guest Albert Evans, and musical performances by 5th Avenue Theatre stars Cayman Ilika (Kiss Me Kate, Jaques Brel) and Eric Ankrim (How To Succeed, First…

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Visual Art Gallery Exhibitions – December

December VCA Gallery Miniature Show (in Koch Gallery) Bill Rives (photography in the Atrium) Holiday Jewelry Show (in the Gift Shop) Miniature Show  It is December and the 13thconsecutive year for Vashon Center for the Arts to host the annual Miniature Show. Fabulous artistic talent, all in 6”. Miniature art or painting in little is a genre that focuses on art (especially painting, engraving and sculpture) with a long history that dates back to the scribes of the medieval ages. Composition, perspective and…

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Vashon Island Chorale “Shepherds and Stars”

The Vashon Island Chorale welcomes Christmas with a seasonal array of musical delight. Favorite carols like I saw three ships, Once in royal David’s city, and O come, all ye faithful appear, but dressed up as you’ve probably never heard them before. Some are sure to become new favorites as well, like John Rutter’s Caribbean Jesus Child and the Nigerian song Betelehemu. We also bring to the Island music by four Seattle-area composers: Greg Bartholomew, Joy DeCoursey-Porter, Andrew Jacobson, 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

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A 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol

It's Christmas Eve, 1943, and the Feddington Players are now broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, NJ, and set to present their contemporary "take" on Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Whether it's the noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts, or the over-the-top theatrics of veteran actor, but radio novice, William St. Claire, this radio show is an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show. St. Claire's escalating foibles and acting missteps propel the show to…

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Baroque Concert with Northwest Sinfonietta

Retreat from the busy holiday season with this intimate concert of Baroque-inspired works in the Italian and English traditions with Judson Scott and the Northwest Sinfonietta. Gwendolyn Taylor, leader Judson Scott, trumpet Torelli, Concerto a quattro in g minor, ‘per il Santissimo Natale’ Torelli, Trumpet Sonata Respighi, Ancient Airs and Dances No. 3 Handel, Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 11 in A Major Purcell, Trumpet Sonata Holst, St. Paul’s Suite Sunday, December 22 at 7:30pm $10 Student, $20 VCA Member…

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Visual Art Gallery Exhibitions – January

Jenn Reidel: Rodin's Photographer In this series of narrative photos, “Rodin’s Photographer,”  Jenn takes on the role of the Unknown Photographer, who worked with French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) in the late 1800s. Within a conceptual theme – presented as my reinterpretations of this turn of the century artists’ photographs – she intertwines historical research and fiction to create a classic character who uses her camera to reveal the mystery of how the spirit moves us. The genesis of this…

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Virtuoso Masterworks for Violin and Piano with David Riley & Jasper Wood

From Beethoven & Vitali, to Fuerst & Gershwin, this concert combines the most powerful virtuoso works for violin and piano to bring audiences a sampling of how these master composers showcase their compositional abilities and test the limits of the instruments themselves. This concert will keep you on the edge of your seat as you travel through musical time to experience these virtuoso masterworks. Vitali: Chaconne Beethoven: Kreutzer Matthew Fuerst: Sonata Sonata #3 January 17, 2020 6:30PM Pre-concert talk |…

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DeVotcka at Kay White Hall January 18, 2020 at 8pm A cross-pollination of numerous influences, including cabaret, spaghetti Westerns, norteño, punk, and the immigrant dance music of Eastern Europe, Colorado-based quartet DeVotchKa, formed in Denver by multi-instrumentalists Nick Urata (vocals, guitar, trumpet), Tom Hagerman (violin, accordion), Jeanie Schroder (sousaphone, bass) and percussionist Shawn King, emerged as unlikely indie heroes in the mid-2000s infusing modern indie music with a global flavor. They found widespread success in 2006 with their Grammy-nominated soundtrack…

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Vyacheslav “Slava” Gryaznov

The remarkable Russian pianist and composer Vyacheslav Gryaznov has performances in China, Australia, France, U.S., Russia, Poland, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Croatia, and Belgium this year. And Vashon Island! "Slava" returns to Vashon Center for the Arts for his second engagement with us. Vyacheslav graduated with honors both from the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory, and the Moscow Conservatory. He continued at the Moscow Conservatory as a post-graduate, and was on its teaching faculty. He later completed Yale University…

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Visual Art Gallery Exhibition – February

Warren Pope’s art explores matters of systemic inequities. This show is an abstract art exhibition that examines the historical and contemporary realities of redlining (refusing to loan money to people in areas with populations of color), displacement and American slavery trade.

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