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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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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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Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender

Internationally renowned actor Lisa Wolpe has arguably played more of the Bard’s male roles than any woman in history. From cross-gender exploration to the unforgettable story of her life, Lisa triumphantly illustrates that Shakespeare’s insight into the human condition is as relevant as ever. Lisa Wolpe Finding celebration and solace in the words and enchanting power of Shakespeare, Wolpe explores the courageous, often tragic, always fascinating history of her troubled family–weaving in glorious passages from Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice,…

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David Armstrong’s Broadway Nation Live Presents: “In the Mood for Love”

Women have had a much greater impact on the Broadway Musical than is generally acknowledged. David Armstrong, Artistic Director Emeritus of The 5th Avenue Theatre, will share the fascinating stories, and timeless musical creations of top lyricists and composers such as Dorothy Fields, Carolynn Leigh, Betty Comden, Janine Tesouri, Lucy Simon, Cindi Lauper and more! With special guest Albert Evans, and musical performances by stars of The 5th Avenue Theatre. Friday, February 14 | 7:30PM $20 members, $15 youth, $20…

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LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME—letters of longing, loving, and leaving

What happens when a letter crafted uniquely for one reader is put on stage for all to see? Intimate thoughts laid bare, intended for one, are held up for us like a mirror, making us reflect on our own hearts, lives, desires, and times. Letters Aloud’s “LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME—letters of longing, loving, and leaving” is by turns steamy, lustful, and sweet. Through these real letters by real people read by great actors from Seattle and Vashon Island, we…

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Eugenie Jones’ Tribute Performance to Nina Simone

Award Winning singer/songwriter Eugenie Jones performs the music of Nina Simone to honor Simone's 92nd birthday. Jones will also perform music from her own compositions. Eugenie Jones is a performer that makes audiences feel jazz. Jones is an emotive, engaging song stylist that entertains, dazzles and decisively wins over audiences. Reminiscent of style and sophistication of iconic vocalists of the past, Jones sings and scats her way vivaciously through mainstream jazz, but also draws listeners inside contemporary storylines, sharing original…

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LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends

Acclaimed singer and songwriter, LeRoy Bell will be rocking the Kay White Hall with His Only Friends on February 22. Bell is known as a dynamic performer in his own right, but along with long-time co-writing partner, Casey James, has also penned many hits recorded by the likes of Elton John, The Spinners, The O'Jays, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Teddy Pendergrass and many others. Bell and James released three albums: Bell and James (1978), Only Make Believe (1979) and In Black…

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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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Round-Trip Africa

Gansango Music & Dance And Vashon Center for the Arts present "Round-Trip Africa," a performance of contemporary and traditional African dance and drumming. Gansango is directed by Etienne Cakpo, originally from Benin and now a choreographer and teacher based in Seattle, Washington. Gansango company collaborating artists perform regularly in the Seattle area, nationally and internationally for audiences of all ages. The company performances fuse music and movement from across the African continent, drawing heavily from the dance and music traditions of…

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Roger Fisher

The music of HEART has captivated radio and live audiences for decades. Original member Roger Fisher co-wrote many of the band’s early hits including, “Barracuda” and “Crazy on You” which have stood the test of time and been covered by countless artists and featured in film, television and the video game Guitar Hero. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, Fisher has played in every major city in North America many times. He has also toured…

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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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Christine Andreas – “Piaf, No Regrets”

Mesdames et Monsieurs…… ATTENDEZ-VOUS! Christine Andreas returns to Vashon Center for the Arts to celebrate Edith Piaf...brought to life in the words of her friends, her triumphs and her music. An extraordinary portrait in song, performed in French and English ....."La Vie En Rose", "Hymne A L'Amour", "L'Accordeoniste", "Milord", et "Je Ne Regrette Rien' (bien sur!).... Haunted by Edith Piaf (1915-1963), Christine Andreas has for years presented iconic material associated with the little sparrow. Piaf—No Regrets is the illuminating and…

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VCD Presents: Original Works

An eclectic mix of dances and music, created by both student and professional choreographers has been prepared for Vashon Center for Dance's 7th annual production of Original Works. Aspiring choreographers and their dancers will gather on our beautiful stage in the Kay White Hall for a lovely show of original choreography. Friday, March 20 at 7pm, Saturday, March 21 at 7pm, and Sunday, March 22 at 1pm. $12 Student/Senior, $14 Member, $16 General, $18 Door

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